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 …

The Pain of Multiple Sclerosis

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society reports that 50% of all people with MS suffer from chronic pain. Country music star Clay Walker shares his triumphs over MS pain and how he manages it as part of his lifestyle.  Dr. Adam Kaplin, medical and scientific advisor to the Montel Williams and Nancy Davis Foundation, provides details of …

Overcoming Neck Pain with Jennifer Grey

Neck pain is a common condition that almost 75% of people experience at some point in life. Women, older adults, and those involved in whiplash injuries from car accidents are at increased risk. Jennifer Grey, the co-star of Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, takes us down her path of overcoming neck pain that …

Pain and Addiction

Opioids can be invaluable for treating pain, but prescription painkillers can lead to abuse and addiction.  In fact, up to 7% of patients prescribed opioids to treat chronic pain may develop the disease of addiction. Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of two, New York Times bestselling books on addiction, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office …

Elvis Presley: Head Trauma, Autoimmunity, and Agonizing Pain Part IV

Featuring Dr. Nick –  Elvis Presley is the “King of Rock and Roll” and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. His death is still controversial. Was it drug overdose, or a heart attack? In fact, Elvis’ medical history was complex and involved pain as well as traumatic brain injury, and probably an …