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Dr. Thomas Namey

Rheumatology
Knoxville, TN
49 years experience male

Locations

University Arthritis & University Sports Medicine

Knoxville, TN

Address

501 20th Street, Suite 109, Knoxville, TN
Directions

Practice website

Fax

8655494251

Insurances accepted

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

United healthcare

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Fellow, American College of Rheumatology Fellow, American Back Society Fellow, American College of Nutrition Member, New York Academy of Sciences Member, Orthopaedic Research Society Member, Roentgen Ray Society Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Residency, McGill University, Montreal Fellow, Clinical Immunology Rheumatology, Univ. of Alabama Fellow. Nuclear Medicine, Univ. of Alabama Massachusetts Inst. Technology, Diploma in Nuclear Medicine Former, Associate Director, Nutrition Institute, Univ. of Tennessee Director, University Arthritis Rheumatology Director, University Sports Medicine Research Director, Firstfit Institute Former Chief of Rheumatology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Former Chief, Immunology and Rheumatology, Medical College of Ohio

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Rheumatology

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Anti-Aging Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: Tennessee

Languages spoken

German

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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Too broad to be DX!: The definition is too broad and contains to many psychiatircx and psychologic issues to be taken seriously. It happens to be a disease "de jour." pat... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Prevent stones !: The rational solution is to prevent the stones. Most common is calcium oxalate, followed by uric acid, and then cysteine. There are others. There are... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Many things!: Copd, emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, impotence. And what is replacing water? And second hand smoke is unhealthy for you!
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Maybe.: Bleeding occurs of the amount of progestin is lower than needed by the amount of estrogen. This is why i avoid combo-pills with both in a fixed dose ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes!: Very likely time for pregnancy to occur. But it may not. If you don't want a child, or are unmarried, please use contraception.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Depending on dosage!: Withdrawal symptoms can last as long as a month. It is better to slowly decrease your dose, rather than go cold turkey!
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes!: There is a higher incidence of arthritis occuring after the disease. It is rarely rheumatoid arthritis.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not ANA!: An ANA is falsely-present in 5% of the population. I'm sure a reflex ANA was done by the rheumatology specialists you saw, and this would help pick up... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not as healthy!: As a professor of nutrition and md, i see many nutritional deficiencies in vegetarians, particularly vegans. Plant based diets eschew the protein eff... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
What was Rx for?: Too little information to agree or disagree. Most important is why you were on this prolonged course of steroids, and what dose you were on. No answ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
I would bet on...: Based on your age, your daughter is premenopausal. The likelyhood of systemic lupus is remote. 30 percent of juvenile arthur's patient have positive a... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
No! : No, it would not --- unless you are a type 2 needing Insulin with other features of metabolic syndrome! but you should avoid starch in either case, lo... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Depends!: Do you have inflammation in your knee causing arthritis, or injury. At 44, your cartilage will not stand up as well to either. But know one can say ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not really.: The titanium oxide is useless-a whitener. All you need to help control oxalate levels is b6 (pyridoxine) 100mg twice daily, and magnesium oxide (400mg... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
You have inflammatio: Your tests indicate inflammation. Sjogren's not associated with high inflammation. Ccp positivity fairly specific for ra. Chronic fatigue is common i... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Slow metabolism?: You increase metabolism by exercising. You increase metabolism by having more muscle, which burns more calories at rest. You increase metabolism by ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
"ZANTAC": I googled zantech and got an information company. There is zantac, (ranitidine) which is an h-2 blocker and decreases acid secretion. It is not a di... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Needs exam!: You need an exam and possibly blood tests. How do you know you have no stds? If you are sexually active, unless tested, you can't be sure. If sexuall... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Unlikely!: You have obvious inflammation! complement proteins (c3, c4) and ESR -dependent on fibrinogen, are acute phase reactants, that go up with inflammation.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Of some value!: There are number of options. Many patients of mine use gravity inversion devices. Some chiropracters have machines where specific traction force can ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
The arthritis.: Your knee joint has muscular and tendonous attachments that will pain when contracted, also causing knee pain. The fact that it is worse when you are ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes.: Subclinical colitis is well documented by biopsy. Sublclinical colitis is present in the small intestines in many common forms of arthritis. Which i... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes.: Yes there is no problem with taking both together.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not true!: A weak immune system worsens cold symptoms and prolongs the duration of your cold. Both physical and emotional stress, or a combination of both, will... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Fiber-more;: Fiber-more; salt-less; lose uncessary calories-carbs/sugars; more vegetables-not out of a can; water.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
It can!: Whey protein needs some dilution. For most people 30 grams per sitting is adequate! too much can causes loose stools!
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
I like...: Premier protein from cosco or sam's club. Avalailable elsewhere: 30g of whey protein in 11oz containers. 160 kcal. Draw back: only chocolate and vani... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Show the answer!: Parents should not dissuade their children from exercise, unless it compromises study time, or important family activities. Exercising young will mor... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Usually not!: But what is the cause for these increases. Many viral infections can temporarily do this. Medications, etc. But has the doctor you see narrowed the ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
No!: It does not improve edema!
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Trust the tests.: If no infection or abnormality is found, don't worry.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
I assume diastolic!: It is not normal for diastolic blood pressure to double during exercise, particularly to the level of 120. This would indicate pre-hypertension. If y... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Can't: Can't have fish oil? Get your omega-3s from flaxseed oil! actually more omega-3/gram than fish oil.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Two things...: Sugar and starch! fiber is a carb, but cannot be digested, so subtract it from total carbs!
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes.: Apart from not drinking, he should be on Allopurinol (generic) or uloric. In addition, he should have Colchicine available. If he is not on a uric ac... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not really.: It is quite normal for both males and females. Good way of avoiding meaningless sexual intercourse, and also without the risks!
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not per se!: High blood protein can indicate one of two things, most commonly: 1. Stress. Vascular arterial constriction will increase protein and hemoglobin. 2. T... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
No need to eat carbs: You do not need to eat carbs before working out. Only non-sugared fluids. Food injestion should not continue for three hours before training. Howeve... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Dental: Dental hygiene can prevent heart attacks and strokes. More than a pretty smile!
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Not really!: While eczema is associated with allergies, and blood and skin tests for these are common, and can help minimize allergy problems by identifying the al... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Minimum 24hrs!: You can lift daily, but you should do so by exercising opposing groups. Example: bench presses one day-the next lat pulls and shrugs. A good workout... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
You would be dead!: Survival for pancreatic cancer is about a year, even with treatment. With a normal ct scan-it should not be a worry, unless one developed since then.... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Most likely yes.: I'd change routes, maybe use 2-3 lb hand weights. But this would be adequate for most people. Just keep it up, even on rainy days!
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
I don't!: When i moved to knoxville, "joggin in a jug, " was a popular commercial extoling the benefits of unfiltered vinegar. While i believe it is healthy, n... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Varies normally!: Amount of lubrication produced (some in sleep), intercourse, low grade infection, all are variables.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
NO EXERCISE!: You cannot spt reduce fat. You will have global fat loss. You can tone up buttocks with exercise: stair steeper, cycling, seated squats. But you can... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Same as for adults!: They should be lowe, actually, since Insulin resistance should be less, although it increases with age. What I am giving in numbers is the absolute hi... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Three days, but: Withdrawal symptoms can persist for weeks.Taper-withdrawal.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Sets: Sets are important. Gains, quicker. Try 7/5/3 for fast gains. 10/7/5 for more definition.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
This is not easy..: But: in skeletal and cardiac muscles, dystrophin is part of a group of proteins (a protein complex) that work together to strengthen muscle fibers and... Read More
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May 11, 2013
I consistently learn from the information that Dr. Namey provides on Health Tap. He is clearly very knowledgable in Rheumatology and medicine in general. I think that he would be the doctor I would w...Read More
Mar 24, 2014
A concise answer, compassion and experience is what you will get when Dr Namey answers one of your questions. Such a great value to the HealthTap community!
Apr 8, 2013
Dr. Namey provides thoughtful, on-target answers in an impressive array of areas. I always look forward to reading his responses!
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A sonogram was ordered and revealed no organ or bladder damage. A kidney specialist was called in to analyse blood and urine tests and she couldn't find anything out of order. She said she could live ...Read More
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Thank you very much. I believe you are right; my family have all had various things from skin problems, weaknesses, lung problems, etc. No one has ever been diagnosed. We all have a familial 'hunchba...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! You have helped my lost Soul. With all my problems I had given up on Dr.'s But now at least my Soul will be free. No matter the pain any longer. No one knows the answer...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1973MD

Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Back Society
Bausch & Lomb Science Award
New York Academy of Science

Affiliations

Univ. of Tennessee Med. Ctr., Knoxville
East Tennessee Children's Hosp
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