Chronic Pain, Favorites, Interesting Articles, Pain Science

Violins and enhanced sensory maps

I recently learned about a fascinating study that I had to share with you all.  Researchers took two groups of people-- professional violinists and regular, everyday people off the street-- and pricked everyone's index finger with a pin.  The violinists reported feeling much more pain than the non-violinists, even though everyone's finger was pricked in… Continue reading Violins and enhanced sensory maps

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Don’t miss my interview on Fibro Feist!

For anyone who doesn't already know about Fibro Feist, it is one of my favorite blogs. I was so flattered when Sarah, its creator, asked if she could interview me.  Of course I said yes.  Check it out! For a little bit more of a peek into my life, here are my Saturday morning reading… Continue reading Don’t miss my interview on Fibro Feist!

Chronic Pain, Favorites, Fibromyalgia, Pain Science

Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system

In my experience, the key to learning to work with your pain instead of against it is to learn to view pain as your body’s alarm system. In the developed world, most of us are privileged enough to have very little experience with pain.  As children, we only feel pain when we’re at the doctor’s… Continue reading Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system

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Appreciating our anatomy

Hope this picture doesn't gross anyone out-- I thought it was stunning.  I'm all about cultivating a sense of appreciation for how amazingly intricate our bodies are.  I also love creative works that convey this sense of wonder in an artistic way. I found this picture at the Facebook group I fucking love science... I… Continue reading Appreciating our anatomy

Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia

Don’t worry! You can still get help, even if you can’t find a doctor who treats fibromyalgia.

For years I thought I needed to find a doctor to diagnose me with and treat me for fibromyalgia.  I sought out various pain specialists; physiatrists and anesthesiologists, the heads of departments.  Some of them even listed fibromyalgia among their clinical interests, which I thought was sure to be a good sign. Yet every time… Continue reading Don’t worry! You can still get help, even if you can’t find a doctor who treats fibromyalgia.