Thomas L. Whitten, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
Location and Office HoursWestmoreland Pain Management Center
4893 Rte 30 E Ste 8
Greensburg, PA 15601
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What should I do if I have pain in my eye?
Louis B. Cantor, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmartPain around the eye is not normal. While many of the causes of nonspecific pain around the eye may not be dangerous or harmful, a more serious condition could exist. It is important to seek an eye exam if you notice pain in or around an eye that does not resolve in a short period of time. Redness or blurred vision associated with the pain may be more suggestive of a problem requiring treatment, though these symptoms may not be present.
Does TENS nerve stimulation help with anesthesia?
Auricular TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is sometimes used in Europe to reduce the need for anesthesia during surgical procedures. There is not enough reliable evidence to draw a firm conclusion in this area.
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What are the latest recommendations to manage pain after surgery?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredIn my practice my patients are normally started on Vicodin ES once they arrive home or to the aftercare facility. Tylenol #3 may also be used in patients who do not tolerate vicodin. In the past Darvocett N-100 was used for patients who became nauseated with codeine. It however has recently been taken off the market. Interestingly, ice compression of our surgical site (breasts, abdomen, thighs) greatly reduces swelling and pain early on and can be quite helpful. Anxiolytics such as valium can also be used to relax both the mind and the body. Finally, muscle relaxants such as Flexeril is useful on our breast augmentation and abdominoplasty patients who have had subpectoral implants placed or tightening of the rectus muscles.
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