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Living With Pain

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now. 9(2):26-30, April-May 2013.

People with neurologic disorders often experience daily, unremitting pain. In fact, as many as 50 percent have considered suicide as an escape. But with appropriate treatment, patients are able to rediscover hope. Here, we profile two individuals who overcame suicidal thoughts and learned to live with their chronic pain.

A Flood of Emotions: Treating the uncontrollable crying and laughing of pseudobulbar affect.

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 8(1):26-29, February-march 2012.

Many individuals with pseudobulbar affect—characterized by prolonged and unexplained episodes of laughing and crying—live in constant fear of their next outburst. Now, with one medication already approved by the FDA and other treatments in the works, patients may finally be able to regain control of their emotions and their lives.

Sounds of Silence: Living with tinnitus can be frustrating—even debilitating. But with the right treatment, people can learn to tune out the noise.

Gamble, Kate Huvane

Neurology Now. 8(1):20-25, February-march 2012.

Roughly 36 million Americans never experience silence. Instead, they hear a constant ringing or buzzing in their ears known as tinnitus. Photographer David Keenan tells Neurology Now how he learned to turn down the volume of this potentially debilitating disorder.

Hidden Hercules: Actor Kevin Sorbo reveals his secret battle with stroke.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 7(5):26-28,30-31, October-November 2011.

Kevin Sorbo is best known for his television portrayal of Hercules, a muscle-bound hero who battles the forces of evil. Unbeknownst to his fans, Sorbo was also waging a secret battle—on and off the set—after a series of strokes left him partially blind and incapacitated at 38 years old. “I went through two years of hell before I began to feel like myself again,” Sorbo says. now, the actor has discovered a different kind of strength.

The ABCs of Aphasia: Understanding aphasia is crucial to recovery—for patients and caregivers.

Carr, Coeli

Neurology Now. 7(3):35-38, June-July 2011.

Losing the power of speech can lead to intense feelings of frustration, isolation, and depression. But with speech, group, and music therapy—as well as determination on the part of patients and caregivers—there is reason for optimism. Here, individuals affected by aphasia share their stories of struggle and triumph.

Night Moves


Neurology Now. 6(2):26-30, March-April 2010.

It's a condition that affects as many as 12 million Americans yet is often misdiagnosed—and misunderstood. With a name like “restless legs syndrome,” it may not sound like such a bad thing. But to those who live with it, RLS can be unbearable. Here, we put some common misperceptions to rest and discuss the latest options for treatment.

Depression and Resilience


Neurology Now. 6(2):18-25, March-April 2010.

Depression is a frequent companion of both neurological disease and caregiving, but there are effective ways to treat this common condition. “Treated vigorously enough, the vast majority of people will get better,” says Peter Kramer, M.D. Read on for the lowdown on feeling low—and information on how to boost your resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Ask the Experts: Your Questions Answered—Stroke and Depression

Chaturvedi, Seemant

Neurology Now. 6(1):32, January-February 2010.

Answers to your questions about polymyositis, spinal tap, stroke and depression, and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

She Hasn't Got Time For The Pain


Neurology Now. 5(6):14,17-18, November-December 2009.

The details of her Carly Simon's personal life are by now well known, and her extraordinary gifts as a musician have inspired millions. But many people are unaware that she has overcome two neurological challenges: stuttering and migraines.

Fibromyalgia: Is Fibromyalgia Real?


Neurology Now. 5(5):29-32, September-October 2009.

Fibromyalgia used to be a “wastebasket” diagnosis for patients with unexplained pain and fatigue. Today, more and more neurologists are acknowledging that fibromyalgia is a real disorder, and one that should be treated by neurologists who care for chronic pain—not only the rheumatologists who originally identified the condition some 100 years ago.

Who's There?: When stroke or Alzheimer's changes a person's behavior, caregiving can become extreme. Here, experienced caregivers, patients, and experts share their stories and...


Neurology Now. 5(4):26-29, July-August 2009.

When stroke or Alzheimer's changes a person's behavior, caregiving can become extreme. Who is this person you've known all your life? And how do you handle the agitation, increased aggression, paranoia, and even psychosis that can accompany a neurological condition like dementia? Read on for practical tips from experts, caregivers, and the cared-for.

Black, White, & Gray


Neurology Now. 5(3):18-19,23-24, May-June 2009.

African Americans are more likely than their white counterparts to suffer and die from a stroke, more likely to suffer a stroke at a younger age, and often take longer to recover than whites. Researchers are just starting to find out why.

The Seizures No One Wants to Talk About


Neurology Now. 4(6):23-26, November-December 2008.

Approximately one-third of epilepsy patients have uncontrollable seizures that don't respond to medication. And about 15–30 percent of these patients actually have psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, which are caused not by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain but by underlying psychological disturbances. One major obstacle on the path to treatment is acceptance of the diagnosis.

On the Front Lines


Neurology Now. 4(2):33-34, March-April 2008.

The army's success in treating injuries in Iraq has led civilian doctors to adopt these new pain-management strategies.



Neurology Now. 3(5):22-23,27-32, September-October 2007.

As more pro athletes go public about the impact of concussion on their lives, doctors, patients, researchers, and caregivers are all starting to take head injury more seriously. Here's what you need to know about keeping your brain safe and sound.

Battling the Black Dog


Neurology Now. 3(4):20-25, July-August 2007.

Many neurological disorders go hand in hand with depression, which can influence the course of your condition in powerful ways. Here's what to look for and what to do if you are living with—or caring for someone with—epilepsy, MS, Parkinson's, or migraine.

Your Questions Answered: MIGRAINE AND DEPRESSION

Sheftell, Fred D.

Neurology Now. 3(2):37, March-April 2007.

Answers to your questions about migraines and depression, MS progression, methadone for neuropathic pain, and exercises for carpal tunnel.

Shortcircuiting Darkness


Neurology Now. 2(4):30-33, July-August 2006.

By implanting electrodes in patients' brains, researchers shed new light on treating severe depression–and defining mental illness.

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