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 …

Pain in Little People

A primary cause of dwarfism is a medical condition called Achondroplasia, a type of skeletal dysplasia. Joint pain, nerve compression, and early degenerative spine changes often cause pain in little people, which is under appreciated and poorly managed. We’ll find out how Dee Miller, a little person, has moved past serious spinal pain and spinal …

Preventing a Lifetime of Pain after Surgery, Part I

Did you know that postoperative pain that lingers is often neglected? In fact, pain doesn’t go away in half of all patients having chest wall surgery called a thoracotomy, an amputation, or breast surgery. Jonathan Poinsett, a 29 year old Army Veteran who shattered his heel bone describes a near painless postoperative experience both in …

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Postherpetic Neuralgia (Chronic Shingles Pain)

Although the symptoms associated with shingles can be distressing, the pain that persists after the rash resolves, known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most worrisome. Traveling, shopping, cooking, and even dressing may all come to a halt. Hacky Clark, a successful estate attorney explains firsthand how PHN has affected his life and PHN expert Dr. …

Preventing a Lifetime of Pain after Surgery, Part II

Did you know that postoperative pain that lingers is often neglected? In fact, pain doesn’t go away in half of all patients having chest wall surgery called a thoracotomy, an amputation, or breast surgery. In Part II, Gene Neier tells us how a catheter placed in his neck provided great pain relief and allowed him …

Sexual Pain Part I

You may be shocked to find out that up to 20% of women have had sexual pain during their lives. That’s higher than the percentage of adults with asthma, cancer, or heart disease. Our first guest Jessica shares, for the first time in public, how she’s endured five years of misdiagnosed vulvar pain resulting in a …

The Pain of a Wounded Warrior Part I

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 …