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What to do if I have erection during doctor physical exam?

What to do if I have erection during doctor physical exam?

Erection: Great question! Both you and the doctor will be embarrassed! I think it's best to use common sense as to how to handle that. ...Read more

Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


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32 yr male. Having left testicle and pelvic pain. Happening for 2 years. Doctor did physical exam and found nothing wrong. Worse after alcohol Ideas?

32 yr male. Having left testicle and pelvic pain. Happening for 2 years. Doctor did physical exam and found nothing wrong.  Worse after alcohol
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R/O EPIDIDIMYTIS: Testiciular pain demands a through evaluation. EXam/LABS/TESTICULAR US. Your symptoms are consistent with epididimytis v varicocoele v spermatocoele. Discuss with your dr. He may start empiric abs ie DOXYCYCLINE/CIPRO ...Read more

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If you go to the doctor for a physical exam what are your chances of getting sick either from other people in the waiting room?

If you go to the doctor for a physical exam what are your chances of getting sick either from other people in the waiting room?

Hand Washing: It is a risk wherever you go that you can get an infectious illness when you are around other people whether that is a doctor's office or other public place. Your best protection is hand washing. ...Read more

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Is it okay if your penis go up on your male doctor in a physical exam ?

Is it okay if your penis go up on your male doctor  in a physical exam ?

Sure it is: Every person with a penis knows that it can have a mind of its own at times. Babies can get erections for no reason or at diaper changes. Boys in puberty get erections on and off during the day (can be embarrassing). Men can get erections with examinations by any sort of doctor and sometimes for no reason, even without an exam. The penis has nerve connections that can make it do things on its own. ...Read more

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My doctor did a physical exam on me to check for aneurysms, would that be good enough? I have health anxiety and have a fear of brain aneurysm

My doctor did a physical exam on me to check for aneurysms, would that be good enough? I have health anxiety and have a fear of brain aneurysm

More than enough: A person who has anxiety and has fear of brain aneurysms (without any normal reason to be fearing brain aneurysms) doesn't have an aneurysm problem, but instead has a phobia. The phobia (excessive, irrational fear) can be of one of many kinds, and in this case happens to be of brain aneurysms. The problem is a psychiatric one, and so are its exam and treatment. It has nothing to do with aneurysms. ...Read more

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What do doctors check during a physical exam of a 12-year-old boy?

What do doctors check during a physical exam of a 12-year-old boy?

Head-to-toe: First: vital signs. Heart rate, blood pressure, weight, height. We will also check their vision. Then a head to toe exam just like in previous exams. ENT, heart, lungs and abdomen. We look for signs for the onset of puberty including pubic hair, and testicular size. We talk to the child about maturation, general safety, activity specific safety, avoiding high risk behaviors, school and friends. ...Read more

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What do doctors do at a physical exam for a 13-year-old girl?

What do doctors do at a physical exam for a 13-year-old girl?

Well check: A 13 yo physical includes hearing and vision screening, height and weights. It includes ensuring that vaccinations are up to date including TDAP, meningitis, HPV and hepatitis A vaccines. If these vaccines have already been given, then no additional vaccines will be needed. Blood work may be recommended depending when it was done last and physical exam findings if any. ...Read more

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What do generalist doctors check at a physical exam?

Physical: Depends on your age, medical history, particular concerns or symptoms. The visit is unique to you. Avoid the "check everything" . Guide the doctor and the doctor will make recommendations. ...Read more

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Lump above belly button that's now gone. Ultrasound showed nothing and nothing felt during second physical exam. Doctor seems unconcerned. Should I be?

Lump above belly button that's now gone. Ultrasound showed nothing and nothing felt during second physical exam. Doctor seems unconcerned. Should I be?

Abdominal lump: If the lump above your belly button now appears gone to you, and a physical exam and an ultrasound of that area are now negative, it is unlikely that anything serious is going on there. Of course, if it returns, you should return back to your dr. for a repeat examination. I wouldn't worry about it otherwise. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can the doctors do to you during a sports physical exam?

What can the doctors do to you during a sports physical exam?

Comprehensive: Generally the sports phy will include a history and review of medications etc to ensure no contraindications to sports participation. The exam will focus on a heart, lung. Neurological and musculoskeletal exam as well as hernia check. An ekg may be done depending on sports governing body or cardiac risk factors. Finally i counsel on nutrition and injury prevention. ...Read more