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)
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdFJOcaVDYU I've been writing about some heavy stuff recently, so I thought it would be a good time to share something that makes me feel really hopeful: Christopher deCharms is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur who, along with other prominent researchers such as Dr. Sean Mackey, is paving the way towards using brain imaging to study … Continue reading Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time
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
I saw a comment on Twitter today which really broke my heart, so I wanted to write this and make it clear: If you are experiencing pain hypersensitivity (through central sensitization), there is every reason to hope. If your nervous system has changed one way, it is possible to change it back. It won't be … Continue reading There is reason to hope.
As I've mentioned recently, two things make me really happy, which I plan to focus on more in my blogging in 2017: Great explanations of pain and the nervous system Amazing writing and creative use of language Well, this fantastic article on pain science by Todd Hargrove at Better Movement has both, so of course it had … Continue reading Todd Hargrove: Seven Things You Should Know About about Pain Science
In a nutshell, pain neurophysiology education is the type of treatment for chronic pain that changed my life and inspired me to become a physical therapist. I've mentioned it in passing on this blog, but I decided it's high time I give the topic its own post. *** In my series "How a physical therapist … Continue reading What is pain neurophysiology education?
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