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 …

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The Burning Alive Syndrome

Erythromelalgia (or EM) is rare and can be a devastating condition.  It typically affects the feet or hands, or both and causes visible redness, as well as sensations of intense heat and burning pain.  Some have described this condition as having their “nerves on fire” or feeling like they’re “burning alive.” We’ll hear Diana Zak …

The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part I

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, cancer, or traumatic injury can damage these peripheral nerves and lead to bad burning pain, numbness, or paralysis. One of the pioneers in the field of nerve regeneration, Dr. …

Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy (nerve pain) worldwide.  The pain felt at the onset of this disease can be so subtle or diverse that it is often ignored by patients, or even misdiagnosed by doctors. Our special guest is very dear to us all; Leave It To Beaver’s Jerry Mathers.  When he discovered he …

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Babies in Pain

It was commonly thought that the nervous system of newborn babies wasn’t developed enough at birth to experience pain.  Even though medical thinking has changed, it’s frightening to realize that under treating or simply not treating pain in sick babies may lead to a life of pain. Pam McFadyen shares an intimate portrait of having …

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 pain pacemaker transformed his life following three spinal surgeries.  And then, Dr. Giancarlo Barolat, neurosurgeon …