How I developed central sensitization, Part 4

I began to wonder if something about the compartment syndrome and the leg surgery could have changed something in my chemical makeup, weakening my body and depleting its healing response. After all, pain was supposed to be my body’s way of telling me that I was injured.  Something was broken; something was wrong. Time andContinue reading “How I developed central sensitization, Part 4”

The way I wish I could write: Natalie Breuer, “On Depression”

I haven’t written much yet on my struggles with depression in my teens/early 20’s. Those are perhaps my most real memories.  They made me who I am; they prepared me for what came next.  (After all, if I could make it through some of those dark times, I could definitely make it through physical pain).Continue reading “The way I wish I could write: Natalie Breuer, “On Depression””

How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 5

**If you are new to my blog and would like to start at the beginning of this series, click here.** In some ways, the “cure” wasn’t a magic bullet.  I still do have some pain, and in some ways my life hasn’t really changed. But in other ways, it was like magic.  Finally, I hadContinue reading “How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 5”

Useful chronic pain terms to know

In my blog, I talk a lot about central sensitization, which describes the changes that can take place in a person’s nervous system and make her more sensitive to pain. However, there are many other pain-related terms you will most likely come across, whether you’re doing your own research or simply trying to understand yourContinue reading “Useful chronic pain terms to know”