A groundbreaking new study paves the way for future treatments for fibromyalgia

Hey everyone! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen this absolutely incredible TED talk by Dr. Elliot Krane, on the nature of chronic pain.  It is seriously one of my favorite things to watch.  Chronic pain is terrible, but it’s always so hopeful to me to keep track of how much we’reContinue reading “A groundbreaking new study paves the way for future treatments for fibromyalgia”

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”

How I developed central sensitization, Part 4

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 andContinue reading “How I developed central sensitization, Part 4”

How I developed central sensitization: Part 3

Okay, I still can’t believe I’m writing about this part of my story publicly.  But it seems like I’ve reached the point in my life where my need to say something is beginning to outweigh my fear.  So here we go: *** I was 21. I’d finally had leg surgery, which had successfully cured myContinue reading “How I developed central sensitization: Part 3”

Can music block pain signals? Music-induced analgesia

I, personally, have known for a long time that music could help reduce my pain levels.  It’s just something that I always knew intuitively. Listen to music (good music, of course) –> feel better. That’s why I was so intrigued when I found the following post from my friend Jo Malby on some of theContinue reading “Can music block pain signals? Music-induced analgesia”