Dealing with Diabetes: How to Decrease Your Pain

Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy worldwide. People experience burning, numbness, and tingling in their legs most often, and then it can spread up the leg, and to the hands and fingers. When it occurs, it strikes both legs and arms at the same time in a “stocking-glove distribution,” meaning that the affected …

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The Secret Signs of Drug Abuse

This week is Red Ribbon Week until October 31st. Run by National Family Partnership (NFP), Red Ribbon Week brings drug awareness to the nation. Since 1985, Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The Red Ribbon campaign brings hope to families that are …

Bad to the Bone: How to Overcome Bone and Joint Pain

The skeleton provides the main structural support of the body. The entire skeleton is remodeled and replaced with new bone every 7 years before the age of 40. Once we reach beyond 45 years of age, it’s highly likely that we will experience some sort of bone pain. 

First Class Flight Plan: Managing Pain during Travel

Going on vacation can be a nice break from your life. You get to relax, maybe do some things you don’t get to do often, and take a break from all of your obligations. But your chronic pain doesn’t know you are on vacation. You can’t break away from your body. Managing your pain before, …

The War on Drugs: How Fear Hurts Patients

Anyone who has had surgery or lives in chronic pain knows the importance of opioids. Opioids, particularly morphine and methadone, allow patients to recover from surgeries, severe injuries, or even pass away in as little pain as possible. But unfortunately, opioids can be extremely addictive for some individuals. In the most severe circumstances, dependencies on …

“Chemo” On Over: What Pain Looks Like with Cancer

Cancer effects the lives of nearly 15 million Americans. While this includes those with a new diagnosis, those who have been living cancer-free for years, and those pushing through treatment, such a large group of people means that just about every one of us knows someone who has received a cancer diagnosis or we have …

When Love Hurts: How Breakups Affect Us Physically

Love hurts. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard in love songs, media, and in discussions after a heartbreak. But what does heartbreak really doing to your body? Loss can affect our bodies in many ways. We reveal the real effects of heartbreak in the form of stress, sleep deprivation, depression, and even unhealthy behaviors. Let’s …

ComfortSafe: Innovations in Anesthesia

If you have pain and need surgery, you’ll want to hear about this new anesthetic technique called “ComfortSafe.” It’s used for patients who don’t want to or can’t tolerate typical anesthesia with opioids. Using ComfortSafe can also help avoid the side effects of general anesthesia, like nausea, vomiting, and confusion. Our first guest, Chris Bedard, …

Pain and Addiction

Opioids can be invaluable for treating pain, but prescription painkillers can lead to abuse and addiction. In fact, up to 7% of patients prescribed opioids to treat chronic pain may develop the disease of addiction. Christopher Kennedy Lawford, author of two, New York Times bestselling books on addiction, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office …

Sickle Cell Anemia: Painful Crisis

Sickle Cell Anemia: Painful Crisis Air Date July 20, 2013 8:00 am Sickle Cell Disease affects 1 in 375 African Americans in the United States. It also occurs in ethnic groups from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, and India. Children as young as 1yr of age may begin having painful episodes called a crisis, …