Stress

How Managing Stress Can Reduce Chronic Pain

Stress is something many of us are familiar with. Between work, relationships, family, uncertainty in world affairs and ever-present political discord, stress never seems to subside. Unfortunately, stress can be extremely damaging to your health — especially if you suffer from chronic pain. For twenty-five years, The Health Resource Network and health professionals across the …

Neurostimulation

The Wonders of Neurostimulation

For many people who live with chronic pain and do not respond to conventional treatments, there are innovative options for finding relief. If you are suffering from migraines, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, or hard-to-treat depression, you may have an opportunity to use vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), sending gentle electrical pulses to the nerve that connects and …

HIV Pain

Treating Your HIV-Related Pain

In the U.S. throughout the year we set aside observance days to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among specific populations and to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. March observes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Chronic pain is not uncommon for people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, most frequently referred …

Pain-Coping Blogs Every Woman Should Know

More than 100 million Americans suffer from pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. According a 2009 U.S. Health and Human Services Report, women are more likely than men to experience migraines, neck pain, lower back pain, or face or …

Cancer Survival Lessons from Comic Legend, Tommy Chong

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, I interviewed Tommy Chong on my radio show, Aches and Gains. Tommy shared his battle with rectal cancer and the triumphs he has achieved in overcoming his pain. As you may already know, Tommy was a part of the legendary counterculture comedy team of Cheech and Chong. With partner …

Chronic Pain Women

Why Chronic Pain Can Be Paralyzing for Women

Throughout the month of March, Aches and Gains will be celebrating Women’s History Month. As a time to reflect on the many challenges women have faced over the past few centuries, we also look at the many ways the gender gap still exists. For the Aches and Gains team, that means analyzing the gender gap …

Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm

American Heart Month is coming to an end, but there is another important topic I would like to cover with you. Heart disease, as we all know is the leading killer of women and men in the United States. Studies show that the risk of heart attack is greater among women than men. According to …

These Exercises Will Help Improve Your Heart Health

Throughout February, Aches and Gains has celebrated American Heart Month. The chronic pain associated with heart disease, commonly resulting from obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, can be devastating for those living with these cardiovascular conditions and their loved ones. As I’ve previously shared, it is essential to recognize the warning signs for a heart attack …

Heart Disease

Why Are African-Americans At Greater Risk of Heart Disease?

February is American Heart Month. It is also Black History Month. Now is the time to reflect on the contributions of African Americans to the American experience, and to learn a little bit more about yourself and those around you. The juxtaposition of these two observances is an occasion to examine heart health and pain among African Americans.

Heart Disease

What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the top killer for women and men in the United States, especially for those in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Heart disease is becoming an epidemic that must be addressed not just by medications and frequent screenings, but by lifestyle changes. Among the baby boomer generation, Americans born between 1945 through 1964 …