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Dr. Stephen Watson

Pain Management
Tampa, FL
39 years experience male

Locations

Innovative Spine Care

Tampa, FL

Address

8333 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL, United States
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

8139203002

Innovative Spine Care

Tampa

About

Bio

I completed a B.S. degree in Pharmacy in 1974, Ph.D. in Pharmacokinetics in 1979, M.D. from Wright State University in 1983 and two years in general surgery in Philadelphia in 1985. I then spent almost three years in the U.S.A.F. as a flight surgeon and chief of aerospace medicine. Following that, I entered and completed a 3-year residency in anesthesiology at the University of Indiana in 1992. Following that I entered into private practice of anesthesiology. I also began the process of taking educational courses for years until I was able to perform all of the current list of interventional pain procedures. Almost five years ago I moved my practice to the Tampa, Florida area. I ceased maintaining a pain management practice and focused on performing the minimally invasive spine procedures that I have been accomplishing for the last ten years. I am able to effectively treat axial spine pain whether in the neck, mid-back or low back along with headaches and extremity pain, tingling and numbness with these procedures. I do not find any significant return of the symptoms in most patients over the months and several years.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Anesthesiology

Licenses

United States: Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas

Doctor Q&A

43 Answers
1 Agree
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Narcotic interaction: If you ask, likely not prescribed by your M.D. this way. In general, not necessarily good therapy to use 2 short-acting narcotics same time. If Perco... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Weaning safely: Fioricet--butalbital (barbiturate, acetaminophen, caffeine). 15 Fioricet contain potentially toxic dose of acetaminophen – not good. Barbiturate will ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Scaphoid bone fx: Not knowing what you have done or your medical condition, likely sprained wrist/hand. If significant trauma, more concern is fractured scaphoid. Spl... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Pleuritis--see M.D.: This pain at the end of a deep breath in the back at the age of 27 if you are healthy suggests to me pleuritis or costochondritis. If you have no fev... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Disc loading: I do not use terms, "domino effect." The fact is having two levels fused in your neck definitely means adjacent levels are being overworked and have ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Drug interactions: Taking oral steroid and alcohol at the same time should bit cause you any major problems. The one potential issue if that both drugs can irritate the... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Proactive consult: I am not an orthopedic surgeon. I am struggling to see how you can have a kyphosis of 70 degrees. I wish it was otherwise for you! A brace, if pro... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Cause of pain: It is imperative to figure out the cause of the pain to be able to know what to do to effectively treat and DIMINISH the pain. There are so many diff... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Elbow strain/bursiti: You could have a bursitis if the skin overlying the bone on the end of your elbow (olecranon process) hurts to pressure. If that is red and hot it su... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Prescribed dose : Oramorph can be taken by different patients in greatly different doseages. The medication is safe at greatly varying dose but dependent on numerous fa... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Esophagitis: At 21 years of age, unless other issues unknown, it is likely that this upper left back pain is an esophagitis. This is likely not major problem now ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Sacro-iliac joint: New "sciatica" opposite from herniation can be extension of herniation, neurogenic inflammation of the lowest lumbar discs, a piriformis syndrome or a... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Lidoderm Patch: With this being a peripheral problem, I would ask your physician if you could try Lidoderm patches to your knee. As long as your incision is closed w... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
No non-steroidal rx: Less than 200,000 or thereabouts would be considered low. At less than 100,000, you certainly would be considered to be at risk for bleeding should y... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
See eye doctor.: I do not think that palinopsia or having trailing images, as a specific complaint, is listed as a known complication. This medication, however excell... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
THC blood levels: If you smoke pot tonight, I would think that a blood test next week would be positive. Not good if your job requires no drugs of abuse. If it has be... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Homeopathic Rx: If you are reasonably healthy at all at 41 years of age, gabapentin 100mg twice daily is almost of no benefit therapeutically and virtually not affect... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Sprain/strain: It is unlikely that your sinus infection and the low back pain are connected...except indirectly that if you feel bad/sick because of the infection, y... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Temporal arteritis?: If your head about 1-1.5 inches off of the midline at the base of the skull on the same side is NOT tender then you likely do not have an occipital ne... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
QT prolongation: I have not prescribed a lot of Seroquel but that is a moderate dose. I would be concerned, personally, about adding methadone. That narcotic by itse... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Rx moderation: That regimen should be alright if the doses moderate. Clearly, you could develop issues with overheating with first two and irregular rhythm with las... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Discectomy problems: Uncertain of your procedure. "Leaky disc" does not really describe the problem. Likely time should help. An epidural steroid in the near-term could... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Acid blocker: You can take Prilosec 20mg daily along with the ibuprofen. If you notice any stomach discomfort, I would take 1-2 teaspoonfuls of an antacid such as ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Muscle strain: Shooting pain in the back right side below the rib cage can be a muscle strain, costochondritis, pleuritis (if present on deep breath), kidney stone, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Excessive narcotics: Dilaudid is even stronger than Percocet but both short acting. Do not mix 2 short-acting narcotics because of increased risk of excessive dose and it... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Moderate exercise: Exercise during pregnancy or any other time in life can be helpful for your physical feeling of well being as well as your physical condition. Exerci... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Duran puncture h/a: Having done thousands of epidural and spinal injections and doing a number of epidural blood patches over the years, I will say that the specific symp... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Medication spacing: If you are healthy, taking two Excedrin every 4-6 hours for a couple of doses only would be alright. This medication can upset your stomach--can take... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Narcotic complicatio: If you are asking this, likely your prescribing M.D. did not prescribe both these meds in this manner. If you are having so much pain not controlled ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Alternate medication: Taking Advil at night and then Aleve the next morning should not be a problem. You definitely never want to take at the same time two different anti-i... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Cervical disc injury: The disc has a bulge and superimposed protrusion. Discs are somewhat like a tire. If you see a bulge on the side of a tire that is still holding air... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Narcotic difficulty: Sorry to hear your situation. You really need to contact the last physician who prescribed the narcotic for you. That doctor will be more comfortabl... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Weaning narcotics: You can do that. After being on the Vicodin for 45 days straight, I would suggest breaking the Vicodin tablet in half and then take one-half tablet t... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Comfort care: Sorry to hear situation. With dementia patient, likely very little mental function in the best of times. With patient receiving no nutrition, level ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Arch support: Not enough history given . If the pain starts in your buttock and goes all of the way down the leg to your foot then it is likely a radiculopathy--pr... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Alternate drug thera: If you have been prescribed both the oxycodone/acetaminophen and the indomerhacin, I would say a resounding "yes!" It is a good idea to alternate a n... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Radiculopathy: Must know if this is a big toe or 2nd through 5th. If the great toe, toe has normal color, circulation, not swollen/blue/black, could be sensory nerv... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Likely not clot: I am not an orthopedic surgeon but I would think that your pain is likely secondary to some strain of your knee ligaments/other structures of the knee... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Diagnosis first: I am sorry to hear your story--sleep deprivation difficult to bear. Obviously, you must get to the bottom if what is causing your pain and then have ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Wean narcotic: Likely yes. Bigger question is why are you taking OxyContin 10mg. That is long-acting oxycodone product and really should be prescribed only in very... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Pleuritis: Sharp pain in the left shoulder and chest and extending all of the way down the left arm in a 44-year-old should at least be evaluated to rule out car... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Pain resolution: If your pain problem is receding somewhat, you would expect to find that you are feeling more fatigue than usual. Taking narcotics for chronic pain c... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Watson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Drug attenuation: I do not know that you can be considered an addict at this point with the info you provided. Taking ANY narcotic when you do not have pain is a mistak... Read More

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Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
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I am not happy, after filling everything out, now they wanted a payment, after it says free!! Anyway, I am in desperate need of a hip replacement, and now, I can barely lift my left arm,..can't slee...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I do want off! Maybe I'd feel better! I'm always tired/weak/s.o.b etc
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Thanks...spinal MRI already scheduled.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1983MD

Medical/Graduate school

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Ohio
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

Anesthesiology
Completed 1992

Awards

Top Pain Management Specialist, First Place, the Tampa Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American Society Of Interventional Pain Physicians
American Board of Anesthesiology
American Board Of Interventional Pain Physicians
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