Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

The health values of blowing up a balloon that I never guessed at.

Yesterday I put a link to a study looking at the clinical value of blowing up a balloon as part of a physio regime.  Here’s the full study so you can have a read, https://cdn.fbsbx.com/v/t59.2708-21/11247331_10206896100830742_1499992545_n.pdf/The-value-of-blowing-up-a-balloon.pdf?oh=ab4845a2b0e63f52d2cf69af38ffcac0&oe=58AC9EB6&dl=1 but if you want the highlights…read on. I’ve known The North East Body Mechanic (NEBM AKA Steve) for a few months… Continue reading The health values of blowing up a balloon that I never guessed at.

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

The realities of life with chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

I have ME/CFS, PBC and fibromyalgia, these are all invisible health conditions that have both visible and invisible implications to my day to day life through the symptoms of chronic pain and chronic fatigue. These symptoms both sound pretty innocuous, and saying you’re in pain and tired doesn’t really sound like much, so I’d like… Continue reading The realities of life with chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

Being visible – Hate crimes and invisible disabilities 

My invisible illness became visible when I started using my walking stick and I still might not “look sick” but there’s something there that makes people stop and think. To ask why I use it, to move out of my way in the street, open doors and help me carry things. I’ve found people to… Continue reading Being visible – Hate crimes and invisible disabilities 

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses · Personal

My journey with my mental health, and some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

As it’s World Mental Health day on 10th October I thought I’d share my journey with mental illness with you.  I’ve suffered with depression on and off since I was a teenager which has been closely linked to my physical health problems and long periods of high stress. I get to a stage where I’m… Continue reading My journey with my mental health, and some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

Meal hacks for living with chronic illness

I’m not going to talk about how to eat for your health, to heal yourself through food or supplements. I want to talk about the day to day realities of trying to feed yourself when you have a chronic illness and are limited due to fatigue and pain. Really good days: On really good days… Continue reading Meal hacks for living with chronic illness