Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science

I wanted to share a really important post with you all this morning, from the author of Chronically Undiagnosed. She’s a therapist who is dealing with chronic illness.  Recently, she wrote about her experience attending a chronic pain support group that incorporated some of the theories of modern pain science… but did so very badly.Continue reading “Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science”

The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).

Using metaphors to explain how pain works One of the original reasons I started this blog was to get the word out about the various pain scientists and educators whose work has touched my life (including, but not limited to, Neil Pearson and Lorimer Moseley). From them, I’ve learned that pain isn’t here to makeContinue reading “The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).”

Pain is like Memory: Dr. Jay Joshi on Central Sensitization

Okay.  I’ve really been looking forward to publishing this post. Here, we’re revisiting the same great talk by pain physician Dr. Jay Joshi.  In my last post, I outlined what Dr. Joshi says are the four main categories of pain. Central sensitization is the type that is, unfortunately, the least understood.  And it’s also theContinue reading “Pain is like Memory: Dr. Jay Joshi on Central Sensitization”

The Four Categories of Pain– Dr. Jay Joshi

Hi everyone! I’ve just discovered this awesome talk on central sensitization by pain management physician Dr. Jay Joshi.  It’s totally packed with information I want to share with you all– such as why it’s so hard to get help for central sensitization, and how ketamine infusion treatments can help.  There’s so much here, though, that I thought I’dContinue reading “The Four Categories of Pain– Dr. Jay Joshi”

Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain

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 moreContinue reading “Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain”