From Medicine to Fitness to Pain...
There is Always Something to Gain.
"Two physicians unleashing the truths, evils and hope for a world with less pain amid the stress and challenges of human life."
I just wanted to share the beginning of the PAINDORA Podcast, featuring myself and Dr. Kevin Cuccaro. Dr. Cuccaro and I have several things in common including our training as anesthesiologists and as fellowship-trained pain medicine physicians. Beyond that, we also chose not to join traditional pain practices. We may have come to that decision at different times in our careers, but we both realized that there are healthier and more effective ways to help those in pain.
We intentionally played on the word Pandora, as in Pandora's box or jar. Most people recall that the Greek myth relates to the release of evils, which in some ways relates to the dangers we inflict on those in pain in the current medical system.
However, the last thing that remains in Pandora's box that was initially not released was Hope, which is exactly what we intend to...
Very insightful interview by Dr. Kevin Cuccaro with Straight Shot Health, who was trained as an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician. Dr. Cuccaro interviews John Gribbin, who is the CEO of the pain-related Curable app.
Listen to this interview to learn more about the CEO's personal pain journey, which led to his influence in helping others with their own pain and the eventual development of the low-cost, science Curable app for those with pain.
You can listen to Dr. Cady being interviewed by Dr. Kevin Cuccaro with Straight Shot Health here.
Rethinking Pain...a case study and brief education on persistent pain from Providence Health & Services in Oregon.
Although this may seem unrelated, there are times when pain can be referred to other areas of the body; similar to how heart issues can refer to the arm. Listen to how this family physician, who supplemented his training with the McKenzie Method of Assessment and Treatment, approaches this female with lower burning pelvic pain:
Listen to Physical Therapists Tim Flynn & Jeff Moore, who host the Pain Reframed Podcast, interview Dr. Melissa Cady, regarding this country's PAINDEMIC and different approaches of addressing it.
Revolution in Managing Chronic Pain
A common misperception by many in society is that what helped one person with a certain symptom should help another. However, a symptom can be due to many different reasons. For instance, if someone has nausea, this could be because they are pregnant, ate contaminated food, cancer, just took a medication, saw something repulsive, indigestion, low blood pressure, and so on. That one symptom could be brief, intermittent, or long-term depending on the true nature or cause of the nausea. It can range because each human has different complexities or sensitivities to situations that are unique to him or her.
Let’s say someone had nausea. Anti-nausea medicine could be given to most people for the symptom. However, if the nauseated person was experiencing a rapid drop in blood pressure from a procedure such as a spinal for labor pain, then treating the low blood pressure with fluids or medication makes more sense to address the cause versus treating the symptoms. By just treating the...
Why Your Pain Diagnosis May Not Help You Get Better
Many people receive a diagnosis in order to determine the appropriate treatment for their pain or many other conditions. But first of all, what is a diagnosis? If you look at the Merriam-Webster dictionary it would be this:
In the world of pain, you are trying to determine the cause/nature/disease based upon signs and symptoms. On rare occasion, a pain diagnosis can be life-threatening with what are commonly called “red flag” symptoms. These may include the inability to control your bowel or bladder or severe abdominal pain. These rare issues may be indicative of the life-threatening or life-altering issues such as severe compression of your spinal cord/nerve roots or bleeding from an aortic aneurysm (largest artery).
But let’s assume...