Summit on Balanced Pain Management Underscores Need for Access, Coverage

“I didn’t like feeling like a victim.  I liked feeling like a warrior.”  So explained Ally Hilfiger – artist, author and daughter of fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger – who told her story of overcoming Lyme disease at the annual National Summit on Balanced Pain Management.  The summit featured U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) as well as members of the …

[FREE DOWNLOAD] The Medical Link Between Your Stress and Pain

Stress can trigger pain and make existing pain worse. Both reducing stress and improving how we deal with it are vital to healing and pain prevention. We’ve heard from Dr. Kathleen Hall, international stress expert and Founder of The Stress Institute, who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies on stress and work life balance. But we …

marijuana vs opioids

Medical Marijuana Preferred Over Opioids for Managing Pain

A recently published study reports that medical marijuana can be an effective and preferred treatment for pain. It found that 97% of patients said they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% said that using cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition …

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[FREE DOWNLOAD] The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating with Chronic Pain

Pain fighting foods can help you in your triumph over chronic pain. Following these guidelines of “The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating with Chronic Pain” can ease the pain of Fibromyalgia, back pain, arthritis, and IBS. I’ve spoken on my show with Anne Wilson about foods that fight pain and slim the body, and how …

Chronic Pain Women

Why Chronic Pain Can Be Paralyzing for Women

Throughout the month of March, Aches and Gains will be celebrating Women’s History Month. As a time to reflect on the many challenges women have faced over the past few centuries, we also look at the many ways the gender gap still exists. For the Aches and Gains team, that means analyzing the gender gap …

Ways to Relieve Pain at Work

Hunching over the computer for hours on end at work can lead to a lot of back pain. As a matter of fact, back pain is the second most common cause of missing work, and pain degrades our functioning at work. Just for fun, pay attention to how you are sitting while you read through …

The Pros and Cons of Over the Counter Pain Relief

Over the counter pain relief is a major advantage to living in today’s world. Think about a time before pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or simple ibuprofen (Motrin) were available for headaches, muscle pain, or joint pain. What was life like without them? What did those people do without that relief? Sometimes we take these …

How Sleep Helps Manage Pain

Sleep is critical for the body to rejuvenate itself. While you are sleeping, your body is creating new cells, getting rid of old ones, and working to make you healthier. Without 6-9 hours of sleep, your body does not function as highly as it could. A staggering 66% of patients in pain complain of sleep …

When is it Time to See a Doctor?

When is it Time to See a Doctor?

Some of us push our limits. “Make it until you break it” some would say. Waiting until the last minute to see a doctor about your pain or other ailment is not always the best idea. Going to the doctor can sometimes be a life or death situation. Catching a serious illness early when the …

National Public Health Week: How Are You Managing Your Pain?

National Public Health Week has arrived and I wanted to touch base and see how all of you are doing. During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States are brought together to observe National Public Health Week as a time to acknowledge the influences of public health and spotlight …