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05/16/2014
By: suitecks
Coastal Bend Pain Management
Couldn't remember how to spell the dr's name at first and so did the yellow page search first and came across the review below. The only reason that I would not rate them a full five starts is that my personal belief is that there is always room for improvement. Both my husband and I have been patients at this establishment and although the pain management procedure did not resolve my pain issue which eventually required surgery, both the doctor and his administrative staff were professional, pleasant and exhibited a team-work atmosphere in assisting me in answering the questions that were requested of them. Additionally, Dr. Tchickardt is also recommended for his pain management techniques by the best orthopedic surgeon in town Dr. Borkowski. I would whole-heartedly without reservation recommend that one should avail themselves of this facility if they are in pain.
03/19/2015
By: Liz A.
Dr. Ryan Nelson Potter, MD
Physician knows his field. Works well with patients
Tips & Advices
Several forms of pain management exist that are not approved typically treated by physicians or covered by health insurance plans. These include therapies like acupuncture, for example, or herbal preparations sold in stores. Before beginning any form of treatment or medication not approved by a doctor, it’s a good idea to still reach out to a physician or expert in alternative medicine for advice, or conduct some research online first.
Managing pain in children can be complicated, as kids may have more difficulty communicating their pain to doctors. Children also need to be more carefully monitored when taking most medications.
Health insurance might cover a selection of approved pain management therapies. Every insurance plan is different, so patients should check with their provider to make sure.
Patients might be instructed to continue therapy at home, either through regular exercise or specific treatment. Some people also find that getting frequent rest, taking warm baths or avoiding certain foods, for example, can help manage pain.
Side effects depend on the exact drugs and dosages used, as well as the disease being treated and many other factors. Some pain-relieving drugs, especially opioids, are known to cause drowsiness. Many antidepressants also cause a variety of adverse effects. Doctors must work closely with patients to minimize these side effects in the course of treatment.

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