Medical

Interview with Maria Mooney, a cool person with an uncool pain condition called RSD-CRPS

  In a previous post, I mentioned a few severe pain conditions that you don’t want to have. One of them was RSD-CRPS, which causes terrible constant pain due to your . Back in 2009, I ran across Maria Mooney’s blog, and was astounded by her vim and vigor in the presence of a totally sucky disease. From 2009-2012, her positive attitude as well as diet and lifestyle experiments have...

Win a Light Therapy Box, Become a Little Less Depressed!

  You’ve probably heard about light boxes. I think they are great to use in the summertime. Some people get depressed in the winter because they are stuck indoors without regular access to sunshine. Light therapy is an easy way to address this issue, and has been shown to be effective in many studies. But using a light box is potentially more awesome. When we “spring forward”...

Beware aspirin! Leaky intestines, fatty liver, and chronic pain.

  Aspirin is one of the most commonly used NSAIDs, which are drugs used to reduce inflammation, usually temporarily. Many doctors even advise older patients to take baby aspirin to ward off heart disease. Here, I will argue that taking aspirin is a bad thing if you have chronic pain, and you might not want to take it at all (especially considering that there are many other anti-inflammatory a...

How do you find a good doctor?

  In business school, they taught us that markets work because consumers have accurate information about services. Do you think this is true of the market for doctor shopping? NO WAY. Doctors have loads of reasons why you shouldn’t know everything about them, and some of them are legit. That being said, we have less information about doctors than pretty much any other service provider. ...

Sleep is not the most important thing in fibromyalgia

  This article, fresh off the press, looks at associations between fibromyalgia pain and some other stuff, notably sleep patterns. If you have fibro, you know that it sucks pretty bad. Widespread pain, typically in muscles, with accompanying symptoms ranging from fatigue to headaches to everything else. Most people with fibro have sleep problems, with 75% reporting disturbed sleep. Sleep is c...

Happiness and sadness may affect chronic pain after back surgery

  Study review time. Today, we’ll look at a study on back pain and emotions. The authors looked at spine surgery patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. They basically asked them questions about how happy and sad they are and how bad their pain was. We all know that being happy is generally a good thing, and being sad is generally a bad thing. But can these two things...