Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Kapolei HI

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Jeffrey S Wang, MD
(808) 528-3657
2228 Liliha St Ste 400
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx A & M Univ Coll Of Med, College Station Tx 77843
Graduation Year: 1990

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Annette A. Shimizu
(808) 522-4521
Straub Clinic & Hosp
Honolulu, HI
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Hawaii - Manoa
Credentialed Since: 1984-10-30

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Warren R. Loos
(808) 734-2897
1188 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI
Services
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, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Credentialed Since: 1990-03-07

Data Provided By:
Bradley Ross Hall, MD
(808) 531-1116
4711 Matsonia Dr
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1985

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Don Purcell, M.D.
800 S. Berethnia Street
Honolulu, HI
 
Robin Emi Sugihara Miyamoto
(808) 531-5711
2226 Liliha St. Suite 306
Honolulu, HI
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, Biofeedback, Stress Management or Pain Management, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Primary Care
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Hawaii
Credentialed Since: 2004-05-10

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Gail Lynn Tice
(808) 733-5104
P.O. Box 161191
HONOLULU, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Stress Management or Pain Management, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Hawaii
Credentialed Since: 2005-07-11

Data Provided By:
William T. Tsushima
(808) 522-4521
Straub Clinic & Hosp, Inc.
Honolulu, HI
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Stress Management or Pain Management, Individual Psychotherapy, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Biofeedback
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Fordham University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-25

Data Provided By:
Lynn Dahl, M.D.
94 824 Lumiauau
Waipahu, HI
 
Michael Kau'i Ihara, DC
(808) 221-1063
1650 Liliha St. #107
Honolulu, HI
 
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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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