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 …

28th Annual AIPM Meeting

Dr. Paul Christo Speaks at the 28TH Annual Meeting of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management Clinicians and healthcare professionals were able to: -Learn about the newest, evidence-based, integrative approaches to pain management — for everything from headache and neuropathic pain, to fibromyalgia and back pain. -Hear about best practices in team-based care for the …

Is Essential Oil Vaping Safe?

The Rise Of The “Personal Diffuser” Essential Oils Stick These pens are offered as a portable option for your favorite scent. But are they safe? *Originally published on Rodale’s OrganicLife Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there are clouds of vegetable glycerin vapor, there are probably essential oil vaporizer pens. Often called a “personal diffuser” or “diffuser …

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 …

Dr. Christo Contributes to Thrive Global

Overcoming Pain Advice from an expert. Originally published on Thrive Global.  Chronic pain affects 116 million U.S. adults, and 40% of people living in developing countries. It doesn’t spare the more vulnerable members of society either. For instance, 20% of all children are affected by chronic pain and the prevalence increases among older adults. Pain-relief …

marijuana vs opioids

Medical Marijuana Preferred Over Opioids for Managing Pain

A recently published study reports that medical marijuana can be an effective and preferred treatment for pain. It found that 97% of patients said they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% said that using cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition …

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Acupuncture Successfully Used as a Replacement for Opioids in Emergency Patients

A recently published study found that acupuncture was a safe alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients arriving at accident and emergency. The study took place in four hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, and was the world’s largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments. It found that the treatment is a low-risk and effective alternative …

Fibromyalgia with ReachMD

Addressing Fibromyalgia: From Timely Diagnosis to Individualizing Treatment

Dr. Paul Christo partnered with ReachMD to bring you an educational activity, teaching you the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia, treatments and therapies, and an ultimate enhanced quality of life. Fibromyalgia is a common disorder characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and cognitive impairment, which may fluctuate in intensity.  Symptoms of fibromyalgia …

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Yoga for Well-Being and Comfort

Aches and Gains radio guest Dima, a vice president in financial services, suffered a serious motorcycle accident and Jiu jitzu injury, which left him with a herniated disc and severe pain. Always athletic, active and outgoing, Dima’s chronic pain forced him to step away from the quality of life he was accustomed to, an all …

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 …