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What types of questions should I ask my doctor regarding treatment for multiple myeloma or other plasma cell cancer?
1-2-3: Cancer 1-2-3: 1) diagnosis - myeloma vs. ? 2a) stage - iss (not that relevant for individual) 2b) prognostic factors - eg cytogenetics, pcli (if avail), gep (new), bone disease, etc. 3) treatment -- goals (response or quality or....) and options. Some regiments are easy eg rd which is good for a low burden mm disease and working pt vs. More complicated "induction" regimen for high risk/burden. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Please explain difference between infectious disease doctor & a internal medicine doctor? Would be do same tests based on symptoms? Pros cons?
Context & symptoms: If there is an opportunity to test a patient for hiv, we'll take it! in situations where there 1) repeated infections such as abscesses or pneumonias or sores, 2) symptoms that are flu-like or mono-like, 3) diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease, 4) unexplained fevers or night sweats or wasting 5) exposure to body fluids 6)an opportunity to ask to be tested and is accepted. ...Read more
Urologist: A urologist specializes in male genitalia issues, among other things, however your primary care doc can likely diagnose and treat most issues, and decide if a specialist is necessary. ...Read more
Not a good idea: I'm not sure where this thought came from but especially for a patient with active cancer treatment like chemo, this is a terrible idea. Maybe there is some science behind it that you have read about in a medical journal, if so, please share with me, I'm open to new information! ...Read more
Are rheumatologists familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and its co-infections? If not, who treats these tick-borne infections?
Infectious Diseases: Certainly a rheumatologist can treat lyme, but in complex situations, not only can a board certified infectious disease specialist an treat lyme, they can order appropriate tests to diagnose and then treat co-infections such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and erlichiosis. In addition, they may be able to determine if the illness you is due to something other than a tick-borne illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: All infectious disease specialists treat all things infectious as the result of bacterial, fungal, vital, or parasitic infection. They may treat children at some point but they also deal with adults. Pediatric infectious disease on the other hand is a sub-specialty of this group that treats only children and the infections specific to this population. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obesity Doctor.: Mainly, people should consult with a Registered Dietitian for nutritional advice. If it comes to it, a PMD can prescribe weight loss medications with discretion, and a Bariatric surgeon can discuss surgical options for weight control. ...Read more
Are vascular surgeons familiar with infectious causes of vascular issues? My infectious disease doc was of no help.
Yes: As part of vascular training, infectious etiologies of the vascular tree are covered. There are a number of vascular disorders that are cause by infections and some feel atherosclerosis in some part can be cause by an infectious agent. Arterial aneurysms can develop due to infections as well a pseudo aneurysms. Infections of arterial grafts are a major problem and are treated primarily by surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should doctors educate patients about regarding specific health issues that face the elderly?
Way too many for 400: 400 characters isn't enough. I'm leading annual 4 day lecture series this fall. That's how much there is to discuss. Check out http://www.cdc.gov/aging/aginginfo/, http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/aging-health-challenges & http://www.agingcare.com/Health-Conditions for starters. ...Read more
Would you please help describe the usual questions to ask doctors about a child's condition with seizures?
Apart from endocrinology doctor which are the other practice doctors , i can select to check type 2 diabetes please advise?
What do you advise if I'm try to llok up for pathology of hemophagocytosis lymphohistiocytosis infection?
Should you ask your doctor for synovial fluid analysis if you have chronic joint problems with multiple surgeries?
Likely not useful..: Joint fluid analysis is of limited usefulness unless suspected having infection and/or gout, and maybe some rare rheumatologic conditions. Beyond these few conditions, there isn't much else that needs synovial fluid analysis. If you have had multiple joint surgeries, especially in same joint, i would expect that this is already done. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
How old?: Rheumatoid arthritis is almost never seen before puberty, and rarely before 18. We now call jra "juveniule idiopathic arthritis, " because is not the same animal, even though drugs used may be similar! knowing if the patient is ccp antibody positive is the current best indicator that it is ra. I have not seen this in a child under 13. Treatment options need to be as benign as possible. It c. ...Read more
What are names of blood tests for lupus? I've had ongoing health issues, some matching symptoms and want to ask dr to test me
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