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Of Karmic Debt, Chaos & Mercy

There is a character in Game of Thrones, a previous bodyguard to a sadistic King, who later finds comfort with a village of peaceful people. Known as The Hound, his life is saved by their leader Brother Ray. As the two are talking one day, Ray says something about justice, to which The Hound quips

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Rampant Wildfire of Lyme & CRPS

A paradox is a bountiful thing. Curious and indefinable, it insists we take pause and reflect, wisdom ready for the patient. So much of what we yearn for is embedded in paradox – the things we cannot easily make sense of – as is so much of our suffering. Pain is one such oxymoron. Rife

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CRPS/RSD: A Mighty Plea

The research on this site was born of a need to give back; to help others like myself in tremendous pain with options other than anaesthetics or drugged oblivion. Its evolution is fueled by an urgent bid for interdisciplinary research. Two years in I am overwhelmed with the complex nature of this disorder; a severe

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My Take on CRPS/RSD

The sheer complexity of CRPS/RSD, and its highly individual nature, has dissuaded me from trying to define it here on Pain Maps. But the frequency with which I am asked about it continues to remind me how poor awareness is on this troubling condition, and I now feel a responsibility to share a bit of

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Revelations with Norman Doidge

The mass tendency within mainstream medicine to adhere to categorical diagnoses and treatment regimens is in desperate need of public debate. Sure, awareness on “alternative” healthcare is rapidly growing; holistic mindsets are wildly popular and where responsible sources are found, lives can be changed for the better. But we don’t talk enough about the need

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The Neuroplastic Approach: Patient as Agent

I’ve struggled for years to articulate my aversion to the Western medical model. It’s not that I don’t see merit – there is a time and place for surgery and medication, and both have saved countless lives. No, my aversion has to do with the arrogance at its heart – the notion that Western medicine

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Natural Remedies for Nerve Pain (Part Two)

Treatment options for nerve pain and CRPS are scant at best, which is why disciplined practice that endeavors to alter the brain’s “pain maps” is central to healing. In the meantime, those seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals have to experiment with anything that can help to take the edge off. There is a limited arsenal out

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The Pain Experience: Highly Individual

Persistent pain is said to affect more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. And yet astonishingly, options other than “pain management” – born of the (reductionist) view that it will very likely be chronic – have only recently been bleeding into public awareness. Cutting edge research coming out of Australia, and the work

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