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Dr. Alvin Mathew

Internal Medicine
Phoenix, AZ
19 years experience

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Internal Medicine

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101 Answers
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Depends: Are you on thyroid replacement currently? Tsh can fluctuate if you are on the wrong kind of thyroid replacement, or you are not taking it regularly, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Irritable bowel: You could have irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) which can have alternating diarrhea and constipation with normal workup. Not sure what the question is ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
No: This does not hurt your chances of conceiving.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: An ulcer can cause the symptoms described above. See your doctor for an evaluation about this possibility.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Depends: Depends on the doctor's policy and the hospital. Best thing to do is to ask your treating doctor.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Thyroid problem can cause constipation. The only way to know for sure is to get your thyroid level check on a blood test. Keep in mind there are oth... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Don't know: There are many reasons for sweaty arm pits and nervousness, hypertension is typically not a cause of those although the reverse is true.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
For now: But you are at risk for developing it again in the future. Keep close eyes on it. Continue with the healthy lifestyle you are doing that got the su... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Antibiotics: It is caused by the streptococcal bacteria and is treated with antibiotics.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: By bmi criteria alone, you are a candidate for bypass surgery.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Internist: Go back to your primary care physician first, then to other per his/her recommendations.
A 73-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Get evaluated: Please go see your doctor for an examination. Depends on what he/she finds, he/she might order more specialized tests for you. It's not normal for t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
No: There is always risks involved but this is a very common, simple procedure.
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Curable?: It can be treated and resolved but unless the cause is found and correctly addressed, it can happen again.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Talk to your onc: Your oncologist would be the best one to answer this question. It's not a good idea to stop taking med without a discussion with the prescribing physi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See your doc: If this is unusual for you, see your doctor for evaluation. It sounds like an ear or skin infection.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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.
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Helpful: It's very helpful both physically and mentally.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Go back to doc: Your blood pressure is quite high. If you are on medications and they are not working, you need to go back to your prescribing physician and let him/... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Depends: Depends on where you are in your cycle. You are most fertile around 10-14 days after your menstrual period.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
What's the cause: Find out what the cause of the pain first. Cephalexin will only help if it's an infection causing the pain. Until you know what it is, you should us... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See your doctor: Your diabetes regimen might not be working anymore. See your doctor to get it adjusted and reevaluated.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: No interaction between the two drugs.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes you could take: There is no significant interactions between these two medications.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Doctor: A therapist cannot prescribe drug unless the therapist is a psychiatrist. Otherwise, your medical doctor will be the one prescribing the xanax (alpra... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See your doctor: Why do you think you have low thyroid? Even with hypothyroidism, for someone so young, you should not have these severe symptoms. Please see your do... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
No: If the thyroid level is truly normal, thyroid nodules should not cause systemic effect like itching all over body...
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Avoid fatty foods: Fats from the meal will cause the gallbladder to contract which will cause pain. See your doctor to evaluate whether or not you truly have gallstones... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See your doctor: See your primary care physician for a physical examination and imaging as needed. At the very least, this will answer whether there is fluid in your ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Blister can occur anywhere. See your doctornif it's a recurrent issue.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Gilbert syndrome : This is a condition where total bilirubin will go up under stress. Sleeping only 5 hrs per day could considered stress to the body.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Antianxiety: It's an anti anxiety pill not in the same class as a benzodiazepine like xanax, (alprazolam) ativan...It binds to serotonin and Dopamine receptors.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Tick: Lyme disease is a baacterial illness spread by a tick bites.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Many things: It could be many things but the most important thing to rule out is blood. Please see your doctor for an examination and evaluation.

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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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