Doctor Q&A for Dr. James Gagne

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
They are addicting: Laxatives can be really bad for you and damage your colon. They stop working after a while, and then you can't have a bm without taking them.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends how much: I assume somebody saw calcification on an x-ray. Unless it's a tiny amount, it means you have early atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Calci ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
See a specialist: A low platelet count is called "thrombocytopenia". Look it up on the internet. A good internal medicine specialist should be able to figure it out, or ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be stuttering: Look up "stuttering" on the internet and see if that applies to you. A speech pathologist (most hospitals have them) can help, even if this isn't exac ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
Symptoms vary a lot!: An ectopic pregnancy can cause either abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding or both, but depending on how much it's bleeding, symptoms may wax and wane. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
It'll be sore: You probably don't want to do too much with that hand until the pain dies down. Should take 2-3 days. If you keep using it, it probably won't injure y ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
No: increases risk: Osteopenia means your bones have lost some of their mineral content, but probably not enough to greatly increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is more s ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
Probably none: The best way to help large joints like your knees is regular exercise, like walking. Pounding, twisting, or wrenching your knees may make them worse. ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
Probably due to meds: Having a headache every day is most often a kind of migraine. Regularly taking any pain killer can keep it going forever, even tylenol, (acetaminophen ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
48 years experience Internal Medicine
You bet!: Having sex but not ejaculating is probably the "withdrawal" method of birth control: ejaculating outside the vagina. What do you call people who use t ... Read More
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