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I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

Yes: You still have to insert the pump once every 3 days (for most pump) so you will still have to "inject/poke" yourself once every 3 days but that's better than injecting 3-4x daily. On the pump, you will still have to check blood sugar like before, if not more. ...Read more

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Dr. Roshani Sanghani
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Insulin Pump (Definition)

Insulin pumps is a convenient way to give insulin. The Insulin is in a reservoir and gets pumped through a needle into the skin nearby. You can program it to give a variable basal rate, and you tell it how much Insulin to give with meals. However, the pump does not measure glucose. You still need to do this. The Insulin pump is good for type 1 diabetics who are motivated to ...Read more


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I'm trying to find out which insulin may be better for me. Apidra (insulin glulisine) or novalog. My insurance doesn't consider apidra (insulin glulisine) to be a preferred brand anymore..

I'm trying to find out which insulin may be better for me. Apidra (insulin glulisine) or novalog. My insurance doesn't consider apidra (insulin glulisine) to be a preferred brand anymore..

Fast acting insulin: They are both fast acting insulin, with about the same onset of action and duration. Novalog is fine, and it is not worth paying extra for apidra (insulin glulisine). ...Read more

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Is there any other way to check if your iron is low other than needles? Help. I hate needles and one injected into my arm is not an option. Thanks!

Is there any other way to check if your iron is low other than needles? Help. I hate needles and one injected into my arm is not an option. Thanks!

Blood test: Sorry -- but to be sure about your body's iron and other status relating to possible anemia, you do need some blood tests. If severely anemic sometimes your gums and the lines on your palms will be pale. But this does not give the reason for anemia, which is why blood tests are needed. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for an ablation for a- flutter. They say i need a Foley catheter. Can i refuse or is there an other option ?

I am scheduled for an ablation for a- flutter. They say i need a Foley catheter. Can i refuse or is there an other option ?

You can refuse: But what's the point. It's not a really big deal, and provides a level of protection for you despite it's seeming indignity. That's not really the big issue here anyway, and after you are home and back in normal sinus rhythm you probably won't care that you had a catheter. They are putting one in your heart anyhow! and that is the big issue. ...Read more

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Doctor changed Actrapid R to Mixtard 30 HM, which I believe is a medium acting insulin. What changes might I expect? Should I be careful abt anything?

Doctor changed Actrapid R to Mixtard 30 HM, which I believe is a medium acting insulin. What changes might I expect? Should I be careful abt anything?

The mixtard is: a combination of a short acting and an intermediate acting insulin and will have totally different actions in your body. This is something you need to discuss in detail w/your doctor or a good diabetes educator asAP., ...Read more

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Is brintellix too new yet to trust? I hate to try something if it's only approved less than 1 year. Is it safe to take? Would you prescribe? SEs?

Is brintellix too new yet to trust?  I hate to try something if it's only approved less than 1 year.  Is it safe to take?   Would you prescribe?  SEs?

Play it safe: Your concerns seem reasonable to me. I hope you also hold a conservative stance w/ respect to more established drugs. Have you explored psychotherapy? It has no side effects or potential for long-term surprises. Use your discernment to interview and select a good psychotherapist with whom you can develop trust and work on learning moos mgmt skills. A time w/ meds might help, but maybe not needed. ...Read more

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Will be starting insulin soon...would pump be a better choice than daily injections?

Will be starting insulin soon...would pump be a better choice than daily injections?

Pump not easy: Do not jump into getting a pump right away. It is a lot of work to use a pump correctly. A pump does not measure your glucose; you need to do that. A pump just gives insulin. And you need to program it for how much. And you can't program it unless you test your sugar a lot. Basically, you can get the same sugar control with pens or usual method. You may want to talk to an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I am a diabetic for more than 25 years.Using huminsulin 22&14 units. What steps have to taken in future?

I am a diabetic for more than 25 years.Using huminsulin 22&14 units. What steps have to taken in future?

Risk factors: As long as your a1c is controlled and at goal without low blood sugars, the regimen above (although old) is still ok. You also need to keep your other risk factors controlled: blood pressure, cholesterol, weight. Regular visits without your physicians and timely flu shot and vaccines. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm going to take a potassium supplement. What's the best max dosage so I don't kill myself. A banana makes me have less muscle pain but oral allergy ?

I'm going to take a potassium supplement. What's the best max dosage so I don't kill myself. A banana makes me have less muscle pain but oral allergy ?

Other foods avail: An oral supplement should be prescibed and monitored by a doctor, after a true need has been determined. There are other potassium rich foods. A list of these foods is provided in this Mayo Clinic article. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/potassium-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/drg-20070753 I'm happy to have helped. ...Read more

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I want to know about Baclofen pump and phenol injection for Botox-resisted dystonia. Could they work on cervical dystonia and how much it costs?

I want to know about Baclofen pump and phenol injection for Botox-resisted dystonia. Could they work on cervical dystonia and how much it costs?

Generally No: Baclofen pump only helps with spasticity mainly in lower extremities. Phenol injection only helps if placed on a motor nerve, the problem with that would be loss of any other muscles associated that nerve resulting significant weakness in your neck area. ...Read more

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I have a phobia of needles &often faint.Would it be beneficial to use lido cream 4 before i receive an IV and/or getting blood drawn? 29 weeks pregnant.

I have a phobia of needles &often faint.Would it be beneficial to use lido cream 4 before i receive an IV and/or getting blood drawn? 29 weeks pregnant.

Might Help ...: It might change the sensation u feel, so could help. Suggest focusing on feeling of "pressure." also try this technique: http://bit.Ly/1gqtfqb | 3-5% of ppl thought 2 have a needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: most cause heart rate ; BP 2 rise + feelings of panic. Trypanophobia causes heart rate ; BP 2 fall + feeling faint. ...Read more

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I was reading about phenergan (promethazine) being so dangerous and painful for an im inj. I have a ? And want a dr to answer it can I mix lidocaine with it?

I was reading about phenergan (promethazine) being so dangerous and painful for an im inj. I have a ? And want a dr to answer it can I mix lidocaine with it?

No Benefit: There would be no benefit to this. An injection will still cause pain and Lidocaine will also add pain while it is being injected before it begins to work. ...Read more

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Would I need a nebulizer to deliver medications if I have RAD? Why would one need a nebulizer? Is it better than MDI's?

Would I need a nebulizer to deliver medications if I have RAD? Why would one need a nebulizer? Is it better than MDI's?

NO, same thing: MDI's and Nebulizers deliver the same amount of medication for asthma and reactive airway disease. ...Read more

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My doctor will not perscribe me an insulin pump for my type 1 diabetes due to having medicare. I need a pump because I am legally blind and can't well?

My doctor will not perscribe me an insulin pump for my type 1 diabetes due to having medicare. I need a pump because I am legally blind and can't well?

Find a new doctor: Medicare requires that you have a fasting C-peptide test performed or have a + GAD antibody screen. Go to: http://www.tandemdiabetes.com/ or www.medtronic.com. Ask which doctors in your area prescribe insulin pumps. They will be happy to direct you to the best local pump doctors. Dont give up! ...Read more

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I've been suffering with depression for ten years now I go to doctors get given pills that don't work I need more help I'm v unwell and my anger is getting worse my whole life is being effected I need more help than just pills I feel there is somthing mor

I've been suffering with depression for ten years now I go to doctors get given pills that don't work I need more help I'm v unwell and my anger is getting worse my whole life is being effected I need more help than just pills I feel there is somthing mor

The current therapy: for depression is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which works best with medication if the depression is major, as your seems to be. There's always new meds or meds combinations, so don't give up. Add a therapist to your treatment team and look at other possible aggravators--diet and underlying allergies, glandular conditions, genetic information. If you're suicidal, go to the nearest ER. ...Read more

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Is there anyway you can get put under/to sleep before a Chalazion operation? I can not handle injections. I have Trypanophobia.I can act irrational.

Is there anyway you can get put under/to sleep before a Chalazion operation? I can not handle injections. I have Trypanophobia.I can act irrational.

Discuss w/ Doctor: Before you set up thje schedule for the procedure (or others in your future), discuss all your issues w/ the doctor involved. Unless/until you can reach a plan, don't move ahead - especially if it is an elective procedure. I expect they'll have a plan for your case. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Question is in details. Is it safe for me to put on 20 lb ankle and wrist weights then continue my normal day? Would doing so intern make me much faster and stronger and give me more endurance? I am 5'6" 155 lbs.

Question is in details. Is it safe for me to put on 20 lb ankle and wrist weights then continue my normal day? Would doing so intern make me much faster and stronger and give me more endurance? I am 5'6" 155 lbs.

Cardio Mix: If you have adipose tissue that you'd like to lose then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more