I am in my first week of Control My Pain Program from the Survive Strive Thrive team which was designed to teach people holistic strategies to heal their pain. The whole course is video and audio content which I think makes it more interesting and easy to understand.

Week One is ‘Science of Pain’

After the introduction video, you are asked to take a quiz which explains about pain and how your brain intercepts pain signals. Next comes a video about neuroplasticity and your capacity to construct new links, and manage your pain followed by another quiz. The quizzes are all examples of neuroplasticity being used to heal or significantly reduce the impact of symptoms for a number of chronic conditions.

Next came Body Chemicals – did you know that your happy body chemicals already provide most of your pain relief. The next quiz asks you questions about body chemicals and lets you know if you have the answer correct or not ( I got them all right phew).

Then came the Science of Pain, Summary which is shown by a number of pictures with another quiz after you have seen the video. The week one’s course finishes with the Science of Pain Resources which gives you a list of helpful websites and books you could buy as well as the course resources.

So far I am enjoying this program as I have found the first week very easy. When I first set up this #backpainbloguk I took a home study course on Pain Management so that I could find out as much as possible to enable me to write a good blog so I feel sure that is why I am finding the program so good. I am looking forward to next week’s course which is called the Biopsychosocial which is something I have definitely not read about.

I will keep you posted. Hopefully, I will soon be able to write a great post on other ways to control your pain.




Five important points to remember to avoid #backpain when redesigning at home:-

Benchtop height – Low benchtops are a common cause of #backpain so it’s best to plan a bench height that is most pleasant for the main cook in the kitchen. Bench heights of 900mm to 950mm are most common.

If you have a laptop, consider putting it on a stand to adjust the height. • Check the lumbar support of your chair. Add a pillow or get a new chair if you have been experiencing lower #backpain. Invest in a few cushy pads to keep your wrists elevated as you type and use the mouse, especially if you spend a lot of time at the computer.

Mind your head – Leaning over your desk to reach up for a heavy object above shoulder height is a common culprit for many people’s #backpain, especially if they have been sitting at a desk for long periods first. A gentle stretch is beneficial, but a strain is most definitely not. We can’t always dictate where our shelving and storage is positioned and in many smaller home offices there are few other options.
asymmetry of photos vs symmetry of desk.

For anyone 5’8″ or less, a range’s ovens should be just fine with a little bend of the legs. For some, the commercial look of a range is worth the stooping and #backpain. If you’re considering paying Viking prices, consider higher performance options from Capital Culinarian or Bluestar’s RNB series, a little less expensive than Viking.

Think of the chair you will be sitting in at your desk – Mercado Office Chair with Mesh Back & Lumbar Panel


As I am sure most of you will have seen #Backpainuk has been nominated for an award from WEGO Health which was a lovely surprise for me and then I was told I am in the last three. Today is the last day for anyone to vote for you and Mike Dilke from UK Health Radio had a chat to Wego about this on his podcast this week. His other guests are a personal trainer and yoga teacher who give some tips to help us counteract a sedentary lifestyle.

WEGO Health explains all about their network of patient leaders of which I am one but this is open for anyone who writes/blogs/teaches/caregivers about their own or a particular health problem.  Their Patient Leader Network includes more than 100k patients and caregivers, across virtually all health conditions and topics. It’s comprised of health advocates, influencers and experts ready to transform healthcare by sharing their insights and expertise.

WEGO Health is committed to elevating the voice and visibility of Patient Leaders and offers their network members exclusive invitations to paid market research opportunities, freelance consulting projects, and empowering resources – to name a few. With access to paid opportunities and exclusive resources, together with their members, they aim to help solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

To join WEGO Health

Step One – Join Their Network

The first thing you should do is join their network!  

By joining their network, you are in their system for when they have an opportunity (like a survey, Truvio study or Community Insight Group) that matches your condition area. If they have an opportunity that they think is perfect for you, they will reach out to see if you’re available to participate. Most of these opportunities are paid. It’s important to keep this profile up to date with your most current info so that they can get in contact with you for opportunities, so if any of your information changes be sure to come back and update it.

Step Two – Create and promote your social feeds

Most of their patient leaders have created their networks and communities by using different forms of social media. This is arguably the most important way for you to spread the word of your advocacy work!

Step Three – Stay Connected to WEGO Health

Blog for them!

If you’d like to write a post for the WEGO Health blog, they say they would be happy to have you! They are looking for great stories about people overcoming obstacles and tackling health activism.  They are also looking for people to share the nitty-gritty of health activism, like how to start a blog, how to use social media for activism, or how to use a hashtag!

Make a Short Video!
Help them tell the world why advocacy is so important! Make a 1-minute video telling them why being a patient leader is so important to you! No need to be fancy, a cellphone video is just fine but film it horizontally.

Send Them Your Photo!
Patients and caregivers really love seeing the faces of people who are trying to make a change. Send them your photo and a 1-2 sentence bio about who you are and what you’re trying to do. They can use this to feature you on their Instagram and Twitter feeds! Be sure to include important URLs that they can share so patients will know how to get in contact with you.

If you’re interested in ANY of the above opportunities, send them an email and let them know! You can catch them at

Step Four – Reach Out to Us!

After you sign up for their network and build your social following, reach out to them so they can work on the items in Step Three and keep you involved with WEGO Health!


WEGO Health Experts


I have written an article before on #backpainbloguk about Polymyalgia Rheumatica which my sister was diagnosed with a few years ago but both Polymyalgia Rheumatica and #fibromyalgia keep popping up together so I decided to look into what the difference in between these two conditions.

Healthline wrote an article on this about the similarity with some of the symptoms.

When you have Polymyalgia Rheumatica you feel pain and stiffness in the muscles in your shoulders and upper arms (shoulder girdle) and hips (pelvic girdle). This feeling often comes after you’ve spent time resting, and is most severe upon awakening from sleep.

#Fibromyalgia can also cause muscle pain in the same parts of the body. But it’s more wide-spread and the pain is more severe. People with #fibromyalgia tend to experience other symptoms as well, which include tiredness, trouble sleeping, memory problems, bowel and bladder problems.

Both polymyalgia and fibromyalgia may cause depression related to living with a painful chronic condition.

According to the Mayo Clinic, older adults, usually over age 65, are more likely to be diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica. It’s rare in people under age 50, but anyone can get #fibromyalgia at any age. But it tends to be more common in women than in men.

It is possible for a person to have both Polymyalgia and fibromyalgia. Polymyalgia Rheumatica is an inflammatory form of arthritis. Fibromyalgia does not show traditional signs of inflammation, though some recent research from 2017 suggests it may also involve inflammation.

Blood tests can usually diagnose Polymyalgia, however, no single test can determine if a person has fibromyalgia, instead a physical exam that looks for specific tender points may be used. A doctor may also take blood samples to rule out inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.