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Dr. Vikram Patel

Pain Management
Algonquin, IL
38 years experience male

About

Bio

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

Specialties
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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 male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Watch: Watch the calories not the type of food. Oil, sugar and other carbs also exist in vegan diet!
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ask: Ask about their training, experience and rational for offered treatments.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ash: Ash him/her if they themselves are on a low fat diet and if they know about the subject.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
If: If you love your expressive face, think twice about botox!
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Pain: Less likely to be SI joint and not at all likely to be piriformis syndrome. Sometimes the SI joint pain may radiate to the groin area but would feel l... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Roller coaster rides: At your age, esp with cardiac problems, I dont think riding a roller coaster is a good idea. When the blood pressure goes up, heart has more strain wh... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Head and neck pain: While backing up your car, if you had an injury, it is called a whiplash type of injury which may cause muscle spasms as well as (if the impact was hi... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Sciatica: This would be consistant with a possible herniated disc in the past leading to pinching of one of the branches of the sciatic nerve causing sciatica. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Pain: Pain below the shoulder is very likely muscular. It is possible you may have a pulled muscle causing sharp pain. However, at your age there are severa... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Pregnant?: Why don't you get a pregnancy test? All these symptoms are likely due to pregnancy but better to confirm it. Once you know, there are several steps to... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Left burning pain: If you are over 50yr old, or have any reason for reduced immunity(cancer, hiv, opiates etc), it could be "shingles" or herpes zoster. It is possible t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Sitting: Sitting at a computer without moving for several hours increases disc pain.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Majority: Majority of herniated discs heal by themselves.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Epidural : If you had epidural for a herniated disc, 1 week is long enough to start feeling the difference, if it was done properly by a qualified physician. If ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Cost of drug: Not much really! however, the cost of an injection of "novocaine" depends on who does it, what for and where! in a hospital it might cost a lot more t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Back pain: Find the cause and minimize it. Lie down for a short period. Get regular exercise which strengthens the muscles with minimal impact synch as swimming.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Leg pain post-op: A spine surgery causes scar tissue within the spinal canal. Especially if there is an infection, this scar tissue can be more proliferative. It then e... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Left back pain: At your age (unless you are severely overweight) arthritis in very unlikely. If you are active with sports, muscles are more likely to cause pain. If ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Disc bulge: A disc bulge can be a major cause for localized back pain due to internal herniation. Mri may only show a bulge but a discogram can reveal the interna... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Oxycodone and morphi: It is about 1.5 to 2 times as strong as morphine.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Pott's disease: Yes, MRI of the spine would reveal this. Do you have a reason to suspect that you may have tb? In that case, discuss it with your pcp as it is very tr... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Upper backpain : It is unlikely to be cancer if you don't have cough or blood in the sputum and the ct + MRI are normal. Cervical stenosis may cause arthritis of the... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ignore: Ask if he/she can perform vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ignore: Strong thigh muscles support the knee.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Tone up: The best exercise is swimming which has no impact if done properly. Or you could do isometric exercises for all the muscles. These type of exercises c... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Good question!: Oxycontin is a very potent opiate (narcotic) pain killer. For the right reason it provides excellent pain relief but it has a very high abuse potentia... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ear infection: Most of the fungal ear infections are due to moisture buildup in the ear. It can be effectively treated. It is painful and should be treated as early ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Drug abuse: Drug abuse is not based on the amount of opiate or other addictive drugs. It is based on why it is taken. Anyone taking even a small amount for recrea... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Herniated disc: Lumbar discs can herniate (slip) due to several reasons, main ones being lifting while bending down, sudden jerky motion etc. Usually if a disc does n... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Nerve damage: Spinal access may cause nerve damage, espeically in untrained hands. An emg/ncv (electro-myogram, nerve conduction velocity) study would reveal if th... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Broken C6!: If truly the C6 vertebral body is broken. That is a serious situation requiring inane dilate medical attention for stabilisation. If you mean a broken... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Please be specific: Your statement is very confusing. Do you have back pain or kidney pain or appendix pain?? There is no single treatment that will cover all of them!
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Leg ache: These symptoms could be a pinched nerve in your lumbar spine. It may be caused by a bulging or hrniated disc. Watch for any numbness or weakness in th... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Great!!: Great day helping people all across the globe through HealthTap!!
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ibuprofen: 800 mg of ibuprofen three times a day is sometimes prescribed for acute inflammation so it is safe if taken properly. Please do not take it on empty s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Sharp pain: Sharp pains are usually from the muscles. A muscle pull may do it. Try using heat, which should help and keep moving. Walking is best, so is swimming.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Chest and back pain: At your age, especially if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, cardiac problems, i would worry about aortic issues such... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 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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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
Ibuprofen: 800 mg Ibuprofen (advil, Motrin etc) is a normal dose for a grown up adult with normal weight. It should always be taken with food and never on empty ... 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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