Dr. Phillip Porch

General Practice
Bristol, TN
42 years experience

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General Practice

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English

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Bladder gets full: With beer, a person makes a lot of urine quickly. Beer/alcohol can make people less sensitive to discomfort and so he may be letting his bladder get t... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
No: Normally, if you have a stone on the right, it will always hurt on the right side. It is possible that you might be passing a very small stone on the ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Very Well: Almost all kidney stones show up extremely well on a non-contrasted ct scan. A stone that was composed entirely of protein matrix may not show but the... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
No: Interstitial cystitis while possibly affecting the quality of life due to pain and frequent urination does not cause death.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Stones normally produce very significant pain when they are passing.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Bacteria: Bacteria are the cause of urinary tract infections.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Most in 2 days: Most stones if they are going to pass will pass in the first 48 hours. The chances after that start to decrease. The chances probably never go to zero... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Some you can: If you are "lucky" enough to have stones made of uric acid, you can actually dissolve them by making your urine less acidy. Normally with uric acid st... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Burning with urinati: Frequent urination, burning with urination and a strong odor to the urine can be signs of a urinary tract infection.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Removing the entire prostate would be a permanent cure. It is only done for prostate cancer though because of the risk of leakage after the surgery an... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: It can be a cause of a uti.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Around 35: This depends on the radiation oncologist but the standard external beam radiation to the prostate takes around 7 weeks with 5 treatments per week. The... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
No: Typically the pain is felt on the same side as the stone that is trying to pass.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
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It's a Job: Remember that it is a job for that doctor. She has probably done hundreds or thousands of these exams. There is nothing arousing in this situation for... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Most nurse practitioners should be able to do prostate exams.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Normally 2 days: The time to pass a stone is really the same for men and women. Most stones pass in the forst 48 hours. The chance of it passing after a week is around... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
No: It has to be filtered through the kidneys to help visualize the kidney and urinary tract. There are medications that can be given to help the kidney t... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Biopsy: Normally to diagnose prostate cancer, a man needs to undergo a prostate ultrasound with a ultrasound guided prostate biopsy to make the diagnosis.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Could be: Infections can become life threatening if the infection gets into the bloodstream and causes sepsis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Infections can be cleared by a persons immune system. Typically an effective antibiotic will clear the infection more quickly.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Via a cystoscope: The doctor will need to look into your bladder with an instrument called a cystoscope. He/she will be able to see the opening where the ureter empties... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Probably: Uric acid stones can be dissolved medically but calcium stones cannot.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Renal cell carcinomas can occur in young people.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Hopefully nothing: There is a risk of developing cancer as a direct effect of radiation from a ct scan. The chances of this happening increase as the cumulative radiatio... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
No: Cranberry juice acidifys the urine which makes it harder for some bacteria to grow. There are also substances in cranberries thought to make it diffic... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Several things: Prostate infections ( prostatitis ) can cause this. In older men, prostate enlargement ( BPH ) can cause this. There can be bladder problems that caus... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Some swelling: Typicall there will be some swelling after the surgery and some pain from the surgery. This will disappear over the next few weeks.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
3 months: Since it takes about 90 days from the time that sperm are made to maturity, any changes you make such as a varicocele repair will take at lest 3 month... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Penile injection: Hopefully they can inject a drug to decrease the blood flowing in and stop the erection. Sometimes it requires a surgical procedure.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Some people find benefit from herbal medications that typically contain saw palmetto. More often than not, it doesn't help as much as prescription dru... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Because cranberry juice causes the urine to become acidic, certain bacteria can't grow in urine that is acidic and it can help eliminate an infection.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: The seeds are non magnetic. The radioactive material is covered in a titanium shell who's is both non reactive in the body and not magnetic.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Ask your doctor: The answer to the ustinov depends on many factors including age, general health, gleason score, psa level, your preference given the different side ef... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Prostate biopsy: A prostate biopsy ( typically ultrasound guided ) is the way it is diagnosed.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Hard to say: It could be a yeast infection or fungal infection. I would recommend seeing your doctor for a diagnosis.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
It depends: There are several causes for calcium oxalate stones. If the problem is due to high calcium in your urine, about 50% of the time, limiting calcium inta... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Quicker recovery: In the old days, we did open surgery for stones where we made an incision and removed the stone. You were typically in the hospital a few days and had... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
2 days: Most men will see an improvement in their voiding symptoms in just a day or two but may see more improvement over several weeks.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Multiple: Family practice, internal medicine, urologists just to name a few.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Bones and lymph node: Prostate cancer typically spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes or into bones, particularly he spine.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Possibly: Some people seem to be sensitive to foods that they eat or drink and others don't seem to be affected at all by what they drink. Try it and pay attent... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: Many people are born with a single kidney instead of two and never know about it unless they have some form of medical imaging.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Difficult to say: In studies on dogs in the past, if a kidney was completely blocked, there was some irreversible damage that stated to occur at 2 weeks. If the obstruc... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
It shows the kidney: The ct scan that is typically done to look for kidney stones is done without any intravenous contrast. Almost all stones show up easily on ct scan. Re... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
CT Scan: Normally today, most stones are seen on a non-contrasted ct scan of the abdomen.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Dehydration number 1: The biggest risk for most people is dehydration. You should consume enough liquids to produce about 2.5 liters each 24 hours. This decreases the risk ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Medications: There are medications that your doctor can prescribe that should decrease the sensation of needing to void frequently.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: A man with a brother or father with prostate cancer has double te risk of developing prostate cancer than a man with a negative family history.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
Yes: One of the early effects of a seed implant of the prostate is the the ejaculate volume will decrease to almost nothing. It typically does not interfer... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
42 years experience
No: It isnot normal to have a lot of pain with a full bladder. It could be a condition like interstitial cystitis but coul also be adhesions to the bladde... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Porch is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Porch is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Feb 8, 2012
excellent advise, thank you
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Thanks. My mono Mac antib wasn't clearing it even though the ecoli tested sensitive for that drug to work. I'm now taking the herbal stuff that I mentioned that I was told make it difficult for the ec...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am feeling better thank you Dr.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! And very quick response.

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University of Tennessee College of Medicine, TN
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