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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Dying: skin changes: When a person is actively dying, there can be changes in the circulation to the skin and mucous membranes, so the skin may become pale or mottled, and cool, and the mucous membranes may become dry.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Penile symptoms: If you have your symptoms only as you describe, and they are intermittent, occasional, and limited then it should not be a serious or dangerous condition, and you should monitor your symptoms. This can be normal. If you are having continuous or worsening symptoms, or you are having severe pain that does not go away, a fever, or continuous penile discharge, then you should see your doctor.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Could be pregnancy: Generally speaking, if a woman has unprotected sex, and is of childbearing age, then pregnancy is always a possibility. Even contraceptives can fail depending upon how they are used. Breast sensitivity and nausea may each be due to many causes, including pregnancy. If you are having severe abdominal pain, you should seek urgent medical attention. Otherwise, see your doctor for persistent symptoms.
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Pain/Blood Pressure: The vast majority of pain medications do not raise your blood pressure. Many other factors do contribute to elevated blood pressure, including pain, stress, anxiety, and under-treated hypertension itself. If your pain is uncontrolled, consult your doctor for additional therapies to relieve the pain. If your blood pressure is chronically elevated, see your doctor for long term medical management.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Lump for how long?: There is a great deal of information that must be learned before you can better understand your specific neck mass. If you are having difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking, or if it is very painful, you should seek urgent medical attention. Otherwise, masses in general may be benign or cancerous. A long-standing, unchanging, non-painful fatty mass may be a benign tumor called a lipoma.
A female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Multiple periods: If your most recent period seemed to be typical in duration and quantity, then you may calculate that as your most recent period, but it's difficult to say for sure without more information, as well as seeing what happens with future periods. If your most recent vaginal bleeding was very light, then the first occurrence may have been your true period, and you may wish to evaluate for pregnancy.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Short term memory: Occasional or episodic short term memory difficulty can be stress related. You should seek emergency medical attention if you find other associated symptoms such as changes in your vision, difficulty speaking, or difficulty with using your arms or legs or walking. If the memory difficulty is affecting your ability to accomplish your normal activities or job, see your doctor.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
When to conceive?: The greatest likelihood of conception is with intercourse during the time period from several days prior to, and including the day of, ovulation. Ovulation is when the ovum (egg) is released from the ovary to await fertilization over the next 24 hours. There is uncertainty in knowing the exact day of ovulation. The rhythm method of contraception (days to skip sex) is less reliable than others.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Chest Pain: See Doc: Chest pain may be due to a broad variety of causes. Similarly, palpitations, or an awareness of your heartbeat such as you describe, may be due to either cardiac or non-heart related causes. Given a possible cardiac cause of chest pain and palpitations after exertion, you should see your doctor. If you are having ongoing chest pain at present, you should seek immediate emergency medical attention.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Drug Class C: Allopurinol (Zyloric) is in FDA pregnancy drug category C. This category means that there are no high quality drug studies of the effects in humans, or that harmful effects have been shown in animal studies. Please consult your obstetrician about which medications may be taken during pregnancy, where the benefits outweigh the risks of each particular treatment.
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