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Dr. Brian Kaufman

Internal Medicine
Wells, ME
20 years experience male

Locations

Total Health and Spine

Wells, ME

Address

952 Post Road, Unit #8, Wells, ME
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(207) 209-6393

Total Health and Spine, Brian E. Kaufman DO LLC

Wells, ME

About

Bio

I grew up in NY and went to the Honors College of Stony Brook University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Chemistry, Cum Laude. After working as a chemist, I fulfilled a dream of going to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where I learned osteopathic manipulative medicine and anatomy. I did residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship year in Neuromusculoskeletal medicine. I went on to get a certification in Pain Management, and then another board certification in Addiction Medicine. I now specialize in Osteopathic Pain Management and Addiction medicine at my private practice Total Health and Spine, but continue to draw on my internal medicine training to get a complete picture of my patients.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Internal Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Pain Management

Licenses

United States: Maine, New Hampshire, New York

Doctor Q&A

185 Answers
179 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No reason: Overall, there is no reason why you have to use pursed lip breathing while exercising. It can help if your having lung issues but otherwise don't swea... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
CV and Core : Core strength exercises can help improve tone in the abdominal muscles. This can be combined with cardiovascular exercise to improve the shape of you... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Training: Endurance training will usually involve doing cardiovascular training such as running, biking, swimming. Muscle strength training usually uses resista... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Can improve: Resistance exercise and weight bearing exercise stimulate bone growth and improve bone density. Non weight bearing exercise such as bicycling and swim... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Perhaps...: While there is no exercise that specifically addresses syringomyelia, keeping yourself in good health is helpful. You probably want to avoid most exer... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Preserve function: To prevent contracture of the tendons and joints of the finger and maintain flexibility and ranges of motion. Keeping full function of the hand is ve... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Increased muscle...: ...or supplements. The low vitamins would not cause the increase. If you are exercising, you may have increased muscle mass and creatinine is a reflec... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Seek Help! : Sleep is essential to health! Night terrors are very scary but they are not real. Anxiety has many causes beyond the scope of this answer but the trea... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Not likely: the most common reason why someone would have aching in the calves is musculoskeletal. Try doing calf stretching and hamstring stretching. See an Oste... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No. Your good.: An HDL of 47 for a young woman such as your self is not bad. That said, it is all dependent on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Overall, a goa... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Great question.: There is a push to decrease lengths of stays at hospitals. One way to address this is the growth of the use of hospital specialists. This has shown to... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Varies: Pancreatitis can take time to resolve. This is especially true if there are continued insults or irritations to the pancreas. Alcohol, fatty foods, ce... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Diabetes: Anti- gad antibodies are made by your body against your Insulin producing cells. This can result in diabetes type 1 which would require insulin. No on... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See a doctor!: Any pain that is involved with breathing or lung should be evaluated by a doctor. Slam dunk. If it is severe and persistent, go to the emergency depar... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Water and cardio: It is important to drink more water. Also, doing cardiovascular exercises can help aclimate you to the new environment sooner. I'm presuming that we a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Phlebitis: Can be treated with combination of warm compress and medications such as ibuprofen. Also, if it does nit respond it could be infected and need drainag... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Less than you need.: You must figure out your basal energy expenditure and subtract about 300 to 500 calories from this to determine your daily caloric intake. Add to tha... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Very: Having a TIA is serious in that your risk of stroke is increased. You should see a doctor and work on reducing risk of any further symptoms.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Neither: You need to see a cardiologist and have this evaluated. Let your cardiologist guide you in your care. If they think you are safe to exercise, go for i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Sure you can. It is not clear that HCG is absorbed and functional when taken orally. Probably not. Alli does work and does so by blocking fat absorpti... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Cardiovascular: Healthy doses of cardiovascular activity can improve mood, memory and relax the mind and the body.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Pain...: Most likely this is discovered in the work up of pain issues. This is a 5cm difference and can lead to pain issues in the pelvis, low back and honestl... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Need more info: If it is red or swollen, go to the er. If it otherwise looks normal and you can move it normally, try some ice and tylenol (acetaminophen). If it does... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes...: ...And also can be testing for hypoadrenlism or cathecolamine excess. I assume this is for low blood pressure or possibly alternating with high blood ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No.: If you're referring to llipase level, then this is quite high. Your husband hs pancreatitis wich means inflammation of the pancreas. The enzymes will ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Stool Infection...: This could be an infection caused by a bacteria named clostridium difficile or c. Diff. Get tested for it because this can e very serious. This could... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
And?: Not sure the question. If it is " is this normal?", the answer is yes, can be. If more painful or persistent, see a doc.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Many things...: Most likely it is related to muscle, or musculoskeletal structures. That said, it could be related to ovary, bladder, bowel. Hard to say without knowi... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Meds/diet: You should be seen by a doctor for this. First, are you sure this is not cardiac? I would want to make sure this is reflux and not cardiac. In the mea... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes!: If you otherwise feel ok, call your doctor and be seen. If you continue having bleeding go to er.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Important test: Very sensitive way to find edema in a patient who has a fluid status that is unclear. Also, sacral edema can lead to sacral skin ulcers.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Oxycododone. And there are other formulations that have differing strengths.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
YES!: Doing wrist exercises specifically to address wrist strength can put a lot of strain on the wrist and actually strain the muscles and tendons of the w... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Probably not: I am not aware of any exercises to reverse eyesight loss. That said there are forms of manipulation such as osteopathic manipulation that addresses th... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Check labs: Consider getting basic lab test done including thyroid, electrolytes and if those are normal getting worked up for endocrine issues. It may just be th... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Sounds totally normal. There are a lot of structures that will stretch with pregnancy: ligaments, skin, connective tissue, etc. If it feels tight but ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Not likely: If you have Insulin resistnce, you are more likely to have hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. The symptoms would be frequent urination, fatigue, swea... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Might not be able...: The truth is you may not be able to, once colonized. You can however improve the chances by treating any underlying diabetes or Insulin resistance. Al... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Pain in pelvis: By definition this needs to be pain in the pelvis which is lasting greater than 3 months and occurs most of the time. It also typically excludes any r... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Electromyography: Emg and ncv testing is used to help diagnose nerve and muscle problems. Examples include spinal nerve impingement (from herniated disc), carpel tunnel... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Varies: Mostly because it is unclear if a disc bulge is really the cause of pain. Back pain can be from many sources and is usually not from disc pathology. I... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Hard to say: You are not giving much info in your question. If you have a medical problem such as diabetes, you may end up spending more money in the long run sinc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Either one!: Dancing is great exercise. You do not have to do zumba to get the benefits of dancing. Zumba is high energy, fast paced dance-aerobics. Do whatever yo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Milliman guidelines: Many use the milliman criteria.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Hospital infection: Nosocomial infections are hospital acquired. Usually bacteria transmitted during a hospital stay. Typically pneumonia or uti.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
FP or OB: Your fp or OB will be able to point you in the right direction. You may need to see an endocrinologist and possibly a maternal fetal medicine doctor. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
It can: Yes, this can occur. Also, gallbladder can cause back pain. So can the pancreas and kidney stones. So can muscle spasm, rib dysfunction and a bunch of... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Not sure what u mean: I am not clear on what the word "jugger" means. If it means "shakes" then it may indicate that you are using too much weight. I am also not clear on t... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Scalp exercises???: I am not too sure what you might be doing but i would seek medical attention to clarify this. I am really not clear on what scalp exercises are and wh... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
It can: Short answer: yes. Very common in female marathon runners and other high level athletes. It is thought to be the reaction of the body to prolonged phy... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 20, 2014
Brilliant doctor. I enjoy learning from his answers on Health Tap.
Oct 1, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
Superior doctor, trustworthy!!
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I appreciate your reply, my wife has had this disease for three years now and continues to get it on a monthly basis. though I don't wierd
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! I JUUL from a pod of around 50MG of nicotine. I don’t use a pod a day but I do vape pretty heavily. Thank you.
HealthTap member
Thank you and I called my doctor she said I'm not out of breath or having shortness of breath she said I probably pulled amuscle

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Fellow of Amercan College of Physicians
FACOI, American College of Osteopathic Internists
Top Doctor, First Place, Maine - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Osteopathy
American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine

Publications

An osteopathic approach to the renal and urinary system
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