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Pain Management

Body in Pain - 90.3 WCPN ideastream

- a new kind of partnership -

ideastream in collaboration with NetWellness and other multimedia partners presents Body in Pain!

NetWellness and ideastream are partnering to bring more understanding to the health and medical issues you care about. Launched in 1995, NetWellness is a consumer information website from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. ideastream is a non-profit public broadcasting organization including WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV and other educational and public service media. Body in Pain is part of ideastream’s ongoing multiple-media coverage on important health issues presented in collaboration with The Plain Dealer and NetWellness. Through this partnership, you will be able to explore ideastream’s programs as NetWellness puts in-depth information at your fingertips.

Stories About Body in Pain from 90.3 WCPN ideastream

What is Pain?
Migraines May Be More Common Than You Think
Fibromyalgia Questioned
Pain That Lingers
The Body in Pain
Prescription Painkillers
Dancing in Pain
Cancer Pain
To The Best of Our Knowledge: In Pain
Alternative Treatments for Pain

What is Pain?

This report will be about the anatomy of acute and chronic pain. How and why do we feel pain? What evolutionary purpose does pain serve? What is going on inside our bodies as we experience both acute and chronic pain? Why does the experience of pain differ from person to person?

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Migraines May Be More Common Than You Think

One of the most under-treated and misunderstood forms of pain is also one that’s fairly common: migraine headaches. They can cause crippling pain and women are two-to-three times more likely to get them than men. ideastream intern Katie Broida continues this week’s special coverage of the "Body in Pain."

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Fibromyalgia Questioned

Rick Jackson interviews Dr. Ali Askari, UH/CWRU Division Chief of Rheumatology about fibromyalgia. What is it? What causes it? And why are rates increasing?

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Pain That Lingers

This piece will explore why chronic pain is a public health issue, why it is more prevalent now, and what is being done to address it. It will look at how the NIH is poised to educate physicians and the general public about dealing with chronic pain.

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The Body in Pain

Pain is the single most common reason for seeking medical care in the United States. In fact thirty five percent of Americans suffer chronic pain and more than 50 million are disabled by their pain. Up to half of patients say they fail to get adequate pain relief. This program discusses pain, how it is managed and how some patients are managed by it.

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Prescription Painkillers

Vicodin. Percocet. OxyContin. You might recognize these names: they're all narcotic painkillers. What are the benefits and risks of powerful prescription drugs? They have a ”chilling effect” on pain signals in the brain. They bring welcome relief for many, minimizing what otherwise could be an excruciating existence. But they are powerful drugs, and can lead to abuse and addiction. This creates a fine line for doctors who treat pain.

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Dancing in Pain

Dee Perry welcomes Margaret Carlson of Verb Ballets and Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre to share their stories of dancing through pain.

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Cancer Pain

Cancer patients face an onslaught of drugs, radiation, and surgeries, as doctors aggressively treat their tumors. But patients also face severe pain during their battle with the disease. Cancer pain is one of the most feared and often under-treated forms of pain. Learn more about why cancer is so painful, what can be done about it, follow one patient’s story about how the pain of cancer can impact a family.

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To The Best of Our Knowledge: In Pain

To The Best of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award winning radio show that “cracks open the world and the ideas that fuel its engine.” Host Jim Flemming and his team created this special episode for our pain project. The show, called “In Pain” features the following segments: painful insect stings, why all comedy is based on pain, the history of aspirin advertising, seeking God through self-hurting, and living with Behcet’s syndrome (constant pain).

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Alternative Treatments for Pain

For some people with chronic pain, drugs like Vicodin or Percocet are not effective or appropriate to use as treatment. Nearly half of people with pain seek alternative therapies, according to a recent study. This piece will follow a chronic pain patient as they undergo an acupuncture treatment to relieve pain. It will discuss the evidence behind alternative methods of pain management - which methods have, and have not, been shown to work?

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Last Reviewed: Feb 25, 2014