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 …

The Sleep/Pain Connection

Almost 70% of those suffering from pain complain of sleep problems and the relationship is reciprocal: pain often disrupts sleep, and poor sleep can worsen pain. Dr. William Kohler, Medical Director of the Florida Sleep Institute, may have just the right medicine.  Gwenn Herman is the Executive Director of Pain Connection, a chronic pain outreach center.  A serious automobile accident caused …

Audioanalgesia: Music that Soothes the Body & Soul

Music has been used since the ancient times to influence health and help us deal with pain and distress. In fact, music can reduce pain during surgery and have a positive effect on chronic pain or terminal illness. For 30 years, Andrea (Andy) Cooper has battled chronic spinal pain.  She’s found an ally, though in …

Pooches, Pets and Pain Relief

Most of us have felt the soothing sensations of stroking the fur of our pets, especially dogs and cats.  But, is there any actual evidence of this connection between our four-legged friends and us?  Actually, published studies show that animal assisted therapy optimizes healing, and therapy dogs provide benefits across a broad range of medical …

Foods that Fight Pain & Slim the Body

If you’re like most of us, we sing the praises of good food.  Yet, we fight the battle of the waistline all the time.  More and more, we’re finding that what we eat – or don’t eat – can make a huge difference in how we feel.  But, can food really act as a pain …

The Pain of Colon Cancer

Cancer pain can result from many sources. In colon cancer, the tumor can compress the colon or even spread to other parts of the body like the liver or bone. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may all contribute to discomfort, even after the cancer is eliminated.  Colon cancer survivor Edel Blumberg shares his triumphs over …

Is Pain a Curse from God?

When pain overwhelms us, we feel compelled to ask, “Why did this happen to me?”  “Did I do something wrong?”  “Is this experience a curse from God?”  Religion is an important aspect of life for many people and often not discussed in the health care setting. Yet, people often rely on their faith when faced …

Caregiving When Life Ends Part II

Being a Caregiver is certainly is a life-changing experience and it can be a life-affirming experience. Uncontrolled pain at the end of life can push all other priorities aside. We’re fortunate to have as our guest, Lisa Niemi Swayze. She and her husband, actor Patrick Swayze were married for 34 years until his death from …

Caregiving When Life Ends Part I

Being a Caregiver is certainly is a life-changing experience and it can be a life-affirming experience. Uncontrolled pain at the end of life can push all other priorities aside. We’re fortunate to have as our guest, Lisa Niemi Swayze. She and her husband, actor Patrick Swayze were married for 34 years until his death from …

Biacuplasty: A New Therapy for Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common disabilities in the Western world. In fact, it affects about 80% of Americans at some point during their lives. The costs are massive, and estimated somewhere between $100-200 billion annually. Discogenic pain, or pain that comes from the intervertebral discs accounts for most of the …