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Dr. Reid Blackwelder

Family Medicine
Kingsport, TN
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Kingsport, TN

Address

201 Cassel Dr, Kingsport, TN
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee

Aetna Life Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am originally from Atlanta, GA, but consider Northeast Tennessee home now. I graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and received my medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, cum laude. After completing my residency and a teaching fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, I became "a simple country doctor" in Trenton, GA, a town of 1400. This experience opened my eyes as to how much fun practicing medicine can be, as well as revealed how bizarrely our medical education system is structured. I decided to return to an academic setting to try to change what I could from within the system. I actively see patients in the office, have a hospital practice, do OB, teach medical students and Family Medicine residents and take call. I am always looking to integrate different healing systems when caring for my patients, and routinely prescribe botanical and allopathic medications, discuss exercise and nutritional issues, explore a person's emotional and spiritual support systems, and refer to other healers.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Holistic Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Licenses

United States: Tennessee

Doctor Q&A

689 Answers
748 Agrees
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Your periods are only an aspect of your ability to get pregnant. Many health issues can affect fertility, as can your partner's own ability. If trying... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Need to be checked: Thanks for asking as this suggests something is changing in your body. It helps that you have already considered many things that can affect weight. O... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Complete evaluation: If you mean vitex agnes castus (chaste tree), i would be sure to complete the evaluation for why your periods are abnormal first. Thyroid disease can ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Be careful: Dhea while over the counter is still a powerful supplement. It is a precursor for several important hormones, and should not be taken lightly or witho... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
45-70%: The number of segs or neutrophils is given as a percentage of the total count. The normal amount is between 40-70% of the normal white blood count of... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Be seen: No periods for one year at your age is not normal. Please be seen to explore possible causes. I am glad you are not having other symptoms, but somethi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Common problem: Constipation is a common problem for children. It is usually related to diet and hydration. If the child's overall growth and development is normal, t... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Maybe migraine, more: With a history of migraine, this could be one of those, but likely you know your migraine pattern. So if this seems different than your usual migraine... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on info: Joint pain can be from many causes. More history and information is needed. Obviously exercise or new activities can cause pain. But some illnesses an... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
It can be due to those sinuses never having formed. While all sinuses forming normally is of course the usual expectation sometimes people have some t... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
More info needed: Many things can cause stomach pain. In general, pain that persists or gets worse, needs to be evaluated. The most common causes can be ulcers or gastr... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Likely normal: Certainly by 37 weeks the baby's head is often in the pelvis, but that event ally varies. First time babies can engage around 36 weeks. But again not ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Could be: Yes you could be but other things can cause nausea and pain, so ther symptoms are important. Especially more info on your periods. Usually but not alw... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because yo... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Many things: Irregular periods are common and can occur for many reasons. If you have been usually regular, you need to consider pregnancy! medications can cause c... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Blood or medication: The most common things to make stool black are blood, usually old blood or from higher up like the stomach, or meds. Several medications or supplement... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not sure but be seen: It is hard to tell without getting a thorough history and doing appropriate physical exam. With this going on for months, please see someone to get a ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Please be seen: Some of that sounds like pleurisy. However, these are signs and symptoms that could suggest a serious infection including pneumonia. Some heart proble... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
1/4 tsp per cup: Usually 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt for 8 ounces of body temperature water will do. And use 1 cup each nostril. Nasal lavage can be helpful for ch... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Maybe rest: If the pain is from injury to muscle or bone, then rest until pan free and gentle therapy to regain function. If the pain is from working out, then st... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Maybe yes,maybe no: Sex at the time of ovulation is one of the best times to try to conceive, so your chances ae good. However, interestingly, sex daily can decrease the ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Many things: Activity like walking can help. Having sex can stimulate the hormones that induce labor, as can nipple stimulation. Overall, maintaining good sleep, a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not always needed: Fever does not always need to be reduced. It is a natural process of the body's immune system as a response to an infection. Many causes of infections... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Sounds muscoluskel: What you describe sounds like an irritated or pulled muscle or bone connection. Costochondritis is from irritation of the cartilage and bone junction.... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Maybe Pleurisy: Many things can cause pain under the rib cage that hurts with pain and breathing, but pleurisy comes to mind. This is inflammation of the lining of th... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Hard to say: Inner thigh pain can be from almost anything as so many things are there. Problems can be from muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels and nerves, or comb... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on age, etc: It really depends on several things but especially one's age. Changes in menses can be very normal in adolescents and women approaching menopause. Som... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Several things: Essential HTN is most common cause.This refers to basically a combination of family tendency an such things as weight gain, high salt intake. Smoking ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily: In general, once you have identified that you need some visual assistance, you can use either contact or glasses or both! that choice depends on your ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes and be seen now: Any new symptom in the setting of a new medicine should raise the possibility of an allergy. Not breathing well is a scary and serious problem. Please... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Have child seen!: All of these symptoms are very concerning for a serious problem. Fevers, rash, joint pain and swelling sound like a systemic inflammatory condition su... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
It can be : Spotting is common during the early stages of pregnancy. However, miscarriage is also common and bleeding can be a sign of that, especially if you hav... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Minimize stresses: So sorry to hear that as such conditions can be very difficult and scary, as well as devastating. However, some can also not progress, or even stabili... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes and no: Many things can cause pain in the hand and fingers. Dupuytrens contracture is an inherited condition that causes shortening of the connections between... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Whatever you will do: The best sport or exercise is whatever you will do regularly, really.No one sport is "better" than another, although different sports will have differ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Strong drugs: Polyarteritis nodosa is a serious disease affecting blood vessels. They can be throughout the body and therefore can have effects on different organs,... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Maybe but unlikely: In general pain anywhere is not a sign of pregnancy, unless it is one in the wrong place called an ectopic pregnancy. Usually the first signs of pregn... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: If you mean your creatinine level is 1.53, then that above normal for both men and women. A better measure is called GFR for glomerular filtration rat... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Legal decision: As noted by my colleagues, raynaud's disease can be considered a disability...And not really a disability. For the individual it is a problem, and som... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not usually perm: "lesion" can mean many things-in this case, it refers to the location of what is causing your problem. The ulnar nerve has several functions with one ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Can be: After a miscarriage/d&c, it can be common for your period to be different in bleeding pattern. Often periods are of a different length (shorter or lon... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not more so : Dating is always a bit of an adventure for anyone! the challenge for someone with OCD depends on how severe the symptoms are. Bad OCD can create serio... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Many things: The most common conditions that damage kidneys are diabetes and hypertension, but others can as well. Some hormone problems affect them, blood vessel ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Often: Recommendations change for how long on Coumadin (warfarin) after blood clots. If only in the leg, it can e for 3-6 months. Once it goes to the ling (p... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Get information!: First, congratulations on already making a good decision by asking! that is the first step. We can all use more information about health and the impac... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Can happen: Sometimes, bladder pain (called "dysuria"-difficult/painful urination) can be from bladder spasm and not infection, especially if continues after trea... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Often needs surgery: The tear duct is in the corner of the bottom eyelid near the nose and drains tears into the nose. It can be blocked at birth creating watering eyes wi... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pain w/meals, cramps: Gallbladder pain is usually describes as colicky (cramping) that comes in waves, stimulated by fatty meals, as such meals stimulate the gallbladder to... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily: It us not so much a matter of the pyramid being no good anymore, as it is one of improving awareness in the setting of better information. The plate m... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Subconjunctiva bleed: You describe a common problem called a subconjunctival bleed, which is just as you describe - a burst vessel. If so, they generally do not cause any o... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 28, 2014
Our current AAFP president. If this MD has the trust of the majority of FM doctors in the nation....you can trust him with his answers. Thank you for your leadership. To the future of DPC:)...am su...Read More
Feb 21, 2013
I was taught by Dr Blackwelder in medical school and still remember his words of wisdom and his love of family medicine and wellness
Sep 10, 2013
A fantastic and dedicated physician. Great answers and very helpful! Thank you!
HealthTap member
Dear Dr. Blackwelder, Thank you for mentioning that a headache does not have to be present. We had quite an extensive series of tests conducted a year and ago when CVS was first diagnosed, including ...Read More
HealthTap member
thank you. its my daughter she has been having a cough on and off for weeks now. she has been to the doctor twice now and he has just givin her cough meds. now her right side of her face has swollen a...Read More
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Thank you, the doctor moved my arm up above my head, triggering the pain in my neck, which at the same time causes the pain up my neck and into my ear. She did check my ears and said they were fine.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
Completed 1987

Awards

2008 AAFP Teacher of the Year
2010 Caduceus Club Mentor of the Year
2000 Gold Humanism in Medicine

Affiliations

Quillen College of Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
Wellmont holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center
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