Dr. Thomas Mcgowan

Family Medicine
Lindenhurst, IL
male

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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

English

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764 Answers
318 Agrees
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Symptoms: Cough, weight loss, night sweats and shortness of breath. see your MD and get a chest X-ray and a ppd placed.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
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Labs: Your thyroid test looks normal, but your parathyroid test looks high. I would see an endocrinologist to go over those lab values.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
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Knee: Sounds like you may have an issue with a meniscus, which is the cartilage between your femur (thigh bone) and the lower leg bone called the tibia. It... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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Cause: did the right thing by going to ER. Likely cause could be gallbladder issue for someone your age..
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Patch: Could just be a nevus or mole, could be fungal infection, could be a patch of eczema, among other things. Best thing to do is go get it looked at it.... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
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Pain: Sounds like nerve pain. If not short of breath or chest pain, can wait till the AM. Can you make t better or worse by ding anything? Have you had a... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Yes: The pull out technique is not an effective form of birth control, it is possible to become pregnant.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
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Cough: Some of your question is not all there on our screen. Sounds like if you have an abnormal chest X-ray and still have a cough despite antibiotics, yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Wrist pain: RICE - rest, ice, compress, elevate. Sounds like a sprained wrist. If not improve, see a doctor to help diagnose.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
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Neck: if your headaches are from neck muscle spasms ( which would cause a reversal of your normal curve in your neck) anti inflammatories and muscle relaxa... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
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Unaware: Not aware of that correlation between size of clot and higher value for d dimer. A d dimer is a test that we use to help rule out a clot when it is n... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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Uncomfortable: The procedure itself is uncomfortable, but most MDS will give you something to relax (i.e. valium) because when you are anxious, pain is intensified. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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Black stool: you may have stomach ulcer as you have pain and black tarry stool. I would seek attention now.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Post nasal drip: The cough is stemming from irritation in your throat. To relieve post nasal drip, options include decongestants, antihistamines and nasal steroid spr... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
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Med: The diagnosis is not made by the type or dosage of a medication. It is based on your blood pressure before you started the medication. If you had th... Read More
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A member asked:
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Pain: if your pain is unbearable then yes go to the ER. The ER I would use in your case only for pain control not for a cure. But if you have been dealing... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
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Cut: if scar is closed and not an open wound it is fine to use lidocaine. They come as patches called lododerm that can be used for nerve pain.
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A female asked:
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Tendonitis: Without a fall or trauma, it is likely a tendonitis, which should improve with anti inflammatories like motrin or advil (ibuprofen) and some ice daily... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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First: Don't mean to question you, but what is the rush for you to have a baby? You are 18, you have a lot of life left and plenty of time for children. A c... Read More
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Strep: If you have been on antibiotics for 48 hours and the strep you had was not resistant to your antibiotic then you should not be contagious.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
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Hernia: an umbilical hernia not associated typically with feeling ill or fatigued. It can cause some abdominal discomfort or if it gets strangulated or incar... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
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Typical: Not sure what tendon they used on your first repairs, either cadaver or your hamstring, but patellar tendon is very commonly used. Make sure you do t... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Yes: could be back especially if having unprotected sex. Could be another type of infection too like gardnerella. See an md for exam.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Yes: An infection can make your periods irregular, but your periods are usually not too regulated just two months out from a pregnancy either.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
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Possible: you may have one but there are other causes too. See your doctor for an exam especially if foot cold.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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Accutane: Depression is a very serious side effect with accutane, and worrying is a sign of anxiety which is commonly associated with depression, so yes it is, ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
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Two other meds: There are two other viagra type meds, levitra (vardenafil) and stendra. Levitra (vardenafil) is touted as better for diabetics, but same side effect p... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
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UTI: not common in 18 year old men, I would recommend seeing someone in person to get your urine checked.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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Sleep: sounds like you are under stress. Those are all signs of anxiety, call or see someone for some help with your mental health
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Likely rib issue: Posssible you have a rib that is out of place or the cartilage between your sternum (breast bone) and ribs is irritated. To make sure it is nothing e... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Dosing: you are correct, sudafed is in mucinex (guaifenesin) d. You may feel a bit jittery or have an increase in your heart rate today. You also may have a... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
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Exercise and period: It is fine to do those activities during your period. You may be a bit more fatigued as you have some blood loss and may be a bit anemic, but the exe... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Opinionated MDs: We all have our opinions on how to treat certain conditions and synthroid and armour and naturthroid and levoxyl (thyroxine) and generic equivalents a... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
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Typically OK: It is OK to do this in general as you swallow mucus from sinuses all the time with post nasal drip, but if you have black mucus, you should get that l... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Claritin (loratadine): The recommended daily dose of claritin (loratadine) is 10mg a day, so the by the book answer is no, you should not… Many people though need more anti... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Yes: 500mg a day of vitamin c is fine. The RDA on vitamin bottles is just the amount you need to avoid scurvy or other diseases. I wouldn't go any higher... Read More
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A 73-year-old female asked:
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Sleep: If your sleep is interrupted by leg pain, the most common cause for someone your age is arthritis pain, but the other one to consider is something ca... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
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Likely muscle: During and after a bad cough you can pull a muscle between your ribs or aggravate an abdominal muscle. If no shortness of breath and no history of bl... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Soap and water: Washing your face twice a day would be the best thing, followed by a simple benzoyl peroxide wash.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Always possible: It is always possible. The best thing to do to rule out a pregnancy is check a pregnancy test. If negative, call your MD who gave you the Depo-Prove... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Seek medical attenti: Call 911 and get to an ER. A gunshot wound needs attention immediately by a trained medical provider. The police should also be notified.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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No: If you are talking about thrush in the mouth/tongue… no not likely to spread outside the mouth. A fungal infection on the skin can spread across the ... Read More
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A female asked:
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Pain: Could be a lot of things but burning pain on one side alerts us to nerve pain so consider shingles especially if rash appears. Other common cause of ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Infection: sounds like an infection in your sinuses. Many resolve on own but if persist longer than a week or so despite decongestants and or antihistamines, se... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Pregnancy categories: Safe is a relative term. There are categories that all medications have for pregnancy safety. A through D and X. For your situation, your symptoms d... Read More
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A member asked:
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Diet, exercise, meds: See your doctor on a regular basis, follow a diabetic, heart healthy diet, exercise daily, check your blood sugar often and take medications as prescr... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Yes: Not sure what pill you took but gum would not inhibit the absorption of a pill.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Pain: YOu may have an inflamed vein called thrombophlebitis or you may have varicose veins that just ache or you may have a blood clot in a vein. Go see yo... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
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Get checked: YOu may have a bladder infection or possibly a prostate infection. See a doctor and get an exam and your urine checked.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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See md: donating blood may make you anemic a bit as a 19 year old female which may cause the nausea/I'll feeling but the arm and shoulder issue is not typical... Read More
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Oct 21, 2014
Dr. McGowan always provides meaningful, easy to read and understand answers for patients here on HealthTap. In addition, he's a wonderful, supportive and caring person and we are all lucky to have him...Read More
Dr. Carrie Cannon
Sep 6, 2014
Dr Thomas McGowen is a caring physician who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help his patients. I recommend him highly.
Aug 28, 2014
Dr, McGowan, is a thoughtful, caring guy with a vast fund of knowledge that Healthtap can now tap!
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This can't involve my guardian. Look I know how old I am. I came here for answers not to be scolded like a baby I have my mother for that. I didn't think it was a big deal. Hello this isn't the mafia...Read More
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Ive just seen a chiropractor for the first time and discovered the curve of my neck is completely backwards. Gathering info from all around to see if chiropractor is the best route for me. Thanks!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for answering. I will take your advice and see a dermatologist. My overall health is not bad- no diabetes or meds. So I'll take your advice!Thank you!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rush Medical College, IL
MD

Awards

Top Family Physician, Third Place, Illinois - Fall
2014
Top Family Physician, First Place, Illinois - Spring
2015
Top Family Physician, First Place, Wisconsin - Fall
2015

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
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