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Is it a good idea to bank some of my own blood before delivery?

Is it a good idea to bank some of my own blood before delivery?

No: This mom-to-be banked blood of close friends who were o neg (for baby at birth) and family members for herself. But that was due to high risk of recurrent bleeding. Physicians reassured that the blood was "no safer" than blood bank blood, but to a first-time midlife mom with history of fertility and high chance of having only one [premature] child, it was more reassuring. Each case differs. Pam y. ...Read more

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Fat intoler/IBS, bloods normal. DR said look 2 alternative therapies. I read about parasite cleanse (Paragone) Is it a good idea & backed by science?

Fat intoler/IBS, bloods normal. DR said look 2 alternative therapies. I read about parasite cleanse (Paragone) Is it a good idea & backed by science?

Wrong approach!: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, with accompanying nausea, bloating, and/or gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet ; emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, etc. ...Read more

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Unexplained bruises keep appearing and now pain in bones, is it a good idea to have blood tests for leukemia?

Unexplained bruises keep appearing and now pain in bones, is it a good idea to have blood tests for leukemia?

Yes: Frequent bruising may be due to blood problems like leukemia and low platelets, but may be due to increased capillary (tiny skin vessels) fragility due to aspirin, nsaids (naproxen, etc), some vitamin deficiency, or liver dysfunction. Sometimes it's simply due to thin skin, also. Your md could order the appropriate blood tests. ...Read more

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Hi I have high blood preser how can control please tell me any good idea?

Hi I have high blood preser how can control please tell me any good idea?

Blood pressure: You should go to see your doc to figure out why your blood pressure is high and to rule out certain conditions that may explain hypertension at young age. Lifestyle modification is important- decrease salt intake (no potato chips, canned soup/frozen dinner etc), regular exercise, weight reduction, stop smoking and alcohol if you do. Medication can help also reduce your blood pressure. D/w md. ...Read more

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Right now the blood test shows that my ft4 is 84.4, and I'm guessing its not a good idea to travel to ghana soon?

Right now the blood test shows that my ft4 is 84.4, and I'm guessing its not a good idea to travel to ghana soon?

Discuss with your DR: Regarding this issue. I won't recommend you traveling if your thyroid function is way off normal and you have symptoms related to it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to donate blood and go skiing on the same day?

Would likely be OK: If your blood count is normal and you are healthy, there is no reason not to ski on the day of donating blood. The american red cross recommends avoiding strenuous exercise for a few hours after giving blood so waiting a few hours and drinking lots of fluids would be advised. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's a good idea to donate blood and go skiing on the same day?

Please advise if it's a good idea to donate blood and go skiing on the same day?

Only if a 'regular': First / few time donor, may have issue with the volume loss and not feel well with exertional activity same day as donation. With experience and good hydration, find you are able to do more afterwards without problems. ...Read more

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Can certain indicators in the blood give a good idea of whether a stroke might have occurred?

Can certain indicators in the blood give a good idea of whether a stroke might have occurred?

NO: Blood tests will not tell you whether a stroke has occured stroke (sudden vascular lesion) is diagnosed by history, physical examinations and appropriate radiological studies. ...Read more

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Is snacking only without meds a good idea with close blood sugar level monitiring?

Is snacking only without meds a good idea with close blood sugar level monitiring?

Snacking: Is a very bad idea for anyone with diabetes, as it makes it more difficult or even impossible to control your blood sugar properly. ...Read more

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What is making my vision blur? Its worse when I eat sugar or blood glucose goes below 5.0mmol but is sometimes blurred when glucose level is good. Idea

What is making my vision blur? Its worse when I eat sugar or blood glucose goes below 5.0mmol but is sometimes blurred when glucose level is good. Idea

Fluctuating glucose: Patients with fluctuating blood sugar levels often have fluctuations in vision. It could be simply that, something like latent hyperopia and need for glasses, or something more serious. You need a good eye exam to diagnose. Diabetics need to be seen annually at the least. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea for me to go on a massive rollercoaster with borderline high blood pressure?

Good idea?: Depends on the thrill seeking nature of the person :-) shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Are pelvic floor exercises bad for the prostate? I read that increasing blood flow to the prostate isn't a good idea! Is this true. My prostate is enl.

Are pelvic floor exercises bad for the prostate? I read that increasing blood flow to the prostate isn't a good idea! Is this true. My prostate is enl.

Exercise.: They are good. Prostrate is muscle that undergoes change with age that men can't stop (unless eunic) question is at ur age is why do have prostatic problem? Congestion due sedentary job? No sex- prostatic congestion? Prostatis? Really need consult physician for diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, continue pelvic exercises, can never go wrong. Prostrate doesn't have best blood flow. Sex exercises. ...Read more

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Was deficient in vit d and B12 few years ago, would it be a good idea to check other vitamin blood tests like b3 or c or e to check cause of fatigue.?

Was deficient in vit d and B12 few years ago, would it be a good idea to check other vitamin blood tests like b3 or c or e to check cause of fatigue.?

Not really: B12 deficiency may be dietary or related to gastric disease. Vitamin d is both absorbed and converted in the liver and skin to active forms. Vitamin c, e and others do not have the same absorption pathways nor the same actions. Vitamin k as an example is related to clotting, while e can help skin collagen deposition. They are all different and unique in function and action. ...Read more

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60 year old woman with very low blood pressure on low-salt diet (by choice). Good idea or is that a problem?

60 year old woman with very low blood pressure on low-salt diet (by choice). Good idea or is that a problem?

Not problem: Low blood pressure is not considered as serious as high blood pressure, assuming you do not have symptoms. A normal blood pressure is when the reading is 120/80. Anything below those numbers is considered low. There is no specific blood pressure reading that is considered dangerously low, as it can vary with different individuals. ...Read more

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Would an aspirin regimine for a woman with heart disease and high blood pressure a good idea?

Would an aspirin regimine for a woman with heart disease and high blood pressure a good idea?

Yes: Aspirin reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks in patients that already have coronary artery in a daily dose of 81mg/day if no contraindications for it. As a primary prevention the data is controversial and equivocal. ...Read more

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15 weeks pregnant. Awful pain in both upper thighs and knees when I walk. Had U/S done to rule out blood clots and came back good. Any ideas?

15 weeks pregnant. Awful pain in both upper thighs and knees when I walk. Had U/S done to rule out blood clots and came back good. Any ideas?

Leg pain: Hi grc123, your symptoms sound suspicious for sciatica in pregnancy. As you can imagine tremendous stress is put on the lower back during pregnancy, especially L4-L5, where the sciatic nerve originates. Low heeled shoes, arch supports, firm bed, physio, heat and cold packs, and sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs can be helpful. Sometimes a long walk can be helpful. ...Read more

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Still losing wt. Had CT of chest and abdomen and all blood work clear and good. I even reversed my fatty liver. Any ideas? Wt loss has slowed

Still losing wt. Had CT of chest and abdomen and all blood work clear and good. I even reversed my fatty liver. Any ideas? Wt loss has slowed

Great work: You have been remarkable in your progress and I can only admire and applaud your self-discipline and dedication. Weight loss slowing may simply represent the fact that the percentages are changing, along with the absolute numbers. You might try increasing your exercise regimen slightly (don't hurt yourself), or reducing your intake slightly. ...Read more