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Dr. Andrew Germanovich

Pain Management
Orange, CA
15 years experience male

Locations

Desert Pain and Rehabilitation

Rancho Mirage, CA

Address

71780 San Jacinto Drive, Building D, Rancho Mirage, CA
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Fax

(760) 862-1888

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross of California

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

RESTORE Orthopedic and Spine Specialists

Orange, CA

About

Bio

I am a board certified Pain Physician and Anesthesiologist with interests in postural biomechanics, chest wall pain, nerve pain and musculoskeletal pain.

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: California, Illinois

Languages spoken

English, German, Polish, Russian

Doctor Q&A

765 Answers
154 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes: It's a great headache medicine.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
In your age group: Trapezius muscle spasm/irritation is the most likely cause. Try to address your posture and work place ergonomics. NSAID's help.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
If you're: Able to walk without significant pain or clicking, you will be ok.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Because: It helps dry the water in the ear canal. Moist ear canal is a breading ground for infections.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Could be: Chest wall problem like slipped rib, could be a problem with your gall bladder, pancreas, liver, stomach or intestine. See your doctor if the pain per... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Many things: Problem with ovary, kidney, urinary tract, intestine or muscle pain. See your doctor for a diagnosis.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Drink lots of fluids: This will help your headache and constipation.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Could be many things: Could be an ovary problem, muscle problem, appendix, or other intestinal problem. If it persists see your doctor.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Nerve or muscle pain: It's very uncommon to get clots in the forearm. It may be median nerve pain. See your doctor for an exam.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Sounds like: Nerve compression in the neck causes the burning feeling. See your doctor for physical exam and treatment plan.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Many things: Most common - cramps, but nerve compression in the low back, clot in the vein or artery problem, compartment syndrome is a possibility when pain incre... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Could be: Intestinal problem, could be appendicitis, ovary inflammation if you're female or a host of other things. See your doctor for physical examination.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Where exactly?: If it's in the front, could be pubic bone shear or misalignment due to pelvic imbalance if it's in the back could be sacroiliac joint pain. Or it coul... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Means: Compression of a bag that has nerve roots and fluid in the lower back region.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
See a pain : Specialist or neurologist. They will give you a good physical exam and offer you effective treatment options.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Sedation: Soma (carisoprodol) is a bad muscle relaxant, but the reason it's popular is because it's very sedating. It's not a good combination with oxycontin. B... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Probaly not: The enlarged speen will bulge into the abdomen under the rib cage and will feel firm.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Sacroiliitis: If it's lower down by the butt and toward the center, than that's what it is. If it's higher up, it's your little spinal joints called facets. You nee... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
See a doctor: For a physical exam. It could be an enlarged spleen.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Could be problem: With the nerves coming out of the neck going to the arm. They could be compressed by herniated disks or other entities. See a doctor for a physical ex... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Visit : A podiatrist to see if you have a short leg syndrome which leads to disproportionate body weight distribution and pain on one side of the body. Treatm... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Anything: That lives inside the abdomen or pelvis. Ovary, appendix, intestine, abdominal muscle, nerve in the groin. If it persists, see a doctor for a definiti... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Possible: Compression of nerve roots in the spine due to disk herniation or inflamed spinal joints called facets. See a pain physician for a diagnosis and treat... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
From the neck: Or upper back. It's called cervical radiculitis if there is compression of nerves in the neck that causes spasms, pain and weakness of the shoulders a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Probably: One of three things: muscle tension, joint between vertebrae 1 and 2 or nerve pain (such as greater occipital nerve). See a pain management doctor for... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Symptoms: Are best explained after a thorough physical exam has been performed by a physician.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Visit a: Pain management physician or a neurologist for a thorough physical examination of the head, neck, nerves and overall posture. Mri imaging of your neck... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes : Oxycodone is about 30% stronger than hydrocodone. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and what to do next. Opiod withdrawal is unpleasant but no... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Hard to : Overdose on topicals. Long term side effects of topical ketamine are minimal if any at all. Great old drug for neuropathic pain or for opiod tolerant ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Leaning forward: Stretches a ligament in your spine which bunches up like an accordion contributing to stenosis. This decreases the pain, so if you need a cane for bal... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
See your doctor: Mri is a snapshot at a moment in time. It doesn't predict anything. You need to be examined by a good neurologist who specializes in headache disorder... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Blood, bone marrow: Or from fetal cord blood in the U.S. In other countries all sorts of other, sometimes unethical methods are used. Collection depends on the source. If... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Could be: A chest wall problem due to slipped rib syndrome, somatic dysfunction of the rib or costochondritis. Try some advil (ibuprofen) for a few days and see... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Spinal cord : Maybe compressed in the neck and or back. See a pain specialist for imaging and a physical exam.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
See the gynecologist: For an evaluation. It may be nothing or endometriosis as well as many other things. You won't know without proper work up.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Taken orally it can: Raise your blood glucose, can elevate your blood pressure and can make you feel "wired" and disturb your sleep. Long term effects are weight gain at t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ulnar nerve: Compression. It's quite common in thin females. Try to keep your arms straight at night, if this persists see a neurologist for an evaluation and poss... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes: You can find it in the oral care section (used for teething in babies) and sometimes near condom section (used to delay ejaculation).
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Eat less of it: Start eating more fruits and vegetables and less dairy and meat. Replace animal protein with legumes. See dramatic results.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Possible: Problem in the neck such as disk herniation causing compression or chemical irritation of the nerves that go to the arm. See your pain management doct... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Deformity of chest: Wall which is common in people with end stage emphysema. The shape changes because their lungs are always hyperinflated.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation will help.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
If you take doses: That are several fold higher than those recommended - then yes. Otherwise no.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
If significant: Compression occurs it can lead to weakness of shoulder shrug and tingling or pain over front upper chest and shoulders.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
You can expect: A thorough physical exam and a treatment plan based on this exam and imaging, which will reduce your reliance on these dangerous habit forming medicat... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
On dialysis : Many years. Without dialysis, a few days.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Could be: Gall bladder, pancreas or stomach problem. A doctor will be able to tell you for sure with proper history, physical exam, labs and imaging. Make an ap... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes!: Especially in someone over the age of 50. If you are having sudden unprovoked severe stabbing pain, see a physician for treatment.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes: I would use a multi-modal regimen that would specifically exclude use of opiod containing medications.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 15 years experience
An orthopedic: Surgeon or podiatrist may give you a good answer based on an exam. You may have dropped arches in your feet, or other issues. It's impossible to say f... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jun 13, 2013
Impressive thoughts in his answers!
HealthTap member
Jul 6, 2017
You are one of the kindest, caring, and compassionate physicians I have ever met. You care about me and all of my pain. i have never had anyone give a darn about me. i am not good at giving compli...Read More
HealthTap member
Nov 11, 2014
Great Dr to talk too, he asks the right questions and goes over his conclusion with you. Has a sense of humor and good manners.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! In Columbus, GA as of about 4-6mons ago it it has become nearly impossible to obtain. It has really caused me some problems. Thanks much
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for responding so quickly. Was very worried it had something to do with my popliteal artery. Leg aneurysm or something.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I went to my GP and they gave me some sleeping anti depression tablets that work. His opinion: it was caused by draft during sleep. Thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, IL
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

ADVOCATE ILLINOIS MASONIC MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Excellence in Research
Top Doctor, Third Place, Orange County Region, CA - Summer
2013
Top Anesthesiologist, Third Place, National - Summer
2013

Affiliations

University of California Los Angeles
Eisenhower medical center
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