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I was abused as a child could it be causing my health problems now?

I was abused as a child could it be causing my health problems now?

Yes: Absolutely. I see quite a few folks who were abused as children come to me with emotional problems (anger, post traumatic stress disorder, etc). But there may be some physical repercussions - sexually transmitted disease, rectal/vaginal tears/wounds, broken bones, etc. It will all depend on what type of abuse you experienced. ...Read more

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I have had problems concentrating and remembering things since I was a child and now as an adult its gotten worse.What could this be?

I have had problems concentrating and remembering things since I was a child and now as an adult its gotten worse.What could this be?

Many things: Certainly adhd is much better recognized in children and adults now than it was years ago. However, problems with concentration and memory can have many causes. If it's worrying you and impairing your ability to function, seek an evaluation, possibly starting with your primary care doctor. If it's just occasionally misplacing your keys, you may just be being human. ...Read more

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I've been losing a lot of hair lately and i was wondering if it could be because i had a baby 4 months ago or could it be thyroid related?

I've been losing a lot of hair lately and i was wondering if it could be because i had a baby 4 months ago or could it be thyroid related?

Could be either: Most likely, in the absence of other symptoms, isolated hair loss after having a baby is probably from just that! if you have other symptoms of thyroid disease such as cold/ heat intolerance/ palpitations, extreme fatigue/ fluctuations in weight/ constipation, then see your dr for a complete evaluation! ...Read more

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My 4 yr old seems to be eating slit latley!! Could this be a problem? Was on predisolone but has been off for a week! I know that's a side effect!!

My 4 yr old seems to be eating slit latley!! Could this be a problem? Was on predisolone but has been off for a week! I know that's a side effect!!

Prednisolone: What is she eating? Not sure what it is you are saying she is eating. Most common side effect in children on short term prednisone is None! Except that medical ones we are giving the medicine for. ...Read more

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I have a one year old that is troubling me he has no appetite i also have a newborn could this be the problem?

I have a one year old that is troubling me he has no appetite i also have a newborn could this be the problem?

Declining need: After 1yr there is a drop in nl growth rate to the 3in+5lb/yr rate from the 10in+14lb/yr that 1st yr.They don't have the need for constant feeds to maintain growth.My expectation is that they eat well 3-5 d/mo and nibble the rest. The presence of a newborn could upset patterns, but that should pass.If your 1 yo is keeping up activities and growing, just monitor the situation.Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if my son has a lot of anxiety?

Could it be something bad if my son has a lot of anxiety?

Yes, perhaps: Especially, if his anxiety is incapacitating. If he can't do what he needs to do, that's a problem. In the case of someone with panic disorder with agoraphobia, the person may refuse the leave the house, go to school or other places, as they are afraid they will have a panic attack there. ...Read more

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I had lyme's disease as a child and sometimes think that having had this disease may be the reason for my sleep issues. Could this be?

I had lyme's disease as a child and sometimes think that having had this disease may be the reason for my sleep issues. Could this be?

No: There is no current chronic sleep problem known to be part of lyme disease treated years ago. Sleep disorders are fairly common and can be part of active autoimmune disease, several endocrine diseases, sleep apnea, several psychiatric illnesses, medication related, diet related as well as a seperate disorder. ...Read more

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How can I help my 12 year old brother? My younger brother jared has many health issues that could be harmful. Just today he told my mother that he wanted to be taken from this world. He is very disturbed and it is interfering with his school and social li

How can I help my 12 year old brother? My younger brother jared has many health issues that could be harmful. Just today he told my mother that he wanted to be taken from this world. He is very disturbed and it is interfering with his school and social li

It : It is clear that you care about your brother. It is really important that his doctor knows that he is having thoughts about wanting to be taken from this world. If he is not under the care of a psychiatrist, his issues are serious enough that he needs to be. If he is seeing a psychiatrist, your mother should contact the psychiatrist to tell him about his thoughts of leaving the world. Those are not normal thoughts for a 12 year old. If your brother's psychiatrist can not be reached right away, then your parents should bring him to the emergency room. Can you have your mom, read this response. I know it is really hard on families when one of the members has severe mental health problems. I think you are an awesome sister to write in with this question. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and I feel my baby has too many hiccups can it be a sign of something being wrong?

I'm pregnant and I feel my baby has too many hiccups can it be a sign of something being wrong?

Hiccups usually okay: Some babies get a lot of hiccups during the final months of pregnancy and as newborns (and they look startling in a tiny newborn), but this is usually totally normal. So long as your baby's heartrate is normal when your doctor listens at your prenatal visits, i wouldn't worry. Anything that makes you gassy or gives you hiccups can also affect the baby - try limiting stress, caffiene & gassy foods. ...Read more

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I had scoliosis as a teenager and was told that it would stop after I stopped growing. I'm 32 now, and it seems to be getting worse. Could this

I had scoliosis as a teenager and was told that it would stop after I stopped growing. I'm 32 now, and it seems to be getting worse. Could this

Risk of progression : Generally curves will not progress once skeletally mature unless the curve is 50 degrees or more with a 75% risk of progression of 1 degree per year and higher risk if curve involves lumbar spine and if one develops bone density loss. ...Read more

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I have problems with my voice. Believe it may be related to reflux, but it is also worsened by anxiety. Has been a problem for 6 years?

I have problems with my voice. Believe it may be related to  reflux, but it is also worsened by anxiety.  Has been a problem for 6 years?

Voice: Both problems can cause voice change and treatment varies significantly. . Ent doc can look in throat in office with small light and detect which is more likely. ...Read more

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I have high risk HPV. Im scared I could have passed it on to my baby when I gave birth to her and it would be left undiagnosed as it is symptom free. ?

I have high risk HPV. Im scared I could have passed it on to my baby when I gave birth to her and it would be left undiagnosed as it is symptom free. ?

Relax: We do see occasional cases where the wart strains are transferred to baby if they are delivered while you have warts. They can show up around the genitals up to 2 years later or may be seen as vocal cord warts in the same time frame. We do not have any indication they are affected by the high risk strains. That appears to be limited to older patients.I'd quit loosing sleep over it. ...Read more

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I have acute health anxiety. How can I determine between something seriously being wrong or it just being in my head?

Anxiety: Well, if you do have symptoms other than those of anxiety, you will need to see a doc to get history and exam done. He may choose to do additional work up to rule out certain things. If nothing has been found, then anxiety can be blamed for your symptoms. ...Read more

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My father had been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance years ago. Is that something that could be passed from parent to child? What does it mean?

My father had been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance years ago. Is that something that could be passed from parent to child? What does it mean?

Chemical imbalance : That is such a cop out answer. We are all a bit unbalanced. More when we live around unbalanced people. We seek to find truth and peace and that comes from meditation, exercise and eating right with good friends and family. Sharing your concerns with others is treatment. If you are bottled up and confused and worried talk to someone. A good doctor can listen and give you helpful advice. ...Read more

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Can having chlamidyia for a while when I was pregnant cause motor development problems for my child like having mental problem? Worried didnt know

Can having chlamidyia for a while when I was pregnant cause motor development problems for my child like having mental problem? Worried didnt know

Not an issue: Baby is protected by the fetal membranes from any invasion by chlamydia that may be in other areas of your genital tract. In fact the pregnancy likely prevented the germ from getting up to your tubes, where it could do some damage to your fertility.The fetus is only at risk from the germs that can enter your blood and slip in through the placenta.Chlamydia does not. ...Read more

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My husband went through chemotherapy one year ago. His memory, though never great, is so much worse now. I'm wondering if it could be a result of the chemo or could it be something else? He is 62 years old.

My husband went through chemotherapy one year ago. His memory, though never great, is so much worse now. I'm wondering if it could be a result of the chemo or could it be something else? He is 62 years old.

Can be due to chemo: There is an enlarging body of evidence that chemotherapy can cause cognitive decline in a number of patients. Sometimes the decline is reversible. It's been called "chemobrain" or "chemofog". The exact cause isn't known but chemo does cross the blood brain barrier. ...Read more

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Ever since finding out i was pregnant, my boyfriend has an increased bad attitude. What could this be due to?

Ever since finding out i was pregnant, my boyfriend has an increased bad attitude. What could this be due to?

Stress: When your young and gonna be a dad i would imagine its hard. Relationship stress increases during pregnancy. I would suggest you both get counseling. It can make a huge difference and getting some conflict out of the air will help when the baby arrives. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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