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
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
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 focused … Continue reading The road to physical therapy school
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEY58fiSK8E I first saw this Louis C.K. clip a couple of weeks ago, and I've been thinking about it ever since. (Be sure you watch until the 3:05 mark, which is where he really starts to make his point). Studying anatomy and physiology and learning about the body has helped me to get to the … Continue reading Maybe everything is amazing
Hi everyone, Wow, it’s been quite a while since I posted on here. It’s been great to see some new followers roll in, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you. One of the reasons I haven’t had much time to write recently is that Ruby, my family’s 14-year-old Lab mix, has been having … Continue reading Dealing with a Pet in Pain
Ever have one of those days where you want to keep working/thinking/being productive, but your body just wants you to lie down with a heating pad? That, unfortunately, has been happening to me quite a bit recently. I’ve been wanting to sit at my computer and either study or work on my blog, but my … Continue reading Introducing the Sunlight in Winter Youtube Channel
The work I’ve done on this blog and the positive responses I’ve received (thank you all so much!) have opened up new ideas for me. In the month and a half since I started working on this blog, I already feel as though I’ve been able to make somewhat of a difference in others’ lives. … Continue reading 30 is looming closer and closer: How should I move forward with my career?