This week’s episode is one to honor Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month, as well as many of the other poorly understood, under-diagnosed conditions that disproportionately affect women, which share May as an awareness month. This episode is actually a re-run of my interview with Rebecca from episode 03, but with an updated introduction and new links on the episode page.Read More
I am so, so excited to bring you this week’s episode of the podcast—and for those of you living with chronic pain, I think you’re really going to enjoy this one too. I talked to Jill Fancher PhD, a pain psychologist who lives with chronic pain herself. We talked about how she came to study pain, the devastation of being stuck in diagnostic limbo, stigma, existing in the liminal space between patient and provider, and the feedback loop between chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
This episode is pretty heavy in neuro, psych, and pain terminology, and Dr. Jill was nice enough to help me out with defining those for you. This stuff is interesting, I promise... once you get past all the boring vocabulary stuff, anyway. Also, no one really understands or agrees on how chronic pain happens or should be treated, and there is a surprising lack of good information resources on all this stuff, so take it all with a grain of salt—as Dr. Jill points out in the interview, each person needs to find what works best for them.Read More
One of the challenges of living with complex chronic illness is that when one thing goes wrong, an avalanche of problems is soon to follow. At least that's been my experience, just about every single time I get what I call "regular people sick." This includes things like colds, the flu, sinus infections, and my recent nemesis, the stomach virus. A stomach virus that showed up just in time to help my dysautonomia make me very aware of it for Dysautonomia Awareness Month, and the two year anniversary of a medical procedure that was supposed to be simple and routine, but turned out to be anything but routine and simple.Read More