babies in pain

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 …

JFK’s Pain – Historical Perspective, Part II

Many know that President John F. Kennedy suffered from low back pain. But, Kennedy’s medical history was far more serious and complex.  In fact, his health was a closely guarded secret. It wasn’t until the release of his medical records in 2002 that the public became aware of his lifelong struggle with pain. Buy Flomax …

JFK’s Pain – Historical Perspective, Part I

Many know that President John F. Kennedy suffered from low back pain. But, Kennedy’s medical history was far more serious and complex.  In fact, his health was a closely guarded secret. It wasn’t until the release of his medical records in 2002 that the public became aware of his lifelong struggle with pain. The first …

Pain Pacemakers for the Brain: Deep Brain Stimulation

Electrical stimulation of areas deep inside the brain is used to treat severe tremors and movement disorders caused by conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Our guests Thomas Ashley shares a true story of triumph over “firelike” pain and neurosurgeon Dr. Andre Machado, the Cleveland Clinic, explores this fascinating therapy of accessing our inner brain for pain …

Tracking then Taming Pain

Chronic pain can be hard to predict. Why is it that we feel fine one minute and in agony the next? Most of all, we feel powerless – resigned to “just living with the pain.” Our guest Dr. Deborah Barrett feels just the opposite. In her book, Paintracking: Your Personal Guide to Living Well with …

Knee Pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and the knee joint has great susceptibility to injury, degeneration from age, and arthritis. In adults, the most common causes of knee pain are due to overuse and trauma. On today’s show, we’ll first hear from Joe Montana, one of football’s biggest names. He’ll share how …

Vulnerabilities in Racehorses

Today, we step away from human pain and examine animal pain. The similarities may astound you.  We’ll get an in depth look at thoroughbred racehorses. Targeting injury and pain and then treating them quickly and effectively are critical.  But, how is this done? Do trainers have a remarkable gift for understanding horses?  John Servis, champion …

Pain Coaching

Being in chronic pain is dreadful but being in pain and feeling alone is unbearable.  In many cases, pain can take over our lives, and engulf us in a cloud of hopelessness. Is it possible to restore vitality and optimism?  Both of our guests believe that there is a way.  Jim Brown shares how Take …

Osteoporosis: Silent, Searing and Bone Breaking

Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone isn’t able to keep up with the removal of old bone.  Bones then become weak, brittle, and painful — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause what is known as a “fragility fracture.”  Our guest is Dr. Keith …

Biofeedback

Biofeedback sounds mysterious and technical, but it’s been in use since the mid-to-late 1960’s. Today, we’ll examine Biofeedback with the help of two of our guests. Retired anesthesiologist Dr. Blossom Sanger shares how this therapy has given her much better control of her pain and her life. Jim Cahill, Biofeedback Therapist from the Scripps Center …