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The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert

Detroit, Michigan
The Body Chronic is a blog for anyone that lives with chronic illness or chronic pain and those who support us. It's a blog for anyone who wants a starting place for answers or even to ask the right questions. You can e-mail me at: thebodychronic@gmail.com. Solitude, laughter, sanity and... Full Bio
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Is Lyrica doing anything but adding pounds? by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I've been taking Lyrica fairly regularly for a few weeks now. I can't say it's done anything. I've read a lot about this on the internet--that it may just be a ... Read on »
Weekend Inspiration: January 26-27, 2008 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Big Girl, You Are Beautiful....Mika Enjoy! Read on »
Daily Inspiration: 1/25/08 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I'm going to start a new daily feature on this blog that is just a piece of inspiration. Enjoy! ---- "Most of the important things ... Read on »
Are we the illness or do we have the illness? by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This post on Keep Working Girlfriend (a site about coping with chronic illness) talks about the difference between being the illness and having the illness. Th ... Read on »
Starting to be normal... by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This article from the LA Times, reprinted below, talks about how girls are going through puberty earlier and earlier. A girl going through puberty at 8 or 9 is no longe ... Read on »
Another reason I'm glad I started taking Chromium by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This piece shows that chromium is also good for brain function and memory . This is in addition to it being good for insulin levels/glucose levels. Read on »
If this is true (and I think it is) I'm so screwed by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Apparently clutter isn't only annoying or unsightly, it's bad for your health . But experts say the problem with all this is that many people ... Read on »
Two Interesting Insulin Related Science Pieces Today by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The first one is about the causes of insulin resistance , which ultimately may lead to a cure (or at least better treatment options.) Basically, the scientists believe t ... Read on »
Pumping Iron by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I've had trouble with multivitamins in the past. So I consulted my father in law (who is a retired pharmacist and also has Type II diabetes) about what vitamins ... Read on »
Bear this in mind by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Chomium can be helpful for insulin resistance . I've actually heard this somewhere before, but it's nice to hear a personal perspective . So this weekend my go ... Read on »
A Tisket a Tasket by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ...a muscle lined basket. I had my first appointment at physical therapy today. We didn't do any therapy, just background, etc. I have homework-- ... Read on »
Daily Inspiration: 1/31/08 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The essence of living is discovering. Indeed, it is the joy of discovery that makes life worth the effort. - Vijay Krishna ... Read on »
Allergies Linked to IBS by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One of the things that I likely have but have never been officially diagnosed with is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). There is now a study out that shows a link ... Read on »
Physical Therapy Results by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I'm about two and a half weeks into PT now and I'm starting to feel some results. They're small, but I can tell you that I'm less sore today after I had PT yesterday tha ... Read on »
Daily Inspiration: 1/30/08 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses. William Arthur Ward ... Read on »
Daily Inspiration: 1/29/08 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This Henri Tolouse-Laurtec painting, "The Bed," is my favorite all-time painting. The reason I love it is the expression of intimacy between the two people who aren't ev ... Read on »
Tense about TENS by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I am testing out a TENS unit "at home" (I'm at work really) today. TENS=Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator . Basically, what it looks like is a ... Read on »
Weekend Torture by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain As I mentioned in Weekend Inspiration yesterday I had a touch of the flu (or the plague or something) this weekend. It was horrible. I couldn't tell where my PFD/IC pai ... Read on »
Daily Inspiration: 2/4/08 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Today's inspiration.... Underdogs winning make the best stories. Read on »
Weekend Inspiration: February 2-3, 2008 by The Body Chronic .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain After being totally sick yesterday with some flu-like thing (and having the PFD on top of it) I could use some upbeat 80s songs. So here's one to get your day going. ... Read on »