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I blink a lot more than other people. Is that sign of something more serious?

I blink a lot more than other people. Is that sign of something more serious?

Not necessarily: Blinking you eyes alot cn just be a behavioral tick, but it also occurs in people with dry eyes and sometimes with blepharospasm. It the blinking is excessive, it is probably best to see your eyecare provider for an evaluation. ...Read more

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My eyeball are more outward than others. Is this a sign that I have exophthalmic?

My eyeball are more outward than others. Is this a sign that I have exophthalmic?

Perhaps: If you mean they bulge forward, then perhaps. It may be one eye or both eyes. A history of thyroid disorder may be relevant. Some people just have naturally bulgy eyes and this can be seen from old photos. Va visit to an ophthalmologist can help clarify some of this and the amount of proptosis can be measured and tracked. ...Read more

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Is PMS ever an indication of something more serious? Can PMS ever indicate something that is more serious going on like bi-polar? .

Is PMS ever an indication of something more serious? Can PMS ever indicate something that is more serious going on like bi-polar?

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Yes: I have seen patients who have been diagnosed as just having pms when, in fact, bipolar disorder was the correct diagnosis. It is an important distinction because pms is often treated with an ssri medication, and bipolar disorder shouldn't be. Bring this question to the attention of your doctor, especially if you are already taking an antidepressant. ...Read more

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I frequently suffer from constipation. Is this a sign of something more serious?

I frequently suffer from constipation. Is this a sign of something more serious?

Depends: Constipation is common. A person's diet, activity, physical and emotional well being can all have an affect on the digestive tract. There is also variation of what is "normal" and it is not "necessary" to go everyday. Red flags include age over 50, bleeding, family history of colon cancer and abdominal pain that is severe. ...Read more

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What could cause someone to have diarrhea more often than not, and when it is more solid there's a gummy like substance to it?

What could cause someone to have diarrhea more often than not, and when it is more solid there's a gummy like substance to it?

Many possibilities: Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common cause of such symptoms. However, there are other possibilities as well, including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis), bacterial overgrowth, celiac disease and other malabsorption disorders, and others. See your doctor and/or request referral to a gastorenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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For people who are nearsighted, like myself, is it normal for one eye to be a little more myopic than the other, or does it indicate optic neuritis?

For people who are nearsighted, like myself, is it normal for one eye to be a little more myopic than the other, or does it indicate optic neuritis?

Yes it is normal : One eye can be more or less myopic than the other without being abnormal. Symptoms of optic neuritis involve pain, vision loss of color and flashing lights. If you are having any of these symptoms you should see your eye doctor and regular doctor since optic neuritis can be an indication of an autoimmune disorder like ms. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I feel pain more strongly than most people?

Is it possible that I feel pain more strongly than most people?

Pain Tolerance: Pain tolerance is unique and individual. It is often influenced by your emotional state. If you are depressed and anxious, you can be more sensitive to pain. ...Read more

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What causes a fetus to be more active in some women more than others? Like pokes, kicks, rolls that can be seen on the outside.

What causes a fetus to be more active in some women more than others? Like pokes, kicks, rolls that can be seen on the outside.

Human nature: Each baby has its own personality. Some move a lot and some do not. This is true in utero just as it as after birth. Some people are couch potatoes and others are very active. The size of the mother is an issue as well. Fetal movements can be seen easier in very thin women compared to the very obese ...Read more

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How is it that that one may sleep a lot more than usual?

How is it that that one may sleep a lot more than usual?

Large list: 1) sleep deprived 2)medication side effect 3)illness/infection 4)sleep apnea 5)depression/anxiety 6)endocrine issue (thyroid, etc) 7)hypersomnolent disorder (e.g. Narcolepsy) 8)recreational drug use/alcohol .... Combination of the above... Could be many more things as well. See your doctor and they can take a good history and probably figure it out. ...Read more

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I'm making a lot of abnormal mistakes when speaking. Also concerning over weird lumps on scalp. Could it be something else than anxiety?

I'm making a lot of abnormal mistakes when speaking. Also concerning over weird lumps on scalp. Could it be something else than anxiety?

Speech issues: Making word mistakes may reflect your level of fatigue. How much sleep are you getting? If you are not getting 7 hours of sleep or are not eating properly and have low blood sugar, you may be tired, and your thoughts can be disordered or speech can be altered. Regarding the lumps on your head, perhaps sebaceous cysts, or other skin conditions. The two issues are not related in my opinion. ...Read more

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Is there something in lifesaver wint-o-green that makes you pee if you eat a lot of them?

Is there something in lifesaver wint-o-green that makes you pee if you eat a lot of them?

Maybe: I am not sure but there may be some sugar in those mints and if you are diabetic raising your blood sugar will possibly make you urinate more. ...Read more

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I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?

I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?

Many headache causes: There are many things that could be causing worsening headaches, some of which are quite serious. Allergy can sometimes contribute to headaches by blocking sinuses. But it would be unwise to assume that allergy is the cause. See a healthcare provider for a careful history and exam to begin figuring out the cause. ...Read more

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I have a feeling good body temperature of about 96.7 or so. Other than being lower than the mean can it indicate anything could be wrong?

I have a feeling good body temperature of about 96.7 or so. Other than being lower than the mean can it indicate anything could be wrong?

Rectally?: Usually taking temperature with a rectal thermometer, obviously in the rectum, is considered the most accurate. ...Read more

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Dr. Pappas! so are you saying Zoloft (sertraline) causes dizziness in less than 10% of people or more than 10% of people? And is it really bad dizziness? Spinning?

Dr. Pappas! so are you saying Zoloft (sertraline) causes dizziness in less than 10% of people or more than 10% of people? And is it really bad dizziness? Spinning?

Zoloft (sertraline): Pre-marketing studies of zoloft (sertraline) (another source) showed 12% of people had "dizziness" (not characterized further as "vertigo" or "spinning, " etc). The source i first quoted said more than 10%, which is close to this 12% figure. These figures would also leave ~90% of people who did not experience dizziness. If ~12% of patients in pre-marketing studies had dizziness, 88% did not. Big majority. ...Read more

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Is it true that you may get even more pimples/skin problems if you take a full bath more than daily? I am asking this because the water is quite salty

Is it true that you may get even more pimples/skin problems if you take a full bath more than daily? I am asking this because the water is quite salty

No: This is just one more bit of folklore. Instead, i'd urge you to have your acne treated scientifically. If two weeks on benzoyl peroxide has not worked, or you have acne on your trunk, get with your physician. A topical or systemic antibiotic will usually clear you, or for severe / cystic acne, a dermatology consultation is in order. ...Read more

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What is the medical explanation for why some peoples vision is better than others. Am i just born with bad eyes? Or a dysfunction while developing?

What is the medical explanation for why some peoples vision is better than others. Am i just born with bad eyes? Or a dysfunction while developing?

Few are perfect. : Vision is determined by the shape and clarity of the lens and cornea and the length of the eye. In addition there ha to be normal retina and optic nerve. I see hundreds of patients where these are not normal. Most commonly people are myopic-the eye is long and people need glasses. Very few are perfect. They just put up with less than perfect vision and don't wear glasses. ...Read more

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Can numbness that is associated with ms be more like things becoming numb more easily rather than just things spontaneously going numb?

Can numbness that is associated with ms be more like things becoming numb more easily rather than just things spontaneously going numb?

Numbness: MS has definite MRI findings so if concerned would recommend MRI. Any numbness would also consider vitamin deficiencies like B12 , carpal tunnel if in hands, Thoracic outlet if in last 3 digits of hand and side of arm-i.e. compression issues.Would also check thyroid, and electrolytes( like magnesium) f/u /w/ doc . ...Read more