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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has carsickness. Should I be worried about this?

No: It's not genetic, it's not contageous, it's not dangerous. It goes away eventually after the car ride. There are over the counter drugs you can take to prevent it from happening. Just be happy you didn't get it. ...Read more

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My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has coccidiomycosis. Should I be worried about this?

Valley Fever: For yourself, no. For your brother it depends on whether he has a mild or complicated case. Coccidioidomycosis aka valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of the fungus coccidioides immitis. The lungs are the primary organ of involvement. Try this website for comprehensive information http://www.Valley-fever.Org/. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my friend has been getting leg cramps a lot lately, i'm worried, what could be wrong?

Should i be concerned if my friend has been getting leg cramps a lot lately, i'm worried, what could be wrong?

Several things: Your friend may have lumbar spinal stenosis, mineral deficiency or a peripheral neuropathy. You should probably have your friend see her doctor. ...Read more

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I am extremely concerned about a bruise on my baby's leg. I am with her 24/7 and haven't heard her cry or seen her hit anything. Should I be concerned?

I am extremely concerned about a bruise on my baby's leg. I am with her 24/7 and haven't heard her cry or seen her hit anything. Should I be concerned?

How old is she?: In a newborn this could be a concern. In a crawler or new walker a bruise can occur without any obvious distress as they eagerly explore their world. If there is only this single bruise on a leg in an otherwise happy, healthy baby, i wouldn't worry. If large or multiple bruises are appearing or the child seems ill or listless, she should be examined. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my mother has the disease emphasemia and I have been told to have a blood test but I am worried! can it be treated before i get it?

Should i be concerned if my mother has the disease emphasemia and I have been told to have a blood test but I am worried! can it be treated before i get it?

Yes....: It sounds like you are being tested for alpha-1-anti trypsin deficiency, a cause of emphysema in younger people. If you have this disease, you are at risk of developing emphysema, a form of copd, at a younger age as well as liver disease. But, it can be treated by giving the alpha-1 anti trypsin intravenously, which replaces the missing enzyme, and prevents the sequelae. So, please get tested asap. ...Read more

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Hi, I have currently been suffering with urine infections for a while and it really gets me down is there anything I should be worried about?

Hi, I have currently been suffering with urine infections for a while and it really gets me down is there anything I should be worried about?

See below : Recurrent uncomplicated UTIs/bladder infections/cystitis are common among otherwise "healthy, young women with anatomically and physiologically normal urinary tracts". Most common risk factor in this group is frequency of sexual intercourse and daily low-dose antibiotic prophylaxis or prn self-treatment common treatment options. Important first for your MD to rule out other underlying causes. ...Read more

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My sister has compression neuropathies. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has compression neuropathies. Should I be worried about it?

Most Likely: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. Compression neuropathies can be mild and no problem or can be severe leading to permanent tingling, numbness, and weakness. What area is the compression neuropathy? And how symptomatic is she? ...Read more

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My lady friend has pancreatitis. Is it contagious and should I be concerned about having sex?

My lady friend has pancreatitis. Is it contagious and should I be concerned about having sex?

Not contagious : The most common causes of pancreatitis which make up 99% of cases are not contagious thus would not be transmitted via intercourse. ...Read more

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Should i be worried? Can it get worst? What should she be prevent from doing?Would she out grow it. Thanks hello I have a 6years old daughter, i took her to the doctor and i was told she has a heart murmur, i really never heard of such a thing.Her doctor

Should i be worried? Can it get worst? What should she be prevent from doing?Would she out grow it. Thanks hello I have a 6years old daughter, i took her to the doctor and i was told she has a heart murmur, i really never heard of such a thing.Her doctor

Likely normal: Having a heart murmur means that when the heart beats, there is enough energy in the blood flow that some of the energy is transformed into sound. In a six year old, most likely this is a normal murmur and not a murmur caused by a heart problem. An experienced listener can hear differences in the sound that predict whether the murmur is normal. Children typically have normal murmurs. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if my wife has mrsa?

Should I be worried if my wife has mrsa?

Usually Benign Bact: Probably not, hygiene. Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly a commensal bacteria, but reality not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read more

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My son(13) has big pupils. Should i be concerned? He had a headache but its gone, should I be concerned?

My son(13) has big pupils. Should i be concerned? He had a headache but its gone, should I be concerned?

No.: Pupil size can be affected by light, medications (including recreational drugs), pesticides, and also by pain. If your son's grades have started plummeting, he's given up on his activities, or he's become very secretive, you can worry. Don't obsess about his pupils in the absence of more specific signs. ...Read more

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My baby has a bad cough, should I be worried?

Yes, if not sleeping: Cough is a natural healthy response to rid lung passages of respiratory irritants--as long as it is occasional and not life altering. But, if your baby's cough is severe enough to disturb your sleep or hers, then further evaluation is warranted. Also, cough with fever, bloody sputum, persistent vomiting, wheeze, or breathlessness could signal a more serious problem. For these, call your doctor. ...Read more

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My husband and i just quit smoking. I am so worried, said he feels a lump in his throat, should I be this worried. Or is this common? Please help

My husband and i just quit smoking.  I am so worried, said he feels a lump in his throat,  should I be this worried. Or is this common?  Please help

Possibly: A lump in the throat can be caused by multiple reasons. A provider would need to feel the bump and determine if a scope would be needed to take a closer look. Given the smoking history, it would be beneficial to take him in to see a provider. ...Read more

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My parents are worried about my health now that I have myositis. Why? Is it bad?

My parents are worried about my health now that I have myositis. Why? Is it bad?

Depends: Myositis is often part of a systemic illness, e.G, autoimmune disease. It can be bad by causing pain, weakness, and damage to other organs from the underlying pathology. ...Read more

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My sister has broken elbow. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has broken elbow. Should I be worried about it?

Broken elbow: The treatment depends on where the fracture is and how displaced the fragments are. It can treated in a cast or it might need surgery. This can be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How worried should I be when told my mum has jaundice but that's all she knows and she needs more blood tests. Should i be worried?

How worried should I be when told my mum has jaundice but that's all she knows and she needs more blood tests. Should i be worried?

Jaundice: Yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes is a consequence of elevation in the blood of a substance called bilirubin. It can increase due to blocked bile ducts from gallstones, strictures, infection, tumor. Jaundice can also occur from liver infection like hepatitis, or other liver diseases that destroy the liver cells. Tumors of the liver, bile system, or pancreas can also raise the bilirubin. ...Read more

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My moms middle toe keeps drifting back by itself and getting stuck.. Shes 51 and smokes. Does this sound serious or like arthritis?

My moms middle toe keeps drifting back by itself and getting stuck.. Shes 51 and smokes. Does this sound serious or like arthritis?

Subluxation: Your may a chronic dislocation of that toe called subluxation simple low risk procedure will correct take her to a DPM or Ortho surgeon or seek the help through her family doctor ...Read more

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What steps should my mom, 50, take to cure ostio aratharitis in knee?

What steps should my mom, 50, take to cure ostio aratharitis in knee?

Several things: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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My mom has backbone pain now a days she is suffering from gouty artritis what to do?

My mom has backbone pain now a days she is suffering from gouty artritis what to do?

Back pain: Gout is an unusual cause of back pain. Much more common is degenerative arthritis, slipped disk, osteoporosis, or strain. In either case, over-the-counter ibuprofen, 2 or 3 tabs three times a day should help. ...Read more

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Hello, I took a prescription of my moms that was for the inflammation in her neck due to arthiritis. The prednisone were 20 MG each TL 125. I stopped taking them Saturday because of off balance buzzed feeling and horrible headache, what is wrong?

Hello, I took a prescription of my moms that was for the inflammation in her neck due to arthiritis. The prednisone were 20 MG each TL 125. I stopped taking them Saturday because of off balance buzzed feeling and horrible headache, what is wrong?

Prednisone: is an Rx medication, and shouldn't be taken empirically unless under doctor's supervision. What you suffered are most probably the drug side effects, you haven't mentioned for how long you took it and how much did you take in each dose, your blood pressure might have shooted up, kindly see your doctor for assessment, ...Read more

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How do I get over my bulimia? I've had it for years..And my friends are worried! i don't know how to tell my mom so i decided to stop before she finds out.. How do I do it?

How do I get over my bulimia? I've had it for years..And my friends are worried! i don't know how to tell my mom so i decided to stop before she finds out.. How do I do it?

Since recovery from: An addiction requires scrupulous honesty - encourage you to tell your mother about your disorder. This way she can be part of your support system rather than one more person that you hide things from. Are you working with a psychiatrist or psychologist? Have you had a complete medical evaluation? If you are going to do this - do it right. ...Read more

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Is it just age or something we (my mom and i) should be worried about? My dad has been having memory problems for about 5 years now. It start off small, like forgetting to get something at the store or forgetting what tv show he was watching during commer

Is it just age or something we (my mom and i) should be worried about? My dad has been having memory problems for about 5 years now. It start off small, like forgetting to get something at the store or forgetting what tv show he was watching during commer

It : It is not normal for memory, attention, and language problems to start in the early 40's and get worse without a known cause. Causes could include severe nutritional deficiencies, hormonal or thyroid problems, psychiatric problems, effects of toxins, or degenerative brain diseases. Seeing a primary care doctor is the first step to getting answers. ...Read more

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My mom died from a anyrism I am worried i will too, i get pains in the head sometimes did get an MRI 3 years ago, what can I do or is it heritary?

My mom died from a anyrism I am worried i will too, i get pains in the head sometimes did get an MRI 3 years ago, what can I do or is it heritary?

Brain Aneurysm: Aneurysm takes many yeas to develop and if previous test did not show that then you don't have to worry. The best noninvasive test to evaluate that is cta brain. With family history the risk is slightly high than normal population. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a lump in my throat. My mom had to get her thyroid removed. Should I be worried?

I feel like I have a lump in my throat. My mom had to get her thyroid removed. Should I be worried?

Neck lump: Yes - any 'mass' or lump warrants explanation. It should not be ignored. Your mother's thyroid history may or may not be relevant. Please seek attention by your md. ...Read more

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Im stressed and worried.Its my first time to be late for my period.I did fingering. Should ireally get a bloodtest done?I don't want my mom to find out.

Im stressed and worried.Its my first time to be late for my period.I did fingering. Should ireally get a bloodtest done?I don't want my mom to find out.

Home pregnancy test: If the finger inserted into your vagina had semen on it, pregnancy is possible. Home pregnancy tests are accurate, relatively inexpensive, and accessible in pharmacies. Blood test can be positive earlier, is the main difference. ...Read more

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My mom has peritoneal fluid (not too big amount) and after tests and ct scans all organs are normal. Should we worry? She is all I have, I get worried

My mom has peritoneal fluid (not too big amount) and after tests and ct scans all organs are normal. Should we worry? She is all I have, I get worried

You mean ascites?: Distinguish causes based on serum-ascites Albumin gradient--e.g. alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, budd-chiari, cardiac, fatty liver of pregnancy, massive liver mets, myxedema, portal vein thrombosis, sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, pancreatic disease, renal disease, etc. Sounds like however her work-up has ruled most of these out. Now help guide her to the healthiest lifestyle & quality of life. ...Read more

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Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too. .

Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too. 

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Historically : Historically what we know about heart disease risk came from data obtained through the framingham heart study (see link below) and it was typically felt that a family history of premature heart disease before the age of 55-60 conferred increased risk. Follow up studies have suggested that any family history in first degree relatives likely increases your risk. This is but one of several risk factors however and your personal factors such as age, gender, smoking history, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes also play significant, and probably greater roles. You can't change your genetics, age, or gender but you certainly can change the other modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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Im a 21 yr old female. 115lbs & 5ft8. Breastfeeding mom. I get an uncomfortable sleeping feeling in my right arm when I wake up. Should I be worried?

Im a 21 yr old female. 115lbs & 5ft8. Breastfeeding mom. I get an uncomfortable sleeping feeling in my right arm when I wake up. Should I be worried?

No.: If it's happened just a handful of times, only after you wake up in the morning, i wouldn't worry about it too much. We often sleep in weird positions at night which could cause the tingling/asleep feeling in your arm. If it becomes consistent throughout the day, then i'd see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Came off Birth control march 2018. i skip my period a few months and then get it and skip again. my mom informed me she has PCOS, should i be woried?

Came off Birth control march 2018. i skip my period a few months and then get it and skip again. my mom informed me she has PCOS, should i be woried?

Depends: PCOS is a common problem & can produce irregular cycles. Some otherwise normal women also have irregular cycles.Birth control often paces a person to have regular cycles who would be irregular otherwise. Either issue is as much as a problem as you decide it is but is in not particularly dangerous. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 + c/o headaches and belly pain often. Several times per wk. I get migraines and my mom passed from GBM at 53. So I get worried. CT-?

My daughter is 5 + c/o headaches and belly pain often. Several times per wk. I get migraines and my mom passed from GBM at 53. So I get worried. CT-?

Genetics: Migraines are for the most part genetic. Rarely are they due to a mass lesion like a malignant brain tumor. BUT if it runs in your family, you need to have an MRI of your brain. In my 23 years as a neurologist, I have only seen a small handful of malignant tumors, and none of them had headaches. ...Read more

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My boyfriend's fingers are not straight like most of us. He is 25 years old, and his mom suffers from arthritis, and his fingers from both hands are not straight, and i'm scare that he will get worst, so is there any thing he can do?

My boyfriend's fingers are not straight like most of us. He is 25 years old, and his mom suffers from arthritis, and his fingers from both hands are not straight, and i'm scare that he will get worst, so is there any thing he can do?

I : I would recommend starting with a good primary care physician. Without looking at his hands and seeing which way they are bending, it is difficult to start narrowing down a diagnosis. Some hand deformities are inherited, but not necessarily present at birth. Others are progressive and related to inflammatory conditions, one of which is rheumatoid arthritis. Others are related to injuries. Even a simple trigger finger can lock the finger in a bent position. The primary care physician can then decide if a rheumatologist, hand surgeon, or another specialty is most appropriate. ...Read more

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Does neck OA generally get worse? I'm only 35 years old. Mom is getting her 2nd back surgery for her arthritis. I was negative for HLA-B27 gene.

Does neck OA generally get worse? I'm only 35 years old. Mom is getting her 2nd back surgery for her arthritis. I was negative for HLA-B27 gene.

Unfortunately...: Yes, osteoarthritis (due to wear-and-tear of the affected area) gets worse with the progression of time. As we age, our ability to repair damage lessens, and the progressive damage to the joint continues. At younger ages, old injuries can accelerate the process. ...Read more

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Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis get scleritis so often? My mom has RA and also always seems to have eye problems, particularly scleritis flare-ups. Why is this so common in RA patients? .

Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis get scleritis so often? My mom has RA and also always seems to have eye problems, particularly scleritis flare-ups. Why is this so common in RA patients?

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Not too common: The sclera, just like the joint lining, is a connective tissue. The same immune response can happen in the eye as well. Scleritis is becoming more rare as the tnf medications (humira, cimzia, (certolizumab pegol) Remicade but not enbrel) decrease scleritis greatly. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A severe illness caused by bacteria named bacillus anthracis. Anthrax disease can result in pneumonia, ...Read more