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Is There Anything I Can Do About Cartilage Problems
Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more
Is there anything i can do to fix a snoring issue? I am overweight, and i'm losing weight, but is there anything i can do in the mean time?
Dental/ENT/Wt Loss: For snoring there are options loose weight if you are overweight avoid alcohol, sleep meds, sedatives at night dental device work for some nasal device and meds like antihistamines and nasal sprays nasal CPAP if there is obstructive sleep apnea surgical options it is recommended that all snorers go through sleep studies to make sure there is no sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends what it is: Seeing your doc will help to sort this out. But, it sound like you could have lateral epicondylitis. Hurts with gripping, grabbing, pulling. Sharp and/or dull pain at the lateral elbow. That radiates up into the arm and down into the forearm. Treat with ice, wrist brace and exercise but ultimately may need a cortisone injection. ...Read more
Is there any operations that can straighten my bandy legs or is there anything i could do to help them straighten them?
Yes, but do not ....: Yes there are operations to correct ' bandy' legs ( either 'knock- kneed' or 'bowlegged'), but as an adult your age I would advise against them unless there are very important / serious problems that cannot be corrected w/ medication, bracing, or even replacement. Osteotomies are best reserved for children and young adults w/ significant deformity. See an ORS who treats adult malaligment/OA.GL! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most common cause of pancreatitis are alcohol consumption and gall stones. Stop alcohol consumption. Keep yourself well hydrated. Small frequent meals with liquid diet during acute pancreatitis. Seek medical care if you are unable to keep anything down from vomiting, fever or worsening pain. ...Read more
Depends upon cause: Learn/practice rhythmic (steady) & diagphragmatic breathing coupled with self-calming strategies. The anxiety & stress reduction workbook by mckay et al can help either way. A medical evaluation may identify treatable causes. A mental health evaluation may identify treatable causes. Stabilize daily living habits (sleep, diet, exercise, etc.) wishing you well in your search for relief. ...Read more
Insufficient data: That's like asking how to stop having pain. Your post provides nothing to go on. Have you been formally diagnosed with palinopsia? Hallucinatory or illusory? Have you been worked up for a cause? If you've seen doctors about it, what do THEY say? Impossible to address your question without more info. Have you seen a neuro-ophthalmologist? That's the specialist you need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other things first.: Talk to M.D. to see if your are just a 'snorer' OR IF you may have any 'sleep apnea' issues. Then you can get treated with the proper device to decrease or eliminate your snoring. Some of these devices can be fabricated by a Dentist, but it would help (with insurance) to have a medical diagnosis of necessity ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean if I have a tilted optic nerve? Can i fix it and are there any associated problems? Thanks.
Incomplete info: Without knowing what your symptoms are it is difficult to say whether you need any fixing. Also it is not clear what you mean by tilted optic nerve. ...Read more
Yes: Gastritis is a disease of habits. It is important to talk to your physician or Gastroenterologist to find out what habits you need to change. Common triggers are: tobacco, alcohol, soda, coffee, tomato based foods, NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Naprosyn), skipping meals, and chocolate. If any of these are things you do every day, stop doing them and you will feel better! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do to about my thinning hair? And can it be reversed? Is there anything i can do about it or am i just doomed to lose it all?
Hopefully not!: Very tough issue! you should be tested for: thyroid dysfunction, anemia/iron deficiency, ( and testosterone levels - if you are a woman) b/c these are treatable causes of hair thinning. Genetics, hormonal issues, nutritional deficiencies can contribute. Biotin, or a 'hair and nails formula' vitamin may help, but the dermatologist is going to be your best source of info & help. ...Read more
I know there are benefits to smiling. Is there something i can do to smile more? Specific triggers i can use?
Give yourself a cue!: Agree with yourself that everytime something specific happens, you will smile and give yourself a positive message. For example, every time you are stopped at a red light, smile and tell yourself "good work hanging in there!" maybe you can even use your own thoughts to trigger that smile. Each time you feel discouraged, smile to yourself and remind yourself that you are alive! that's wonderful! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I do anything about my gummy smile? I've always been self concious of my smile, and am now wondering if there is any type of surgery that would correct it? Would gum reshaping do the job, or is there something else out there i don't know about?
Determine the cause: Gummy smile can be attributed to several etiological factors. Firstly, teeth can hypoerupted, i.e., not fully erupted and therefore cover by gum. Gingivectomy or gum resection can treat this. Secondly, teeth fully erupted but with excess maxilla. Refer to oral surgeon for orthonagthic surgery. Thirdly, short philtrum. Plastic surgeon is a good consulting place. Finally, combine above factors. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Abdominal cancers (most often pancreas, gallbladder, ovarian, sometimes stomach and bowel) can grow unknown and without symptoms. When discovered, they can be so far advanced that treatment will not cure them.The good news is that our ability to diagnose cancers is getting better all the time. ...Read more
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