The Advocacy of ChronicBabe, Part II

ChronicBabe is an online support group for younger women who want to move beyond their pain to live full lives. It’s a supportive community that listens, teaches acceptance, and offers coping strategies. On today’s show, we’ll discover how ChronicBabe has given its founder, Jenni Prokopy the tools to accomplish more than she ever imagined, delve …

The Advocacy of ChronicBabe, Part I

ChronicBabe is an online support group for younger women who want to move beyond their pain to live full lives. It’s a supportive community that listens, teaches acceptance, and offers coping strategies. On today’s show, we’ll find out how the founder, Jenni Prokopy has overcome 20 years of struggling with fibromyalgia, why she created ChronicBabe, …

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 …

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

We’ll delve into the causes and symptoms of this puzzling and life-altering pain disorder. Ballerina Cynthia Toussaint, shares her unbelievable story about how a minor thigh injury resulted in a complete life transformation. Dr. Robert Schwartzman, CRPS specialist from Drexel University will unravel the mystery behind some of the treatments, including a controversial therapy known as …

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 …

Not in My Head

Have you ever fractured one of your bones? Sprained your ankle? For some, the pain in the arm or leg doesn’t go away, and begins to feel like an intense sunburn that human touch and even wind can make unbearable. Nicole Hemmenway, author of No, It Is NOT In My Head, shares a harrowing story …

Fibromyalgia with AJ Langer- Her Struggles and Ultimate Success

Fibromyalgia affects up to 4% of the population, and leads to widespread body pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and even memory problems. Women are nine times more frequently affected than men. Actress AJ Langer, best known for her television roles on My So Called Life, Seinfeld, and Coach talks about her struggles and ultimate success with …

Burning

The Burning Alive Syndrome

Erythromelalgia (or EM) is rare and can be a devastating condition.  It typically affects the feet or hands, or both and causes visible redness, as well as sensations of intense heat and burning pain.  Some have described this condition as having their “nerves on fire” or feeling like they’re “burning alive.” We’ll hear Diana Zak …

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. …