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More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine. Chronic pain can be mild to excruciating pain that lasts for weeks, months or years. In this episode, we take a look at causes, treatments, drugs and addiction associated with chronic pain. We’ll also take a look at research currently being done at the University of Tulsa on Native Americans to see if they feel pain differently and whether or not they’re more susceptible to chronic pain. Are you or a family member affected by chronic pain? Do you think Native Americans experience pain and chronic pain differently?
Dr. Anthony Dekker – primary care doctor with expertise in pain and addiction medicine, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
Dr. Jamie Rhudy – professor of clinical psychology at The University of Tulsa and director of the Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience
Dr. Ted Hall – clinical psychiatrist pharmacist prescriber at the Ho-Chunk National Health Department and member of the National Public Prescription Drug Abuse Workgroup for IHS
Lynnette Gilmore (Navajo) – physical therapist and director of the physical rehabilitation department at Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation
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