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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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 [...]

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 [...]

N:rem Sleep System

A few months ago, I reviewed N:rem Sleep System, a set of foam inserts that sit on top of your mattress, and are designed to help those of us with chronic pain sleep better and more comfortably. When I first used them, I was undiagnosed, and going through a lot of issues. I've since been [...]

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 [...]

#ISpeakForPain: Supporting The National Pain Strategy

As someone who was recently diagnosed with - but has been suffering from - Fibromyalgia, I am of course an advocate for giving those dealing with chronic pain the support they need. I was sent some information on the National Pain Strategy, which aims to promote knowledge and understanding of chronic pain illnesses, and ensure [...]