Are aqua classes good for chronic pain?

I don't like water and I'm not a huge fan of swimming. I can swim, but I'm not a strong swimmer and I don't hold my breath under water or anything. I don't even like my head being under water.  But will aqua classes help with my pain? Your head doesn't go under water in [...]

The ups and downs of me week

Life with chronic pain: the ups and downs of my week

Everyone has their ups and downs. I don't know why, but I've noticed this a lot more this last week, so I thought I'd do a quick blog post on it. The UpsEvery day I write down something to go in my happy box - something positive from the day to remember and look back [...]

How my chronic pain has changed me

I've had chronic pain for over 5 years now. I'd love to say that it hasn't changed me and that I'm still the old me, but this isn't true. It's not a bad thing that I've changed, but I know I'm different in some ways than before I started dealing with daily pain. It's bound [...]

Why we must not let chronic pain stop us doing things we enjoy

Having chronic pain can stop us doing the things we enjoy and love to do. I went through a real bad patch a few years ago when I said no to doing things with my partner and my friends. This affected my happiness, my relationship, and ultimately my mental health. I had no life and [...]

My chronic pain journey before surgery

Part of me doesn’t like to think about my chronic pain journey, what I went through in the early days, and how tough it was at times. But then part of me likes to remember how far I’ve come. This blog post is a very brief summary of the first 2 years of my chronic [...]

5 things I’ve learnt at the gym

Yesterday I conquered one of my fears and completed my first solo session at the gym. In fact, while I was writing the first draft of this blog post I was still there, sat in the cafe area. Recovering. My glasses were still steaming from the sweat on my face. My workout Ok, it sounds [...]

10 ways to cope with chronic pain

Everyone’s pain is different and everyone copes in different ways. I’ve had my endometriosis pain for nearly 20 years and my sitting disability and other pains for over 5 years. During that time I have had to learn ways to cope with chronic pain rather than fight it and question why I’ve got it. Below [...]

Why I don’t like taking medication for my neck pain

My neck pain is driving me mad. It is getting worse and I'm struggling to cope with it. I've been on the verge of tears many time these past few weeks and it is making my back pain even more difficult to manage. Diazepam Previously I was told my neck was very tight and I [...]

Breathtaking rooftop views of Venice

My Italy holiday: Part 2

The day after I published Part 1 of my Italy holiday, our time in Rome took a dramatic turn for the worst. We found out that our return flight with Monarch airlines was cancelled because they went in to administration. It’s a weird feeling to know you’re stranded in another country. I didn’t know when [...]

Why it’s good to talk about chronic pain

This blog post follows on quite nicely from my previous one about why I'm blogging about my pain. I look at why it's both useful and good to talk about chronic pain and the benefits it can have. And there are a few good tips to help you get started talking about your own pain. [...]

My first blog post: why I’m blogging about my pain

It's taken me a few weeks to get my blog set up and at the point where I'm happy with it. I'm new to all this - blogging, website design, WordPress - so it's taken a little longer than planned. But here it is, my first blog post about why I'm blogging about my life [...]