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: The Invisible Illness with Very Real Pain

Can you tell if someone has fibromyalgia by looking at them? Numerous genes have been identified in the last five years that may be responsible for the neurotransmitter imbalance found in individuals with Fibromyalgia.

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 …

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 …