Are you ready to know what you don’t know about chronic pain? We’re shining a light on the good, the bad, and the very ugly about living with pain in Canada. No hype, no hysteria, just the truth.
How are YOU sleeping?
What science has shown will blow your mind - maybe even enough to have you running for a "sleep coach". YES that's a thing so get in the know! Listen to a sleep expert tell you what you never dreamt you never knew about your own sleep—including how it affects your pain.
Are you a candidate?
How much do you know about the role of physiotherapy for chronic pain? What can recovery mean? Nathan Augeard is on a mission. A physical therapist in Quebec, founder of Physio Connection, and PhD candidate at McGill university, he aims to improve how physiotherapy students learn to help manage pain throughout Canadian universities. WATCH or listen to our first audiovisual podcast!
Follow the science? Not if it's MME.
As you'll hear by all the paper-shuffling Josh does starting a few minutes in, when he's searching for the origins of MME (aka morphine milligram equivalents), he comes up with 'a whole lot of nothing,' just as he says. Really noisy nothing! And those chirping tweety birds you're hearing in the background? Are they those clouds of Looney Tunes 'circling birdies' that twitter above cartoon characters who've been bonked in the head? This stuff IS bonkers, after all.
By the numbers: exploding bad drug policy
Dr Nabarun Dasgupta studies drugs and infectious diseases in the Opioid Data Lab at the University of North Carolina's Injury Prevention Research Center. In the last several years, he's published groundbreaking epidemiological analyses that explode the myth that prescribed narcotics are driving the "opioid crisis." Dr Dasgupta says his passion is "to tell true stories about health with numbers" drawn from field research, large database analytics, lab investigations, randomized trials, and community-based interventions. Learn the facts about the causes of drug overdoses from an authentic expert who's passionate about the truth—and compassionate for all of us still devastated by a decade of bad drug policy.
"Central sensitization": is it real?
Lately we're hearing a lot about so-called "central sensitization" of the nervous system as an explanation for chronic pain. Is it real? Is it an excuse to keep people in pain away from treatments like opioids, or even to blame us for our pain? Today, Dr Andrea Trescot joins us from Jacksonville, Florida, with the 411. As past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, past pain fellowship director at the Universities of Florida and Washington, and now CMO of Stimwave, a wireless stimulation company, Dr Trescot takes pain pretty seriously. While she continues to see patients in Florida and Alaska, she never stops speaking and writing about pain treatment. Dr Trescot has written 150+ articles and edited three textbooks about it, and, for patients, has co-authored PainWise: A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management.
When the body attacks itself
Autoimmune disorders are complex, plentiful, often painful, and not well-understood. Maybe you've heard lately that "the body can't attack itself"? Wrong. Our inflammatory mechanisms—our bodies' built-in protections against disease—can go haywire and hurt us, with the disruption manifesting in at least eighty different disorders so far. Today we talk about the inflammatory process and its remedies with the renowned American pain specialist Lynn Webster. Board-certified in anaesthesiology and pain medicine and noted for his advocacy and compassion, Dr Webster has published widely on pain and its best treatments. We discuss interventions like diet and new drug therapies, and where sufferers can turn for help.
Really interesting podcast
Great stuff here, I look forward to following along.
Bring on more pain pod
Looking forward to more podcasts!