National Public Health Week: How Are You Managing Your Pain?

National Public Health Week has arrived and I wanted to touch base and see how all of you are doing. During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States are brought together to observe National Public Health Week as a time to acknowledge the influences of public health and spotlight …

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Chronic Pain and Your Brain: What’s the Deal with Depression?

Those who suffer from pain know that it can be very difficult to cope both physically and emotionally. On my radio show, we have discussed many traditional and alternative options for easing physical pain. Often, chronic pain not only hurts physically, but emotionally.  Today, let’s delve into the emotional side of pain. For example, depression …

Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine, Part II

Have you ever wondered why that pill you’re taking for pain isn’t really helping, or why it’s causing side effects? Well, the “one size fits all” strategy for medicines is yielding to genetic profiling that predicts disease risk and drug response in a way that personalizes medicine. Mary Dugan-Jordan, an oncology nurse has suffered from …

Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine, Part I

Have you ever wondered why that pill you’re taking for pain isn’t really helping, or why it’s causing side effects? Well, the “one size fits all” strategy for medicines is yielding to genetic profiling that predicts disease risk and drug response in a way that personalizes medicine. Mary Dugan-Jordan, an oncology nurse has suffered from …

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 …

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Part II

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive and produces electrical stimulation in the brain. It targets the outer layer of the brain called the cerebral cortex, and may help correct areas inside the brain that have been altered due to chronic pain. TMS is FDA approved for major depression and recently, a handheld form is approved …

Pain Due to Smartphones

We live in an increasingly connected world. Smartphones allow us to stay constantly in touch with friends and family, up-to-date on the latest news, constantly checking in on social media, and for some of us, connected to work 24/7. According to the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans now own a smartphone, which is up …

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Part I

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive and produces electrical stimulation in the brain. It targets the outer layer of the brain called the cerebral cortex, and may help correct areas inside the brain that have been altered due to chronic pain. TMS is FDA approved for major depression and recently, a handheld form is approved …

My Favorite Blogs: Advancing in Overall Pain Awareness

The medical field is an ongoing and evolving profession that is constantly in search of the next treatment for our patients’ ailments.  I began blogging as a way to provide the most current and important information to my patients and the public, as well as a way for me to stay on top of the …