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Dr. Sean Ray

Emergency Medicine
Sanford, NC
13 years experience male

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Hello, all. My name is Sean Ray, and I'm an emergency physician in North Carolina. I certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and have been practicing emergency medicine full-time since 2009. I currently practice in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country, though I've worked in smaller community hospitals and military facilities as well. I spent over 6 years as a physician on active duty with the U.S. Army, which included a tour in Afghanistan. Prior to my current job, I was stationed in Honolulu, HI, where I worked at both Tripler Army Medical Center and The Queen's Medical Center. I've seen too many patients waste their time and money on costly trips to the ED for minor urgent matters. By joining HealtTap, I hope to help as many people as possible take care of themselves without ever having to leave their home.

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Emergency Medicine

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United States: North Carolina

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37 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Multiple options: This could be scar tissue from an earring or old injury, a lymph node, a cyst or any number of other possibilities. A better description of size, len... Read More
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It's best: to just have them looked at in person. While chances are they don't represent anything bad, as long as they're not open sores, painful, or itchy. Ho... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
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To be clear: I believe you're stating that you're on supplemental estrogen, trying to conceive and want to know if identical twins is a possibility. If that's the... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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OTC Treatment: This can be any number of things, from an increase in normal discharge, to a yeast infection, to the discharge that comes along with STDs. We usually... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
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Impossible to say: Without knowing the reason you're on antibiotics, and which medication you're taking, it's difficult to impossible to say whether or not you'll need l... Read More
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A female asked:
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Very worrying: You don't provide a time course for these symptoms, so I'm forced to believe they're relatively rapid in onset. Shortness of breath with facial swell... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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Most likely OK: Missing birth control pills can cause your cycle to become very abnormal and will depend on how many you miss and when during the month it happens. It... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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No: I assume you're referring to Marlissa, not Marisa. No, there's not a significant difference between the two; they're simply different brands containi... Read More
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A female asked:
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Not really.: It would be possible to biopsy this, particularly with the use of ultrasound guidance. If this worries you given your history, you should not be afra... Read More
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Uncertain: It's hard to answer this question without knowing your age, menstrual history and whether or not you use hormonal birth control (pills, Nuva Ring, etc... Read More
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Not necessarily: You should certainly avoid placing anything in the vagina during this timeframe, such as a vibrator. However, clitoral stimulation alone should not be... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
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It's probably OK: It would be important to know how long after the Mirena (levonorgestrel) was inserted to say for sure, but this is most likely OK. In the absence of ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
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It Depends: The size is larger than what we like to see, but that alone isn't cause for great concern. Factors such as whether you still have periods, whether th... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Testicle pain: This is concerning for testicular torsion, where the testicle twists on the cords providing its blood supply. While there are other, more benign caus... Read More
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For the heart doc: This question is best answered by the cardiologist that will be doing the procedure. There are a number of stent types; the type that is best for you ... Read More
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A female asked:
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Yes: Condoms are only effective if they prevent the semen from entering the vagina. If he ejaculated inside you, you are at risk for becoming pregnant. I... Read More
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A male asked:
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Need checked: This is concerning for a possible infectious cause, including STDs. I would get checked by your physician or health department.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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More info: Coughing up bloody sputum is often cause for concern, but the most common cause is simply bronchitis. If you're having other symptoms, or the blood p... Read More
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A female asked:
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Possible: Did you have a confirmed pregnancy test? If yes, it's possible, but I'd like to know how far along you are. The only way to know for sure would be t... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
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It varies: There are different "recipes" for GI cocktails, though they typically include an antacid (such as Maalox), viscous lidocaine (to numb the GI tract), a... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Probably OK: I wouldn't worry at this point about pain at the site of insertion. If it begins to swell, has blood or pus draining from it, the pain increases, you... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Yes: Yes, fluids and antibiotics can be given together, though there are some compatibility issues with certain medications. Your physician may choose to ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
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Not significant: TSH levels can fluctuate throughout the day, but these changes are unlikely to be of importance.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
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Belly Button Pain: If the pain is at the belly button and within the skin or slightly deeper, it can probably wait until your doctor's appointment. However, if you have... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Depends: The reliability of the test increases as you become more pregnant. Typically, by the first day of your expected (missed) period, pregnancy hormone le... Read More
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A male asked:
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Yes: Depression and anxiety are both linked to somatic symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, weakness, headaches, etc. There are multiple ways to target these ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
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Probably safe: Assuming you're an otherwise healthy person with no history of diabetes, liver dysfunction, etc, there should be no problem going that stretch without... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
A lot of options: Milky white vaginal discharge can represent a lot of things, including a thicker but still normal discharge, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, tri... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Should be fine: Based on this limited information, I'm pretty sure you're not dying. However, there are a number of issues that could be causing your bleeding. It d... Read More
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Cyst v Infection: That location is very common for a pilonidal cyst, though an abscess (infection with pus) is also possible. If it's causing so much pain that you can... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Most likely: It's not uncommon for intercourse to be painful the first time, as well as to be accompanied by bleeding. The bleeding, if present, is usually light ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Endocrine Answers: You only have one thyroid gland, so I assume you're either talking about both sides of your thyroid or, perhaps, you mean you had both ovaries removed... Read More
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Caffeine/Sertraline: Assuming the Australian formulation (like the U.S.) of No Doz contains just caffeine, there is no evident interaction with sertraline. However, caffe... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Probably Best: The cause of knee pain in your age group varies, but is often related to exercise and activity. Most causes are benign and don't have lasting effects.... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
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Breast Redness: This depends on a few things. How long have they been there? Are they painful or itchy? Is there a hard area underneath? Where on the breast are the... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
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Emergency Medicine 13 years experience
Yes.: I wouldn't eat pizza with fruit or lots of vegetables, as this will increase the fiber content. The carbohydrates in the crust may increase your diar... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
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Not good!: That's quite a dangerous dose and could potentially cause liver failure. You need to seek emergency care immediately!
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HealthTap member
Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! I was thinking this as well. Thanks so very much for your time sir !
HealthTap member
Totally wrong, I am post partum 7 months and estrogen is <5. On estrad
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Ray for the information!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, WV
Graduated 2009MD

Residency

San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

Affiliations

American Academy Of Emergency Medicine
American Medical Association
American College Of Emergency Physicians
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