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Dr. Karen Shackelford

Emergency Medicine
Emelle, MS
27 years experience female

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I am residency trained in Emergency Medicine, and completed that program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1999. I received my board certification in Emergency Medicine from the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 2001. I was in clinical practice until 2008, and currently am Chief Medical Officer of Medpix LLC, a company devoted to digital medical image analysis and remote transmission. I still live in Jackson, MS. One of my four children followed a pathway in healthcare, receiving her MPH and currently working as a health policy analyst in Jackson. For those of you who know me, the other three children have scattered across the world, giving my husband and I the opportunity to travel a good bit. My current hobby is computer programming, beginner, working with Python. I go to Grand Rounds frequently in Emergency Medicine, as well as resident lectures, and they are more fun the second time around. I think it's because I get more sleep in general.

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Emergency Medicine

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Doctor Q&A

67 Answers
6 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
PID is systemic ...: The result of an ascending pelvic infection. If your cultures are negative and nothing shows up on microscopic exam of swab, unlikely you have std. Yo... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Infection or stone: See your doc. Infection likely if fever, stones are excruciatingly painful.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Post surgical infections can be deadly. They can also be due to a number of things besides infection at the surgical site, such as urinary tract infec... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Micro infection, dry: Sometimes dryness causes cracking at corners of mouth, and they become infected with fungal organisms. An anti fungal, topical, can often clear this u... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Fat around the belly: Is not caused by fibroids, if you are referring to "pinching an inch" or a roll of flesh hanging over your waistline. However, large fibroids in a thi... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No.: Over the counter pills often contain harmful ingredients and are not regulated as prescription drugs are regulated. Anything that cuts your appetite l... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor: A growing nodule that had not changed in years is not likely cancer, but an ultrasound or other imaging study is in order to define what exactly is on... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor.: Your headache could be caused by sinus pain, vascular (migraine) pain, or a serious condition of the nerve called temporal arteritis, which could affe... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Bug bite, infection: See your doctor if it doesn't resolve by tomorrow. An infection can spread into the actual orbital capsule of the eye. In the meantime, put a warm com... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Prenatal care?: You should have an obstetrician and be receiving regular prenatal examinations. If you are doing this, then you should call your obstetrician and aler... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
In a week.: Or you might go to the er and get a quantitative beta hcg, which might indicate a low level of the hormone present during pregnancy, possibly indicati... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor: To rule out any serious cause of your symptoms, then realize that exercise will increase your level of energy, and causes release of natural pain kill... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Too little informati: It is important to know more about the circumstances under which you began to experience the pain, such as any trauma, did it occur after stretching u... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
NSAIDS, ICE, REST: The sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body, exits the from the low portion of spinal cord, travels through the pelvis, supplies motor and sensat... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor now.: Painless lumps are suspicious for cancer, and reticular cancer is most common in the third decade of life. There are other infectious reasons or lumps... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Take preg test: Rule out pregnancy by taking an otc pregnancy test, then repeat in 5 days if negative.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Pus=infection: If they recur, see your doc.
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Area of discomfort?: Is the pain reproducible when you press upon the bony tissue, or is it related to the soft tissue below the xiphoid process? Gastritis can present wit... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Get a second opinion: Your drug regimen does not include a mood stabilizer, which is essential in treatment of true bipolar disease. There is no good reason to be on two si... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Possibly: Women experience variations in their menstrual cycle and flow all the time, due to hormonal fluctuations caused by things like illness or stress. Are ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Referred pain: Possibly you are subjectively experiencing the menstrual cramping on the left side, and if you normally have no pain when you are not menstruating, i ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes.: Hypocretin regulation is not completely understood. However, hypothyroidism is hypothyroidism and should be treated according to normal guidelines, wi... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Tylenol, (acetaminophen)fluid,salt: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe in pregnancy. You didn't mention where she is in pregnancy. Low blood pressure is more prevalent during the first trim... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Sounds like drainage: If you don't have a fever, and you are not having difficulty swallowing, then try taking an antihistamine - Benadryl (diphenhydramine) - to stop the d... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Vesicles?: Little pimples, painful with pus, possibly herpes. Get it checked anyway, there are a variety of different causes of genital lesions, some which, if u... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Most definitely.: I hope your doctor told you how serious this is, and how important early treatment be instituted.
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doc.: Sounds like a sexually transmitted disease. Must be examined, with samples of any discharge to be analyzed and cultured so you can be properly treated... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
An oral antibiotic.: Since acne is caused by bacteria, topical and oral antibiotics can be used to treat it. Sometimes oral antibiotics like tetracycline and Doxycycline a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Try changing soap: Or deodorant. Wash with mild soap and water, dry thoroughly. Avoid clothing that binds. If you see pus or have pain, consider infection and see your d... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
You could be pregnan: It is not unusual to have light menstrual bleeding in the first month of pregnancy.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Multiple potential: Causes of infertility can be due to either the male or female partner - you need to see a specialist with your partner and systematically rule out pot... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes.: If a bacteria is the cause of a kidney abcess and cannot be treated adequately by antibiotics, then surgical debridement will be necessary.
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Mittleschmerz: Sometimes people experience ovarian pain mid cycle as egg is released. Depends upon point of cycle during which pain occurs. You an have pain at time ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
No.: Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in the vagina. Something as upset the balance. You can get bacterial vagino... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
It could be.: However, headaches can be harbingers of more serious conditions, such as hypertension, intracranial bleeding, tumors, etc, if they are new onset and r... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Ten to fourteen days: The usual course of treatment is ten to fourteen days for a wound infection, and you should expect to see improvement within 3 days. If you continue t... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Is it serious?: As an emergency physician, we take complaints of abdominal pain seriously. Are you pregnant?I severe pain to doctor. However, you sound as though you ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Go to the er and get tested. There are a lot of other things it could be (gout, sprain, infection), but you certainly need to rule out anything life t... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor.: There are multiple causes of abdominal pain, and there is no way to answer your question without a complete examination and more detailed history. Is ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Possibly.: Take a pregnancy test. It is not unusual for pregnant women to have a light bleeding during early pregnancy.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Rectal temp: Your temperature reading sounds inaccurate. If you use a good thermometer and take a rectal temperature, and if it is still low, go to the er immediat... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Comfort: A fever is the body's response to infection and is perfectly normal. You may be more comfortable if you take an anti-pyretic (tylenol), especially if ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Is always advisable to have a physician inspect any lesion that is unusual, to decide if a culture or biopsy of the lesion is necessary.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Ovulatory cycle.: Your ovulatory cycle may be prolonged due to the release of hormones particular to your estrogen/progesterone feedback loop. 28 days is the median len... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Bland: The "brat" diet - advance cautiously from clears to bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Spontaneous abortion: Otherwise known as miscarriage, if you did not have a normal period as expected within fourteen days of ovulation, it is likely you were pregnant and ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Spots or pimples?: Not clear, but if you picked at a pimple, put some triple antibiotic ointment on it if red and angry. Otherwise, just let the hopefully superficial sc... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on size: You should have this monitored regularly and at a certain point your doctor will recommend surgery, if aneurysm continues to grow. Take his advice. I... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Any discharge should be seen and examined by a professional health care provider. Microscopic examination of the discharge is done, and cultures are g... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Shackelford
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
See your doctor: The treatment options for occluded vertebral arteries are not as well defined as those for carotid artery stenosis. That said, there is a possibility ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shackelford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shackelford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Noticed yellow-tinted bruise around my left wrist, which is painful when pressed upon. But don't recall hitting anything! Two weeks ago had bloodwork.
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I have savere cramps on my left every month and ive been to the er and they gave me pills please help me i have no insurance pleaasehelpme:(
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Thank you your answer is the best I have received I have also been carrying out RICE when not up and about. guess ill be taking it easy.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Mississippi School of Medicine, MS
Graduated 1995MD
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