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Recently got tested for herpes came back negative number lesions are turning yellow with the white Rim is that normal

Recently got tested for herpes came back negative number lesions are turning yellow with the white Rim is that normal

Need more info: Sorry, can't say anything without more information. Is this the first such lesions, or recurrent? If first, how long from onset until test? Were the lesions tested for herpes by culture or DNA testing (PCR), or was it a blood test? Other symptoms like fever, enlarged lymph nods? Are the lesions oral or genital? If genital, have you had a new sexual exposure, or partner with known herpes? ...Read more

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I have had a WBC done recently and it came back with a number 17 I have been sick for almost. 5 months with all kinds of ABTs of none helped?

I have had a WBC done recently and it came back with a number 17 I have been sick for almost. 5 months with all kinds of ABTs of none helped?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be additional tests. You may wish to consult an infectious disease specialist.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My liver function test came back again the number was 45 I was given an abdomenal ultrasound for nafld which was normal my gp cannot tell what's wrong?

My liver function test came back again the number was 45 I was given an abdomenal ultrasound for nafld which was normal my gp cannot tell what's wrong?

Could be normal.: Liver function tests ast/alt can be elevated for a variety of reasons. Mild elevation as in your case could be due to medication use, fatty liver disease, or simply gilbert's disease. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Had a physical and it came back with these high number 217 total Cholesterol, 5.7 Cholestrol/HDL ratio and 288 Triglyerides is this bad?

Had a physical and it came back with these high number 217 total Cholesterol, 5.7 Cholestrol/HDL ratio and 288 Triglyerides is this bad?

Could be better: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would better if both cholesterol and triglycerides were lower. If you are overweight, try to lose weight, not easy.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am 22 I underwent lasik surgery last year and I sit on my PC for 4hours everyday. Will I get my number back? Please help.

I am 22 I underwent lasik surgery last year and I sit on my PC for 4hours everyday. Will I get my number back? Please help.

Dry eye: Dry eye is very common after lasik surgery and will prolonged near/computer work. I would try artificial tears frequently during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have pain in middle back right side. Developing over number of weeks. Worse at night. Very painful with deep breath. No urine problems. Swelling?

I have pain in middle back right side. Developing over number of weeks. Worse at night. Very painful with deep breath. No urine problems. Swelling?

Multiple causes: Possible from kidney stone, lung infection, spinal disorders or gallstones among many other diagnoses. Best to see your doctor and he will decide on appropriate tests and treatment. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I had a herps test done. It came back negative. The equivocal came back 0.9 and the number next to it is 1.0. The lab report says equivocal may suggest early infection. Is it possable that I had a early infection based on the equivocal result?

I had a herps test done. It came back negative. The equivocal came back 0.9 and the number next to it is 1.0. The lab report says equivocal may suggest early infection. Is it possable that I had a early infection based on the equivocal result?

Equivocal Herpes: If the test shows an antibody level between these two numbers, then you've got an inconclusive result (equivocal). One way that this could happen is if the test was done right after you were infected, and your body is creating antibodies, but there aren't enough in your blood yet to tip you into the "positive" category. You'll probably want to get tested again in a month or two. ...Read more

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I took 3 first morning urine home pregnancy test so I had an BHCG-QUANT blood test done and it came back <5 but with no number as to what it was.

I took 3 first morning urine home pregnancy test so I had an BHCG-QUANT blood test done and it came back <5 but with no number as to what it was.

Undetectable level.: Anything <5 usually doesn't get reported because it's undetectable. In some places it's reported as <2 but regardless it just means that the test is negative. ...Read more

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My Thyroid peroxidase level came back as a 33 highest number on the reference range before abnormal. All other TSH etc normal. Can this cause insomnia?

My Thyroid peroxidase level came back as a 33 highest number on the reference range before abnormal. All other TSH etc normal. Can this cause insomnia?

Thyroid peroxidase: An elevated anti-TPO antibodies could indicate Hashimoto's thyroiditis. However, it is not clear that yours are actually elevated. If the TSH is normal, it is unlikely that this is affecting you; maybe these are perimenopausal sx. Even if the anti-TPO were elevated, that would indicate an autoimmune process is underway, but it may take years for it to cause actual hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Hello I just had my A1C tested it was 6% this time but back in October it was 5.7% what can I do to get this number down. I don't have diabetes?

Hello I just had my A1C tested it was 6% this time but back in October it was 5.7% what can I do to get this number down. I don't have diabetes?

Regular exercise,: Eliminate refined sugars and refined carbohydrates, eat a vegan, vegetarian or paleo diet. Lean animal protein if desired such as skinless chicken, fish... most people fail to realize that they can get all of the protein required from vegetables and legumes. Supplement with a high quality vitamin supplement to assure adequate intake of B12 and D3. ...Read more

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I've had 2 quarter sized immovable hard lumps on the back of my head for a number of years, however, recently they've begun to hurt even to touch.

I've had 2 quarter sized immovable hard lumps on the back of my head for a number of years, however, recently they've begun to hurt even to touch.

Most likely you have: Sebaceous cysts, probably now getting infected, call your doctor for examination possible removal ...Read more

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When I go number 2 my tummy cramps the cramps starts from the tummy and to my back what can it be?

When I go number 2 my tummy cramps the cramps starts from the tummy and to my back what can it be?

Any constipation: Most common cause is hard stools and constipation
take a laxative
milk of magnesia is available without prescription take 60 ccs every day till good bowel moment daily for one week. ...Read more

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Thyroid test came back at 2.63 is that a good number?

Thyroid test came back at 2.63 is that a good number?

Discuss with Dr.: You need to contact the person that ordered the test to get clarification. When a lab result is just a number it is relative to a certain lab's protocols. Usually, the result will have a "normal" range after the number and if you are in that range you are fine. If not in the range then you need the person that ordered the test to interpret what that 2.63 means for you. ...Read more

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Is there any limit to the number of times a day I can stretch my back to try & eliminate a constant stiff back & back pain? Is more better?

Is there any limit to the number of times a day I can stretch my back to try & eliminate a constant stiff back & back pain? Is more better?

No: There is no limit. Doing more does not make it better. Just do not do it even though it hurts. Avoid activities that hurts your back. ...Read more

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My Hsv test came back negative results but high flag number. I also apparently had a yesterday infection as well which cause me to go get these test.?

My Hsv test came back negative results but high flag number. I also apparently had a yesterday infection as well which cause me to go get these test.?

More info needed: Sorry, can't help much. This is confusing. "High flag number" suggests it was positive, not negative. Testing normally give separate results for HSV1 and HSV2; post a new question with details of both. Also say more about that kind of "infection" you have. ...Read more

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My blood test came back with a mercury level at 16 ng/ml. How concerned should I be with this number?

My blood test came back with a mercury level at 16 ng/ml. How concerned should I be with this number?

Action level is 35: Mercury is a naturally-occurring element and this level won't make you sick or damage you or your unborn child, but you might ask whether you have an occupational exposure, love eating fish (up to 200 ng/ml seems to be tolerated without harm), or live near a coal-burning plant. The published 'actional level' (i.e., think about less fish) is 35 ng/ml. Eager to hear from others. ...Read more

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It seems that most of the people I know have lost many of their back teeth and less of the number of front teeth. Why does it happen this way?

It seems that most of the people I know have lost many of their back teeth and less of the number of front teeth. Why does it happen this way?

Anatomy: Back teeth, because of their shapes, are more susceptible to decay. It's also harder to care for supporting tissues. Add to that not bruising 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock, not flossing, not having check-ups 2x/year, eating hard foods like ice, high sugar diet, not replacing missing teeth immediately, etc. Comes down to see your Dentist regularly and follow advice to the letter. ...Read more

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Is there a number one doctor-recommended remedies to cure severe back and neck pain?

Several options: First if you have had severe back and neck pain for > 6 weeks you should see a physician to evaluate for potential serious underlying condition. Otherwise, it would be reasonable to treat conservatively with anti-inflammatories, progressive increased activity/stretching, ice or heat or alternate, over the counter creams such as aspercreme or capsaicin. ...Read more

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Is there any real benefit to having a mattress, like a sleep number bed, for people with severe lower back pain?

Is there any real benefit to having a mattress, like a sleep number bed, for people with severe lower back pain?

Go for comfort: With low back pain, it is all about what feels good to your back. Some people want soft, others want firm. Some want inner-springs, other want water beds. If the sleep number bed works for you and your back feels better sleeping on it, then go for it. ...Read more

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I used metformin for 4 months and got pregnant (in 2011) :-) will I need to go straight back on it when starting to try for baby number 2?

I used metformin for 4 months and got pregnant (in 2011) :-) will I need to go straight back on it when starting to try for baby number 2?

Metformin/pregnancy: I am assuming that you were put on metformin because you were diagnosed with pcos and having trouble with getting pregnant. I think the decision to go back on metformin depends on how long you have to wait to get pregnant. Metformin use in patients with pcos can improve fertility and will probably help you get pregnant sooner vs trying without metformin. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I received a blood glucose test about a month ago, and my number came up at 150. I went back today after a 12hr fast, and was 108. Am I pre-diabetic?

I received a blood glucose test about a month ago, and my number came up at 150. I went back today after a 12hr fast, and was 108. Am I pre-diabetic?

Maybe (not). . .: Pre-diabetes is a great term but definitions are rather loose. If checking glucose, best to draw blood after fasting all night long. Normal result should be less than 100. Impaired fasting glucose is 100-125. Diabetes is higher. Or check A1c which gives info re average sugar over past 3 months. Normal is less than 5.7. 5.7-64 is pre-diabetes or at elevated risk. Higher is consistent w/diabetes. ...Read more

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Routine Blood test back in march and now december have showed 11.1 mpv. Exact number both times. Completely normal rest of blood work. Is this normal?

Routine Blood test back in march and now december have showed 11.1 mpv. Exact number both times. Completely normal rest of blood work. Is this normal?

Mpv: MPV (mean Platelet Volume) this is the average volume of the platelet. If the mean volume is little high, it means that there are some large platelets in the blood which is normal and usually during the rapid production from the bone marrow ...Read more

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7 weeks after abortion my hCG levels are declining. Gone back 4 times to get bloodwork, the number keeps falling so why do they keep ordering bloodwork?

7 weeks after abortion my hCG levels are declining. Gone back 4 times to get bloodwork, the number keeps falling so why do they keep ordering bloodwork?

Prudent doctor: Your doctor is very prudent and thorough. We need the level to drop to zero before declaring that all is well and you are back to baseline. Please keep your follow up appointments with him. ...Read more