https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8S8XcPt6Bo I've just discovered Rachael Steil's sharing of her story as an elite college runner with an eating disorder. And I've really been blown away, both by her bravery in telling her story, as well as her clear and honest explanations of what she and other people with ED's go through. I still haven't shared … Continue reading Things I’m grateful for: people who are brave enough to tell the stories I’m not
A little over a year ago, I started a second blog to focus on what I'd come to think of as this weird hip problem I'd had for years that no one seemed to understand (sacroiliac joint dysfunction). Among friends, I usually tried not to talk about it too much, because I didn't think anyone … Continue reading Healing our bodies, and the things that ripple across generations
When I first started this blog back in 2012, I kept it largely a secret from the people in my life. I wanted to help people struggling with the same things I’d been through, but I was afraid of the consequences of putting so much personal information online. After all, wasn’t putting a long list … Continue reading Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.
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 became … Continue reading How I developed central sensitization: Part 5
Whew. I have really enjoyed writing my more personal posts recently-- I love to tell a good story, and to feel as though my past experiences have some meaning. (And I've really appreciated all your kind words, comments, and shares!). But also, wow-- some of those posts were very emotional for me. Right now I’m … Continue reading Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment
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 my … Continue reading How I developed central sensitization: Part 3
Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time: the story of how I personally developed central sensitization. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’re probably aware that central sensitization occurs as the result of some sort of insult to the central nervous system. Basically, if the body gets … Continue reading How I developed central sensitization: Part 1
I recently discovered this super thought-provoking article article from Neil Pearson on the positive effects of acute stress on the body. We normally think of stress in as the chronic, ongoing stress that continues for weeks on end, taking a toll on our body in the process. However, there are ways in which acute stress-- … Continue reading Neil Pearson on the benefits of acute stress
In the traditional model of physical therapy, the physical therapist prescribes stretches and exercises for the patient in order to improve function in one part of his or her body. For example, if you have back pain, your PT will probably give you strengthening exercises to build up the muscles in your back and your … Continue reading The core message of pain neurophysiology education
I saw a comment on Twitter today which really broke my heart, so I wanted to write this and make it clear: If you are experiencing pain hypersensitivity (through central sensitization), there is every reason to hope. If your nervous system has changed one way, it is possible to change it back. It won't be … Continue reading There is reason to hope.