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I have no insurance or money to see a doctor. What can I do to treat bad joints?

I  have no insurance or money to see a doctor. What can I do to treat bad joints?

Lose weight and walk: The greatest evil to joints is excess weight. Losing weight requires discipline, education regarding food choices, and exercise also can be helpful in the process. You can do all of this without seeing a doctor or spending any additional money on food. All that being said, seeing a physician for advice and a physical exam can cost some money up front, but can save you much more in the long run. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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I have no insurance or money to see a doctor, what can I do to treat a possible spinal disc disease/disk stenosis?

I have no insurance or money to see a doctor, what can I do to treat a possible spinal disc disease/disk stenosis?

Core strengthening: Most treatment plans for back injuries begin with strengthening core (abdominal and lower back) muscle groups and increasing flexibility, particularly in the hamstrings and lower back. Yoga, pilates, and similar programs are very good at accomplishing these goals. Exercise programs based on cycling and swimming are low impact activities, very helpful in rehabilitation and prevention of back pain. ...Read more

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I have been having this nasal sore that scabs over and will not heal for 2 years how do I treat it when I have no medical insurance or money for a doc?

I have been having this nasal sore that scabs over and will not heal for 2 years how do I treat it when I have no medical insurance or money for a doc?

Chesapeake Care: The Chesapeake Care Clinic on Military Highway should be able to see you. You can call them at 757-545-5700 to schedule an appointment. If you need to be seen by a dermatologist they can arrange that. I volunteer there once a month. ...Read more

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I get really bad anxiety in panic attacks in i don't have money to see a doctor what should I do..?

I get really bad anxiety in panic attacks in i don't have money to see a doctor what should I do..?

Low cost clinics: For help with anxiety and panic, you do need a medical/psychiatric evaluation and treatment. If fees are a problem, you might find a low-cost or free clinic near you: http://www.Needymeds.Org/free_clinics.Taf good luck. ...Read more

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How bad is it to use expired neb treatments? I have severe asthma but no money to see a doctor so that's my only option.

How bad is it to use expired neb treatments? I have severe asthma but no money to see a doctor so that's my only option.

Some other thoughts: This is obviously a difficult problem. If one has severe asthma and it is not treated properly then there is the very real risk of serious consequences and costs (from being in the hospital).For financial hardship cases, it might be possible to work out a payment plan with a local doc. Most asthma docs would much prefer to tx pt and work out the finances then see one in the hospital or worse. ...Read more

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How can I treat my otitis externa without medicine? I only poor and don't have money to see doctor and buy medicines.

How can I treat my otitis externa without medicine? I only poor and don't have money to see doctor and buy medicines.

See below: -make sure water doesn't enter your ear -do not scratch your ear; do not use q-tips in your ear. I understand your situation. If you do no improve w/ this non-medical management, you will need to see a doc.. I do not recommend any over the counter drops or home remedies as a doctor needs to examine your ear, ear canal, and eardrum. A free clinic in your community should be able to treat you. ...Read more

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1(1/2)months knee weakness, now not bad but knee swollen for 5 days and 2 of them i've tried taking care of it. not much money to see doctor, advice?

1(1/2)months knee weakness, now not bad but knee swollen for 5 days and 2 of them i've tried taking care of it. not much money to see doctor, advice?

Probable strain: would take advil (ibuprofen) three times a day a negative lyme disease test would be helpful to know a negative STD screen would be good also elevate leg while sleeping or resting with support behind it wrap it with a wet towel and apply heating pad over it use a wide ace wrap to help with the swelling if you need to use a walking stick, do that if it doesn't get better in a few days, you should see a doc ...Read more

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I have very bad under bite on bottom dentures should I see dentist or reg doctor? I have had dentures since i was 25 yrs old I am now 55( 30yrs)i have pain in my jaw joint it pops.My under bite is getting worse .Other people are committing on it.I don't w

I have very bad under bite on bottom dentures should I see dentist or reg doctor? I have had dentures since i was 25 yrs old I am now 55( 30yrs)i have pain in my jaw joint it pops.My under bite is getting worse .Other people are committing on it.I don't w

TMJ, bone erosion: Your jaw joint popping is a TMj problem. Your "underbite problem" is related to bone loss and overrotation of lower jaw. Your best solution is to see a denture specialist - prosthodontist who can treat both your denture and TMJ needs. ...Read more

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I am 3-5 weeks into pregnancy. I am a tourist and don't have insurance or enough money to see a doctor. I can get medication. What do you recommend?

I am 3-5 weeks into pregnancy. I am a tourist and don't have insurance or enough money to see a doctor. I can get medication. What do you recommend?

Prenatal vitamins: If you are doing well, then you can probably wait till you return home to see a Dr. You should probably start prenatal vitamins however. That is available without a prescription at any drugstore/pharmacy. If there is a problem with your pregnancy and need to see a doctor without insurance, there are "urgent care" clinics that are less expensive than ERs that may be able to see you. ...Read more

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I have a piece of bark under my nail and can't get it out. I have no insurance or money to go to a doctor. What should I do?

I have a piece of bark under my nail and can't get it out. I have no insurance or money to go to a doctor. What should I do?

Bark under nail: If it does not become infected (which will present with increasing pain instead of decreasing pain with time), you can just wait. Foreign bodies under the nail, like splinters, will tend to grow out with the nail. If it remains very uncomfortable, you may have an infection that needs to be treated; if it is infected the doctor will remove the bark. But if you can stand it, you can wait. ...Read more

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I have a somewhat swollen epididymis. No insurance or money doctor visit not possible.Wondering how I can relieve possible epididymitis at home please?

I have a somewhat swollen epididymis. No insurance or money doctor visit not possible.Wondering how I can relieve possible epididymitis at home please?

It needs evaluation: I understand your concern and you cannot afford medical treatment. This is an infectious disease problem, I can be sexy transmitted, and needs anabiotic therapy for your long-term benefit. Check to see what type of free clinics are available in your community. It needs treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a specific way for testing adults with adhd? I know some doctors, psychologists, and psychiatristsdon't take insurance for tests that involve extensive work ups. What's the basic test and what could people avoid so they save money?

Is there a specific way for testing adults with adhd? I know some doctors, psychologists, and psychiatristsdon't take insurance for tests that involve extensive work ups. What's the basic test and what could people avoid so they save money?

Neuropsych testing: Since there is no one test that is always sensitive, it can be misleading to see claims that a specific test can or cannot rule out adhd. Carefull history, current and retrospective inventories of symptoms and combinations and patterns on neuropsychological tesing is your best bet if you want to be certain about a diagnosis that is presumed lifelong and has lots of possible comorbid problems. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter medication for Bartholin's cyst ? I have no insurance and no money to visit doctors that often :( thank you so much

Any over-the-counter medication for Bartholin's cyst ? I have no insurance and no money to visit doctors that often :(  thank you so much

Not really: You can try a sitz bath to see if it allows the cyst to drain. http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx IF you go to a federally qualified health care facility using this website, you can be seen and usually get cheap care based on your income. This is called a sliding scale. ...Read more

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I don't have insurance or any money to go to a doctor i believe I have a BV infection how do I clear it up on my own?

I don't have insurance or any money to go to a doctor i believe I have a BV infection how do I clear it up on my own?

Yes: Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginitis. It is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well. Treatment is with antibiotics. A doctor visit will be needed. Many practices like mine are willing to work with those who have no insurance at discounted rates. ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Insurance (Definition)

Health insurance is a type of coverage that pays for medical expenses. Health insurance can be provided by an employer, the state or federal government, or ...Read more