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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Low platelet count: Your number is just outside of normal. It is very reasonable just to repeat. There are lots of causes but no need to worry if normal on repeat.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Fibromyalgia: I cannot give you as an individual recommendation. For fibromyalgia generally stretching exercises are best such as yoga, pilates or swimming/water aerobics.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Finger injury: No one can tell you what this is without an exam and perhaps an x-ray. Go be seen. The longer you wait the worse the problem can get.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Heel pain: This can be from a heel spur. Try some stretching. This can be plantar fasciitis. Diabetes usually affects both feet. Work on weight loss and a low carbohydrate diet to keep from developing diabetes with a family history.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Bad breath: This can be for a number of reasons. Start with her dentist, then see her primary care physician. In preparation can try Prilosec in case this is acid related or align, a probiotic.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Weight loss: Generally portion control with increased exercise is best. Good data on the mediterrean diet.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Bowel movement after: There is something called a gastrocolic reflex. After eating the colon empties.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Weight Loss: The balance is diet and exercise. Portion sizes are important to manage. The mediterran diet has good data on weight loss. Exercise with periods of increased activity (interval training). Just keep trying.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Birth Control: Depending on how long you have taken birth control it can take up to a year to start ovulating. If you aren't sure do a pregnancy test to be sure you aren't pregnant.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
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