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Dr. Garrett Norvell

Emergency Medicine
Solvang, CA
14 years experience male

Locations

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

Solvang, CA

Address

2050, Viborg Rd, Solvang, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 7:00pm - 7:00am
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Insurances accepted

Blue Shield of California

Medicare

About

Bio

I graduated from UC San Diego and stayed there to do Medical School as well. After completing an internship and residency in Emergency Medicine in North Carolina, I returned to Southern California to practice. Along with directly managing medical concerns, I try to educate and empower my patients. Outside of medical practice, I also enjoy writing & recording music, camping, and spending time with my wife and son.

Specialties
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Emergency Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, Ohio

Doctor Q&A

44 Answers
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Get it examined: Hi! Sorry you're not feeling well. As an ER doc, I am concerned about your symptoms. You deserve an examination by a physician (in person) and an ul... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Hi! Aldara is considered safe (risks outweighed by benefits for many patients), though not for people w/ autoimmune or immunesuppression. Common side... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
May be dangerous: Hi! Sorry for your injury! Sudden collapse (not just tripping) can be a sign of many different problems (sometimes dangerous heart rhythm problems, f... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Bartholin gland cyst: Hi, the diagnosis will depend on exactly what part of the vagina is involved, the appearance of the bump itself, and whether there are any other abnor... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Lymph node? abscess?: Hi! lumps in the armpit are often inflamed lymph nodes or abscesses. These should be evaluated by a physician, who will also want to know if you've... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Many causes: Hi! Sorry you're not feeling well. There are many many possible causes for such symptoms. Sometimes discussing personal history/medical problems (li... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Steroids: HI! Immediate (within 20 minutes) decontamination (thorough washing) can help prevent it. Control of symptoms with calamine, oatmeal baths, oral di... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Unfortunately not: No lab or vital sign measurement (Samsung just measures your heart rate) can diagnose or measure psychological stress by itself. Heart rate varies qu... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
It can be chronic...: Hi! Sorry you're not feeling well! Costochondritis can actually last for over a year. Stretching and NSAIDs like ibuprofen can be very beneficial (... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Stress test: Hi! an exercise stress test is the standard test for angina. This is performed by the cardiology department, but a primary care physician can help to... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Likely muscular: Hi! Pain in this area is often due to muscle spasms of the back, however, kidney infections are also common causes. Lots of other causes to consider ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Only with activity?: That's a pretty common place to sweat. Liquid stool from the colon should have at least some color to it.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Prompt examination: Hi! Swelling of the eyelids (and/or soft tissue beneath the eyelids) can be an indication of both dangerous and not-so-dangerous conditions. The only... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Local reaction: Hi! these symptoms can be a sign of LOCAL reaction, quite common even WITHOUT a history of GENERALIZED allergic reactions to bee stings. Any redness/... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Good job!: Hi! Probably a combination of a strong immune system, good overall nutrition, hygiene and (relative) isolation from sick individuals. Strong work! ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Common, NOT normal: Hi! Vyvanse is a stimulant that is frequently used to treat ADHD as well as over-eating disorders; however, it can cause unintended weight loss also ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Noooo )o:: Hello! Unfortunately, this medicine is not available any longer in the U.S. (maybe someone else can comment on whether it's still being sold elsewher... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Need to see Ortho: Hi! sprains may seem minor, but some of them can be severe enough to require orthopedic procedures; also sometimes a small fracture is misdiagnosed as... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Reflux (GERD): Hi! When we are preparing to eat, our stomach getsready to receive food by increasing acid ("enterogastric reflEx"). This may cause some discomfort. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Don't worry, do act: Hi! I don't think that you need to worry at this point, but I would recommend that you get an ultrasound of your liver and gallbladder; if not alread... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
VT is very bad: Hi! SVT can be dangerous, but usually not as dangerous as VT. PSVT just means that the patient has bouts ("paroxysms") of SVT. Hope this helps!
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Many causes: Hi! Some simple tests can help to narrow down the causes of symptoms like these. We would usually start with a pregnancy test and a urine analysis, a... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
No need to worry: Your concerns are completely understandable. However the amount of bleeding from the hymen is very small, and resolves on its own. Place a towel eit... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
No, I'd replace it: Unfortunately 4 years is probably too long; unless the bottle has an expiration date sometime in the future, I'd get a new one (-:
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Asthma vs. pollution: Hi! Cough with a specific activity is often related to environmental exposure (like pollution, tobacco smoke, nearby animals, other people's cooking),... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
X-rays: Hi! Injuries like this can sometimes cause small fractures (broken bones), torn/strained tendons, or torn/sprained ligaments. X-rays are a good first... Read More
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Depends on location: Hi! the real estate mantra "location, location, location" applies here. Sensory nerves come off of the spinal cord at each level of the spine and giv... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Hi! Yes, at 3 months, a woman is far enough along that a pregnancy test should be accurate, and the time of the month will not affect it. Hope this h... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Nonspecific: Hi, and sorry to hear your husband's not feeling well! Right upper abdominal pain can be caused by many different things (in the ER, this is often d... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Great question!: First off: nothing to worry about. Personal observation and medical journals do reveal that a significant number of patients are less-susceptible to... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Dehydration: Hi! Sorry you're not feeling well. Lightheadedness, dizziness and fatigue are often a result of inadequate hydration. Electrolyte solutions, like IV... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
High vitamin C: Hi! Camu Camu has very high levels of vitamin C. We know that vitamin C is helpful, but 1) there is no evidence that vitamin C from Camu Camu would b... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
It's possible: Singulair (montelukast) shouldn't. Crisanta shouldn't because it comes with 7 placebo pills that are supposed to trigger "withdrawal bleeding" (a pe... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Needs testing: Hi! In otherwise healthy young females, lower-abdominal pain is often due to ovarian cysts, bladder infections, STD's, appendicitis... Talking with a... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Likely arthritis: Hi! Most common cause is arthritis (inflammation of the joint between the manubrium and the sternum). But it would be a good idea to get a couple X-... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Too tight: Hi! temperature change or tingling in the hands while wearing gloves can indicate that they are too tight (affecting either blood flow or the nerves).... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Lack of data: Hi! and congratulations on your pregnancy! You are APPROPRIATELY concerned about the use of medications and supplements during pregnancy. Arnica is ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Metabolism... )o:: Metabolism refers to how our bodies break down and use the food we eat, and actually has to do with a bunch of different factors, including physical a... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Still contagious: Hi! the common cold can be caused by a bunch of different viruses; some only take a couple days from time of exposure until symptoms start; others ca... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Too long: Hi, That's a long time to go without a bowel movement. Any fever? Vomiting? I recommend a single X-ray of your abdomen to make sure that stool is g... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Nonspecific: Hi! It means that the cells of the liver are accumulating fat and not getting rid of it. This can be due to alcohol, overuse of tylenol (acetaminoph... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Valid concern: Hi! We use it in the ER quite frequently, but you're right that in the long term people can develop tolerance and dependence (addiction). If you do u... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Depends on how long: 60mg/0.6mL is a standard dose for an average size adult (1mg for every kilogram of body weight). It's usually only used for a few days up to 2 weeks,... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Lumbar radiculopathy: Hi! kidney pain can mimic pain from the nerves that exit the spine; one difference is that pain from the nerves can radiate into the leg(s). Inflamma... Read More

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Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer my question. (: I knew I wasn't pregnant because I keep getting my periods and had 5 negative test results.(I just worry about every little thing)...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Extremely helpful Answer. Very Grateful to you Dr. Norvell.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your helpful answer!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

VIDANT MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2011

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Board Of Emergency Medicine
Ohiohealth
Schumacher group
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