ALS is a neurodegenerative disease.

The Physical and Emotional Toll of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Early signs of ALS may include pain-related symptoms, such as muscle cramps. Many people may have been under-informed about ALS before summer 2014’s ALS ice bucket challenge took over social media and the release of The Theory of Everything, an Oscar-nominated film based on famed physicist Stephen Hawking’s struggle with ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is …

Migraines Statistics & Information for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Chronic Migraines: When a Headache Isn’t Just a Headache

Migraine sufferers are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions and fatigue. There are numerous types of headaches, with pain levels and treatment varying depending on the classification. Perhaps the type of headache most commonly cited as the cause of severe pain and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms is the …

Maya Angelou shared with Aches and Gains in 2014.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s Legacy for Inspiration and Grace Living with Pain

Dr. Maya Angelou was featured on Aches and Gains shortly before her passing.  After a traumatic event, Dr. Maya Angelou spent nearly six years of her youth as a mute in which she suffered great emotional pain. Despite her era of silence, she went on to become a voice for many generations and cultures as an author, …

Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have Lupus.

Managing Lupus Symptoms with Holistic Medicine

Many lupus patients have found that holistic approaches for pain relief provide them with a level of comfort and aid in managing their symptoms. Managing the symptoms associated with lupus flare-ups is part of life for the more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. who suffer from this chronic autoimmune disease, 90 percent of …

Chest pain does not necessarily indicate heart disease.

Chest Pain and Its Relation to Heart Disease

It’s no wonder many people worry they might be in the midst of a medical emergency when they feel chest pain or discomfort: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women throughout the US, killing approximately 610,000 people each year, that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. There are a variety of sensations and symptoms associated with chest pain that could point to a possible heart attack, including nausea, profuse sweating, palpitations and a sense of impending death.

Lyme disease causes a variety of vague symptoms.

Celebrities Battling Lyme Disease Go Public to Raise Awareness

Avril Lavigne was bedridden for months after contracting Lyme disease sometime in 2014. Singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne graced the cover of People Magazine in April after more than five months out of the spotlight due to her battle with Lyme disease. Lavigne, who is 30-years-old, says she was bedridden for months after contracting the …