Hi! So.. I try to keep the posts on my blog mostly cheerful. I always want my blog to be a place that reflects a sense of hope and healing, where people can come to feel uplifted. But... I also blog to share my truth with people, and to connect. And the truth is that … Continue reading Heat, Fibromyalgia, & Central Sensitivity Syndrome (or, why I can’t handle being hot!).
Hi everyone! I recently heard from a reader who was looking for some suggestions on where to turn next, in terms of finding a medical professional to help him. He said he'd been struggling with central sensitization syndrome for three years now, and had yet to receive any significant help. I thought his advice might … Continue reading How to find help for Central Sensitization
Wow... the past few months have been full of changes for me! There's been a lot to deal with... but at the same time, I've been learning from it, and figuring a lot out. I don't always feel inspired to share super personal stuff on this blog, but I've heard from a few readers -- … Continue reading So, I think I *do* have fibromyalgia, after all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtc2JARVpPw Hi everyone! Here's an amazing lecture from Dr. Sean Mackey of Stanford University on the various potential causes of fibromyalgia. On my blog, I tend to focus on the factor that I know has played the largest role most directly in my own life-- central sensitization. The idea that central nervous system can become … Continue reading Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain
A really important concept for anyone struggling with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or other chronic health conditions is the idea of "central sensitivity syndromes" (CSS for short). The term refers to any kind of condition that can be caused by a change in the way the nervous system processes pain (a process known as central sensitization). … Continue reading Central Sensitivity Syndromes
You've probably noticed that my blog is all about central sensitization-- the process through which the central nervous system can change over time and become more sensitive to pain. Personally, I find learning about central sensitization to be empowering. I spent years trying to find an answer for the pain and other symptoms I felt, only to … Continue reading How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)
Of course, I’m not saying everything is perfect now. But I’m definitely way better off than I was a few years ago, and a lot of that has to do with how I’ve changed my perspective on pain. Two important ways in which my thinking changed: 1) Understanding that not all pain comes from a … Continue reading How I’ve (Mostly) Made Sense of My Issues
**If you are new to my blog and would like to start at the beginning of this series, click here.** In some ways, the “cure” wasn’t a magic bullet. I still do have some pain, and in some ways my life hasn’t really changed. But in other ways, it was like magic. Finally, I had … Continue reading How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 5
This is the fourth part in a series about an amazing new approach to physical therapy for chronic pain patients. To start from the beginning, check out Part One, Two, and Three. For the first few visits, all Tim and I did was talk. He didn’t have me in the gym doing exercises like all … Continue reading How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point: Part Four
This is the second part in a series about a life-changing experience I had in physical therapy. To start from the beginning, check out Part One. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I think Tim expected me to be disappointed, or maybe even to contradict him. After all, he basically just told this patient … Continue reading How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part Two