Fibromyalgia is a dreadful illness. If you are here because you suffer from it, my heart goes out to you. If you are here because someone you care for suffers from fibro, I hope you learn something that helps you understand what they are going through.

Nil Desperandum!

When I had the unsatisfying appointment with the rheumatologist a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned referring me to the physiotherapist to have a cortisol injection in my hip. On Monday afternoon I got a call from Crosshouse Hospital to offer me an appointment the...

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Colouring Outside The Lines

When I was a wee girl I was given a painting by numbers set for Christmas one year. I loved the tiny pots of oil paint, the way the pigment sat at the bottom while the oil floated to the top, the smell, the colours. I was less keen on the result, the painting looking...

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Backup To The Future

There are all sorts of reasons why I haven’t blogged in so long and I don’t have the inclination – or the energy – to go into them all. Way back I had intended Friday blog posts to be fibro related so I thought I’d tell you about yesterday as an example of the effects...

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Anxiety and The Accidental Death Wish

When I was around nine years old I read Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass. In one of these books, I can’t remember which, Humpty Dumpty tells Alice she should pick an age and stick to it. What a great idea, I thought! I’d choose to be twelve as...

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A new start

How fab does my new site look? I liked my old site but it was a bit…serious. I don’t think people who knew me would be look at it and say, “That’s so Nettie!” I wanted something light and fun and colourful, something that reflected me and what I write about. I...

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The Invisible Illness

Fibromyalgia is a fickle illness. It is not steady with a small set of constant symptoms. Instead, we fibronauts have what we like to refer to as flares: days, weeks or months when every symptom you’ve ever had (and possibly a few new ones) happen all at once and at a...

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Snoozle Slide Sheet Review

One of the major issues for fibronauts is disturbed sleep and never waking refreshed. If you’re anything like me, I wake up every time I change position: already tight, aching muscles seem to scream in complaint when I try to move from one side to the other. And as...

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We need to talk about Collin*

I was recently talking to a friend about depression – we have both suffered with it off and on and they are one of the first people I go to when I'm 'having a sad'. Talking to them made me think about my own history. I have always tried to be open about my mental...

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To Bullet Journal or not…

Bullet Journalling seems to be flavour of the month, doesn't it? Everywhere you look nowadays there are people expounding on the benefits of what its inventor calls the "analog system for the digital age." Do we need such a thing? Is using a notebook and pen a better...

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*8 Reasons Why I’m Angry

It's been a funny few weeks, hasn't it? I don't really know where to start, so I'm going to make a list of ALL the things that have got my dander up recently. Syrian refugees have been crossing the Med in their thousands and only when the shocking picture of a wee lad...

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Dear Fibro…

You know, I’ve had quite enough of fibromyalgia, thank you, and it can fuck right off. But of course, it’s a chronic illness and, as yet, incurable so I guess that’s not going to happen any time soon. Today, the bottom of my neck is very sore - I have a couple of...

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You Look A Little Tired…

No shit sherlock. I look a little tired? But otherwise, I'm fine, right? Look, I normally don't like to moan too much about my illness. It's boring for me, it's boring for you, but sometimes, if I don't share how I feel, I'll explode in a ball of stressed, angry,...

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An Only Child and an Elderly Mother

I have started this post many, many times. It's not just the fibro fog making the words difficult to find, it's that actually committing my thoughts and fears to the page forces me to accept that they are real, tangible and inescapable. But I'm a grown up and I hope...

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The Liebster Award: Take 2

I was first nominated for the Liebster Award two or three years ago and not only did I get loads of traffic to my blog as a result, it gave me something to write about other than my normal ranty stuff and it was fun. Thanks to the fabulous Ailsa Abraham, I’ve been...

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