Central Sensitivity Syndromes

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”

How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)

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 toContinue reading “How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)”

How I’ve (Mostly) Made Sense of My Issues

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 aContinue reading “How I’ve (Mostly) Made Sense of My Issues”

How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 5

**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 hadContinue reading “How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 5”

How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point: Part Four

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 allContinue reading “How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point: Part Four”