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Body in Pain

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About the Program

Pain is the most common reason people go to the doctor. Everyone feels pain. When you stub your toe that is called acute pain. But when pain lingers it can become chronic. Chronic pain affects at least 116 million American adults, more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.

Despite decades of research, doctors have few tools to measure pain objectively and treating pain remains a significant challenge. Students in medical school receive little training in pain management. Pain is a self-reported, often invisible problem. Furthermore, pain is difficult to treat because everyone experiences it differently and it can even exist without an apparent underlying cause. Besides the physical agony of pain, it takes an emotional and mental toll on patients and their families. For some, that leads to addiction and fraud.

In January, ideastream in collaboration with The Plain Dealer, NetWellness and WKYC Channel 3 News will launch Body in Pain, a multiple media exploration of the mysterious problem of pain. This special coverage will examine the anatomy of pain: what exactly is it and how do we feel it? Coverage will also explore the latest research and new technologies being developed to measure and treat pain plus an examination of non-traditional remedies.

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Body in Pain Resources

Our Body in Pain resource page features many links and more information about pain.

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Resources for About Blood

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Posted May 8, 2012

Resources related to About Blood coverage.

How Does Diet Affect Pain?

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Posted February 3, 2012

Get tips on reducing your pain through changes in what you eat from Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Tanya Edwards

Complementary Medicine

Complementary Medicine

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We look at a treatment that some chronic pain patients use instead of standard therapies.

Pain, Still a National Problem

Pain, Still a National Problem

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Posted January 27, 2012

We’ll examine the reasons pain remains a scourge despite modern medical advances.

Alternative Therapies for Pain: What Works?

Regional News Stories
Posted January 27, 2012

Nearly half of people in pain seek treatments that compliment or are an alternative to traditional medicine.

To The Best Of Our Knowledge: In Pain

To The Best Of Our Knowledge: In Pain

90.3 WCPN Special Broadcast
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In Pain

Cancer Pain

Regional News Stories
Posted January 26, 2012

Cancer pain is one of the most feared and often under-treated forms of pain.

The City Club Forum

The Body in Pain - A Panel Discussion

City Club
Posted January 25, 2012

Moderator Mike McIntyre discusses acute and chronic pain with a panel of doctors.

Dancing in Pain

Dancing in Pain

The Sound of Applause
Posted January 25, 2012

Dee Perry welcomes Margaret Carlson of Verb Ballets and Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre to share their stories of dancing through pain. Then at 12:30 we take you to The City Club of Cleveland for a special panel discussion on pain. Today's program is part of ideastream's health initiative - Body in Pain.

Prescription Painkillers

Regional News Stories
Posted January 25, 2012

What are the benefits and risks of these powerful drugs?

Pain That Lingers

Regional News Stories
Posted January 24, 2012

Chronic pain costs the US billions of dollars each year. It's a major cause of work disability, and for many it can be excruciating.

Fibromyalgia Questioned, But Local Doctor Believes

Regional News Stories
Posted January 23, 2012

We examine a pain based disease... that some health experts don't even agree exists.

What Is Pain?

Regional News Stories
Posted January 20, 2012

Pain can be crippling. We explore how and why we feel it.

Migraines May Be More Common Than You Think

Regional News Stories
Posted January 20, 2012

One of the most under-treated and misunderstood forms of pain is also one that’s fairly common: migraine headaches.

Annette Keys; The Floorwalkers; Dan Coughlin

Annette Keys; The Floorwalkers; Dan Coughlin

Applause
Posted January 19, 2012

Singer Annette Keys struggle with pain & a performance from The Floorwalkers.

Resources for Body in Pain

Resources for Body in Pain

Be Well
Posted December 14, 2011

Resources related to Body in Pain coverage.

Body in Pain Schedule

Body in Pain Schedule

Be Well
Posted December 14, 2011

We examine the mysterious problem of chronic pain, a condition that affects millions.

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