Dr. Katherine Caldwell

Internal Medicine
Woodbury, MN
19 years experience female

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Office

Woodbury, MN

Address

Woodbury, MN
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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

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Irregular periods: Sounds like your period has come a couple of days early this month. Don't worry, many women have irregular cycles, especially younger women. Be sure t... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Microscopic organism: Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are all over our world. There are many, many different kinds. Some of them are helpful to us, like the ones th... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Milk vs buttermilk: Buttermilk has more calories and fat than milk, so you'll gain more weight faster with buttermilk. But, you don't need to drink either one to be healt... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See a doctor: You need to be evaluated at a doctor's office. If you cannot swallow, you can choke or become dehydrated. Without more information or an exam, it is h... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Prostate cancer dx: Only men get prostate cancer (women don't have prostates). To diagnose this, men usually first are found to have a high result on a blood test called... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Embryology 101: Yes, there is a connection between the belly button (umbilicus) and the urogenital organs (bladder) that exists as we develop in the womb. Once we are... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Switching Meds: The Effexor (venlafaxine) will flush out of your system within the next couple of days. If that was making you feel worse, your mood will start to imp... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Watch for blisters: Could be very early shingles. Watch for blistering rash and see a provider within 48 hours for antiviral pills if you see redness. Otherwise, try 1% h... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See a sleep doctor: For severe daily insomnia, you need to get to the root of it with a sleep specialist. This will take time and patience. You have to get away from the ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Check pregnancy test: Unlikely to get pregnant after tubal ligation, but strange things are known to happen, so it's best to just check a home pregnancy test. If negative, ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Medication dosing: For most medications, taking them at approximately the same time every day is ideal, but you don't have to be perfectly on time. If you mean oral cont... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Less than a week: The usual starting dose for fluoxetine (Prozac) is 20 mg, so you were on a VERY low dose, so after 6 doses there is not very much med in your body. Th... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Heart disease ??: There are many cardiac abnormalities that can be detected on exam (arrhythmias/murmurs). But just listening to the heart can't tell us everything. The... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Abdominal pain: If you already know you have gastritis, it may be a flare of that, or it could have progressed to an ulcer. Or it might be your gallbladder, which bec... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Vit D very safe: Yes, that high dose of vitamin D (50,000 IU) is often used weekly for up to 12 weeks to quickly replenish someone's vitamin D that is low. It has no n... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Excess salivation: Yes, acid reflux can make you feel nauseated, which causes some people to salivate. This is also referred to as water brash. Water brash frequently pr... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Viral gastritis: Sounds like you three are sharing an infection. Often these are viral, and short-lived. It is normal not to have an appetite when you are vomiting, so... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
See a doctor soon.: If you truly cannot walk due to pain and fever, you should seek care emergently. Go to the ER. If you think it's just body aches from a cold that is... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Heavy bleeding: Go back and see your GYN. With persistent bleeding and now with clots, you are at high risk to be anaemic by now. You need to have the bleeding contro... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Check hormones: I recommend you have hormone testing done, for overactive thyroid, which can cause excessive weight loss. If that is normal, you may want to avoid caf... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Suppositories: Yes, go ahead and try another one. 3 minutes is not long enough for it to get absorbed and start working, especially if you saw it intact when it came... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Bumps on head: Two things come mind right off: 1) shingles. If they are little blisters, and your skin feels tingly, go see a doctor right away for anti-viral medici... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Menstrual symptoms: I wonder if the metallic taste and gassy feeling are really the symptoms of your menstrual cycle, rather than the tampon? Certainly, both symptoms cou... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Nausea, burping: Many things can cause those symptoms. Pregnancy frequently causes nausea in women, so if sexually active, check a pregnancy test. Often, gastritis (s... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Depression treatment: Are there any therapists near you? Some people find that talking things through with someone can be helpful. There are many medications which are avai... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Larger breasts: There is no way to increase your breast size non-surgically once you have completed the transition through puberty. But you can buy a variety of bra s... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Low abdominal pain: If you are sexually active, it is worth doing a pregnancy test, just to be sure you aren't pregnant. If you are sure it's not pregnancy or related to ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Don't mix 2 sedative: The biggest side effect of phenergan (promethazine) is sedation (sleepiness), which will add to the effects of alcohol. I do NOT recommend taking phen... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
No such thing: It's hard to hear, but the truth: there is never a way to say there is "no risk". If you are worried about heart disease, then focus on prevention to ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
PCOS and pregnancy: See an endocrinologist to help you, specifically someone who focuses in fertility. A diabetes medication called metformin has been known to improve PC... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Avoid loud noises: After one episode of exposure to very loud noise, if you feel like your hearing is normal, you probably don't need to see an audiologist. But, the wel... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Sore muscles at gym: If you are new to weight training, most likely your muscles will be sore the first few times after you work out with weights. If your gym offers train... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Itchy nipple: Your profile lists you as 22, so please update your profile if that is incorrect. First try a moisturising cream on the itchy area. Try not to scratch... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Weight loss: You're right. When you lose weight, it comes off all over, not just from around your waist. But 6 kilos is a great start, even if you don't notice an ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Back pain: Sometimes back pain from a strained muscle can cause lower abdominal cramping too. If it's muscular, it will resolve in a few days with rest (no lifti... 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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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have tried dieting, and working out, but with many body pains it gets hard. It's a bad sign getting out of breath going up the stairs...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

Maine Medical Center, Portland ME

Awards

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