Ironically, I have a feeling this is going to be somewhat of a meandering post… because I have a lot of thoughts I want to share on the topic of staying in place. I moved somewhat recently (last spring) after living with family for several years. I didn’t move far (still in the suburbs of… More Sense of Place
Central sensitization: the back story to just about every story I tell on this blog. I’ve written the phrase a million times, but always in passing, always with a link to an article somewhere else. I think it’s high time the topic gets its own post. Practice Makes Perfect We’ve all heard the phrase “practice… More What is central sensitization?
I’ve noticed something about myself, since I started this blog. I love, love, love sharing my writing with others, and forming connections. Every time I have a meaningful moment on here– let’s say I publish a particularly personal post, and people really respond to it– I’m exhilarated. I get totally fired up. I start planning… More Fear of authenticity
I have recently discovered the most amazing blog: “para las fridas,” by C. Luepkes, and I really think you all should check it out. The following quote is from C.’s post “A Returning,” in which she describes her decision to return to her blog again following an absence. I identify with every word, and of… More Hope & Narrative
In Part 1 of this series, I explained how the learning the “muscle energy technique” from my physical therapist Paula marked a turning point for me in my SI joint journey. Above, I’m including a Youtube video of a physical therapist demonstrating this technique. (I actually use a few different variations on the moves she… More An Update on my Sacroiliac Joint Saga, Part 2
Originally posted on Sunlight in Winter:
I recently learned about a fascinating study that I had to share with you all. Researchers took two groups of people– professional violinists and regular, everyday people off the street– and pricked everyone’s index finger with a pin. The violinists reported feeling much more pain than the non-violinists, even…
A frustrated family member asked me this question once, and it really stuck with me. As much as I believe in my own reasons for writing, it kind of freaked me out. What if other people are wondering the same thing? How can I have an entire series of posts about how my life was… More “Why are you writing about overcoming pain, when you’re still in pain?”
A few days ago, I went for a walk around this beautiful historical estate that’s practically next to where I live now. I’ve been making some big changes in my life recently, and some of them have been pretty difficult. This park feels like home to me, so I went there to clear my head.… More I understood myself only after…
For some reason, my post on my issues with the sacroiliac joint has been getting a ton of views recently. I’m not sure what happened– whether Google decided to rank my blog more prominently in its search results, or if more people are aware of the sacroiliac joint in general, and looking to find answers. … More An update on my sacroiliac joint saga
“Most of the stories we are told now are written by novelists and screenwriters, acted out by actors and actresses, stories that have beginnings and endings, stories that are not real. The stories we can tell each other have no beginning and ending. They are a front row seat to the real experience. Even though… More “Real Stories Take Time”
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential,… More Telling the whole story
So, you may have noticed that I haven’t written very much recently. Since I started my blog, my policy was generally only to write if things were going well– or at least, to only highlight the positive. The Internet is tricky. We’re all still figuring out– and as we figure it out, it’s constantly changing.… More To Be Professional, or Authentic?
One of the things that’s helped me as a chronic pain sufferer is to learn all I can about the nervous system, as well as the research that is being done to someday develop more chronic pain treatments. It’s not so much that I needed to understand every word, so much as the fact that… More Nervous System Basics, Part 2: Excitatory vs Inhibitory
As I’ve said time and time again, I really feel that people living with chronic pain/fibromyalgia can benefit immensely from learning about how the body works. Even the feeling that you are just beginning to understand the complex processes making up your experience of pain can help give you a sense of control over things.… More Nervous System Basics
The nervous system has a system of checks and balances that ultimately determine how strong a pain signal is experienced by the individual. Different parts of the spinal cord and brain can play a role in either magnifying or weakening the pain signals traveling through them. How a pain signal is amplified or dampened depends… More Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street