An Update on my Sacroiliac Joint Saga, Part 2

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7zQhxoTSWw In Part 1 of this series, I explained how the learning the “muscle energy technique” from my physical therapist Paula marked a turning point … Continue reading An Update on my Sacroiliac Joint Saga, Part 2

Breaking up muscle knots, without completely breaking your budget

Sometimes, there’s nothing like a good massage.  Exercise and stretching are incredibly important, but sometimes you really just need someone to dismantle the knots that have taken over your muscles, and give your body a “reset.” Unfortunately, if you’re dealing with a chronic condition, the cost of things like massage, acupuncture, and other bodywork can … Continue reading Breaking up muscle knots, without completely breaking your budget

How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 6

**If you are new to my blog and would like to start at the beginning of this series, click here.**   Part 6: Re-adjusting my concept of what is “dangerous." When I was running long-distance in high school, I’d really pushed my limits.  Pain didn’t scare me as much as my irrational fear of gaining … Continue reading How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 6

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 them … Continue reading New York Times: The Heart Perils of Pain Relievers

Why do some hospitals get away with charging such exorbitant prices?

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a ground-breaking report yesterday looking at the average prices charged by 3,000 U.S. hospitals for the “top 100 most frequently billed charges.” The report shows that different hospitals appear to charge wildly different prices for the same procedures, seemingly without any rhyme or reason.  While one hospital … Continue reading Why do some hospitals get away with charging such exorbitant prices?

Know your enemy

Have you ever had a totally disappointing experience seeing a specialist for help with chronic pain/fibromyalgia?  I certainly have... many times.  Fellow pain sufferers, we are fighting an uphill battle to be taken seriously. I found this article today written by a rheumatologist on why he doesn't want to treat fibromyalgia patients any longer.  He … Continue reading Know your enemy