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Dr. Erica Bial

Pain Management
Cambridge, MA
female

Locations

Pain Management Center, Mount Auburn Hospital

Cambridge, MA

Address

330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Bial is a Boston-area based, dual board certified, pain medicine specialist and internist. She earned her postgraduate medical training at Harvard University affiliated programs, and completed her subspecialty fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Erica Bial has additional training, including acupuncture certification and has earned a master's degree in Occupational and Environmental Health as well as a postgraduate certificate from the University of California in the science of pain. She practices interventional pain management and spine care in the orthopedics department of a large multispecialty group in Massachusetts, USA.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Internal Medicine

Specialty

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

100 Answers
104 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Red, pain, or pus: That's the basics - if they're red, painful, or draining, that'd be concerning for infection. The thing that I am concerned about is that you have sev... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Neuroma likely.: It sounds like you have a neuroma, or possibly some entrapment of the very end part of your peroneal nerve. It sounds like in your case, tissue that h... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Wouldn't risk it.: Eating rare or undercooked foods always poses a risk - but especially when you are pregnant. Why risk it? Beef sold commercially is very often contami... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Maybe not good idea: Having high blood pressure and migraines when on birth control might imply that you have a reaction to the hormones that can raise blood pressure as w... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pain Management
Yes, but others, too: Yes, pain in the ribs, especially under the ribs, can be from gas. Acid reflux very commonly causes pain just under the sternum. However, any kind of ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Uncommon: The spleen is located under the ribs on the left. But the things here is this: unless you have a reason to have a lot of inflammation in the area, pai... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Don't sweat it!: There is a range of ways to minimize sweating - starting the with basics - wear clothes that suit the weather and be sure to stay hydrated. Antiperspi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Maybe. but...: Anytime a patient describes pain in the chest, the first thing we sorry about it that it could be coming form your heart. For that reason, if this is ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Not standard therapy: Since beta blockers can actually increase feelings of malaise as well as cause low blood pressure, unless anxiety is a major cause, this would not be ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Nope: This mix carries an increased risk of sedation and seizures.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
No. but...: Not all kinds of enterococcus are pathogenic. Your question seems to ask about staph aureus - which as a cause of food poisoning, doesn't make you si... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Lots of things.: Depending on where the pain is more specifically, what other symptoms come along with it, how long it has been there, and what it feels like, a diagno... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Pipe burn: It is more likely that the lip swelling is a heat burn from the smoking apparatus (pipe, etc) than from an allergic reaction. That said, your drugs co... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: Usually if facet degeneration is widespread, inter laminar esi can permit spread of steroid kind of coating the whole area, multiple levels at once. H... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
New or old? Sudden?: This really depends on the cause. It sounds like what you have is either a ruptured biceps tendon or a developing ganglion cyst. There is very little ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Wrong diagnosis: If there is no diabetes, the diagnosis is not "diabetic nerve pain." there are many potential causes of widespread pain, see a pain doctor. The good n... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
What is the question: Are you asking for a diagnosis or some other question? When you say you have pain in the knee, can you be more precise about where - front or back, in... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
STD. maybe.: If these are new symptoms, i'd be concerned that you have a sexually transmitted disease. However, the itching could be from a yeast infection (not ne... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Ask: Ask who will manage actually administering medications, especially as that person may get sicker.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
See a doctor: When you say "stomach" i assume you mean your abdomen. There are many things that can cause pain in that region, but the classic concern for right low... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Be: Be specific about symptoms - "pain" can mean a lot of things - track what it feels like, where, when.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Maybe: If you are taking vitamins, then many of them are water soluble. This means that your kidney will remove any excess that your body doesn't use and the... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Short version: no.: By definition, fibromyalgia involves all four quadrants of the body, and usually it comes along with changes in sleep. No simple physiologic neck prob... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Risk/benefit balance: The mobi-c device has not been available long enough at this point to have 10-20 year data to have directly applicable information to know. But all sp... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Maybe.: There hasn't been very clear research into the effects of vibration. But any kind of repetitive movement, applying acceleration/deceleration forces on... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Could be.: If it is just from cold air or turbulent air flow when you are breathing more quickly, then no, no so "weird" - but it really depends on what you feel... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Maybe spine: The fact that this is in both legs at the same time, in the front and above your knees clues me in that this is either metabolic (like dehydration) or... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
No test for fibro: If you have widespread pain and nothing much else to explain it, I don't know how fibromyalgia could be ruled out - it is what we call a "diagnosis of... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Definitely could be.: not all chest pains are cardiac. If ti is occasional and you're only 27 and have been thoroughly checked out (sounds like you have!) I would agree thi... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Testing first: there are several reasons you might have a lower progesterone level - and without knowing where you were in your cycle if you do ovulate, assuming you... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Yup.: osteoarthritis, or "OA" is a common maturational change of the skeleton, usually with aging or history of repetitive trauma. So this can happen to any... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
?right units?: I am unfamiliar with CRP being expressed in mmol/l - this is usually expressed in mg/dl or mg/l. If the number you wrote is right, a CRP of 0.2 is nor... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Unlikely problem: If you are in the United States or another industrialized nation, generally speaking, the generics are virtually the same as the brand name - especial... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Bubble and squeak.: This is thought to be the result of little bubbles moving around the joint spaces, perhaps a very early sign of arthritis in some people. But if it do... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Takes time: In your physical condition, the likely reason you got the infection is that your immune system isn't working as strongly as it should. Antibiotics don... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Needs exam: given how young you are, if this is entirely new, and you have not otherwise changed your lifestyle, you need to see your doctor. Lots of things could... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Maybe combo, prob L4: The tarlov cyst is like a pimple or a freckle, this is usually nothing but it might be taking up space "crowding" the nearby tissues, although unlikel... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Acute vs. chronic: Chronic pain means it has been going on for several months. By definition, this is usually not an emergency, and the er has limited resources for a pr... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Depends on reason: There aren't too many good reasons to be using very potent opioids during pregnancy. If your obstetrician is prescribing and monitoring you, this is p... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Probably not. : It is possible that scar tissue is contributing to your pain or preventing medication from spreading within the thecal sac. Worth a try. But a "pa... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Plantar warts: This sounds like plantar warts, but other things can cause a rash on the bottom of the feet, too. If they hurt, they're easily treated but you need a ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Lifestyle change: The best evidence for pain management for fibromyalgia is actually lifestyle change, not pills. Get healthy sleep every night, never nap, and exercise... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Palliative: Palliative care isn't withdrawing care & is not to facilitate death; just a change in goals.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Not sure: Hi - i'm happy to help, but I am not sure what you mean by "t5s?" if you mean your t5 vertebra, yes, theoretically. Pain can stem from almost any loca... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Nothing to worry abt: If your period starts a little slowly, you can see some brown spotting first. This is normal.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Nope.: If you are feeling increased fatigue and no other symptoms, and there's no good lifestyle-based reason, see your doctor. No "energy" supplement has ev... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Ask: Ask specific questions. There is good medical evidence that the oft-touted "ada diet" is not best.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Get: Get creative with stevia - it is much sweeter than sugar, so start with a tiny amount.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Yup.: An er doc can and should decline to prescribe any medication that s/he feels might not be appropriate. Chronic pain, by definition, is not new or emer... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erica Bial
Specializes in Pain Management
Might be serious: If this is new chest pain, it could be cardiac, meaning coming from your heart. This requires immediate medical attention. If you know it isn't you... Read More

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Oct 27, 2015
Thank you for your great advice serving doctors and patients alike!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bial is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bial is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much your answer offered a lot of insight, appreciated!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much!! I was just nervous since I've never seen this :\
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) insomnia secondary to other health issues CAD lupus arthritis etc...

Awards

Top Pain Management Specialist , First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Top Pain Management Specialist, First Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2014
Top Pain Management Specialist, First Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2015
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