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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Fatty Stool (Definition)

Fatty stool = Steatorrhea - ...Read more


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I've been feeling more tired and have some steatorrhea. When should I see the doctor?

I've been feeling more tired and have some steatorrhea. When should I see the doctor?

Soon: Fatigue and steatorrhea can be a sign of an intestinal disorder such as celiac or crohn's disease. Pancreatic insufficiency is also a possible cause and can have different causes. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my steatorrhea until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my steatorrhea until I can see a doctor?

Not really: If you truly have steatorrhea (fat malabsorption) the cause needs to be addressed. Pancreatic insufficiency or small intestinal diseases would be the most likely causes. Symptomatically you can avoid eating fat and this would help until you are evaluated. Steatorrhea is fairly uncommon and without seeing a doctor I am not sure how you could get this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I go to my primary physician if I think I have steatorrhea?

Yes: When you go to the doctor, describe your symptoms, not the diagnosis you came up with.
for good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with bloating to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with bloating to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

2-3 weeks: Many people experience bloating that comes and goes depending on what you eat, changes in activity, or hormone changes. If you cannot explain the bloating, and it persists for 2 to 3 weeks, it's time to see your doctor. Either the bowels or the ovaries could be a problem. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with back pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with back pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

No exact amount: Low back pain that doen't get better with over the counter meds in a couple weeks should probably get checked out. Sooner if there are any other symptoms like leg weakness, bowel/bladder changes, or pain that wakes you up at night. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with dizziness to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with dizziness to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Depends how severe: It depends on how severe it is and what is causing it. If it is mild dizziness/vertigo, you may not need to see doc, because it often goes away.
Inner ear diseases, neurologic problems, medication side effects etc...Or if you are having hearing/vision trouble with dizziness, you should consult doc. If you are dehydrated, get yourself hydrated.
Consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with drug abuse to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with drug abuse to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Why wait?: The point is that you don't have to do it alone. And it doesn't just go away like a cold. Get help and support at any 12 step meeting and get an evaluation by a psychiatrist. He may recommend only the 12 step program, or he may be able to help you even more! ...Read more

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How long can I wait with amenorrhea to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with amenorrhea to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Depends: If you are of menopausal age, it can probably wait until your next scheduled appt. If you are younger than that, a few months. Do a pregnancy test. And do not assume you will not get pregnant, still use contraception. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with crying baby to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with crying baby to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Depends: If baby appears unusually irritable, then take baby to pediatrician more urgently. Sometimes colic can affect little ones and they will settle with warm blanket on tummy, frequent burping and/or mylicon drops. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with spinal pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with spinal pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Depends: Depends on your level of pain tolerance and how long you have had the pain. Have you been seen b4? Any trauma? Any fever? Any numbness in your feet, legs or groin area? Any loss of control of your bowels or bladder? There are all signs that you need evaluation asap. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with spider bite to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with spider bite to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Spider bite: Generally you can wait for several days or a week with an uncomplicated spider bite, by which time it will mostly have healed up. There is no specific treatment for most spider bites, and you just want to clean the wound and keep it clean and keep an eye out for infection or other complications. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with double vision to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with double vision to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Not long: Most doubllng of vision is acute following trauma, head injuries or due to intracerebral vascular events or tumors. The injury may also be direct trauma to the structures around the eye, as well as tumors and conditions like thyroid malfunction. If persistent more than 2 days or so, you should see your ophthalmologist or better yet a neuro-ophthalmologist who can sort this out for you. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with axillary pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Why wait?: There are many different things that can be causing your pain, most of which are not worrisome, but it is impossible to know without having a formal physician evaluation. There is no upside to waiting other than the anxiety that comes with uncertainty. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with tingling to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with tingling to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

No wait: Tingling can be caused by minor cause to life threatening cause. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with my confusion to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with my confusion to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Not long: Intoxication is a transient form of confusion that goes away as we sober from alcohol or drugs. Any other confusion should be evaluated by a doctor to determine if it is caused by a reversible condition or part of a progressive condition such as alzheimer's disease or stroke. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with flashes of light to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Don't wait: Don't wait any longer, can be a sign of serious and irreversible eye problems, the sooner you go the better are chances to fix the problem. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with anemia to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with anemia to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Hard to answer...: You would need bloodwork to see how anemic you are. I would take iron sulfate with vitamin c atleast twice a day. Also, eat dark green, leafy vegetables. If you get dizzy easily or short of breast or have fatigue, you should see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with aphasia to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with aphasia to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

No time: You should see a dr. Right away. Aphasia can be a sign of more serious things which may respond to treatment. If you wait, you may be in a situation whereby your condition becomes worse or you may increase the chances it could be irreversible. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with wheezing to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with wheezing to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Got albuterol?: If you have asthma and you have a bronchodilator and you take it and it completely relieves wheezing for at least 4 hours then give it a day. Relief more than 2 but less than 4 hours call your md for advice. Relief <2 hours or not complete or you don't have medication? Get help now. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with skin sores to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with skin sores to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Extent? Severity?: If there are multiple sores it is best to see md for diagnosis and treatment. Delay may result on infection or at a minimum long lasting or permanent marks or scars. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with chest burning to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with chest burning to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Burning or pain...: Most often "burning" is used to describe the sensation associated with acid reflux, in which case you should tell your doctor and they can guide you in how to deal with it. Occasionally, "angina" is described as burning, as opposed to chest pain/pressure, in which case you should approach this with some urgency. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, what brings it on, and what improves it, etc., . ...Read more

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How long can I wait with tooth pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with tooth pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Not long: Teeth hurt from debris in between teeth (floss this out, rinse with mouthwash and brush), or decay into the dentum (not an emergency but see your dentist), or infection in the root (terribly painful, responds to ice on the tooth, may need a root canal). These should be seen by your dentist. How long to wait depends upon your pain tolerance and how much damage you will ignore. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with skin trauma to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with skin trauma to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Skin trauma: The severity of the wound (depth, dirt, muscle/tendon involvement), size of the area involved, and location of the wound are all factors to be considered. If it's large, deep, dirty, involves vital structures, don't wait, see a doc. Also be certain you're up to date on tetanus prophylaxis (within past 10 years?). ...Read more

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How long can I wait with arm redness to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with arm redness to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

What else: Do you have fever, swelling, discharge, or ulceration. If the answer to anyone is yes, see your doctor asap. Otherwise you can wait as long as you are comfortable. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with testicle pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

No time if severe: May be testicular torsion if pain is severe, in which no time should be lost, needs to be corrected within 6 hours or risk loss of testicle. Other causes of testicular pain are not as urgent, but how do you know. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with blue skin tone to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with blue skin tone to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Depends: What do you mean by blue skin tone? If it is a local issue like a bruise, it will get better in a matter of days or weeks depending on the amount of blood in the tissue. If the bruise becomes painful, increases in size, becomes red or a discharge develops, see your doctor. ...Read more