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 [...]

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 – 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 [...]

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. [...]

D is for Diagnosis

Sound the trumpets, fling the confetti - my rheumatology appointment is today. D-Day has finally arrived. After struggling all week with severe pain, stress, and lack of sleep, I'm hobbling into my local hospital this afternoon to speak to another specialist. I've got my list of symptoms and medical history ready, my partner at my [...]

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 [...]