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Dr. Donald Colantino

Internal Medicine
Stoneham, MA
62 years experience male

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Internal Medicine

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English

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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Sharp pains: Sudden sharp,fleeting pains are usually of nerve origin-that is an irritable nerve that fires spontaneously(neuralgia) and in your case I suspect the ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Interaction: I wouldn't foresee a marked interaction with a small amount of alcohol, but your pharmacist can answer your question best.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
One dose: If you only missed one dose, there is not a big problem if you resumed your medication. If you vomited more than one hour after taking it,there is a g... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Bumps: These lesions along with the pain may signify a viral infection like herpes simplex or herpes zoster(shingles). Since there is treatment available for... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Groin: Pain in the inguinal area is usually due to injury or strain. If there is no history of this, the discomfort may be due to an impiged/inflamed nerve o... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Gynecologist: You may have a vaginal infection and should be examined by your gynecologist for diagnosis and treatment especially if you had unprotected sex and Don... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Post nasal: This may be from postnasal drippings from paranasal sinuses or from the back of your nasal passage. Sometimes excessive dryness from airconditioning i... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Papillae: These may be prominent taste buds or papillae and don't sound like anything serious. An otolaryngologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Nose pain: Recurrent nose pain and headache without associated sinus congestion features, May be a variant of migraine or cluster headaches. For evaluation I rec... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Gastroenterologist: This may be irritable bowel syndrome, lactose or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Observe for relationship to certain foods. See a gastroenterologis... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Possibly but unlikel: Daily dull,nagging headaches are usually Muscle contraction,tension headaches, but a neurologist is best qualified to evaluate,advise and treat you. A... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Dysesthesia: When normal appearing skin has a hightened sensitivity to touch, the cause is often obscure. I would consider consulting a neurologist for a diagnosti... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Nondiagnostic: I don't believe that it's diagnostic of pancreatic cancer in the absence of other supporting findings. Your gastroenterologist is best qualified to ad... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Chest pains: Such fleeting chest pains are not usually due to lung or heart disease, but can be caused by pinching or irritability of intercostal nerves or muscles... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Cysts: These lumps may be baker's cysts and can be best evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon and /or an ultrasound. Since you're experiencing discomfort, I rec... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Leg pain: It appears that your discomfort isn't arrising within the knee joint itself. If that's the case, and if there's no history of leg strain, calf muscle ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Strain: This is most likely an acute lumbosacral strain with muscle spasm. Apply cold for 48 hours and then switch to intermittent, moist applications, linime... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Cramps: Recurrent muscle cramps or spasms may be caused by deficiencies of calcium or magnesium. Sometimes they are due to excessive muscle tightness caused b... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Contusion: This is a blunt force injury to throat structures, but if you have no difficulty with speaking or swallowing and have normal range of motion of your n... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Exam advised: These are nonspecific symptoms but not characteristic of elevated blood pressure. Possibilities include electrolyte imbalance, calcium, magnesium, pot... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Nonspecific: The cause of his vomiting can be due to various things like virus infection, food poisoning or intolerance, inflamed stomach lining,etc. The odor of t... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Pulsation: This may be pulsations of the abdominal aorta which is the largest artery in the body. If the pulsations are very pronounced, you should be examined f... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Nausea: A common problem in diabetes is very slow emptying of the stomach(gastropareses) which may be causing your symptoms. A gastroenterologist is best qual... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Ophthalmologist: I think it is very important that you be examined by an opthalmologist as your symptoms of eye discomfort and visual disturbance are quite concerning.... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Sweats: Do you have fever or shaking chills as well? If not the sweats could be due to an overactive thyroid, excessively warm environment or over dressing, i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Upper abd.ache: Gastrititis(inflamed stomach lining), peptic ulcer, pancreatitis,or even gall bladder pathology are possibilities. If a bland, low fat diet,avoidance ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Nonspecific: This is a nonspecific symptom and if you still have concerns, your physician can order a urinalysis to ensure that there is no serious urinary patholo... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Low back pain: It's difficult to understand how a bowel movement relieves what appears to be chronic musculoskeletal discomfort of the lower spine. It could me that ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Pressure: This is most likely positional, temporary and due to pressure on the superficial nerves of your scalp and has nothing to do with any brain pathology e... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Hypothyroidism: Are you taking thyroid supplement and,if so, is your tsh in normal range? Of all your medical conditions only an underactive thyroid could explain une... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Gastroenterologist: Focal colitis can occur as part of inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or chrohn's disease or be nonspecific. Treatment with cortiso... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Vertigo: Acute positional vertigo, a benign inner ear disorder, may be followed by recurrent feelings of dizziness or unsteadiness, but electric like jolts are... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Lumps: These could be simple cysts or lipomas(fatty tumors) but should not be tender. It's best to have your physician examine you for diagnosis and advice.
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A member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Infection: This appears to be cellulitis of the finger and it should be evaluated for diagnosis and prompt treatment as soon as possible. It may have started as ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Venous blood: With your feet in a dependent position veins become filled with blood that is less oxygenated than arterial blood causing a bluish hue. This is exagge... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
. Popping: These sounds are probably snapping of ligaments or tendons but see an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and advice.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Blood clot: If a lump is evident in or on a vein, a blood clot would be a possibility. It can fragment and travel through the vein upwards toward the lungs. Blood... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Examination: If there is noticeable asymmetry in your abdomen, it's best to have your physician examine you to look for an abdominal hernia, aneurysm, enlarged li... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Pulsation: The vein most likely is touching the radial artery and moves as the artery pulsates. If this pulsation is much more noticeable than the pulsation of t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Numbness: This is consistent with a peripheral sensory neuropathy or acute neuritis since there apparently is no associated leg weakness. A neurologist is best ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Fiber: Fiber products like psyllium provide bulk for good bowel movements but, in my opinion, do not promote better gastric emptying in those patients who ha... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Low back pain: This low back pain, if not due to an obvious injury, could be due to muscular, bone, ligament, or disk origins. Strain or inflammation are common caus... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Fleeting welts: Those welts may be hives which are itchy and an allergic reaction to something internal(like a food or medication) or to something external like tempe... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Vascular surgeon: I feel that knee high compression stockings would not be helpful in your case and that thigh high ones are indicated. A vascular surgeon with special ... Read More
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A 60-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
149lbs: As a guideline, If you are between 5'4" and 5'6" your weight appears on target. However your physician who knows your body type is better qualified to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Fish: If any thawing at all took place, it is not recommended that fish be put back into the freezer.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is usually a localized inflammation of a joint between a rib and the sternum(breastbone) and causes pain and tenderness in that locali... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Orthopedic specialis: This is now chronic inflammation such as seen in tendonitis or epichondylitis of the elbow and if anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve (n... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Skin lesion: Without examining this one cannot make a diagnosis, but if it's flat and has been there for weeks, it could be a benign hemangioma. If it's very recen... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Gastroenterologist: If you're experiencing difficulty managing your IBS with avoidance of offending foods or following the FODMAP diet, consult a gastroenterologist for m... Read More
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Testimonials
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Nov 26, 2016
And great Telemedicine Doctor
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Aug 16, 2022
thank u 4 always responding but if you can respond back to the post of mines , it cant be a old infection because my gf tested negative so any old hookups i had in past is out the picture since i alwa...Read More
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Feb 7, 2016
I have a shoulder Impingement. I just started pain in my armpit of the same shoulder. He was able to detect why I had pain when I put my chin to my chest. I didn't mention my Impingement. He's right.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Good morning Dr.Colantion,thanks for your kind reassurance ,good to understand these things and interesting too,i am always learning.Thank you for your time i will reduc...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thanks, i rnight try taking 50 rng, ive done it before, not sure how id react to 75, cant take sleeping pills cause of the benadryl. dont want to rnix. you sure seern to...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Sorry for the delay. Having a good amount of periodontal work being done and considered. Your reply is REALLY useful. Never knew short vs. long. Kind of like short actin...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

TUFTS UNIV
Graduated 1960MD

Residency

St. Elizabeth's Hospital
Completed 1963

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2014
Top General Internist, Second Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2014
Top Doctor, First Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2014
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