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Big let down/depression after incredibly fun weekend w/friends at end of summer events. Clean wknd (no liquor/drugs). Feel VERY down now. Normal??

Big let down/depression after incredibly fun weekend w/friends at end of summer events.  Clean wknd (no liquor/drugs).  Feel VERY down now.  Normal??

Not at all bizarre: Congratulations on having great, clean fun w/ friends. Cherish it. It's not uncommon to react as you did, but that does not exactly mean 'normal'. It's possible that some supportive highly skilled talk therapy could help you find ways to optimize your life at this passage phase. Early middle age is often a time to review and renew - especially when there are medical issues or concerns. It can help ...Read more

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I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of summer. Whats the most aggressive way to do this?

I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of summer. Whats the most aggressive way to do this?

Weight loss: Many people respond to a low glycemic diet and specific exercise that includes high intensity interval training. There are some commercial programs that can be helpful. Two I like are through a company called Advocare and another by Mannatech. If you wanted to check those out go to www.thedocstu.com. Good luck! ...Read more

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I think I may have allergies this spring. Can I take loratidine everyday till the end of summer?

I think I may have allergies this spring. Can I take loratidine everyday till the end of summer?

Antihistamines: You can. Many people take antihistaines as a preventative treatment instead of after the attack. Certain allergies become less as we get closer to the fourth of july since pollination of most trees and grasses ceases and the weather is dryer. Check to see if your allergies have calmed down around that time. ...Read more

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I want to conceive my 2nd baby the end of this summer. When should I take out my mirana? I have NO health problems either.

I want to conceive my 2nd baby the end of this summer. When should I take out my mirana? I have NO health problems either.

1-2 Months: Conception is possible right away after Mirena (levonorgestrel) is taken out. Have it taken about a month or two prior to the time you want to conceive. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth extracted at the end of june last summer and the bottom left extraction site has been swollen and painful lately. Any ideas why?

I had my wisdom teeth extracted at the end of june last summer and the bottom left extraction site has been swollen and painful lately. Any ideas why?

Adjacent tooth?: Most of the time when patients complain of pain or swelling in the area of a previously extracted wisdom tooth, when it has been some time since the extraction, it turns out to be some gingival (gum) swelling related to an inflammation or infection from the tooth directly in front of the wisdom tooth. Less likely, is the opposing tooth super-erupting and irritating the gums. ...Read more

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The summer when I was 13 I smoked wee almost everyday, I stopped at the end when I got grounded. Do you think there is any permanent damage from this?

The summer when I was 13 I smoked wee almost everyday, I stopped at the end when I got grounded. Do you think there is any permanent damage from this?

Nothing noticeable: I don't know how much you were smoking, but one summer's worth of smoking cannabis daily isn't great for your brain development, but isn't likely to cause significant, noticeable damage either. Best to lay off until you're older and your brain has finished developing, though. ...Read more

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I smoked during the summer but stopped for about 2 months and smoked once 3 weeks ago on Monday and, I'm taking a urine test on Thursday, Am I ok?

 I smoked during the summer but stopped for about 2 months and  smoked once 3 weeks  ago on Monday and, I'm taking a urine test on Thursday, Am I ok?

Yes: In the unlikely event that something turns up positive, claim it's from passive smoking. Now PLEASE don't have any more "slips" returning to this. Nicotine is extremely treacherous and you can end up getting addicted again. It can cost you your health and your life, which is a lot worse than failing a nicotine test. You're a grown man, you're strong, you can avoid temptation. ...Read more

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I pull eyelashes. Have for about four years. Stopped in the summer. My eyelashes growing in bad some go sideways etc. Have i perminently damaged them?

I pull eyelashes. Have for about four years. Stopped in the summer. My eyelashes growing in bad some go sideways etc. Have i perminently damaged them?

Doubtful : Eyelashes grow out of "preset" areas on the lid. You can't move these. Chronic inflammation can cause the eyelashes to grow out of the glands (little sweat ducts called meibomian glands) around your eye. This is called distichiasis. Your manipulation of your eyelids may be making this worse and causing the eyelash to grow normal. Go to your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I started smoking over the summer for two months, but I stopped. Are my lungs going to be seriously damaged?

I started smoking over the summer for two months, but I stopped. Are my lungs going to be seriously damaged?

No: You have made the right decision and you should never go back on it. Not smoking is one of the greatest decision one can make. A short time of smoking, as you have, will more than likely never put you at any risk from such activities. Great job! keep up the good work! congratulations! ...Read more

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Shoulder pain started 3 mo. ago from drawing obsessively. Stopped drawing/writing the whole summer. Same pain started again, hardly any writing. Why?

Shoulder pain started 3 mo. ago from drawing obsessively. Stopped drawing/writing the whole summer. Same pain started again, hardly any writing. Why?

Chronic pain: This could be tendinitis, tendinopathy, bursitis, or a rotator cuff injury. It may be that it just needs more time to heal. Pain can come and go with these types of injuries. If there is inflammation then it can return with minimal activity. Consider seeing your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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My period was four days late summer started two days ago. I bled for two days and then a little on the third stopped for a day and now spottin on day5?

My period was four days late summer started two days ago. I bled for two days and then a little on the third stopped for a day and now spottin on day5?

Changes in bleeding: This can occur for many reasons from hormonal imbalances, stress, infection, pregnancy, bleeding disorders, medical disorders, growths.....
If it becomes a pattern over 3 months, then follow up with gynecologist. If associated with heavy bleeding more than a maxipad full an hour, fever, odor, chills sweats, shortness of breath, pain then follow up ASAP or ER ...Read more

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How come after everything I eat, I get nauseous? It happened a lot this summer,then stopped. About a week ago it's back-- nauseous/sick stomach.

How come after everything I eat, I get nauseous? It happened a lot this summer,then stopped. About a week ago it's back-- nauseous/sick stomach.

Many possibilities: Gastritis can do this and it is very common. The symptoms can be controlled with nonprescription antacids, acid reducers such as ranitidine and omeprazole
GERD can do it but the same meds I mentioned can help.
Gallbladder problems, like gallstones, and constipation can also be the cause. A high fiber diet or extra fiber is useful. if not better after these, see a doctor for deeper testing. ...Read more

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I used to work out a lot all of my life male 22 this summer i stopped and after that many symtomps pain legs hip back and insomnia could this be norma?

I used to work out a lot all of my life male 22 this summer i stopped and after that many symtomps pain legs hip back and insomnia could this be norma?

Possibly: Working out does make us feel better in many ways, from improved heart and lung function to mentally, through the release of endorphins, chemicals that actually make you feel better. But it could be coincidence, and there could be something seriously wrong, so it would be advisable to see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Im using Bioderma moussant gel as a cleanser. Earlier I was using DEPIKLEIN and Epiduo gel for my acne. It seems like both have stopped working. I'm not sure if it's the summer in India causing it or if it's something else. I even tried using Zinderm BPO

Im using Bioderma moussant gel as a cleanser. Earlier I was using DEPIKLEIN and Epiduo gel for my acne. It seems like both have stopped working. I'm not sure if it's the summer in India causing it or if it's something else. I even tried using Zinderm BPO

Get a real acne Rx: Bioderma is glitzy zinc and copper sulfate and it isn't going to touch your acne. Depiklen is intended for brown spots, not acne, though Epiduo gel is a real acne Rx. I'd urge you to use topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated and phone your personal physician for prescription-strength acne medication -- you deserve better than what you've been getting. ...Read more

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Can tisane terminated a baby ?

Can tisane terminated a baby ?

No: that will not terminate a pregnancy. Go to a doctor who does safe terminations if that is what you want. There is no herb/tea/concoction that will do it for you. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have stopped growing?

How to determine if I have stopped growing?

X-rays: Have an x-ray taken to see if the growth plates are still open or if they are closed. If open, you still have a chance for growth... If closed, you are done growing. ...Read more

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Why is my body so much thinner in the summer?

Why is my body so much thinner in the summer?

Seasonal change: Summer time is usually warmer in Ohio. You may use up more calories in exercise, sweating, or just not eat as much. Lighter clothing may make you more aware of your body. Weighing yourself with a bathroom scale may give you more insight into how much lighter you actually have become in the summer. Winter is cold and most people are less active and can gain weight more easily during that season ...Read more

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How to check whether growing has stopped or not?

How to check whether growing has stopped or not?

Do annual check-up: Kids from age 2 to 18 should have annual check-ups. The doctor records annual weight and height increases. To see if growth has stopped, a teen can return for his annual check-up. The doctor can show the teen the growth chart for the past 3 or more years. If the last 2-3 years have the same height, then height growth has stopped. If still gaining a little bit each year, one MAY grow a bit more. ...Read more

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What happens if my eyesight has not stopped getting worse, what is going to happen?

What happens if my eyesight has not stopped getting worse, what is going to happen?

Don't just let it go: Recommend Ophthalmology evaluation to determine diagnosis and to formulate treatment plan. ...Read more

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How can masochism be stopped?

How can masochism be stopped?

First, an evaluation: Hi, as suggested, start with a psychiatric evaluation. This is a challenging problem, and treatment typically involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Cognitive behavior and reconditioning therapies are commonly used. In my experience, psychodynamic approaches can be effective as the focus is on working through the underlying causes of the behavior. Hope this Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible tol die from bulimia if you have stopped?

Is it possible tol die from bulimia if you have stopped?

No: Your body will regain a healthy state when you stop bulemia and have healthier nutrition. I am happy that you have stopped. This is a great thing. Continue to develop helthy habits. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would happen if someone stopped producing as much melanin as normal?

What would happen if someone stopped producing as much melanin as normal?

Lighter color: Melanin is the basis for the normal color of the skin, the eye and some internal structures. Melanin production can be disturbed in portions of the skin producing a patchy lightening. It is altered as aging occurs and the hair turns grey. It is missing in albinos who have pale skin and pink eyes. Melanin is protective against uv light and is a cosmetic enhancement. ...Read more

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What will happen if we stopped vaccinating infants, toddlers, and children?

What will happen if we stopped vaccinating infants, toddlers, and children?

Disease and death: We already see early signs of this after the vaccine haters misinformation campaigns.The rate of whooping cough in the country has risen from 2500/yr in the early 90's and rare if any deaths, to 40, 000 this year with more than 30 deaths. Keep it up and we will see lots of little headstones in graveyards again. ...Read more