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
Yesterday I was trying to drive home in rush hour traffic, along a route I wasn't familiar with, and I ended up taking one wrong turn after another. For those that know Boston, I was trying to get on Storrow Drive West, but somehow ended up going up Route 1 North, over the Tobin Bridge. … Continue reading The push & pull of when to keep going, and when to rest
Okay, so here’s the story of the time I thought I’d found the right person to help me, which of course, made it all the more disappointing when it didn’t turn out to be the case. In telling my story, I’m choosing to gloss over every little ache and pain I had; every time I … Continue reading The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)
As I try to get braver about sharing this blog with the people in my everyday life (it's been relatively secret up until now), I want to be sure I'm clear about the fact that there are absolutely still days when I'm in pain. The purpose of my blog is not to tell you I've … Continue reading What’s in my chronic pain toolkit?
When I first started this blog back in 2012, I kept it largely a secret from the people in my life. I wanted to help people struggling with the same things I’d been through, but I was afraid of the consequences of putting so much personal information online. After all, wasn’t putting a long list … Continue reading Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8defN4iIbho I never know quite what to call the posts in which I share a video. Every title I think of sounds either click-baity or boring. Like for this one: “Mayo Clinic doctor explains central sensitization.” “Awesome video on central sensitization,” etc. etc. In this day and age… what do you call something that truly … Continue reading What I really want you to know
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 and … Continue reading How I developed central sensitization, Part 4