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Would you please help describe the usual questions to ask doctors about a child's condition with seizures?
Sure: S: 37yom comes in for reeval of COPD and chf. Doing well. No dyspnea/chest pain/orthopnea, or extremity edema. O: BP 120/80, p78, r12. Alert, comfortable, nad cv: rrr no mrg resp: clear bilat, no acc muscle use extr: warm, good pulses, no edema labs: (results) ecg: (results) prior echo: (summary) a: 1. COPD - stable 2. Chf- stable p: 1. Continue current meds 2. Counsel- low salt diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing best, but...: Without good history and adequate physical exam on the scrotum and its contents plus us and other tests such as ua ... As needed, it's hard to know what you may have. But based on the described for one at 31, i would empirically use Doxycycline 100 mg by mouth twice daily for 7 days plus cetriaxone 125 mg im once for most simple broad coverage. Best wishes... ...Read more
Multiple Procedures: It is usually a good idea to discuss additional procedures. Sometime one procedure will change the way another is performed, or the order of procedures may be important. Ranking the procedures by priority can be very helpful. The down side is that it means processing a lot more information. Talking about too much at once can be overwhelming, so give yourself time to digest it all. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Hi. We (endocrinologists) are very good at organ physiology and pathophysiology, fluid and electrolyte status, and the way things work (probably second only to pathologists...they're freakin' brilliant!). So, yeah, see an endo. For edema, I tend to think of heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, circulation, drug-induced, and idiopathic. See your endo for her/his impression. Good luck! ...Read more
Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a situation where too much fluid has accumulated within the brain. The treatment is based on what caused the hydrocephalus first. Treatment can include removing an obstructive lesion, placement of a shunt to divert the fluid from the brain to the abdomen among other options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Answers on healthtap are not intended for individual diagnosis, treatment or prescription. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911?
Crystal Clear Query: Absolutely. Healthtap is an informational service and is designed to address your general questions about medical topics. A prudent adult would differentiate between an emergency and the desire to obtain reliable general information in an online setting. Having a personal physician or "medical home" is always a good idea and helps to develop a long term relationship for your overall healthcare. ...Read more
Pain or breathing: A new heart problem will usually cause chest discomfort or pain, or decreased exercise tolerance. So a patient may feel extra tired on trying to walk, or have sudden difficulty with breathing going up stairs that was not present previously. Obviously these are not uncommon symptoms and can be related to other things like lack of regular exercise. Recent new symptoms is a reason to see an md. ...Read more
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Yes: All medications have potential side effects. A beta blocker may cause a low blood pressure, which could cause lightheadedness or dizziness. A dose that is too strong can also cause excessive slowing of your heart rate, which will cause similar symptoms. Fatigue may also be caused by this type of med. A beta blocker may also worsen an underlying breathing condition, making you short of breath. ...Read more
HealthTap Prime also: One-on-one communication is not possible in the free forum, which exists for general medical information. HealthTap Prime, one of HealthTap's paid services, gives you one-on-one access to an available HealthTap physician who can interview you and review records you can upload. HealthTap Concierge sets you up with a HealthTap physician of your very own, one who can provide continuity of care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How would you know if you are depressed? Would you directly see a therapist or consult with a general physician first?
Either could help: If you think you are depressed, you probably are not feeling well. This can range from lack of interest, sadness, irritability,loss of appetite among other signs all the way to being unable to get out of bed or suicidal thinking. Sometimes medication is needed right away, in which case start,with you doc. If you want to talk something out, a therapist could,help,and can direct you to meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer