Sacroiliac Joint, Women's Health

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 it… Continue reading Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain

Inspiration

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

Digestive Issues, Treatment Approaches, Women's Health

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 led… Continue reading Beware the Red Herring

Uncategorized, Women's Health

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 just… Continue reading So… I lost an ovary.