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A 19-year-old female asked:

early signs of pregnancy? earlier in the month, i got my period 3 days before my first packet of birth control pills ended (the white pills) and by the time i finished my period i was still on the brown pills. i had sex 2 times unprotected. the past cou

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Name of BCP?: Most birth control pills have a 4th week of placebo or sugar pills. If pills taken as directed, you should have your menses/period during that last week. Assuming that you took pills as directed, then you're still "unprotected" from sexually transmitted diseases/infections. But I'm still not clear as to whether white or brown pills are active rather than sugar. Ask your prescribing doc or pharmaci

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I fell and hurt my hand. I had an x-ray, which showed no fracture. But I still have a terrible pain. What can I do?

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Depends: X-rays show bones and their relationship to each other. An x-ray will not show crushed tissue, though it will show swelling. Swelling makes nerves send pain signals to the brain. Pain medication (anti-inflammatories) will help, as will elevation, immobilization and resting the hand. If not sure what was injured, go see your local hand surgeon for expert evaluation, make sure ligaments are ok.
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Should I see a gastroenterologist? For about a month i've had a change in bowel movements (constipation), loss of appetite, and weight loss.

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Urgent YES: Both 'change of bowel habit' and 'weight loss' are alarm symptoms and require urgent workup. Take action now - it may save your life.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have visible blood in my urine and went to hospital and they said I had a UTI infection but my left kidney is in bad pain, is this from a uti?

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1st stage breast cancer was removed in march, had radiation therapy(30day), now taking tamoxifen, but coughing phlegm now, can it be a transfer to lungs?

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Unlikely: Most likely, simple respiratory track infection- bronchitis, see your doctor for examination, may give antibiotics along with cough medicine, and possible chest x-ray., metastasis is unlikely diagnosis in stage i

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