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Dr. Austin Mackens

Family Medicine
Murfreesboro, TN
11 years experience male

Locations

Office

Murfreesboro, TN

Address

Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Directions

About

Bio

I am board certified in Family Medicine but have practiced Full-time in the emergency room setting for over 5 years now. This has allowed me to gain new and expanded perspectives on how to treat each clinical scenario I encounter. I really enjoy both the emergent clinical scenarios as well as primary care. My primary goal as a physician is to treat the patient as a whole and not simply focus on singular issues. I am most interested in preventative medicine which allows patients to remain healthy with more quality years of life to enjoy. I have a beautiful wife who was my high school sweetheart and we have three amazing children together. We love our local church and enjoy watching our children grow in Christ.

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.

Family Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

40 Answers
26 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Blood and Biopsy: Most providers will start with serology testing of tissue transglutaminase (TTG). If positive or if you have >%% probability of having celiac dise... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Maybe bronchitis: It is not uncommon to contract a viral illness then have respiratory inflammation that causes bronchitis. These are usually not bacterial infections.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
YES: Yes. The average range of sperm turnover from early production phase to maturation and ejaculation is 42-76 days.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Assume “throat”: The description I see does not mention the exact anatomy but from context I assume it is a feeling of something stuck in your throat. This is a relat... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
See a provider: If your symptoms are worsening you need to see a provider. Angioedema, or facial swelling, can be dangerous if it causes airway obstruction. Medicat... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Mustard is okay: Mustard occurs naturally in the environment and is made from the mustard seed. Mustard Gas is not found naturally in the environment. It is made fr... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
OTC antifungal: If you think they are fungal infections (tinea corporis) then start with otc antifungals like lotrimin. If it is not improving you would benefit from... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Very accurate : HIDA SCANS may be the most accurate imaging modality for acute cholecystitis (an infected gallbladder). If your test results correlate with gallbladd... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Technically...: If the vomit had blood in it then technically yes. Per studies done on contraction of HIV from body fluid exposure the incidence of contracting HIV p... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Radiation risk: All radiation has inherent risks for potential dna damage. MRI does not pose the same risk as CT scans as their imaging uses magnetic resonance inste... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
More information: When did it start? Did you do anything that triggered your symptoms? Are your having any other symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, num... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
See a provider: Any form of "chest pain" should be evaluated by a provider. While the most common issues are not usually life threatening other diagnoses can be very... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Difficult healing : 5th metatarsal fractures can be very slow to heal. This is especially true for “Jones” fractures at the base of the bone. If you have ongoing sympt... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Ignore: Drink a full glass of water while waiting on your food. This will create satiety faster.
A female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
See your doctor: Chest pain can be a sign of significant medical issues. You need to be evaluated by a doctor especially if your symptoms are worsening.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Not necessarily: Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic. Aldactone or spironolactone is a potassium sparing diuretic which intentionally allows your body to hold ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Maybe : If they are inside it could be a rare but serious medication side effect or infectious cause called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. I would recommend an in... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Crackles : Crackles can be from multiple things including fluid, atelectasis (small air pouches closed then opening) or other more serious conditions. If you ha... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Get Evaluated: There are multiple reasons that could explain your symptoms. Possibilities include but are not limited to: gallbladder pain or infection, liver issue... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Rare, but yes: It appears to be very rare and usually related to long term use of bactrim when it does happen.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Depends: CMV contracted after birth typically has much less severe consequences. However, congenital cmv (contracted during pregnancy) can have devastating ef... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Nausea: Nausea can be from a multitude of issues. The most common culprit is the GI system of course . However, Nausea and Chest pressure can be due to coro... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Different organs: Cochlear implants are used when the cochlea (conch shell looking organ) is dysfunctional. This places a wire with electrodes into the cochlea that ar... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Too much dancing: Your symptoms and history are consistent with a neuropathy likely due to repetitive trauma from teaching your dance class. If your symptoms are not i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Maybe: CT scans can see some cancers but it has to be large enough to see and be able to distinctly tell it is not other normal tissue. However, if the canc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Audiologist: Typically an audiologist will initially "turn on" the external component and adjust the volumes based on their testing.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Minimum 6 hours: 6 hours or more.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Yes: The short answer is yes. You would need to talk to your doctor about other symptoms that may help diagnose any underlying issues. Other potential is... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Clinic: It sounds like relatively extensive contact dermatitis from poison ivy. You would likely benefit from a good exam to rule out secondary infections an... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Weight Loss helps: Multiple studies have shown improved IIH symptoms and clinical findings with low-salt diet with weight reduction. The reason's why this helps are the... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
More info: Does the pain radiate to your legs? Do you have previous back issues like bulging discs? Any fever, urination problems, numbness or tingling? If it... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Start light: First, consult with your doctor to discuss your medical history and appropriate exercise routines that can be done safely. When using weight training... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Pregnancy test: Take a pregnancy test then follow up with your obgyn. If negative they can go through possible causes of your irregular cycle and ways to treat this ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Orthopaedic: I would probably start with ortho. Your symptoms are consistent with nerve pain which can include numbness, tingling, pins and needles sensations, bu... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
RICE: Start with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation or RICE therapy. If you don't have any medicine allergies you can take an NSAID like aleve or ibupro... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Less invasive: Both tests are less invasive and thus have less risk of complications and may still provide an accurate diagnosis. Endoscopies, while performed frequ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
More info: You need a thorough history and physical exam. Your symptoms could be a multitude of diagnoses from something as simple as TMJ pain to cluster headac... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Gluten tests: If you have a known gluten sensitivity or allergy then try OTC gas relief or antidiarrheal medication if necessary. If you assume it is a gluten issu... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
90 days : Current CDC guidelines recommend testing based on the type of test. Home rapid antigen detection tests should detect HIV within 90 days. Blood rapid... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Austin Mackens
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Likely Okay: The main concern when using colchicine with a statin medication is myotoxicity (muscle toxicity). If you decide to use colchicine for your gout flar... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Tennessee College of Medicine, TN
Graduated 2010MD

Residency

University of Tennessee, Jackson
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