Lyme Disease and Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, Part I

Imagine a tick bite steeling your childhood, making you crazy, and almost killing you. This is how our first guest, Ally Hilfiger, the daughter of designer Tommy Hilfiger describes her painful experience with Lyme Disease. About 10-20% of patients develop the chronic form of the disease called, Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS). We’ll first hear …

Parkinson's

Diane Rehm on Parkinson’s Disease and the Right to Die

Diane Rehm is the well-known host of The Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio.  She and her husband, John were married for 54 years. He died in 2014 from Parkinson’s disease, but his death was prolonged despite his strong wish for help to die comfortably, and on his own terms. We’ll talk to Diane …

A Year in Review

2015 has been an interesting year when it comes to the wide range of topics we have covered. From fibromyalgia to Elvis and celebrities battling Lyme disease. There is nothing that we cannot cover here when it comes to pain and we have learned so much over the last year. The Battle with Fibromyalgia Women …

My Favorite Blogs: Advancing in Overall Pain Awareness

The medical field is an ongoing and evolving profession that is constantly in search of the next treatment for our patients’ ailments.  I began blogging as a way to provide the most current and important information to my patients and the public, as well as a way for me to stay on top of the …

The Power of Advocacy in Coping with Chronic Pain

“When I was young and sick and alone, I had to create my own tribe.” By Jenni Prokopy, Founder – ChronicBabe.com It’s been almost 20 years since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. At first, I heard a lot of this: “You’re too young to be sick!” and this: “What a shame to suffer at such …

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease.

The Physical and Emotional Toll of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Early signs of ALS may include pain-related symptoms, such as muscle cramps. Many people may have been under-informed about ALS before summer 2014’s ALS ice bucket challenge took over social media and the release of The Theory of Everything, an Oscar-nominated film based on famed physicist Stephen Hawking’s struggle with ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is …

Migraines Statistics & Information for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Chronic Migraines: When a Headache Isn’t Just a Headache

Migraine sufferers are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions and fatigue. There are numerous types of headaches, with pain levels and treatment varying depending on the classification. Perhaps the type of headache most commonly cited as the cause of severe pain and a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms is the …

Chest pain does not necessarily indicate heart disease.

Chest Pain and Its Relation to Heart Disease

It’s no wonder many people worry they might be in the midst of a medical emergency when they feel chest pain or discomfort: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women throughout the US, killing approximately 610,000 people each year, that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. There are a variety of sensations and symptoms associated with chest pain that could point to a possible heart attack, including nausea, profuse sweating, palpitations and a sense of impending death.

Lyme disease causes a variety of vague symptoms.

Celebrities Battling Lyme Disease Go Public to Raise Awareness

Avril Lavigne was bedridden for months after contracting Lyme disease sometime in 2014. Singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne graced the cover of People Magazine in April after more than five months out of the spotlight due to her battle with Lyme disease. Lavigne, who is 30-years-old, says she was bedridden for months after contracting the …

Prodigy

Sickle Cell Anemia: Painful Crisis

Sickle Cell Disease affects 1 in 375 African Americans in the United States. Children as young as 1yr of age may begin having painful episodes called a crisis, lasting for hours to even days. Albert Johnson, better known as Prodigy, an American rapper and author of the book My Infamous Life, shares his personal story …