An Interview on Chronic Pain You Should Hear

An Interview on Chronic Pain You Should Hear

By Ed Coghlan.

Dr. David Nagel is frequent contributor to the National Pain Report.

As you know he wrote a book last year about chronic pain - and while he was on the book tour he did a number of radio interviews.

We ran across one that we think you would find fascinating. It’s about an hour long and gives you a chance to listen to a doctor who is a pain management specialist with an active set of ears.

Here’s a link to the interview. Listen to it and tell us what you think,

Dr. Nagel believes that people in pain are the poor of the medical world, too often stigmatized and often underserved.

His book, Needless Suffering - How Society Fails Those With Chronic Pain, is an important read that we’ve shared with you before.

Here’s a link to the book in case you want to order it.

As the Library Journal wrote as it reviewed the book:

Concluding with concrete reforms to create more effective and compassionate pain care, this book is designed for pain patients and their families, healthcare providers, legislators and other public policymakers, judges, personal injury and other attorneys, insurers, government regulators, law enforcement personnel, and health care businesspeople.

We decided to share the radio interview for a couple of reasons.

Dr. Nagel is an important voice and if you listen to his reasoned approach, you’ll probably wish he was your doctor.

The other reason is that the interview shows you can have a balanced conversation about the treatment of chronic pain and people don’t have to be demonized.

Hope you enjoy the interview.

Also, here’s a column Dr. Nagel wrote this month (Pain Awareness Month) for the National Pain Report that speaks to the challenge of developing a public policy that realistically and effectively addresses chronic pain education and treatment.

Let us know what you think.

Featured Image: Dr. David Nagel

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Maureen Mollico

Great radio interview and good to finally put your voice with your face Dr. Nagel 🙂
Obviously it touched on sooo many subjects and one thing I grabbed on to was the lack of knowledge by most out there who do not understand chronic pain is that…there is rarely a cure for our conditions and treatment is necessary, generally palliative, most often about acceptance and… how to live life in pain in the best ways that we possibly can. We read and we personally know…over and over…that the meds we need/receive (and in my case, along with other modalities) are extremely necessary in helping us life our lives the best we can. Regardless, it is never easy.
Thank you for continuing to be out there shining light on our complex issues and needs.


Interesting interview, however the people calling in kind of went on & on (that was kind of annoying)…and were then cut off by the interviewer, it was all kind of distracting.
I found the column Dr. Nagel wrote this month (Pain Awareness Month) for the National Pain Report much more interesting. In fact I’m thinking of printing a copy of it and taking it to my doctor next time I go.
I appreciate the acknowledgement that chronic pain is NOT CURABLE, but it is treatable, and frequently that means opioids, taken responsibly, to give the patient a little bit of quality of life.

Barbara W.

Yes love this Doctor will buy his book, some one could recommend him for the New Federal Task Force Panel as well . I wrote to Dr Jeffrey Fudin for this nomination he accepted, Some others may have too just wanted to make sure! I know of u were trying to nominate Dr Tennant too, couldn’t get thru myself. The more we get a voice the better! These are very smart Doctors!


Palliative care,that’s what I thought I heard my pain management doctor say. Also the words Toxic, untreatable, neurogenic. Yes, it freaking kills me to be in this type of pain, and it’s back, after 13 years free of pain. I will survive this with his help and prayers.


I suggest when talking about chronic pain use the terminology my Pain Consultant uses “Being on PALLIATIVE CARE FOR LIFE”. It affects people more and makes them realise how serious and relentless the suffering is.