Central Sensitization

Central sensitization is a process in which the central nervous system becomes more sensitive to pain, as result of some sort of trauma or insult to the body.  It’s had a huge impact on my own life, one that’s stretched far beyond the initial injuries that caused me to develop it in the first place.

I’ve recently begun to tell the story of “How I developed central sensitization,” in a series posts about how, after years of abusing my body as a high school athlete with an eating disorder, I finally stretched my nervous system to the breaking point.

These stories are incredibly personal to me, yet I believe central sensitization is a dramatically under-recognized problem, and my goal here is to raise awareness.  It took me years of suffering before I understood what was happening, and it shouldn’t have to be that way.

So on my blog, I tell my own personal stories as well as highlight research that I find noteworthy.  After all, the more we know as patients, the better we can advocate for ourselves.

Here are some of the posts I’ve written on central sensitization so far:

How I developed central sensitization — the story of my own journey

Making sense of the science: