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Dr. Sam Pennella

General Practice
Lambertville, NJ
male

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General Practice

Licenses

United States: Minnesota, New Jersey

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sam Pennella
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Tonsillitis: Sometimes tonsillitis can cause referred pain to the ear, and sometimes the ear pain can do vice versa. You could go to your primary to get tested for... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Hypo/hypertension: It sounds like you are saying you have hyper and hypo tension throughout the day. Medications can cause this, so you should review what you are on, bu... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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Lysol: No. They are safe, but you should still wear gloves to protect your skin while using them. Your fetus will be fine. These wipes are not known to cause... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
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Chest pain/dyspnea: No, while there are some causes for somatic pains related to anxiety, it's rare. You should get chest X-rays also to make sure there isn't something i... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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COronavirus: It might help a slight amount being that a virus is a foreign particle and will cause some symptoms that the benelyn will help alleviate, the guaifene... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Dicyclomine: Yes. dicyclomine does slow gut motility and may cause weight gain.
A 26-year-old male asked:
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Resolved diarrhea: It is indeed listed as a symptom; however, not a lot is known about this virus and it isn't known how a primarily respiratory virus affects the GI sys... Read More
A 17-year-old member asked:
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Epiphyseal plates: Your growth plates, aka epiphyseal, I think fuse at the same time throughout the body. A pediatric orthopedist or sports med would know for certain.
A 32-year-old female asked:
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Pulm fibrosis: Yes it can cause pulmonary fibrosis, and high doses can eventually cause heart injury. There are no remedies. Getting a chest X-ray or a CT scan is no... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
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Chest pain/dyspnea: While there are some causes for somatic pains related to anxiety, it's rare. You should get chest X-rays also to make sure there isn't something invol... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
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PUD: This could be a peptic ulcer or gastric ulcer. Generally they feel worse when eating. It could also just be from gas buildup in the stomach.
A 26-year-old female asked:
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Unclear: This is really unclear. Were the feet feeling cold before the surgery at any time? That is probably from your hypothyroidism if it is hypo. It's unlik... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
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Sinus infection: You may have a sinus infection in what is called your maxillary sinuses. It is best to treat these with antibiotics if they don't resolve on their own... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
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Allergies r/o COVID: COVID supposedly causes fever in the majority of patients but it has been said that some don't have a fever. You could visit your doctor or hospital t... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
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R/O diabetes: Sometimes insulin resistance and other endocrine disorders can darken your skin. Sometimes this is genetic and there are some topical drugs you can ap... Read More
A member asked:
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Heart rhythm: If you don't take any supplements or drink too much coffee, an EKG or holter monitor would help determine what the heart rhythm is when you experience... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
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Bloodborne pathogens: While there is a chance that you could have contracted a bloodborne disease, I would like to reassure you that it is very unlikely in this context. If... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Dark blood: Sometimes blood is dark after the period. It's just because it is very de-oxygenated or has been in there for a while. You're fine
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Blood per rectum: Do you have a history of hemorrhoids? has this ever happened before? You need to be properly evaluated in person with a doctor. The bleeding is most l... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Head pressure causes: New medications causing increased intracranial pressure, sinus infection, meningitis or encephalitis, hypertension
A 26-year-old male asked:
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Orthopedic: You're going to need an X-ray if you can get one. A full history would help, but resting, icing it, and taking advil or naproxen should help. Do that ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
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Breastfeeding abx: Yes. It is okay. It does go into his milk but it shouldn't affect him. Go to the pediatrician or primary doctor if you notice him having any changes.
A 39-year-old male asked:
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R/O TIA: There are a number of things that can cause this. Medication side effects and more concerning would be arrhythmia or TIA. You should be evaluated by a... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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BMI: The smart scales are fairly accurate. If you really want to get exact you can do a buoyancy test to get your lean body mass and then subtract the appr... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
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Halitosis/sinusitis: Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be frustrating and annoying. There are a few causes, inflammation of your gums, known as gingivitis, can caus... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
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Perianal abscess: It could be an external hemorrhoid, infected hemorrhoid or a perianal abscess. If you can get to your GP have them examine you and they may be able to... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
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R/O DVTs: Really need more information on what could be causing this (orthopedic and radiculopathy causes) but you could have DVTs. You need to get imaging done... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
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Benzodiazepines: Yes they will return to normal after cessation of use. You build a tolerance to both or one or the other if you don't use them simultaneously. You sho... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
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Body aches: We need a lot more information about what the cause of this could be. Were you exercising, is there a family history of this, etc
A 20-year-old female asked:
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TMJ: Just try to relax a bit. It sounds like you have temporomandibular joint syndrome. Try to stop cracking it and take naproxen if it is painful. If it p... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
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IBS: This is probably just Roemheld Syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome. Try to decrease the size of your meals and if it persists you might want a referr... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
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Constipation: You can try a very small amount of enema. Ask a pediatrician first.
A 47-year-old female asked:
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LTN: Sounds like injury to the long thoracic nerve or cranial nerve 11. Any trauma history? If not, then is there any imaging of the neck and ribs?
A 44-year-old male asked:
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Chest pain: It could be the muscle. Discuss the context with a doctor. It could also be from your stomach. Ask a doctor to do a resting EKG for you and if that is... Read More

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