Pain is the Number One Health Problem

In one of my more popular radio show episodes, “American’s Biggest Health Problem” http://paulchristomd.com/pain-americas-biggest-health-problem-part-i/.  I discuss the chronic pain crisis with award-winning health journalist and author Judy Foreman. Her book, A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem, covers surprising and comprehensive research into what many consider our biggest health concern today. Judy said …

pain awareness month 2015

Spotlight on Pain: Understanding The Physical & Emotional Impact

One-third of the U.S. adult population suffers from chronic pain. Since establishing September as Pain Awareness Month in 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has continued to keep pain and pain management issues in the public eye through Partners for Understanding Pain, a consortium consisting of 80 organizations, which include health-condition-specific groups as well …

Women have a higher risk of developing chronic pain than men.

How Hormones Alter the Path of Pain in Men and Women

The way men’s and women’s bodies trigger and respond to pain is just one more difference between the two genders. You can tell if someone is at greater risk than others for developing chronic pain later in life from the very moment they are born. How can this be? A majority of the 100 million Americans …

ComfortSafe: Innovations in Anesthesia

If you have pain and need surgery, you’ll want to hear about this new anesthetic technique called “ComfortSafe.” It’s used for patients who don’t want to or can’t tolerate typical anesthesia with opioids. Using ComfortSafe can also help avoid the side effects of general anesthesia, like nausea, vomiting, and confusion. Our first guest, Chris Bedard, …

Statistics of Americans in pain.

Research Proves Americans Are in Pain

More Americans are turning to complementary health approaches like yoga and meditation to help manage pain than ever before. One of the most challenging parts of suffering from persistent pain due to physical or mental health conditions, post-surgical pain and other debilitating illnesses is the overwhelming feeling that you are alone in your struggle. This …

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 …

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease.

The Physical and Emotional Toll of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Early signs of ALS may include pain-related symptoms, such as muscle cramps. Many people may have been under-informed about ALS before summer 2014’s ALS ice bucket challenge took over social media and the release of The Theory of Everything, an Oscar-nominated film based on famed physicist Stephen Hawking’s struggle with ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is …

Migraines Statistics & Information for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Chronic Migraines: When a Headache Isn’t Just a Headache

Migraine sufferers are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions and fatigue. There are numerous types of headaches, with pain levels and treatment varying depending on the classification. Perhaps the type of headache most commonly cited as the cause of severe pain and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms is the …