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.
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 make … Continue reading The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJsuZFteWHI 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 … Continue reading Pain is like Memory: Dr. Jay Joshi on Central Sensitization
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJsuZFteWHI 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 … Continue reading The Four Categories of Pain– Dr. Jay Joshi
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
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 I … Continue reading The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)
Whew. I have really enjoyed writing my more personal posts recently-- I love to tell a good story, and to feel as though my past experiences have some meaning. (And I've really appreciated all your kind words, comments, and shares!). But also, wow-- some of those posts were very emotional for me. Right now I’m … Continue reading Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8defN4iIbho I never know quite what to call the posts in which I share a video. Every title I think of sounds either click-baity or boring. Like for this one: “Mayo Clinic doctor explains central sensitization.” “Awesome video on central sensitization,” etc. etc. In this day and age… what do you call something that truly … Continue reading What I really want you to know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdFJOcaVDYU I've been writing about some heavy stuff recently, so I thought it would be a good time to share something that makes me feel really hopeful: Christopher deCharms is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur who, along with other prominent researchers such as Dr. Sean Mackey, is paving the way towards using brain imaging to study … Continue reading Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time
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