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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia

Pain Management
San Mateo, CA
21 years experience male

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San Mateo, CA

Address

1900 O'Farrell Street , Suite 100, San Mateo, CA
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Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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San Francisco, CA

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Pain Management

Anesthesiology

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91 Answers
80 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Usually nerves: The symptoms your describing usually relate to nerves- & it can manifest in many different ways.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Safe therapies: Speak with your ob- but generally, tylenol (acetaminophen) & gentle stretching is safe.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Product selection: Keep your face clean & washed throughout the day. Look for products for oily skin as well.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Not recommended: Avoiding alcohol after any medication is recommended.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Possibly: It depends where the sensation is coming from on the leg, where it originates from, where it travels to etc. There are many sources of leg pain.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Opioid medications can cause people's bodies to become dependent on them. People become addicted when they exhibit negative behaviors- such as overusi... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Any if them: Taking any of those medications is fine- just take as prescribed. Stretching and exercises are equally important if not more.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Discuss with MD: If you wake up because of your back pain, you should discuss this with your md as there are certain diseases that need to be investigated. If the work... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Not necessarily: Check with your physician but pain over the carotid may arise from your cervical spine. But a detailed examination is paramount and an ultrasound may ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Meditation is a powerful technique and can help control pain symptoms. It takes time and practice though!
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: There are a variety of other medications besides pregabalin. Check with you physician but they all have potential side effects but can help with muscl... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Sometimes: Inversion therapy can help relieve symptoms of back pain by creating some more space between the vertebrae, be careful not to overstretch your spine. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, that is why you should taper down on those medications and stop them abruptly.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, its not uncommon to see low back pain recur after back surgery. I recommend you follow up with your surgeon.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Possibly: Check with your surgeon and make sure to describe your symptoms carefully, but pain can persist after surgery for awhile.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: It depends on the condition being treated. Your licensed acupuncturist will design a treatment plan based on your underlying condition.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Generally antidepressants take a few weeks to reach therapeutic levels.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Depends: I would recommend checking with your physician first if its safe for you to do. Remember to stretch, and strengthen your core muscles prior to the sea... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Upto 2 weeks: It usually takes upto 2 weeks to get feel the effects. Most patients feel relief faster but i'd recommend giving it some time.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Possibly: Helping your cervical spine and cervical muscles can help your low back pain by improving your body mechanics, and possibly relieving some muscle tens... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Change Something: Look into your work ergonomics, check your shoes, and your posture. Try to stretch and see your doctor if your problems persist.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Usually we use Suboxone or Methadone to help with the process, and reduce gradually.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Depends: If you physician clears you, consider starting physical therapy to work on core strengthening of you lumbar spine.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Depends: It depends on the style of yoga you practice. If you have back pain already, you should let your teacher know, and practice a gentle/restorative style... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Unlikely: Many people sweat under pressure. Its because your sympathic nervous system is active and this is an expected response.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Get evaluated: You can try some basic over the counter regimens, but make an appt to be seen by your pcp to determine the cause of your symptoms (there are many). He... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Relaxation: Botox can help the muscle relax if they are contracted. It can be an effective treatment.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
No: It is interesting that people with back pain seem to feel temperature changes more commonly than others. There is nothing dangerous going on.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Comfortable position: Choose a comfortable position and make sure you have a good mattress. There is no right or wrong way to sleep, some people sleep with a pillow between... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
They shouldn't: Those are not usual side effects from any antibiotic therapy, speak with your prescribing doctor about it.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Possibly: Let your surgeon know that you are pregnant as well as all other members of your healthcare team including your ob/gyn. If its an elective surgery, th... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Talk with your Doc: Its important to be honest about your feelings and talk with your doc. You may need a referral to a pain specialist and/or a psychiatrist.
A member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
It is possible: Possibly- check with your physician as there are many other causes of low back pain. Many women have cramping with their menses, and this can cause lo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
5-15 mins: It varies per patient but 5-15 mins is a reasonable amount of time.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Many: There are many- biofeedback, hypnosis, therapy, support groups- such as aa, na, a effective psychologist can help guide you through these treatements.... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Cut down on your use: Its important to decrease your use consistently over a period of time. It can be difficult to do on your own but set a schedule and follow it.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: It is safe as long as you are properly monitored. Definitely let your anesthesiologist know about your WPW syndrome.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
It is not a narcotic: Diprivian or Propofol is an anesthetic and not a narcotic. It does not have significant pain relieving properties.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Many things: It can be different things- your kidneys, your GI tract, ovaries, ... Cqqheck with your pcp if it continues.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Follow tinstructions: Naproxen 500mg is usually taken every 12 hours. It is ok to tak tylenol (acetaminophen) as well.
A member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: U should ask your doc about their philosophy of care to see if it matches yours.
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Yes: Sweating is one of the symptoms of crps and is a common feature when one has a flare.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Many things: Common triggers include food, activities, stress, and environmental factors. Visual changes are more of a feature of migraines and not necessarily rel... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Few: Botox is has few adverse reactions, but there is always a small chance you can be allergic to the drug itself. In higher doses, it can cause respirato... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Unlikely: Patients describe visual changes and temporary changes in vision routines, but blindness is not common.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Possibly: Many patients describes ocular pain with migraines while others do not.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Check it: I'd have it checked with your pcp & consider getting an x-ray if it continues to bother u.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
Relaxation: When Botox is injected into the muscle, it temporarily paralyzes the muscle. It can take up to 2 weeks to see results, and results can last 3-6 months... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 21 years experience
No: Abdominal crunches are an excellent way to build muscles that support the back. It is also important to strengthen the muscles of the back itself, and... Read More

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Nov 8, 2012
Very knowledgable doctor. Great answers and a great doctor to follow!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ahluwalia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ahluwalia is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks so much for your reply. I will make an appointment with my dr.
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That helps. At least I know it is not another thing to worry about. Th
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Thanks! I do see a psych & a pain specialist I think I need a 2nd opin

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

George Washington University Medical School, DC
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

STANFORD HOSPITAL

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Stanford University
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