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Dr. Crystal Twynham

General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery
Elk River, MN
35 years experience female

Locations

Crystal Twynham MD PLC

Elk River, MN

Address

13395 - 185th Lane NW, Elk River, MN
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My office hours

Tuesday: Closed
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Bio

Hi! I am a doctor because I have an intense desire to help figure out problems with their health, and assist them in making changes to improve their wellbeing. As a surgeon, that sometimes involves operations, but more often than not, my role is a "puzzle solver" and a coordinator -- taking pieces of information that don't seem to connect, and using them like a jigsaw puzzle to see the answer!

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General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery

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396 Answers
106 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Lots of things...: Our brain can't tell the difference in pain signals from heart, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, pancreas, bile ducts, liver, or gallbladder. So i... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Ovarian cyst or Appx: With your associated symptoms, this could be a large ovarian cyst, or possibly even ruptured appendicitis, now with an abscess. You definitely need t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Get checked out!: You are assuming you have reflux. Our brain can't tell the difference in painful signals from heart, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, pancreas, b... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Chronic illness: Painful periods have many causes -- spasm of the uterus muscle, inflammation, hormone changes, bleeding out of our tubes into the belly ("retrograde m... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Yes!: If you feel very sick, have lower abdominal pain, think you will vomit, and are 18, appendicitis is very possible. At this time of year, there are ma... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Bulky foods: Raw vegetables, unbuttered popcorn, rice cakes, water, fresh fruits. The bigger question is: why do you want to fill up your stomach? Is it to try ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
1/1000 people get it: A metallic taste in the mouth can be caused by many medications. Arcoxia is one, occurs in only about 1/1000 people. Here's a link about side effect... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Yes!: Drinking alcohol in moderation will not affect your ability to gain muscle. Building muscle requires extra protein in your diet (2 grams/kg body wt) ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Need MD Advice: Headaches that are daily, persist, and are severe can be stress, anxiety, difficult life situations, or something more serious. Only md can evaluate ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Your question asks about a 21yo, but you list yourself as 25. I am assuming you are asking about you. Lower abdominal pain after c-section could be ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Can be normal! :): A brown discharge after menses at age 25 can simply be retained blood and uterus lining that didn't fully leave the uterus or vagina. Sometimes the u... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
More reflux!: The more food in your stomach, the higher the pressure, and more reflux. Eat smaller meals, and stay upright for at least an hour afterwards. Avoid ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
May be likely: If a good support bra, attention to good posture, and avoiding other things that cause back pain don't help, and your breasts are excessively large co... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Check it out!: Any lump or bump on your body that's different and enlarges or becomes painful needs a doctor's attention. It's impossible to say what it is -- the m... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
No: Twitching is common & happens to everyone; and is not dangerous -- usually just bothersome ... Sometimes downright painful! frequent twitching (in th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
?Hernia ?Back Disc: Sometimes small hernias in the groin will push on nerves very early, before you can feel a lump, and cause the kind of pain that you're describing. A... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Lots of things...: Our brain can't tell the difference in pain signals from heart, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, pancreas, bile ducts, liver, or gallbladder. So i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Maybe ... but risky!: These work by 'fooling your body' that you're already pregnant, so no egg released = no pregnancy. The last week of pills have no hormones usually, a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Maybe ... pregnancy?: Take a home pregnancy test -- twice! if it positive, you are pregnant -- see your ob/gyn. If negative, any woman may not release an egg, and upset t... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Blocked intestine: Your "gut" is a hollow tube from your mouth, to esophagus, to stomach, to small intestine, to large intestine (colon), to rectum, and out your anus. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Exercise & Protein: Building muscles requires exercise to increase their "bulk" and the building blocks to do so = protein. Increasing your protein in your diet from who... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
No worries: You are fine. The house fly will not transmit any disease to you on your penis. You did the right thing by washing your skin with soap and water. Y... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Thanks for info: Your girlfriend should see a good internal medicine doctor if she is over 18; if under 18, a pediatrician. There are more causes than I can list for ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Our veins carry blood that has had most of the oxygen removed from it -- that's why it looks blue. We often will notice something about our body that... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Not recommended: Using zithromax together with alcohol can stress your liver significantly, even (rarely) to the point of liver failure. If you have liver disease, ar... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Any age with consent: People of any age may have blood tests taken. As far as children and teenagers being seen independently and having blood tests taken, there can be 'i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: The only reasons that you would not do this is if the person has sepsis (blood stream infection from typhoid fever) or is allergic to the medication. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Depends on site: Most meps stations, the wait is 7-10 days. Good luck! and thanks for serving our country!
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Possibly pregnant: Your period should have been due on 7/27, if your periods are regular every 28 days. You don't mention using contraception. If you are pregnant, it'... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Possible: Pregnancy occurs near ovulation=release of egg -- about 14 days AFTER your period starts. Sex 2 days before your period starts is RARE to cause preg... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Not w/out more info!: I'm assuming you had a 'core needle biopsy' where an ultrasound was used to see the abnormal area, and numbing medicine injected, and a needle took se... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Yes, or other things: Are you on birth control pills? Antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, and trigger an early period (which means you can get... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Not normal, see Dr.: Generally, if you are taking your pills every day, your natural hormones are blocked. The last week of pills has no hormones, which triggers a period... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
30 minutes (or more): You need to find out how long it takes your body to start to absorb the medication -- usually that's about 30 minutes, or more, depending on your degr... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
No: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria called Treponema pallidum. It is not related in any way to Hepatitis B (which is a vi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Not : The normal stresses and strains of everyday life will not change breast development. Severe physical stress such as a severe, prolonged illness; maln... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Depends on Diagnosis: We have 1 word for butt pain: hemorrhoids! real hems are varicose/enlarged blood vessels in anal canal=internal or skin=external. They don't hurt u... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Citrus & Tomatoes: Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. Citrus and tomatoes lower the tightness of the top of the stomach, and allow more ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Most likely...: Do the 'sugary foods' you're eating have anything else in common? High fat? Citrus? Tomatoes? Caffeine? All of these food elements can allow stom... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
How do you feel?: If you don't have burning pain just below your breastbone, under your breastbone, in your neck or throat; no sour taste in your mouth; no sore throat ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Very unlikely: Bariatric surgery is expensive ($15, 000+ depending on procedure), it's a clear, up-front cost, and those with morbid obesity often carry significant ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Depends on Goals: What is it that you want to "work"? If you wish to reduce the size of your abdomen, have extra fat and skin around and below your belly button and wa... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Consequences: That's the biggest thing to consider. Small hernias are much easier to repair than large ones .... And especially if you've just had a major hernia r... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Lots of things...: Our brain can't tell the difference in pain signals from heart, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, pancreas, bile ducts, liver, or gallbladder. So i... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Not pregnant: If ALL of your clothes were on, and you or your partner did not touch his penis and then your vagina (possibly transferring semen), your chance of pre... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
For cancer or want?: Presuming for cancer: PROS: Improved body image, better fit for clothing, sense of "wholeness," giving symmetry to chest, psychological improvement,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Pick your Parents!: Genetics count for a lot! but more seriously, most male models have extremely well developed muscles because of genetics, intense (>4 hrs a day) w... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Strip the drain: When a string of clotted blood or clotted proteins (looks like a clear yellow worm in the drain or bulb) blocks a drain, you can help restore flow by ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Failed ovulation: I assume you mean you are 2 weeks late for your period. Any woman may not release an egg, & upset the delicate cascade of hormones which lead to our ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 35 years experience
Normal variation: The z-line, where the esophagus lining connects to the stomach lining varies quite a bit from person to person. Not everyone has a straight circle --... Read More
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Very impressive knowledge of medicine in general and quite able to convey that in her answers.
Apr 4, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Jul 28, 2013
Great responses, accurate & thorough. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, I've been to E.R every week since surgery, and seen surgeon the same, I knew this wasn't right, I will press harder now, thank you. Is been very worrisome!
HealthTap member
Hi, thanks. I know it doesn't directly lead to PD, I'm concerned because it seems to be a common presenting symptom, ~2 yrs in advance of PD symptoms.
HealthTap member
This is why I am recommending dr's ask about nicotine intake on their questionnaires. I was vaping so said no to smoking. I quit at 1st THR.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Minnesota Medical School, MN
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield WI

Awards

National Merit Scholar
University of Minnesota Presidential Leadership Scholar
William Brasted Teaching Fellowship in Chemistry

Affiliations

Essentia Health Detroit Lakes MN
Sanford Health, Perham MN
Avera Marshall Medical Center, Marshall MN
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