The Worse Pain of Your Life – Kidney Stones Part I

Many of us have heard people say that passing a kidney stone is the most painful experience ever. What if it happens to you, and how can you prevent it from happening? Ty Ford, audio engineer and co-producer of Aches and Gains, will revisit his experience with passing a kidney stone and how he got …

Foot Pain

When walking, standing, balancing, even jumping for joy, becomes too painful to even think about, we need answers, treatment, and some sweet relief. We seek out a podiatrist and Dr. Elliott Udell is one of the best.  In fact, he’s the past president of the American Society of Podiatric Medicine.  Over the last 30 years, …

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects over 2 million people and is one of the most costly diseases to our nation’s health care system. Amye Leong, president and CEO of Healthy Motivation was just 18 years old when she was diagnosed with RA and became wheelchair bound within six years while now running her own consulting firm. …

Cancer Pain

It’s estimated that over 12 million Americans have cancer. Sadly, severe and chronic pain occurs in over 30% of patients undergoing therapy and in almost 70% of patients with advanced disease. Nancy Amato, who is actively battling pancreatic cancer, shares an intimate portrait of her experience while Dr. Oscar De Leon of the Roswell Park …

Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are several facial pain syndromes, but Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) may be the worst. Sudden, stabbing, electrical sensations radiating from the ear down the face are typical leading some to call this syndrome the “suicide disease” because the pain can be so excruciating.  We’ll get a firsthand account of living with and overcoming TN from …

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Imagine how you would feel if you experienced pain while chewing, swallowing, speaking or even yawing? Or, consider living with such limited jaw movement that you couldn’t insert a spoon or fork into your mouth.  Many suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) endure these symptoms every day. According to the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, …

Osteoarthritis

Arthritis causes joint inflammation and pain. Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common disabling diseases in developed countries. Over the age of 60, about 10% of men and 18% of women have symptoms. Despite appropriate treatment, many people continue to experience pain that interferes with both their physical function, and psychological well-being. Lois Pike, …

Pain in Older Adults

Are you afraid of developing pain as you get older? Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the world’s population, and pain is the most common reason they seek medical care. Fortunately, chronic pain is not an inevitable part of aging. Today’s show features  a story of success from Manny Bellmore, an active 76 …

Pain Pacemakers for the Spinal Cord

Electrical stimulation for the treatment of pain has been around for thousands of years. Learn about neurostimulation, a technique that uses electric impulses to relieve chronic pain. You’ll hear a riveting story from Adam Hammond, a former member of the US Army Golden Nights Parachute Team, as he describes how a nerve stimulator restored his life …

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Genital Pain & Cyclist’s Syndrome, Part I

Everyday things like sitting or exercising can be virtually impossible if you are suffering from pudendal neuralgia, commonly called cyclist’s syndrome, which affects the pelvic floor. Patients feel stabbing, stinging, or burning sensations around the anal, scrotal, or labial regions of the body. Leslie describes how normal childbirth led to a feeling of having a “lit …