Sometimes, pain can persist even after the original injury or disease that caused it has healed.
There are several different factors that can cause this. The one that’s played the largest role in my own life involves the concept of neuroplasticity— the idea that the nervous system can change over time, and that in chronic pain sufferers, it can actually become more sensitive to pain.
In this post I”ll be sharing what I’ve learned about neuroplasticity, as well as some of the other potential causes for chronic, persistent pain.
Neuroplasticity, or Practice Makes Perfect
They say practice makes perfect— in scientific terms, this is known as neuroplasticity, or the idea that the nervous system can be molded and changed by different experiences. The more chances you give your nervous system to perform a task, the better it becomes at it. In most cases this is a good thing—neuroplasticity…
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When life direction is blurried, get near ocean.
If I could I'd be back on St. John (Virgin Island) in Cruz Bay, reading my YA book.
In addition to the beloveds such as glorious omelettes with fresh herbs from the garden, or a rich savory omelette with meats, my favorite treat would be poached eggs. Delicate, simple, and delicious.
Poached with Malt Vinegar on a Sourdough English Muffin with Carmelized Onions.