Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Haughton LA

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Donna Marie Holder, MD
(318) 681-7450
10 Dover Cir
Bossier City, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Willis -Knighton Med Ctr, Shreveport, La; Summit Hospital Of N W Louisia, Bossier City, La
Group Practice: Pain Care Consultants

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Ross B Nelson III, MD
(318) 681-7450
1801 Fairfield Ave
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Willis -Knighton Med Ctr, Shreveport, La; Christus Schumpert Med Ctr, Shreveport, La
Group Practice: Pain Care Consultants

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Harsh Sachdeva, MD
(318) 798-5831
9009 Klondike Ct
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Med Scis, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr.William Whyte
(318) 221-7246
457 Ashley Ridge Boulevard
Shreveport, LA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport
Year of Graduation: 1996
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.4, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Randall Peyton Brewer, MD
457 Ashley Ridge Blvd
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1993

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Mary Elise Mc Williams, MD
(318) 861-0895
4300 Youree Dr Ste 250
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Neurology, Pain Management
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Willis -Knighton Med Ctr, Shreveport, La

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Dr.Ross Nelson
(318) 629-5505
1500 Line Ave # 202
Shreveport, LA
Gender
M
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.8, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Randall Charles Cork, MD
(318) 675-5300
1501 Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Willis -Knighton Med Ctr, Shreveport, La; Christus Schumpert Med Ctr, Shreveport, La; L S U Med Ctr, Shreveport, La
Group Practice: Summit Hospital Of North La

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Frank Glenn Sholte, MD
(318) 222-4967
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1975

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Charles Armistead, J.r, M.D.
4300 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA
 
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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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