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 …

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 …

Text Neck Pain, Part II

Since the term, “Text Neck” was coined in 2008, we’ve been seeing more patients with neck pain and headaches. “Text Neck” or now “Tech Neck” is felt to be a repetitive strain injury from constantly looking down to type or read text messages, answer emails or checking social media sites. First, a rare interview with …

Text Neck Pain, Part I

Since the term, “Text Neck” was coined in 2008, we’ve been seeing more patients with neck pain and headaches. “Text Neck” or now “Tech Neck” is felt to be a repetitive strain injury from constantly looking down to type or read text messages, answer emails or checking social media sites. First, a rare interview with …

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, …

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 …

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

We’ll delve into the causes and symptoms of this puzzling and life-altering pain disorder. Ballerina Cynthia Toussaint, shares her unbelievable story about how a minor thigh injury resulted in a complete life transformation. Dr. Robert Schwartzman, CRPS specialist from Drexel University will unravel the mystery behind some of the treatments, including a controversial therapy known as …

Low Back Pain

Between 70-80% of the world’s population will experience low back pain (LBP) at some time in their lives. Nikki Stone, 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist severely damaged two discs in her lower back from repeated high-altitude jumps. Listen in as she shares her story of fighting to overcome this painful injury just two years before becoming …

Holistic Approaches for Pain Relief

Join us as Naomi Judd, a six time Grammy award winner, humanitarian, and spokesperson for Partners Against Pain, reveals her tips for engaging the mind/body/spirit connection in managing pain. While Dr. David Mount, Director of Community Outreach, Partnerships, and Advocacy at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Medical School, shares his …

Prodigy

Sickle Cell Anemia: Painful Crisis

Sickle Cell Disease affects 1 in 375 African Americans in the United States. Children as young as 1yr of age may begin having painful episodes called a crisis, lasting for hours to even days. Albert Johnson, better known as Prodigy, an American rapper and author of the book My Infamous Life, shares his personal story …