Calming the “Pain Brain”

Calming the “Pain Brain”

Many people with pain are so overwhelmed that they can’t function well— physically, emotionally and/or cognitively. A major contributing factor to this “meltdown” is a hyperaroused nervous system, which manifests as feelings of anxiety and stress. If it were possible to look at the nervous system of almost anyone suffering from chronic pain, you would … Read more

Early Cancer Pain Management

Early Cancer Pain Management

“My dad died within six months of his diagnosis,” says Carrie Johnson, MD, now an anesthesiologist and cancer pain management specialist. “And it shaped what I am doing with my life.” Her dad had surgery, but the cancer spread quickly and chemotherapy proved ineffective. As the disease progressed, so did his pain. It was not … Read more

Sanjay Gupta, MD

Sanjay Gupta, MD

A 29-year-old medical resident on a skiing excursion is trapped between rocks and a shelf of ice for more than an hour, her head submerged in freezing water. When rescued, she is blue and lifeless with no breath and no pulse, and another hour passes before she arrives at the nearest hospital with a core … Read more

Managing Cancer Pain

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“I don’t give up,” says Brian Bruel, MD, assistant professor of pain medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and president-elect of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium. “And my patients know that.” Many people who live with cancer and chronic pain and who come to the world-renowned MD Anderson have already seen … Read more

Ten Techniques to Help Improve the Relationship With Your Doctor

Patients who have good relationships with their physicians tend to have better outcomes. While this won’t change a patient’s outcome drastically, a recent study shows that it will change it in a statistically significant way – similar to how taking aspirin can reduce the risk of heart health. Additional research has found that when a physician can … Read more