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Can I Live A Normal Life With A Chronic Std
This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more
Confusing question: When rubella is experienced as an infection as a kid or adult, it is a relatively mild illness that lasts a few days and usually has few if any long term issues.If experienced in pregnancy, the fetus may abort or experience mild to severe complications. This can include being born deaf ; blind, with injury to other organs. ...Read more
Sure--need treatment: Hepatitis c is common, & nowadays there is excellent treatment for it in the form of "triple drug" therapy with expectation in most patients of cure (svr=sustained virologic response). The sooner the virus is killed off, the less damage your liver sustains. The drug combination is a prolonged course, & its side efffects are great. However, untreated hepatitis c leads to cirrhosis & liver cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One Day At A Time: In fairness, there are 100's of different cancers, so it would be unfair to make any broad recommendations. However, many people live completely normal lives after the shock wears off and a year or two pass. Try not to get too far ahead of yourself-- focus on your immediate treatment & try to keep your life as "normal" as possible. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: One doesn't exclude other. We just need to make sure that you're otherwise healthy enough. If necessary, chat w/your Nephrologist regarding use of PDE-5 inhibitors such as Cialis, Levitra, (vardenafil) Stendra, Staxyn & Viagra or perhaps MUSE & Caverject. If otherwise healthy including relationship, yet libido not quite there, consider check for low T (but that would be close to last on my list). Med side effe ...Read more
Can people with autoimmune hepatitis live a normal life? Do they have a normal or low life expectancy?
Absolutely!: Mctd is the most benign of the connective tissue diseases. Most of my patients have little or no sx once the medications have time to work. You should be on hydroxychloroquine, most commonly 200mg bid. I do not see seriously ill mctd patients. Do not let a diagnosis frighten you! this a common issue in rheumatology: over-diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Remember, some people intentionally donate a kidney for the purpose of saving another's life. This is one of the most altruistic acts i can think of. Kidney donors are known for living full wonderful normal lives. It is indeed possible to live a normal life with a solitary kidney. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Letting go of shame: All humans who care about connection to others, experience shame from time to time. This means most of us know what it's like to feel we're not worthy of love or belonging (shame), even if we don't want to admit it. What makes it "toxic" is that when we keep it secret, the more it controls our lives. Sharing our "shame" stories with trusted others, dissipates it & frees us from need to be perfect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Learn the prodrome: Many individuals with genital herpes have prodromal symptoms that let them know an outbreak is coming. It is important to know that lesions, especially if draining, are contagious. Most patients with herpes avoid sexual activity during their outbreaks. If outbreaks are frequent, suppressive medication can be helpful. The use of condoms can decrease transmission rate. ...Read more
No Limits on Life: Diabetes may pose challenges in your life but certainly won't dictate what you get out of life. Keep your management relationship with a trusted physician ongoing and nurture advice from other professionals including dieticians, nurses, counselors and fitness experts. Only the limits you self impose will be the ones you have to deal with in this life. Enjoy! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genital Herpes: Suppressive therapy with antiviral medication isn't 100 percent effective at eliminating asymptomatic shedding, particularly for people with frequent outbreaks, and it is no substitute for condom use. However, using drugs and safe sex together may be the best way to protect your partner from your genital herpes infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, depends: Many patients with reiter's syndrome can keep it under control with anti inflammatory medications, but this depends on the severity and how often it flares up. ...Read more
Yes: Of course. With reasonable care with proper diet, meds as needed, optimal weight, appropriate exercise, keep your doctor visits, optimal glucose control. This is what we all need to do to live normal lives. Like i mentioned in a previous answer, we love life so much we kill ourselves. Rj. ...Read more
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