Dr. Connie Topliff

Family Medicine, Board Certified
Phoenix, AZ
30 years experience female

About

Bio

I believe being a physician is, at its best, an opportunity to partner with my patients & other providers to improve a person's health and life quality. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, but especially with adolescents and adults. I am passionate about health, fitness and nutrition based on good science. As a family physician, I strive to see the whole patient within in the greater context of their life & values.

Specialties
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Family Medicine, Board Certified

Family Medicine

Men's health

Patient empowerment

Sports Medicine

Women's health

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

239 Answers
188 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Diet needs to be: Advanced gradually. Breast milk/formula is adequate up to 6 mos. Then you can start introducing soft healthy foods in addition to formula/breast milk.... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Should get checked: While a little spotting is probably ok, the presence of clots is concerning. Generally intercourse during pregnancy is safe, unless there are problems... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Several possibilitie: Hard to say without an exam. May be a hormone imbalance of estrogen, progesterone, & testosterone (yes, girls have a little testosterone normally). P... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
See below: Opiates don't deplete nutrients. What is depleted is your body's ability to make neurotransmitters. It can take months for these to return to nl. It m... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
You need to get: The nutritional info. Can look up a given food online. Netdiary is a good app that has a lot of this info built in. Fitnesspal is another app, i think... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
A possible cause: Sometimes, a viral illness can also cause inflammation in the appendix. If the pain becomes severe, or doesn't resolve after your cold gets better, pl... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
You need to see a: Doctor. Sinus headache shouldn't cause sig BP elevation nor swelling. You need to get BP to a normal range, watch your sodium/salt intake & make sure ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Yes-with qualifiers: Both citalopram and Ibuprofen can decrease the blood's ability to clot. But if you do not have problems with bleeding, stomach ulcers, or kidney probl... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
PCOS is a: Hormonal imbalance. Technically, so it diabetes. A buffalo hump is sometimes associated w cushing's syndrome or disease, which causes elevated cortiso... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
I'm sorry but I ....: Need more info. Are you pregnant? Several pillows can be used instead of a body pillow. Anything to help lying on your side be more comfortable (spo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It may be an abscess: Please check back with your doctor to make sure it's not an abscess.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Sounds more like a: Bicep strain. Whether this or from iv, apply ice pack for 20 min every 2 hrs for next 1-2d & rest it. If it becomes red, warm & swollen, please see yo... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
The tampon can put: Pressure on full bladder, & also on urethra and sphincter (muscle that controls urination). Child bearing/age/declining estrogen levels, can weaken mu... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
I see you're on: Topamax-can stimulate appetite & cause wt gain. Otherwise, get more exercise, outdoors preferably. Be patient-will need to work up to 45-90 mins aerob... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It's controversial. : It used to be thought it was better to let your system 'cleanse itself ' without medication, but studies have shown this to not be true. Pepto bismol ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Hard to say without : Knowing your age & physical condition, & not being able to do an exam. If recent injury-try rest, ice pack, possible ace wrap, and elevating your leg.... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It is unlikely that: This is anything serious. You may have hit it unknowingly, or may have some inflammation in the area from skin lesion (pimple, ingrown hair, etc). Don... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Probably not but: That doesn't mean you don't hurt. You may have post-nasal drip, esp at night and or dry air. Allergies may also be a factor. Try using a saline nasal ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Please see a doctor: Some types of vaginal bacteria are normal, but you really need to see a doctor to see what is causing your infection, & to get the right treatment.Thi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It depends on ....: Several factors. Body size, other illnesses, etc. I am concerned why you asked. Are you thinking about overdosing? If so, please talk to someone inste... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
I suspect you may: Have muscle tension causing this. But other causes are possible. Please check w your doc to verify the cause & figure out how best to help you feel be... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
They can: If your diet has too much protein & not enough carbohydrates, you may feel tired. You may also be missing essential other nutrients-vitamins & minera... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It can be a: Challenge. One app i found makes it easier- netdiary. I think fitness pal may be another. Otherwise it's the rather tedious job of looking up calories... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Please see your doc: No this isn't normal. Could be bacterial vaginosis (in imbalance of normal bacteria) or an infection. Please have your doctor check it out.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It can be: Sometimes decreasing the dose or increasing it more slowly can help. Also, oftem these side effects go away after a week or two. There is also an ext... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
You may have : Strained some of the tendons & ligaments. Hold off push-ups & other wrist stress for a couple of wks, (substitute other arm exercises), then gradually... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
You may have an....: Avulsion fracture where the tendon has pulled off a piece of bone where it attaches. You should see a doctor & probably get an x-ray.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It's a combination..: Of 2 or more individual chemicals. Examples are hydrogen and oxygen to make water, sodium & chloride toile table salt. There are many more complicated... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Various reasons : If there is an open wound or incision, it is definitely better to leave it open for healing & to prevent infection. If they did surgery, they probably... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Please see below: Noted several of your posts. Sounds like u r pretty frustrated & angry. Perhaps at a provider &/or insurer. I'm not sure anything we can say here will... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Dear wooly mammoth: :-). Seriously, as long as you are careful to not shave within 1-2" of the boil , and are careful re hygiene (wash area well w soap before & after sha... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Please see a dentist: A standard x-ray should be adequate to check for fractures. You need to make sure there isn't an infection or bite issues. Tmj is also a possiblity. P... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
You may have : Stretched your healing incision, esp internal stitches while very sore, probably not serious & should improve. Try to take it easy, especially lifti... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
There are several : Options. Step ups & step downs, wall ball squats, & the really convenient isometric contraction (also w adduction) are you concerned w a specific in... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Depends on if: You're having pain & decreased range of motion. If so, it is probably impingement syndrome of the shoulder caused by weak rotator cuff muscles. A phys... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Really hard to say: It could be anovulatory bleeding. If it continues please check w your doc.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
An isolated fibula : Fracture can take a while, especially in someone w/ 'more mature' bones. Unfortunately, a small amount of bone movement is necessary for bone healing.... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Tucks, (witch hazel) preparation H: And warm baths can be soothing. You need to avoid straining when you have a bowel movement, so be sure you eat at least 25g fiber daily and drink plen... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Unsure: This could be many things. Pulled muscle, bone problems. Blood vessel problems, nerve problems. You should see your doc to have it evaluated.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Most likely it isn't: Food poisoning. Rather i suspect she caught a stomach virus & started having symptoms when you had dinner. Hopefully you practice good handwashing & d... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
See below: The cold may be affecting the balance mechanism in your ears. And you may still have some sinus inflammation, or dry tissue. Try covering your ears wh... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Yes: I'm concerned you are still spending so much time in bed. Please check w your doctor about being able to get out of bed using a walker or crutches. Ot... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
It could take : 3-6 months.
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A member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
See below: Sometimes in younger women, your periods can be irregular. So it could just be a late period. However it sounds like pregnancy is a possibility for yo... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Your BMI is too low: I am concerned you are not eating enough, & that your body may be breaking down muscles for fuel. Kidney problems, bladder infections and diabetes are... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
See answer: How long ago was d&c? How severe is the anemia? Are you on any medications? Running a fever? Are you drinking enough fluids? If you have a fever you ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
2 main options: Either exercise using the arms on a bike-pedal device, or more commonly, medications are used that simulate exercise effects on the heart, & heart res... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Sounds like .....: Irritation of the head of the 2nd metatarsal. Wearing heels will make this worse. Try wearing flats or sports shoes only, even around the house. Do th... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
Many options: I'm curious re the "own reasons". Sometimes, if there are unwelcome side effects with an otherwise effective medication, it makes sense to address the... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 30 years experience
See below: Have you had a pregnancy test? Please do if you are concerned. Re: pcos-it's characterized by an abnormal ratio of estrogen and testosterone (yes, wom... Read More
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Feb 4, 2013
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Topliff is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I just know taken Motrin or Ibuprofen by mouth is out of the question because of my gastric bypass surgery. I wanted to know if they can prescribe me toradol since tha...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! My pee is btwn yellow and orange but more towards orange and I don't really sweat when I exercise and I don't eat tht much salt
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Tension headaches. Got an MRI. Regular neck massages by myself or others helps enormously! Thanks :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Trinity Lutheran Hospital KC,MO

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American academy of family practice
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