After trying an actual metric fuck tonne of treatments for my jaw, I've decided to go for surgery to correct my bite, which should ease (hopefully get rid of) my pain. But because I'm a special snowflake and can't do things normally, it turns out I've got to have the surgery BEFORE having braces. Usually… Continue reading Next steps…
I constantly feel like I have to 'prove' I'm unwell in order to be taken seriously. Like a lot of invisible illnesses, people don't believe in things they can't see. Which I kinda get. You can't see fairies or unicorns or leprechauns. Doesn't mean they're not there. (They exist. Fight me.) I have TemporoMandibular Joint… Continue reading But you don’t look sick…
So, I like clothes. I like make up. I like sparkly accessories and jewellery. But as a spoonie, it's hard to find the energy to get dressed up for bed, let alone leaving the house. So I like to make sure I wear stuff that's comfy AND stylish all in one. I also have a… Continue reading Not dressed up, and nowhere to go
"Oii, Chinner!" I was about 12 when some random lad called me this in the hallway at school. I can't remember if I said anything back to him - I probably just laughed it off. Cos that's what I did. Who I was. The funny one. The girl who got on better with the lads… Continue reading Me and my Smile – some stuff about body positivity
So. I've been taken on by Coventry Hospital's maxillofacial department who are going to perform my surgery and fit my braces. And man, are they awesome or what. Also, my dentist is a major rock star too. I've been seeing the consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary for about 4 years, and have been seeing my… Continue reading Oh, Coventry. Home of awesome doctors
So, being a chronic pain sufferer sucks. No two ways about it. No matter what kind of illness/disease/condition you are dealing with, there is a shit ton of other stuff you have to worry about. For me, my TMJD is triggered mostly by talking, laughing, smiling; all good things in life. So this in turn… Continue reading Stuff on the side (Side Effects)
So, I'm what you would call 'known' to my doctor's surgery. And the Maxillofacial department at my hospital. I go a lot. Like, A LOT. I've been to my GP more times than I can count. As a child, I was always there with my tonsils or a cold or a stomach ache. As a… Continue reading Doctor Doctor…
So I'm currently at a music gig with my big sister who is also my best friend, having a fantastic time. Slightly tipsy and having a nice little dance. Then it hits and I'm having a cold sweat, pain is ramping up and I'm struggling to concentrate on anything thats happening around me. So I'm… Continue reading Party like a spoonie
I've struggled with my whole ear/nose/throat area for as long as I can remember. Ear infections, tonsillitis, sore throats: all on a regular basis. Every time I went swimming, I would get a really painful ear infection. Constantly down with bouts of tonsillitis too - I seemed to catch it as easily as catching a… Continue reading Let’s take it back to the beginning.
Remember when you were a kid and you'd make dens all over house with sheets and blankets? And then you'd sit in them for hours and read, or have a snack, or play a game. Best fun ever, amirite? Since becoming a chronic pain sufferer, I've considered my bed to be like those dens or… Continue reading Bed Fort. Bort. Lol, Laura you’re an idiot.