Hi everyone-- So, I think I'm officially going to be fine :) In a nutshell, my symptoms are improving so rapidly that I expect to make a full recovery. In more detail: I did follow up with a neurologist yesterday, who also thought my exam looked normal, except for the sensations of tingling and numbness … Continue reading A happy update :)
Hi everyone! So... this is not all what I had been planning to write about this week. But I had the craziest experience this weekend, and I feel a responsibility to spread the word about what happened to me. (My apologies to those of you who follow My Sacroiliac Joint Saga as well-- you're going to get … Continue reading Why I spent the weekend in the ER after a chiropractor visit
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
Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great summer. I just wanted to let you know that I recently added a new section to my blog, to focus on central sensitization. When I began this blog in late 2012, I started out writing about the topics of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, terms which most of my … Continue reading Shedding light on central sensitization
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6--CMhcCfQ Tonight I'm throwing it back to this amazing 2011 lecture on chronic pain given by Dr. Elliot Krane of Stanford University. I found his talk around the time I was first starting this blog, back in 2012, and it really inspired me to try to tell my own story with complex pain problems. Dr. Krane … Continue reading The best TED talk ever: Elliot Krane on the Mystery of Chronic pain
In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and goals, I thought I’d share this really great article I found recently on nutrition “myths.” Fitness Magazine interviewed registered dietitians on how their perspectives on healthy eating have changed over time. These RD’s talk about some of the conventional wisdom regarding nutrition coming out of recent decades, … Continue reading Out with the old: Saying goodbye to 90’s nutrition advice
Update, Jan. 2018: Hi everyone– I’ve learned a ton since I wrote this post. Be sure to check out my other site, My Sacroiliac Joint Saga! And now, the original post: I've held off on writing this post until I was absolutely sure, but the time has come for me to make my official pronouncement. In … Continue reading The end of my SI joint problems is officially in sight.