Relieving headaches and migraines

I am unfortunate enough to suffer with chronic headaches on top of all the other wonderful things wrong with my body. The Drs aren’t sure if it’s part of my EDS, a side effect of any of the many meds I take or just unrelated but I’ve had them for years and I am kind of used to having a headache these days but some times they blossom into a full blown migraine or just a really really bad headache both of which cause me to fantasise about removing my head or imagining my head explode as that’s what it feels like is going to happen.

I’ve tried painkillers but they don’t really work. Paracetamol is pretty useless now. The co-dydramol I take for my joint pain is well known for causing headaches so I try to avoid that when I have one and I can’t take ibuprofen.

This has caused me to try alternative routes minus the removing my head. I’m a big fan of lying in a dark room with a cold flannel and trying not to move too much but that’s not always practical. So here’s two things I’ve found that help.

Kool ‘n’ Soothe Gel pads £3.25

4head Stick £4.95

Treat&Ease cooling gel patch (I couldn’t find them on boots site but here’s boots own version £2.89)

Then of course there’s the usual, dark quiet room, stay hydrated and try and sleep it off.

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The Migraine Kool n soothe pads come in packs of two and are really easy to get into. The treat&ease pads come individually wrapped but the plastic wrapper is really hard to get off and resulted in a few dislocated fingers and having to use my teeth.

I always turn to these when I have a particularly bad headache as a damp cloth usually results in my pillow being wet and not solving my headache problem. These just stick to your forehead and feel heavenly however you do look like a bit of an idiot and they’re not great for being in public. My mum calls them my head sanitary towels. 

I compared the two as I wanted to see how the cheaper option measured up. Aside from the ease of getting into them I’m not sure how much difference there was. The kool n soothe pads do tend to stay on a tad longer & I did think they felt a bit cooler when on but I suppose it depends on how much you want to pay. I think I’ll probably stick to the slightly more expensive ones.

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The 4head stick is what I turn to when I don’t want to walk around with a gel pad on my forehead. I have no idea how it works but it does. It tingles a bit and feels cool and really does help with a headache. It is well worth every penny. I need to replace this one as it’s nearly empty and has started to crystallise but they last for a long time. 

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And here’s a picture of how awesome you could look with the must have headache accessory.

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What do you find helps with a headache?

Any tips?

Beth…x

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Gym stuff wishlist

I do have some posts that aren’t wishlists to come up soon, I just have to get around to writing them which hopefully I’ll do over the weekend. So for now here’s the gym/lounging around stuff I want in my life.

I really need some more gym stuff but that’s not something I particularly want to spend my precious pennies on when there are so many prettier and more exciting things I could buy. However Matalan & Asda have a pretty good selection of gym stuff for pretty low prices and they are great for bad pain days and hospital appointments.

I already own the front zip sports bra and it is better than my more expensive one and so much easier for my crappy shoulders. I cant have the pull over your head sports bras because they just result in me getting stuck and dislocating shoulders which isn’t particularly fun and kind of embarrassing when you have to get your mum to help you out of said predicament. This solves all problems and is super comfy. It also gets worn when my costochondritis is flaring but I have to go out in public so need a bra.

I also already own the grey cropped leggings. So far these have only been worn to the gym once as they are so comfy I tend to wear them on bad pain days and when certain clothing irritates my skin hence the need for another pair. These are also comfier than the £24 pair of karrimor ones I bought to start with.

I really want to try the asda leggings as they look super comfy too and the Matalan shorts look great for when the weather gets warmer. I also need some more gym tops as I only have one tatty vest top that I have to keep washing.

My gym wear always doubles up for the complete opposite of its intended purpose as they are great for when I cant get away with wearing pyjamas but just don’t have the energy to get dressed in real clothes.

Gym stuff wishlist

1. Active Vest Top £8

2. Front Zip Sports Bra £8

3. Active Bubble Hem T-Shirt £8

4. Athletic Works Neon Side Piped Cropped Leggings £10

5. Active Shorts £8

6. Active Crop Leggings £10

Beth…x

River Island Accessories Lust List

I’ve spent way too much money recently so decided to go on a bit of a spending ban but of course now that I can’t spend any money I want to buy everything. Luckily the thought of saving up for summer holidays is keeping me strong. Just be prepared for lots of wishlists and lust lists over the next few months.

So here’s what I am lusting after in River Island at the moment.

The pale pink quilted bag is gorgeous although it would be perfect if it had a longer strap. I couldnt decide which colour of the snake print bags I preferred. I think I’m leaning more towards the blue.

I’m obsessed with cat eye sunglasses after buying a pair last summer and these 3 are gorgeous colours. I adore the light green pair but I’m not a massive fan of brown lenses but the pink pair are perfect.

Pale pinks seem to be everywhere at the moment and I’m not normally a pastel girl but I am loving them this year. The black tote bag would never happen but I do love it, its the perfect size and would go with everything.

River Island Accessories Wish List

1. Light Pink Quilted Underarm Bag £28

2. Blue Leather Snake Satchel £45

3.  Pink Leather Snake Satchel £45

4. Black Cat Eye Sunglasses £13

5. Light Green Cat Eye Sunglasses £10

6. Light Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses £10

7. Cream Contrast Panel Doctors Bag £40

8. Light Pink Chain Trim Bowler Bag £37

9. Black Leather Metal Trim Tote Bag £80

What are you lusting after at the moment?

Beth…x

Shine on Award

I got nominated for the shine award by the lovely Tamara. If you haven’t already you should definitely go check out her blog as it’s one of my favourites. I had never heard of the shine award before but it made my day to be nominated. 

 
There are five rules for The Shine Award, which are:
 
1. You must display The Shine On Award logo in your blog post.
 
2.  You must acknowledge the blogger who nominated you within your post and include a link to their blog.
 
3. You must share 7 random and interesting facts about yourself.
 
4. You must nominate 15 bloggers that you adore and think deserve the award, linking their blog in your post.
 
5. You must contact your chosen bloggers to let them know that they have been nominated.
 
 
Now onto the facts
 
1. I have no idea what my natural hair colour is, I haven’t seen it since I was about 14.
 
2. I really want to be a mermaid
 
3. I used to own 2 horses, a welsh mountain pony and an ex racehorse and I would do anything to own one again
 
4. I own soo many pairs of shoes yet I tend to kick my shoes off at every opportunity (Plus side to using a wheelchair is no need for shoes)
 
5. I can’t cope with my knees touching so if I’m lying in bed I need a pillow between my knees
 
6. I hate wearing trousers and will mainly be seen in shorts/skirts with tights and its been about 3 years since I wore jeans
 
7.  When I was born I was predicted to be 5″ 8, I think they miscalculated as I am only just 5″ 3.
 
I would like to nominate
 

 

Thanks again to Tamara for the nomination, you really made my day. And you guys should go check out my lovely nominees.

Beth…x

River Island Kimono Wishlist

I am in love with the kimono trend. They make you look like you made way more effort with your outfit than you actually did. They can be casual or dressed up and they’re super comfy. I tried on Number 1 today and was so tempted to buy it as its gorgeous, even though Im not normally a flowers person, but I’m trying to save some pennies at the moment. I also tried on number 4 but wasn’t sure about the tassels. It did look really nice though.
 
River Island Kimono Wishlist
 

1. Black Floral Print Kimono £35

2. Black Abstract Embellished Trim Kimono £40

3. Black Embellished Trim Kimono £35

4. Pink Floral Oriental Longline Kimono £40

5. Blue Tiger Print Satin Burnout Kimono £40

Are you a kimono fan?
Which one out of the 5 do you prefer?
Beth…x

Pillow Fort Magazine

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Finally getting around to writing a post about this amazing magazine. The Pillow Fort was started by Lizzy who is totally awesome. The site has all sorts of amazing things on it like a blog with lots of interesting and helpful posts, a shop with lots of products that make having a chronic illness so much easier and better and of course the magazine.

The magazine is £3 which is a really good price. For that you get a 46 page magazine with around 19 submissions from others with various chronic illnesses and the magazine comes in PDF format so you can take it with you on your phone/tablet. The Pillow Fort is all about positivity, self care and thriving with chronic illness. This is a great idea as sometimes having a chronic illness can get you down.

I haven’t quite finished reading the whole magazine yet but it is amazing and there are some really interesting articles and I have enjoyed reading every single page.

So to get your own copy…

Click here to visit The Pillow Fort.

You can also follow the Pillow Fort on twitter

Shop Dixi Midi Rings

As mentioned in my after exams haul post I recently added to my Shop Dixi midi ring collection. I am obsessed with midi rings and Shop Dixi has an amazing collection. I want everything from them and it’s really hard resisting spending all my money there.

So far I have

Show Me The Way Midi Ring in Silver £12

Rose Gold Wishbone Midi Ring £8

Plain Band Midi Ring Silver £8

They look great on and it means I can wear more rings as I was starting to run out of fingers. I have noticed a bit of discolouration on the plain band and I do get the slight green finger but a slick of clear nail polish on the ring every now and then sorts that out. Delivery was really quick and a decent price. You can also be entered into a monthly prize draw by uploading a picture of your purchases.

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(L-R Plain band, Show me the way)

You can also follow them on twitter and they occasionally tweet discount codes.

Anyone else have anything from here?

What’s your favourite?

Beth…x