Dr. Stuart Hickerson

Family Medicine
Williamsfield, IL
34 years experience male

Locations

Dr. Stu's Proactive Health

Williamsfield, IL

Address

2277 Knox County Hwy 18, PO Box 369, Williamsfield, IL
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

I am board certified in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. I have also had a 10 year special interest in Age Management Medicine having completed courses through Cenegenics and Age Management Medical Group. I have been a full time Emergency Physician since 1993. I have a passion for it! Providing fast care and quickly resolving health problems is very important to me.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Anti-Aging Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Licenses

United States: Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: If you are improving, the medicine stays in your system at a therapeutic level for a few days. However although it stays in longer, the level is not ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Bumps: Friction can be a cause particularly if the area has been getting moist. Fungal infection possible. The area can get infected with cellulitis as a fol... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Air: Depends for many people moisture helps them to breath. However cool dry air can be often best for people with allergies.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Diet: L-arginine is found in foods such as soy, pumpkin seeds and dairy products. I am unaware of any need to specifically supplement this in your diet if y... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Diabetes: No particular symptoms between diabetes in men or women. Excessive urinating, excessive water intake, fatigue, weight loss. Can be associated with nau... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Abdominal pain: Lower abdominal pain can be for various reasons. Appendicitis, diverticulitis, infectious, ischemic or inflammatory colitis. Renal and GU problems suc... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Weight gain: Typically people who are trying to gain weight use a protein supplement. The following article should help. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/best... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Monitor : Freestyle Libre Sensor is a popular no stick blood glucose monitor.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Headaches: There are various types of headaches. Some common headaches are tension, migraine, and sinus. Headaches can be associated with various conditions. M... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Depression causes fibromyalgia. The key is an imballance in the area of the thalmus. This causes lack of pain filtering by thalmus an increased pain p... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Weight loss: Often weight will come off quicker at the beginning of a diet. For most people continued loss of a 1/2 to one pound per week is a good rule. https:/... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Tachycardia: tachycardia can be multifactorial. It can be from environmental things such as heat it can be from things to ingest coffee other stimulants. It can... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
IBS: The symptoms of irritable bowel include a combination of crampy abdominal pain associated with various degrees of diarrhea and constipation. Understan... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Swine flu: Swine flu is treated similar to refular flu. Rest, NSAID. Oral agents for swine flu include the following: Oseltamivir and Zanamivir
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Bark: Cortex is latin for "bark" so cortical is the bark or outer layer of the bone. Subcortical edema is swelling below the cortex. It usually is indi... Read More
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Tear: If this problem has persisted for 7 months I would have a visit with an orhto or a sports medicine specialist.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Bleeding: A one time episode of bleeding unlikely concerning. However, if symptoms are recurrent notify your provider. Are you on aspirin or other blood thinner... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Yes, probably a very optimal day to get pregnant.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Sore throat: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is to take for pain while your pregnant.You can also use topical sprays safely such as cepacol call or other throat lozenges.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Possible: Unlikely, but posible to be pregnant. Check a pregnancy test.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Blood clot: A swollen leg with color or temperature change usually indicats a vascular problem. Get evaluated.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Check healh dpartmen: Check local health department or hospital they may have a program. Another route is to call the companies that make your meds. They can help.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: The suppository or tablet should completely dissolve to be effective.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Conception: The ideal time to conceive is usually mid-cycle.Although that is the most likely time to conceive, you can see that any point during their cycle excep... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism in itself should not cause blood in your stool.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Infection: This sounds like an infection of your testicles in you should be examined.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Mild: Sgpt or serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase also known as alt is one of your liver enzymes that is commonly measured on standard labs. Upper limit of... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Aching legs: Legs aching is most commonly associated with an electrolyte problem.I would get a lab test check either your magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium.A p... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Cutter: If you are feeling suicidal you need to be seen. Go to the er.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Torn ACL: Torn acl is more likely to lead to long term dysability, is usually more difficult to fix.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Hbe Ag: "e" antigen is present in patients positive for HBsAG and is related to hbcag infections.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
1968: The first "chemo ports" were the broviac and hickman catheters that were developed in 1968. They were perfected by 1973 and are known as central line... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
NO: The tablet does not have to sit right u[ against the cervix, it should be inserted enough so the tablet can be completely dissolved and absorbed.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Pain: The normal gallbladder contracts when you digest.This usually is asymptomatic.When you have gallstones or inflamed gallbladder you will have pain. Wh... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Infection: Staph infection after surgery is a major conrn especially after joint surgery. Staph pneumonia is always possible after any surgery.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yohimbine: Yohimbine has been a traditional compound to help with stamina. Ask at vitamin shop or health food store.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Exercise.: One of the best things to do is to do regular back exercises. Get with a physical therapist or exercise specialsist and learn to do a proper routin... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Cut: A topical antibiotic would be reasonable to start on the wound. If you feel the area is swelling possible to develop an abscess.
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A female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Cordyceps: Cordyceps is a fungus. Typically found in the mountains of China. It is grown typically in a lab for commercial use. The compound has a beneficial e... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Get Checked: With that history and that bp, get checked soon!
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Obesity: Obesity is linked to multiple other problems:arthritis, CAD, HTN, DM2. Central obesity also is associated with worsening inflammatory chemical in your... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Vitamin C: Generally for daily dose 500 mg to 1000mg should be fine. I generally reserve extra C for stress or for example for cold etc. In that case I take one... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
ITP: Some type of ITP or TTP would be of strong consideration. I hope you are in consult with a hematologist.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Knee pain: If you are having bilateral knee pain i would be concerned about an autoimmune problem. If you are heavy it is possible for this to be osteoarthritis... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Frequency: If he is having urinary frequncy and chills.. He likely has eithera urinary or prostate infecion. He needs to get checked.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Herpes: Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2. These viruses are double stranded dna viruses that are enveloped in a protein.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Gallstones: When your are obese your body simply has more fat content and this includes increased lipids and cholesterol though your bile system. That increases t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Depends: If this is a one time episode i would recommend tums, pepto, alka selzer or zantac (ranitidine). If this is more chronic then you likely need to see ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Chest pain: Substernal chest pain should be evaluated with an ekg. Get it checked.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Possible: If you had sex with both men during that time it is possible to get pregnant from either. In fact, if you were to have twins one could come from eac... Read More
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Aug 9, 2014
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER OF ILLINOIS

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Peoria, IL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Peoria, IL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Peoria, IL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy Family Physicians
American Association of Physician Specialists
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