Dr. Lauren Bickel

Primary Care, Family Medicine
Owensboro, KY
female

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Educated @ Princeton University (NJ) & Jefferson Medical College (Phila); Family Medicine residency @ St Paul/Parkland (Univ of TX Southwestern) Dallas , TX US Army Medical Corps in Germany, Honduras, & Fort Campbell, KY. Family & Urgent Care in Owensboro, KY Enjoys languages, tennis, walking, Bible study, playing flute/classical music

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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Kentucky

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

643 Answers
343 Agrees
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
If you are otherwise feeling well (no unusual nausea, no worsening pain, no dizziness, then one darker stool may not be anything to worry about- I rec... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Pregnancy symptoms don’t always mean pregnancy , especially if you had a recent period. Probably best to either see Dr for evaluation or wait till ne... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Sleep position : The symptoms may be related to your neck & back position during sleep which could be causing some compression of a neck nerve. If the symptoms alw... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Normal: These glucose & A1C readings are all in normal range, & a low BMI of 22 should keep you at low risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you maint... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Probably yes: Many blood pressure (BP) meds would be tolerated well if an extra one was taken, though the double dose can lower the BP too much, resulting in dizzin... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Neutral surfaces: There is evidence that COVID 19 virus particles can survive on neutral surfaces like countertops, packaging, eating utensils for several hours. That i... Read More
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A member asked:
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Several causes: If the symptoms come & go, that is usually a good sign (rather than constant symptoms) . If you do a lot of keyboard or factory work or other repe... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Several possible causes: pinworms (itching usually worse @ night);irritated skin from scented soap or detergent or frequent BM’s; sexually transmitted... Read More
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Need more info: This medication has several ingredients, one of which (theophylline) could worsen an underlying heart condition & cause chest pain. Without more i... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Implantation: If your next period is due March 30 then your last ovulation was around March 16, & if that egg was fertilized & started growing, the blood co... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dr eval: A worsening limp in a young child definitely needs evaluation to see if it is a serious joint problem : a bacterial infection, a fracture, a tumor. Th... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Follow up & hydrate: Protein in the urine can mean many things & knowing more about your situation would help (do you have diabetes? high blood pressure? dehydration? ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Many causes : Daily headaches can have many causes, including medication overuse (which may require a guided weaning process), low blood sugar, caffeine withdrawal,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Need Dr eval: These symptoms could indicate a significant circulation problem or a neurological problem. A thorough history & physical exam by Dr plus some test... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Reasonable yes: If the pain is not severe, no fever, not interfering with eating, then trying a mouth guard from drug store is definitely reasonable. Otherwise may n... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hard to say: The morning after pill usually works by preventing or delaying ovulation just for that particular menstrual cycle, so it is unlikely to affect ovulati... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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See primary care Dr: It would be unlikely for 2 steroid injections into joints to cause weight gain & menstrual changes. I would recommend seeing Dr to evaluate for... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly : EMG is very helpful in diagnosing ALS but a normal study does not completely rule out that diagnosis. If the symptoms are suspicious further testing/... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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If you cleaned the area thoroughly your risk would be low for tetanus, however we strongly recommend people use this kind of injury as an excuse to up... Read More
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Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ask prescribing Dr: It is best to ask your prescribing Dr about these side effects - perhaps a lower dose would help. There are herbal supplements that might help but so... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hard to say: A random pain like that is often not worrisome, but hard to explain. It could be related to a nerve irritated by the stretching of the uterus & s... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Genetic: Usually people who “go grey” earlier in life have a genetic tendency toward that which cannot be changed, & most choose to color their hair for at... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dr exam: Pediatricians usually can do a basic evaluation of this problem & may need to refer to an eye specialist for more detailed evaluation. Sometimes ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
If swimming or a lot of water exposure lately you could have an external ear infection (in canal) but if you have cold/sinus symptoms it could be a mi... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hormone changes: This sounds like hormone related migraine headaches: some people get them just with regular hormone fluctuations with menstrual cycles, others when us... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
It might: Plan B is a progesterone agent which usually works by preventing ovulation so no egg is available to be fertilized by the sperm, or by preventing impl... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Conflicting info: There has indeed been information on both sides of this, but the latest information seems to confirm that it IS ok to take ibuprofen if one has corona... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Variable : Many OB providers do order ultrasounds to be done at 20 weeks, to evaluate fetal growth, look for anomalies (some of which can be dealt with before ba... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Good question! Evidence is still being collected re: how long immunity lasts after COVID infection (& it is uncertain how long it lasts after vac... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Need urinalysis: A urinalysis is a simple & inexpensive test your doctor can order to check for an infection, Diabetes, & several other possible causes. The do... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not really: There are numerous types of cancer screening tests depending on one’s age/sex/risk factors (family history, smoking, sexual activity, etc), but other ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Definitely could be COVID - recommend testing for that ASAP since it is so easy to spread. But there are numerous other viral or even bacterial cause... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
You may need to see a Dr for exam (could have an infected cyst or hair follicle) soon but can try warm compresses every few hours & ibuprofen oral... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
See Dr: I would wonder how they told you UTI was gone ? A repeat urine specimen? Because your symptoms could definitely point to a persistent or recurrent in... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
The injury you described could lead to a lateral collateral ligament strain/tear or possibly a lateral meniscus (cartilage) tear, either of which coul... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
At your age with this history & severe pain you definitely need to see a Dr for full evaluation, including a pregnancy test, tests for infection, ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
If you are sexually active there is concern for a sexually transmitted infection & you should see a Dr for evaluation & testing. However in t... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Might be: If you have definitely strained a muscle & the pain is intense it could lead to some nausea, BUT persistent nausea would also be of concern for so... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infertility can be primary or secondary & can have many causes, one of which is scarring of the Fallopian tubes (usually from a previous infection... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Gastritis?: If you had persistent nausea & vomiting without cough/breathing problems it is very possible you had significant inflammation in the stomach &... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ask surgeon: You definitely do NOT want to jeopardize anything in your healing process so it is best to consult with your surgeon who has expertise in the healing ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pill related: Many women have irregular periods for a while after stopping birth control pills. A negative pregnancy test now, when your last period was April 16, s... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dr evaluation : Cracking sound & discomfort/heaviness could be due to a pneumonia infection in the lungs or a small amount of air under the skin layer (usually th... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
The general rule is that any change in hormones can lead to irregular bleeding for 1 to 3 cycles, because of the effects on uterine lining. But if th... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
See Doctor : You are young so these symptoms are more unusual. If you have any fever you need to be seen ASAP. If no fever you should see Dr soon to evaluate for... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Neurologist : These symptoms may not be serious but definitely should be evaluated by a neurologist. L’Hermitte’s sign can be a sign of MS but also of many other th... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Check locally: You could probably call your primary care Dr office & ask, or ask the facility where your wife was tested how to go about getting a test for yours... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
See Dr: It may not be a serious problem but it definitely needs to be evaluated by Dr if not already done. A thorough history (including any meds taken-even a... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Can be normal: It is hard to tell for sure without seeing it (you might need to consider a video consult or in person visit) BUT when the skin is inflamed with a ras... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
By 12 weeks : I’m not sure what OB Drs prefer in your country, but in USA most pregnant women contact the OB office early on to make an appointment for about 12 wee... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Jun 27, 2020
Belated thanks for your reply Dr. Bickel. Very reassuring about the Subdural Hematoma recovery question! Thanks again, Mike
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Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
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May 17, 2020
Thank you. Very helpful.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much Doctor. You have been very helpful. i am sorry to ask another question, i would also like to know what kind of tests/ Lab work would you recommend to...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr Bickel for your kind and helpful peofessional answer which is really appreciated too..Best wishes From England UK.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Bickel, sorry i did not see your reply sooner. Thanks very much for your time and reply!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

christian medical dental association

Virtual Visit Ratings

5.0
7 ratings

7 top reviews

36-year-old male
Nov 13, 2021 Russell Springs, KY
Very nice To the point Fast diagnosis
34-year-old female
Jul 10, 2021 Lexington, KY
44-year-old female
Jul 10, 2021 Greenville, KY
Very understanding and took care of my prescription problem right away
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