Dr. Vikram Patel

Pain Management
Algonquin, IL
39 years experience male

About

Bio

Anesthesiology, Interventional pain procedures. Training pain physicians and educating.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pain Management

Anesthesiology

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio

Languages spoken

Gujarati, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

370 Answers
257 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Cancer pain: Usually not. Cancers are usually painless until they press on surrounding organs or nerves. Other symptoms for colon cancer should be observed, such a... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Rotator cuff tear: Usually the shoulder pain will cause muscle spasms in the trapezius muscle which is attached to the shoulder, cervical spine and the bottom of the sku... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Sharp pain: Most sharp stabbing pains could me due to muscle spasms. Try heat and any otc ointment like bengay. If the pain does not resolve within a week, see a ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Bloody stool: Blood in stool can be due to multiple reasons. Most are temporary. Bright red blood could be due to hemorrhoids, hard stools, fissures etc. Dark stool... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Heartburn: If the pain is in the underarm area, it cannot be heartburn. Do you see any rash or other lesions? If you have some skin condition - which is the most... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Addiction: By definition, addiction means doing something unnatural or anti-social to gain a drug that is not taken for its intended purpose. Patients with genui... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
NSAID: Aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, motrin etc are NSAIDs. Generallly not recommended during pregnancy due to risk of bleeding. Same with aspirin. Tylenol ha... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Numb leg: It is likely you have damaged one of your discs in the lower back. Be careful with bending and picking up heavy items. Prolonged sitting is also not g... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Rx drug addiction: Your best option would be consulting an addiction medicine specialist who can safely switch her to a different medication which can then be weaned off... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Burning pain: Burning pain is one of the hallmarks of pain due to nerve damage. Any skin condition may also cause burning pain. It is different than sharp stabbing ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Safe NSAID: NSAIDs are inherently unsafe medications if taken for longer time at a high dose. Celecoxib (Celebrex) is a selective anti-inflammatory medicine and w... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Sacroiliac joint: Falling and landing on buttocks creates damaging impact on the sacroiliac joint (joint between the tail bone and the hip bone). Pain would be sometime... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Freeze the pain: Cold usually dulls the pain from any tissue as it reduces nerve transmission but at the same time it will also reduce local blood flow (think frost bi... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Vicodin: Hydrocodone is an opiate that is commonly used for short term acute pain such as minor injury, minor surgery etc. Its use on a long term basis is not ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Ankle sprain: You should stabilize the ankle with a brace or an elastic bandage at the least. Applying ice initially to reduce the swelling and heat after about 2 d... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Forehead pain: Your symptoms are possibly due to a nerve entrapment or a nerve injury of a nerve called "supra-orbital" nerve. The symptoms could be transient but if... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
One sided pain: It could be migraine but more information on other symptoms is needed before any of us can help you. Please elaborate as much as you can.
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A male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Pregnancy: getting pregnant requires vaginal sex. Oral sex cannot make anyone pregnant. If you never had vaginal sex, it is highly unlikely that you are pregnant... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Muscle pain: Brandon, seems like you have a "pulled muscle" which can cause sharp pain when used (turning your head). At your age, it should recover completely. Us... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Elbow pain: At the least there is some bruising of the bones and at the most there may be a fracture. Please have it checked with an x-ray and see your primary ca... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Ortho surgery: Most orthopedic interventions require 4-6 weeks to heal. This depends on the intervention and location. Hip replacements also need physical therapy wh... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Burning in stomach: You may have gastritis or even a gastric ulcer. Better to see a GI specialist for that. In the meantime, try to avoid fatty food, dairy products etc w... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Chronic pain: classic definition is pain older than 6 months. More recent definitions: Pain beyond the normal healing period, pain associated with psychological imp... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Arthritis: Arthritis basically means inflammation of a joint. When inflammed, the joint swells up and causes pain. Mobility becomes painful when an inflammed joi... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Gastric bleeding: Nausea, vomiting dark substance, abdominal pain, anemia, weakness and fatigue. The symptoms depend on the amount of bleed.
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Shoulder: More likely your shoulder has signs of impingment. Please get an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon or a Physical Medicine and Rehab physician. You... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Testicular swelling: Unlikely to be pudendal neuralgia. If the swelling goes away while standing, there is most likely some venous obstruction. Please see a urologist for ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Shingles: There should be no problem with exercise. Avoid getting too sweaty as it may irritate the skin more, causing more pain. Friction from clothing may als... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Neck pain: The best scenario is mucle pull causing spasm, should improve in a few days, use heat and mobilize. Worst scenario is a damaged disc in the neck. Watc... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Heart rate: Such rise in the heart rate at your age is not normal. With exercise, the heart rate increases ubt not with mild form of activities. You may have anxi... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Bruises: Most likely bruises and clotted blood. It may take several days to go away. Watch for any sign of infection such as fever, swelling, redness etc. Depe... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Cold after surgery: Normally surgery rooms are kept quite cold and under anesthesia, as there is no movement in the body + there is exposure for surgery etc, the body tem... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Anesthesia: There is no good literature on ineffectiveness to local anesthetic. More likely if it is not effective, it is not injected in the right place. The iss... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Flank pain: More likely a sign of kidney stone. May be completely unrelated to the kidneys and just be muscle spasms.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Pain medications: Apparently, sedative drugs are not for you. You need non-opiate analgesics or ineterventional pain treatments for long term relief. Please see a well ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Shoulder pain: Hasn't healed from what? Shoulder surgery? Injury? Dislocation? There could be several reasons for such pain, please see an orthopedic surgeon or post... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Radio frequency : No, this is not normal and old be a sigh o f skin infection that can possibly track back all the way to the spine. See the doctor who treated you for ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Low back pain: Staying fit is usually very helpful. If you are overweight, lose weight. Start regular exercises and stay active. Avoid prolonged sitting (follow a ru... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Piles, leg pain?: The real reason for your pain would be different. Most people with piles are constipated, which means they strain at stools. This creates increased pr... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Astigamtism: Astigmatism causes muscular strain in the eye muscles and can cause headaches due to this, it has no relation to migraines.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Computer pains: At your age (if you are indeed 16), if you are getting backpain, it is a wake up call! follow rule of 10. Every 10 min get up for at least 10 sec othe... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Hydrocondone dose: Hydrocondone is always supplied with Acetaminophen and the limiting factor is Acetaminophen dose which is 4000 mg. However, at your age it should be "... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Exercise for back: Low back pain is a very common symptom due to several issues. Strengthening the back as well as abdominal muscles provides better support to the spine... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Thoracic spine pain: Pain while bending forward is due to either the discs or stretching the muscles ( more likely at your age) . X-rays only show the bony structure. Only... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Sick of PT: Unfortunately, with your issues exercise is an important factor. Swimming is best as it can be low impact while keeping the joints moving. Si joints c... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Keep: Keep a hand-gel bottle and avoid touching the nose with fingertips. If the nose itches use sleeve.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Hormonal imbalance: At your age, hormonal surges are unlikely. Try reducing your fat and carb intake and start regular exercises to lose those extra pounds. Fat raises ch... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Doctor for neck pain: Initially i would suggest your pcp if he/she is good with history and examinations. For further evaluation i would suggest a pain specialist (i guess ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 39 years experience
Narcotics and sex: Narcotics or opiates are not meant to prevent menstruation. They work best for acute, short lasting pain. Better to postpone having sex than to take p... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Sep 4, 2016
Dr. Patel was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, caring, and listened very carefully and recommended helpful specialized tips for my complex health situation. He was very pleasant as well. Thanks doc!
HealthTap member
Jan 27, 2015
Dr. Patel is a pain doctor and not one of the docs I needed. But he did give me good advice and helped as much as he could; very kind. And he was helpful in referring me to a specific doctor.
HealthTap member
Jan 27, 2015
Dr Patel was very informative and very helpful and I felt much better having received his expert advice.
HealthTap member
I do NOT have shingles. The burning in the head & torso was new, & VERY alarming.The head burning also made me feel quite ill, although both lasted for only a few moments..scary nonetheless.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I Took motrin and Xanax relief pain.but now am weaker and extremely tired when going up stairs, should I still see a Dr.? Is it CHF?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you doctor Patel. I was just wondering incase I do get this as pain medz. Had knee reconstruction and the pain is really bad.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Gujarat University, B. J. Medical College, India
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH

Awards

Center of Excellence - World Institute of Pain
Top Doctor, First Place, Elgin Region, IL - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Elgin Region, IL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists
Illinois State Medical Society
World Institute of Pain
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