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A 30-year-old female asked:

i am a pacemaker carrier who also has atrial fibrillation, 2 weeks ago i was diagnosed with baker's cyst. this cyst is behind my left knee, i was put on anti-inflammatories, they're almost finished and i'm still in pain and both my feet still swell.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Bakers cyst: If you are taking anticoagulants because of a fib prolonged use of antiinflammatories can be dangerous as they can cause bleeding as well as fluid retention. A ruptured bakers cyst can cause calf swelling and discomfort. Treatment often consists of cortisone type injections or drainage of the fluid. If you're on anticoagulant this may be problematic. Cold wraps and use of crutches temporarily help

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is nitroglycerin spray ever used for anything other than angina heart pains?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: It's also effective for esophageal spasm which may accompany gastroesophageal reflux disease. In contrast to angina, which often improves with a single dose (0.4 mg), it's not uncommon for esophageal disease to require 2 or 3 doses which must be given at 5 minutes intervals to avoid hypotension (low bp) and syncope (passing out).
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
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There's no hard and fast rule - no published guidelines. A 90 year old (from your earlier posts?) is likely to have rigid arteries with labile HTN. In general, BP should not exceed 220 (systolic) or 120 (diastolic) but, again, please see comments above. And, if we're talking about someone 90, you're more likely to do harm than to help by acutely lowering the BP. BP needs gradual control.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Symptoms:abdominal pain lower back pain heavy clotted bleeding after period ended light headed nausea difficulty breathing while standing.Retain water?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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