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Doctor insights on: Am I A Hypochondriac Seem To Identify With Lots Of Conditions I Find On Websites

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Am I a hypochondriac? Seem to identify with lots of conditions I find on websites

That depends...: Since you "think" you're a hypochondriac, you seem to be open to understanding your "worry" about being sick as something that could be understood in some way other than being "certain" that you are sick. Since you don't say anything about why you think you're a hypochondriac or how and what you are thinking about "too much", i'm not sure what else to offer. ...Read more

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I am 18 and think I have gender question issues. How can I find a therapist that can help without me parents finding out?

I am 18 and think I have gender question issues. How can I find a therapist that can help without me parents finding out?

It's your right: At 18, you are at the "age of consent" meaning you can see whomever you want and nobody is entitled to your information but you. In many states, that number is 14 years old for psych or confidential issues. The fact you went, though is harder, since it often shows up on parents' eob's. You can pay cash, or get your own insurance, but best to be honest and say you're going. It's your business why. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Veres. I'm very new to this site and am trying to find a physician to help manage my primary care since I'm without insurance currently. I am worried as I'm almost out of Cholestyramine and am having some issues I would like to discuss with a do

Hello Dr. Veres. I'm very new to this site and am trying to find a physician to help manage my primary care since I'm without insurance currently. I am worried as I'm almost out of Cholestyramine and am having some issues I would like to discuss with a do

You need to set up: ...a Virtual consult to get a refill on Choleststyamine and discuss those other issues. Please understand tho that HealthTap is NOT able to be your primary care physician altho we may be able to give you suggests about how to find one in your area. Dr. anne ...Read more

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I find myself in a depression cycle. I have tried all from , vitamins, herbs, etc, to try to help myself. What should I do? Not a fan of doctors.

I find myself in a depression cycle. I have tried all from , vitamins, herbs, etc, to try to help myself. What should I do? Not a fan of doctors.

Be brave: I admire your courage in writing, especially when you are reluctant to visit a physician. I've known folks who say that after a few days on an antidepressant, it's like having new glasses -- they see the world as it is. While only a doctor can prescribe such, a good psychologist or someone else able to do cognitive-behavioral rx can help you reprogram. Most people are disappointed with herbs. ...Read more

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I have autonomic neuropathy dystautonomia and pots and mayo clinic cannot figure out why? This is my second visit and I am still here. Can anyone help ? Its been very ffrustrating for me and my family

I have autonomic neuropathy dystautonomia and pots and mayo clinic cannot figure out why? This is my second visit and I am still here. Can anyone help ? Its been very ffrustrating for me and my family

Mayo is very good: If doctors at mayo clinic can not figure out, you are out of luck. So be patient and do what they have advised. Sometimes you can have a medical condition which is difficult to diagnose and treat. That is what autonomic neuropathy is....Very hard to find the cause and difficult to treat. So stick with them....There is not any better alternatives elsewhere! ...Read more

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Can you drs write a title of a good book that i can read about "self-managing of depression" , I am also getting my treatment from my psychiatrist :)?

Can you drs write a title of a good book that i can read about "self-managing of depression" , I am also getting my treatment from my psychiatrist :)?

I like: 'the feeling good book' by david burns. The book has been around for a long time. It is an easy read. It teaches how we set ourselves up for depression through the way we think about ourselves and life. ...Read more

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I need help figuring out what is going on with my eyes, I have a history to explain about it and have tried many things.

I need help figuring out what is going on with my eyes, I have a history to explain about it and have tried many things.

Eye issue: OK, Try re-asking a question with as much information as you can put in it, and hopefully one of us docs can provide you with some help. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm writing for a treatment to OCD. I keep thinking about a certain thing and i cant get it out of my mind. I am really worried and need help.'?

Hello, I'm writing for a treatment to OCD. I keep thinking about a certain thing and i cant get it out of my mind. I am really worried and need help.'?

Behavioral therapist: Would recommend following up with a behavioral therapist. If you have issues with anxiety / panic disorder as well Freespira might help. visit www.freespira.com for more info. ...Read more

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I have Rumination Syndrome and I'd like to know what should I do to get rid of it, as I read that there is a lack of awareness on this among doctors?

I have Rumination Syndrome and I'd like to know what should I do to get rid of it, as I read that there is a lack of awareness on this among doctors?

See answer: Suggest you see a GI doctor for guidance. My search showed Rumination Syndrome to be a rare under-diagnosed chronic motility disorder which is often confused with eating disorders, acid reflux etc. Biofeedback and relaxation techniques have been effective. Ask your pcp for a referral. Bring any diagnostic tests, treatments tried and results with you. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a few health issues and am unaware of how serious they are as I am too scared to go to the doctors! I need help overcoming this as I need help

I have a few health issues and am unaware of how serious they are as I am too scared to go to the doctors! I need help overcoming this as I need help

Need a check up: You have to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss all your health issues.You can discuss your issues and will need a thorough examination And do any tests if needed to help you with your health issues ...Read more

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What to do if I am so sick of my anxiety disorder. Looking for people who can relate?

What to do if I am so sick of my anxiety disorder. Looking for people who can relate?

How about looking: Into a therapy group that specializes in anxiety disorders or how about an on-line anxiety disorder support group. ...Read more

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What can I do to find out if I have low testosterone? I am 47 male and overweight. The internet is a bad place to look for medical information as you can find so many conflicting articles. Anyway, it seems that I have been very emotional lately which is s

What can I do to find out if I have low testosterone? I am 47 male and overweight. The internet is a bad place to look for medical information as you can find so many conflicting articles. Anyway, it seems that I have been very emotional lately which is s

From : From your symptoms, it is very likely that you have low testosterone. This condition is surprisingly common...About 40% of all men over 45 years old have clinically low testosterone. Testosterone peaks in men in the early 20's, but then drops 1-2% every year after that. So you need to get your t level checked. Unfortunately, the normal ranges for testosterone that the labs give are often erroneous. Most labs have a large "normal" range. To me, it doesn't make sense when a lab shows a normal range from 250-870ng/dl. This is a huge range. How can a man with a t of 270 be considered the same as a man with a t of 650. I have countless men in my practice that were in the "normal" range who had symptoms of low t. Measured total testosterone is not a very accurate way to assess whether a man is low in t. Most of the testosterone in the bloodstream is bound to other molecules, like sex hormone binding globulin (shbg) and albumin. The amount of free testosterone is only 1-2 % of the total serum testosterone. This means that most of a man's t is inaccessible to the body to use. Several factors can affect your level of shbg and albumin. So, it is better to use free testosterone to assess a patient with symptoms. But it is very difficult to measure free t in serum samples. Many methods are inaccurate. So, I use calculated free t. I measure the total t and the shbg level. Then using an online calculator (google free testosterone calculator) i find the free t calculated. If a man's free t is below 10ng/dl, i give him a trial of testosterone supplementation (gels or shots or implanted t pellets). I ask the patient to give it three months. We measure the t and calc free t at the end of the 3 months. My goal is to get his free t into the 15-25 range. Most men report that they have significantly more energy, strength, stamina and endurance. Their libido and erections are often better. Some men who were needing viagra (sildenafil) no longer need it. Many men report their early morning erections have returned. Best of luck! if you are over weight, your body may also be converting some of your testosterone into estrogen. This occurs in fat cells by an enzyme called aromatase. Studies have shown that exercise and weight loss can increase t levels. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and depression. Have a therapist but can't seem to figure out what trigures it?

I have anxiety and depression. Have a therapist but can't seem to figure out what trigures it?

Getting better: Finding trigger may not be important towards getting better. It is better to be open-minded and try different ways to get better. Don't be too harsh on yourself and don't try too hard. ...Read more

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Dealing with very serious knee issues, just can't seem to find any answers. Where can I find help?

Dealing with very serious knee issues, just can't seem to find any answers. Where can I find help?

Help options: The first place to start is to go to a physician and get evaluated for your knee. You need to provide them with a detailed history of your pain and your symptoms. Standing xrays of your knees combined with a careful history and physical examination will be a good start towards figuring out what is wrong with your knees. ...Read more

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Hey I am arik. I am very addicted various types of social sites. I can not concentrate on my study. Is their any way to overcome this?

Hey I am arik. I am very addicted various types of social sites. I can not concentrate  on my study. Is their any way to overcome this?

Serious addiction: It would be helpful to go cold turkey each day until you have finished all your work. Also tell yourself it is important to have close to 8 hours of sleep. ...Read more

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Hi, I have anxiety and depression and no job, i cannot seem to get rid of the feelings , please help!

Hi, I have anxiety and depression and no job, i cannot seem to get rid of the feelings , please help!

Seek evaluation: A psychiatrist can review nature & entent of anxiety & depression & recommend therapy &/or medication that may help. Meanwhile woking on anxiety & stress management skills involving rhythmic breathing, relaxation, imagery, & daily living habits can help. Good sleep hygiene, nutrition, exercise, & relationships are foundation of health. Hope you experience relief soon.. ...Read more

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