Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Oak Ridge TN

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Russ V. Reynolds
(865) 574-3434
B&W Y-12 Occupational Hlth Serv
Oak Ridge, TN
Services
Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Health Services Consultation to Business or Organizations, Stress Management or Pain Management, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio U
Credentialed Since: 1995-11-13

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Susan J. Stalgaitis
(865) 691-2425
9217 Park West Boulevard
Knoxville, TN
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Memphis
Credentialed Since: 1985-09-23

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Matthew Burris Vance, MD
(865) 776-4239
PO Box 51947
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1999

Data Provided By:
Edward Alva Workman, MD
(540) 774-9571
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1988

Data Provided By:
David Compton, M.D.
100 Vermont Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN
 
Jack Emile Scariano Jr, MD
(865) 769-9595
9333 Park West Blvd Ste 205
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Neurology, Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Fort Sanders Parkwest Med Ctr, Knoxville, Tn
Group Practice: West Knoxville Neurological

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Edward Alva Workman, MD
(865) 470-4181
801 Kempton Rd
Knoxville, TN
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1988

Data Provided By:
James Paul Beretta, DO
(205) 663-2481
1128 E Weisgarber Rd
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1988

Data Provided By:
Daniel L. Simmons
(865) 376-1585
1002 Bradford Way
Kingston, TN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U Wyoming
Credentialed Since: 1985-08-19

Data Provided By:
Ron Linehan, M.D.
104 Macaw Lane
Oak Ridge, TN
 
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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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