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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Low serum potassium: Mild hypokalemia -- slightly low potassium levels -- can cause these symptoms. Since this occurs only upon awakening in the morning, the cause of the lowered potassium level is probably easily corrected. Eating a banana sometime between dinner and bedtime may solve your problem.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Low blood pressure: Postural hypotension describes a phenomenon that occurs in some people -- usually otherwise healthy -- in which after they rise from either a prone, or sitting, position their blood pressure quickly becomes lower. As a consequence, the affected person becomes uncomfortably dizzy, or lightheaded for a short time period.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
High BP at 20 wks: BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be monitored carefully and frequently!
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Yes: There should be no problem taking these two drugs at the same time.
A female asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Ovarian inflammation: Probable bilateral inflammation of some origin in both ovaries and fallopian tubes. You should have medical exam and evaluation ASAP!
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Uterine discharge: Yes, this is an issue that you should discuss with your physician. Although an occasional adverse side effect with Emoquette, this problem should not be ignored!
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Biliary obstruction: Yes, you have reason to be concerned. These discolored stool samples are usually indicative of some type of obstruction in your normal flow of bile from the gallbladder to the intestines. This could involve the liver, the gall bladder itself and/or the bile duct and/or pancreas. This is something that requires a serious diagnostic investigation, which I strongly recommend that you pursue.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Avoid combination: It is not advisable to take Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) with doxycylcline.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Lymphadenitis: I suspect that you have an inflammed lymph gland in your inguinal region. You should consult with either a local surgeon or gynecologist for treatment.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David H. Katz
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Behcet Disease: Call UC Irvine Medical Center, and ask for referral to an endocrinologist. It is very close to where you live.
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