This month, I am joining in with the monthly writing prompts from A Chronic Voice for the first time as I only recently discovered this lovely online community :-). As well as the monthly prompts being a great read to discover how others interpret the words each month, it's also especially helpful for new bloggers, … Continue reading A Chronic Voice – June Writing Prompts
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (which ran from 10th to 16th May) was ‘Connecting with Nature’. It’s something that’s been massively important to me over the years and, as I’ve written about before on this blog, spending time in nature is a big part of managing both the fibromyalgia pain (gentle … Continue reading Out and About in May
I’ve already blogged about how swimming can help fibromyalgia and it’s always been the most important part of my pain management toolkit. So the last year has been really hard as UK pools have been closed for a significant chunk of that time. For me, the effects of not being able to swim have been … Continue reading Fibro and returning to swimming post Covid-lockdown
We all know that exercise is a key part of the toolkit to help us manage fibromyalgia, but it can be hard to know which types of exercise might be the most effective in helping with pain reduction and quality of life more generally. Amongst the NHS recommendations for fibromyalgia self-help is swimming, along with … Continue reading How swimming can help with fibromyalgia
Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich on Pexels.com I’ve always been an anxious person as long as I can remember. Even as a kid at primary school, I’d barely sleep the night before the start of a new term. Not for any specific concern (as I loved school) but seemingly just because… I do think that there … Continue reading Anxious April (and some things that help quell anxiety)
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com During the seemingly never ending Covid lock-down, one of the news articles that’s stuck in my mind reported a huge spike in interest in moving to the countrysidei. The BBC cited figures that across the UK, there had been a 126% increase in enquiries about buying a home in a … Continue reading Escape to the Country – How might rural living impact on managing chronic pain?
Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the pace of my life has slowed considerably. But I don’t feel that that’s necessarily a bad thing, as it has given me the chance to immerse myself in nature on daily walks. I’d never have been able to do this pre-fibro as I was always too busy dashing here, … Continue reading March Wanderings
Disclaimer – this post relates solely to my own diagnosis story and should not be taken as medical information. By telling my story, I hope it might help others in their diagnosis journey. The type of medical professional who makes the initial diagnosis of fibromyalgia can vary depending on how symptoms present. In the UK, … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Diagnosis – Neurology or Rheumatology?
One of the most positive aspects of my life with fibromyalgia is that fact that I now have two lovely dogs. I’d wanted a dog for many years pre-fibro, but my former fast-paced, hectic lifestyle wouldn’t have been conducive to dog ownership. Becoming a dog owner has been one of the best decisions I have … Continue reading What I’ve learned about living with fibro…from my dogs
Gardening might be an activity that you’d consider to be out of the question if you live with fibromyalgia. But it can be a very rewarding hobby, especially when you see your garden growing as a direct result of the work you have put in. With a bit of planning, it can easily be enjoyed, … Continue reading Gardening and Fibromyalgia