Interrupting Pain to the Brain: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Part II

We’re going to delve into how we can suppress pain by stimulating a nerve the lies in the neck called, the vagus nerve. The therapy is called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and it’s a newly explored therapy for pain that requires surgical implantation. There are even newly developed, transcutaneous forms that may help with headache …

Interrupting Pain to the Brain: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Part I

We’re going to delve into how we can suppress pain by stimulating a nerve the lies in the neck called, the vagus nerve. The therapy is called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and it’s a newly explored therapy for pain that requires surgical implantation. There are even newly developed, transcutaneous forms that may help with headache …

Regenerative Biomedicine for Pain: Platelet Rich Plasma

Regenerative therapies for pain are new and rapidly evolving. This innovative field includes platelet rich plasma (PRP) that was introduced in the 1970s. PRP is made from our own blood. Physicians inject concentrated platelets, growth factors, and proteins into a specific area of the body, and this mixture helps the body rebuild itself. PRP enabled …

The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part II

When we get a paper cut in the skin, or experience a sunburn, we’re injuring the peripheral nerves of the body.  Medical conditions like diabetes, HIV, and cancer, or traumatic injury can damage these peripheral nerves and lead to bad burning pain, numbness, or paralysis. Dr. Douglas Zochodne, neurologist and neuroscientist from the Hotchkiss Brain …

The Worse Pain of Your Life – Kidney Stones Part II

Many of us have heard people say that passing a kidney stone is the most painful experience ever. What if it happens to you, and how can you prevent it from happening? Ty Ford, audio engineer and co-producer of Aches and Gains, will revisit his experience with passing a kidney stone and how he got …

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Genital Pain & Cyclist’s Syndrome, Part II

Everyday things like sitting or exercising can be virtually impossible if you are suffering from pudendal neuralgia, commonly called cyclist’s syndrome, which affects the pelvic floor. Patients feel stabbing, stinging, or burning sensations around the anal, scrotal, or labial regions of the body. In Part 2, Leslie describes how normal childbirth led to a feeling of …

The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part I

When we get a paper cut in the skin, or experience a sunburn, we’re injuring the peripheral nerves of the body. Medical conditions like diabetes, HIV, cancer, or traumatic injury can damage these peripheral nerves and lead to bad burning pain, numbness, or paralysis. One of the pioneers in the field of nerve regeneration, Dr. …

A Game for Pain? The World of Virtual Reality, Part I

Imagine yourself gliding down an icy canyon while it’s lightly snowing, feeling a wet, cold snowball in your hand as you throw it at an igloo – this is the world of virtual reality (VR). Luke Moore shares the power of VR in getting him through the intense pain of cleansing burn wounds on his …

A Game for Pain? The World of Virtual Reality, Part II

Imagine yourself gliding down an icy canyon while it’s lightly snowing, feeling a wet, cold snowball in your hand as you throw it at an igloo – this is the world of virtual reality (VR). Luke Moore shares the power of VR in getting him through the intense pain of cleansing burn wounds on his …

Blood, Sweat, Tears, and…Urine? Part I

We’re familiar with blood testing, but other specimens like sweat, hair, saliva, and nails can be tested too. How about testing our urine? Patients using opioids or other controlled substances for pain relief typically do have their urine checked. Jackie, our first guest has been a nurse for 30 years. Opioids have given her the …