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Dr. Donna Childress

Internal Medicine
NC
22 years experience female

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Internal Medicine

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43 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Small hemorrhoid as described can shrink and disappear over time if not irritated by pressure. Witch hazel can sometimes help with irritation. Also im... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Reassuring tests: You have had reassuringly normal tests to evaluate for any significant underlying coronary artery and structural heart disease. You have not mentioned... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
ENT referral: If you are experiencing constant unilateral ear symptoms, it is best to see an ear/nose/throat (ENT) doctor for further evaluation. You should have a ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Dermatitis/infection: New onset of a red raised area of skin can generally be caused by an irritant, allergy or infection. An irritant (like poison ivy or chemical) can cau... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Need more info: Need to clarify your ? to answer in a helpful way: If asking if a patient with borderline kidney problems can benefit from medications & avoid dia... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Lifestyle changes: Although your diastolic (lower) blood pressure is slightly elevated, you do not necessarily need to start meds now. First try lifestyle changes like ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely muscular pain: Inflammation and irritation of the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder can cause discomfort in this described region. Pain can occur from a minor inj... Read More
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A 85-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Discuss with MD: It is unlikely that your nausea is related to Synthroid (thyroxine), (thyroxine) especially if this is a medication that you have taken regularly. Syn... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No evidence: Interesting idea....but there is no reputable medical evidence that such growth can occur by tactile stimulation. There is no physiologic reason why m... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Possibly: It is possible that the onset of this combination of symptoms was related to a food intolerance. If this was an isolated episode and you are not exper... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely GERD: Burning pain after eating is most consistent with GERD/indigestion. It can be triggered by a number of different causes like acidic foods, eating late... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar can cause symptoms like tremors/shakiness, anxiety, sweating, hunger and tingling. Symptoms usually improve rapidly after eating or dr... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Regular monitoring: Barrett's esophagus is considered a pre-malignant condition for which regular surveillance with upper endoscopy should be performed. Make sure to disc... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Variety of calories: Eat enough calories (i.e. Avoid fad/crash diets) with variety of food choices, esp protein (chicken, fish, nuts, beans, eggs, meat), trace minerals li... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Fluid retention: With progressive renal dysfunction, kidneys lose the ability to regulate salt and water balance. This can cause fluid retention & present as swell... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Unlikely: The most important consideration for you is whether your current bowel habits represent a change from your normal routine. This would potentially make... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate): Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause a change in the color of stool and turn it black. As long as you are not otherwise noticing any signifi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Ice, OTC meds: If your hives are related to self-limited and benign causes intermittently (like bug bites), try over-the-counter topical medications that contain ing... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Variety of calories: Eat enough calories (i.e. Avoid fad/crash diets) with variety of food choices, esp protein (chicken, fish, nuts, beans, eggs, meat), trace minerals li... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Pregnancy, diet: Post-partum - after childbirth (weeks to months), poor diet (restricting calories, limiting protein), major physical stress (surgery, illness, anesthe... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Cut back and see: Muscle cramps can occur from dehydration. Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine-containing drinks like coffee and tea can make you more dehydrated by... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Tincture of time: What a frustrating & uncomfortable problem! Unfortunately, there are not really any specific supplements or meds that can speed healing of a bruis... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
May be hypoglycemia: The symptoms you describe can occur from low blood sugar. You are at increased risk for this problem if you are not eating enough calories/protein or ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Urinary or bowel: Lower abdominal and kidney (flank/mid back) pain is most likely related to either a urinary tract infection (esp if associated burning with urination,... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Could be mono: The combination of leukopenia (low white blood cell count) and monocytosis (high monocytes count) is suggestive of a viral infection (Epstein Barr) ca... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Monitor: An isolated occurrence of such symptoms is not a significant concern. Not unusual to occasionally notice a small amount of mucus or blood associated w... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely muscle/joint: If there is no swelling of the vein or associated redness, this is unlikely to be a vascular source of discomfort. The area between your thumb & f... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Unlikely a problem: Taking an extra dose of an anti-hypertension medication can potentially cause a decrease in your blood pressure, but because Norvasc (amlodipine) is a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Consider urologist: Urinary incontinence can be caused by meds like diuretics/anti-hypertensives, muscle relaxants, antidepressants as well as caffeine & alcohol. If ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely contributed: If you are still taking Eliquis, it is likely that its effect as an anticoagulant contributed to your recent bleeding. But you may have been at an inc... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely GERD: Burning pain after eating is most consistent with GERD/indigestion. It can be triggered by a number of different causes like acidic foods, eating late... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: If your symptoms only occur after eating this type of food, this is unlikely to be of any significant concern. Recommend that you stop eating the hot ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely need medicine: Symptoms of persistent cough and post-nasal drip could be related to asthma, allergies or even indigestion/reflux. Recurrent coughing (esp at night) a... Read More
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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Infected wart/wound: Symptoms of skin infection include redness, warmth, swelling, pain and sometimes drainage of clear fluid or pus. Seek prompt medical attention for suc... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely GERD: Symptoms of indigestion (GERD) can include burning chest discomfort, regurgitation, sore throat, belching, water brash, and sometimes nausea or cough... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Unlikely: Intermittent mild abdominal discomfort in the absence of other symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, or blood in stool is unlikely to be worrisome. O... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Avoid irritants: Symptoms of burning pain and nausea are most consistent with indigestion/GERD. Although certain foods are most likely to blame (acidic like tomatoes, ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Maybe but see MD: If shortness of breath is related to anxiety, deep breathing, gentle aerobic exercise, meditation and yoga may be helpful in controlling your symptoms... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: It is not unusual to have an occasional transient change in the color or consistency of stool. This can occur when consuming different foods, but can... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: At your young age with no family hx of colon cancer, it would be highly unlikely that your sx represent colon cancer. Bright red blood specks on toile... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Check liver tests: You should see a physician for a general exam and blood work to specifically evaluate your liver function tests. These will measure your bilirubin lev... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Likely food related: Although your frequent bowel movements may be an alarming change from your normal routine, this is unlikely to be a significant concern. It is from li... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Childress
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Unlikely worrisome: Constipation and passage of hard formed stool can sometimes cause enough irritation and discomfort within the rectum to cause small amounts of bleedi... Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! After your list of possible issues, I think I've got it narrowed down to one or two very likely causes. Very helpful.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thats interesting to know about caffeine causing muscle twitching, didnt know it did that, might have to cut back a little
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank U. Dealing with documented CHF and LVH) but having reoccuring symptoms.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

CAROLINAS HOSPITAL SYSTEM

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