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No, Narcotics Are Not Actually That Great

I mean, yes, for a lot of folks with pain conditions, they are a very useful or even essential component to health and life management. However, that is not the same thing as me, on a bad pain day, mentioning

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Well Managed

It occurs to me that I haven’t written about endometriosis in a while. This is likely because, for the past several months, I’ve had blessedly few days of excruciating pain. This is a good thing. I avoid the foods I

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Happy Halloween: Intermittent Interesting Links

Yes, more. Divergent at Red Pen Reviews (contains spoilers) — “Where Divergent succeeds, it does so on the strength of Beatrice herself, who renames herself Tris at the start of her initiation. She’s been raised to Abnegation, but she doesn’t

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Chronic Pain Conundrum

Pain intense enough to cause nausea. The medication that will help alleviate this level of pain? Comes with a side effect of nausea. And that person, the one who likes to joke, “At least you have the good meds.” Not

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I’m not interested in functioning.

Yesterday, I read My Body is a Cage by Wiley at Disrupting Dinner Parties. (Notes on the link for trans* and body image issues.) The whole thing is great and worth a read. But I’m bringing my thoughts about it

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Restorative Practice, for Menstruation and Other Times I Feel Like Shit

Over the years, a lot of different people have offered me opinions — sometimes asked for, sometimes not — on what type of practice works best during menstruation. I’ve come to a couple of conclusions: Overall, recommendations vary so widely

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Flying with Chronic Pain: Self-Care at Flight Time

You can find the previous installments of this series here and here. Don’t get me wrong: I think booking flights and packing bags with pain needs in mind is a form of self-care. However, they’re forms of self-care where the

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Flying with Chronic Pain: Packing

Continued from here. As you’ve probably figured out, getting the most comfortable seat I can reasonably manage — or rather, the least uncomfortable seat I can reasonably manage — on an airplane is important to me. It’s five immobile hours

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Flying with Chronic Pain: Booking Flights

So I’m flying this summer — I do more summers than not. And I hate it. It hurts. But it’s necessary to get where I want to go. It hurts because airport — and airplane — seats are excruciating for

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That Endo Moment

Or series of moments. When you stop taking your blood-regulating oral contraceptives a month before school lets out, on the bet that the end-of-semester stress will keep your bleeding at bay better than the synthetic hormones. And when you notice,

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Awareness Isn’t Enough

As much as I love Endometriosis Awareness Month — because for such a common condition, it is too little known and too greatly misunderstood — I kind of hate it as well. Yes, I get that it’s a first step,

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Endo Assumptions

So it’s Week 4 of Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness. First, I would like to say that it’s about time spell checkers start recognizing endometriosis. I have seriously added it to my browser’s dictionary at least a dozen times; it keeps

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Admitting

This week’s theme is the social impact that endo has had on my life. I’ll get to this, I promise. As some readers might know, I hurt my foot about… a week and a half ago (at least at the

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I Hate My Hips

In case you read my blog and are not aware, I have endometriosis. (Yeah, that’s what that MenstroMonster tag is doing in the sidebar.) In case you are also not aware, March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. In light of that,

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Feeling Better?

I went home sick yesterday. To clarify — I went home in excruciating, menstruation-impending pain. Due to my school’s block scheduling, it was a day on which my planning period came on the last time block. The pain had been

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Pelvic Floor PT: The Office

Continued from here. Disclaimer about how this is not medical advice, nor is it intended to be universally applicable applies. Q: When I think about physical therapy, I picture an open setting, where multiple people might be sharing the same

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Is Pelvic Floor PT for Me?

And other introductory questions. Continued from here. Also note for brief mention of sexual assault. And before I even get started, I want to post an Official Big Ol’ Disclaimer: I am not an expert in pelvic floor or any

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Guest Author: Coming Home

[Notes for discussion of depression, suicidal thoughts, and weight gain.] My name’s Zannah, and I’m extremely well-rounded. (Hee!) I studied general science in college, specializing in biology, and my pet areas of interest are skepticism, health, fighting oppression (with mah

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Pelvic Floor PT & Me

Once upon a time, I had health insurance that actually, like, covered things. After attending a yoga-related workshop on the pelvic floor, I learned there was such a thing as pelvic floor physical therapy that could sometimes help with chronic

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Done with Abduction, on to Adduction

Last time I did an anatomy post, it was to check out the hip abductors, the muscles on the outside of the hip, whose job it is to pull the hip and thigh outward away from the midline of the

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