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Can you eat with orthofill bands on?

Can you eat with orthofill bands on?

Do Not Use!: Do not place Orthofil or any other elastic bands directly on the teeth. There is a danger that the bands will slip beneath the gums and severely damage the teeth and bone supporting the teeth. In many cases this can result in the LOSS OF THE TEETH. Have your dentist or an orthodontist place BRACKETS on the teeth you want moved and place the elastics ONLY ON THE BRACKETS. ...Read more

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Do any one knows where I can find 30-40 compassion pantyhose that is thin material can you work out with them on?

Do any one knows where I can find 30-40 compassion pantyhose that is thin material can you work out with them on?

Compression?: Assuming you mean compression hosiery, then most durable medical equipment pharmacies have them and the other ones can order them with a Rx form your Doctor. If your Dr. recommends for you to work out with them on, than go for it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do I see tv shows with real doctors in the or with hair and earrings sticking out? We didn't used to do that.

Why do I see tv shows with real doctors in the or with hair and earrings sticking out? We didn't used to do that.

Not reality: Medical personnel on tv (and movies) are projecting an image which is not necessarily reality. Actors want to be seen in an individualized way that can lead to further acting work and an identity recognized by the public. Nice hair, body jewelry, even tattoos can project that image. Unfortunately the image of the invincible physician has created a climate for malpractice for actual doctors. ...Read more

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When nerves jump in your arms or muscles jump does that have anything to do with a seizure or no?

When nerves jump in your arms or muscles jump does that have anything to do with a seizure or no?

Probably not: If you are awake and aware that the nerves and muscles are jumping then that is not a seizure. The tonic clonic jerking that occurs in a seizure requires one to be unconscious. Sounds like fatigued or overworked muscle to me. ...Read more

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Are there any diet pills that work well with hypothyroidism? Bc i've tried everything n nothing works along w diet n excersize i want to loose 20 ty

Are there any diet pills that work well with hypothyroidism? Bc i've tried everything n nothing works along w diet n excersize  i want to loose 20 ty

Not unless euthyroid: If you mean your thyroid level is still not properly corrected, then, no, it is not likely that any diet med/option will help lose weight. If you are on meds and thyroid stimulating hormone is down, then any good program that you commit to will help, average maintainable loss is 1-2 pounds per week, so be patient with your efforts. ...Read more

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Why do some braces require molar bands and others dont? Will molar bands make it hard to eat like with spacers?

Why do some braces require molar bands and others dont? Will molar bands make it hard to eat like with spacers?

Molar bands: Tooth movement with braces uses many different types of brackets and bands, etc. When bands need to be placed on the molars it may indicate that stronger anchorage is needed to more involved tooth realignment, or access may be an issue. Whatever the reason it should not make it more difficult to eat as the bands do not involve the chewing surfaces of the teeth. ...Read more

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Does going gluten free help with Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Or can you recommend anything that will help? Medication isn't helping with symptoms at all.

Does going gluten free help with Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Or can you recommend anything that will help? Medication isn't helping with symptoms at all.

No: Gluten free helps only those who are sensitive to gluten and has no health benefits (potentially nutritional issue) otherwise. I hope you are under the care of an endocrinologist since thyroiditis is usually controllable. ...Read more

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When my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome act up should I have the affected hand rest completely or should I try to do some exercises with that hand?

When my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome act up should I have the affected hand rest completely or should I try to do some exercises with that hand?

Some advice: We usually find that repetitive flexion and extension activities at the wrist promote carpal tunnel syndrome, and one approach to help, involves usage of a wrist extension brace, which keeps the wrist in a constant position. Exercise really is of little benefit if you have advanced carpal tunnel and injection or surgical decompression is highly successful. ...Read more

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Are 30-40mg compression socks supposed to help with swelling? Because they have not helped in that regard.

Are 30-40mg compression socks supposed to help with swelling? Because they have not helped in that regard.

Yes.: They are supposed to help. BUT they are just one component of therapy. You may need additional meds / elevation / salt restriction depending upon your clinical condition. ...Read more

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Should i stick with my meds longer and continue with these actual borderline-depressive outbursts, in the hope that it'll even out soon?

Should i stick with my meds longer and continue with these actual borderline-depressive outbursts, in the hope that it'll even out soon?

Talk to your doctor: Let the psychiatrist know how you are feeling. They can determine whether you should increase or change your medication. Often medications need to be adjusted. ...Read more

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From this app i learnt that teeth will shift through out the years. If i get one of those clear retainers would that help them from not moving?

From this app i learnt that teeth will shift through out the years. If i get one of those clear retainers would that help them from not moving?

If worn regularly: Retainers only work to maintain teeth in their existing position if worn conscientiously on a daily basis. The more one skips days or stops wearing them, the more the teeth tend to drift over time. Some arches are more stabile than others. ...Read more

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Silly question but should you keep your toilet lid up or down? Mines usually up and i've heard that you should always close it but i never do.

Silly question but should you keep your toilet lid up or down? Mines usually up and i've heard that you should always close it but i never do.

Personal preference: I do not know of any medical studies regarding this age old question. If you have young children that may fall into the toilet (top heavy infants) etc or pets that may drink out of it, then best to keep the seat down. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is there a way that i can make my teeth whiter then they are, i brush daily but not as white as they should be?

Docs can you explain, is there a way that i can make my teeth whiter then they are, i brush daily but not as white as they should be?

Teeth whitening: There are several methods to whiten your teeth. First stop smoking and reduce coffee, tea, red wine and other darkly colored foods and drinks that will stain your teeth. If you have not seen a dentist is awhile an exam and teeth cleaning is the first step. Otc products like toothpaste and white strip can lighten teeth a little but dentist supervised whitening is best. ...Read more

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I read here that if you touch blood you have to wash your hands for 10 min.- that seems unrealistic esp. when I work with kids. Is that true?

I read here that if you touch blood you have to wash your hands for 10 min.- that seems unrealistic esp. when I work with kids. Is that true?

Truly unrealistic: How long a typical person has to wash her hands after touching typical, potentially-infectious stuff depends on how well she does the washing. A thorough washing of all parts of the hands with soap and water should take no more than 1-2 minutes. Be thorough but gentle, so not to damage the skin. If there is a lot of stuff on the hands, she can wash for 1 minute beyond removing the visible stuff. ...Read more

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If you u bench press with your legs or whatever you are training, does that body part get higher BP?

If you u bench press with your legs or whatever you are training,  does that body part get higher BP?

No: Bloed pressure change is evenly distributed throughout the body, regardless of which part of the body is being exercised. The circulation is a closed system. ...Read more

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I can't seem to make my abs show with 6 months training. I've also been eating healthy. Is there any specific food that can help with this procedure?

I can't seem to make my abs show with 6 months training. I've also been eating healthy. Is there any specific food that can help with this procedure?

No: The only way to enhance your abs is by focusing your training on them so that they grow bigger and the overlying fat diminishes. No food supplement is going to help with that. ...Read more

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Have to sit at a computer all day and into night for work so would that have anything to do with general aches?

Have to sit at a computer all day and into night for work so would that have anything to do with general aches?

Stretch break.: Sitting for long periods of time engaged in work can suppress the normal urge to move and to rest muscle groups. We also need to reposition ourselves. This leads to aches and pains and to repetitive injuries. People have been shown to blink less often if reading or looking at a monitor. Take a short stretch break every hour and that will go a long way to helping with those aches. ...Read more

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Why would my legs become jello like out of no where. Had to use the wall to help me with balance while at work.

Why would my legs become jello like out of no where. Had to use the wall to help me with balance while at work.

Lack of oxygen: You might be suffering from a lack of oxygen to your brain, spine, or legs. See a vascular specialist, cardiologist, or neurologist. Tell your family doctor first so he/she can recommend a specialist. ...Read more