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Dr. PHILIP WALLER

Rheumatology
Houston, TX
34 years experience male

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Houston, TX

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12553 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX
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Rheumatology

Doctor Q&A

503 Answers
296 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Doubtful: Bulging discs certainly can radiate pain to many areas but usually to the legs. Radiating pain to the groin area less likely as is vaginal pain. I wou... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Sinus issues: Your symptoms sound as though you have sinus issues and most likely infection. Allergies may also be contributing to your problems. Sinus or other upp... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Possibly: The positive RNP can be seen in Mixed Connective Tissue Disease which can be associated with a positive ANA and skin rashes and hair loss. Discoid can... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
They can be removed: The Montgomery glands are a natural part of the breast. They are sebaceous glands that produce oil and protect the nipples and areola. If they become ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Correct: Vegetables such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, parsley, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and chard should not be eaten in large amounts du... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
No exercise yet?: If the wound is not closed any deep cut may need to be evaluated by a medical person as the cut could go through layers of tissue to the bone which co... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
For now relax: These symptoms are common and are quite commonly benign and do not typically signify any serious disease. Almost all of us, have these twitching muscl... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Doubtful : Based on what you describe HIV would be extremely rare and you are not describing HIV symptoms. With that said if the razor had a significant amount o... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Possible: There are very common side effects of Bentyl such as dry eye and mouth, and vision changes. neurologic side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, wea... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Correct: The dosages you describe are well within the range that would be used for your problems. There are physicians that also may prefer higher dosages of t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
See a physician: Your complaints are concerning and can be caused by a multitude of medical problems beyond the scope of this forum. Please seek medical attention now.... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Raynauds : You are describing raynauds which is opening and closing of the capillaries and small blood vessels in the hands and feet made worse by colder tempera... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Appears fairly safe: I do not believe there are direct interactions between the two medications. Eltroxin should be taken first thing in the AM on an empty stomach and wai... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Swelling/Pain: I am assuming we are talking about a DVT in the leg. The most common symptoms would be fairly acute onset of pain, swelling, redness and warmth in the... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Be careful: Everyone can react differently to pain meds. I always rec the lowest dosages possible. The most at one time would be 2. With your side effects, I migh... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Should be fine: The major concern with medications like DayQuil or Nightquil would be drowsiness. I certainly would not drink further while on Dayquil or any other ov... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Kidney issues: I believe we are told to drink more water then we need. The correct statement would be drink to thirst. If you are thirsty then drink. If you are reta... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Could wear off: Ibuprofenn is typically a drug that is taken every 6 hours but for some people it can wear off in 4 to 6 hours. You can supplement the Motrin with Ace... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Could be normal: I believe most people drink more fluids then is required by the body. I recommend to my patients. just drink to thirst. If you drink more, you obvious... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Urine tests: I am more concerned about your blood in the urine rather then the CBC results. If u have already had a complete urinalysis, you need an ultrasound of ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Enjoy: You will have to search restaurants in your area to find places that serve more of the wild game meats. They are becoming more and more popular. As wi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Medical First: You need to be treated for pelvic inflammatory disease before anything else if you have not already. You do not want to be left with active infection ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Many things: Dermatomyositis is a disease with many complaints and physical findings. Listing them include muscle weakness and muscle pain, skin rashes which can t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Good question: Not an easy answer. If you just started cross country you have to still start with low distance and increase over time. The knees can certainly hurt j... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
No: Rheumatoogists would treat scleroderma. In houston, the immunologists do not tend to treat disease but do more research. Allergists/immunologists will... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Mosquitos: This illness is caused by mosquito bites from infected insects. The mosq. Is usually fornd in tanzania and other parts of africa. It is rarely fateal ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
One process is: Greater. In osteoporosis, bone resorption is more prevalent then bone formation. As a result, a negative bone balance occurs and bone loss will occur ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Trauma?: If there was no trauma to the thumb or any other joint on that extremity, the next condition to think about is ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow. Wo... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Be comfortable: I am less concerned about the arthritis in the family and the back pack type. My concern is that backpacks are getting heavier and heavier and i think... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Not usually used: Most infections are not treated with steroids since many times steroids can make infections worse. On rare occassions, steroid nose sprays are used in... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Emergency: The two together suggest possible stroke or brain hemmorhage (blleeding in the brain) from the high blood pressure). Call 911 now or have someone imme... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Typically no: If the bone spur is compressing a nerve in the neck or back or limits shoulder motion for example the answer could be yes. However bone spur removal i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
YOUNG MEN/AM PAIN: This is one of the few rheumatic diseases that affect more men then women. Most patients are men between 20 to 40 years old with worse morning stiffne... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Infection: A common problem with breast feeding can be an infection called mastitis and can give you the symptoms you describe. It is not uncommon and can be tre... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
No cures: There are medications to reduce the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and the best treatment is keeping excellant control of you blood sugars. Howevre, ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Yes: Hip pain can start in the groin and can travel down the front of the thigh portion of the leg to the knee. I have seen patients that have had arthrosc... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
No: The overall answer is no. There are no simple treatments for arthritis like a copper bracelet. However, will you find people who swear their arthritis... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
I see having any: Chronic disease is another problem or illness we as humans need to get used to and deal with. One could say there are worse diseases then arthritis bi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Yes: Even though injuries such as fractures can occur the life saving aspects of the seatbelts still out weigh the risks of not using them even with osteop... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Hypertension: Neuropathy? I am not familar with a typical neuropathy from hypertension. Was that the specific diagnosis you received. Many patients have associated ... Read More
A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Agree: There are other medications to take including intravenous medications. Speak with your physician again.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Not as useful: As a t score. The z score is the how your bone density compares to someone else your age. It is given in a percent. The more important number is the T... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
It can be: In my clinic , we see a number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis but their testing for rheumatoid disease is within normal limits.They still lhave... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Not Uncommon: Obviously age, previous back problems or other musculoskeletal problems could make the fall more serious. Doubt fracture of the spine unless pain excr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Most likely no: Anatomical differences are well known from one person to another. Unless you have had trauma or other problems, you should be fine. It is rare to be b... Read More
A 80-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
No: I have had rare success in using Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) in aggressive inflammatory osteoarthritis where the joints have a significant amount o... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Yes it can: Pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) can cause abdominal pain and even bloating but the later maybe less common. Other symptoms can include vaginal bleed... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Similar: Meclomen (meclofenamate) is considered a nonsteroidal medication which is the type of medication that both advil and Motrin are. They all have similar... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Yes: Osteoporosis by definition is further bone loss as compared to osteopenia. A patient's fracture risk would be higher with osteoporosis then osteopenia... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
See below: The side effects are similar to all nsaids. They include stomach/gi side effects such as stomach pain, GI bleeding etc. They can cause kidney function... Read More

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I do try to watch what I lift but will take extra note. The discomfort is in my upper right shoulder area , it is improve with treatment of osteopath but still can't full turn my head to the right. Th...Read More
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Thank you:) I was thinking it might be autoimmune related because my sed rate and c-reactive protein are slightly elevated. I run a low grade fever and my immune system doesn't seem to be functioning ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks!!! He still has pain in left pelvis and weakness in thigh muscles (cannot take full weight without walker, or so he thinks). His neuro-physician thinks it may be ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

Top Rheumatologist , First Place, Texas - Summer
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, the Houston Region - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, Second Place, the Houston Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Memorial Hermann Hospital
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