CRPS terminology, under the nervous grin

After talking with patients, doctors, and loved ones — and, as a trained observer, carefully noticing the changes in posture, expression, and tone as I’ve done so — I’ve arrived at the following conclusion. I realize it flies in the face of current accepted usage, but there are some things … Continue reading

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Breathing

Sooner or later, it all comes back to breathing. Without adequate breath, obviously, nothing else matters. As a sometime ER nurse and continuing asthmatic, I’m more than usually aware of that fact. I mean something beyond that, though. Something more pervasive. Breathing, like walking, is one of those things that … Continue reading

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Need more than "Dysphoria"

There’s an impressive clinical word for “feeling yucky” — it’s “dysphoria.” It’s literally the opposite of “euphoria.” One of these people is Dysphoric and one is Euphoric. Guess… 🙂 The trouble is, there are so very many ways to feel yucky, or dysphoric, especially with a disease like CRPS, but only … Continue reading

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Active learning

I’ve always been fidgety. When I get MRIs, I really annoy the techs because I think I’m holding perfectly still, but my body goes twitch-twitch-twitch. They think I’m doing it on purpose. I can’t even tell. Feels like stillness to me. Aristotle was famous for walking with his students while … Continue reading

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