Out of 238 million American adults, 100 million live in chronic pain. And yet the press has paid more attention to the abuses of pain medications than the astoundingly widespread condition they are intended to treat.
Ethically, the failure to manage pain better is tantamount to torture. When chronic pain is inadequately treated, it undermines the body and mind. Indeed, the risk of suicide for people in chronic pain is twice that of other people.
Far more than just a symptom, writes author Judy Foreman, chronic pain can be a disease in its own right -- the biggest health problem facing America today.
One life, its devastating pains and unexpected joys, its burst of brilliant clarity, and moments of profound confusion - this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s new novel, her first in 7 years.
Alice McDermott is the author of 6 previous novels including, After This, Child of My Heart, and Charming Billy. She is also the winner of the 1998 National Book Award.
Joining us today for Medical Monday is Dr. Charles Gordon of New York Pain Management in Clifton Park, New York.
A graduate of Columbia Medical School in New York City, Dr. Gordon completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Harvard University School of Medicine. He received his training in pain management at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Gordon has been practicing medicine for over 17 years and is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management.
He was the director of Glens Falls Hospital’s pain management center and practiced pain medicine for over 11 years in Glens Falls.