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Hello, it's been four days. And I can't feel the pain medication prescribed. Since I was on Suboxone prior. It seems it's still in me for some reason.

Hello, it's been four days. And I can't feel the pain medication prescribed. Since I was on Suboxone prior. It seems it's still in me for some reason.

Be Patient: The half-life of Suboxone in the body is up to 2 days so it may still be in your system and affecting the new pain medication you are taking. I recommend giving the new medication more time to see if it becomes more effective. You should speak with your prescribing health care provider further about this. ...Read more

Dr. Michele Arnold
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Electromyography (Definition)

Emg (electromyography) is a test of your muscles and nerves. It is typically performed along with nerve conduction studies (ncs). The EMG portion involves placing a recording pin (like a fine wire antenna) into various muscles, looking for 'muscle distress signals' that could suggest nerve or muscle diseases/problems. Nerve conduction studies involve stimulating nerves ...Read more


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What can be done if medication prescribed does not work. How serious is this issue is it life threatening?

What can be done if medication prescribed does not work. How serious is this issue is it life threatening?

Return to prescriber: It is not possible to answer or even guess at your question without more information. But you must have a physician, and sometimes the first medicine for a problem does not work. So go back, explain this, and ask what else might work. Also ask about your fear that whatever it is might be life threatening. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would be a medication prescribed for osteoarthritis?

What would be a medication prescribed for osteoarthritis?

Start with NSAIDS &: See how it works for you. I would Start with Tylenol (acetaminophen) Arthritis first. Replace it with some other one. Non - medicational measures like using a cane or a walker, reducing weight, are all helpful early stages. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping medication prescribed?

What is the best sleeping medication prescribed?

Alternative to meds: I'm sorry, I'm not really answering your question. Still I hope I am helpful. Every sleep med has s/e and none is safe, or even effective when taken long-term. Best way to manage sleep problems (after making sure that all treatable emotional and physical causes are appropriately managed), is to follow good sleep hygiene. An example of what that means is here (from harvard) - http://tinyurl. Com/8c7vqlw. ...Read more

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What is the best medication prescribed for add/adhd?

What is the best medication prescribed for add/adhd?

The one that works: Best without intolerable side effects for each individual patient. The 2 stimulants, amphetamine & methylphenidate, work about equally as well. Long-acting preparations make life easier for most patients. Some need to add a non-stimulant like atomoxetine or 24-hour-release guanfacine or clonodine. Some can only tolerate a non-stimulant. Doctor-patient communication is the key to success. ...Read more

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Is pain medication prescribed for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Is pain medication prescribed for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Yes: Medications to treat the inflammation associated with pain such as anti-inflammatory medicines know as nsaids are used. Narcotics are not typically prescribed for tendinopathies. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while having medication prescribed for conjunctivitis?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while having medication prescribed for conjunctivitis?

Depression: Both have sedative effect, but adding them depends on what antidepressant meds. U are already prescribed. Best to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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How do I get my mom reviewed by a psychiatrist and maybe have medication prescribed to her?

How do I get my mom reviewed by a psychiatrist and maybe have medication prescribed to her?

Psychiatry: You can't unless she is willing too or if she is
1. Imminent danger to self
2. Imminent danger to others
3. Unable to care for self
then you can call 911. ...Read more

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I always have the "rare side effects" of any medication prescribed for me-gotten to be predictable- what's wrong with me? Genes? Liver?

I always have the "rare side effects" of any medication prescribed for me-gotten to be predictable- what's wrong with me? Genes? Liver?

Nocebo effect.: Nothing. There is no plausible physiologic explanation for such a phenomena. Rare side effects are generally statistically independent events (unless of course, the side effects are from medications in the same class). Having a rare side effect from more than a few meds has vanishingly low probability. ...Read more

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Does montelukast cause bad side effects? Like anxiety & aggression? I have sinus drainage but don't feel like this is the right medication prescribed

Does montelukast cause bad side effects? Like anxiety & aggression? I have sinus drainage but don't feel like this is the right medication prescribed

Yes. Talk to doc: For some time now it has been known that montelukast and other drugs like it can cause mood changes. In general if you experience side-effects from any prescription med or find it unhelpful, the best course of action is to discuss this with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural remedy to treat glaucoma rather than taking the medication prescribed?

Can there be a natural remedy to treat glaucoma rather than taking the medication prescribed?

None found yet: There are always supplements being proposed to help glaucoma such as antioxidants, gingko, etc. But nothing proven. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I have been a thin woman for all my life. The medication prescribed by doctors make me loose weight?

I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I have been a thin woman for all my life. The medication prescribed by doctors make me loose weight?

Thyroid weight: Yes thyroid medication can boost metabolism and cause weight loss. But thyroid function can affect every organ, including, hair, skin, and nails, digestion, menstrual cycle etc. Balancing the thyroid function can help ine ery organ system. ...Read more

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What is a very good sleep medication prescribed by psychiatrist to help fall asleep and stay asleep?

What is a very good sleep medication prescribed by psychiatrist to help fall asleep and stay asleep?

Sleep can be a real: Issue for people w bipolar disorder ; anxiety. See that you take abilify, (aripiprazole) Cymbalta ; alprazolam. The first thing I would want to do is to get the bipolar disorder under control because that can really impact sleep. Did starting Cymbalta effect your sleep? If that was an issue - I might reconsider the antidepressant. I would also want to ensure that you were using excellent sleep hygiene. Even. ...Read more

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What is the best type of medication prescribed for headaches and pain for a brain tumor patient?

What is the best type of medication prescribed for headaches and pain for a brain tumor patient?

Two types: Relieving pain in a patient with a brain tumor should involve two different approaches: treatment of the tumor or of related swelling, as with steroids, to decrease pressure inside the head; and pain medication (analgesics) from tylenol (acetaminophen) on the low end to morphine at the top. Each patient is individual. ...Read more

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I have erectile dysfunction as a side effect of a medication prescribed by my psychiatrist. (EKEVE owould like to get something to help with that.

I have erectile dysfunction as a side effect of a medication prescribed by my psychiatrist. (EKEVE owould like to get something to help with that.

Complex: Drug-drug interaction is common with psychiatric medications and many other drugs, counselling is important too, as we need to know if ED is due to the psychiatric problem or the medication. Start with your psychiatrist and see if the medications you are on can be modified or changed, your PCP would take care of the rest of the health issues, good luck ...Read more

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Thick blood according to doctor. No medication prescribed. Suggested I do occasional blood donation. What about aspirin at night? How much and when?

Thick blood according to doctor. No medication prescribed. Suggested I do occasional blood donation. What about aspirin at night? How much and when?

Need more info: Thick blood is not a medical diagnosis. You may wish to consult a hematologist for proper evaluation. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. ...Read more

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I went through paps smear vaginal infection was severe did a 7 dau course of medication prescribed by doctor tell me is it safe to concieve now???

I went through paps smear vaginal infection was severe did a 7 dau course of medication prescribed by doctor tell me is it safe to concieve now???

What infection: Your doctor knows more about your health and the infection you had and you should follow your docto's advice. Do you have any reason to doubt your doctor? You may wish to see an obstetrician and take pre-natal vitamins. Wish you good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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If I am having an emg done, should I avoid any types of medications?

If I am having an emg done, should I avoid any types of medications?

Perhaps: Some physicians prefer that you hold blood thinners, such as aspirin, coumadin, warfarin, plavix, aggrenox, & others, or if you take Mestinon (pyridostigmine) for myasthenia gravis, you should check with the office several days ahead of your appointment to be certain. Avoid the use of topical creams and lotions on the day of the test. Prescription and otc pain medicines do not affect the test results. ...Read more

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Is there any medication that will alter an emg, if so what and how?

Is there any medication that will alter an emg, if so what and how?

MuscleRelaxantsAntic: EMG stands for Elecromyograpphy test done to record the electrical activity of muscles. Why would you want to alter the test.Muscle Relaxants or Anticholinergic, Muscle Relaxants are like Cyclobenzaprine and Anticholinergics like Dicyclomine, Benadryl, Doxepin and others ...Read more

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How painful is an emg (electromyogram) test?

How painful is an emg (electromyogram) test?

Tolerable discomfort: Emg and nerve conduction studies are typically performed together. Nerve conduction studies feel like a short electrical impulse and are, in a word, annoying. Several nerves are tested. Emg involves placing a fine wire pin into various muscles-- the pin is about the size of an acupuncture needle and feels like an insect bite-- not as bad as a shot, iv, or blood draw. Several muscles are tested. ...Read more

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How painful in an EMG? What can it be compared to? Taking blood? An IV? Worse? I need the honest truth because I'm so scared. Please be up front...

How painful in an EMG? What can it be compared to? Taking blood? An IV? Worse? I need the honest truth because I'm so scared. Please be up front...

I've never had one: I've never had one so can't tell you what it feels like. I'm sure you know that each person handles pain differently. However, I've sent children through the elderly to get EMG's and they've done well. Once in awhile someone becomes uncomfortable and the test is stopped. However, your doctor wouldn't ask you to do this unless there were good reasons. Needles are small. I predict you'll be fine ...Read more

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Are emg's painful? Endocrinologist warned me that it would be very painful

Are emg's painful? Endocrinologist warned me that it would be very painful

Most likely not: Most people experience some discomfort with electrical stimulation (nerve conduction part) and also with the pin (needle) insertion (electromyography part).
Rarely, some patients (in my experience less than 2%) experience more than discomfort and can not tolerate the study properly. The study is then best aborted by common agreement between the patient and the examining physician. ...Read more

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Is an emg test painful?

Is an emg test painful?

Uncomfortable: Like a lot of medical tests emgs are not fun. I tell patients there will be some discomfort but it should be tolerable and not last too long. ...Read more

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The geneticist is sending my son for an emg for suspected congenital myasthenic syndrome in 3 of my kids. How painful is this test?

Uncomfortable: This is a common diagnostic test that is similar to having acupuncture needles placed in various muscle groups. I found it uncomfortable but with minimal pain during the procedure and plenty of information for the doc to use. I would readily have it done again if the need arose. ...Read more

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I have to get an EMG on my right arm and everyone tells me that's it's quite painful. Is this true? My pain tolerance is low and I'm so scared.

I have to get an EMG on my right arm and everyone tells me that's it's quite painful. Is this true? My pain tolerance is low and I'm so scared.

Your concern is norm: I can't blame you. I order them all the time but I can't imagine myself getting one done and looking forward to it. Having said that, take solace in knowing that the amount of information it can deliver is tremendous. So if your doctor is ordering it you can bet they have your best interest at heart. Relatively few of my patients back out altogether because they know how much I want the results. ...Read more

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Are emg's painful? (left leg below knee)

Are emg's painful? (left leg below knee)

Hurt a little: Emgs done by really good physicians should not really hurt much than a minor acupuncture needle. That said there are locations in some mucles that hurt way more than others, like hand, feet and face. Most people tolerate it well. ...Read more

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What to expect during emg test for my wrist (ulnar pain)? Is it painful?

Can be: Uncomfortable, but not particularly painful, but that should not be a reason not to undergo the test if your doctor feels it to be necessary. The person performing will be able to tell you exactly what to expect. ...Read more

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Two part? What's the difference bettween an EMG and nerve conduction test AND is it more painful or less if you have nerve damage?

Two part? What's the difference bettween an EMG and nerve conduction test AND is it more painful or less if you have nerve damage?

There are two parts: Nerve conduction study: Electrodes are put on skin over a nerve. Mild electric shocks (not painful) cause axons to transmit action potentials (nerve impulses). Velocity & amplitude (speed & strength) of impulses are measured. This measures nerve's function. Electromyogram: Needle electrodes are stuck in muscles innervated by a nerve. Electrical activity of muscle => data on nerve function. ...Read more

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Besides an EMG is there another, less painful test for cubital tunnel? I am terrified of the test but I'm feeling little pain in pinky finger only.

Besides an EMG is there another, less painful test for cubital tunnel? I am terrified of the test but I'm feeling little pain in pinky finger only.

Not 1 cause of pain: Cubital tunnel refers to compression of the ulnar nerve in the cubital tunnel. This supplies the inside of the hand, including pinky. Nerve conduction tests can be performed (with or without EMG, although often they go together), to diagnose this. Ulnar neuropathy can be caused by multiple other reasons and pinky-pain can be caused by other non ulnar conditions - see a neurologist for consultation ...Read more

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Swelling in toes was treated for salt retentiion edema. Now changed to nerve problem with drug & emg. Have carpal tunnel and. Wonder if connected?

Swelling in toes was treated for salt retentiion edema. Now changed to nerve problem with drug & emg. Have carpal tunnel and. Wonder if connected?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention can increase pressure on the median nerve and exacerbate carpal tunnel.
There are times that diruetics given for fluid retention help cts. Thyroid disease can affect extracellular fluid and increase swelling and nerve symptoms too. Even a dietary change that restricts salt can help. But if you have a positive EMG seek treatment concurrently for both issues. ...Read more

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Index and middle finger numb. Emg normal. Tricep painful when I push betwen tricep and bicep have numbness from there down arm to fingers.?

Index and middle finger numb. Emg normal. Tricep painful when I push betwen tricep and bicep have numbness from there down arm to fingers.?

Could be C7 nerve: Tricep pain and pain in the index/middle fingers follow the C7 nerve and the EMG may have been performed too early to detect the problem. You should still have your dr. Get an MRI and look for C7 nerve root problems. If the MRI is negative but the pain persists, you may need a myelogram with post-myelogram ct of the cervical spine to look for abnormalities. A neurosurgeon should be able to help. ...Read more