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 that … Continue reading Grateful to be okay
Hi everyone-- So, I think I'm officially going to be fine :) In a nutshell, my symptoms are improving so rapidly that I expect to make a full recovery. In more detail: I did follow up with a neurologist yesterday, who also thought my exam looked normal, except for the sensations of tingling and numbness … Continue reading A happy update :)
Hi everyone! So... this is not all what I had been planning to write about this week. But I had the craziest experience this weekend, and I feel a responsibility to spread the word about what happened to me. (My apologies to those of you who follow My Sacroiliac Joint Saga as well-- you're going to get … Continue reading Why I spent the weekend in the ER after a chiropractor visit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8S8XcPt6Bo I've just discovered Rachael Steil's sharing of her story as an elite college runner with an eating disorder. And I've really been blown away, both by her bravery in telling her story, as well as her clear and honest explanations of what she and other people with ED's go through. I still haven't shared … Continue reading Things I’m grateful for: people who are brave enough to tell the stories I’m not
Something I've really come to notice during my time with SI joint issues is the effect of my hormonal cycle on my ligaments. I saw a female pain specialist once who put it very plainly: I have extremely healthy women come into my office-- women who are runners, women who are training for marathons-- and sometimes it … Continue reading Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain
In my last post I outlined some ideas from Neil Pearson on how to stress our bodies in positive ways, in the hopes of re-shaping the way we process pain. I continued my experiment at the gym last night, and I think I stumbled upon the beginnings of what something like that would feel like. … Continue reading A successful experiment with acute stress
I recently discovered this super thought-provoking article article from Neil Pearson on the positive effects of acute stress on the body. We normally think of stress in as the chronic, ongoing stress that continues for weeks on end, taking a toll on our body in the process. However, there are ways in which acute stress-- … Continue reading Neil Pearson on the benefits of acute stress
Update, Jan. 2018: Hi everyone– I’ve learned a ton since I wrote this post. Be sure to check out my other site, My Sacroiliac Joint Saga! And now, the original post: I've held off on writing this post until I was absolutely sure, but the time has come for me to make my official pronouncement. In … Continue reading The end of my SI joint problems is officially in sight.
Update, Jan. 2018: Hi everyone-- I've learned a ton since I wrote this post. Be sure to check out my other site, My Sacroiliac Joint Saga! And now, the original post: Normally, I tend not to share work-in-progress type posts. I don't like to take up everyone's time talking about something I'm … Continue reading Could my frequent chiropractor visits be making my SI joint problem worse?
One of the things I really admire about Neil Pearson's approach to chronic pain treatment is his optimism about our ability to re-train our nervous systems, once they've become sensitized to pain. Chronic pain is obviously not a cheerful topic. Those of us who've struggled with it know what it's like to come home from … Continue reading Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence