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. …

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 …

Gout

Gout: The King of Pain?

The pain from gout can be crushing.  It’s the most common inflammatory joint disease and affects over 5 million people in the United States alone.  It’s also been referred to as “the king of diseases and the disease of kings” because rich foods and alcohol, symbols of the “good life” trigger painful attacks.  On today’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Stomach Pain

Sexual Pain, Part II

In Part II of sexual pain, we’ll delve more deeply into Jessica’s story of enduring five years of misdiagnosed vulvar pain. We’ll discover how correcting her hip problem allowed her to live virtually pain free. Dr. Deborah Coady also provides new information on the best treatments for sexual pain in women.

The Pain of a Wounded Warrior, Part II

Persistent pain is highly prevalent among military veterans and they often suffer one of the most intense types of pain imaginable- burns. Our guest is Johns Roberts, executive vice president of Warrior Relations for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was critically injured, and severely burned over 80% of his body while serving in the Marine …

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 …