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How to overcome the embarrassed feeling and shyness at my physical I have had some awkward exams?

How to overcome the embarrassed feeling and shyness at my physical
I have had some awkward exams?

A trusted friend: If possible, bring a trusted friend or relative with you to the exam, to give you someone you know to focus on, and distract you from the anxiety provoking aspects of the exam. ...Read more

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Minor cp, gyno exams a bit difficult b/c of tensing. My doc is great but i get embarrassed. How to relax? Dreading internal exams as result, advice?

Minor cp, gyno exams a bit difficult b/c of tensing. My doc is great but i get embarrassed. How to relax? Dreading internal exams as result, advice?

Talk to your doc: Often i will have my patients do breathing exercises to help them relax before the exam. If you are not comfortable with your gynecologist you may want to seek another. ...Read more

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Pelvic exams a bit difficult due to virginity. Would trying to insert tampon help ease tightness. My doc is great but i feel embarrassed. Get tensed ?

Pelvic exams a bit difficult due to virginity. Would trying to insert tampon help ease tightness. My doc is great but i feel embarrassed. Get tensed  ?

Vaginal tightness: You can try buying a set of progressive vaginal dilators. This often helps. The set usually includes units of progressively larger dilators. ...Read more

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What's a well-baby exam like?

What's a well-baby exam like?

Comprehensive: During a well baby exam the child's vital signs are taken, he/she is measured for growth in height, weight, and head size. These are compared to standard measurements to gage growth. There is general guidance given on care for a child. Also, there is an evaluation of development. There is also a physical exam. If appropriate, labs may be drawn and immunizations given. ...Read more

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What are d.R.E's (rectal exams) for?

What are d.R.E's (rectal exams) for?

Is it all OK?: Part of any physical exam, dre checks out what is happening inside your anal area, can palpate the prostate in men, check for hemorrhoids, fissures, abnormal masses, hidden blood, and other abnormaliteis that may or may not cause problems for you. Part of any routine physical after age 40 in both men and women--not to be skipped espite the squeamishness many have in getting it done! ...Read more

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Immigration medical exam?

Immigration medical exam?

Basic exam: The immigration medical exam is a basic physical to insure the applicant is in reasonable health. It is also used to make sure the applicant has no communicable (infectious) diseases. ...Read more

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What is a fluoroscopy exam?

What is a fluoroscopy exam?

Real time x-rays: There are many types of fluoroscopy exams. Fluoroscopy allows us to watch x-ray images acquired repeated over a short time segment to give a video appearance - such as watching you swallow or watching fluid move within the bowel. ...Read more

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Does a colonoscope exam hurt?

Does a colonoscope exam hurt?

No: I have been told that it is mildly uncomfortable and one can feel a pressure sensation. However, anesthesia and pain medications are administered before and during the procedure. ...Read more

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How can I do a skin self-exam?

How can I do a skin self-exam?

Examine all over: It is important for you to examine your entire body as skin cancer can occur anywhere, not only on areas exposed to the sun. You should be familiar with your birthmarks, blemishes, and moles so you know what they look like and can spot changes. As you examine your skin, look for changes in the size, color, shape, or texture. http://www.melanomamonday.org/documents/body_mole_map_11-09.pdf. ...Read more

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