Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain

Hi everyone! Here’s an amazing lecture from Dr. Sean Mackey of Stanford University on the various potential causes of fibromyalgia. On my blog, I tend to focus on the factor that I know has played the largest role most directly in my own life– central sensitization.  The idea that central nervous system can become moreContinue reading “Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain”

The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

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 IContinue reading “The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)”

Being okay with uncertainty

When I first started this blog, I was angry.  I never wrote about it, because I didn’t want to bring people down, but I was sick and tired of trying to explain my health issues to the people in my life, and feeling like they didn’t believe me. Maybe you can’t see the anger, becauseContinue reading “Being okay with uncertainty”

Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.

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 listContinue reading “Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.”

How I developed central sensitization: Part 5

For a few years, I was stuck: caught between all of the doctors I saw, who thought there was something wrong with me psychologically, and the fact that deep inside of me was a calm, inner voice that knew it just wasn’t true. *** Feeling as though I’d run out of other options, I becameContinue reading “How I developed central sensitization: Part 5”