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Dr. Paul Williams

Family Medicine
Harrisburg, PA
35 years experience male

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Board certified family medicine physician - 26 years of active practice experience. Interested in general family practice/family medicine questions as well as questions related to addiction medicine. "There is no such thing as a "stupid question"!!

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Family Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

687 Answers
20 Agrees
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Red spots on tongue: may be inflammed taste buds. Doubt infection since they are painless and no other symptoms. You may have also accidentally burned them with hot c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnant??: assuming 28 day cycles and unprotected sex - you should be about 8 weeks 5 days pregnant - Your tests go against this. I would suggest having a b... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Short of breath: The numbness in arm/shoulder may be related to pregnancy induced carpal tunnel although thats usually in the arm/hand. The shortness of breath bothe... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Nasal congestion: You may have sinus congestion in one of the lesser known sinuses - either the ethmoid or frontal that flares when you are supine. You may benef... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
GERD/dysphagia: Nexium (esomeprazole) suppresses acid production in the stomach. While your esophagus is normal - you may have mild gastritis which can cause similar... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Not sure its the cau: first off - you are listed as a 53 yo female - so testicular ache would be exceptional for you - body aches is not a usual side effect of piracetam -... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Most likely : sorry - your profile says 17 yo male - so I am assuming this is for your partner - Emergency birth control using the pill - can cause extra bleedin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Gyn exam: For a routine exam- undressed and gowned-open in the front. I check the heart and lungs and then do a breast exam-laying flat and seated-I then palpa... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Placebo pills: Generally not an issue those placebo pills are simply inert pills. If you haven't gone off cycle you should be fine - the surgery and stress of ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ankle: remember RICE - Rest Ice Compression and Elevation - I suspect your you undid all the healing your body did over the last 8 weeks. Back into t... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
RLQ abd pain: Any fevers?? - any relationship to your periods? - the major organ in that part of the abdomen is the appendix and in females the ovary I would su... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Hemangiomas: you may have pyogenic granulomas which appear like hemangiomas and are associated with pregnancy. They generally regress without intervention but so... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Frequent urination: ok your demographics indicate female yet screen name is male if male - consider prostatitis as a cause. If female - consider chlamydia causi... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ridgey vagina: Did you have an episiotomy? Where they cut you to help let the baby out? If so, this may be the suture line that you are feeling. It could also r... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
No dilation: Sex can cause release of hormones that can cause contractions and help bring on labor - as can manipulation of the nipples (probably safer and more c... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Inside of cheek: You may have bitten it and didn't realize it - or what you may be seeing or feeling is the salivary gland opening since you report the some issue on ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
S/p thr with pain: sounds like you might have some scar tissue getting caught - in the joint. if it continues you should make an appointment to see your surgeon
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
? mercury poisoning.: Very very unlikely that the tiny amount of mercury will cause anything. Mercury is a heavy metal that accumulates in the body over years. Unless ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Braxton hicks: braxton hicks contractions can occur throughout a pregnancy but are usually NOT regular and painful. At your stage of pregnancy - I would be concer... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Burning back pain: any urinary symptoms?? unusual for a 20 yo to have disc issues without significant trauma. any other symptoms?? fever frequency of urination, ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Sinus ear poppling: Yes - sinus infections can block the Eustachian tube which connect the inner ear with the back of the throat - allowing the pressure in the ear to eq... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Linzess: Abdominal pain is listed as the second most common side effect after diarrhea. In my experience most side effects usually ease up after taking a ne... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Pressure in head: Sounds like a sinus infection or at least nasal congestion. Other possibilities include a tension headache. You might try some OTC decongestants. ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Building muscles: Unfortunately, without working your muscles (muscles get bigger when they are "worked out" ) they won't get bigger - so the gym is the way to go o... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
DMDM safe??: DMDM is an additive to shampoo as a antimicrobial. It realeases formaldehyde and can cause an allergic contact dermatitis. At your stage of pregnanc... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Epiglottis: it is possible if you were relaxed enough that you could see your epiglottis - a normal structure at the base of the tongue see http://www.patie... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Armpit lumps: if they feel "deep" likely lymph nodes that you are feeling - if close to the surface - they may be small sebaceous cysts or ingrown hairs. Try ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Red tonsils: The redness is a sign of inflammation. Tonsils are a lymph gland that can swell with any type of infection. They trap dead/dying white blood cells... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Virginal bleeding: Depends-while an "old fashion" way of telling if a woman was a virgin was if she bled during her first penetrative sexual encounter. However in todays... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Kojic acid: It has been used to treat certain pigmented skin conditions and will cause lightening of the skin. However, you may be sensitive to it. I would pu... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Inhaling bleach: Bleach is a respiratory irritant. It releases chlorine gas at the cell level. Chlorine gas is a direct cell toxin. It will cause coughing can cause ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Mydriacyl (tropicamide): No - at least not in the us. It requires a prescription.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Weight fluctuating: Depends on a variety of factors. - food intact, fluid intact clothes and time of day. Best recommendation - weigh yourself at the same time ever... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Ingrown toenails: They can be treated surgically and then the offending portion of the nail (at the base) treated so that it doesn't grow back. Its best not to get the... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Rough sex: Thats a very broad question - but generally no - anal intercourse may cause problems with tearing and pain in the rectum after "rough" sex. General... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Irreg periods: Not knowing your age makes the answer difficult but it sounds like you are pre menstrual meaning it should come on time for march. A variety of thin... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Unwanted facial hair: Besides plucking the hair or using laser or electrolysis - vaniqa is the only other option - bleaching agents will simply lighten the hairs making th... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
?pregnant: Not sure the cramps are related to anything - depending when your last period was - it is possible that you are pregnant. Best recommendation would ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Heat rash: First off - staph is a bacterial infection so the anti fungal shouldn't work - heat rashes are generally non infectious and respond to products like... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Dust mites: Because the infestation still exists - treat the mites and that should help - there are commercially available products to spray and keep mites away... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Bowels/bladder: Sometimes the presence of stool in the rectum will place pressure on the urethra acting to "hold" the urine - once it is relieved you may have the urg... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
U take my breath awa: Depending if its an upper respiratory infection or worse yes - you may also have inflammation of the lining of the lungs - pleurisy that is manifeste... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Cracky jaw: Sounds like you might be developing TMJ syndrome on that one side. The jaw is a sliding hinge type of joint - with a small layer of cartilage in the ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Failing/ed pregnancy: Sounds like you have had a misscarriage the strange smell is bothersome - i would definately contact your OB and insist upon being seen sooner - you... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Thickened secretions: Probably nothing - the rule of thumb is that ovulation should occur 14 days from the first day of your menstrual period - so if you are trying to get... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Epigastric pain: Probably warrants a visit to a gastroenterologist. The discomfort and belching may just be reflux that might respond to a trial of an over the counte... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Hernia repair time: If the repair was done laprascopically - generally the recovery time is much shorter - ie 1 -2 weeks. If it was done the "old fashion" way - generall... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Acne scars: The only good treatment would be dermabrasion. Accutane is good for cystic acne - but really doesn't help the existing scars. You might be able to... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Itchiness and eyes: You may have a form of blepharitis - similar to seborrhea of the scalp. Try using a warm washcloth. If that doesn't help - your doctor can check t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Lymph node and phelg: Assuming the lymph node is in the neck or head area with phlegm is sounds like you have some sort of upper respiratory tract infection. If the phleg... Read More

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Jul 21, 2014
Excellent Family Practitioner. Experienced,dedicated,knowledgeable,caring and takes time with his patients.
Mar 31, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Williams is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you doctor for the very prompt response. This is my first time use of this application following a recommendation. This is sensible advise. I just feel that I need to get the eczema under contro...Read More
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thanks It wIll be hard to walk away I have thought about It but we do have a chIld together he has never hurt hIm before so I keep hopI.g he needs help and I feel bad because he grew up wIth abuse and...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you very much. I have been taking the vicoden off and on for a few days and completely forgot I took it when I took the benedryl for some stuffiness I have been e...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

The Polyclinic Medical Center of Harrisburg, PA
Completed 1990

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Harrisburg Region - Fall
2014
Top Family Physician, Second Place, Harrisburg Region - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, Harrisburg Region - Fall
2014

Affiliations

Holy spirit hospital
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