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 [...]

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 [...]

N:rem Sleep System – Product Review

*I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. * Many of you will know that I've been suffering from joint and muscle [...]

Not A Diet: This Girl Can!

So, as you may know, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia yesterday. The doctor recommended I lose a bit of weight, which isn't a bad recommendation really. I am overweight, and I'm not unhappy about that, but I appreciate how extra weight can equal extra strain on already struggling muscles. I rejected her idea to refer [...]

Bowed, Bent, Broken: Hello, Fibromyalgia

So it's official - I've joined the fibromyalgia club. I hope there's cake. Diagnosis I saw a rheumatologist today (not the one I was expecting, mind), and despite her horrible bedside manner and wild opinions on random things, she decided that I'm suffering from a chronic pain syndrome. She was hesitant to outright diagnose fibromyalgia. [...]

Happy Is Not Healthy

So, occasionally, I have days where I'm okay. I mean, I'm still in considerable pain, but it's no more than the level I'm used to, and I'm able to go to the cinema without falling asleep, or take a walk in the sunshine without hobbling the whole way. (It really is the little things.) Some [...]

But You Don’t Look Sick – Dealing Before Diagnosis

In 4 days, I'll finally be seeing a rheumatologist. After 9 weeks of waiting, and 7 years of developing symptoms, of being fobbed off and ignored, I'm finally seeing a specialist. And I'm worried. I'm worried because, for most of my adult life, I've been dismissed by doctors. Lose weight, stop smoking, it's all in [...]

#MyPerthes: Living With Perthes Disease

I'm currently sat at work, in excruciating pain, counting down the minutes until I get to go home, lay on my bed and cry. I was diagnosed with Perthes disease when I was 4 years old, and I've been in pain ever since I can remember. Not many people have heard of this condition. To [...]