Something you might not know is that I spend a lot of time answering emails from readers looking for advice on their own health issues. I do my best to offer advice and get people pointed in the right direction. It means a lot to me to feel as though my experience has served a purpose, and that some good can come out of what I’ve been through.
I’ve been meaning to write some more personal posts telling about my stories with various running injuries, compartment syndrome, etc.
However, in the meantime, I thought I would just offer this general list of health conditions I feel I can offer some advice on.
I want to be clear about the fact that I do not currently possess any medical certifications. But I can offer you advice as a fellow chronic pain sufferer and as a friend. (And my physical therapy prerequisites mean I have a better understanding of medical terminology than the average person).
Basically, what I can do is relay lessons from my own experience to help try to get you pointed in the right direction, and help you try to find the right people who do have the necessary certifications to help you.
Some of the conditions I’ve listed below are actually not things I’ve experienced personally– they are either topics I’ve become knowledgeable about through the course of my own research, or health conditions experienced by my own family members/friends. (I enjoy helping people, so I tend to naturally fall into the role of “coach”).
So, with that being said, here is a general list, with links to my writing or further resources when relevant:
Fibromyalgia (physical & mental symptoms)
Biomechanics (how to set up your life better to reduce pain)
Running injuries (muscle strains, shin splints, etc.)
Digestive problems (irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia-related, various tests you can ask your doctor for)
Because I am not a medical professional, there is a limit to the extent I will be able to provide support. I will let you know when there is a question I do not feel qualified to answer. Really, my goal here is to help you determine your next step, and help you get moving on your way again. And it means a lot to me to be able to do so.
Hope to hear from you!