Use a pain diary to find what triggers or worsens pain

How to Find Out What Triggers or Worsens Pain

I say it often - pain can be unpredictable. Sometimes there is simply no rhyme or reason as to why my pain flares up.Last week when I was chatting to my friend online, my back suddenly became excruciatingly painful and I had to go to bed mid conversation. There was no apparent reason for that …

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ActivePosture Posture Shirt Review with Discount Code

Review of ActivePosture® Posture Shirt with Discount Code

DisclosureI have seen websites advertising posture clothing and since I live with chronic back pain I was interested in finding out if a shirt could benefit me. ActivePosture® gave me a posture shirt to trial in exchange for an honest review. (Note: this is not an affiliate post - I do not profit from any …

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There is more to chronic pain than just pain

There is More to Chronic Pain Than Just Pain

Most people understand pain. Whether it's from an occasional headache, a broken leg or a stubbed toe, most people understand what pain feels like. But chronic pain? Not everyone will understand what that is like. When does pain become chronic? Chronic pain is defined by NHS Inform as pain that carries on for longer than …

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Supporting ME/CFS Sufferers

I have met a lot of new friends since joining the Chronic Illness Bloggers community. Despite our pain or illness, we blog and we try to support each other. As well as writing being therapeutic for us, many of us blog to try to help other people with the same condition and also to try …

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What it's like to live with chronic pain. A - Z

What is Life Like with Chronic Pain?

If you read my distractions post, you'll know I'm keen on A - Zs, so I decided to make an A - Z to describe life with chronic pain. Counteracting Negatives with Positives Part way through, I realised that the A - Z was quite negative, and since I prefer a positive outlook I tried …

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Chronillicles disability blogger award

Disability Blogger Award by Chronillicles

On Friday afternoon, I was told that I had been nominated for an award. Cheshire cat grin here!The award is a disability blogger award, which was created by Georgina from the Chronillicles blog. Georgina decided that chronic illness bloggers need more recognition, so decided to start a new award - The Disability Blogger Award. This …

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Writing can be therapeutic when you live with chronic pain or illness

Writing About Your Pain Or Illness Can Be Helpful

I first started writing after retiring from work due to my health when I was 28. I enjoyed it. It was a good distraction. I wrote poems and stories which took me to another world away from my pain. A couple of poems were published in anthologies and some others were published in newspapers. My …

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Chronic pain is unpredictable. Scotland. Scottish Mountains. Bad weather

Chronic Pain is Unpredictable, Just Like Scottish Weather

Spring is upon us. At least, it should be. I live in the hills of the Scottish Borders and because we sit quite high (1150 feet above sea level), Spring always comes to us a little bit later than elsewhere. Even just a few miles down the valley, we notice daffodils blooming, while ours are …

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Ill Health Retirement After Years of Struggling to Work

Very often, people with ill health or disability struggle to work and have to face early retirement. It’s not a decision that anyone takes lightly. My Own Struggle I had to take early retirement through ill health 25 years ago, in 1994.I didn't want to take sick leave due to my pain, but at the …

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Failing, succeeding, pausing, deciding, thriving. A Chronic Voice Linkup

Feeling Like A Failure Was One of My Failings

If someone is well off, has a fancy car and a five bedroomed house in a nice area, they're considered successful. If they have fulfilled their hopes and dreams, they're considered successful. Qualifications, careers, acquired wealth, sporting victories and acting awards can all measure a person's success. But when people live with chronic pain or …

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