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Dr. Shaym Puppala

Internal Medicine
Spartanburg, SC
26 years experience male

Locations

Doctor for Life Weight Management and Treatment Center

Spartanburg, SC

Address

3020B Reidville Rd, Spartanburg, SC
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Puppala received his MD from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. He subsequently received post-graduate training in the categorical internal medicine program at University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, New York. Dr. Puppala and his wife moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2008, and feel very lucky to have found such a lovely city to call their home. Dr. Puppala currently practices in an internal medicine based obesity management clinic in Spartanburg, SC.

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Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: South Carolina

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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Ignore: Don't ask for an antibiotic. Your doctor will tell you if it's needed.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Nephrologist, opthal: Bardet-Biedl syndrome is inherited (autosomal recessive, both parents carry the gene.) Findings include kidney problems, hypertension, eye problems (r... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Different meds: Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) (lansoprazole) 60mg is a dual-release lansoprazole, and is somewhat like taking lansoprazole 30mg twice daily. Lansoprazol... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Try sleep hygiene: Try any that apply to you: 1) Keep a regular sleep schedule (same time in/out of bed), 2) quiet, dark room - no TV/music, 3) use bedroom only for slee... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
...: Without a history/physical, a personal diagnosis/treatment plan is not possible. For general information which may or may not be applicable in your c... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
URI: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral infections, &most of these have no treatment other than treating symptoms until it passes.Someti... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Body needs more: One simplified answer is: Your iron level may be reported as within a normal range, but your body needs more iron than it currently has, and therefor... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Location: The reason is the very high exposure to gut bacteria. Some of the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are bacteria that live in the gut (E. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Sleep hygiene: Try any that apply: 1) Keep a regular sleep schedule (same time in/out of bed), 2) quiet, dark room - no TV/music, 3) use bedroom only for sleep/marit... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Effects/side effects: Clonazepam: less anxious/more tired Atenolol: lower heart rate/perhaps more lightheaded when standing (if blood pressure drops - but would not expect... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Slow/delayed release: While there is no guarantee, the slow/sustained/delayed release magnesium supplements generally are easier to tolerate than the immediate release type... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Lose liquid calories: Drinking 500 calories of juice or fizzy drinks/soda per day amounts to 3500 calories/week, which is the number of calories in a pound of fat. Replaci... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
See below: Presentation can vary. The pain from a small bowel obstruction tends to be severe, accompanied by vomiting, &high-pitched tinkling bowel sounds. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Look for other first: Typically, "a diagnosis of exclusion" refers to an ailment diagnosed if nothing else fits. Perhaps there are no tests for that problem, or it would be... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Many possibilities: Tingling in the hands and feet at the same time can occur with hyperventilation (can be mild enough that you cannot tell you are hyperventilating; occ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Prescription>illegal: There are currently more deaths occurring from abuse of prescription narcotics than from heroin.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Diet/exercise/meds: "pre-diabetes" can refer to impaired fasting glucose (high blood glucose[bg] before meals; 100-125) or impaired glucose tolerance (bg 140-199 2 hours ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
About palpitations: One definition of palpitation could be "awareness of the heartbeat." If the heart feels like it is beating hard, fast, irregularly, skipping beats, o... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Could fill a book: Feeling tired is common even in the absence of illness, & diagnosis based on tiredness alone can be nearly impossible.Common causes w/o other symp... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Needs evaluation!: SEVERE abdominal pain needs URGENT evaluation;diagnosis based on a question alone is not possible in this forum.Abdominal pain with hydrocodone can oc... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
See doc or check 1w: Over the counter home pregnancy tests take longer to turn positive than blood tests do, but usually 2 weeks is enough, unless the period would have be... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Erectile difficulty: Difficulties maintaining erections can occur unexpectedly for a# ofreasons& happens more&more w time.Mood, frequency of sex,fatigue commonly p... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Metastatic colon CA: Typically,metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to organs/areas beyond where it started) is considered incurable.There are some exceptions; if col... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Obesity and nicotine: Some of the most common causes of damage to the arteries of the heart (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes) are due to obesity, which ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Advise evaluation: Personal diagnosis is not possible in the standard HealthTap site, but is possible in HealthTap Prime. A photograph would be helpful in that case. Ge... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Non-medical also: An extremely important part of managing fibromyalgia has nothing to do with medications: Because certain exercises have been shown to help the pain su... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Depends on risks: Groups have different recommendations,which change. For >40yr w known atherosclerotic disease,kidney disease,diabetes,or >20% 10 year risk for M... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Excess calories?: When we take in more calories than we burn, the excess calories are stored as fat, regardless of whether they come from carbohydrate protein or fat. ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Possibilities: Inflammation of the urethra from continued infection due to bacteria resistant to the antibiotic can cause a burning sensation at the tip of the penis... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Interactions...: Main listed interaction is between Delsym (dextromethorphan, cough suppressant) & Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR (dextroa... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Yes. Giardia is a parasite that is confined to the bowels. Systemic symptoms such as lethargy and weakness can occur as you become dehydrated and de... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Worthwhile asking: Doses as high as 3600mg have been used in some studies for neuropathic (nerve) pain,but for nerve pain lingering after shingles, doses above 1800mg ty... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Blood test meanings: fbc = full blood count, and measures white blood cells (wbc) which fight infection & have other duties, red cells which carry oxygen, &platele... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
About URI: Upper respiratory tract infections typically present with a combination of symptoms, which can include sore throat,earache, headache, low grade fever,... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: Nicotine relaxes the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach which allows stomach acid to wash up and irritate the esophagus. This can cause a se... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Get seen by a doctor: Pain radiating from the back to the groin occurs in many cases of kidney stones. On pain meds/anti-inflammatories, the pain may be masked to some deg... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Proven, or felt?: Twitching of the intercostal muscles(muscles between the ribs)can feel like an irregular heart beat;if early beats (PACs or PVCs) were not seen on EKG... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: Acetaminophen (paracetamol) at maximum doses over a prolonged period of time does pose a risk to the liver (as does taking more than the maximum dose ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
IBS,or other reason?: Typically, the combination of antibiotics metronidazole (Flagyl) & ciprofloxacin for bowel reasons is for infection like diverticulitis. Each spec... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Depends on tests: Depends on the test & reason for it. Screening periodically for cholesterol is helpful to find those at high risk for heart disease so we know wha... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: The likelihood of permanent harm is high, if not death then damage to vital organs directly from the medications (kidney failure from lithium, may req... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Chronic pancreatitis: Alcohol abuse can lead to chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). The pancreas produces insulin, which processes glucose (blood sugar). ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Low testosterone?: I agree that only testosterone will significantly raise levels, and that the exercise is more likely to have an effect than the booster pills. Please... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Advice only: Docs on a HealthTap Prime shift (our paid service) cannot write for controlled meds like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Anyone... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Wheat, rye, barley: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Pasta is made from wheat. There are gluten-free breads available made with different grains, an... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Re: Angular cheilis: Angular cheilitis is an irritation or infection of the corners of the mouth with various possible causes, overly damp skin from drooling at night or o... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
IF low suspicion: If the degree of suspicion for a deep vein thrombosis (DVT, clot) is low, then a normal D-dimer suggests that there is no DVT. (DVT = blood clot in... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Chronic = permanent: There is a laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication) that can be successful in up to 90% of people, but has potential complications. ... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Reevaluation needed: Antibiotics treat bacteria, but a cough can occur for other reasons.A cough from viral bronchitis can last several weeks, even though the virus itself... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Eye = see doc: Nexplanon(progestin contraceptive)can cause migraine headaches, which typically occur on 1 side of the head, are throbbing, worse w activity, accompan... Read More
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I've spent time enjoying and reviewing Dr. Puppala's answers to a range of questions and am duly impressed by his enthusiasm and scope of knowledge in answering patient queries. Responses are thoughtf...Read More
Aug 28, 2014
Dr Puppala has a stellar command of medicine combined with unparalleled empathy and support for all.
Aug 4, 2014
Very bright and knowledgeable specialist in Internal Medicine and other subjects. I trust his advice.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Most Influential, Second Place, South Carolina - Summer
2013
Top General Internist, Third Place, South Carolina - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American College of Physicians
American College of Physician Executives
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