Chronic Pain and Your Brain: What’s the Deal with Depression?

Those who suffer from pain know that it can be very difficult to cope both physically and emotionally. On my radio show, we have discussed many traditional and alternative options for easing physical pain. Often, chronic pain not only hurts physically, but emotionally.  Today, let’s delve into the emotional side of pain. For example, depression …

Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine, Part II

Have you ever wondered why that pill you’re taking for pain isn’t really helping, or why it’s causing side effects? Well, the “one size fits all” strategy for medicines is yielding to genetic profiling that predicts disease risk and drug response in a way that personalizes medicine. Mary Dugan-Jordan, an oncology nurse has suffered from …

Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine, Part I

Have you ever wondered why that pill you’re taking for pain isn’t really helping, or why it’s causing side effects? Well, the “one size fits all” strategy for medicines is yielding to genetic profiling that predicts disease risk and drug response in a way that personalizes medicine. Mary Dugan-Jordan, an oncology nurse has suffered from …

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Part II

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive and produces electrical stimulation in the brain. It targets the outer layer of the brain called the cerebral cortex, and may help correct areas inside the brain that have been altered due to chronic pain. TMS is FDA approved for major depression and recently, a handheld form is approved …

Pain Due to Smartphones

We live in an increasingly connected world. Smartphones allow us to stay constantly in touch with friends and family, up-to-date on the latest news, constantly checking in on social media, and for some of us, connected to work 24/7. According to the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans now own a smartphone, which is up …

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Part I

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive and produces electrical stimulation in the brain. It targets the outer layer of the brain called the cerebral cortex, and may help correct areas inside the brain that have been altered due to chronic pain. TMS is FDA approved for major depression and recently, a handheld form is approved …

Back Care Awareness Week

Lower back pain is one of the most common disabilities in the Western world. It affects about 80% of Americans at some point during their lives. It’s also the most common reason to miss work, and the second-most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. In order to support Back Care Awareness Week, here …

The Advocacy of ChronicBabe, Part II

ChronicBabe is an online support group for younger women who want to move beyond their pain to live full lives. It’s a supportive community that listens, teaches acceptance, and offers coping strategies. On today’s show, we’ll discover how ChronicBabe has given its founder, Jenni Prokopy the tools to accomplish more than she ever imagined, delve …

The Advocacy of ChronicBabe, Part I

ChronicBabe is an online support group for younger women who want to move beyond their pain to live full lives. It’s a supportive community that listens, teaches acceptance, and offers coping strategies. On today’s show, we’ll find out how the founder, Jenni Prokopy has overcome 20 years of struggling with fibromyalgia, why she created ChronicBabe, …

War on Opioids, Part I

The war on opioids began around 2010 when the Centers for Disease Control announced there were over 16,000 opioid-related deaths. That’s a big number – but not all of those deaths involved opioids alone. Our first guest, Angelika, suffers from a painful joint hypermobility condition called “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.” Despite having a traumatic biking accident, she refused to go to the emergency room, fearing that she’d be labelled an addict, that her opioids would be taken away, and her pain would be left out of control. Author and journalist, Maia Szalavitz, then joins us. She’s written about the war on drugs and how it’s hurting patients who need them the most.