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A 21-year-old member asked:

does having osteoarthritis impact activities of daily living?

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Dr. Walid Osta
Pain Management 19 years experience
Yes: The main effect of symptomatic osteoarthritis is a negative impact on the activity of daily living.
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Osteo Obstacles: Osteoarthritis certainly can affect activities of daily living if severe enough and associated with deformity. Usually, the hands and fingers suffer loss of dexterity and strength over time. To avoid this, use pain medication so you can remain active and limit your muscle loss and power. Ice & heat may also be used regularly for pain control and management and are frequently under utilized.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Possibly: If its interfering with life you should consider seeing your doctor to discuss options.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Will lupus impact my ability to get pregnant?

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Dr. Earle Pescatore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Lupus may impact fertility depending on the severity of your disease. More commonly, lupus may increase risks associated with pregnancy both for the mother and the patient. I would encourage you to see your ob/gyn for a preconception appointment to review the current state of your lupus and optimize the outcome of any planned pregnancy.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What impact will my anemia have on my baby?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Usually none : Anemia is common in pregnancy. Most commonly it is caused by iron deficiency and treated with an iron supplement. In most cases it will not be severe enough to affect the baby but can cause risks to the mother. In very severe cases it can lead to poor fetal growth and poor birth outcomes. For more information on iron deficiency anemia click here. http://macobgyn.com/drpl/node/69.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How will I know if rhesus has had an impact on my baby?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Antibody screen: An antibody screen will tell if you have antibodies that can affect the fetus. If you have those antibodies that can cross the placenta and affect the fetus, an ultrasound by a high risk obstetrician (maternal fetal medicine doctor) can tell with there are affects such as edema.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How does pregnancy have an impact on dreams?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Sleep Cycle Interupt: There are many theories, but aside from hormonal fluctuations, there are sleep cycle interruptions and sleep position changes.
A member asked:

I am taking 60 mg phenobarbital daily after my skull tumor operation in 1995. What precautions should I take for my daily routine?

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Ask yourself why: Was it a skull tumor or brain tumor? Why was the drug started in the 1st place? For seizure prevention? Have you ever had a seizure? Do you still need it? If you still need a seizure med, why phenobarbital? That's a bad drug for adults: bad for your bones, not great for your liver either. Go see a neurologist and ask him/her to reassess everything.

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