I’m a Mémé!

My grand­ba­by has arrived! So we’re short on sleep, but long on love and joy! Mov­ing up here, the new baby and asso­ci­at­ed sleep loss, change in gen­er­al — they all lead to increased pain. I don’t take any nar­cot­ic pain med­ica­tions any­more because the opi­ates just did­n’t pro­vide enough relief to be worth the has­sle of […]

Big Update

Well, I owe you all an apol­o­gy. This blog has been aban­doned for four years, and a lot has hap­pened in that time. Katie is mar­ried, about to fin­ish col­lege, and expect­ing her first child! I went back to work in 2013! I work from home, but I work full time doing tech­ni­cal sup­port for Apple, Inc. as […]

Canaries Are Us

Have you ever heard of how min­ers used to use canaries to test the air in mines? The birds would get ill, or even die, from bad air much more quick­ly than humans would real­ize that the air was bad, allow­ing the humans to get out of the mine. Those of us who have seri­ous cases […]

Getting Better

I’ve been very busy over the last six months and had some major changes in my life that have been very stress­ful. As I’ve said else­where, my main strat­e­gy in deal­ing with fibromyal­gia has been to reduce stress in my life as much as pos­si­ble. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the main source of stress in my life over […]

Hope for Pain Relief

I’ve known of mind­ful­ness prac­tices for sev­er­al years, and read Full Cat­a­stro­phe Liv­ing: Using the Wis­dom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Ill­ness by Jon Kabat-Zinn sev­er­al years ago. It is one of the books I’ve rec­om­mend­ed on this blog in the past.  I have only recent­ly, though, tru­ly com­mit­ted myself to […]

Long Term Opiate Use Safe; One Woman’s Experience With Savella

There are two great arti­cles from Karen Lee Richards in Health­Cen­tral’s Chron­ic Pain Con­nec­tion newslet­ter today. The first, Long-Term Opi­oid Ther­a­py — What Are the Effects?, brings us the results of Dr. For­est Ten­nan­t’s ground-break­ing study. He eval­u­at­ed 24 chron­ic pain patients from 30 to 79 years old who had been using opi­oids for 10 […]

Do you have chronic myofascial pain (trigger points)?

Trig­ger points (TrPs) con­fuse many peo­ple. Peo­ple who suf­fer from Fibromyal­gia Syn­drome (FMS) have ten­der points that are used for diag­no­sis, not trig­ger points. TrPs can lead to Chron­ic Myofas­cial Pain (CMP). Try­ing to explain both of them is real­ly beyond me, but Devin Star­lanyl does a great job of mak­ing all of it clear. […]

Memitude: Who am I?

From and : You know how some­times peo­ple on your friend’s list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sud­den you think “Wait a minute? Since when are they work­ing THERE? Since when are they dat­ing HIM/HER? since when???” And then you won­der how you could have missed all that […]

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