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 Pain of Racism Part I

In America, racial discrimination was the force behind slavery and segregation among the states. Research tells us that still today we may respond more dramatically to seeing white people in pain than we do black people. We’re joined today by Faith Ringgold, an award winning African American artist, author, anti-racism activist and feminist movement advocate to …

Racism

The Pain of Racism, Part II

Racism is painful. It hurts our identity, suppresses our talents, and can lead to injury. In America, racial discrimination was the force behind slavery and segregation among the states. How about racial disparities in understanding and treating pain? Science tells us that we don’t respond to the pain of others equally. We’re joined once again …

The Pain of Torture Part I

The very word “Torture” conveys the stark reality of pain – pain inflicted intentionally upon another human being. We’ll hear the harrowing experiences of author Marina Nemat who endured painful foot lashings, a broken wrist, and narrowly escaped a death sentence while she was imprisoned in Iran. Dr. Ramin Asgary founded and directed the Human …

Plus sized and in Pain: The Benefits of Exercise

The headlines say that obesity is a death sentence. It can lead to hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer. Jeanette DePatie (A.K.A. “The Fat Chick”) is a plus sized, certified fitness instructor. She helps those who haven’t worked out in years to safely start and continue an exercise program. She’s seen firsthand how chronic pain sufferers …

Pain after Breast Reconstruction

The risk of having chronic chest pain after breast surgery (mastectomy and lumpectomy) for cancer is high at 20-30%. When a woman is confronted with breast cancer, many questions arise – not the least of which is post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Janet Ladd, a professional coach shares her experience with mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and pain-free living …

Heart Pain: Sounding the Alarm, Part I

You’re feeling some indigestion after a meal, and then a little chest heaviness. It’s probably nothing. Or is it? If you’re a woman, you could be having a heart attack and not even know it. Our guests today will lead us through maze to answer that question and more. Eliz Green had a heart attack …

Emotional Pain

It seems surprising, but pain caused by emotional distress can be felt more deeply and for a longer period of time than pain caused by physical injuries. On today’s show, we’ll talk to Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Julie shares her journey from the depths of painful depression and three suicide …

Acupuncture, Part I

Most of us have heard of this ancient Chinese traditional medical treatment. Today, it’s used more and more to treat pain. We’ll hear how successful acupuncture has been for Jamie Shimmel’s fibromyalgia and plantar fasciits. Then, a leading specialist in this field, Dr. Robert Bonakdar from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine surprises us with …

Calmare Therapy – A New Device for Relieving Pain

Electrical stimulation can reduce pain in the form of spinal cord stimulator devices and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy. Today, we’ll learn about Calmare, a new device for relieving chronic pain from Cynthia Chauhan, retired clinical social worker and cancer research advocate, and Dr. Michael Cooney. http://paulchristomd.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/13.5-Aches-And-Gains-061-Calmare-XM.mp3