Dr. Praveen Mambalam

Pain Management
Edmonds, WA
19 years experience male

Locations

Washington Center for Pain Management

Edmonds, WA

Address

21616 76th Ave W, Suite 102, Edmonds, WA
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Praveen K Mambalam, MD is board certified in Anesthesiology and is fellowship trained in pain management. Dr. Mambalam originally hails from the East Coast where he completed his B.S. at the University of Maryland, College Park and Doctor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency training in anesthesiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Now a local product of the pain management fellowship at the University of Washington. As a recent product of American Board of Anesthesiology accredited pain fellowship, he brings a fresh perspective on the latest advances in comprehensive pain management.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Anesthesiology

Doctor Q&A

44 Answers
53 Agrees
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
The : The pain may be due several anatomic areas in the head and neck including: muscles, ligament, joints and the discs in the upper neck. I recommend fol... Read More
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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
I : I have concerns that it may be related to poorly controlled blood pressure. High blood pressure stresses the heart and this can also lead to swollen ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Management : Management of stress can be very challenging. Oftentimes it resolves with addressing the particular stressors if this is feasible. Otherwise, i woul... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Back and arm pain: How far down the arm is the pain radiating? What is the quality of the pain? These answers would be helpful to evaluate causes and direct treatment.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Pectoral Spasm: This can present as pain in the shoulder neck and jaw. However, the heart should also be considered esp is there is history of heart problems. For... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Chest/Abdominal Pain: Do you notice it with a meal? What is the pain like. Reflux can present this way in which case a trial of Prilosec would be reasonable. However, t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
RLQ Pain: If there is guarding or rebound tenderness consider appendix.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Narcolepsy/cataplexy: This may be a manifestation of narcolepsy/cataplexy ie sleep attack. I would consult with a sleep specialist for evaluation and treatment.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Abdominal pain: There can be many causes: muscle strain, internal organs, hernias, etc. I would need more information to assess. Consider evaluation by your doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Pelvic Pain: I would need more information like: quality, pattern, how long it lasts... To make a reasonable determination. Several organs can produce pain in the... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Vomiting child: I would consider food/lactose allergy. Is stomach distended? Could also be developmental disorder such as pyloric stenosis.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Headache: Awaking with headaches can be a bad sign such as a mass in the head. It could also be benign. I would recommend formal assessment with your doctor a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Shoulder pain: Can also be caused by issues in the neck. Would recommend evaluation by pain specialist in addition to orthopedist.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Headaches/Pregnancy: Have you discussed with your obstetrician? Headaches may be associated or exacerbated with pregnancy. For tension ha you can try tyelenol. However,... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Hip pain: What do you associate with the pain? Is there a history of arthritis? Recommend evaluation to include imaging to determine the causes.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Addiction and Opioid: Painkiller categorized as opioids (eg morphine) are all potentially addictive because they bind to receptors in your brains addiction centers as well ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
MS: Ms can present in any number of ways, but it is usually progressive because the disease is destroying nerves. Is the numbness constant? Is it worsen... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Flank pain: This could be positional during sleep at night. Flank pain also warrants checking the kidney and other abdominal organs.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Gastric Ulcer: These can produce back pain and various other sequelae such as sepsis and lung injury. I would recommend evaluation by your doctor.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Urogenital System: How often are you masturbating? Inflammation of the male urogenital system can produce referred pain to the back.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Sensitive Back: Would recommend evaluation by pain specialist to rule out serious causes of low back pain like the discs. The musculature can also be sensitive in co... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Consult with Gyn: Mid cycle bleeding is a concern. I would consult with your doctor or gynecologist. It can be related to vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries all of wh... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Menstrual Pain: This may be menstrual pain. Pain from the uterus often refers to the back. If you are having long periods i would recommend evaluation by your gynec... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Evaluation: This constellation of symptoms need to evaluated further by a physician. There are several possibilities some more serious than others. A proper his... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Gas Pain: You may be constipated. Consider over the counter stool softener.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
De Quervain: While de Quervain's can affect the thumb. The numbness is concerning. It is possible this could be a surgical complication. I would discuss with th... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Elavil (amitriptyline): Anxiety can be a side effect. I would discuss with your doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
We : We will need a more complete history and examination to help you. It could be related to structures inside the rib cage such as your heart and lungs ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Pectoralis strain: Repetitive work with the right ue and body can strain the pectoralis muscle. However, other things can present with this constellation of symptoms. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
I : I would consult with your doctor immediately for evaluation. This may point an infectious process that needs to be addressed sooner than later.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Masturbation pain: There are several glands in the male genitourinary tract that can refer pain to the abdomen. Gas may be related to influence of the sympathetic and p... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Traction : Traction can sometimes irritate nerve roots. Sounds like sacral nerve roots may be irritated.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Calcium: Is involved with bone mineralization. Theoretically too much calcium can translate to more robust mineralization leading to bone spurring. 500 to 100... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Chest pain: Is the pain sharp/stabbing or dull/heavy. Did it resolve. In a young patient like yourself i would think it is more musculoskeletal or reflux. Howe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Piriformis Syndrome: This could be associated with a deep muscle in the buttock that is adjacent to the sciatic nerve. When the muscle spasms it can irritate the nerve. ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Muscle or Ligaments: Most likely this can be due to a strain of muscles or ligaments. However deeper structure in the back like the joints and discs can be contributory.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Pregnancy/Back pain: Back pain can occur in early pregnancy as the uterus is preparing for the fetus. Pain from the uterus can refer to the back. Recommend evaluation by... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
LBP and menstrual pa: Low back pain is common around the time of menstruation. It may be referred from the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Have you had regular period... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Procedures and Meds.: Diabetic neuropathy can be painful and disabling. Good diabetic control is key. However, if pain is persistent there are several medications that ca... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Febrile Low Back P: Yes. The temp warrants evaluation especially if it does not respond to tyelenol or ibuprofen. Flu can increase muscle and joint pains including the... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Back Pain: Recommend evaluation of back pain. There may be strain. Badminton may be exacerbating pain. Consider evaluation by physical therapist and trainer t... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Migraine: Migraines are thought to be blood vessel mediated but more inside the skull. I would recommend evaluation of nosebleed by a physician. Most common r... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Testicular pain: Testicular pain comes from many causes: trauma, infection, clothing. We would need a proper history to determine what is most likely and appropriate ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Praveen Mambalam
Pain Management 19 years experience
Pregnancy: Pregnancy definately if this is a possibility. Sometimes embryo can implant in inappropriate place outside the uterus which is a great concern. I wo... Read More
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Nov 27, 2012
Dr Mambalam is an excellent pain physician. He is very respected in the medical community. I refer patients to him regularly.
Very knowledgable and caring doctor.
Jun 3, 2013
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I asked my surgeon about this and he told me not to worry or think about it. He said he didn't see the nerve and didn't want to go back in.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thnk u for ur time and answer .hve seen a dr tells me is muscle pain as I hve bad anxiety it could make my pain worse.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate you & your advice very much! . Don Sebastian

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland, College Park
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Awards

Neuro-Anesthesia Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Neuroscience Award for Academic Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Richard H. Kirkland Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Affiliations

University washington medical center
Evergreen Hospital Medical Ctr
American Society of Anesthesiologists
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