Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence

One of the things I really admire about Neil Pearson’s approach to chronic pain treatment is his optimism about our ability to re-train our nervous systems, once they’ve become sensitized to pain. Chronic pain is obviously not a cheerful topic. Those of us who’ve struggled with it know what it’s like to come home from … More Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence

“Why are you writing about overcoming pain, when you’re still in pain?”

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?”

Nervous System Basics

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

Pain Neurotags– Human AntiGravity Suit

A pain neurotag has to do with our brains’ representations of pain.  Individual people process pain differently, and many different factors affect how our brains process and store memories of painful events. I thought this was a great post from Human AntiGravity Suit on how two professional athletes might experience and store memories of injuries … More Pain Neurotags– Human AntiGravity Suit

Violins and enhanced sensory maps

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 though everyone’s finger was pricked in … More Violins and enhanced sensory maps