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Dr. Marshall Bedder

Pain Management
Augusta, GA
39 years experience male

Locations

Augusta Pain Center

Augusta, GA

Address

1321 Interstate Pkwy, Augusta, GA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Medicare

Molina Healthcare

Great Lakes Health Plan

US Family Health Plan

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Dr. Bedder is a Canadian born and trained physician, now a naturalized US citizen. He is an ABA board certified anesthesiologist with added qualifications in pain medicine and certification in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Bedder is the former head of the Pain Management Center at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) where he established an Anesthesia Pain Fellowship training program. He also helped to establish the hands-on workshops for implantable therapies, which are now the industry standard. Dr. Bedder continues to present extensively on pain management and addiction medicine topics world-wide. He has published over 40 original journal articles, reviews and textbook chapters.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Addiction Medicine

Anesthesiology

Licenses

United States: Washington

Doctor Q&A

110 Answers
60 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Perhaps: The fact that you are taking old vicodin tells me you may be taking it for another problem that you have not seen you pcp about. Best to check with yo... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Depends: Sorry to hear that. One has to know the specifics. If he had transected his spinal cord he could not breath and he would have to be on a ventilator fo... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
No: A "pinched nerve" can be many things. It can be diagnosed by symptoms and examination alone, but an imaging study such as a MRI can tell the degree of... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need Guidance: This is a very general question. With any type of pain you should be evaluated by your pcp who can then set up recommendations and/or he/she may have ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Gradual: You should try and wean yourself by 20% a week which is very gradual, and should help to limit severity of withdrawal. You may need the assistance of ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
High Blood Pressure: Check your blood pressure to make sure it is not high.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
If indicated: You are quite young to need to resort to an implantable device perhaps for the rest of your life. That said, SCS can and does treat burning types of N... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Preparation is key: These days there is more concern regarding appropriate opioid ( pain killer) prescribing. If you were to call anyone else you most likely would not b... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need Diagnosis: You really require a real diagnosis, what is the underlying cause for your pain. This will need a physical exam and possibly a MRI to see if you have ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Marijuana : Marijuana has been shown clinically to be a very poor analgesic agent. It is probably no more effective as a painkiller than a mild narcotic. Its' bes... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need Further work-up: Sometimes the symptoms you are experiencing can come form changes at the cervical spine region. To diagnose this problem you should be examined by yo... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Variable: More than 90% of disc herniations heal on their own and never go to surgery. However the symptoms may drag on for months with out therapy. Conservativ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Not Known: Tramadol is not routinely screened for in most udt's. However any positive would have to be confirmed by gc/ms which would confirm positive or false p... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Variable time course: Hopefully your pcp started you on a medication like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta which actually work on decreasing the abnormal discharg... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Conservative Care: You should not be lifting any weight over 5-10 pounds. Do not bend at the waist, use your legs. If there are no allergies or contraindications take ot... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Other Manufacturers: The first question is if the SCS is treating its primary target well. If so, your options are changing the generator to a different site or trying a n... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Always a place for u: Please talk to your Psychiatrist. There have been some exciting new studies using Ketamine to treat unresponsive depression.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need specialist: An x-ray will really only show gross findings and will not show any disc herniations. You probably should see someone who specializes in back pain suc... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Hip injection: You have an underlying inflammatory response as evidenced by your effusion. I would see about having a X-ray guided hip injection. The fluid aspirated... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Yes you can: As long as both of these medications have been prescribed by an appropriate Medical provider there are no interactions reported.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Approx. 6 weeks: Any surgery results in skin and muscle being incised to get to whatever target is being treated. The human body takes about 6 weeks to repair and rege... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Decreased pain meds: SCS is indicated for nerve related pain. Most commonly patients who have had multiple or unsuccessful back surgeries. Also persistent postoperative pa... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
You need a Pain MD: I assume you have undergone a Thoracic MRI. Sometimes intravenous contrast is needed to look at actual spinal cord issues as opposed to discs etc. Pai... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Quite possibly: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used successfully in Neuropathic pain of peripheral nervous system origin. Neuropathic pain is a common healthcare pr... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Depends on Physician: A trial of SCS is an office procedure or ASC procedure which should be simple, safe and with very little discomfort. An experienced Pain Practitioner... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Other Concerns: You are on an extremely high dose of methadone. It is equivalent to over 500 mg of morphine per day. Most likely you have developed tolerance to the ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Potential badness: You are basically mixing alcohol with a narcotic (codeine). That is exactly how many a young hollywood star dies every year. Please be careful in mixi... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Stress: Perhaps you should see a psychologist or therapist who can work with you on relaxation techniques. You can then assess if it changes your symptoms.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
New Medication: For chronic pain, the pain impulses can be centralized to the spinal cord and central nervous system. Researchers are finding that medications like Ne... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Potentially: Any new rash after taking a medication may indicate an allergy. You should stop taking the medication and contact your Care Provider. Note any other s... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need CBD: Cannabis is much more potent that previously. This can result in intense feelings including paranoia and anxiety. For pain relieve it is the CBD compo... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Could be broken: You certainly may have a rib fracture. See your PCP or Urgent care clinic. They can perform x-rays for confirmation. We don’t tape ribs anymore but NS... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Board certified?: An ER MD will be highly knowledgeable about Substance Use Disorders. A Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctor will be the subject expert on all thi... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Postoperative : Postoperative pelvic adhesions (scarring) may cause the symptoms you are experiencing. You should be evaluated by a ob/gyn specialist. They may want t... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need Imaging Study: You may need to rule out any process occurring at the spinal level, such as a herniated disc. These are less clear to diagnose if they are at the thor... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Controversial: Current recommendations are against cervical root injections because of the incidence of paralysis. Cervical epidural injections are much safer and c... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Long term problems: You are very young to truly have spinal arthritis. Starting a young person on opioid pain pills has been shown to be problematic. People become tolera... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Do not worry: You have what is called coccydynia- painful coccyx, in your case fractured. A simple caudal epidural and segment injection can help you now, safe even... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Back pain: If you have pain going down your leg , or you have leg or foot weakness then you may have a herniated disc. Otherwise you may have pulled, strained a ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Yes you can: If these were prescribed for you they may certainly be taken together as directed and at the dosages directed. Lyrica (pregabalin) is often used to tr... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need Physical Exam: This is not atypical pattern that we normally see. You really should contact your primary care provider to be examined for any unifying process.
A member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Nucynt: Nucynta (tapentadol) has opioid properties combined with central acting effects as well. Similar to tramadol but stronger, like a percocet.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Variable response: A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It wa... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Yes: Withdrawal can produce an increase in many secretions including nasal. You can have increased sweating and diarrhea too. This is because of the sympat... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Options: You should try and increase your body's core stabilization with a good exercise program. Additionally you may want to use a lumbar sacral orthotic (ls... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Unhealthy: If you have daily headaches you must figure out the underlying reason. Too much panadol (acetaminophen) (acetaminiophen-usa) can affect your liver fun... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
NCV: A MRI is the standard imaging test but a nerve conduction velocity/ EMG is probably the most sensitive test for nerve impingement. A good physical exa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
What is Diagnosis?: When you have a clear diagnosis there are always options for rx. Physical therapy, modalities, otc meds and then rx meds may all be utilized along wit... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
Need Evaluation: You really need proper evaluation at this time by a specialist who can assess for structural issues. This may be a musculo-skeletal issue or may have ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Bedder
Pain Management 39 years experience
NO: Percocet is oxycodone (an opioid) combined in a fixed dose with Acetaminophen (tylenol (acetaminophen)). Neither irritates the gastric mucosa and ther... Read More

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Testimonials
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Dr. Christopher Maeda
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. He is very knowledgeable about the many aspects of pain medicine and is very skillful in a variety of spinal procedures. He focuses on finding the cause of the problem and does ...Read More
Dr. Matthew Bressie
Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Bedder is thorough and professional. I appreciate the thoughtful approach he takes with my patients and the willingness to accomodate urgent referrals. I endorse this doctor without reservation.
Dr. Thomas Yetman
Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Bedder is a highly competent and compassionate physician. He is trained in complex aproaches to acute and chronic pain management. His expertise is recognized nationally.
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank you. Age 50. I took 120 mg liquid methadone 1x day for 7 years. I tapered to 37 mg. Tapered Bc health started failing and now I know it's these meds. never told these side ef...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you so much, I saw a doctor. Turns out I broke 3 ribs. I really appreciate the time and consideration you put into your answer. Thanks again
HealthTap member
Thank you, but perhaps I wasn't clear enough. I'm on the oxy for back pain. Then I got the flu. The pain from the flu is all over and extrem

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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Graduated 1983MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg

Residency

Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor in Pain Medicine, Seattle Magazine
Top Pain Management Specialist , Second Place, Seattle, WA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
American Society of Anesthesiologists
North American Neuromodulation Society

Publications

Training Requirements for Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices: Selection, Implantation and Follow-up
Spinal Cord Stimulation Surgical Technique for the non-Surgically Trained
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