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Dr. David Dechellis

Pain Management
Pittsburgh, PA
15 years experience male

Locations

Pittsburgh Pain Physicians

Pittsburgh, PA

Address

119 VIP Dr, Pittsburgh, PA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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About

Bio

Dual Board-Certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Practice focuses on chronic pain, spine pathology, and musculoskeletal injury. Practicing in the Pittsburgh area for > 4.5 years.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Doctor Q&A

66 Answers
17 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Indirectly : Referred pain from hips typically occur in groin or down thigh. That beig said any referral pattern is possible. A possibility may also be your hip av... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Evaluation needed: Any pain following a procedure should be discussed with the physician who performed the procedure, as they are better qualified to answer your questio... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Possible nerve: May represent a radiculitis vs radiculopathy if it is associated with concurrent low back symptoms. I would see pain specialist or physiatrist to help... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Unique opioid: Methadone inherently has properties that slows tolerance and also help affect neuropathic pain which makes it unique in the opioid class. No opioid is... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Nerve mediated?: Burning pain that is associated with sensitivity to light touch may be related to an irritated/injured/pathologic nerve. Formal evaluation by pain phy... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Tendinitis?: Posterior tibial tendinitis would be high on my differential. This is often seen in people who change running workouts or shoe wear. Over pronation is... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Risk vs benefits: Infection is the #1 risk which is less than 4% per 2004 study in journal neurosurgery spine. Less common risks include bleeding, nerve irritation/dama... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ask your physician: It is always best to ask your physician prescribing your medications about safety and ability to take concurrent medications. They are familiar with y... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
New exam. Maybe EMG: A new examination by a physician who specializes in nerve pain (dysesthesias) is warranted. The key would be to perform a physical exam and history to... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Nerve-mediated?: Consider evaluation by physician who specializes in muscle and nerve pathology ( physiatrist or neurologist). A physical examination including electro... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Talk to your doctor: 100mg is the max dose per single administration, however this dose is not a starting dose and you should never vary from the specific prescription giv... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Avoid: Alcohol should be avoided period while taking any opioids! both can cause respiratory depression and could be life threatening if taken concurrently. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Many ways: Neuropathy in of itself can be related to many different disease processes, such as diabetes. Improved control of the disease process may result in so... Read More
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A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Gabapent doesnt cure: Gabapentin is in the anticonvulsant drug class but is rarely used as a primary agent to treat seizure. Its frequently used to "calm" overactive nerves... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
MSK-related? buut..: My first question would be how it started. Trauma related? If so imaging may be a good idea. If not, may be related to either muscle injury near ribs ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Varies: That is a very difficult question for any physician on here to answer. Many factors need to be considered such as appropriate diagnosis of the symptom... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Finding: Finding time to perform a home exercise program for chronic pain can be difficult, but rewarding.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Back pain common: Back pain during pregnancy is extremely common, and can be from many different causes including muscle/myofascial strain/tension, back joints(facets) ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Evaluation: Any pain that is significant enough to limit function warrants a formal evaluation by a physician. Depending on inciting event surrounding the initia... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Talk to doctor: Weaning off opioid medications like Oxycontin need to be scheduled by a physician, as if done incorrectly can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Discuss thi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
McKenzie: Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy. In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes and yes: Either an orthopedic or a non surgical musculoskeletal physician (physical med&rehab, or sports medicine) should evaluate. Continued joint/muscle ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Formal evaluation: I strongly recommend a formal evaluation by your local physician given severity of symptoms which are constant in many activities and positions, with... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Conservative care: Symptoms typically include pain on the outside of the elbow that occur with prolonged hand/wrist activity as well as pulling the wrist back towards yo... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Real question: The real question i hear you asking is can conservative treatments such as ones listed improve pain/symptoms associated with disc herniation? The answ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Post dural HA?: Ha after a LP can be common, and may be related to a condition know as post dural puncture ha (often worsens with sitting up/standing, and improves so... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ask: Ask your physician if specific braces may help improve ability to tolerate work and activity.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Eval: Any pain that is persistent or progressively worsening should be reevaluated by a physician. Burning pain may represent a pain etiology other than a s... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Opioid: Schedule ii controlled medication. Opioid (semi-synthetic) used for analgesia in patients.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Disc herniations: Once occured, disc herniations do not "heal". They may improve over time or they may herniate to a further extent.How they r managed depends on sympto... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Don't: Don't avoid seeing a physician because you think there is little they can offer.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Multi component: One key is supply your body with the rebuilding blocks it needs including hydration with water and well structured diet. Proper sleep also helps the b... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Why permanent?: Bursitis is often a secondary cause of another underlying issue.Rarely does bursitis occur spontaneously without some other defect contributing to its... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Depends: Depends in the musculoskeletal knowlegde base of your primary care, the conservativeness of the surgeon, and if you have any reservations about conser... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Control inflammation: Lbp is an extremely common phenomenon, and disc disease is a common cause. The key is to remain active with exercise that doesn't exacerbate the pain ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Right hand left hand: 1st i'd make sure both your surgeon and pain physician both know what the other doctor is doing. That always leads to best outcome. An epidural can be... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
?: Diclofenac does not have a clear conversion to Ibuprofen as its selectivity for specific cyclooxygenase (cox) is different than ibuprofen.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Common: Chronic pain and depression go hand and hand. Numerous studies have tied depression to higher pain levels in people with chronic pain. It is imperativ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Talk to personal doc: Trigeminal neuralgia flares can be exceedingly painful and often require medication to provide pain relief. The type of pain medication used for flare... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Recommend evaluation: Swelling and pain to a localized region of a joint without known injury or trauma always warrants a formal physician evaluation. Work up may include v... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Electrodiagnostics: The differential of your pain generator/s is large. Nerve conduction studies, electromyography, and possible advanced imaging such as mris may be warr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Evaluation needed: Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of problems, so the 1st step is having an exam to find the causes. Common pain generators may be bursitis, te... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ranges: There is no definitive answer to how long metabolites of any medication stay in the body, only ranges.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Many options: Signs & symptoms are important to consider. Any signs of neurological compromise may warrant surgery.If pain is the main/only symptom then many option... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Can be: Depending on the type of massage soreness can be common. Deep massages are notorious for having this effect, which is often very transient based on pa... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Evaluation rec'd: Back pain causing leg pain and vascular problems causing leg pain can be very similar in presentation. It's never a bad idea to have a specialist phys... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Vague symptoms: Other information such as inciting event/truama, time course, exacerbating/relieving factors, referring areas of pain, and concurrent symptoms( fevers... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Physiatrist or Pain: A musculoskeletal physician (physiatrist, pain management, sports docs) are best to address injuries and pain associated with biokinetic deficiets lea... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
Indirectly maybe: Directly unlikely. Indirectly, weak "stabilizing" core muscles may lead to the condition. As core stabilizing muscles of the spine/abdomen/pelvis beco... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Dechellis
Pain Management 15 years experience
?: Those two medications have different mechanisms of action and affect different types portions of the pain pathway. Both may be effective in treatig p... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. DeChellis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. DeChellis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! What is the best plan and /or medication to take for withdrawal from oxycodone?
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Thanks for your quick reply! So nice to havr some one care so much to help a stranger thank you
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Thanks for your quick reply! I understand u r flying blind without MRI, and XRay. Joey

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Bradenton, FL
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

UPMC MERCY

Residency

JACKSON MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

UPMC PRESBYTERIAN SHADYSIDE

Awards

Top Pain Management Specialist , First Place, Pennsylvania - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Heritage valley health system medical center
Ohio valley general hospital

Publications

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