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Dr. Peter Zimmerman

Pain Management
Metairie, LA
34 years experience

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Metairie, LA

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2800 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, LA
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Pain Management

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English

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60 Answers
19 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Off the market: Refocoxib (aka vioxx) is not avialable legally in the United States.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Both NSAIDs: They are both members of the NSAID class. As such, an allergy to one makes allergy to others within the class too likely to risk.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
The one that works: Other than tylenol, (acetaminophen) otc pain meds are all in the NSAID class. Although they have similar mechanisms of action, their efficacy is vari... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
No: Codeine and oxycodone are related, but are not identical molecules.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
50%: If you take mris of the general population, a full 50% will show bulges or herniations. Disk herniations typically cause axial pain. Radicular pain,... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Often: The workup prior to rhizotomy is key in determining which candidates are appropriate. If your facet joints have successfully been blocked on two occa... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
All depends: Are you treating imaging findings? Or are you also having symptoms?
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Several: A lot depends on the underlying cause of the stenosis. If it is due to an anterior vertebral compression fracture, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty can be ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Core strengthening: Stay in shape, especially your abdomen and the muscles of your low back. Do not focus on crunches exclusively - movements with a rotational componen... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Vertebroplasty: Since restoration of vertebral height has not demonstrated added benefit, if you are an appropriate candidate for kyphoplasty, you are also an appropr... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Lay term: Sciatica, when used by medical professionals, is synonymous with radicular pain.. However, lay people use it to describe all back and/or leg pain. S... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
How old are you?: 42 degrees is significant, but it depends on if your curve is likely to progress.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Nowhere legally: Desoxyn (methamphetamine hydrochloride) is only available by prescription in the us.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Yes: Performing these procedures exclusively under local is probably the safest way to do them.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
No: The risk of allergy to other nsaids is too high to justify the potential benefit.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
How soon it works: Immediate release starts having effect within 30 min to an hour or ingestion. It also only lasts for 3-4 hours. Sustained release has a longer ons... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
An injection: Of local anesthetic and corticosteroids is a good start.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
OTC: Orudis kt (also known as ketoprofen) is available over the counter.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Versed: I had mine out 25 years ago with concious sedation. Smooth induction, no nresidual effect, and peri-procedural retrograde amnesia.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
C/S or T/S pathology: You need to be examined. Physical therapy would be useful. If this has been going on more than 3-6 mo, an MRI would be recommended.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Potency: On a milligram for milligram basis, Dilaudid is more potent than oxycodone.
A member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Taper slowly: Gradually, under a doctor;s supervision.
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Celebrex (celecoxib): It is safest anti-inflammatory.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Acute? Chronic?: Anti-inflammatory medication in combination with muscle relaxants and physical therapy for the first 3 months, possible epidural steroid injections if... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
About an hour: 90 min from when you arrive to when your ride can pick you up.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Atypical: But certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. There are lots of other options (tramadol, torodol, etc).
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Be careful: When you say it didn't work. If you got short-term pain relief, it did work. In that case, confirmatory facet blocks and/or medial branch blocks wou... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Lots of variables: It depends on if this procedure is being done in an office setting, an asc, or a hospital. Will you be receiving anesthesia, or conscious sedation? ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Why is that?: Are you looking to abuse it? Hydrocodone is an excellent pain medication, potentiated by tylenol (acetaminophen). The euphoria it can generate has n... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Brand names: Same ingredients, different brand names.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
No: Relafen (nabumetone) is an NSAID (same class as advil (ibuprofen) or aleve). You will test negative for controlled substances.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
None unless it hurts: Mris are very sensitive. Many asymptomatic patients are found to have disc pathology. Unless you are having back or leg pain, no treatment is necess... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Double-check your DX: Causalgia was the civil war designation for what was more recently known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd), and complex sympathetic pain syndrome ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Minimal: Occasionally, patients have an hour or two of injection site soreness, due to passage of the needle through muscles. Ice and rest is sufficient to ad... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
It varries: At a hospital, an ambulatory surgery center, or a procedure suite in a physician' office.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
NO: Ms contin (morphine) is time-released. Splitting it is a bad idea.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Lots of variables: It depends on if this procedure is being done in an office setting, an asc, or a hospital. Will you be receiving anesthesia, or conscious sedation? ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Yes: Celebrex (celecoxib) is another cox-2 specific anti-inflammatory.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Maybe: Do you have high blood pressure? A history of stomach ulcers? Kidney or liver disease? As dr. Rosenfeld said, in general, nsaids are useful in the ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Generally fewer: Celebrex (celecoxib) is a cox-2 specific nsaid. As such, it reduces pain and inflammation, with far fewer side effects than non cox-2 specific agents... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Neither: Tramadol is a weak near-opioid with virtually no euphoric effects. Davocet is no longer available in the us.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
No: There is no good evidence that "laser pain therapy" provides any greater relief than a placebo.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
No: Three a year is outdated. In the past, docs used to do a series of 3 esi's in sequence. Patients were limited to 3-4 "series of 3" per year. This i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
No: Vioxx was removed from the market by the fda several years ago.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Sense of euphoria: It gives patients a sense of euphoria.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosage: In addition tto the hydrocodone/oxycodone distinction already discussed, vicodin has more tylenol (acetaminophen) (750mg) than either variety of Perc... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Pain/Spine: Interventional pain management/spine specialists.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
A better diagnosis: It is unlikely that your herniated discs have anything to do with your sternal pain. They are most likely an incidental finding.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management 34 years experience
Perhaps anxiolytics?: Oxycontin is a medication that addresses pain. If you have anxiety issues, perhaps you need to speak with a psychiatrist. They are the most appropri... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Zimmerman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Zimmerman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1988MD
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