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Dr. Robert Robinson

Internal Medicine
Springfield, IL
22 years experience male

Locations

SIU Healthcare

Springfield, IL

Address

751 North Rutledge, Springfield, IL
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Internal Medicine

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56 Answers
488 Agrees
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
A few days: Klonopin (clonazepam) has a half life of 30-40 hours, so your body will eliminate half of the drug in about 2 days. It can take 5-7 half lives for a... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Depends on risks: Estimating the likelyhood of a fatal PE with a negative CT is challenging. Risk factors for PE (pregnancy, surgery, etc) need to be considered. If... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Ticks: Walking in high grass or wooded areas can expose you to ticks. If you don't see any ticks, you are probably fine. Be sure to clean your clothes to m... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No cotton balls: Ear popping during air travel is due to changes in air pressure. A cotton ball will not provide any protection against the change in air pressure.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Ignore: Select a safe place to go in case of a tornado warning before tornado season starts.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
More than one area: Multilobar pneumonia is pneumonia in more than one lobe of the lung.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Ignore: Have a good flashlight or electric lantern with fresh batteries.
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Not contagious: COPD is not contagious. However, COPD due to alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency is inheritable.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Emphysema is a COPD: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) is a group of diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease names do not indicate sev... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Should be OK: Breathe Right nasal strips help keep your nostrils open with a piece of flexible plastic that acts as a splint when properly applied over the nose. T... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: Lovenox (enoxaparin) is only available as an injection.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
If severe enough: C diff colitis can result in sepsis, which can manifest as alterations in mental status. C diff colitis causing sepsis is life threatening. The curr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is an antibiotic. Lovenox (enoxaparin) is an anticoagulant medication. These drugs are not related.
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: A chest xray is needed after a thoracentesis to make sure a pneumonthorax has not developed. A pneumothorax is a very serious complication of a thora... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Talk to the surgeon: Weight (both overweight and underweight) can be a risk factor for complications of surgery - particularly a major surgery. Discussing the reasoning b... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
The strong survive: Antibiotics will kill most vulnerable bacteria. Some bacteria will survive by either activating genes or developing mutations that provide antibiotic... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Infection + qSOFA: The current definition of sepsis is called qSOFA. You get 1 point each for low blood pressure, high respiratory rate, or altered mental status. A sc... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Long Half Life: Abilify (Aripiprazole) has a very long half life, and it can take several weeks to be eliminated from your system. For most people, about half of the... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
For about a week: Naloxone has an active half life of about 2 hours, Metabolite excretion in urine takes much longer. The half life of naloxone metabolites is 24 hour... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Taper more slowly: Reducing your clonazepam dose may be causing withdrawal symptoms - anxiety in your case. About 1/3 people who take this type of medication for more t... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No interactions: Lisinopril and clonazepam have no significant drug interactions, so they are safe to take in combination.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Ignore: Grow your own vegetables for the best flavor.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Map of Human DNA: The Human Genome Project created a map of human DNA and was completed in 2003. Anonymous samples were donated by several people, but the majority of ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
A few options...: 1. Naproxen (Aleve, and NSAID like ibuprofen) 2. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 3. Aspirin Fixing the underlying dental problem is essential for treating... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Pheochromocytoma: Excessive systemic norepinephrine can be caused by a pheochromocytoma (a type of tumor usually found in the adrenal glands). The high norepinephrine ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Can be very serious: Pneumonia in the days before antibiotics had a risk of death of about 30-40% in the United States. Because of this risk, pneumonia was called the "c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Gasses in blood: Partial pressure of oxygen tells how well oxygen gets into the blood if you know how much oxygen you are breathing at the time. CO2 or Carbon Dioxid... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
It can kill you: Tick bites can transmit a number of very serious diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne me... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Low iron levels: Your lab results fit the picture of iron deficiency, probably getting low enough to cause anemia in the near future. There are a ton of potential c... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Allergy to pollen: Pigweed, a name used for a variety of Amaranth plants that release pollen in the fall. People who are allergic to pigweed pollen can develop a runny ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
It can be: A pulmonary embolism is potentially fatal. A 2002 study looked at people admitted to the hospital with PE and found that people who were unstable whe... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Not Sure: Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMS) are in early clinical and preclinical testing for osteoporosis, cachexia, and other indications. SARM... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Pulmonary Function: The test to diagnose COPD is a pulmonary function test (PFT) that is done after a history and physical exam is suggestive of COPD. The PFT will confi... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is an infection caused by Leptospira bacteria. Symptoms are usually mild and nonspecific like headache, muscle pain, and fever. Severe... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
A few days: Klonopin (Clonazepam) has a half life of 30-40 hours. This means that your body will eliminate half of the drug in about 2 days. It can take 5-7 hal... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Not very: D Dimer tests are sensitive, but not specific. This means you can get a great many false positive tests (abnormal test but no disease present). A po... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Have it evaluated: Punching anything is dangerous and puts you at risk of a fracture of the hand (called a Boxer's fracture) . You might have also embedded material fro... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Need hormone tests: The pituitary gland releases many hormones. After the removal of the pituitary gland, your body will not receive those hormonal signals - possibly ca... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Options and Risks: You should be asking about the options available for the planned surgery (spinal, general, and possibly others) and what the risks are for each option... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
You might have flu: Your contact with someone with influenza does put you at risk of developing an influenza infection. However, many other microbes (viruses, bacteria) ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
It can kill you: Tick bites can transmit a number of very serious diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne me... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Impossible to say: You seem to be prone to severe allergic reactions to medications. People who have had a severe skin reaction with an antiepileptic drug (Lamictal) ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Sepsis complication: Sepsis is a bloodstream infection. Endocarditis (infection of cardiac tissues) can be a complication of a bloodstream infection.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Heart arrhythmia: The most common cause of death with CHF is a heart arrhythmia like ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tacycardia. This is the reason why peopl... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Generic Lovenox (Enoxaparin) was approved by the FDA in 2011. http://www.drugs.com/availability/generic-lovenox.html It is still fairly expensive.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis, particularly unrecognized sepsis is potentially life threatening. If you think you have sepsis, you should seek medical attention immediately... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Not living as long: Antibiotics have significantly reduced the rate of death from common infections like pneumonia from 30-40% to about 5% with antibiotics. The CDC ha... Read More

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Jun 1, 2017
Thorough, referenced answers on a wide variety of questions. A great asset for patients!
Provides very helpful answers. Excellent physician.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! There was an IRE and it temporarily worked on 2 liver tumors and 1 pancreatic tumor until an ugly too large tumor developed in the liver. Maria has since passed away. ...Read More
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good!
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This article made me feel good! Thanks :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Southern Illinois University
Completed 2003

Awards

Fellowship (FACP), American College of Physicians
Associate Professor
Most Influential, First Place, Springfield Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

Memorial Medical Center, Springfield IL
St Johns Hospital
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