So, I think I *do* have fibromyalgia, after all.

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.”

The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Okay, so here’s the story of the time I thought I’d found the right person to help me, which of course, made it all the more disappointing when it didn’t turn out to be the case. In telling my story, I’m choosing to gloss over every little ache and pain I had; every time IContinue reading “The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)”

New York Times: The Heart Perils of Pain Relievers

An interesting look at the risks that come from taking anti-inflammatory medications. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/the-heart-perils-of-pain-relievers/?_r=0 The article quotes one doctor as saying, “If these drugs are making your life a lot better, that may be worth the risks.  But a lot of people will tell you, ‘I can’t tell if they’re doing anything, I just take themContinue reading “New York Times: The Heart Perils of Pain Relievers”

Why do some hospitals get away with charging such exorbitant prices?

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a ground-breaking report yesterday looking at the average prices charged by 3,000 U.S. hospitals for the “top 100 most frequently billed charges.” The report shows that different hospitals appear to charge wildly different prices for the same procedures, seemingly without any rhyme or reason.  While one hospitalContinue reading “Why do some hospitals get away with charging such exorbitant prices?”

“Science-based” vs. “evidenced-based” medicine

Over the years, I’ve seen the words “evidence-based” used to justify a lot of concepts I find dubious.  (Trust me– I saw some pretty ridiculous things during the time I worked in a mental health group home). This article from Paul Ingraham at PainScience.com in favor of moving from evidence-based to science-based medicine was music to my ears. Continue reading ““Science-based” vs. “evidenced-based” medicine”