Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street

The nervous system has a system of checks and balances that ultimately determine how strong a pain signal is experienced by the individual. Different parts of the spinal cord and brain can play a role in either magnifying or weakening the pain signals traveling through them. How a pain signal is amplified or dampened dependsContinue reading “Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street”

Clinical Trials Looking for Participants with Fibromyalgia

Have you ever thought about participating in a clinical trial?  I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve always wanted to.  It’s a way to talk to people who are studying your condition, receive free medical examinations/testing, free medication, and possibly earn some money.  On top of all that, you’ll be helping to further our currentContinue reading “Clinical Trials Looking for Participants with Fibromyalgia”

New York Times: The Heart Perils of Pain Relievers

An interesting look at the risks that come from taking anti-inflammatory medications. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/the-heart-perils-of-pain-relievers/?_r=0 The article quotes one doctor as saying, “If these drugs are making your life a lot better, that may be worth the risks.  But a lot of people will tell you, ‘I can’t tell if they’re doing anything, I just take themContinue reading “New York Times: The Heart Perils of Pain Relievers”

Inflammation, Fibromyalgia, and Deceptive Marketing Tactics

Ok, so I wish I could stop going on angry rants on this blog.  But, ironically, some of my rants have turned out to be among my most popular posts… so I’m going to keep going with this one. One of the things that bothers me most about the majority of the online content regardingContinue reading “Inflammation, Fibromyalgia, and Deceptive Marketing Tactics”

How to Talk About Pain: Central Hypersensitivity

It’s amazing how sometimes a piece of writing that’s only a few paragraphs long can help to clarify something you’ve been thinking about for a while. I found a great article on Body in Mind last night that I felt did a great job summarizing the concepts I’m trying to get at on this blog.Continue reading “How to Talk About Pain: Central Hypersensitivity”