Grateful to be okay

Well, if there’s anything I can say I learned last week week (in addition to chiropractors are dangerous), it’s this: How very, very grateful I am not to have a permanent nerve injury. I guess that’s sort of the obvious thing for anyone to say in this situation.  But what really surprised me was thatContinue reading “Grateful to be okay”

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 hisContinue reading “Let’s give this a whirl: explaining a scientific article in plain English”

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

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 isContinue reading “The best TED talk ever: Elliot Krane on the Mystery of Chronic pain”

The road to physical therapy school

It occurred to me recently that I really haven’t talked much about my progress towards becoming a physical therapist on this blog. So, if you’re curious, here’s my deal: I have a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities.  My concentration was social theory, with an emphasis on gender studies. My goals, when I was in college, were focusedContinue reading “The road to physical therapy school”

Nervous System Basics

As I’ve said time and time again, I really feel that people living with chronic pain/fibromyalgia can benefit immensely from learning about how the body works. Even the feeling that you are just beginning to understand the complex processes making up your experience of pain can help give you a sense of control over things.Continue reading “Nervous System Basics”