A little bit about Kamal and Keeli …
Hi! My name is Kamal Patel, and I’m a PhD student in Nutrition and a researcher for an evidence-based medicine center. I like reading about nutrition and pain, listening to oldies music, and keeping an open mind. Previously, I’ve been a personal trainer, meditation researcher, and ice cream scooper. Out of those three things, I’d say that ice cream is the one that’s best for my pain in the short run, especially Ben&Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie. I have an MPH and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and have been a coauthor on a number of peer-reviewed articles, mostly in the Annals of Internal Medicine. They cover the subjects of vitamin D and heart health, vitamin D and calcium, grocery options for low-income families, prostate cancer treatments, and sleep apnea.
As a chronic pain patient who has seen a million doctors and had too many surgeries, injections, and wacky treatments, my goal is to help at least one internet stranger live with a little less pain. Preferably more than one stranger though, and preferably a lot less pain! I know how much chronic pain can totally suck, and how it can hugely affect your mood. For several years, my day job has centered around reviewing clinical trial evidence in different medical fields, so I figured that I might as well put those skills to use for the greater good.
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Hello world! I’m Keeli and I’m way too excited to be a part of the goings-on here at PainDatabase. I’m from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently graduated from Clemson University with a BA and am now in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina, slowly building up a self-sufficient homestead with my fiancee.
With an interest in all things related to ancestral health for the last three years, and all things related to pain relief and coping with illness for pretty much a lifetime, my goal here is to help fight back against pain and its physical and emotional ramifications. Like the other charming author of this site, I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Along with Ehlers-Danlos, I’ve struggled with scoliosis, POTS and Orthostatic Intolerance, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Reynaud’s, migraines, some serious short- and long-term injuries that plague me to this day, and possibly worst of all: a history of endless doctors’ visits.
My favorite coping methods include eating expensive chocolate, hugs, meditation, homemade ice-cream, old Disney movies, cuddling with any and all of my four dogs and crazy Bengal cat, and finding things about which I’m passionate.
To my fellow humans in pain: you’re not alone, and you’ve come to the right place. Pain sucks – life doesn’t have to.
XOXOXO and the gentlest of bear hugs to you, you amazing soul. Let’s be friends.