When you can’t give it up #fibromyalgia #spoonie

There was a funny post on Facebook today which sums up a lot of us who persevere with long-term conditions.  This is via www.butyoudontlooksick.com; “Googling your symptoms when you don’t feel well is the most efficient way to convince yourself you’re dying”.   But you know what, most of us are not being stupid or silly.  At time we’re just a little bit desperate to find our more, but for me it’s usually about seeing if there is anything ‘new’ in the pipeline to help deal with and manage the condition.

There is the good side and bad side to searching on the internet, but as I have been online for many years, my knowledge and understanding has meant that I know what to look for and stick to the right sites that give me the right information.  In many was this makes is a bit more frustrating, because the reality is that with this condition all you can do is try to manage it.  There is no miracle cure, no miracle treatments, no miracle gadgets.

What I did find though is a treatment called Tamars which stands for Technology Assisted Mobilisation And Reflex Stimulation and is a hand-held device that delivers treatment to ensure the spine is functioning as close as possible to its optimal level.  I wasn’t going to expect a cure with this, but as I have scoliosis I thought it might help a little.   I also received the results back from the MRI I had on my lumbar spine and with another two disc bulges to add to the one in my neck it is certainly worth a go.

I’ve had 3 treatments so far, and it’s certainly painful, but if I can feel a bit more comfy I’d be happy with that.  The number of treatment is usually 6, so we’ll see how it goes.

Work has been extremely busy and my sleep has been poor, but I’m plodding on.   I’ve been attending some of the Business Gateway seminars for my new venture MHScot Consultancy and it’s going well.  I’m just doing a little bit at a time before registering with HMRC and finalising my Business Plan.  I’m spending a few hours each weekend working on the Training Pack that I’m developing for workplace mental health and it’s keeping me motivated.  I have always pushed myself to try to achieve the best I can, and despite all this, if I see something coming together it’s taking my mind off my symptoms and at times keeping me awake!  I started watching a training video and by just sitting there, I found myself nodding off.  As soon as I start to actively do something it stops me falling asleep.

Till next time…..

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“Must do better”, People in pain fail to manage their condition (From The Northern Echo).

People in pain fail to manage their condition (From the Northern Echo Newspaper).

Then again, chronic pain is chronic pain. You just gotta live with it. There’s a love hate relationship with it, I must admit more hate than love. I don’t see any point in speaking or seeking help from people who have no idea what it’s like to live with chronic pain. If someone I was speaking to had been there then fine, but I can see why people don’t seek help and support.