Heaven on 8,820 nails…

I am SO sick of being sick! I’ve had a chest infection for almost a month now, and am driving myself insane, let alone everyone else! Three GP opinions later I have finally been given some antibiotics to help get rid of it – we all know antibiotics aren’t the best answer, but with all of the methotrexate and the biologicals I’m on, my immune system is constantly being suppressed, so it’s time to give in and get a little extra help to boost my immune defence and finally get rid of this bloody infection.

I’ve had to stop taking my biologicals for the moment until I’m feeling back to normal, but I’m still – reluctantly – taking the methotrexate. It’s my chemo day today and am feeling especially sluggish.

The most annoying thing about being ill is that you have NO energy, so all I can do is try and rest. Which means being horizontal. Which is an absolute no no for my back when I’m having to lie around all day. This afternoon I could barely stand straight. so along with a little spinal stretch on my faithful foam roller, I had just the thing to help…

For anyone who’s ever had acupuncture and found that it made a difference, I am right there with you. It had so many benefits, it saved me from my horrendous insomnia some years back, along with soothing my aching muscles and easing my back pain somewhat. What it didn’t do, however, was save me money. God it’s expensive!!

Now THIS is a game changer:

If you haven’t heard of Bed of Nails… look them up. These guys have come up with an acupressure mat- it’s a foam mat with 8,820 little plastic spikes which you lie on and it gives you all kinds of benefits:

  1. Relieves chronic back and neck pain (they do a neck pillow version too and it’s fab)
  2. Reduces stress and anxiety
  3. Increases blood circulation
  4. Increases energy levels


It’s not as painful as you might expect – once your body weight is even across it it’s absolutely fine, quite enjoyable even! It’s best to be wearing light thin clothing for this – I haven’t quite worked up to lying on it with bare skin yet – ouch!!

Because of my back, it’s a little too uncomfortable to lie flat on the floor for a long period of time, but it’s fab to put on the sofa and / or bed, and the neck pillow is perfect for this too.

You can also put the neck pillow in the arch of your back if you get sore when sitting up right – the neck pillow is probably my fave item.

With the mat you can even stand on it and do your feet. Pretty painful though to start with, I’m too much of a wimp to do that at the mo ☺️. One day!

They’re easy to travel around with as they come in these handy travel bags.

t them online and in a variety of colours now. About half an hour in the evening on this and it's SOOOO good. I highly recommend!

I need to try more of their products – they do aromatherapy oils and candles too – my fave!!



Author: crystalclearjo

Thirty something northerner living with Psoriatic Arthritis and a host of spine niggles. Busy proving life isn't all about pain...

One thought on “Heaven on 8,820 nails…”

  1. Hi Jo,
    I just wanted you to know that I’m reading your blog. You’re very brave in putting it ‘out there’.
    Every individual situation with these kinds of health issues are different, of course. However many of the things you mention are so familiar to us. Your opening line of “I’m sick of feeling sick” is what makes me respond tonight. Tim has had almost 30 years of feeling like this since the Glandular Fever, penicillin poisoning which induce hepatitis. This led to ME. I too have had chronic bronchitis regularly which has, in the past, taken up to 5 months out of each year, coughing and staying in bed. Yes! We relate to your plight.
    I had very successful treatment with Aunty Carole. I haven’t coughed for 3 years now. But Tim won’t try this route. He’s not ready.
    I just wanted you to know that you’re not alone. It’s tough and we can relate. Keeping a positive frame of mind is a challenge. Aa you know we have our faith and a view of the future that is different, to many which, helps us immensely …but we still have those dark days.
    I hope your new bed of nails gives you some relief and rest.
    Sleep well tonight Jo.
    Lots of love,
    Your cuz!
    Maree xxx


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