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Dr. Kathleen Hands

Endocrinology
Foreman, AR
68 years experience

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Endocrinology

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United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

103 Answers
29 Agrees
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A 92-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Common problem: Ovarian cysts common, the bigger they get, the more stretch in the capsule of cyst the more discomfort . Once cyst ruptures there is usually relief of... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Depends: If its a colloid nodule; possibly. Solid nodules are not likely to respond. The ata recommends against use of T4 for nodules.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Probably not thyroid: Nodule does not appear autonomous ( doing its own thing) TSH still normal. No sptoms related to normal thyroid function. Sptoms usually come from an u... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
NORMAL!!: T4 should be between 12-15 in pregnancy! do not let anyone treat that! HCG stimulates thyroid to increase production since thyroid is most important h... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Exam?: If you had a thorough exam including blood pressure sitting and standing and assessment of your heart and neurological exam and everything was normal,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Ca125: Ca125 is a blood test frequently elevated in ovarian cancer, not elevated in cyst. An ultrasound will also show characterists of benign vs cancer but ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Sugar and salt: Your mom may not manifest medical issues yet but her poor diet will take its toll. Even with a good diet excess salt and sugar will create poor health... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Long: Although you excrete most in your urine, feces, sweat... After 3 days, the rest remains in iodine avid tissue for 2-3weeks exposure to others after 1... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Maybe: Your goal TSH is between 1-2. If you are over medicated. Tsh <0.5, you may have nerve overstimulation. Twitching may also be related to normal rem sle... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Not uncommon: Most women experience an ovarian cyst some time during their reproductive years. One cyst is not associated with infertility.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
No: Providing you do not have a contraindication to using asa, it can be taken with graves disease. Let your doctor know as it may interfere with blood te... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
A lot: Graves disease is an autoimmune overactive thyroid condition. If you have it, you need treatment otherwise you risk heart attack, stroke and osteoporo... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Absorption: Thyroid meds must be taken on an empty stomach for proper absorption. That means nothing but water for one hour after taking or 2h before taking meds.... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
No: Thyroid disease is usually autoimmune. Look for other family members with thyroid disease. Likely coincidence they occurred together.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Insulin resistance: If you have a family history of diabetes, you are already predisposed to having Insulin resistance. As you gain weight with pregnancy and the hormonal... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Cyclical : Hair loss is cyclical. Stress 6 months ago may cause hair loss now, change of seasons may induce hair loss, good nutrition and less stress help resto... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Have thyroid exam : Goiter (enlarged thyroid) can damage nerve to vocal cords causing voice change, laryngeal cancer, and head/neck cancers can cause compression to trach... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Pure cyst?: A cyst of thyroid rarely carries a cancer. A complex nodule (greater than 50% fluid) carries a small risk cancer <3%.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
No !!!: Stage one malignancies do not require rai. The benefits do not outweigh the risks. There is no mortality benefit and you will have the added risk of ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
PCOS: You may have a condition called PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome. Your ovaries and pituitary no longer in synchrony. This is usually caused from insul... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
HPV: Depends on your age. Since vaccine has been instituted, the now 20-year-olds and younger rate of infection is extremely low compared to the 30, 40 and... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Vaginosis: Vaginosis. A bacterial vaginitis where the vault is colonized with bacteria. See your PCPS or GYN for antibiotics. This needs to be examined to obtain... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Folic acid: Recommendations are 1mg folic acid Extra iron and iodine in a vitamin are helpful as well but most important for fetal neurological development is fo... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Virus: salt water gargles still work. Honey and lemon is also soothing as a warm tea. Cedar fever/allergies can also cause symptoms. No antibiotics indicated... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Polyps, celiac?: Polyps yes but inflammation may also cause bloating lymphocytic colitis is possible in addition to flattening of the villi we see in celiac which is a... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Fatigue: Iron deficiency can cause symptoms related to poor total body iron stores. Tired and fatigued are the most common with ice craving being very prevalen... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Alcoholism : End stage alcoholism is a very difficult disease. at this stage you can only be supportive and encourage him to get help.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Menopause: Estrogen supports all connective tissue and collegan which is why the face starts to droop as well. Do the risks of taking estrogen and getting breast... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Insulin resistance s: Yes, serious, need to lose weight. If you are not diabetic, you're about to become one as your pancreas cannot keep up with the demands with your die... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Sleep apnea: Daytime fatigue is a very common problem associated with multiple medical problems. The p[roblem becomes "the chicken or the egg" sleep apnea causes o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Water loss: It dehydrates the fat tissue which is like a sponge and will come right back. Unless you change your dietary habits dramatically. Eat more protein, dr... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Pituitary disease: Primary implies an ovarian disorder. Secondary implies a pituitary disorder. Elevated prolactin, low lh, fsh, high tsh, starvation (anorexia), bulemi... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Depends on the cause: Depends on cause. Surgery for hyperthyroidism is either graves or hot nodule. Removing hot nodule will normalize thyroid levels. Surgery for graves i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Not time released: Humalin is a "long acting" Insulin with a peak at 8-12 hours. It peaks at dirrerent times in different individuals as well as interpersonal variation ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Yes: This could mean eminent danger possible schizophrenia with voices telling them to kill themselves. Possible borderline personality disorder, the ind... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Coronary calcificati: Too much calcium contributes to coronary calcifications and kidney stones. Calcium is best obtained from dairy not from supplements. Only 300mg can be... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Subluxation of pat.: Subluxation of patella usually occurs when collateral laterals garments are weakened or medial collaterals. It needs to be realigned and then gentle r... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Thyroid supplement: If you have had your thyroid removed you should be on replacement thyroid medication. You would then have normal thyroid function and not have muscle ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease , very normal this point of pregnancy. Sometimes small sips of milk to help coat the stomach or water to dilute the ac... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Inflammation: can still have a bladder infection which is mild causing irritation and inflammation. You should get a your analysis and urine culture. If you're sex... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Pill/pregnancy: The pill is about 98% effective in preventing ovulation. that gives you a 2% chance of possibly ovulating and getting pregnant while on the pill. Is m... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Sweaty palms?: Sweaty palms may be treated with a nerve block in the axilla (arm pit)other causes of excessive sweating may include underlying anxiety. Drink 8 glas... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Possibly: Depends on reason for surgeryif surgery is for graves disease, total thyroid extinct warranted. If done for hot nodule, surgery to remove nodule will ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Psa velocity : If psa stable with a negative biopsy good sign. Testosterone may increase the growth of an unknown pre existing cancer but does not, on its own, cause... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Yes: Having an autoimmune disease predisposes you to having other autoimmune diseases through an hla-antigen inherited from parents.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Depends on amount: Most will return to normal within 2w, some never do and a supplement may be necessary. If your pre surgery TSH was <2, and 4wafter surgery it is >4, i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Normal: A white discharge following ovulation is usually normal.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Alkalinization : Wheat grass will rid your body of an acidic nature and alkalinize body fluids. This makes a less hostile environment for implantation.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Insulin resistance?: Consider pcos, or Insulin resistance, or gluten intolerance. Try going carb free for a week or two and see if symptoms improve.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Endocrinology 68 years experience
Not consistent : Constipation not related to pregnancy. Pcos has no bearing on HCG not showing on a prehnancy test.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hands is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hands is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Oct 18, 2016
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Thank you! My sleep apnea is being treated. I use my CPAP every night, all night. Apneas are below 1 (sleep doc says "very low"). Lost 10lbs thru Dr.-monitored diet/exercise - still have over 100lbs t...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'm trying after being so ill so long. Starting a slow exercise prgm
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thank you. my daughter went to er last night. this supports what we were told. very much appreciated dr!

Education & Training

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Graduated 1954MD

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Arkansas - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, Second Place, Arkansas - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, First Place, Arkansas - Spring
2015
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