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My Pain, My Brain – Geffy Jose (Writing 102.21)

My Pain, My Brain by Melanie Thernstrom is an article about pain in the brain and how you can control it. The author of the story had been suffering from chronic pains and underwent a study that would improve pain modulation in the body thus inhibiting pain in the body. There are several factors that … Continue reading

Response to Thernstrom’s “My Pain, My Brain”

In Melanie Thernstrom’s article “My Pain, My Brain”, she describes the struggle of living with chronic pain syndrome, but more importantly, the new-found hope she gathered from learning about and undergoing a new Neuroimaging technique using f.M.R.I. machines. The process works by portraying a picture of the nerve-firing activity in a certain portion of the … Continue reading

My Pain, My Brain

In My Pain, My Brain by Melanie Thernstrom, the brain and its perception of the severity of physical pain is discussed. The interesting idea analyzed is the ability of one to regulate this pain through thought alone. This is especially relevant to the author as she herself suffers from a clinical condition known as chronic … Continue reading

My Pain, My Brain – Response

Written from Melanie Thernstrom’s perspective as both a patient and an observer, this article focuses on a Stanford experiment designed to teach people to control their own pain. Dr. Sean Mackey led the study that used a specially modified fMRI machine to allow patients to view a real-time image of their brain activity, allowing them … Continue reading

Response to “My Pain, My Brain”

In this article, Melanie Thernstrom describes her experience with an experimental new technology that is designed to have a person calm their own feelings of pain by actively trying to control the portions of the brain that cause them. By having a monitor project her brain activity, she was able to try various tactics to … Continue reading

My Pain,My Brain Response

Melanie Thernstrom’s “My Pain, My Brain” is a fascinating article which examines pain and its relation with the brain through a biological and occasionally philosophical lens. Thernstrom’s account of her own experience with chronic pain and the f. M.R.I. scan that she underwent which allowed her to view and interact with her own brain activity … Continue reading

Response to “My Pain, My Brain”

In the New York Time’s article “My Pain, My Brain”, Melanie Thernstrom elaborates the depth and potential of our brain. Thernstrom has been suffering from an arthritic condition that causes chronic pain in her neck that radiates to other parts of the body. Recently, through new and advanced technology, she witnessed real-time functional neuroimaging, which … Continue reading

Response to “My Pain, My Brain”

Melanie Thernstrom, author of the New York Times article “My Pain, My Brain” has been a sufferer of chronic pain for the past 10 years. She experiences it in her neck and face, a pain caused by an arthritic condition. She wishes to be able to see her brain at work, and control her pain … Continue reading

“My Pain, My Brain”

Melanie Thernstrom’s article “My Pain, My Brain” is an insightful account into the use of neuroimaging therapy for chronic pain. Thernstrom explains how she is suffering from chronic pain and she wishes she could watch her brain in action and somehow reprogram it to have her chronic pain go away. Chronic pain is a disease … Continue reading

“My Brain, My Pain” Response

“My Brain, My Pain,” is an intriguing as well as enlightening article written by Melanie Thernstrom. Thernstrom has been afflicted with an “arthritic condition that causes chronic pain in my neck that radiates into the right side of my face and right shoulder and arm,” she states in the article. After 10 years of anguish … Continue reading