The push & pull of when to keep going, and when to rest

Yesterday I was trying to drive home in rush hour traffic, along a route I wasn’t familiar with, and I ended up taking one wrong turn after another. For those that know Boston, I was trying to get on Storrow Drive West, but somehow ended up going up Route 1 North, over the Tobin Bridge.Continue reading “The push & pull of when to keep going, and when to rest”

Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain

Hi everyone! Here’s an amazing lecture from Dr. Sean Mackey of Stanford University on the various potential causes of fibromyalgia. On my blog, I tend to focus on the factor that I know has played the largest role most directly in my own life– central sensitization.  The idea that central nervous system can become moreContinue reading “Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain”

The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Okay, so here’s the story of the time I thought I’d found the right person to help me, which of course, made it all the more disappointing when it didn’t turn out to be the case. In telling my story, I’m choosing to gloss over every little ache and pain I had; every time IContinue reading “The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)”

What’s in my chronic pain toolkit?

As I try to get braver about sharing this blog with the people in my everyday life (it’s been relatively secret up until now), I want to be sure I’m clear about the fact that there are absolutely still days when I’m in pain. The purpose of my blog is not to tell you I’veContinue reading “What’s in my chronic pain toolkit?”

Healing our bodies, and the things that ripple across generations

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 anyoneContinue reading “Healing our bodies, and the things that ripple across generations”