Pacing the Brain for Pain: Motor Cortex Stimulation, Part I

When all hope is lost and you’re at your breaking point due to pain, electrical stimulation of the brain may be a way out. This is known as motor cortex stimulation (MCS). Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pain control, MCS is particularly promising for unyielding facial and stroke pain. Tracey Zappola shares …

Pain on the Battlefield

Pain is the #1 complaint of soldiers fighting for our country. Derek McGinnis, a young military veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart will trace the events that led to his leg amputation, and how a simple nerve block became a lifesaver. Dr. Trip Buckenmaier from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will share some …

Accidents, Technology, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Neck trauma, whiplash injury, and even common things like keyboard typing and computer use can all trigger symptoms that may affect up to 8% of the population. We’ll hear how Rachel overcame disabling hand numbness, weakness, and neck pain that jeopardized her job and left her hopeless. Then, noted surgeon and thoracic outlet syndrome expert …

The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part II

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, and cancer, or traumatic injury can damage these peripheral nerves and lead to bad burning pain, numbness, or paralysis. Dr. Douglas Zochodne, neurologist and neuroscientist from the Hotchkiss Brain …

Ticks, Targets, and Terrific Pain, Part I

Imagine your nerves are doused in gasoline and lit on fire. For many patients living with Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, this kind of pain can be a reality. With pain ranging from flu-like headaches, muscle and joint aches, to muscle spasms, pain shooting down the arms, and widespread arthritis, living with the pain of …

The Worse Pain of Your Life – Kidney Stones Part II

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 …

Not in My Head

Have you ever fractured one of your bones? Sprained your ankle? For some, the pain in the arm or leg doesn’t go away, and begins to feel like an intense sunburn that human touch and even wind can make unbearable. Nicole Hemmenway, author of No, It Is NOT In My Head, shares a harrowing story …

Fibromyalgia with AJ Langer- Her Struggles and Ultimate Success

Fibromyalgia affects up to 4% of the population, and leads to widespread body pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and even memory problems. Women are nine times more frequently affected than men. Actress AJ Langer, best known for her television roles on My So Called Life, Seinfeld, and Coach talks about her struggles and ultimate success with …

Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part I

Bone Pain is felt more deeply in the body than even severe muscular pain, and it’s often hard to pinpoint. It comes from common conditions like osteoarthritis and fractures, some viruses and more serious conditions like bone cancer.  Founding member and president of the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation Charlie Harles share his triumphs over many years of skeletal …

Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part II

Bone Pain is felt more deeply in the body than even severe muscular pain, and it’s often hard to pinpoint. It comes from common conditions like osteoarthritis and fractures, some viruses and more serious conditions like bone cancer.  Founding member and president of the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation Charlie Harles share his triumphs over many years of skeletal …