Pain management

Rehabbing for pain management

Back in November I wrote about my body renovation project, a veritable injury rehab situation. In that post, I outlined the history of my rib surgeries and various other procedures. Little did I know at that time that my project would be delayed by several months and cost a lot more money. I suppose all renovation projects are subject to such hiccups. When I had surgery in February, I wasn’t naïve enough to think everything … Continue reading

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The body renovation project

I watch home improvement shows. Not out of a desire or likelihood of doing any sort of renovations on my own home; no, I don’t have any plans for that. I am more like a voyeur, appreciating the niceties and waiting for the catastrophes, because, in the world of home improvements, there is inevitably some sort of misadventure. It takes a while to choose the right workers and then there are disagreements with the very … Continue reading

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Aliens, intercostal neuralgia, rib surgery: a chest wall story

A few months after my 2009 bike accident, I started to notice some swelling on my side below my 11th rib. Time passed and nobody could determine the cause of this painful protrusion. I dubbed it The Alien. I was certain that at some point a hand would push its way through my skin and some kind of strange creature would pop out. Since my life is not a Sci-fi movie, nothing so interesting happened. … Continue reading

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Exercise and endorphins

Among the long list of benefits of sports and exercise are the opportunity to test oneself on a regular basis, improved health, a social outlet, a general sense of well-being, goal setting, and improvement in self-esteem. I would be remiss to omit endorphins from this inventory. Indeed, an endorphin surge might even top the list. Exercise and endorphins seem to go hand in hand. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, “Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid … Continue reading

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7 steps to dealing with chronic pain

Do you remember the book Flowers for Algernon? It is the story of a man with an IQ below 70 who undergoes an operation which triples his IQ. Over time, though, his IQ starts to drop and returns to its original level. I read the book way back in junior high, but I still vividly recall feeling compassion for this man who suffered so much. I cannot help but think about this story with regards … Continue reading

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JZ and Dr. Grail: A tale of a quest

I have been dealing with this rib injury for 2 years and 8 months. At some point during that time frame it became evident there was dysfunction in the rib and it would not heal without surgical intervention. I hunkered down with my father and began a quest to find a surgeon who was willing and able to fix my rib. And, who doesn’t love a good quest? One of my favorite films in high … Continue reading

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