Dr. Shahid Rafique

Internal Medicine
Snellville, GA
46 years experience male

Locations

Office

Snellville, GA

Address

2331 Henry Clower Boulevard, Suite-A, Snellville, GA
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About

Bio

I am a general internist with experience in general surgery, urology and aviation medicine. My hobbies include music, photography, astronomy and flying.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

Arabic, English, Urdu

Doctor Q&A

532 Answers
50 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Viral infection : Seems you are coming down with common cold (viral upper respiratory infection). Hot saline gargles, hot drinks, rest and some OTC analgesic will help.... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
TMJ: It seems you are having temporomandibular joint problem. See a doctor specializing in TMJ. You probably have internal derangement of that joint.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Probably ranula: Your description is consistent with a salivary Gland cyst. Consult an oral surgeon or ENT.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: That is why they reinforced the abdominal wall with the mesh.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Sedation: Taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) at night may cause drowsiness in the morning g for first few days. You should have no trouble driving if you are not drows... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Abnormal anal canal : If pencil thin stool is going on for more than few days, then you need to see a gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon. Physical narrowing of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Multiple causes: You could have osteomalacia (vitamin d deficiency) that can cause bone pain. There is also risk of osteoporotic compression fracture of the spine. Com... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Suspect hepatitis: It is very important that you see a physician and have complete workup done to check for acute hepatitis. Hepatitis can be due to viruses, medicines (... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Remove it: A complex ovarian cyst of this size should be removed as the risk of cancerous changes is high.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Bruised nerve: You have not mentioned the duration of the symptoms or when the injury occured. Injury to the nerve at the wrist can cause tingling and numbness in th... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Treat it: Symptoms of urgency, frequency and burning with the urinary nitrites and leukocytes should be treated. Such infections sometimes do not yield a cultur... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Avoid: Avoid such combination. Most otc sleep aids contain some sedative antihistaminic like Diphenhydramine (benadryl). Concomitant use of common muslce rel... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No: Gonorrhea does not cause abdominal bloating. If it involves the internal female organs then it can cause severe pelvic pain and tenderness.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No: Presence of tapeworm parts or ova confirms its presence in the intestines.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Unclear: Peritonitis is a kind of serositis and can be due to complicated cholecystitis. There are other types of serositis (e.G familial polyserositis) which ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Vague symptoms: Your symptoms are very vague. You need to see your family physician and be thoroughly evaluated.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: Some men require manual stimulation to achieve erection and masturbation helps them.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Poisoning: In cases of poisoning/overdosing, vomiting is often induced to clean the stomach. Sometimes if a person is nauseous, inducing vomiting can relieve nau... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Neuropathy: Tingling in hands and feet in a 48 years old individual needs to be thorougly evaluated. Common conditions like diabetes & thyroid disorders can pres... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No: There is no association with cancers. Alopecia totalis is an autoimmune disorder.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
See your MD: It could be anything from irritable bowel syndrme to peptic ulcer or other serious conditions. A good history and physical exam is required. See your ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Slow mentation: Deficiency of thyroid hormone slows down the mentation and thinking speed. Just like it slows all other body functions.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: There is no restriction on regular light exercise when trying to conceive. Very strenuous competitive sports have been shown to be associated with men... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: If a patient has a generalized seizure while driving, standing at a height or engaged in any potentially hazardous activity they can have a fatal acci... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Several causes: If you take laxative or stool softeners containing liquid paraffin or similar substance that can actually leak from the anus and soil the perineum. I... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
24 hours: If it is indeed influenza, then tamiflu (oseltamivir) is very effective and usually improvement is seen within 24 hours.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yeast infection: Candidiasis (yeast) infection is the commonest female genital infection. Use of systemic or topical antibiotics predisposes to it. You may try otc top... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Inflammation: It seems that you have tender testicles that hurt during intercourse. Infection (like chlamydia), mumps, trauma to the testicles and prostatitis can c... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Not necessarily: Post coital bleeding is often seen just before or after the menstrual cycle. If it is a recurrent observation then a gyne exam is warranted to make su... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
See ENT Specialist: He needs to be thoroughly examined by an ENT specialist to check for chronic sinusitis and gum disease. If he truly has "urine" like smell then he mus... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Not known: It is not known what triggers pcos. Something at molecular and genetic level triggers the cascade of ovarian and hormonal changes. That in turn effect... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Blood: Oozing of blood under the skin.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No: Ear wax actually has a protective function.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Probably not: In younger women congestive dysmenorrhea can be very severe just before and the first 1-2 days of the cycle. If the symptoms are so severe consider us... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Ear tubes: In certain diseases of the middle ear, tube is placed in the ear drum to ventilate the middle ear.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Edema: Edema (swelling) is associated with weight gain. Women are more prone to it and menopausal state makes it worse. Kidney disease, heart disease, thyro... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: Intrauterine contraceptive devices (iucd) have a characteristic picture on ultrasound images.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
See ENT Specialist: He needs to be thoroughly examined by an ENT specialist to check for chronic sinusitis and gum disease. If he truly has "urine" like smell then he mus... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Vague symptoms: Your symptoms are too vague. An experienced pcp can take more detailed history and perform focused exam to determine the nature of your symptoms.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
All health related: The case manager is expected to share all aspects of a patient's care wit their pcp. That includes their medical, social, psychological, environmental... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Possible: Uti is possible and should be checked by urinalysis and culture. Unstable bladder is another common problem in women. Conditions like diabetes also ne... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Insignificant: If your SGPT has been elvated and other liver function tests, viral studies and ultrasound exam of the liver are normal, then this is most likey insig... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
See PCP: You seem to have some significant healthy issues at a very young age. You need to have a detailed history, exam and some investigations to determine t... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Investigation: Other causes of weight loss like diabetes, thyroid disorder, liver disease and on course cancer of the gastrintestinal tract have to be considered and... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Liver damage: It means your liver cells are being damaged. That can be duse to viruses, precription meds, alcohol and some other causes.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No: Occasional intermenstrual spotting is common in young women. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is entirely a different condition.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Phythormones: Plant based hormone like compounds are becoming increasingly popular for . They are often custom compounded and applied topically on the skin. You wil... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Muscle Strain: Probably a muscle strain. In obese individuals with lax abdominal wall can also cause hernia. In that case a swelling will be noted. If your symptoms ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No: Prescriptions can not be written. This is a patient education forum. It seems that you have some important conditions that need an expert physician t... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Positional vertigo: It is common to experience vertigo on extending the head back and lowering the head. That is due to the inner ear balancing mechanism being stimulated... Read More
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Testimonials
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Nov 19, 2013
Respected specialist of Internal Medicine. Highly recommend.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rafique is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rafique is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Colonoscopy & Thyroid check recently, routine. Will mention others to Doc, but, this matches lifelong issue and I truly do not eat any food.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I mainly have the diarrhoea and just sick of having to live off Imodium tablets most days. I will chat to my dr. Thanks
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thanks doc for this extremely helpful insight, I always thought that was the case! do I have to change my eating habit because of this?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Karachi, Dow Medical College, Pakistan
Graduated 1977MD

Awards

Top General Internist, First Place, Georgia - Winter
2013
Top General Internist, First Place, Georgia - Summer
2013
Top General Internist, Second Place, Georgia - Summer
2014
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