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Is it time to go to the hospital? Contractions every 10 min

Is it time to go to the hospital? Contractions every 10 min

Not quite: Generally, if you are at or near full term (40wks/ close to your due date) with an uncomplicated pregnancy, you should wait until your contractions are consistently 5 min apart before you go to the hospital. If your water breaks, you have heavy bleeding, or if your baby is not moving, you should go to the hospital immediately. Good luck and congrats! ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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Is it normal to have regular labor contractions (about every 10 minutes) at night, but that will then go away in the morning?

Is it normal to have regular labor contractions (about every 10 minutes) at night, but that will then go away in the morning?

Very normal: As long as you are near term, that's normal. Women can have nightly episodes of "false labor" for days or even weeks prior to the big day. It's your body's way of warming up for the event. We usually ask women to wait until contractions are 4-5 minutes apart, last about a minute, and persist in that pattern for an hour or two, prior to heading to the hospital. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal to go to the bathrom every hour of the day?

Is it normal to go to the bathrom every hour of the day?

Sounds often: You don't mention if it is urination or bowel movements or both. In fact you don't say much - about pain, burning, effectiveness of effort, drink and food intake. But knowing almost nothing - I'd still think it was often. However, a colleague went after each therapy session (to wash hands and clear head). It was healthy in that case. ...Read more

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Is it alright to go out during Bell's Palsy or does one need to avoid exposure to wind at all cost (and basically stay at home the whole time)?

Is it alright to go out during Bell's Palsy or does one need to avoid exposure to wind at all cost (and basically stay at home the whole time)?

Yes: It is ok to go out even with wind when you have Bell's palsy. Just be aware and prepared if your eye on the affected side gets drier faster than before. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a heart rythm to go back to normal after a 30 minutes fast walk/jogging? is it normal to still be in the 90 after 45min of finishing exercise?

How long does it take for a heart rythm to go back to normal after a 30 minutes fast walk/jogging? is it normal to still be in the 90 after 45min of finishing exercise?

Hr after exercise: It depends how much you are in shape. Is it the first day of exercise after being not so active for a long time .and also what is your bSeline HR before the exercise . Usually no it does not take that long for hr to return to normal -10-15 min of resting should make you very comfortable , drinking fluids also help . If you have any concerns or not feel right after the exercise , see your PCP and ...Read more

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Is resting heart rate of 160 dangerous? Should I go to ER next time? only problem is it usually ends before I get there.

Is resting heart rate of 160 dangerous? Should I go to ER next time? only problem is it usually ends before I get there.

Frequency?: How often does it occur? If it's once a month, ask your doctor for a 30 day event monitor. If it's once in 6 months, you are eligible for a transcutaneous loop recorder. If it's less frequent than once or twice a year and stops in ...Read more

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Getting fevers at night. They go up to around 102 then I take Motrin to reduce it and it does. Find during day. What is this ?

Getting fevers at night. They go up to around 102 then I take Motrin to reduce it and it does. Find during day. What is this ?

Fever: Do you have any other symptoms such as sore throat,cough,rash,diarrhea,urinary symptoms? If not and nocturnal fevers continue for over a week, it's time to see your physician for a complete examination and various testing which include blood and urine cultures,possible chest xray,etc. ...Read more

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When is the right time to take my post-workout protein shake? Is it immediatley after or should we wait for 30 mins? Or even more?

When is the right time to take my post-workout protein shake? Is it immediatley after or should we wait for 30 mins? Or even more?

Within 2 hours: There are many suggestions out there, but the majority of the evidence points to within 2 hours of finishing a workourt is adequate. ...Read more

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How do I know if the pain I'm feeling from biliary colic is severe enough to go to the hos? At times it's lasts a few hours other times comes and goes

How do I know if the pain I'm feeling from biliary colic is severe enough to go to the hos? At times it's lasts a few hours other times comes and goes

You decide: There is no answer I can give you except you decide. You have to say I'm drawing the line here and cannot tolerate this pain level. When the pain starts to interfere with your ability to perform your daily life activities and/or you just cannot stand the level of pain you are experiencing, you seek help. It may be time to do something more about your condition if frequent symptoms.... ...Read more

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In the throws of a racing heartstrings (185–220 pulse oximeter) what should be done to stop it from beating so fast? Er visit or wait it out?

In the throws of a racing heartstrings (185–220 pulse oximeter) what should be done to stop it from beating so fast? Er visit or wait it out?

ER if prolonged: You can try some bagel maneuvers (bearing down, submerging your head in a bucket of cold water), but if the heart racing continues for more than 30 sec or is associated with shortness of breath, chest pain or passing out, go to er immediately (don't drive - have someone or ems take you). ...Read more

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At 40+ age, is it better to use stairs to go up or down? Is it safe to go up 7 floors?

Physical Activity: I am not sure why or what you are asking. Of course it is a human experience in our modern world to use stairs. As long as you are not disabled then there is nothing medical to discuss here. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go to the gym after fainting a few hours ago?

Is it safe to go to the gym after fainting a few hours ago?

I would : N ot advise it until the reason for your fainting is identified. Seek medical attention ...Read more

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What is the best way to reset your clock if goin 10 hours away? Stay up all night before you travel?

What is the best way to reset your clock if goin 10 hours away? Stay up all night before you travel?

East or west?: It depends which direction you're headed. Going west you just try to get on the local schedule as quickly as you can. Going east is much more challenging because it's hard to fall asleep before your natural bedtime and hard to awaken early. Get bright light in the morning, dim light in the evening. A drug called rozerem (ramelteon) can help you reset your rhythm quicker. Prescription only. ...Read more

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Is it considered insomnia if you're really tired, go to bed early all the time but yet up at least three times a night to go to the bathroom? Labs are normal

Is it considered insomnia if you're really tired, go to bed early all the time but yet up at least three times a night to go to the bathroom? Labs are normal

No, not at all: No that does not sound like insomnia. Perhaps it would help to have less fluids before bed time, that may decrease your need to wake up and use the bathroom. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is this a proper BP taking procedure? 1. Wake up 2. Go to the bathroom 3. Sit down on a sofa 4. Wait 1 minute and then take BP? Should I wait longer?

Is this a proper BP taking procedure?
1. Wake up
2. Go to the bathroom
3. Sit down on a sofa 
4. Wait 1 minute and then take BP?
Should I wait longer?

Longer: 1 minute is not enough time to recover from the exercise of using the BR and walking. The usual advice is 10-15 minutes of rest. Try this: watch TV with the cuff IN YOUR LAP. When the commercial comes on, with no further exertion, check your BP 3 times, 1 minute apart. Average them. That's an accurate BP. ...Read more

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My body holds stool, so about once a week (or 2) i give myself an enema after a movement. The problem is that it takes several hours for it to be done?

My body holds stool, so about once a week (or 2) i give myself an enema after a movement. The problem is that it takes several hours for it to be done?

Seek help: Encopresis/chronic constipation may indicate an underlying colonic problem that needs evaluation and may be treatable with dietary changes, increased fiber and fluids, stool softeners, scheduling evacuation times, etc.. ...Read more

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Had twitch of the lip going on 7 days now, 5 to 10 times a day for like 2 seconds when should I worry and say its time to go to the doctor?

Had twitch of the lip going on 7 days now, 5 to 10 times a day for like 2 seconds when should I worry and say its time to go to the doctor?

Lip twitch : These twitches tend to take a few days and resolve on their own, you may want to minimize your caffeine intake to help stop them. ...Read more