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 [...]

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 [...]

#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 [...]