Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Byhalia MS

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Winston Craig Clark, MD
(662) 349-5660
55 Physicians Ln Ste 1
Southaven, MS
Specialties
Neurological Surgery, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Memorial Hosp-Desoto, Southaven, Ms; Methodist Univ Hosp, Memphis, Tn; St Francis Hospital, Memphis, Tn; Baptist Memorial Hosp -Memphi, Memphis, Tn
Group Practice: Neurosurgical Center

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Michael Edward Steuer, MD
(662) 349-9990
122 Airways Pl
Southaven, MS
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1987

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John A. Cooper
(901) 681-0851
5668 South Rex Road
Memphis, TN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Memphis
Credentialed Since: 1984-02-29

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Alan Jeffrey Kraus, MD
(901) 754-3365
2120 Exeter Rd Ste 100
Germantown, TN
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1982

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Carlos Eric Rivera, MD
(901) 850-7927
1400 S Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN
Specialties
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr.Michael Steuer
(662) 349-9990
122 Airways Place
Southaven, MS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
1.8, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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William R. Gentry
(901) 754-9688
1922 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Stress Management or Pain Management, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Georgia
Credentialed Since: 1982-11-01

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Dr.Stephen Gipson
(901) 767-9500
6005 Park Ave # 400
Memphis, TN
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: St GeorgeS Univ, Sch Of Med, St GeorgeS
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Hospital: St. Francis
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Jovie N Bridgewater, MD
(662) 349-0142
7608 Shady Rose Cv
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kays Nawaf, MD
(901) 682-6828
PO Box 17427
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hospital, Memphis, Tn
Group Practice: East Memphis Anesthesia

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What to Do About Chronic Pain in Older Adults

When you're younger, it may be easier to shrug off pain or work through it. The old expression, No pain, no gain is the mantra of many athletes. But as we get older, pain has a way of getting us down faster and keeping us there longer. We don't bounce back like we used to. This is especially true when pain is present.

Older adults often find that managing the chores and activities of daily life are a challenge enough without pain being added to the mix. Suddenly, making a cup of tea can become impossible -- much less preparing a nutritious meal. Sleep is disrupted, thinking becomes cloudy, and the affected adult is no longer getting out with other people. Persistent pain in this age group can create a steady decline in physical and cognitive function.

What can be done about it? Medications are one possibility but knowing what to take and when to take it can be another difficult hurdle to jump. In this special edition, the American Geriatrics Society's Guidelines for Pharmacologic Therapy are reviewed. The specific focus is on medications for chronic pain in older adults. Chronic (or persistent) pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. Older adult refers to men and women 65 years old and older.

The next logical question is, What medications are available and who should take them? Pain medications including acetaminophen (Tylenol), nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs), opioids (narcotics), adjuvant (additional other) analgesics, topical analgesics (rub on creams and gels), and other drugs are discussed. Here's a brief summary of each class of drugs.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Safe and effective, the first choice of drug for pain relief. Patients should not take more than a total of 4 grams each day. Anyone with liver disease or who abuses alcohol cannot take this drug.
  • Nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs): More effective than acetaminophen for chronic inflammatory pain but with possible gastrointestinal problems. Should not be used by anyone with an active stomach ulcer, kidney disease, or heart failure. Patients on NSAIDs must be monitored carefully for any signs of adverse effects.
  • Opioids (narcotics such as Lortab, OxyContin, Percocet or Percodan, Morphine): Anyone who has not responded to acetaminophen or NSAIDs and who has moderate to severe pain that affects daily function should be considered for opioid pain relievers. Newer and better drugs of this type are available that are safe and effective. Opioids should only be prescribed and monitored by knowledgeable physicians with experience using these drugs.
  • Adjuvant analgesics: refers to drugs developed for some other purpose than pain relief but useful for persistent pain. Includes some anticonvulsants, antiarrhythmics, and antidepressants. Used most often for people with fibromyalgia, nerve pain, chronic and severe back or bone pain, and headaches. Often prescribed along with other pain relievers.
  • Topical analgesics including lidocai...
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