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Dr. Shahid Rafique

Internal Medicine
Snellville, GA
45 years experience male

Locations

Office

Snellville, GA

Address

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

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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
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.

Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

Arabic, English, Urdu

Doctor Q&A

532 Answers
50 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Unrelated: If she is only hepatitis c positive but not having active disease, then the cramps in legs and hands are most likely unrelated. Leg cramps can be due ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Follow up: You need to follow up with your hand surgeon. You may have developed nerve entrapment again.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Calculate: 1 cm has 10 mm. You can calculate the rest !
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Massage of any type is not known to make you lose weight. I note that you are taking lamictal, which is associated with weight gain. Talk to you psych... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: Feeling mild weakness and a desire to rest is a normal body response after ejaculation.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Liver damage: Persistent elevation of liver enzymes (ast, alt) is indicative of liver cell damage. The causes are multiple.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
200: A blood glucose reading above 200 mg/dl under any circumstances (fasting or after eating) is considered diabetes mellitus. There are different criteri... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Diffuse pain: Your questions has very little info. It seems that you have diffuse pain. A detailed history and exam are necessary to guide further investigations.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Need internal exam: You need an internal exam by your pcp or gynecologist to see if there is an ulcer or other lesions in the vagina causing the pain.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Many causes: The important common causes of your symptoms are skin conditions like contact dermatitis. Uncommon conditions include raynaud's disease and syndrome. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Oncologist: Many leukemias in the elderly are easily treatable with medications. If he is not under the care of an oncologist then that is what you need to do for... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Irritable bowel Synd: Statistically, irritable bowel syndrome would be the commonest in a 48 years old woman. However other more important conditions must be ruled out. The... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Need exam: The scrotal lesion could be an ulcer which needs to be looked at to make sure that it is not malignant. There are many other conditions that can cause... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: The lortab (hydrocodone) will show in the urine test. I am not sure what "suboxene" is.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Carefully: You can do gentle exercise not to hurt the strained muscle more.
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Uniterpretable: Progressive hyperpigmentation of the skin should be thoroughly examined. There could be localized infections like rosacea or hormonal problems. Discu... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Topical NSAIDs: If it is confirmed that you have costochondritis and not another similar condition topical nsaids like voltaren (diclofenac) gel and PENNSAID liquid a... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Probably yes: Any stressful event like a febrile illness, virus infection, trauma, surgery or depression can worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome. Similarly... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of transient sharp pain on the side of the head. They can be simple and benign causes like TMJ syndrome or referred pain from th... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Neuropathic pain: Your description seems to be of pain of nerve origin. That could be due to nerve entrapment, injury and inflammatory conditions of the nerves. You nee... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Eating at night is more of a behavioral issue than any medical condition. Taking a snack at bedtime often helps.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Vague : Your question is too vague and non specific. Please give more specific information.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Infection: You probably have a urinary tract infection. However UTI in young men is uncommon and is often associated with some other problem like some obstructio... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Ultram and zoloft are generally not effective in fibromyalgia syndrome. Xanax (alprazolam) is generally not recommended for long term management of ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Chronic sinus: This could be either a pilonidal sinus or a perianal fistula. Both conditions need surgical treatment. You should consider seeing a general surgeon or... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Neuro exam: Pain and weakness in the leg can be a symptom of spinal stenosis or other causes of pressure on the spinal nerves. Considering your age and history, y... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Treat fissure: Fissure needs to be treated too. Banding will not resolve that. See a contextual surgeon.
A female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Ulcers in the mouth can be due to benign but painful conditions like aphthous ulcers or Herpangina. However more serious problems like candida infecti... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No rule of thumb: There is no hard and fast rule how many times cortisone injection can be given. It depends upon the severity of symptoms and the diagnosis. Generally ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Fairly accurate: OTC pregnancy tests are fairly accurate. See your PCP and repeat the test at a reference lab. By now the pregnancy test must be very strongly positive... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Probably a bruise: If your pain is localized and there is no sensory or motor deficit I'm the legs the it is most likely a bruise that will resolve with time. Less commo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Check hepatitis B,C: While alcohol is the commonest cause of liver disease, hepatitis b, c, some other viral illnesses, autoimmune disorders and many medications should al... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Asymptomatic exposure to herpes simplex virus doe not need to be treated with antivirals. It is treated only if there is an outbreak. Supressive treat... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Several possibilitie: Cluster of painful blisters is highly suggestive of herpes genitalis. It can be confirmed by viral culture. Other possibilities are yeast infection an... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Family Physician: The high grade fever is unlikely to be related to an uncomplicated ovarian cyst.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Not fibromyalgia : By definition fibromyalgia comprises of diffuse pain. Localized pain is not fibromyalgia.
A member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Probably normal: Spontaneous transient twitching of muscles is a benign and common symptom.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Unlikely: Pain in the legs (as opposed to joints) is unlikely to be arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is possible in chilren but involves the joints. Leg cramps (... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Vague history: You have given a vague history. It seems that you have pain all over the abdomen but it is important to know what brings the pain on what relieves it ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: Both should be checked for herpes genitalis as well as other STDs.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Viral infection: Your symptoms are very much suggestive of viral gastritis. It is a self limiting condition. Avoid spices, hot drinks, tea and all anti inflammatory ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Medically there is no harm.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Don't worry: Spontaneous muscle twitching is a normal phenomena. Increase in pulse rate is also normal after using caffeine or other stimulants including emotional... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Probably benign: As. Principle any breast lump or swelling should be examined by a physician. If irbid of concern to your mom the it is worth seeing her PCP
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Chalazion: A circumscribed usually non tender swelling in the upper eyelid is Chalazion. It is a cyst that usually reduces in size over time though may not compl... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Precocial catch: You have described the characteristic features of precordial catch. It is a benign condition with no obvious cause. Local application of a counter irr... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: There is no evidence or even anecdotal reference to that. Fecal incontinence is a sign of potentially serious spinal, neurological or colorectal disea... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Possible: Do a pregnancy test if you miss your menstrual cycle.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
X-Ray: X-ray examination would be only definite test to show a fracture. However minor cortical fractures or stress fractures are often not seen on x-ray exa... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Several possibilitie: Your history is very limited. The causes in your case could be benign like irritable bowel syndrome and serious like inflammatory bowel disease. See a... Read More

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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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