Medsmart: The medication reminder app

As my readers will know, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost two years ago. Since then, I've been on amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant that's prescribed to help with chronic pain and fatigue. Amitriptyline is a tricky drug. It took me a while to get used it each time my doctor increased my dose, leaving me [...]

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Unrest: A film about chronic illness by Jennifer Brea

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue [...]

Painleave: Tracking Chronic Pain

"Painleave helps you get to the bottom of your pain or illness once and for all. A pain-free life is waiting." A free service, Painleave encourages those of us who suffer with chronic pain to sign up, and keep track of our flares. Record symptoms & uncover their triggers Organize everything your doctors tell you Keep track [...]

Not A Diet: Getting fit with fibromyalgia

As readers of this blog may know, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in May last year. On the advice of the doctor, I made an attempt to get healthier. And so, Not A Diet was born. *trigger warning* I'll be talking about eating disorders, OCD, and my abusive childhood. Proceed with caution. A bit of [...]

UK Blog Awards 2017

From today, you can vote for The Bandwagon in the UK Blog Awards 2017! In 2014, I started this blog to provide myself with a place to write. Sounds simple enough, right? But the act of simply writing down your thoughts, and putting them out there for the world to read, can be a courageous [...]

Just Pristine Cleaning Services

For those of us living with a chronic illness, managing to do everything we need to do every day can be tough. Whether it's working full-time, looking after the kids, running errands, food shopping, cleaning - or all of the above! - chronic illnesses can make everyday life even more difficult to deal with. I [...]

Fibromyalgia & Me: Living The Chronic Life

Welcome to a new feature on The Bandwagon, a series of posts all about living with a chronic illness. I want to explore how it really impacts our lives, in ways those without such an illness could never imagine. Fibromyalgia Definition Fibromyalgia is 'a rheumatic condition characterised by muscular or musculoskeletal pain with stiffness and localised [...]