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First time experiencing constipation. Haven't gone regularly for a week now. Going on a trip. No access to doctor. What is the worst that can happen?

First time experiencing constipation. Haven't gone regularly for a week now. Going on a trip. No access to doctor. What is the worst that can happen?

Treat it now : I see this fairly commonly in people who are either traveling or about to. It would be best to try to become more regular now while you are at home. Try otc MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder ; titrate to effect. ...Read more

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Overdid it with food and drink this weekend. Early stage gout outbreak, walking is tough. What to do? No access to doctor right now

Overdid it with food and drink this weekend. Early stage gout outbreak, walking is tough.  What to do? No access to doctor right now

SOME OTC may help: A gouty attack can be very painful. Sorry for not being able to get medical help. Make sure you stay well hydrated--no alcohol. Anyhow, we often prescribe a powerful antiinflammatory medication called Indocin (indomethacin) for gouty attack. Motrin/aleve are similar medicines and may provide some relief. The prescription dosage of Motrin =600 or 800mg 3x/day. Aleve =naproxen 500mg 2x/day. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have access to great doctors now, should I see them before I turn 65 or wait and risk their not taking medicare? Not sick, just need annual exams

If I have access to great doctors now, should I see them before I turn 65 or wait and risk their not taking medicare? Not sick, just need annual exams

Doc decides yearly: Doctors have an opportunity each year to determine medicare participation. However, with the way congress is cutting mc funds, it might be likely that docs may stop taking new mc patient. So it could be smart to get established with one of those good doctors now! ...Read more

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What negative effects will an adult have if they didn't have access to a doctor as a child?

What negative effects will an adult have if they didn't have access to a doctor as a child?

Preventative care: Access to good medical care in childhood should set the groundwork for good health later in life - nutrition, exercise, dental health. Children can also be protected against a number of lethal infections and screened for intoxications like lead poisoning. ...Read more

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Can a doctor access records to a persons medical records, how would they find out if a person has any diagnosis officially not just from them saying?

Can a doctor access records to a persons medical records, how would they find out if a person has any diagnosis officially not just from them saying?

Need permission: You give doctor your written permission to get your medical records from previous doctor visits or hospitalizations. He then can read them for diagnoses and therapies. ...Read more

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I am currently on vacation somewhere that I do not have access to a doctor. I believe i may have a uti. What can I do for the next 6 days

I am currently on vacation somewhere that I do not have access to a doctor. I believe i may have a uti. What can I do for the next 6 days

Urgent care: The only reasonable treatment for active UTI is antibiotics, and you will need to see a doctor for that. There is cranberry juice, the legendary natural UTI cure, but data suggests it does nothing for active infection, and is conflicting whether it helps prevents recurrence. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

What to do if I have a urinary tract infection but no access to a doctor?

U shoudl have access: To an emergency room or urgent visit center, or a pharmacy u need to leave a urine sample that can be sent to the lab and the health care provider can get u started on antibiotics beofre the culture is back, many pharmacies have urgent txment areas that are staffed by nurse practioners. ...Read more

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I am working in remote Zambia and have a painful UTI. I don't have access to a doctor/hospital, but do have Cipro (ciprofloxacin) with me. Can you recommend a dose?

I am working in remote Zambia and have a painful UTI. I don't have access to a doctor/hospital, but do have Cipro (ciprofloxacin) with me. Can you recommend a dose?

Treatment with Cipro (ciprofloxacin): For uncomplicated UTIs, 250 mg twice a day for 5 days should do it. For a more serious infection 500 mg twice a day for 7-10 days would be more appropriate ...Read more