Dr. Robert McMurtrie

Pain Management
Wilmington, DE
25 years experience male

About

Bio

Robert McMurtrie, DO received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1998 after attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was elected to the Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honor Society. Dr. McMurtrie completed his internship at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and then three years of residency training in anesthesiology and a one year fellowship in pain medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During that time, he served as Chief Resident, received the Baxter, PPI award for Clinical Excellence in Anesthesiology and had several publications. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Anesthesiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
7 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There are several treatment options available. While pain can certainly resolve on its own i... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: There can be several reasons for leg pain (even without back pain) including lumbar disc degeneration, muscle inflammation, facet joint arthritis/irri... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: There can be several reasons for back pain including lumbar disc degeneration, muscle inflammation/strain, facet joint arthritis/irritation, sacroilia... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Yes, but....: Only if you haven't had chickenpox. Chicken pox is caused by the zaricella virus. It is the same virus that causes shingles. The virus stays in your s... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See a pain doc: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation w... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
YES: Constipation, tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, cognitive impairment, immunosuppression, opioid induced hyperalgesia, opioid induced endocrin... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Nothing good is free: Sorry. No easy answer here. Though your current activity may be limited with pain, exercise is a good remedy. But it does take a significant investmen... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Depends: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for your pain. While it can certainly resolve on its own in sev... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: It is very common to have your symptoms without an injury. The inflammation needs to be treated aggressively which can help alleviate/sometimes elimin... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There are several treatment options available. While pain can certainly resolve on its own i... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation w... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
LOCAL ANESTHESIA: Usually, a surgeon will inject local anesthetic to numb the skin before making an incision for surgery so you have less pain. A pain pump contains loc... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
SLOWLY: Depends on how long you have been taking the norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). For example, let's say you have been taking 4 pills per day for se... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
SEE A PAIN DOC: As mentioned by other physician postings, it could be a number of issues. The sooner you see a board certified pain physician, the sooner you will hav... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
ASK YOUR SURGEON: After a tonsillectomy, or any surgery, there is concern about bleeding. Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines like advil, motrin, aleve, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Depends: What area is subjected to the repetitive stress? May want to see a physician specializing in osteopathic manipulative medicine or a physical therapis... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Likely not shunt...: Pain in the back and down into the buttock and leg can come from lumbar discs with or without nerve impingement/irritation, facet joint irritation, sa... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
One or the other: Mobic (meloxicam) and Ibuprofen are designed to do the same thing - decrease inflammation. If you feel the need to take Ibuprofen twice a day in addit... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See your doctor: Your complaints can only be assessed with a thorough history and physical examination. May be related to chondromalacia patella. Need to be checked an... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See your GYN: If both urine and blood tests are negative, it is very unlikely you are pregnant. I would suggest an abdominal ultrasound to look for any fluid collec... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See hand specialist: There are doctors, usually orthopedists, who specialize in treating hands. They may be able to tell just by examination. An MRI will be able to look a... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on f... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
EMG can be helpful: The femoral nerve is formed from L2, L3 and L4 nerves that come out of lumbar spine. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neurop... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Depends: A doctor/patient relationship is a two way street. The best you can do is be honest with your new doctor about the reason for your dismissal. Each doc... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Depends....: Usually a CT is done to see if there is localized spread of prostate cancer and a Bone Scan is done to see if there is wider spread. Treatment depends... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
We don't know: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22494315 The current recommendation in a patient with a neuromodulatory device for chronic pain is deactivation onc... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Location: Facet injections place anti-inflammatory steroid into the joint(s) in the spine and the epidural steroid injection places steroid around the spinal co... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Nutrition?: At 25, you are done growing. Can very well be due to nutritional deficiency when you were younger and growing. Can also be due to hormonal abnormalit... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: Your pain can come from a number of different reasons that can only be determined by a thorough history and physical examination. It may be musculoske... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See your GYN: Your GYN or primary care doctor can run a blood test for HCG which will be definitive. You can discuss your symptoms with the doctor and see what els... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Blood draw and...: Depending on the results maybe a bone marrow biopsy. Leukocytosis - elevation in white cells - can occur with infection or inflammation.
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See a pain doc ASAP: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Sure: There is no way to reverse the wear and tear on the disc, but there is hope. For "over the counter" remedies you can try oral anti-inflammatory medici... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
AGGRESSIVELY: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Nerve irritation: The key is finding out which nerve may be irritated. You can have a peripheral neuropathy or even an irritation from a nerve in your back (radiculopa... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Yes: Laudanum was an opiate used widely in the 19th century by both civilians and military.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Sorry for your pain: Try lying flat on your back either on the floor or in bed. Bring your right knee up to about 90 degrees - like you are going to pull it to your chest... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Need to see pain doc: There are some over the counter topical treatments like capsaicin, lidocaine, Benzocaine that can be helpful. It is best that you see a pain specialis... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
WEAN SLOWLY: You need to allow your body to slowly adjust to not having the medication in your system - the same way you would with caffeine or nicotine.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Shouldn't mix at all: The combination of alcohol and opioids can be lethal - or at least make you a "cheap date." there is sometimes no way to predict how the two will int... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Absolutely: You cannot think of children as little adults. Children are basically a separate, distinct species, not like adults.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
MED DOSAGE: Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) contains 10mg of hydrocodone and 650mg of acetaminophen. Lortab contains hydrocodone and Acetaminophen but has... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
JUST ASK: Not all pain managment docs implant pain pumps. It is worth asking your doctor about your options, including use of the pain pump.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
May take 7-14 days: Epidural steroid injections sometimes take as long as two wks to work. If you have problems with bladder/bowel control or real leg weakness, consider ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for your pain. While it can certainly resolve on its own in sev... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
See pain specialist: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several options for pain relief. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studie... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
There is no cure...: But there are several treatment options available for pain relief. While pain can certainly resolve on its own in several weeks, why wait. I treat agg... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
There is no best: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 25 years experience
You are already...: But you won't "catch" the virus from contact.....When you had chicken pox in hs, it was caused by the zaricella virus.It is the same virus that causes... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. McMurtrie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. McMurtrie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for caring for patient. I have hern. Disc 4 months. My doc says suck it up. Will not do mri even. I was very active now not.
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Thanks for your quick reply! i consulted dr upendra devkota he suggests surgery this doc is best in neuro in nepal n world wide
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My blood work Also came in ok. Thanks for confirming I was in stress

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Residency

Crozer Chester Medical Center
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