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Is It True That All Or Most People With Ulcerative Colitis Are Hard To Treat
Not True: Not necessarily true as ulcerative colitis can have a wide range of presentations and responses to medical management. The disease may only involve the rectum(proctitis) and be managed with topical medication to full colonic involvement requiring systemic treatment to control symptoms with medications as per a gastroenterologist. Surgery, if necessary is best managed by a colorectal surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some dentists tend to think that periodontal disease can be maintained but not cured. Is there a cure for some people and not others?
Excellent Question: Definition of cure: restoring to health. Yes, periodontal treatment can restore the periodontium to optimal health. That does not guarantee that periodontal disease will not reoccur. Some people will be restored to optimum health, some will not. Too many factors to guarantee the same result for everyone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This is an educational question.I don't have HIV/AIDS, nor do I know anyone who does.However, it seems to be unusual in that people can have it for a very long time. Are there any other viruses or bacteria that can be chronic other than some Heps?
Yes, many: There are many chronic viral infections. HIV isn't unusual at all in this regard. A few that come to mine are Ebstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis; cytomegalovirus (CMV); varicella zoster virus (VZV), the cause of chickepox and shingles; human T lymphotropic virus (HTLV); and probably a hundred others that haven't yet been identifed or named. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who is most likely to have cancer and what are the common symptoms of it and can the diseaae be cured...
In 400 characters?: Is there a specific malignancy that you are concerned about? ...Read more
Why is it that Anorexia is so hard to accept, people react very differently to other mental illnesses, and doctors don't like to treat . ?
Denial Factor: It is hard to accept as the person who suffers from Anorexia is often in denial.Many Doctors find it hard to treat Anorexia as they do not have enough experience to treat it. It is better treated by a Psychiatrist as it involves behaviour therapy . Goal is to have healthy eating habits and healthy weight. Severe cases need to be hospitalisedto correct biochemical abnormalities& may require specia ...Read more
Crohn's colitis: Can cause bleeding too, but less frequently. Ulcerative colitis is a disease that affects mainly the mucosa or the inner lining, so rectal bleeding is more common. Crohn's colitis, in contrast, affects the entire wall of the colon, so perforations and fistulas are more common. ...Read more
Milk: The only study worth a look was published recently from italy, showing a very small influence of milk. As a practical approach, diet is not a useful treatment for acne. There are several different remedies which are quite effective. If you have significant acne, don't bother with trivial things: a dermatologist can help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom hbc1a is 11 we are trying to control it but the problem that it is ranging in high qualities from2years but what to do with the risk she is in now?
Diabetes: In States, we typically aim for HbA1c less than 7 in younger adults compared to less than 8 in older adults. Being too aggressive in lowering sugar can lead to hypoglycemic complications in short term. But poor sugar control can increase risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure & amputations in long run. Chat w/diabetes educator & nutritionist 1st. Learn what (not) to eat. Maybe then drugs. ...Read more
With this ebola issue, is it true that the medications do not really help african or black people?
It depends: There is no specific drug that works for hemorrhoids in general. However there are drugs we recommend for specific complications.For 1)acute ext hem thrombosis- evacuation of the clot, others:warm baths, stool softeners, nsaid"s, witch hazel , Hydrocortisone 1%. Sometimes anal suppositories are helpful for internal hem bleeding. And prolapse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much truth is there in the existence of myofascial syndrome? In what populations/situations does it tend to be most prevalent? Causes? Symptoms?
VERY TRUE!!!!!: I've been in medicine for 30 years and that syndrome is the scourge of humanity. 15 years ago i stumbled on it after taking an acupuncture course and it opened my eyes to a new view of the human body and pain. See my files, see my wellness suggestions, find a chiropractor, massage person and an acupuncturist. They all have to be used in combo. Self-care is mandatory, lo-carb, epsom salts soaking! ...Read more
Is it common to have chronic pain with multiple sclerosis? What are some ways besides narcotics to treat it?
How common is it to get the skin disease vitiligo? Is this a rare disease, or is it actually very common and just not talked about?
Vitiligo: This is an autoimmune condition that can be treated. See a dermatologist to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Is it true that 30-somethings with acromegaly WON'T grow any taller @ this age? Is that true even for those with just mild symptoms of the disease?
It Depends: If you got acromegaly as an adult after growth stopped this is true. However, if not treated there can be serious side effects (hearing loss, chronic headaches, arthritis, type 2 DM & others). If it was acquired as a child & not treated this is correctly termed Pituitary Gigantism & can have same symptoms. In this case the growth plates may remain open & cont growth theoretic poss, but very rare! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that cigarette smoking actually helps with ulcerative colitis? And it makes it less likely to develop Parkinson's disease?
CRPS: Not at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have heard that fibromyalgia is an umbrella term used to cover symptoms that are unexplained. Often it is just another set of symptoms. Really?
Is it common for a person with huntington's disease to become agggressive as the disease progresses? Are there meds to help
Yes: Patients with huntington's disorder can have increased psychosis and agitation. There are medications that can help this. In general, providing a calm, predictable, and structured environment may be helpful in improving psychiatric and behavioral symptoms. You should see your family practice physician or neurologist for more information. ...Read more
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