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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

639 Answers
335 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Unusual symptom: A vaginal odor like bleach is quite unusual. If you have been using a lot of bleach to clean your home or workplace due to COVID 19, perhaps you have ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
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Need MRI report: It sounds like your husband has a disc injury & the numbness could be a serious complication. You need to do whatever in your power to obtain the ... Read More
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A member asked:
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Not clear: This is a good question & I’m not sure anyone knows for sure. Part of it is lots of testing: the more tests done, the more cases found, many of wh... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nerve injury?: This certainly sounds like a nerve type of pain. With normal MRIs as you stated , it still could be a problem called “meralgia paresthetica “ involvin... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Usually too late: Most Drs will not place sutures in a wound older than 18-24 hours due to the increased chance for infection. Agree with other Drs that you should hav... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Any trauma/strain?: It would help to know if you have had any strain or injury, & how long the symptoms have been present . It could be due to a muscle strain or irri... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Varies greatly: COVID19 infection can be very different in different people. Some have no symptoms at all; others have mild to moderate flu like illness lasting seve... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably ok: Most domestic cats would not be heavy enough to cause any internal bleeding, but if you notice blood in urine, worsening pain, dizziness call Dr. mos... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly ok: It is hard to say without an evaluation but if the gauze was tight it could possibly cause some swelling & burning, or the wound itself could be a... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several things: Tightness in that situation could be due to mild wheezing @ night (asthma type situation) or possibly a heart issue like pericarditis (worse in certai... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: Most birth control pills are low dose, which occasionally leads to a very thin uterine lining & periods can be missed, but I recommend a pregnancy... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
It can: DVT would be unusual in a young healthy person without risk factors (trauma, smoking, genetic factors) but it can occur with swelling & not pain s... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Best after some food: Buscopan is often used to help spasm/irritability in gastrointestinal tract & best to take after eating food , but doesn’t have to be after a full... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Definitions: Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, usually caused by bacterial or viral infection, but sometimes by chemical inhalation or by aspiration of ga... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends : If you are worried about it & want to do strenuous activities it would be best to have it checked: you may have injured ligaments which didn’t com... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Reflux/gallbladder?: Reflux most often felt on left side or center since it involves stomach & esophagus , but could possibly happen on right side. Relief with burpin... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Safest to do yes: There are many causes of chest pain, including reflux, pleurisy, pneumonia, muscular, etc, but since people can indeed get Covid a second time (unfort... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Check locally: Most areas of the world have local hotlines one can call to schedule a test, or drive through locations that are 1st come 1st serve, & these do no... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several choices: If you have a lot of post nasal drainage from the allergies, a steroid nasal spray (fluticasone) can be very helpful & would likely not bother sto... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Variable: Symptoms vary a lot with COVID: some have almost no symptoms & others have flu like symptoms (as you describe) for a few days up to perhaps 2-3 we... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly: You are definitely likely to be ovulating at this point in your cycle, especially if the type of pain you have is similar to other cycles. The leg pai... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Doctor visit: If you have definitely had a tick bite & now have a fever you need a Dr exam to evaluate the seriousness of your illness. You made need some lab ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly: It would likely be best to apply the scalp meds after working out when active sweating has stopped. You probably don’t need to wash the hair & sca... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
It is always best to discuss lab results with the ordering Dr/provider (who knows what he/she is looking for based on your history & physical exam... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
That really needs to be answered by your neurologist, since CADASIL is a very specialized condition. But most likely he or she will say that the benef... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sterile field: Surgeons are operations in sterile environments to avoid causing wound infections from bacterial. They scrub their hands thoroughly before each operat... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lots of variation : Agree with Dr Kratzberg, but there is a wide variety among people, so usually not to worry if a young girl starts her period @ 9 years old or as late ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dr evaluation : In your young age group a heart attack would be quite unlikely (unless you have an underlying heart problem already) - more likely either a lung probl... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
If you are truly on a menstrual period it is almost impossible that there would be an egg available to get fertilized by sperm, even if sperm got insi... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Prednisone can suppress the immune system & make it harder to fight off infections, however if you’ve just had a short course & low dose it wo... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Might be best to try 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear each day before going to Dr: this can soften the wax & likely not cause ringing
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
The Dr who gave you Bactria was likely concerned about possible MRSA infection - usually wound would have redness/swelling/pus with that. If white ma... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Usually it is best to have a thorough history & at least a brief physical exam by a primary care provider to determine this. It is very common in... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not all headaches require brain imaging (CT scan or MRI) for evaluation. If your Drs did a thorough history & physical exam with a very careful ne... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
If you do not have kidney disease, stomach ulcers, gastritis, or bad reflux, & if you eat something prior to taking Aleve, & drink plenty of w... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ask ordering Dr: Every laboratory has a range of normal for each test. When a test result is outside the “normal” range it is not always a problem, but if you are taki... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Dr evaluation : A good history & physical exam & a blood count (& possibly other tests) would be helpful if this is an unusual situation for you. Make su... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Need more info: most younger women can have some irregular periods, especially during the 1st 2 years after periods begin, so it could be normal, but ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not enough: 2 ounces at one time is usually not enough for a 2 month old baby to consume at one feeding, although the important thing is that the child gains weig... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Small chance: Mirena is about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, but there are occasional incidences of ectopic pregnancy which can be serious. Mirena does not... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: A normal pregnancy can last from 37-42 weeks, & if the baby & mom are healthy, most Drs do not try to bring on the labor artificially until at... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Several causes: If there was any strain to the muscles before the pain began, it is worth trying ice packs alternating with heat to the area, plus Tylenol, & gent... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Should be safe: Indobloc is a beta blocker designed to prevent migraines or at least decrease the number of headaches- it sounds like it has done this for you. Mypro... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get a titre done? : Waiting that long between the 2 doses is definitely not recommended but many people do develop an antibody even after one dose, so you could consider ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Check locally : The federal government has talked about many things such as covering testing & treatment & lost work time but as far as what is actually happe... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Tests are accurate: Pregnancy tests are quite accurate if performed a least one or more days AFTER a missed period & according to package instructions. If you have a ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not likely: The effects of mono (mononucleosis, an Epstein Barr viral infection) can last for several months, but are mostly fatigue issues. If these swollen ly... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ask your Dr: If all these tests are normal but your symptoms persist you may need to see a neurologist to consider electromyography testing & a few other thing... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Multiple factors: Thyroid modules are common, & most of them are not malignant, but need to be evaluated & followed over time. If you haven’t had a full histor... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Check with OB Dr: Most likely you & baby would be fine if you take recommended dose of SLO Mag during pregnancy BUT I do not recommend ANY pregnant woman, especiall... Read More
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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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