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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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Tuesday: 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 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Irregular bleeding: If sexually active and you notice a change in your regular periods, it is always a good idea to check a pregnancy test, even if you use contraception,... 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 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Painful hernia: Yes, it sounds possible that a femoral hernia could become more painful after sex. If this happens frequently, you could see about getting the hernia ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Neck arthritis: Sounds like you have some beginning arthritis changes in the vertebrae in your neck (cervical spine). This is very common. The sound itself doesn't me... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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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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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 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Bump on tongue: If you smoke or use any tobacco products, show your doctor/dentist right away. If you don't smoke, then just show your dentist next time you go. If it... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Phlebitis: The vein could be irritated, a condition called phlebitis, but this is not too common on the hand, especially if there has not been a needle in the ve... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Go see a doctor: You should talk this over with a doctor who can do an exam and probably order some tests. Maybe it's a virus that you picked up, maybe you have gastri... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Go to the dentist: Worsening swelling is concerning after 2d of antibiotics. You need to have the abscess drained. Go back to see your dentist. You can use tylenol (acet... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Vocal cords: Your vocal cords don't really change when you train your voice to sing. Singers learn techniques to control their vocal cords very precisely, and supp... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Esophageal bleeding: If you are bleeding in the esophagus, the blood will be digested as it passes through the small intestine and cause the stool to be darker. This is ca... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Bloodshot eyes: I suggest an eye exam first. Perhaps you are straining to focus your vision. Or are you wearing contact lenses that you should change or remove? Inste... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Wrist pain; rest it: If you are young and healthy, your body will heal itself if you give it time. This is a soft-tissue problem (ie you strained a tendon or ligament). Ju... 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 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Elevated BP: For a young man of 17 years, that blood pressure is not normal. But the BP changes from minute to minute. Many things can raise blood pressure includi... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Back pain: Most likely you strained a muscle. That is very common, and usually resolves within 7-10 days. Worrisome signs are numbness, weakness in a leg, or ina... 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 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Irregular period: Sounds like you are having some spotting between periods. This can happen to any woman. Nobody has completely regular cycles all the time. With neg pr... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Get some rest: Your symptoms are vague. It could be a gastro-intestinal virus. The best treatment is to rest and stay well-hydrated with water or electrolyte drink l... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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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 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Flexibility: This is not something that you can easily change. To truly become more flexible takes persistence over months/years of daily practice (think about gym... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Abnormal bleeding: First, check a pregnancy test just to make sure. Also, I always recommend using condoms, every time. It protects you from more than just pregnancy! No... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Get checked: Not sure what you mean by "pest", but if referring to genitals, then you both should get checked for infection. Don't have unprotected sex until it is... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Check for bedbugs: They only bite at night while you are in bed. They live down in your mattress. They only bite uncovered skin, not the parts covered by your pajamas. T... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Try a Decongestant: For the short-term, you can use an over-the-counter decongestant such as Sudafed. Don't smoke or use any tobacco products.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Go to the ER: Fever and chills along with pain that prevents you from turning over sounds like it could be serious. I suggest you go to the ER to have someone check... 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Neck making noises: It may be one of the many small joints connecting the vertebral bones in the neck. If it doesn't hurt, there is no need to worry. It is good to practi... 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 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Rest, stretch: A cramp/spasm is a temporary shortening of the muscle. The best thing is to stop using the muscle if you can (stop walking if it is a leg cramp for ex... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Test for symptoms: It is true that having diabetes does increase the risk of heart disease, particularly in the setting of hypertension. However, current guidelines do n... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Depo shots: At 2 months, the Depo shot should be working just fine. Many women get irregular spotting while using Depo (one of its down-sides). No contraception i... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Maybe vitiligo: If the area is paler than the surrounding skin with a well-demarcated border, you may have a patch of vitiligo. This is nothing to worry about. You ma... 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 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Referred back pain: Back pain from strained muscles can be referred around to the sides or the abdomen. If you have a sore back, you might move a little differently, and ... 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 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 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Lump under skin: If it is small and looks like it is where a hair follicle is located, it may be an ingrown or infected follicle. These resolve with time, or you can t... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Wrist pain: It is possible to get arthritis in the wrist after you've had a fracture there. You should see a doctor to have the swelling evaluated. Until you can ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 19 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
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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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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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American College Of Physicians
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