Elephants in Pain, Part II

Cancer, arthritis, and other painful diseases occur in animals just like humans. Elephants in captivity can develop painful toe infections, and crippling arthritis of the wrists and ankles. Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and suffering often hidden from the public. Catherine Doyle, Director of Science, Research, and Advocacy for the Performing …

Elephants in Pain, Part I

Cancer, arthritis, and other painful diseases occur in animals just like humans. Elephants in captivity can develop painful toe infections, and crippling arthritis of the wrists and ankles. Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and suffering often hidden from the public. Catherine Doyle, Director of Science, Research, and Advocacy for the Performing Animal …

Babies at Risk

Healthy, full-term newborns typically receive a heel lance at birth to screen for genetic disorders and immunizations. Sick babies need blood draws more often, though and these interventions are painful. For example, almost all ill and preterm infants have to endure multiple painful procedures—from blood draws to complicated surgeries—in order to ensure that they have …

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Choose a Pain Specialist

If you are ready to take the next step from your regular physician to a pain specialist, there are many options that you should consider before going. First, you should ask your doctor who they recommend. If you trust your doctor, they may be able to provide you with information and resources to consider. Next, …

Parkinson's

Diane Rehm on Parkinson’s Disease and the Right to Die

Diane Rehm is the well-known host of The Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio.  She and her husband, John were married for 54 years. He died in 2014 from Parkinson’s disease, but his death was prolonged despite his strong wish for help to die comfortably, and on his own terms. We’ll talk to Diane …

What to Expect from a Pain Specialist

  Pain Specialists will treat you in a comprehensive way. This may include medications, injections, implantations, exercise, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and psychological counseling. It is important to remember that if a Pain Specialist recommends psychological therapy, this does not mean that he or she does not believe you are actually in physical pain. Because …

What to Look for in a Pain Specialist

Nearly 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, which interferes with their ability to work, sleep, and enjoy life. For those living with chronic pain, it is essential to find a Pain Specialist physician who can diagnose the condition and work with you on a treatment plan. There are safe and effective treatments available that …

Pain is the Number One Health Problem

In one of my more popular radio show episodes, “American’s Biggest Health Problem” http://paulchristomd.com/pain-americas-biggest-health-problem-part-i/.  I discuss the chronic pain crisis with award-winning health journalist and author Judy Foreman. Her book, A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem, covers surprising and comprehensive research into what many consider our biggest health concern today. Judy said …

My Favorite Episodes: Providing a Voice for Living in Pain

I created my radio show, Aches and Gains, to provide a voice for the more than 100 million people in need of relief from living in pain.  Celebrities, public figures, health practitioners and pain experts share their stories of struggle and success on the show every week, helping to lessen the stigma that’s all too …