Pain Pacemakers for the Brain: Deep Brain Stimulation

Electrical stimulation of areas deep inside the brain is used to treat severe tremors and movement disorders caused by conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Our guests Thomas Ashley shares a true story of triumph over “firelike” pain and neurosurgeon Dr. Andre Machado, the Cleveland Clinic, explores this fascinating therapy of accessing our inner brain for pain …

Tracking then Taming Pain

Chronic pain can be hard to predict. Why is it that we feel fine one minute and in agony the next? Most of all, we feel powerless – resigned to “just living with the pain.” Our guest Dr. Deborah Barrett feels just the opposite. In her book, Paintracking: Your Personal Guide to Living Well with …

Osteoporosis: Silent, Searing and Bone Breaking

Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone isn’t able to keep up with the removal of old bone.  Bones then become weak, brittle, and painful — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause what is known as a “fragility fracture.”  Our guest is Dr. Keith …

Biofeedback

Biofeedback sounds mysterious and technical, but it’s been in use since the mid-to-late 1960’s. Today, we’ll examine Biofeedback with the help of two of our guests. Retired anesthesiologist Dr. Blossom Sanger shares how this therapy has given her much better control of her pain and her life. Jim Cahill, Biofeedback Therapist from the Scripps Center …

Innovations in Spinal Cord Stimulation

Nerve stimulation with small doses of electricity has been used for pain relief since Egyptian and Roman times. In this show, we’ll learn about exciting advances in neurostimulation for controlling pain. Andy Magruder shares his compelling story of how a nerve stimulator transformed his life following three spinal surgeries.  And then, Dr. Giancarlo Barolat, neurosurgeon …

The Sleep/Pain Connection

Almost 70% of those suffering from pain complain of sleep problems and the relationship is reciprocal: pain often disrupts sleep, and poor sleep can worsen pain. Dr. William Kohler may have had just the right medicine. He was the Medical Director of the Florida Sleep Institute in Spring Hill, Florida.  With over 44 years of …

The Pain of Colon Cancer

Cancer pain can result from many sources. In colon cancer, the tumor can compress the colon or even spread to other parts of the body like the liver or bone. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may all contribute to discomfort, even after the cancer is eliminated.  Colon cancer survivor Edel Blumberg shares his triumphs over …

Biacuplasty: A New Therapy for Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common disabilities in the Western world. In fact, it affects about 80% of Americans at some point during their lives. The costs are massive, and estimated somewhere between $100-200 billion annually. Discogenic pain, or pain that comes from the intervertebral discs accounts for most of the …