Summit on Balanced Pain Management Underscores Need for Access, Coverage

“I didn’t like feeling like a victim.  I liked feeling like a warrior.”  So explained Ally Hilfiger – artist, author and daughter of fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger – who told her story of overcoming Lyme disease at the annual National Summit on Balanced Pain Management.  The summit featured U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) as well as members of the …

Can Analgesic Creams Treat Chronic Pain?

An Irish opera singer who suffered from the same chronic pain condition as Lady Gaga claims she was “cured” of fibromyalgia by rubbing a topical cream on her body. “I was amazed that within a few hours of putting the cream on my knees and my neck, the pain started to ease and the swelling …

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Lady Gaga: Raising Awareness about Fibromyalgia

Earlier this month, musician Lady Gaga announced on social media that she has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This poorly understood chronic pain syndrome is highlighted by a well known artist. On Monday it was announced that Lady Gaga has cancelled her European tour, due to “severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform.” The …

Olivia Newton-John: Back Pain Revealed as Breast Cancer Relapse

Cancer Returns After 20 years of being in remission from breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with a relapse. Though she initially just thought it was back pain, she wrote in a statement on Facebook that she soon learned her cancer had returned and “metastasized to the sacrum.” Metastasis is the development of secondary malignant …

August 16, 2017: The 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death

Elvis Presley remains the most iconic American musician of all time, even 40 years after his death in 1977. His albums still earn millions of dollars each year, and most artists in the industry today, across many genres attribute their musical inspiration to Elvis. But this successful and charismatic man was living in a great …

How JFK’s Back Pain May Have Led to His Death

A resurgence of John F. Kennedy’s pain struggles are in the news after a newly released publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. We learned on our JFK show from noted historian Robert Dallek, that Kennedy struggled with substantial low back pain, but he also suffered from an autoimmune disorder that probably lead to  osteoporosis …

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Remembering Prodigy: Overcoming Sickle Cell Anemia

Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, passed away June 20, 2017 at age 42 after a life-long struggle with Sickle Cell Anemia. I was fortunate enough to interview Prodigy on my radio show where we had the chance to talk about his childhood, complications with the disease, and how he overcame his pain. He was dedicated to …

Steve Kerr Wins NBA Title Despite Battle with Back Injury

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, Steve Kerr celebrated his NBA Title win with the Golden State Warriors after missing 11 playoff games this season due to a back injury. As the team celebrated with confetti and champagne, Kerr had a thick bandage around his neck and back. Men in suits followed the Coach …