Well, if there's anything I can say I learned last week week (in addition to chiropractors are dangerous), it's this: How very, very grateful I am not to have a permanent nerve injury. I guess that's sort of the obvious thing for anyone to say in this situation. But what really surprised me was that … Continue reading Grateful to be okay
Hi everyone-- So, I think I'm officially going to be fine :) In a nutshell, my symptoms are improving so rapidly that I expect to make a full recovery. In more detail: I did follow up with a neurologist yesterday, who also thought my exam looked normal, except for the sensations of tingling and numbness … Continue reading A happy update :)
Hi again everyone, So, first of all-- thank you so much for all of your kind comments and well-wishes. It really means a lot to me to know people care and also to know my message is getting out! As I explained in my last post, on Friday night I went to the emergency room … Continue reading Chiropractic Injury, Part 2: Saturday
Hi everyone! So... this is not all what I had been planning to write about this week. But I had the craziest experience this weekend, and I feel a responsibility to spread the word about what happened to me. (My apologies to those of you who follow My Sacroiliac Joint Saga as well-- you're going to get … Continue reading Why I spent the weekend in the ER after a chiropractor visit
I wanted to share a really important post with you all this morning, from the author of Chronically Undiagnosed. She's a therapist who is dealing with chronic illness. Recently, she wrote about her experience attending a chronic pain support group that incorporated some of the theories of modern pain science... but did so very badly. … Continue reading Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science
Hi everyone! One of my goals for 2017, and continuing on into 2018, was to say "yes" to any opportunities that came my way to grow my blog. So, when my friend Matt Villegas asked to interview me for The Capable Body Podcast, I said yes! In this interview, I tell the story of how my … Continue reading My very first interview: The Capable Body Podcast!
Using metaphors to explain how pain works One of the original reasons I started this blog was to get the word out about the various pain scientists and educators whose work has touched my life (including, but not limited to, Neil Pearson and Lorimer Moseley). From them, I've learned that pain isn't here to make … Continue reading The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJsuZFteWHI Hi everyone! I've just discovered this awesome talk on central sensitization by pain management physician Dr. Jay Joshi. It's totally packed with information I want to share with you all-- such as why it's so hard to get help for central sensitization, and how ketamine infusion treatments can help. There's so much here, though, that I thought … Continue reading The Four Categories of Pain– Dr. Jay Joshi
Something you might not know is that I spend a lot of time answering emails from readers looking for advice on their own health issues. I do my best to offer advice and get people pointed in the right direction. It means a lot to me to feel as though my experience has served a … Continue reading Things you can ask me about
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 depends … Continue reading Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street