Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain

Something I’ve really come to notice during my time with SI joint issues is the effect of my hormonal cycle on my ligaments. I saw a female pain specialist once who put it very plainly: I have extremely healthy women come into my office– women who are runners, women who are training for marathons– and sometimes itContinue reading “Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain”

A little optimism

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”

Beware the Red Herring

One of the reasons I sometimes take a critical tone towards alternative medicine on my blog is not always that I think these approaches have no merit.  But I do think that, too often, people are drawn to and waste their time treatments that are simply “fads.” When I look back on everything that ledContinue reading “Beware the Red Herring”

So… I lost an ovary.

Well, blogging friends, I still can’t believe this happened.  But this week, I lost my right ovary. On Monday afternoon, I went to the emergency room with extreme abdominal pain in my lower right side.  It had been going on for almost 24 hours at that point.  At first I had thought it was justContinue reading “So… I lost an ovary.”