War on Opioids, Part II

The war on opioids began around 2010 when the Centers for Disease Control announced there were over 16,000 opioid-related deaths. That’s a big number – but not all of those deaths involved opioids alone. Our first guest, Angelika, suffers from a painful joint hypermobility condition called “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.” Despite having a traumatic biking accident, she refused to go to the emergency room, fearing that she’d be labelled an addict, that her opioids would be taken away, and her pain would be left out of control. Author and journalist, Maia Szalavitz, then joins us. She’s written about the war on drugs and how it’s hurting patients who need them the most.

War on Opioids, Part I

The war on opioids began around 2010 when the Centers for Disease Control announced there were over 16,000 opioid-related deaths. That’s a big number – but not all of those deaths involved opioids alone. Our first guest, Angelika, suffers from a painful joint hypermobility condition called “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.” Despite having a traumatic biking accident, she refused to go to the emergency room, fearing that she’d be labelled an addict, that her opioids would be taken away, and her pain would be left out of control. Author and journalist, Maia Szalavitz, then joins us. She’s written about the war on drugs and how it’s hurting patients who need them the most.

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV-Associated Nerve Pain

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV-Associated Nerve Pain

Severe pain due to damage of the peripheral nerves is one of the most frequent neurological complications of an HIV infection. Most people in the U.S. are aware that HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS, but many might not know that the condition itself and medications associated with HIV/AIDS can end up causing severe pain …

Pain on the Battlefield

Pain is the #1 complaint of soldiers fighting for our country. Derek McGinnis, a young military veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart will trace the events that led to his leg amputation, and how a simple nerve block became a lifesaver. Dr. Trip Buckenmaier from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will share some …

Soothing Scents of Aromatherapy Part I

Do you like the scent of spices in your kitchen or flowers in your garden? More of us are turning to aromatherapy as an option for alleviating pain, managing stress, and enhancing relaxation. Anne Hill suffered from 25 years of sinusitis pressure and pain.  She’ll discuss how a combination of essential oils has produced benefits …

Ticks, Targets, and Terrific Pain, Part I

Imagine your nerves are doused in gasoline and lit on fire. For many patients living with Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, this kind of pain can be a reality. With pain ranging from flu-like headaches, muscle and joint aches, to muscle spasms, pain shooting down the arms, and widespread arthritis, living with the pain of …

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 …

Emu Oil: Topical Triumph over Pain?

Our guest Johnny Bench is a Hall of Fame Catcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds. Like so many, Johnny suffers the pain of arthritis but he’s moved beyond a world of terrible pain that once restricted his whole life. During the show, we’ll learn about a topical pain reliever called Emu Oil and Johnny’s …

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 …

Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part I

Bone Pain is felt more deeply in the body than even severe muscular pain, and it’s often hard to pinpoint. It comes from common conditions like osteoarthritis and fractures, some viruses and more serious conditions like bone cancer.  Founding member and president of the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation Charlie Harles share his triumphs over many years of skeletal …