Metastatic Breast Cancer, Part 2

Metastatic Breast Cancer, Part 2

In the minds of many, the diagnosis of metastatic cancer is often equated with suffering, pain, and death. Today, though the median overall survival is slightly over three years, and ranges from a few months to many years. In fact, the five-year...

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Metastatic Breast Cancer, Part I

Metastatic Breast Cancer, Part I

In the minds of many, the diagnosis of metastatic cancer is often equated with suffering, pain, and death. Today, though the median overall survival is slightly over three years, and ranges from a few months to many years. In fact, the five-year...

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Cancer, Cannabis, And You

Cancer, Cannabis, And You

New treatments for pain and nausea are available but come pre-packaged with social stigmas. Cancer and its treatment are often painful, and doctors are always on the lookout for ways to relieve discomfort. This usually means prescribing opioids,...

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Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can...

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Interventional Pain Procedures for Cancer Pain

Interventional Pain Procedures for Cancer Pain

Interventional pain management procedures are a specialized form of pain treatment, and can be quite helpful. These treatments can be provided instead of medications, or integrative therapies, or along with those treatments. Sometimes,...

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Rectal Cancer: The Tommy Chong Story, Part II

Rectal Cancer: The Tommy Chong Story, Part II

On today’s show, we’ll highlight what you need to know about rectal cancer, and the painful symptoms that can occur.  Our first guest is Tommy Chong, part of the legendary comedy team of Cheech and Chong. Tommy will delve deeper into his battle...

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Rectal Cancer: The Tommy Chong Story, Part I

Rectal Cancer: The Tommy Chong Story, Part I

On today’s show, we’ll highlight what you need to know about rectal cancer, and the painful symptoms that can occur.  Our first guest is Tommy Chong, part of the legendary comedy team of Cheech and Chong. Tommy will share his battle with rectal...

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Cancer Pain

Cancer Pain

It’s estimated that over 12 million Americans have cancer. Sadly, severe and chronic pain occurs in over 30% of patients undergoing therapy and in almost 70% of patients with advanced disease. Nancy Amato, who is actively battling pancreatic...

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The Pain of Colon Cancer

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...

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Addiction And Sleep

Addiction And Sleep

This Article Originally Appeared On bestmattressreviews.com Addiction and sleep share a problematic bidirectional relationship, where each influences the other. Many people treat sleep problems with drugs and alcohol, which can lead to addiction....

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Elephants in Pain, Part II

Elephants in Pain, Part II

Cancer, arthritis, and other painful diseases occur in animals just like humans. Elephants in captivity can develop painful toe infections, and crippling arthritis of the wrists and ankles. Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and...

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Elephants in Pain, Part I

Cancer, arthritis, and other painful diseases occur in animals just like humans. Elephants in captivity can develop painful toe infections, and crippling arthritis of the wrists and ankles. Living conditions in zoos and circuses lead to pain and...

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Coach Lou Holtz

Coach Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He’s not only seen injury and pain on the football field, but has experienced and overcome pain himself. He also supported his wife in a caregiving role during her bout...

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Pain-Coping Blogs Every Woman Should Know

Pain-Coping Blogs Every Woman Should Know

More than 100 million Americans suffer from pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. According a 2009 U.S. Health and Human Services...

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Sampling of Publications

Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Botox Updated Perspectives on Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Download PDF Single CT-Guided Chemodenervation of the Anterior Scalene Muscle with Botulinum Toxin for Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndromep...

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The Family Tree: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

The Family Tree: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving National Family Health History Day. Let’s make sure that you and your family members maintain good health. Be aware of your family history, and if you don’t know then ask. Many people are at risk...

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Pain at the End: Are Opioids a Risk or a Relief?

Pain at the End: Are Opioids a Risk or a Relief?

At the end of life, we want to make sure that we are comfortable. People across the globe fear dying in pain. It’s a real fear because the World Health Organization estimates that 1/10 people alive today risks dying a painful death. This is true...

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Aches and Gains

Listen Weekly on SiriusXM to the First National Radio Talk Show Dedicated to a Fuller Life for Those Living With Pain. Aches and Gains® is hosted by leading pain medicine specialist, physician, and researcher Dr. Paul Christo. Aches and Gains®...

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Dr. Paul Christo

Dr. Paul Christo is one of the world's leading pain specialists and author of Aches and Gains, A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. He’s an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of...

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My life's mission is to help you live a fuller life.America's first radio show dedicated to overcoming chronic pain.A comprehensive guide to overcoming your pain.Upcoming ShowsThe Aches and Gains Radio Show: Airing Saturday @ 5:00 & 5:30PM EST...

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Opioids in Pain Management

Opioids in Pain Management

As we all know, opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. The news has portrayed some scary stories, highlighting celebrity opioid overdoses and stories of addiction. Although opioids have definite risks, they can be quite effective for certain...

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Opioids and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

Opioids and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

It has been 7 weeks since Prince passed away from an unintentional opioid overdose. Prince suffered from chronic pain after a hip surgery in 2010. While his death was tragic, he brought about the discussion of opioid use and chronic pain back to...

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Pain Pumps: What You Need to Know

Pain Pumps: What You Need to Know

Pain pumps deliver controlled doses of pain medicine directly to the spinal cord. Pain pumps have been another way to reduce pain since the 1980s. It was originally created as an alternative treatment for unrelieved pain from cancer, and eventually...

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The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part II

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,...

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Energy Healing from Afar, Part I

Energy Healing from Afar, Part I

Is the art of healing bound by physical limitations?  Can healing take place over long distances – by telephone for example. Does some universal force or energy source provide human beings with avenues to connect with each other for the purpose of...

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Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part I

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...

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Pain and the Injured Skeleton Part II

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...

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Sexual Pain Part I

Sexual Pain Part I

You may be shocked to find out that up to 20% of women have had sexual pain during their lives, not every womans experience is like what we see in videos. That’s higher than the percentage of adults with asthma, cancer, or heart disease. Our first...

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Melodic Medicine, Part I

Melodic Medicine, Part I

Listening to music helps control pain in medical settings like the ICU, and in chronic conditions like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Our first guest, Tim Janis, is a renowned composer, producer, and performer. We’ll talk to Tim about the...

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Melodic Medicine, Part II

Melodic Medicine, Part II

Listening to music helps control pain in medical settings like the ICU and in chronic conditions like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Our first guest, Tim Janis is a renowned composer, producer, and performer. In Part II, we’ll talk to Tim...

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Energy Healing from Afar, Part II

Energy Healing from Afar, Part II

Is the art of healing bound by physical limitations?  Can healing take place over long distances – by telephone for example.  Does some universal force or energy source provide human beings with avenues to connect with each other for the purpose of...

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The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part I

The Miracle of Nerve Restoration, Part I

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, cancer, or traumatic injury can damage these peripheral nerves and lead to bad burning pain,...

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Hypnosis, Healing and Pain Relief

Hypnosis, Healing and Pain Relief

Hypnosis is a mind-body healing approach that’s been used successfully to manage acute and chronic pain, including cancer pain. Ross Chambers talks to us about how well hypnosis relieved aggravating chest wall and shoulder pain following a...

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Plus sized and in Pain: The Benefits of Exercise

Plus sized and in Pain: The Benefits of Exercise

The headlines say that obesity is a death sentence. It can lead to hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer. Jeanette DePatie (A.K.A. “The Fat Chick”) is a plus sized, certified fitness instructor. She helps those who haven’t worked out in years to...

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Pain after Breast Reconstruction

Pain after Breast Reconstruction

The risk of having chronic chest pain after breast surgery (mastectomy and lumpectomy) for cancer is high at 20-30%. When a woman is confronted with breast cancer, many questions arise – not the least of which is post-mastectomy breast...

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Will We Die in Pain? Part II

Will We Die in Pain? Part II

In part two of our show, Mike Hill (director, writer, and producer) shares some powerful, behind the scenes moments that he experienced while filming the compelling documentary, “Life Before Death”.  Dr. Kathleen Foley then gives us the hope we...

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Will We Die in Pain? Part I

Will We Die in Pain? Part I

“Life Before Death” is a moving, award winning documentary film that features the worldwide battle by physicians and nurses to stop the epidemic of pain that threatens to condemn one in every ten of us to die a painful death. Through the eyes of...

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Pain Pumps

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...

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Caregiving When Life Ends Part II

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...

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Caregiving When Life Ends Part I

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...

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