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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped.  Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Minor Surgery (Definition)

Usually means small procedures done under local anesthetic in an office or outpatient surgical center. Could be to cut out a growth to get a biopsy. Some may consider minor surgery to be like pulling a tooth or having the tubes tied for sterilization. Usually a procedure that is less risky and less likely to ...Read more


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Can smoking weed substitute for prescription pain meds after minor surgery?

Can smoking weed substitute for prescription pain meds after minor surgery?

Perhaps: Thc is a known pain reliever. However why would you want to use this. Onset and offset of clinical effect is hard to predict, ability to think clearly is impaired. It is less effective than approved pain meds. And, if you are already a steady marijuana user, you will have less benefit. ...Read more

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Wonder if my past marijuana use will effect my upcoming minor surgery (general anesthesia) in about a months time. Thanks?

Wonder if my past marijuana use will effect my upcoming minor surgery (general anesthesia) in about a months time. Thanks?

It shouldn't: However, traces of thc remain in the system for a rather long time. 30 days should be sufficient for the drug to clear your system completely, but the key will be any use between now and then. ...Read more

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How far do hair follice drug tests go? Testing for job. Nurse gave me 10mg Valium prior to minor surgery in March 2014. Will the Valium show up?

How far do hair follice drug tests go? Testing for job. Nurse gave me 10mg Valium prior to minor surgery in March 2014. Will the Valium show up?

Hair testing: Looks back in a 90 day window. The hairs are "prepared" prior to analysis. I believe 1.5 inches are used of head hair, to correspond to a roughly 90 day window of growth. Body hair is handled differently. The collector will obtain either head hair or body hair, but cannot mix the two in the sample due to their different preparation. Therefore, there is no chance Valium from 2014 shows. ...Read more

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Do I have to stop smoking weed before getting the lapband surgery?

Do I have to stop smoking weed before getting the lapband surgery?

Seriously, YES: Besides the obvious answer that long term marijuana use can be harmful, more importantly you are going to have general anesthesia. General anesthesia has profound effects on the body and all the anesthesiologists i know would cancel your surgery if you were still smoking "weed" as would i. Adding another dangerous drug to the mix of medications given during anesthesia is just plain silly. ...Read more

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Will smoking weed affect getting surgery? Im getting put under for a circumscision

Will smoking weed affect getting surgery? Im getting put under for a circumscision

Probably not: The anesthesiologist will ask you a lot of questions, and you should answer honestly. Smoking cigarettes, which most weed smokers also smoke, will probably have more effects on general anesthesia than smoking weed, but if you smoke a lot of weed, it could also have effects too. Your answers are protected by medical confidentiality, but will be in that medical record. ...Read more

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I had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC), am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?

I had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC),  am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?

Avoid marijuana: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. We humans are not designed to inhale the byproducts of burning organic materials and whatever other chemical additives are mixed in with the plant materials. Avoid intentionally inhaling burning materials. It's just a bad idea, and not healthy for the body. ...Read more

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Is ear endoscopy considered minor surgery?

Is ear endoscopy considered minor surgery?

Only in middle ear: If it is just a procedure to look in the ear with an endoscope then it's not surgery at all. If the doctor needs to look in the middle ear and lift the ear drum up out of the way, that it is a minor operation. ...Read more

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I'm on Accutane and i'm having stye which is big. I did minor surgery for this stye. Is it safe while on accutane?

I'm on Accutane and i'm having stye which is big. I did minor surgery for this stye. Is it safe while on accutane?

Safe to treat stye: It is safe to have a minor procedure to treat your stye while on acutane. Doctors will typically perform a chalazion incision and drainage, a small incision over the stye to release the oil that is trapped, with local anesthesia. You should also clean your eyelids and lashes with baby shampoo and place warm compresses over your eyelids three times a day to open your oil glands and treat the stye. ...Read more