Dr. Alvin Mathew

Internal Medicine
Phoenix, AZ
20 years experience

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Internal Medicine

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English

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101 Answers
474 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Long term suppression of TSH (hyperthyroidism) can induce osteoprosis. A baseline DEXA scan is appropriate.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Time to see doc: There are many causes for white thick discharge. A pregnancy test is cheap and simple to do to check if you are pregnant. If you are not and have be... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
What problem?: Psychological/physical? Your primary care physician is a good start since he/she knows you best. He/she can coordinate care with the rest of the spec... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Options: Try otc pain medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin/aleeve/ibuprofen. Oragel also very effective for tooth ache. Best to do is to see a de... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: An a1c of 5.9% is indicative of pre-diabetes per ada criteria. If your fasting glucose is 99, it could be over 100 if you repeat it again in the futu... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Agree : We don't know what causes it. Thyroid nodules are very common. We know that excessive radiation will increase the risk that the nodules will be cancer... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Possible: You can get upset stomach from eating anything. Why don't you stop for a few days and see if the stomach ache goes away.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes, see a doc: Your symptoms signal something unusual is going on. See your doctor for an exam and evaluation. You should not have pain in the stomach, lower back ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Need more info: Where, when, how bad, other symptoms...?
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Abdominal spasm can be caused by dka. If you suspect this, check your blood sugar, urine ketones and call your doctor if they are high. Other etiolo... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: If it doesn't worry you, then it's ok.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Depends: Depends on the urologist and his/her schedule. It usually is longer than what it takes to see your primary care. The only way to know is call.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See your doctor: A cream should not give you a cyst. Don't pop anything. Go see your primary care physician to have it look at. He/she will be able to know what it ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Anything that is not normal needs to be evaluated. You shouldn't have eye pain and blurry vision.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Many: You can take over the counter tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen or similar drugs for the pain. You can also try numbing gels: oragel, anbesol. Garg... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Depends on why?: You have to find out why you have stomach pain? Masking the pain with a pain pill might not be a good idea because you could miss something serious/d... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Sit in the front seat, there is less "shock" that way. Otherwise, you can try over the counter dramamine, compazine (prochlorperazine)...As always, m... Read More
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A 92-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Cut it: It's low dose but if you want the 2.5, just cut the 5mg in half. Buy a pill cutter at a store if you want to do it easier.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Your bmi is 17.7 so you are slightly underweight. You would like your bmi to be between 18.5-24.9.
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Many things: Rest your bowel until the pain is improved. Pain control. Maintain good hydration but most importantly find out the cause of the pancreatitis and tr... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Bad!: Why would you not want to treat your diabetes? It's not going to go away and will only get worst in time. Proper nutrition is important for diabetes... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Options: Try otc pain medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin/aleeve/ibuprofen. Oragel also very effective for tooth ache. Best to do is to see a de... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Should be fine.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Food: Postprandial blood sugar corresponds to mealtime. If the post meal blood sugar is high, it might be due to 2 reasons: you are eating too much or eati... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Hydration: It could be something you ate (asparagus?), dehydration or an infection. Increase your fluid intake. If the symptoms don't improve or if you start ha... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: 39 is young but it doesn't mean it can't happen. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor to make sure there isn't anything else causing your sympto... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See your doc: Sometimes it takes longer to get over a flu but if the symptoms are persistent, you should see your doctor to make sure it's not something else causin... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: It varies but if yours is 4 days, then that's you and it's normal.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: It's one procedure used for bariatric surgery. There are pros and cons for each procedure but if done right, it will help you lose weight. Feel free... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Many things: Cough can be caused by many etiologies. Some common ones include bronchitis or other upper respiratory infections, asthma, allergies with post nasal ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Unlikely: June is 3 months ago and if she has been having normal periods since then, then it is unlikely she is pregnant.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Talk to your doc: Need more info about why you were started on the medication and your degree of control as well as current vital characteristics. If you want to stop ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Helpful: It's very helpful both physically and mentally.
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See his doctor: He needs his medications reevaluated and physical/clinical workup for his current symptoms. It's dangerous to have a hr of 35.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No sure way: There is no "sure" way to know. A simple home pregnancy test should be able to tell you. A missed period might be an indication but it is not a "sure... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No: There is always risks involved but this is a very common, simple procedure.
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A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Need evaluation: Seizure is a dramatic event and is not normal. You need to find the cause of the seizure to treat or prevent it from happening again. It needs to be... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No: It's not genetic, it's not contageous, it's not dangerous. It goes away eventually after the car ride. There are over the counter drugs you can take... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See your doctor: This is not normal. It could be metabolic, psychologic, hormonal..See your doctor for an examination and evaluation to make sure there isn't somethin... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Postprandial syndr.: It describe a group of patients with symptoms suggestive of increased sympathetic activity (anxiety, weakness, tremor, perspiration, or palpitations) ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: By bmi criteria alone, you are a candidate for bypass surgery.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Internist: Go back to your primary care physician first, then to other per his/her recommendations.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Hormones: There are stress hormones and adrenalines that come out when you exercise. They counteract the effect of Insulin making it less effective, thus your ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Probably: 1.3 cm is big enough to biopsy depending on the appearance of the nodules. At the very least, she will need to have these nodules followed yearly to ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Rest: Rest, antiinflammatory like motrin, aleeve...If you have limited range of motion or pain continues, go see your doctor for eval and treatment.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Options: Try otc pain medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin/aleeve/ibuprofen. Oragel also very effective for tooth ache. Best to do is to see a de... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: No interaction between the two drugs.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Hydration: It could be something you ate (asparagus?), dehydration or an infection. Increase your fluid intake. If the symptoms don't improve or if you start ha... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
See your doc: See your physician to discuss appropriateness of an Insulin pump. He/she might send you to a pump nurse/diabetes educator or to an endocrinologist to ... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Different dm meds: They are both for diabetes but they work by different mechanism. Glimepiride makes the pancreas produce more Insulin while metformin prevents the live... Read More
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Sep 23, 2012
Concise, reliable answers.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mathew is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Mathew is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I have had two lab tests come back with a 2.6 level for thyroid. This whole time i thought it was chronic fatigue with my bipolar before now
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I have pain under my breast on the far left side it been hurtig off and on for two day n also can u tell me what it sounds like
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Thank you dr.for this information I guess my 16 months old baby is a gifted child ;) and in so happy & proud

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, AZ
Graduated 2003MD
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