Understanding Pain: The Importance of a Proper Diagnosis

Lynne Carr Columbus Anesthesiologist Palm Harbor, FL

<p>Lynne Carr Columbus, DO, obtained her degree in osteopathy from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990, where she also completed her internship followed by her residency in anesthesiology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her medical... more

At some point in our lives, most of us will suffer from chronic pain. One out of every three Americans live daily with discomfort from an injury, arthritis, or cancer. We know too well that chronic pain changes our life-while relaxing, working, eating and even sleeping. Pain also leaves patients depressed and affects their relationships with family and friends.

Unfortunately, while long-term pain is common, too often it is simply misunderstood.

Many people resign themselves to enduring pain and let it go untreated. But no one should live with pain. It can be properly diagnosed and controlled giving you the relief you need and the opportunity to live a normal and full life.

The first step in pain management is obtaining the proper diagnosis. Only then can a customized treatment plan be developed. As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, innovative procedures are utilized to manage pain. Pain Treatment is coordinated with patient’s primary care specialists and other specialists. A multidisciplinary treatment plan is the most effective approach to treating a patient’s pain.

Effective treatment modalities include:

  • Nerve blocks which desensitize a painful nerve providing long-term relief of headache, neck, back, arm, leg, and cancer pain.
  • Medical management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Mental health counseling

About Dr. Lynne Carr Columbus

Dr. Lynne Carr Columbus specializes in treating back pain, neck pain, headache pain, and many other pain syndromes. She knows that the opportunity to live a normal and full life is an attainable goal with quality pain management.

Dr. Lynne Carr Columbus is currently the President of Gulf Coast Pain Management, a multidisciplinary pain center. She attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate training. She obtained her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she stayed to complete her internship. She did her residency training in Anesthesiology at Hahnemann University and the University of Cincinnati. She is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist.   She is an alternate Trustee for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and serves on their Medicare Committee. She is a very active national speaker for multiple Pharmaceutical companies. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Physicians Practice Magazine, Medical Economics Magazine and other business magazines.   She has had multiple guest appearances with the local news programs regarding pain related topics. Her practice was  nominated as 2005 Women’s Practice of the year  (solo and group) by Florida Medical Business News.

She currently serves as a member of the Pinellas County Prescription Drug Advisory Board and serves as an expert witness for the Florida Department of Health Prosecution Unit.