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Acute pain. Chronic pain. Physical pain. Emotional pain. Psychological pain. Spiritual pain. Pain is a part of life, it’s everywhere, and it can be devastating. There are many tools, techniques, and resources for managing it, but what do we actually understand about pain? The Pain Podcast explores this and other pain-related questions. Subscribe now, and tell a friend about us! Produced by BloodStream Media. Presenting Sponsor: Tremeau Pharmaceuticals.
 
Painiac, the first podcast about mindfully living with chronic pain, is a free resource for people living with chronic pain or illness. Painiac is for people living with chronic pain and the awesome people who love them. We also explore what it means to live with various types of pain whether it be emotional, mental, or physical, and we share inspiring stories of other painiacs who are learning to live well even when life hurts. With host Shelly Jackson Buffington, listeners learn about topi ...
 
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People get older, and aging with pain is a reality, but it doesn’t have to be so dismal. In this episode, we confront the realities of aging with chronic pain while discussing some of the emerging therapies, like virtual reality, that can keep us moving forward and hopefully change the future of chronic pain. Show Notes: Sponsored by Tremeau Pharma…
 
In this episode, we talk with two pelvic floor physical therapists and discuss stigmas surrounding pelvic pain and when a person should seek help. That’s right; we’re talkin’ about it! Show Notes: Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Subscribe to The Pain Pod Special thanks to our participants: Stephanie Prendergast, M…
 
Imagine yourself in a time before adequate pain management. In this episode, we continue our journey throughout history and discuss the events and people that helped push forward the advancement in pain management that we still see today. Show Notes: Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Subscribe to The Pain Pod Specia…
 
In our lives, we set goals that motivate us and our behaviors. These goal-oriented behaviors can positively affect our lives, but sometimes they can have long-lasting effects on our pain experience. In this episode, we talk with a former high-level college athlete and a military veteran about the environments that encourage and even celebrate pushi…
 
Does a patient's experience influence or inform research? In this episode, we talk with pain expert Susan G. Dorsey, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, about advancements in chronic pain research and the steps taken towards a more comprehensive understanding in hopes of bridging the gap between patient and researcher. Show Notes: Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals…
 
What actually makes pain so personal? In this episode we talk with Dr. Ahmar Zaidi and Dr. Janelle Letzen about the social side of pain. Show Notes: Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Subscribe to The Pain Pod Special Thanks to our participants: Dr. Ahmar Zaidi Dr. Janelle Letzen About The Pain Podcast: The Pain Podc…
 
When we talk about pain it’s common to discuss the biological components, but what about the other factors that contribute to how a person experiences and feels pain? This season on the Pain Pod, we take a deeper look into the variances of the pain experience and attempt to understand how different cultures, societies, and micro-societies around th…
 
Pain doesn’t define a person, but it can take them on a journey that can change their life over time. In this episode, we embark on our final journey of the season with guest Tom Norris, who suffers from multiple chronic pain conditions. Although Tom has lived with pain for over 30 years, he reminds us that you still have worth even with pain. The …
 
Change is the act of making someone or something different, altering, modifying, and replacing. Chronic pain can alter a person. It can modify a lifestyle. It can replace what once was, making it different. But different isn't always bad. In this episode, we hear how chronic pain has changed five people's lives, for good and bad, but ultimately hel…
 
When you read a book, you often start at the beginning. If you didn’t, you’d probably be pretty lost and wouldn’t get the full story. Chronic pain, like a story, has many parts. Knowing these parts helps us understand the journey of chronic pain and its many dimensions. We will hear from five people who experience chronic pain, and what better plac…
 
What does chronic pain feel like? When did it begin? How does it affect the overall quality of life? We open the season with a story from Patrick Gaines, a Colorado native with chronic regional pain syndrome. By asking him these questions, we dive deeper into the personal side of pain and unpack its influence on a person's life. The Pain Podcast is…
 
Pain exists to keep us alive. It’s a switch that turns on and sends a signal to our brain that something isn’t quite right, but what if that switch never turned-off? What if the pain was never-ending? This season, we hear seven different stories from individuals who experience chronic pain. We dive into the deeply personal and extremely unique expe…
 
Chronic pain and illness come with their own inherent stressors, and with 2020 shaping up to be one of the most challenging year in most of our lifetimes, we could all use more moments of calm and ease. This is why Shelly recorded a short, guided body scan meditation to help you soothe and relax during these trying times.…
 
I love poetry. It reminds me of music, in away that it has its own deep language and it has the power to move you like music does. When I came across poet Camisha L. Jones’ work, I was immediately moved and struck by its power and heart. I knew that I had to invite her on Painiac to share more of her art and her story. I hope you enjoy this convers…
 
How do we help children understand and address pain? What's one thing all of us could do today to reduce pain? We hear from our experts on the season one finale of The Pain Podcast. Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Subscribe to The Pain Pod Special thanks to all of our participants: Dr. Jennifer Huggins Dr. Daniel …
 
How do gender and racial biases affect people's ability to meaningfully address pain? How are healthcare providers responding? We hear stories and insights from patients, providers, and public health experts. Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Subscribe to The Pain Pod Special thanks to our participants: Dr. Benjamin…
 
When is surgery necessary? Does cannabis help reduce pain? Are opioids still a legitimate tool? We introduce some new pain experts to explore these questions, and much more! Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Subscribe to The Pain Pod Special thanks to our participants: Dr. Ignacio Badiola Dr. Benjamin Ozanne…
 
Are some people more susceptible to chronic pain than others? What's the relationship between the mind and the body, when it comes to pain? We dive deeper into one man's chronic pain journey to explore these questions, and much more. Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Special thanks to our participants: Ryan Massey D…
 
What does it mean to be in pain? We open the series speaking to patients and clinicians about the role of pain in shaping identity and the importance of distinguishing between acute and chronic pain. Sponsored by Tremeau Pharmaceuticals Produced by BloodStream Media Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Huggins Learn more about Dr. Daniel Lyman Learn More …
 
In this episode, we explore what it means to get better. I’ve been thinking a lot about healing and recovery, and what it means to get better. Last month marked my 12 years anniversary of living with debilitating chronic pain, and this past May marked the 3 year anniversary of my most recent and most invasive surgery. When I look back at how I had …
 
Do you know your rights to request accommodations in the workplace? Did you know that you even have rights to request accommodations to make your job more comfortable? I’ll be honest, I had no idea that I had these kinds of rights back when I wasn’t self-employed, and chances are you don’t aren’t in the know either. That’s why I can’t wait for you …
 
Virtual reality therapy is revolutionizing pain management by offering painiacs non-invasive and non-addictive ways to effectively manage pain. Today, I’m talking with Josh Sackman, President and Co-Founder of Applied VR, about the new app Ease VR. Josh has been featured in Wired, Forbes and MIT Technology Review and has spoken at international con…
 
Painsomnia the difficulty of falling and staying asleep when dealing with chronic pain is a real challenge for painiacs. Research shows that one of the most important predictors for pain intensity is the number of hours slept the night before. If you sleep poorly, your pain will likely be worse the next day. Years ago, when the pain I live with was…
 
What does fear do to us? Fear shows us what we do not know. When we’re scared, if we peel back those layers of fear, we usually find that we are afraid of the unknown, of outcomes that we can’t predict and unforeseen obstacles that we can’t anticipate. Pain reminds us that we aren’t unbreakable. I took a walk in the forest the other day, the moss w…
 
"When you go through pain, we all will, some way and someday, hit rock bottom, and we will find that strength to keep going and to keep moving on." In 2014, Danielle experienced an accident that left her with debilitating neck pain that became chronic. I loved this conversation with Danielle, and I know you’ll love it too. I find her so bright and …
 
Hi, this is Shelly. I hear you loud and clear, painiacs. You're ready for season two to start, and I'm ready to get it off the ground. Join me for an update on season two of Painiac, and hear how you can help support the continuation of the show. Painiac the podcast is free and widely available to anyone in the world who has access to a wifi connec…
 
In this season one finale episode of Painiac the Podcast, Shelly reflects back on what we've learned, discussed, and shared in the inaugural season of the show. She also shares wisdom about what it means to continue on the path of mindful pain management and encourages listeners to commit to changing their relationship to pain. Be sure to download …
 
Now more than ever, chronic pain patients are considering using medical marijuana for pain relief from a myriad of conditions such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, seizure disorders, back pain, arthritis, anxiety, and migraines, just to name a few. If it works, and it’s legal in many places around the world, including in…
 
Today we’re talking with licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Kirsten Cowan. Kirsten is trained as a physician of traditional Chinese medicine and she’s also the founder of Angelica and Peony, a natural health and wellness beauty product line inspired by herbal medicine. I asked Kirsten to join us to talk about holistic medicine and to discuss natu…
 
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