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If my cat bit off part of my blueberry eggo waffle, would I get sick if I happened to eat the rest of the waffle? I'm a normal healthy person.

If my cat bit off part of my blueberry eggo waffle, would I get sick if I happened to eat the rest of the waffle? I'm a normal healthy person.

Probably not: If your cat has been eating meat infected with the parasite toxoplasma gondii, there could be oocysts in its feces. (that's why pregnant women should not clean litter boxes.) if it's an indoor cat that you feed dry cat food and not fresh game, this should not be an issue. ...Read more

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Why do I get allergies to specific cats? Is this normal?

Why do I get allergies to specific cats? Is this normal?

Yes: Various cats have the same allergen but some cats shed more allergen than others. Also some home environments will have higher levels of cat allergen than others leading to more symptoms. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and sjogren's and my memory hasbeen getting worse like I forget which town I am in andget my cats mixed up. Is this normal?

I have fibromyalgia and sjogren's and my memory hasbeen getting worse like I forget which town I am in andget my cats mixed up. Is this normal?

? brain fog: Patients with fibromyalgia frequently complain of poor memory. A small body of literature suggests that there is cognitive dysfunction in fibromyalgia. Sjogren's can also cause fluctuating mild memory loss. Not knowing what town you are in may be a sign of a more serious problem. Discuss with your doctor and make sure your medications are reviewed as this could be due to side effects as well. ...Read more

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Soreness after a simple cat scratch. Is this normal?

Soreness after a simple cat scratch. Is this normal?

It could be: Infected? When was your last tetanus shot? Cat scratches can easily develop into nasty infections. May want to have it checked. ...Read more

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My 4 week old son seems to be congested alot, is this normal or is he alergic to my cat, cat alergies do run in my family.

My 4 week old son seems to be congested alot, is this normal or is he alergic to my cat, cat alergies do run in my family.

Genetics/allergies: Many newborns are congested at birth during the first month of life. Gently using nasal saline will help to keep the passages clear. Your family genetic history does increase the likelihood that he may develop allergies, typically later in infancy and childhood. During the first year of life, food allergies are more common than allergies to cat dander. ...Read more

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If a cat scan and upper endoscopy were perfect and normal, then why does any amount of any food make me so full feeling that I am in pain?

If a cat scan and upper endoscopy were perfect and normal, then why does any amount of any food make me so full feeling that I am in pain?

Motility: You may have a motility problem, a motion problem of the stomach that is not seen on a ct scan or on an endoscopy. Further testing may need to be done to assess the motility of the stomach and the intestines. See your gastroenterologist for additional testing. ...Read more

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I have fainted twice and cat scan was negative, lab results normal?

I have fainted twice and cat scan was negative, lab results normal?

Hard to evaluate: There are a lot of causes that depend on your age or medical conditions. In younger women, fainting can be due to a low blood pressure from not having enough to drink, extreme heat, or alcohol, an eating disorder, or fluid loss from vomiting or diarrhea. A nervous system reaction from something upsetting can be the cause. Older people can faint due to some medications or heart problems. ...Read more

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What can cause a sezieure in a child with normal blood work and normal cat scan?

What can cause a sezieure in a child with normal blood work and normal cat scan?

Reply: There are many different reasons for seizure in a child. Common ones include febrile seizure which can occur 6-36 months commonly due to high fever. Then metabolic derangement, heat stroke. Tumors, epilepsy syndromes, brain malformations. Ct scan is a good test to rule out intracranial bleeding, hydrocephalus, but MRI is better test to look for brain abnormality. ...Read more

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Can appendix cause pains for months I've had pains in lower right abdomen since 5 months all tests normal including 2 cat scans?

Can appendix cause pains for months I've had pains in lower right abdomen since 5 months all tests normal including 2 cat scans?

Unlikely: Although uncommon, chronic pain from undiagnosed and or previously ruptured acute appendicitis can occur. However, an abdominal ct scan is a very effective test to exclude this possibility. In the setting of 2 prior ct scans for right lower quadrant andominal pain, it's extemely unlikely that the appendix would not show evidence of appendicitis or prior rupture to explain the pain. ...Read more

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Confirmed gastritis Oct 2015 after endoscopy. Episode which sent me back to gastro in December. Cat scan normal but lost 10-12 lbs, is this normal?

Confirmed gastritis Oct 2015 after endoscopy. Episode which sent me back to gastro in December. Cat scan normal but lost 10-12 lbs, is this normal?

UnintentionalWtLoss: Gastritis is like scratching at dirt field w/rake while an ulcer is like using shovel to dig deep hole. Either way, proton pump inhibitors should be enough to make you feel better, assuming no H pylori infection. You didn't mention what body part was scanned but 10-12 lbs unintentional weight loss is not normal. See your FamilyDoc for initial eval incl blood & scans. May need to see GI doc again ...Read more

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I have headaches everyday and I have history of strokes and antireism. I have had a cat scan and they say everything is normal. How can I stop them?

I have headaches everyday and I have history of strokes and antireism. I have had a cat scan and they say everything is normal. How can I stop them?

BE SAFE: I like many otc remedies to handle frequent headaches, and your pattern is c/w chronic daily headaches. Prevention is key to break up these patterns, and would suggest you consider butterbur, feverfew, magnesium, coq-10, riboflavin, etc. Some prescription items to consider include divalproex, topirimate, propranalol. Discuss with your doctor, as all of this needs control. Perhaps see neurology. ...Read more

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Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Cat to human most li: Cats, especially those with claws, have been known to transmit bacteria to their human masters. Bacteria like MRSA are everywhere. Generally, humans don't transmit to cats because cats are "clean" compared to humans & we don't scratch our pets, generally. Aside from MRSA, cat-scratch disease (Bartonella bacteria), Pasturella, & other bacterial trasmission has been reported in medical journals. TTYD ...Read more

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Feel sitting on my croccyx since 14days, from cat scan &xray its fractured. When could I normally sit, drive & normally bent my back plz?

Feel sitting on my croccyx since 14days, from cat scan &xray its fractured. When could I normally sit, drive & normally bent my back plz?

Tincture of time: Fractures in any part of the body take time to heal up. The same could be expected from a coccyx fracture. My best advice would be to get a donut cushion, and lumbar support which should definitely help with your symptoms. We are talking about at least 3-4 month before fx heals up completely. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. Also, if post menopausal consider bone density scan to r/o osteoporosis. ...Read more

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My cat just lick my Juice and I accidentally drink it. Cat isnot rabies vaccinated. Btw he kinda looks normal no erraticbehaviour. VaccinatedbeforePOSTep?

My cat just lick my Juice and I accidentally drink it. Cat isnot rabies vaccinated. Btw he kinda looks normal no erraticbehaviour. VaccinatedbeforePOSTep?

Rabies: If the cat is available it might help to quarantine it and observe it. If not, the risk is minimal at best, particularly since you have previously been immunized. You do not say how long ago that has been, but you can check at Makati Med Ctr if you are in Manila, or at PGH ...Read more

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I had a cat scan of my head in ER after severe headache and it was normal. Still am having headaches, should I worry?

Very common: The vast majority of patients who have headaches and a ct have a normal ct exam. This doesn't diminish the importance of your pain but really important problems such as a brain tumor or bleeding around the brain have largely been excluded. So, feel better about that! ...Read more

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I know from a cat scan of my head that I have a deviated septum and narrower than normal turbinate. What does that mean?

I know from a cat scan of my head that I have a deviated septum and narrower than normal turbinate. What does that mean?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum is not an uncommon problem. It can lead to nasal obstruction, snoring and even sinus issues. You only need surgery if you are having symptoms. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. A narrow turbinate is not an issue. ...Read more

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I have constant yellow phlegm, don't feel off or anything but have high allergies to pollen, cats and Dustmite, is this all normal?

I have constant yellow phlegm, don't feel off or anything but have high allergies to pollen, cats and Dustmite, is this all normal?

No: This is likely from post-nasal drips due to your allergies. However people suffering from hay fever are more likely to get sinus infections as well. Have you following the avoidance measures for dust mites and cat? If not, it's time to do them. If yes, consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Having an MRI done in oct.2012 & a cat scan done n dec2012 for pains n headaches n my head can anything serous change both test where normal...?

No: Headache in young people are usually benign esp. After having 2 normal head imaging studies.
They are usually from migraine, tension or cluster headache. (google online for more info)
other possible causes of headaches- stress, sleep deprivation, too much caffeinated drinks, hypertension, use of recreational drugs, concussion, etc.
Headache usually is recurrent.
Go see your dr. For reasssurance. ...Read more

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Received a tetanus shot yesterday due to a cat bite and my entire arm hurts. I can barely move my shoulder with out moderate pain. Is it normal?

Received a tetanus shot yesterday due to a cat bite and my entire arm hurts. I can barely move my shoulder with out moderate pain. Is it normal?

Pain: It is possible to have pain and discomfort for several days after an immunization. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and apply cold packs. It should improve. If it is where you were bitten, be rechecked. All the best. ...Read more

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Stepped on (friendly) stray cat's tail & it scratched my foot (small scratch, bled a bit). 12 days later cat still is friendly/normal. Rabies concern?

The cat would be: Dead by now if it was rabid, so I don't think you have anything to worry about, and 12 days, assuming it was rabid, you'd be feeling sick by now. ...Read more

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I have ovarian cyst on left side 3.8 on cat scan. I had a pap yesterday now that side hurts worse is this normal?

Likely unrelated: Sorry you are in pain. Paps usually cause short term cramping. You may have a follicle (cysts that form every month on the ovary) that ruptured, which can be painful. If the pain does not improve in a day or two, contact your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Still dizzy and off balance been a month since I had a fall and black out woke up in hospital cat scan was normal at the time?

Still dizzy and off balance been a month since I had a fall and black out woke up in hospital cat scan was normal at the time?

Concussion: When you had a fall, it's likely that you traumatized your brain. A normal CT scan does not rule out a concussion. Common symptoms are dizziness, headaches, poor balance, difficulty with thinking and memory and etc. You may require a formal neurological evaluation to make this diagnosis and initiate treatment. Alternatively there could be other neurological concerns such as a masked seizure. ...Read more

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Hi I have a question I got a ekg done cat scan and blood work everything was normal but my chest bothers sometimes is that normal?

Hi I have a question I got a ekg done cat scan and blood work everything was normal but my chest bothers sometimes is that normal?

YES: It is a very common complaint in young people!
In females large breasts can be the problem (and the possibility of poor support IGNORED.


just a thought!


Dr Z ...Read more