Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are several facial pain syndromes, but Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) may be the worst. Sudden, stabbing, electrical sensations radiating from the ear down the face are typical leading some to call this syndrome the “suicide disease” because the pain can be so excruciating.  We’ll get a firsthand account of living with and overcoming TN from …

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Imagine how you would feel if you experienced pain while chewing, swallowing, speaking or even yawing? Or, consider living with such limited jaw movement that you couldn’t insert a spoon or fork into your mouth.  Many suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) endure these symptoms every day. According to the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, …

Osteoarthritis

Arthritis causes joint inflammation and pain. Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common disabling diseases in developed countries. Over the age of 60, about 10% of men and 18% of women have symptoms. Despite appropriate treatment, many people continue to experience pain that interferes with both their physical function, and psychological well-being. Lois Pike, …

Pain in Older Adults

Are you afraid of developing pain as you get older? Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the world’s population, and pain is the most common reason they seek medical care. Fortunately, chronic pain is not an inevitable part of aging. Today’s show features  a story of success from Manny Bellmore, an active 76 …

Pain Pacemakers for the Spinal Cord

Electrical stimulation for the treatment of pain has been around for thousands of years. Learn about neurostimulation, a technique that uses electric impulses to relieve chronic pain. You’ll hear a riveting story from Adam Hammond, a former member of the US Army Golden Nights Parachute Team, as he describes how a nerve stimulator restored his life …

Pudendal Neuralgia (Cyclist’s Syndrome), Part I

Everyday things like sitting or exercising can be virtually impossible if you are suffering from pudendal neuralgia, commonly called cyclist’s syndrome, which affects the pelvic floor. Patients feel stabbing, stinging, or burning sensations around the anal, scrotal, or labial regions of the body. Leslie describes how normal childbirth led to a feeling of having a “lit …

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Child Athletes at Risk

Three year old triathletes?  Elite sports and early specialization for seven year olds? Are we harming our kids with our obsession with youth sports, and putting them at risk for a lifetime of pain? To answer these questions, join Mark Hyman, author of Until it Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms …

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is so common that it affects up to 66% of the population at some point in life. Conditions like impingement, tendinitis and rotator cuff tears are the most common. Johns Hopkins orthopedist and shoulder expert Dr. Ed McFarland discusses what we need to know about the causes and treatments of shoulder pain. Former …

Pain Pumps

If all efforts to relieve your pain fail or if the pain of cancer plagues you, an implantable pain pump may be the answer.  This device delivers tiny, controlled doses of pain medicine directly to the spinal cord. We are joined by Ami McCarty, who will describe what a difference her pain pump has made …

Chakra Healing

Many mind-body therapies help us cope with life events and optimize personal health. A specific mind-body therapy called Chakra Balancing is rooted in the tantric and yoga traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.  We will explore this rich and complex system of energy healing with both of our guests. Jennifer Becker describes how well chakra balancing …