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Dr. Katherine Caldwell

Internal Medicine
Woodbury, MN
17 years experience female

Locations

Office

Woodbury, MN

Address

Woodbury, MN
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My office hours

Thursday: 6:00am - 10am
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About

Bio

I went to Medical School after my brother died of Cystic Fibrosis at age 17, and my father died of a heart attack at age 55. Losing close family members early in life changed the way I saw the world. To me, there is nothing more important in life than the relationships we have with those we love. The most important things in life aren't "things", they are people. Of course I say to my patients all the time that the way to be healthy and feel good is to prevent disease by eating right, exercising, getting good sleep, etc. But we should never discount the importance of having close loving relationships with our families and friends. These relationships may not heal the body, but they heal the spirit, and I think that counts for much more than our modern society tends to emphasize. I love helping people with their medical questions on HealthTap and in the office, because it soothes their worries, and this is one of the things I love best about being a doctor. I have been asked every kind of question, and I don't mind talking about personal, private concerns, because those are often the ones that cause the most worry. But I also enjoy talking about preventive medicine. Most of today's most expensive diseases to treat are things that could really be avoided in the first place if the public knew more about how to eat right and avoid the foods that cause problems like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. I love it when patients tell me that they stopped smoking or started exercising. Every day is a new chance to make a healthy change that will help you feel better, so why not start today?

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

General Practice

Licenses

United States: Maine, Minnesota

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

486 Answers
79 Agrees
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Quit smoking: The most obvious answer of course is that you have to stop smoking. There is no benefit from smoking, and as long as you continue to do so, you will b... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Ovulation: Just before your menstrual cycle starts, you may get a variety of pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS), including low back/pelvic pain, which can extend to th... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Ankle swelling: If this has been going on for 20+ years, there may not be much to do about it. It could be that you have "leaky" veins that allow the fluid to collect... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Vaginal bleeding: If the sex was particularly rough, you could have a slight trauma in the vagina that is bleeding. If it is painful or doesn't stop in another day or t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Itchy scalp: It may be a little bit of a yeast/fungal infection. That can happen on the scalp, or anywhere on the body. Try an anti-fungal cream twice a day for 2 ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Not likely: By your description, it would be very surprising if you could have gotten pregnant if both of you were clothed. Wait another day or two, your period ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
TM rupture, fever: Go see a doctor. If you feel feverish, you may have an infection brewing in there, and you definitely don't want to wait. It could affect your hearing... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Normal hemoglobin: Normal haemoglobin levels vary from lab to lab, but for men, normal levels are from around 13.8 to 17.2. Iron-rich foods include most meats, chicken, ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Mucous plug: That slippery, membranous thing may simply be the mucous plug that collects within the cervix during the weeks leading up to your period. It comes out... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Meds affect bones: Many meds affect the skeleton. Some drugs may thin the bones as an unwanted side effect (steroids such as cortisone and the anti-seizure meds are most... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Sharp pain in groin: Go get this checked out. Your autoimmune disease (RA) and medications mean that you are at risk for more unusual things than the general population. M... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See a dentist: You may have an infection or need a root canal. Go see a dentist to treat the cause of the pain. In the meantime, avoid hot or icy liquids. You could ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Getting sick soon: You may be about to come down with a virus in the next day or so. If they don't hurt and you aren't sick, there is no need to see a doctor. Drink plen... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Chest pain-To Dr Now: Call your doctor now and tell them what is happening. If you cannot reach the doctor, go to the ER. Stents can develop blockages, especially if you f... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
ER - STAT!: Call the ambulance to take you to the ER now. This requires emergency evaluation and diagnosis.
A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Belly pain: Stress/anxiety/depression do not cause appendicitis. That is a bacterial infection of the appendix and is a medical emergency. Appendicitis causes pai... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Lump on skin: Hard to know exactly without seeing it, but possibly it's an ingrown hair, or a lipoma (small collection of fat). You cannot see a blood clot on the ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Sore throat: Could be a virus, and your body will handle it in time with some rest, plenty of fluids and perhaps some ibuprofen for the discomfort. If the pain is ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Anxiety symptoms: I hope the doctor you saw explained their diagnosis of your symptoms and started a treatment plan. Regarding anxiety, yes, it can cause many diverse s... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Spot on penis: I think you should go back and have a doctor check this out. STIs can run in packs, and if you were exposed to one, you could have been exposed to ano... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Change in bowels: Sounds like things are starting to move, which is good. Add fiber to your diet to prevent the constipation (fruits, veggies, whole grains). If pain wo... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Endoscopy procedure: Before: don't eat/drink for several hours (they'll tell you how many). During: they'll give you a sedative to relax you (you'll be awake, and can foll... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
UTI in men: Yes, they happen, but are much more rare because of the length of the male urethra compared to females. Symptoms include urinary frequency and urgency... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Light periods: Lucky you! Women around the world reading this are envious. If this is your cycle, this is your cycle, and nothing to worry about. If you take contrac... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Bloody stools: This is not normal. You should go see a doctor for some further testing called a colonoscopy to look at the large intestine with a tiny camera to see ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Up to 5 days: Depending on conditions, sperm can live in a woman's body for up to five days. So, if you have sex within a couple days of ovulation, it is possible y... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Skin healing: If there is no pus, no swelling and no tenderness, then the site is probably healing just fine. Some skin heals with a discoloration at first, which f... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Probably nothing: Normal vein color is purple. If there was no trauma and they are not painful or swollen, you can wait to see if the discoloration fades. If you are in... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Contact dermatitis: Sounds like you got into contact with something that irritated the skin on your hands. Think carefully about any new products, soaps, laundry detergen... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See a doctor: You are sick and need to be evaluated and get treatment. It sounds like it's worse than the usual cold virus. It could be strep throat or mono. There ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Irregular periods: Nobody has a completely predictable menstrual cycle all their lives. It is very common to have some variability from time to time. However, if you are... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Palpitations: Sounds like extra-strong normal heartbeats, rather than the heart racing too fast. These are usually harmless and very common. But, you should see a d... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Chest pain: If otherwise healthy, then it may be a simple costochondritis (inflammation of the joints where the ribs meet the breastbone). This improves slowly wi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Mouth burn: You burned the inside surface of your mouth. It will swell up and be quite painful. If unable to drink fluids due to pain, you may become dehydrated. ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Stay hydrated!: Proper hydration is important to make all your organs work right. This is especially important for your kidneys, which filter toxins out of your blood... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See a doctor soon: you need an exam to diagnose both the discharge and the sore lump. You may need medication to treat them. This needs to be seen in the office. If you ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Do you mean "LDL"?: If you are talking about high cholesterol levels, then 136 is not worrisome. The best way to improve cholesterol, and prevent heart disease in general... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Keratosis pilaris: Find a picture of keratosis pilaris online to see if that's what you have. This is not a dangerous or pathologic problem, it is cosmetic. Any treatmen... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Get it checked: Chest pain is something we always suggest you have checked right away., so call your doctor and explain what is happening. They will tell you where to... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Don't worry: If you got through a normal pregnancy, then you are likely healthy, and an occasional abdominal pain is nothing to worry about. Could be some cramping... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Throat infection: Sounds like you may have an infection that started in your throat and is now also affecting the ear (because they are connected back behind your face)... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Get some rest: Your symptoms are varied, not specific to one unifying diagnosis. It may be a virus. Try to get some rest (at least 8 hrs each night), drink plenty of... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Crestor (rosuvastatin) and kidneys: Your questions says "crest 10", but if you mean "Crestor (rosuvastatin) 10 mg" then the answer is that you don't need to have your kidneys monitored f... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Heavy vaginal bleed: See your gynecologist. Heavy, prolonged bleeding like that can lead to anemia (depleted iron in the blood causing weakness, fatigue). The gynecologist... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Gallbladder polyp: Polyps of the gallbladder are typically incidental findings detected during radiologic imaging of the abdomen. They are usually harmless. The recommen... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Sunburn sensation: Not sure what this might be because those two areas aren't closely connected. It sounds like something may be irritating your nerves (disturbing your ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Remove contacts: Yes, contacts can cause irritation of the cornea. I recommend you stop wearing your contacts until the redness is completely resolved. Put in a fresh ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Stool changes: Yes, antibiotics are well known to cause changes in your bowels, because they kill off the normal bacteria that live in our intestines to help us dige... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Anger management: The first step to positive behavioral change is recognizing the problem and wanting to make a change.You may need to see a behavioral therapist to hel... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Menstrual odor: I think you are talking about your menstrual period? The blood that comes out is old blood and tissue collected from the past month in your uterus. If... Read More

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Mar 29, 2016
Dr. Caldwell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2016 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks a lot, I went to see a local Doctor and found out that I got swelling on my tongue and pain in my pallet for which i am prescribed with an antibiotic, a pain kill...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! i was worried that it could a really serious condition like a clot. it has put my mind at ease until i can go see a doctor in person. thank you. will try your recommend...Read More
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Thank you, my 6 week old son is in a hospital abroad and the Dr has poor English, so couldn't explain this well... You have just mede two parents very happy... Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

Maine Medical Center, Portland ME

Awards

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American College Of Physicians
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