The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part II

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, and cancer, or traumatic injury can damage these peripheral nerves and lead to bad burning pain, numbness, or paralysis. Dr. Douglas Zochodne, neurologist and neuroscientist from the Hotchkiss Brain …

Ticks, Targets, and Terrific Pain, Part I

Imagine your nerves are doused in gasoline and lit on fire. For many patients living with Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, this kind of pain can be a reality. With pain ranging from flu-like headaches, muscle and joint aches, to muscle spasms, pain shooting down the arms, and widespread arthritis, living with the pain of …

The Worst Pain of Your Life – Kidney Stones Part II

Many of us have heard people say that passing a kidney stone is the most painful experience ever. What if it happens to you, and how can you prevent it from happening? Ty Ford, audio engineer and co-producer of Aches and Gains, will revisit his experience with passing a kidney stone and how he got …

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 …

Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part I

Bone Pain is felt more deeply in the body than even severe muscular pain, and it’s often hard to pinpoint. It comes from common conditions like osteoarthritis and fractures, some viruses and more serious conditions like bone cancer.  Founding member and president of the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation Charlie Harles share his triumphs over many years of skeletal …

Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part II

Bone Pain is felt more deeply in the body than even severe muscular pain, and it’s often hard to pinpoint. We actually know very little about what drives skeletal pain and how best to relieve it. In Part II, founding member and President of the Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation Charlie Harles share his triumphs over many years of skeletal …

Pain in Little People

A primary cause of dwarfism is a medical condition called Achondroplasia, a type of skeletal dysplasia. Joint pain, nerve compression, and early degenerative spine changes often cause pain in little people, which is under appreciated and poorly managed. We’ll find out how Dee Miller, a little person, has moved past serious spinal pain and spinal …

Preventing a Lifetime of Pain after Surgery, Part I

Did you know that postoperative pain that lingers is often neglected? In fact, pain doesn’t go away in half of all patients having chest wall surgery called a thoracotomy, an amputation, or breast surgery. Jonathan Poinsett, a 29 year old Army Veteran who shattered his heel bone describes a near painless postoperative experience both in …

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Postherpetic Neuralgia (Chronic Shingles Pain)

Although the symptoms associated with shingles can be distressing, the pain that persists after the rash resolves, known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most worrisome. Traveling, shopping, cooking, and even dressing may all come to a halt. Hacky Clark, a successful estate attorney explains firsthand how PHN has affected his life and PHN expert Dr. …