Women have a higher risk of developing chronic pain than men.

How Hormones Alter the Path of Pain in Men and Women

The way men’s and women’s bodies trigger and respond to pain is just one more difference between the two genders. You can tell if someone is at greater risk than others for developing chronic pain later in life from the very moment they are born. How can this be? A majority of the 100 million Americans …

Statistics of Americans in pain.

Research Proves Americans Are in Pain

More Americans are turning to complementary health approaches like yoga and meditation to help manage pain than ever before. One of the most challenging parts of suffering from persistent pain due to physical or mental health conditions, post-surgical pain and other debilitating illnesses is the overwhelming feeling that you are alone in your struggle. This …

Preparing for a Pain-Related Doctor’s Appointment

Know what questions to expect from your pain specialist. “Rate your pain on a scale from 1 to 10.” Does this sound familiar? Sometimes you don’t really know how to answer. It’s not the worst pain you have ever experienced, but it’s definitely inhibiting you from going about your daily activities. So, how do you …

Elvis Presley and Agonizing Pain

Interviews with friends and physicians of the late “King of Rock and Roll” give us a deeper look at Elvis’ health, personal life and legacy. The episodes dedicated to exploring the life and death of one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Elvis Presley, are among some of the most popular Aches and Gains …

Fibromyalgia causes widepsread pain and other pain-related symptoms.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Causes

Women make up 80-90 percent of fibromyalgia sufferers. Fibromyalgia is a condition categorized by widespread pain throughout the body. People with this condition often experience a variety of other symptoms, including fatigue, sleep disturbance, and even memory problems. Some also report difficulty swallowing, bowel or bladder abnormalities or numbness and tingling.

Food for Thought: Diet Plays Significant Role in Pain Relief

Integrating foods into your diet that don’t stimulate the inflammatory chemicals in your body can fight inflammation, significantly reducing pain. Weight and nutrition may be a popular topic in the summer months, but most people could benefit from keeping these subjects top-of-mind all year round. Experts are finding that diet and excess weight are often …

Beyond the Cosmetic: Botox for Pain Management

Botox can be a safe, noninvasive alternative to surgery for certain health conditions. Emmy and Tony-award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth admitted to Prevention Magazine back in 2011 that she gets Botox (botulinum toxin) regularly, but not for the reason you’d think.

Upcoming Aches and Gains Interview with Men’s Health Editor in Chief

Who better to interview for Men’s Health Awareness Month than the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health Magazine, Bill Phillips? In honor of Men’s Health month, I recently spoke with Men’s Health editor-in-chief Bill Phillips about the struggles men experience on their path to living a healthier life. This is the guiding topic of Bill’s recently released …

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV-Associated Nerve Pain

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV-Associated Nerve Pain

Severe pain due to damage of the peripheral nerves is one of the most frequent neurological complications of an HIV infection. Most people in the U.S. are aware that HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS, but many might not know that the condition itself and medications associated with HIV/AIDS can end up causing severe pain …