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Dr. Nathaniel Schuster

Pain Management
San Diego, CA
male

Locations

Office

San Diego

Address

9350 Campus Point Drive, Suite 2C, San Diego, United States
Directions

About

Bio

I'm a neurologist specializing in pain medicine. My medical training included top programs including Harvard, Einstein, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. I live in San Diego with my wife and our yellow lab.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Licenses

United States: California, Massachusetts

Doctor Q&A

122 Answers
36 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
No: When people have an arrhythmia and are on blood thinners like you are, several dangerous causes of headaches need to be checked for before calling som... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
No: However, Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) if used more than 2 or 3 times a week can cause your headaches to become more frequent, what... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Need more history: Sounds like this headache is worrying to you. Your brief description has some features that point toward and away from such diagnoses as migraine and ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Tell your doctor: I assume that this is relatively new? In a 31 year old female who I'll assume is otherwise healthy, this may warrant a full neurologic examination, an... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: Sorry to hear :(. Those can be very painful, but with multimodal treatment and time the symptoms can be treated and usually resolve. Good luck!
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Agree, and...: Sorry to hear :(. I agree with Dr. Rutledge, but also want to mention two things. First, unilateral (one side of head) headaches should be evaluated f... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: Anxiety is known to be a risk factor for episodic (infrequent) headaches turning into chronic (frequent) headaches. With treatment for anxiety and hea... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Both: Anxiety and concussion make one another worse. Double vision, especially when looking at objects close to you, is common with concussion. ZacharyA, do... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Unlikely: What symptoms make you think you've had a concussion? You need to speak with a doctor to determine a diagnosis (whether concussion or otherwise), whet... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
See a neurologist: It sounds like you may be experiencing paresthesias, and they can be a very uncomfortable feeling! If in part of one arm, it may be due to nerve compr... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Please see a doctor: This deserves an in-person doctors visit to examine you and determine what additional tests or imaging you might need. Good luck!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Ignore: Keep a headache diary for a month before your appointment! Include triggers and medications used.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Talk therapy: Do you have a psychologist or a therapist? Talk therapy together with medications works better than medications alone.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Pseudotumor cerebri: Accutane and nighttime headaches worries me for pseudotumor cerebri... It's rare, but accutane is a cause. Please see an ophthalmologist to take pictu... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: Sorry to hear about those symptoms, if you haven't already you should tell your doctor who did the foraminectomy from 10 ytears ago. Good luck!
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Occipital nerves: The occipital nerves are located in the back of the skull. It is a common procedure to inject numbing medicine around the occipital nerves to help pre... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Doubtful: What makes you think you're having Parkinson's symptoms? They're very very uncommon in a 38 year old. I recommend you have a virtual consult or establ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
It depends: There are many different types of headaches, and you'll want a neurologist to take a full headache history to help to determine whether you need any t... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Go to emergency room: If the symptoms are all on one side of your head/neck, ask them to evaluate you for a carotid dissection. It's an injury to a blood vessel in the neck... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Migraine: Can cause neck and shoulder pain as well as skin tenderness (cutaneous allodynia). Treatments are different once you get to the point of cutaneous all... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
BPPV: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is one possibility. Often patients find that feels like room spins when they roll over in one direction in bed. T... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
You get migraines?: Sounds pretty unpleasant, sorry to hear what you've been experiencing. Vertigo has a specific meaning, when the room feels like it is spinning. The sy... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
See a doctor: Thanks for messaging. Your description points to two nerves, C5 and C6. Your doctor will think about common conditions, but also thoracic outlet syndr... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
See a dentist: Sounds awfully unpleasant, have you been evaluated by your dentist? They can examine you and determine whether there's treatments, exercises, etc that... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Need an eval: New unilateral headache and ear pressure could be a primary headache disorder, but secondary causes should also be excluded. Tumors are more likely to... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Myofascial pain: You're not alone--This is a very common but poorly understood disorder. We weren't evolved to be spending all day with our shoulders crunched up, typi... Read More
A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Bulging disk?: If this just started the last couple days and if the pain in your back and legs worsens with coughing, one common cause of such pain is a herniated di... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Plenty of options: I definitely agree with non-opioids for MS-related pain! Muscle relaxants and certain antiepileptics often are helpful for MS-related pain. Feel free ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
See a neurologist: If your primary care/cardiologist and ENT say that everything looks ok, you might want to see a neurologist to take a full history and do a full exam.... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: Unfortunately familial hypercholesterolemia does put you at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack, but these risks can be decreased with chole... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: Those movements may have been myoclonus. If their liver disease is treated successfully, they can have a good recovery. Hope that helps!
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
See a doctor: Can start with primary care for an ear exam and to determine next steps with regards to workup and treatment.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Lowering dose: of Lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) which is an antidepressant that also is used to treat anxiety, could cause your anxiety to worsen since you'... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Space is tight: Sounds like this is concerning to you. It means that space is tight around the spinal cord. This usually isn't an emergency. You should discuss this f... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Discuss with your Dr: Amitriptyline 50mg is typical headache/pain dosing, which is lower than typical depression/anxiety dosing. If Lexapro (escitalopram) is not working fo... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Go to ER, police: I'm so sorry to hear. You had a concussion, and possibly other injuries as well. You are 17 years old, and what happened sounds like a criminal act. P... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
No: Tizanidine doesn't show up on drugs of abuse screening. It is a muscle relaxant that isn't a benzodiazepine; the muscle relaxants that do show up on d... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Likely migraine: Those can be symptoms with migraines. He is having more than 3 migraines a week, that's an awful lot of migraines. Please encourage him to see a neuro... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Imaging causing Qs: Psychiatric diagnoses aren't made by imaging tests such as SPECT. Please discuss these results with the doctor who ordered the test and with your psyc... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
See a doctor: Arthritis, tendonopathy, and carpel tunnel syndrome are just a few possible causes, and they're treated differently. Tramadol is just a band-aid, it d... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
POTS treatments: Here's a quick read review on the subject: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3390096/ I've recommended compression stockings as well, althou... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes!: Migralief is a multivitamin for migraine prevention. Cheaper is magnesium 400mg a day and riboflavin 200mg twice a day. Good luck!
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Unlikely: Are you having weakness on one side of your body or seizures? If you are not, I wouldn't worry about a subdural hematoma. You're a 27-year-old, which ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Possibly: I see you have a history of epilepsy and autism, so you're certainly at risk for having more seizures. These events very well may have been seizures, ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Need more history: Without knowing whether the tongue symptoms are one side or both and intermittent or constant, I'd say start with talking to your primary care doctor ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Cutaneous allodynia: When a migraine goes on for a while without effective treatment, you can develop "cutaneous allodynia," which is when your skin becomes sensitive to t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Migraine?: Do you get migraines? They can cause light sensitivity, nausea, and dizziness. Tiredness can trigger them, or they can make you feel tired. Feel bette... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Patient H.M.: H.M., or Henry Molaison, is one of the most famous cases in medical history. He had both of his mesial temporal lobes removed in an attempt to cure hi... Read More

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Jun 21, 2016
He has excellent knowledge on headache medicine.He takes a lot of time to study the treatment history of the patient and pointed towards a diagnosis which no doctor had mentioned.I fully recommend him
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Apr 3, 2016
Dr. Schuster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2016 #virtualflower1
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Apr 7, 2016
Dr. Schuster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2016 #virtualflower5
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Hi Dr. Nathaniel Schuster thank-you for answering my question good to mention Asthma for others to see i am diagnosed with seasonal asthma but have been able to take20m...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you for your kind words and offer. The spasms are finally subsiding as time goes by, and I have gone back to the recommended use of Skelaxin. It usually works fin...Read More
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Thank you for your time. I think I didn't explain correctly. It's most definitely a fluid, like carbonated water. My friend has Chiare and it sounds like that pressure release almost.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 2011MD

Residency

RONALD REAGAN UCLA MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Research Grant, Migraine Research Foundation
Research Grant, Association of Migraine Disorders
Graduation with Distinction in Research, University of Michigan Medical School

Affiliations

American Academy Of Neurology
American Headache Society
American Society Of Interventional Pain Physicians
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