I have returned from another of my tireless (?!) expeditions to the shops in search of products useful to us fibromites, and I have discovered a few!
1st stop M&S.
I found a 2pack of tee shirt bras for £16, and can report that as well as being reasonably priced and good quality, they fit well, and are blissfully soft and comfy. You can have a free bra-fit with a trained assistant, and there are lots of matching knicks available - all in a wide range of sizes from insignificant to tremendous.
I also found some pretty silk and cotton mix shirts, which are a tad expensive at £27.50, but again, beautifully soft, floaty and comfy, and they wash and wear very well indeed. I bought my first one three years ago, and it still looks new. I would recommend a size larger than your usual fitting - for comfort.
2nd stop Schuh.
Bought a pair of their GoWalk pumps. Very pricey at £46, but worth it if you suffer with your feet as I do. The shoes are soft, seamless and lined, and have a shaped, foot-supporting inner sole. They are machine washable, available in several trendy colours, and are very roomy - you might need a smaller size. The best thing is that Schuh will give you your money back if you don't like them - no matter if you have worn them!
These shoes are very comfortable indeed, and even manage to look quite smart. Lovely with trousers, but OK with casual dresses and skirts.
3rd stop Asda.
Now this is the biggie! We all avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague -- they definitely upset me terribly and make my joints ache even more - so I was interested when Stevia was introduced, as it is a natural product, no nasty chemicals.
I have researched it thoroughly - apparently it has been used for thousands of years in South America, as a sweetener and a medicine, and there are no recorded ill-effects.
It seems to have a mild blood-pressure reducing property if you take a lot of it, but this is unlikely to be significant.
I rushed out and bought some,(brand name Truvia) but it was VERY expensive at almost £5 for a dinky jar, and what's more, it had a faint, rather unpleasant, liquorice aftertaste - disappointing!
Well, Asda are now marketing their own brand of stevia which is much, much cheaper at £2.58 for a large jar, so I have bought some. It is free of aftertaste, due to new refining techniques, and it tastes very good - nicer than Canderel, and with a good 'mouth feel' that you don't get with artificial sweeteners.
This could be a godsend to the weight reducers among us, also diabetes sufferers, and those wishing to avoid sugar for the sake of their teeth.
I'm happy to use this on my fruit and cereal, and am fairly confident that I'll have no ill-effects from it - I will let you know!
I will be shopping again before too long - if I have any money left, so if I find anything useful, I will tell you all about it!