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Pudendal Neuralgia and Pelvic Pain

I’m currently at a conference on chronic pelvic pain here in Tacoma, WA. It is amazing how many causes of chronic pelvic pain there are; infection, endometriosis, pelvic muscle imbalances, gastrointestinal causes, joint pathology, etc. There are literally dozens of causes of chronic pain in this region. One of the rarer causes of chronic pelvic and genital pain is a …

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Meningitis Causing Steroid is NOT a risk to Dr. Attaman’s Patients!

You have heard on the news that people on the east coast and midwest have aquired fungal meningitis due to contaminated epidural steroid injections. If you are now or ever have been my patient, you are NOT at risk. These are the facts, which have not been properly reported by the media: The steroid used in these injections is called …

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There Is No Role For Marijuana in Pain Management. It is Federally Illegal!

My patients frequently ask me whether medical marijuana is helpful for their pain issues. This is a controversial topic regarding many medical issues (such as anorexia), but in the realm of pain control and in the eyes of the law, the answer is clear. There is no quality medical literature to support the use of marijuana for pain management. Your …

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Why Injections for Pain Management?

It may seem odd that injections with a needle would be used to control your pain. A needle poke itself is inherently uncomfortable for many people. So why does the field of Interventional Pain Management exist, and why do I use injections for pain management to help control peoples pain? The bottom line is that in many cases, with a …

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Intercostal Nerve Block for Shingles Pain and Post-herpetic Neuralgia Pain?

Many of you have been contacting us for evaluation of your shingles pain, or chronic pain in the same area once the shingles have healed (known as post-herpetic neuralgia pain). This is a very frustrating disease that can be very painful and debilitating. There is good treatment for it however! The problem is that most physicians, including your primary care …

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