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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I got a virus 2 years ago and ever some then my stomach has been bothering me with constipation, low vitamin d, malabsorption and depression. Cause?

I got a virus 2 years ago and ever some then my stomach has been bothering me with constipation, low vitamin d, malabsorption and depression. Cause?

Gastroenterologist: You need to be seen and fully evaluated by a GI doctor, and this will mean subjecting yourself to endoscopy and possible small bowel biopsy. This may or may not have anything to do with the viral infection you had, but there is no way to tell without a full assessment. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea over time cause my symptoms of low t level low sperm count , hyperhydrosis, sleepiness, constipation, anxiety, depression.?

Can sleep apnea over time cause my symptoms of low t level low sperm count , hyperhydrosis, sleepiness, constipation, anxiety, depression.?

Many: Sleep apnea can cause many of the symptoms you described although it's unlikely to cause all of them. If you have sleep apnea, treat it to see which symptoms will improve. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic (2-7 years): coughing, swollen left lymph node, headaches, constipation, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, "brain fog"?

What could cause chronic (2-7 years): coughing, swollen left lymph node, headaches, constipation, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, "brain fog"?

GERD: Gastro esophageal reflux disease associated with constipation. Change diet, avoid spicy , fried, citrus food, white chocolate peanut. Coffee soda condiments. Over the counter antacid twice a day, sleep inclined , avoid late dinner, eat small meals and chew your food very well. What to eat ? High fiber green vegetable beans lentils. Drink more water. Use laxative like metamucil twice a day . I. ...Read more

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause dependency? I'm only 19 so i dont want to become dependent on something, but constipation and bloating is making me depressed

Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause dependency? I'm only 19 so i dont want to become dependent on something, but constipation and bloating is making me depressed

No: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) should not cause dependency. It is a relatively safe option to use, but can take a few days to work. The best long term option would include a diet high in insoluble fiber. This would produce similar effects and has numerous additional benefits. ...Read more

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Been on celexa (citalopram) for a month for depression and anxitey and before battled chronic constipation. After taking celexa (citalopram) I have no constipation why?

Been on celexa (citalopram) for a month for depression and anxitey and before battled chronic constipation. After taking celexa (citalopram) I have no constipation why?

Celexa (citalopram) can do it: Meds. Like Celexa (citalopram) can have side effects. One of them is diarrhea. However, if your depression was causing your constipation and Celexa (citalopram) works and you are no longer depressed then constipation is also ended. ...Read more

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Can QIGONG help with anxiety depression constant tiredness and chronic constipation?

Can QIGONG help with anxiety depression constant tiredness and chronic constipation?

Chinese qigong: is not a panacea. i don't think they exist. There is a good deal of research to support many health and psychological benefits of qigong. Check out the National Qigong Association website USA www.nqa.org The gentle movements, breathing, and meditation, in western terms, adjusts biochemistry and attitude, not to mention turning down the fight flight freeze response. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I m suffering from leukorrea since 10 years due to thinking of sexual thoughts. Im having constipation and vagina become empty & opened & depression?

I m suffering from leukorrea since 10 years due to thinking of sexual thoughts. Im having constipation and vagina become empty & opened & depression?

Sexual thoughts : Does not cause this, i agree with other physician s recommendation : see u pcp for evaluation and work up. ...Read more

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What could be causing constipation, depression, skin problems, headaches, memory problems?

What could be causing constipation, depression, skin problems, headaches, memory problems?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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Is Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) a good alternative to Percocet for post op pain? For less respiratory depression and constipation? Which one is more effective?

Is Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) a good alternative to Percocet for post op pain? For less respiratory depression and constipation? Which one is more effective?

Both opioids: Both are effective for post-op pain. Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) is most effective when given by injection (IM) or by IV, it is least effective taken by mouth. Percocet has risks associated with the acetaminophen content. Both can cause respiratory depression and constipation. In the hospital post-surgery, demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) would be better and controlled by staff. Outpatient, percocet would be better choice, limit dosage. ...Read more

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This happened in order.Hair loss, hyperhydrosis, feeling ugly, anxiety attack, depression, constipation. Pressure in head? Sounds like stress symotoms?Gad?

Diet: I have seen many people wih these symptoms. It is typical of what I have called functional dysautonomia. The autonomic (automatic) nervous system is controlled by the lower brain and lousy diet screws it up. By far the commonest cause in my long experience is all that sugary stuff, including sweeteners and diet drinks. It easily causes vitamin b1 and magnesium deficiency. ...Read more

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So im 19, been taking medication for depression.Loose stools and constipation occasionally but no blood in stools and no nausia.Is it colon cancer?

So im 19, been taking medication for depression.Loose stools and constipation occasionally but no blood in stools and no nausia.Is it colon cancer?

Antidepressants: Unlikely. Antidepressants are known to cause some people significant constipation.On the flip side, if you miss a dose or two then you can have the reverse by having a few loose stools as part of "withdrawals".Make sure to take your medicine as recommended by your physician. Talk to them about the issues with your bowel movements, they might recommend starting a regular stool softener to help, . ...Read more

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Depression, sever hair loss in 2 months, tired, week, constipation, red eyes, sleep paralysis, numbing sensation throughout bod what's wrong with me?

Depression, sever hair loss in 2 months, tired, week, constipation, red eyes, sleep paralysis, numbing sensation throughout bod  what's wrong with me?

Need evaluation: With these symptoms, you need a good evaluation with your primary care physician. You could have hypothyroidism or other medical causes. The sleep issues may or may not be part of this, and may warrant further investigation also. ...Read more

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Tremor in both hands, headache, constipation, fatigue,joint pains,nervepains,footpain,dizzy,cant swing 1 hand,depression etc is it parkinson or ET?

Tremor in both hands, headache, constipation, fatigue,joint pains,nervepains,footpain,dizzy,cant swing 1 hand,depression etc is it parkinson or ET?

Need : through examination parkinson disease will be too early in 22. If you antipsychotic medications side effects of medication should be considered,anxiety and thyroid disorders are other considerations and drugs ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more