Can Brain Fog Hurt Chronic Illness ME CFS Fibromyalgia spoonie post

Can Brain Fog Hurt? // Chronic Illness

Hi guys – happy weekend!  Hope everyone is having a good one so far (even if you’re in the rainy UK, like me).  I’ve been dying to write this post – can brain fog hurt?  This question has been burning a hole in my brain and I wanted to see what everyone else thought.  If you’re not sure what brain fog is, Wiki desribes it here as:

“A clouding of consciousness.  It is a term used in medicine denoting an abnormality in the regulation of the overall level of consciousness that is mild, and less severe than a delirium.  The sufferer experiences a subjective sensation of mental clouding described as feeling ‘foggy’.”

If you’re not a regular reader, I have chronic illnesses – M.E (/CFS) and fibromyalgia.  I was diagnosed in 2013 and the symptoms began long before that, as a less intense level.  So I’m definitely not new to brain fog!  It is something I’ve done battle with for several years now!  When I was unwell but still able to work, I had terrible brain fog.  

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Organic Aromas The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection Review

Organic Aromas // The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection

Hi guys!  I hope you’re well.  You may remember this post, where I reviewed Organic Aromas’ essential oil diffuser.  They’re a company I’ve got a great connection with, and really rate their products!  If you didn’t read that post, Organic Aromas are an American company, comprised of a group of passionate, experienced health care professionals.  They have combined knowledge from Asia with new technology to create a range of essential oil diffusers and oils.  They feel that using essential oils in our everyday lives can help us develop a richer, full lifestyle. 

Organic Aromas have recently brought out a new collection of essential oils – The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection.  It’s almost an anthology of oils, all brought together to work in harmony!  They very kindly sent me the oils to try, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own!

Organic Aromas The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection Review

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Exercise With Chronic Illness Achievement for All Exercise with CFS ME Fibromyalgia

Exercise With Chronic Illness? Yes, You Can!

Hey guys!  I know, I know – the title might be a bit provocative.  But you know I suffer from M.E and fibromyalgia, so I understand how hard it is to ‘exercise with chronic illness’ (or even make it out of bed!)  As my M.E is moderate to sometimes severe, physical activity is often very difficult for me.  What this post is going to be about is how all of us with chronic illnesses can do something, it’s about finding what works for your personal level.


My Inspiration/Sponsored Post

One thing that inspired this post was the reaction I had to my recent Spoonie New Years Resolutions post.  Often posts like that are discouraging, as they aim way too high for my level of health and I just can’t relate. Hitting the gym 5 times a week?  I’d be happy to make it out of bed 5 times in a week!!  So many spoonies contacted me to say that they’d enjoyed my post as it was more relevant and relatable to them.  When Mobility Nationwide contacted me about their #AchievementForAll campaign, it was the perfect timing!  

Inspired by the Rio Games last summer, Mobility Nationwide, who specialise in mobility vehicles, launched their campaign to encourage people of all levels into activity.  This times in perfectly with my own NYE resolution of re-starting hydrotherapy.  This post is sponsored by Mobility Nationwide, but all content, ideas and opinions are my own!


Exercise With Chronic Illness Achievement for All Exercise with CFS ME Fibromyalgia

Exercise With Chronic Illness – What is Exercise?

The important part of this is defining what we mean by ‘exercise’.  Of course, most healthy people would class exercise as going for a run, hitting the gym or doing yoga.  That is often completely unachievable for spoonies (obviously depending on your level of fatigue or disability).  What I’m talking about here could more accurately be defined as ‘activity’.  

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New Years Resolutions Spoonie Chronic Illness Motivation

My New Years Resolutions for 2017!

Hi guys – Happy New Year!  2016 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, so I really hope 2017 is much better for you if you’ve had a tough one 😀  I always used to make new years resolutions but stopped when I got ill, as the typical big challenges I used to set myself seemed completely unachievable.  I don’t know what has changed this time around, but I really felt like setting myself a few resolutions!  I think I’ve adapted to my chronic illnesses enough to know that I need to be realistic with my goals, and not set myself up to fail!

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My first three months of Pregabalin Lyrica Experiences Side Effects Facial Hair Growth

My first 3 Months of Pregabalin & Turning Into a Gorilla!

Hi guys!  How are you?  Let me know in the comments, I want to know! 🙂  I thought it might be interesting to blog about my first three months of taking Pregabalin.  I know it can be helpful for those deciding whether to take it, to read others’ experiences.  In my experience, the side effects they tell you about officially aren’t necessarily the only ones.  Actually talking to other people who take it, there are so many common side effects not even listed!  

By the way, I’m in the UK but if you’re reading from another country, Pregabalin may also be called Lyrica.

My first three months of Pregabalin Lyrica Experiences Side Effects Facial Hair Growth

What is Pregabalin?

I started taking Pregabalin in mid-June this year.  I was prescribed it by my pain clinic, to help with my chronic pain (caused by ME and fibromyalgia).  Pregabalin was actually initially intended to treat certain types of seizures in people with epilepsy.  I believe it is still  used for that, but is also now approved to treat pain.

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5 Spoonie Survival Essentials Spoonie Blog

5 Spoonie Survival Essentials!

Hi guys – welcome to my new readers, and welcome back if you’ve been here before!  When I first started this blog, it was to talk about my chronic illnesses.  Then my love for makeup and beauty sort of took over!  I love writing spoonie posts and connecting with you guys, so I really should do them more often.  With that in mind, here are my 5 spoonie survival essentials!    

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Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser Nebulizing Diffuser Review

Exploring Aromatherapy for Wellbeing // Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser // Review!

Hey guys!  I’ve been testing this little treasure behind the scenes for a while now.  I was approached by Organic Aromas, who offered to send me an essential oil diffuser to try.  They also kindly sent me a bottle of their Signature Blend Oil to get me started.  I’ve never used an essential oil diffuser before, but I do use oils in burners – the ones where you put a few drops in the top and light a candle underneath, to diffuse the scent.  I really like the traditional oil burners, but obviously you can’t leave them unattended and they use up a lot of tealights!  I was given this product free of charge in order to review, but as always, my opinions are honest and all my own. 

Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser Nebulizing Diffuser Review

Organic Aromas – Essential Oil Diffuser (Radiance)

Who Are Organic Aromas?

Organic Aromas are an American company, comprised of a group of passionate, experienced health care professionals.  They have combined knowledge from Asia with new technology to create a range of essential oil diffusers and oils.  They feel that using essential oils in our everyday lives can help us develop a richer, full lifestyle.  I don’t know about that, as my lifestyle doesn’t feel too rich when I’m stuck in bed ill, haha!  But saying that, I’ve actually really enjoyed playing around with different oils and scents, and it has genuinely been giving me pleasure!

Organic Aromas sell a range of essential oil diffusers, mostly around the $95 price-point (approx £70).  They also stock hand-carved diffusers, which are around $175 (approx £130).  In addition, they have a decent range of different essential oils, including blends, pure oils and gift sets. 

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