Dr. Esther Poza-juncal

Internal Medicine
Durham, NC
39 years experience female

Locations

Esther Poza MD

Durham, NC

Address

105 Newsom Street, Suite 106, Durham, NC, US
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Cigna

Wellpath Select Health Insurance

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

I was born in New York City, moved to Arizona in high school, went to college in California and went back to Arizona for medical school. I married a guy from North Carolina and we moved here to be near family while I finished my residency. We got settled here, started our family and 2 daughters, 20-some years, many dogs and cats (and some unfortunate moments with ferrets and guinea pigs) later we are established and thriving. I've been in private practice since 1988. It's a small practice that focuses on health maintenance as well as treating illness, with the idea that the more we do the former, the less we'll have of the latter. I love what I do and enjoy meeting so many interesting people. I learn something from them every day and try to return the favor.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

136 Answers
38 Agrees
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
One more month: If after another month of this pill you are still having the prolonged bleeding then you need a different pill. The pills generally have estrogens an... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Internist: An internist can evaluate your symptoms in the context of your overall health. Things you can do: get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, drink plent... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Labs?: Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with lab testing. The most common symptoms are fatigue, mild weight gain, constipation, and sensitivity or intolerance of... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Constipation is a common side effect of calcium supplementation, so decrease or temporarily stop the calcium to see if the problem clears up. Duoloxet... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Can happen: Decreased libido is definitely on the list of things that can happen, but it's not permanent! Often the symptom decreases and resolves after taking th... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Evaluate factors: It is normal now. The factors to consider are your salt intake (keep under 2500mg of sodium a day), your medications (did you miss any doses?), OTC m... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Time to check again: Two weeks is a long time to be vomiting. It's time to see your doctor again. If you do not have fever or abdominal pain that's good, but you do need ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes!: Walking is very good exercise and counts, especially when you do so steadily for a period of time. Very healthy!
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Ok: if those are the only two medications you take, then I can find no problems or interactions. Make sure to check on all medications and their interact... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
It can: but only if the lab order is to check the level. When we order blood tests we specify exactly what we want the lab to check. It's not just a random ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Similar, lower dose: Both medications are composed of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol. The levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) ed has 150 mcg of levonorges... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
What is the question: If you are asking about heart disease, the answer is that you need a good assessment by a doctor, who will take into consideration your health history... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Other symptoms?: Vaginal discharge changes character throughout your cycle, but the whitish flakes and odor suggest a mild vaginal infection. If there is itching/swel... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Question?: I am not sure what your question is, but if your TSH has gone from 6.5 to 1.3 then it sounds like the dose is correct.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes!: The symptoms you describe can all be due to a high lithium level. It's very important to keep the level within the therapeutic range, and levels over ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Perhaps always: Talk with your orthopedist about your particular risk factors for infection of your hip joint. After two years the risk decreases, but other factors ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No worries: If this is about you, then non-specific is the key word to describe the abnormalities. The textbook EKG is the typical, but all of us can have our ow... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Many things: The most important to rule out is heart disease, and sounds like you've done that.Gastrointestinal reflux, heartburn, costochondritis, muscle spasm, s... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Be careful: Overall the best way to avoid Ebola is to not have direct contact with body fluids of a person who has it. A healthy diet and good nutrition help you... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Probably not: Those are not typical symptoms of food poisoning, which would be nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, possibly fever and chills. Sausage br... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes most likely: It is certainly possible that the new exercise regimen has strained the muscles attached to the shoulder blade. If a particular pose or exercise brin... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Nope: The important thing is to get the exercise, 30-60 minutes a day depending on your goals, your current health, etc. Exercising at night makes some peo... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Normal variant: If it's a pretty normal period and ends in 5-7 days or less, it's a normal variation. During your teen years in particular it's not unusual to have i... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Allergy/infection: You are describing symptoms that could be due to allergy or to a sinus infection. Taking an anti-histamine like Claritin, (loratadine) Allegra or Zyr... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: A severe headache that has not resolved five days after a lumbar puncture needs to be evaluated further. If you have a fever, chills, stiff neck, ras... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Stretching: Try gentle stretching of the affected muscle, or massage of the area with something like BenGay. If you take any diuretic (fluid pill) it could be re... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Plan B, emergency contraception to be taken within 72 hours of sex, works when you are ovulating, which is the whole idea.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Work with your MD: If Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zoloft seem to have "stopped working," it may be that you would benefit from a mood stabilizer. There are several medi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Iron deficiency: The symptom you have is call Pica, and iron deficiency is the most likely cause. See your doctor, get lab tests to check blood counts and iron levels... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Absolutely: Elevated bilirubin levels, total and direct, absolutely can be cause by alcohol use and reflect impaired metabolic function in the liver. If your ima... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Salt: The most likely reason is eating more salt than usual, which can lead to fluid retention. Limit your sodium intake to 2000mg a day and drink plenty o... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Omeprazole, but...: The hallmark symptoms are heartburn and acid regurgitation, and there can be metallic or sour taste in the mouth, bad breath, and even cough, laryngit... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Vein?: Unlikely. If there is a jumping sensation in your thigh it is most likely a muscle twitch, and not worrisome. Veins just don't jump.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Hmmm, mystery?: Rashes can be very difficult to figure out because so many things can trigger them, from insect bites, to foods, to infections. Sometimes even stress ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Give it time: If the area is clean and healing, don't worry. Follow up with the oral surgeon as scheduled, but call sooner if the area puffs up, has drainage or yo... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Drug holiday: Although you are not taking it often, you can develop decreased responsiveness to a medication like Ativan (lorazepam). It can help to not take it fo... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Absolutely: Different pills have different amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and changing the pill to one that is different from this one is the first step to... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
What do you eat?: A diet high in fat can cause these symptoms, especially if you have any gall bladder inflammation. Also, any recent intestinal infection or antibioti... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No, but: if you have a lot of mucus you may have congestion in your ear causing increased pressure, which can hurt and cause the ringing sensation. If you dev... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See the doctor: It sounds like it's time for a serum pregnancy test, meaning a blood test. Call for an appointment with your primary care doctor. If you develop pro... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
See MD: Please seek medical attention. Right lower abdominal pain can be due to appendicitis, which needs attention now. An ovarian cyst can give symptoms, ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not necessarily: Diabetes can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, but the place to start evaluating things is your diet. Do you drink plenty of water daily? Do you eat f... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Maybe...: but without swelling or deformity it seems less likely. No immediate treatment is necessary, and the bruise should heal like any other bruise. Howeve... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Either or neither: If there is pain but no swelling, tenderness, warmth or redness to the area, either could do it and it would not be worrisome. If the calf is swollen... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Where?: I'd need to know more, but that kind of tenderness can mean infection in the abdomen. If you have a fever, nausea, vomiting and chills (or any combin... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Let's be honest: The best thing you can do to stay healthy is to drink plenty of water, and bottled is fine if you prefer, stay away from processed foods, eat a variet... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Antibiotics/clean: Keep the area of the cyst clean by washing with soap and water and patting dry. Complete the full course of the antibiotic. If it is still swollen, ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Each one different: Can't predict but there are things you can do to get ready. Ask for exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles that work the knee. Eat a healthy... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Orthopedist: An orthopedist who focuses on problems of the foot and ankle is another good option.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Well, that's it. Yes. Let it heal. It is due to an underlying infection, and when that infection is treated or resolves on its own, the lymph node... Read More
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Oct 19, 2014
I know I am lucky to have the benefit of Dr. P.J's presence here. We can all learn from each other, and she is generous with her wisdom, and support. Not all doctors are as great. Her patients and ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Poza-juncal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Poza-juncal is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank You so much for Your input. It really helped to have a straight answer. I cut the calcium down to 600 and it worked!
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Thank u so much. I'm new to all of this so not sure what I'm suposed to be at or eat or anything so thank you so much for ur advice
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your help! Guess it's time to have the gall bladder checked!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arizona College of Medicine, AZ
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Completed 1987

Awards

Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Diabetes Care, ADA/NCQA
Top General Internist, First Place, North Carolina - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American College of Phyiscians
North Carolina Medical Society
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