Normally, I tend not to share work-in-progress type posts. I don’t like to take up everyone’s time talking about something I’m not sure about. I’ve just been through SO much– filled so many notebooks with my scribbles, had so many “epiphanies” thinking I’d figured it all out– only to find out that so many of … More Could my frequent chiropractor visits be making my SI joint problem worse?
I know I may have mentioned this once or twice before on my blog (or in like every post), but in case you missed it: Neil Pearson‘s work changed my life. It all started when I met a physical therapist who had studied with Neil. This physical therapist opened my eyes to a relatively new … More Neil Pearson on Building Hope and Recovery
Central sensitization: the back story to just about every story I tell on this blog. I’ve written the phrase a million times, but always in passing, always with a link to an article somewhere else. I think it’s high time the topic gets its own post. Practice Makes Perfect We’ve all heard the phrase “practice … More What is central sensitization?
One of the things that’s helped me as a chronic pain sufferer is to learn all I can about the nervous system, as well as the research that is being done to someday develop more chronic pain treatments. It’s not so much that I needed to understand every word, so much as the fact that … More Nervous System Basics, Part 2: Excitatory vs Inhibitory
As I’ve said time and time again, I really feel that people living with chronic pain/fibromyalgia can benefit immensely from learning about how the body works. Even the feeling that you are just beginning to understand the complex processes making up your experience of pain can help give you a sense of control over things. … More Nervous System Basics
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 … More Treating Chronic Pain as a Two-Way Street
I first saw this Louis C.K. clip a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. (Be sure you watch until the 3:05 mark, which is where he really starts to make his point). Studying anatomy and physiology and learning about the body has helped me to get to the point … More Maybe everything is amazing
This is the eighth post in an ongoing series. If you would like to start from the beginning, click here. The last post in this series was the hardest to write, and that’s why, of course, it took me so long. I was just starting to get a handle on things by my sixth visit. … More How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point, Part 8
Ever have one of those days where you want to keep working/thinking/being productive, but your body just wants you to lie down with a heating pad? That, unfortunately, has been happening to me quite a bit recently. I’ve been wanting to sit at my computer and either study or work on my blog, but my … More Introducing the Sunlight in Winter Youtube Channel
Of course, I’m not saying everything is perfect now. But I’m definitely way better off than I was a few years ago, and a lot of that has to do with how I’ve changed my perspective on pain. Two important ways in which my thinking changed: 1) Understanding that not all pain comes from a … More How I’ve (Mostly) Made Sense of My Issues
Have you ever thought about participating in a clinical trial? I’ve never done it myself, but I’ve always wanted to. It’s a way to talk to people who are studying your condition, receive free medical examinations/testing, free medication, and possibly earn some money. On top of all that, you’ll be helping to further our current … More Clinical Trials Looking for Participants with Fibromyalgia
A pain neurotag has to do with our brains’ representations of pain. Individual people process pain differently, and many different factors affect how our brains process and store memories of painful events. I thought this was a great post from Human AntiGravity Suit on how two professional athletes might experience and store memories of injuries … More Pain Neurotags– Human AntiGravity Suit
One of the reasons I am so optimistic about the future is that someday I believe we will have a way for doctors to see just how much pain a person is in. It won’t be a matter of taking the patient’s word for it (though that should be enough) or wondering whether or not … More Someday there will be a test for fibromyalgia
It’s amazing how sometimes a piece of writing that’s only a few paragraphs long can help to clarify something you’ve been thinking about for a while. I found a great article on Body in Mind last night that I felt did a great job summarizing the concepts I’m trying to get at on this blog. … More How to Talk About Pain: Central Hypersensitivity
Let’s say you’re sightseeing at the Grand Canyon. You are with a trusted friend enjoying a scenic overlook when notice your friend is walking a little bit too close to the edge of the cliff. “Hey, watch out!” you say. You can see that no one else is standing that close to the edge. Your … More Understanding pain as an overprotective friend