7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain

7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain: An automated meta-analysis of 420 imaging studies - pain's effect on the brain. neurosynth.org uses functional connectivity and coactivation mapping from thousands of MRI images (each comprised of many cuts of images) are automated to show a final result of pain's effect on the brain. Created and... Continue Reading →

What is a Diagnosis?

Lots of people want to know the definition of "diagnosis." Merriam-Webster.com puts "diagnosis" in the Top 10% of searches. "dia" in Greek means "apart." + "gignōskein" is "to recognize" or "to know" "gnō" is "to come to know," as in spiritually; = diagignōskein  - ‘distinguish, discern' DIAGNOSIS  Originating in modern Latin around 1675-85, this late 17th-century... Continue Reading →

What Matters to You: Patient Advocacy

We know what matters to you. These are events in the US that don't necessarily make headlines every day, but they affect you, or your sister or neighbor. Every day, someone is affected. Without fail. The following people get our respect and admiration in recognition of tireless advocacy in the face of a courageous effort... Continue Reading →

Curriculum Vitae

Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD   University Education/Training Activity/Degree/Institution B.A.  /   Biology, California State University, Northridge, Cum Laude N/A  /   Medicine  Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma M.D.   Medicine /  Keck USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California Anesthesiology /  Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California Critical Care  /  Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford,... Continue Reading →

I Stand Up and Faint

As with many invisible illnesses, dysautonomia and POTS are not "rare." They are frequently misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, or completely unrecognized.

Taking Shape

 I don't roar anymore. Figure 1. The Rebel Patient is on Twitter. She wants you there, too. You can Re-Tweet (RT) this Tweet here: ~ ~ ~ I try not to get too excited when silly or amazing things happen because I don't want my emotions to completely carry me away. Figure 2. I try not to... Continue Reading →

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