This is one of those pieces of advice it took me way too long to follow. It took me about ten years between the time my friend first suggested it to me in high school, and the time I actually tried out a heating pad with moist-heat capabilities. All this time, I thought I was … Continue reading Things You’ve Got to Try: Moist Heat
It's been almost two weeks since my surgery, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again. It's actually amazing how normal I feel. When I first got home from the hospital, I felt as though I was returning from another planet. The extreme pain and sleep deprivation (due to pain before the surgery, … Continue reading A little optimism
The only good thing about being out of shape is that it doesn't take very much to get a good workout. Ever since I’ve been having my lower back and hip problems, I’ve known that I needed to work on my abs. I’ve been a physical therapy patient far too many times not to know … Continue reading Face to face with my lack of ab strength
Have you ever had a totally disappointing experience seeing a specialist for help with chronic pain/fibromyalgia? I certainly have... many times. Fellow pain sufferers, we are fighting an uphill battle to be taken seriously. I found this article today written by a rheumatologist on why he doesn't want to treat fibromyalgia patients any longer. He … Continue reading Know your enemy
This was all over the news a few months ago, but in case you missed it, Consumer Reports published a report in November 2012 showing surprisingly high levels of arsenic in dozens of brands of rice and rice products. This is not good news for people who eat a gluten-free diet, or for people who … Continue reading Arsenic levels in rice… too high for comfort.
I've seen numerous "alternative medicine" providers perform something they call "muscle testing" or "muscle energy testing" many times as part of their sales pitch. They tell you to put one arm out in front of you, and then push down on your arm. Your arm sinks immediately. Then they ask you a question, or put … Continue reading The Scam of “Muscle Energy Testing”
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
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
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 Do you need to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia to be successfully treated?
Find some great music. I love having music on in the background while I'm doing routine things like eating breakfast and getting dressed. I find the combination of music and a mild caffeine buzz puts me in a good mood, and it's a great way to distract yourself from any pain you might be feeling … Continue reading Listen to music in the morning. Let yourself dance.