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Dr. Joyce Pastore

Internal Medicine
Eglin AFB, FL
30 years experience female

Locations

96th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Eglin AFB, FL

Address

307 Boatner Road, Eglin AFB, FL
Directions

About

Bio

I have been a board certified internist for nearly 20 years with a career as a primary care physician assistant prior to attending medical school, so my dedication to healthcare spans over 30 years. I have a special interest in preventive medicine and sports medicine. I have spent the last 11+ years in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon, providing care to our aviators and their families. My expertise also includes occupational medicine, quality and risk management, patient safety, and provider credentialling. In addition, I have deployed overseas 4 times and have experience in the aeromedical evacuation of our wounded warriors.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Aerospace Medicine

Licenses

United States: Florida, Virginia

Doctor Q&A

402 Answers
147 Agrees
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Drink water, diluted gatorade every 15 minutes as tolerated. Don't induce vomiting. Get rest.
A female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Irregular period: It is not uncommon for young women to have irregular periods from time to time. Can be caused by stress, fatigue and recent illness. If you had unpr... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Fertility: Fertility is at its peak within 10 days of ovulation. Maintaining maximum exposure to sperm will increase the chance of success.
A female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Pregnancy: Light spotting is not uncommon. Be sure to get OB care since you have a history of miscarriages. Take prenatal vitamins daily, eat a healthy diet and... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Gallbladder: An ultrasound can be suggestive of inflammation of the bile duct, sludge or stones in the gallbladder, or other anatomic abnormalities. All studies s... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Back pain: Back pain at your age is usually due to musculoskeletal strain from overuse - like strenuous exercise. Try Ibuprofen, 400 mg every 8 hours with food,... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Periods: Not necessarily. Young women often have variations in the duration and degree of menstrual bleeding. It is not tied to your degree of fertility.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Shortness of breath: More information is needed. Do you have known allergies? Are you a smoker? Was a chest X ray or pulmonary function test done? It is unclear if thi... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Chlamydia: Chlamydia infections usually clear up in about a week. I assume it was diagnosed with a positive swab. If you are symptomatic, get re-evaluated. Pr... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Hair loss: Biotin deficiency is rare, taking biotin supplements for hair loss is not scientifically proven to reverse hair loss. Some people develop gastrointes... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Anxiety: I think that we have addressed your concerns previously. It is great that your blood pressure and thyroid condition are well controlled, but the #1 t... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Cold symptoms: There are no magic pills to take to prevent a cold once you have been exposed. Some studies show that you may have one day less of symptoms if you ta... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Menstrual cycle: If you had unprotected sex and missed your period, take a pregnancy test. Irregularities in the menstrual cycle can occur from time to time, due to s... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Head pain: Get an evaluation. You could have temporal arteritis, an inflammation which is diagnosed by a blood test (sed rate) and biopsy of the temporal artery... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Abdominal pain: Get an evaluation. It could be an ovarian cyst or an ectopic pregnancy. Less likely for your age would be diverticulitis, an outpouching of the intes... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Rib pain: Unsure the cause of your pain. It sounds musculoskeletal, but you are attributing it to beverages, so it is not clear. Avoid caffeine and alcohol fo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Leg pain: Not sure if this was due to strenuous activity or if it just happened spontaneously. If you are not allergic, you can take ibuprofen 400 mg every 8 h... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Aorta: A trans-thoracic echocardiogram (TTE) may not show an aortic dissection; trans-esophageal echo(TEE) is more sensitive. CT, MRI, and angiogram are exc... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Water retention: It is unusual for a young woman to have such water retention - perhaps because you are on a steroid. Watch for salty foods like soups, pickles, cured... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Wrist pain: Prolonged pain may be due to chronic tendinitis. You could also have an occult fracture that was not seen on previous films, but may be evident on a ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Rapid HIV test: The sensitivity and specificity of rapid HIV tests are over 99%. However, it is recommended that you repeat the HIV test in 6 months because that is h... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Skin condition: Very hard to say and you did not mention where it is located. If at the back of the head - base of the head at the neck - it may be a lymph node. If... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Back pain: Need more information. Is it your back pain that is worsening? The flu is not related - perhaps you had a failed fusion if you are still having pain... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Abdominal pain: Perhaps you have indigestion. Or you may be constipated. try an antacid if you are still feeling gassy. Be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Menstrual period: It is not clear if you had unprotected sex before or since you normal period. Bleeding between periods or prolonged, eavy bleeding is not uncommon in... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Tongue swelling: Go to the Emergency Room. Severe tongue swelling may be a sign of a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which requires immediate intervent... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes has been seen to resolve after gastric bypass surgery for the morbidly obese (a BMI >40). You may keep your diabetes under control... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Allergies: The source of your allergies may be in your bedroom. You may be sensitive to the materials your sheets are made of, detergent you wash them in, your ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Dizziness: Your medications may be causing some of your symptoms. Inderal (propranolol) lowers your blood pressure by slowing your heart rate, which makes it di... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Laboratory studies: If you received a certificate in laboratory technology, you will need to get a 4 year bachelor of science degree prior to attending graduate school fo... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: DO Exercise the first thing after you wake up. Put exercise clothes next to the bed.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Back pain: It is not uncommon to have back pain after stent removal. Take the pain meds as prescribed. Contact your doctor if the pain persists or if fever devel... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Sedation: I assume that you are undergoing some procedure that requires intravenous sedation. The needle that pricks your skin does not hurt much more that the... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Hand pain: You may have tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendons of the thumb. Perhaps you have a nerve inflammation of the thumb as well. If it hasn't resol... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Knee discomfort: Hard to say since I don't know your age. If you are in your teens, your growth plate may still be open and the leg may still be growing, which can ca... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Wrist pain: You are too young to have osteoarthritis, less likely to be rheumatoid arthritis unless you have joint pain in multiple joints. You may have chronic ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Medicine bottle: Probably ok if the bottle was completely sealed and there is no evidence of water in the bottle
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Nausea: Need more information. Have you experienced vomiting, fever, or diarrhea? That would signal a bacterial or viral cause. If you have no other symptom... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Testicle trauma: You likely had some trauma resulting in the accumulation of fluid or blood (a hematoma). You can apply cool compresses or ice (in a cloth or bag, not... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Topical steroid cream may help to shrink the hemorrhoids. Dibucaine is a topical anesthetic that is specifically used for hemorrhoidal pain and itchi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Pregnancy: If you are sexually active and do not use birth control, you can get pregnant. It sounds like you were midcycle when last sexually active. Take a pr... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Intercourse: Your uterus may be low in the pelvis and he is able to reach the cervix, which you may feel. There is no danger to your uterus. It is important to u... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Pregnancy: Your period may be early, which is not uncommon. If you had unprotected sex and miss a period, take a pregnancy test to determine if you are pregnant.... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Marajuana use: Marajuana is not necessarily pure in form and may have other components, just like cigarettes, that are causing a reaction in your body, in your case ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Vision changes: Color changes in your visual field are unusual. I recommend seeing an eye doctor - optometrist or ophthalmologist the next time that this happens and... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Pregnancy: No, missing a period, breast swelling and tenderness, and nausea are signs of pregnancy. Get tested if you had unprotected sex.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Dizziness, numbness: see your doctor.Hard to say, if you had spinal anesthesia, a nerve may have been affected, resulting in the leg numbness. Dizziness could be the resu... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) side effect: Anxiety can be a side effect of Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). Notify your doctor and stop the medication if he/she cannot prescribe an alternative i... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Pregnancy: If you missed your Depo shot, there is a chance you may get pregnant. Missing the shot also throws off your hormones and therefore your period, so yo... Read More

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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your time. Several doctors and I have been trying to figure out for months why tongue has been swelling.
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I had another doctor say it was safe. I'm not sure what to do. I use all those topicals but they don't work for me. Thanks though.
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Yes it is my back pain. Went from almost none to a daily average of a 6 w/meds. Pain increased after throwing up.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

NORTH SHORE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 1995

Awards

United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force
NATO Medal

Affiliations

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
Aerospace Medicine Association
American College of Physician Executives
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