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Dr. Klee S. Bethel, MD

Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Klee Bethel practices Pain Medicine in Mesa, AZ. Pain medicine is concerned with the prevention of pain, and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients experiencing pain. Pain medicine physicians use a broad-based approach to treat all pain disorders, ranging from pain as a symptom of disease to pain as the primary disease. Dr. Bethel serves as a consultant to other physicians but is often the principal treating physician, providing care at various levels; such as treating the patient directly, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, counseling patients and families, directing a multidisciplinary team, coordinating care with other healthcare providers, and providing consultative services.
Dr. Klee S. Bethel, MD
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Accepting new patients

What causes chronic pain in some people?

Your question seems simple but is actually so complicated textbooks are written on it. The reasons for chronic pain can be related to issues of metabolic, toxic, cellular or emotional READ MORE
Your question seems simple but is actually so complicated textbooks are written on it. The reasons for chronic pain can be related to issues of metabolic, toxic, cellular or emotional problems or a combination of one or more. The role of your physician is to determine the causative factors.

I have a lot of body pain by the end of the day, mainly due to my weight. What should I do?

When a person is no longer able to perform enough exercise they must reduce calories to achieve weight loss. It is best to work with a professional such as a Naturopathic physician READ MORE
When a person is no longer able to perform enough exercise they must reduce calories to achieve weight loss. It is best to work with a professional such as a Naturopathic physician to avoid unhealthy choices and to make sure the diet contains sufficient nutrients in spite of reduced calories.

My fingers hurt after playing tennis. Is this normal?

No but the reason your fingers hurt is not possible to assess without an examination and possibly testing. I suggest you see an interventional pain physician in your area.

Why does my stomach hurt often?

Determining the source of your abdominal pain should begin with a GI doctor. If they are unable to come to an adequate diagnose, then an interventional pain physician would be READ MORE
Determining the source of your abdominal pain should begin with a GI doctor. If they are unable to come to an adequate diagnose, then an interventional pain physician would be the next logical stop.

Please recommend something for my back pain

Try Accupuncture first, change in diet or supplements rich in Boswelia and turmeric can also be helpful

What are the natural ways to manage neck pain?

Diet and exercise. Investigate the Anti-inflammatory diet and supplements such as Boswellia Complex from standard Process, or Meriva from Thorne Research.

Best treatment for a headache

Hydration and rest are the best treatments for most common headaches.

How can i reduce my shoulder pain that arises due to long hours of working on the computer?

Hold your head straight and tuck your chin back several times, then roll your head and flex and extend the neck. If this is too painful to do on your own, you may want to ask your READ MORE
Hold your head straight and tuck your chin back several times, then roll your head and flex and extend the neck. If this is too painful to do on your own, you may want to ask your physician for a physical therapy prescription to help you perform the exercises correctly.

I am suffering from extreme pain in my knees that is due to low vitamin D levels. What can I do?

It seems that sometimes the obvious answer is the correct one; a single dose of between 50,000 weekly or 600,000 units in a single dose is indicated to correct the deficiency. READ MORE
It seems that sometimes the obvious answer is the correct one; a single dose of between 50,000 weekly or 600,000 units in a single dose is indicated to correct the deficiency. Talk to your physician as they will need to order the Vit D in those doses and follow your progress.

What can cause left-sided chest pain while breathing?

Sounds like pleurisy, a condition where an inflammation of the lung parenchyma causes adhesion with the outer wall of the lung cavity. This can resolve with the cough or may take READ MORE
Sounds like pleurisy, a condition where an inflammation of the lung parenchyma causes adhesion with the outer wall of the lung cavity. This can resolve with the cough or may take several weeks. I recommend getting a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia or a more serious condition.

What causes pain in the breasts?

I suspect it is related to the hormonal changes that occur in conjunction with your cycle. The itchy may be from yeast and may respond to diflucan, an anti-fungal, but especially READ MORE
I suspect it is related to the hormonal changes that occur in conjunction with your cycle. The itchy may be from yeast and may respond to diflucan, an anti-fungal, but especially to a change in diet. Denying it the sugar it loves. A gynecologist may be a better resource for this question.

For a sprain what is more advisable a hot pack or a cold pack?

Acute injuries are better treated with ice for the first 48-72 hours then heat can be tried. If heat increases the swelling it may also increase the pain.

Is my mother's leg pain sciatica or something else?

Sciatica is a non-specific term which is defined as pain in the leg so yes it is sciatica but may be from the hip, sacroiliac or facet joints or the lumbar spinal nerves.

Can a c-section leave you with a constant low back pain?

It sounds as if you possibly have a painful disc in your spine. Not uncommon following labor. It is highly unlikely that the epidural anesthetic was the cause as that is a very READ MORE
It sounds as if you possibly have a painful disc in your spine. Not uncommon following labor. It is highly unlikely that the epidural anesthetic was the cause as that is a very rare cause of back pain.

Can being overweight cause hip pain?

Adding weight to the load on your lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joints may all contribute to the pain.

What is the possible treatment for back pain followed by lifting heavy weight?

A pain killer depending on the type may or may not address the inflammation. Rest is the best treatment along with ice over the low back. If not better in a few days I would see READ MORE
A pain killer depending on the type may or may not address the inflammation. Rest is the best treatment along with ice over the low back. If not better in a few days I would see a health provider for an examination.

Long term narcotic use

Turkey Rheubarb or any fruit or vegetable with a high senna content. Also be sure to drink extra water and eat fibrosis foods several times a day.

My back hurts when I sit down. Why?

It sounds like one of the discs in your spine may be injured. If you also have the pain when you twist your torso or arch your back, backward the pain may be generated by posterior READ MORE
It sounds like one of the discs in your spine may be injured. If you also have the pain when you twist your torso or arch your back, backward the pain may be generated by posterior structures in the spine.

What is causing my chronic back pain?

The cause of your back pain is best determined by the exact symptoms in particular what makes it better or worse what time of day is it worse, do activities make it worse, is READ MORE
The cause of your back pain is best determined by the exact symptoms in particular what makes it better or worse what time of day is it worse, do activities make it worse, is it worse with movement ?etc. Long term use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen can lead to a decrease in kidney and liver function. Best to live an anti-inflammatory diet and take herbal anti inflammatory medication as needed,e.g.; boswellia, tumaric, Traumeel or try 3grams of high quality fish oil daily.

How do I best treat frequent headaches?

See an interventional pain management physician as they are most likely cervicogenic, from the neck, or dietary factors.