Gastroscopy: The Day Of

After I wrote a detailed post about my last MRI scan a few people stated that they liked that kind of post and if I had any other procedures to write about those too. So here I am sharing all the secrets to my latest test at the Endoscopy Unit. I had a gastroscopy which is…

Worried About an MRI Scan? Tips and Advice

I’ve had MRI scans every year since I was 13; I’m now 30 so I’ve had quite a few. However, because I’m very claustrophobic, I always get anxious before the scan, and sometimes work myself up for a few days before despite knowing what to expect. I had a brain MRI scan a few weeks…

Health Update | PoTS Follow-Up

In  September I went for three days of autonomic tests at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery – you can read all about the tests I had here. I received a letter a few weeks after my tests with my results but obviously still had to have a follow-up appointment with my consultant. I…

PoTS: Autonomic Tests at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Last week I travelled down to London to spend three days having tests at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. I’d been a few months prior to see a new consultant who suggested I go through the autonomic tests so she would have a better idea on how to treat me. I was diagnosed…

Three Month Follow-Up: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme

If you pop by here often, you’ll know that in August I spent three weeks in Stanmore hospital undertaking their incredible pain management programme. Last week I went back for my three month follow-up; my actual follow-up was supposed to be in November but I couldn’t make it as I went home for my nephews…

What I Learnt at RNOH Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme

‘They tried to make me go to rehab’…and I went. I’m on my fourth week home from spending three weeks in Stanmore, on the amazing, life-changing Pain Management Programme. I intend on writing more in-depth posts about various things I learnt during my time in hospital but thought I’d give you a little inside scoop of what…

Rehab Fam: Amazing Friends from RNOH

So many people have asked me how I got on during my three week stay in RNOH Stanmore for Pain Management and are surprised by my answer of ‘amazing’ or ‘I bloody loved it.’It’s the truth, other than learning about my condition and ways to manage it, I made some incredible friends. Every night when…

Week Three: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Eight

| Day One | That was my last night in the hotel; I can’t believe I’m already in my final week of rehab. I arrived at Stanmore at 9 am and unpacked my things ready for the weekend review. I completed the majority of my goals but didn’t download WorkRave as I was being stubborn…

Week Two: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Seven

| Day One | I stayed at a hotel again last night and had a decent night’s sleep. I arrived on the ward at 9 am and the nurses helped me in with my bags; after unpacking I went for a Weekend Review and the group shared whether they had achieved their weekend goals. I…

Week One: Stanmore Pain Management and Rehabilitation Programme, Part Six

| Day One | I had a very early start and didn’t sleep well. I Skyped my best friends and boyfriend last night for some last minute encouragement. My bags were brought in from the car by one of the nurses so I didn’t have to struggle and I was shown to my bed. My…