Dr. Brian Kaufman

Internal Medicine
Wells, ME
21 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

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00am
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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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Sometimes: Unfortunately there are times when patients themselves choose to return to unsafe living conditions, often against medical advice. If they are able to... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: Overall yes. Exercise is not only ok but necessary for health. If you have specific health concerns that are more unique to you, please see a doctor. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends on cause: Overall, exercise is not only ok but necessary for health. If you have specific health concerns that are more unique to you, please see a doctor. Go ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Consumes and destroy: That about sums it up. It will take everything from you and leave you wanting nothing but more heroine. If you are addicted or know someone who is rem... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes it can: Any exercise that increases intra-abdominal pressure can worsen a fissure.Weight lifting and strenuous activity might cause this.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Sugar dense: There are no foods that can't be eaten by diabetics. That said, most people with diabetes should avoid sugar and carbohydrate dense foods which offer ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Possible sleep apnea: You are describing symptoms of sleep apnea. With Chiari, you may be having Central sleep apnea, from brainstem involvement, rather than obstructive, b... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Complicated: There needs to be more detail to answer this. What type of cancer, coexisting diseases. If shortness of breath is worse sitting up than lying flat, th... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: This is the kind of question best addressed and answered by your surgeon. That said you will probably be ok to do light exercise after 10 to 14 days p... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
May be electrolytes.: Not sure based in information provided, such as why did you have an event monitor? That said, the reason to use sports drinks is usually to replace el... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Probably not: It would help to know what kind of eye surgery. That said, usually eye exercise does not reverse visual changes.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: If you are having shin splints you need to back off from what you are doing and allow this to heal. Shin splints are really swelling in the anterior t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: It depends on if you have any medical problems or not. If you have not seen a doctor in a while it is usually a good idea. Also, it depends on the exe... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Sickle cell crisis typically presents with the predominant symptom of pain. He can typically be in the bone, abdominal pain or pleuritic pain. The ski... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
"Sugar diabetes": Diabetes mellitus is the medical term for the common form of diabetes. Diabetes is a word which originally meant "flow like a siphon" or "frequent ur... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Water based exercise can improve your fitness level and do it without joint stress. This is especially good if you are just starting out or have joint... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Blood flow: By increasing blood flow to the brain and thereby increasing oxygenation and metabolism, memeory can improve. I would also add that there may be benef... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Very: Weight loss should be from a combination of aerobic conditioning, resistance training and improved nutrition. Changing eating, or eating less can resu... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Not really: Headache is really common and may have many causes. You may be having a rebound headache from a change in caffeine intake, or some other recent change... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
No: While dumbbell exercises can be very beneficial, they can also put stress on joints if not done properly. It sounds like you are putting stress on the... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes and No: There is exercise for the body and heart and lungs.If we surpass our aerobic threshold with vigorous exercise, we convert to anaerobic metabolism (not... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Your Safety: This is so if you have any medical problems, they can be addressed prior to causing a potential problem. For example: you could have risk factors for ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
What discomfort?: It is not clear what you are asking. Is this discomfort during activity, after activity? Where is it and what dies it feel like? You should see a phys... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Calorie and exercise: There are some good apps that can both estimate caloric expenditure and some that can guide you through a workout. Lots of great stuff out there. The... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Pec stretch: Put outstretched arm with inner wrist in doorframe so that it is in a straight line with the side of your body. Then gently and slowly turn your body ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Fatty liver is associated with obesity and prediabetes. In my practice i will approach this as a serious predictor of future health issues beyond the ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Sure: Im guessing that you mean exercises that are done without weights? Exercises that use body weight such as pull ups, chin ups, push ups, etc can be j... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Probably not: Most likely it is a form of hives. This is usually from either sweating or may be from exercise itself. It would be unlikely that blood vessels are b... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Not very good: Unfortunately, she is critical and it is unclear if she suffered brain damage or other. I would try to.Make sure that she didn't take anything else by... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Certainly can but so can 10 other things. If it is bothering you, i recommend seeing a doctor who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine. Musculoske... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: It does depend on where the infection was and how it was contracted. Also, which antibiotics were used. That said, if it was successfully treated and ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Diaphragm?: It is not clear but could be related to that when we exercise, our diaphragm is activiely contracting in order to breath more. The esophogus goes thro... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
More than OK: Exercise is very beneficial through pregnancy and can have many positive benefits.The key is moderation. Moderate exercise is good, extreme exercise s... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Can't answer: This question has toomany variables.Weight losswill depend on the startin g wieght and height of the person, how much and what type of exercise, what ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Walk/Jog: 30 minutes is perfect for some exercise. 5 minutes to warm up and stretch. 20 minutes of walking or running or calistenics (jumping jacks, running in ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
One that interests u: Just about any exercise can help with weight loss. Usually a combination of resistance training (weights) and aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, bicy... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Hormonal Change: You may have had significant blood loss and this may have affected the pituitary gland which coordinates your homones. This sometimes happens in this ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Absolutely!: Back pain can radiate to the chest and chest pain to the back. Causes range from the very dangerous such as aortic dissection, pulmonary embolus to mu... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Any you like!: Any activity that you will stick with that raises your pulse. Usually a combination of aerobic cardiovascular exercise and some resistance. The thing ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Great exercise!: Helps integrate the pelvis muscles and low back muscles both in the front and the back. This is especially good in improving pelvic and low back pain.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Elective replacement: Total hip and knee replacements are among the most profitable.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, it can. We sometimes, but rarely find it in the blood in blood cultures. That said, although it may go throughout the body, most do not affect th... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Not likely: Exposure to a high level of mold may cause a pneumonitis or inflammatory condition of the lungs but this is very uncommon. Mold on your house may trig... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Slowly and carefully: You just need to start slowly and build up on a constant but persistent basis. Also, keep a careful inventory of what you eat. There are good apps tha... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: It actually depends on how low. The body is very good at making sure that the potassium goes where it should. Most is within the cells and not measure... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Avoid: Avoid nsaids, high blood pressure and diabetes. Good nutrition and daily exercise. Meds if needed.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Hygeine: Maintain good hygiene with bathroom behavior and intercourse.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. Also, antibiotics can cause this as well by altering the intestinal flora.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Many: Gastritis, duodenal ulcer, gallbladder, liver, pancreatic duct, kidney stone, diaphragm hernia or abscess, pleurisy, pneumonia, musce spasm, osteopath... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes. : If you fell and landed on your shoulder and knee these will hurt. Also, just falling can cause joint dysfunction in the body and can exacerbate underl... Read More
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Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

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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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