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Pathways Pain Relief Application

I have seen these pain relief apps and been curious for a while. The basis of science and the mind-body connection as a way to help treat chronic pain resonates strongly with me.

When I was offered the opportunity to review the Pathways Pain Relief App, I jumped! I am beginning a one year trial now in exchange for my honest review. I will keep you updated.

Pathways pain relief app

A bit about Pathways Pain Relief App:

It is designed for those of us with chronic pain – pain that has lasted more than three months, for which little helps. It provides an interactive journey through educational sessions in pain science, meditation and mindfulness and more.

What can Pathways help with?

According to their website any pain of a chronic nature (lasting three months). This includes fibromyalgia.

What can you expect from the app?

“We take patients on an interactive journey that starts with pain science education. Understanding that pain is much more complex (and interesting!) than a signal from damaged tissues, is an important step towards turning down the volume on pain.
We then move onto breaking any behaviours that could be keeping your pain system in high-alert. We also cover physical therapy, guided imagery, visulization and mindfulness exercises, hundreds of meditations and more.
Our sessions are audio based and between 2 and 20 minutes long.”

My take at the beginning of my journey with it

As a busy mama of three children five and under I don’t have the time for full on programme. I do have time for 2-20 minute audio sessions to be completed on my own schedule. In addition there really is nothing to lose, this is all natural and is bound to have relaxation benefits if nothing else. And we can all benefit from relaxing more.

The first thing I went through was the collection of meditations, there is a great selection for pain, relaxation, sleep and more. So that is a great resource.

I am looking forward to reporting back on my progress.

Please note: I never make things look like a cure all – there is no such thing. This could be one part of your fibromyalgia puzzle.

If you want to download it and have a look at the free content before purchasing, you can find more information here.

Have you tried the Pathways app? Or one similar? I’d love to hear your experience.


One of the things the You vs Fibromyalgia free micro course will take you through is pain relief. Sign up to my newsletter and receive access to this and more free resources.

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Rheumatologist

About seven years after my GP lazily
agreed that my symptoms are due to fibromyalgia – and sent me on my way with no extra help or information – I was finally referred to a rheumatologist.

I nervously made my way to the hospital, had my weight checked and waited for my appointment. I was hoping for a proper diagnosis (fibromyalgia or ME/CFS or both or something else) and some help.

The first 20 minutes were spent with me recounting the process of my symptoms, starting at 14 with lower arm pains, ending with my current moderate fatigue and all over pain. I cried. She agreed to give me a tissue if I promised not to stop crying.

She then explained that she believed that the mind and body are one. That emotional baggage can cause these symptoms.

Essentially, I left the appointment feeling that she thought psychotherapy would magically heal my pain, fatigue, digestive problems and candida problem.

She recommended two books to read:
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kulk
Meaning-full Disease by Brian Bloom

Being the book nerd I am, I will read these. And I’m very open to a mind/body connection. Perhaps my symptoms were brought on by prolonged stress and then my body became ill from that, then I need to treat body and mind.

But I had really hoped for more from the rheumatologist. I wanted a definitive diagnosis.

As I come off my disappointment low, I have noticed a few good things. I know I don’t have arthritis. I have a good, full breath, so now I have a response for physios who try to palm it off to breathing. And, I’m doing well as my own case manager.

I’m not getting any external help anytime soon. So I’d better get on.

Keep well.