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

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

Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment

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

How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)

You've probably noticed that my blog is all about central sensitization-- the process through which the central nervous system can change over time and become more sensitive to pain. Personally, I find learning about central sensitization to be empowering.  I spent years trying to find an answer for the pain and other symptoms I felt, only to … Continue reading How Clifford Woolf discovered central sensitization (and why you shouldn’t blame yourself for chronic pain)

Let’s give this a whirl: explaining a scientific article in plain English

Tonight, I'm going to try out a type of post I've been wanting to write for a while: taking a scientific journal article on central sensitization, and translating it into plain English for my readers. I got the idea from Paul Ingraham of PainScience.com.  He has a fantastic "jargon-to-English" article on central sensitization on his … Continue reading Let’s give this a whirl: explaining a scientific article in plain English

Todd Hargrove: Seven Things You Should Know About about Pain Science

As I've mentioned recently, two things make me really happy, which I plan to focus on more in my blogging in 2017: Great explanations of pain and the nervous system Amazing writing and creative use of language Well, this fantastic article on pain science by Todd Hargrove at Better Movement has both, so of course it had … Continue reading Todd Hargrove: Seven Things You Should Know About about Pain Science

The best TED talk ever: Elliot Krane on the Mystery of Chronic pain

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