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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]