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Is there anything I can read to be more prepared for menopause?

Is there anything I can read to be more prepared for menopause?

Yes: There are many books on the subject of menopause. I often recommend the wisdom of menopause: creating physical & emotional health & healing during the change by christiane northrup md who discusses both conventional & alternative treatments. New menopausal years : the wise woman way by susun s. Weed focuses on natural approaches. Dr. Susan love's menopause and hormone book is another good option. ...Read more

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Menopause (Definition)

The natural decline in reproductive hormones when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s and ...Read more


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Docs can you explain, is there anything that can be done for extremely sensitive teeth?

Docs can you explain, is there anything that can be done for extremely sensitive teeth?

Yes: Yes, but you will first need to personally see a dentist for a clinical exam along with x-rays in order to determine the cause of the sensitivity. The cause(s) will dictate the treatment choices. From simple topical medications to root canal therapy, etc. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to be prepared for a lung transplant?

Is there anything I can do to be prepared for a lung transplant?

Yes: Continue to exercise as much as possible and maintain nutrition as well. Good to learn about the medicines that will be necessary and how to avoid infections. ...Read more

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Depression hello these questions are for research I am doing and it would be nice if you could kindly answer them for me :) 1 do you see more males or females with depression? 2 is it true that with vitamins one can prevent depression? 3 is it easy to see

Depression hello these questions are for research I am doing and it would be nice if you could kindly answer them for me :)
1 do you see more males or females with depression?
2 is it true that with vitamins one can prevent depression?
3 is it easy to see

You : You are very lucky that dr kardener gave you such great info for your paper. I will just add a little bit more data. In the United States women attempt suicide 2 to 3 times more often than men. However in the united stated the rate of completed suicides is 4 times higher in men than in women. The highest suicide risk in this country is for men aged 85 and older. Dr. Kardener already explained the reason that men have a higher completed suicide rate - they chose more aggressive means to kill themselves. ...Read more

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Is there a nasal decongestant spray that can be used daily? One that is more safe then others that you could recommend so I can ask my dr about?

Is there a nasal decongestant spray that can be used daily? One that is more safe then others that you could recommend so I can ask my dr about?

If you need: a decongestant DAILY sounds like you need an allergy evaluation!!!! You might try a "steroid" spray like Naso-cort! While it is NOT for acute decongestion it will after a while help your symptoms is allergy is the culprit!! NB NO DECONGESTANT SPRAY SHOULD BE USED DAILY (In my opinion) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do at home for myself to help with endometriosis if there is anything? Change of diet? Possibly less soda?

Is there anything I can do at home for myself to help with endometriosis if there is anything? Change of diet? Possibly less soda?

Not really: Dietary changes or herbal supplements have not been shown to improve endometriosis. Menstrual cycle suppression with birth control pills, continuous Nuvaring, Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD are helpful. Ibuprofen can be helpful. Surgical management is indicated in some cases. ...Read more

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Why are there so many "horror stories" and people saying not to get Versed during a procedure? Isn't it supposed to be a safe drug?

Why are there so many "horror stories" and people saying not to get Versed during a procedure? Isn't it supposed to be a safe drug?

Sedative: Versed(Midazolam) is a Benzodiazepine which is routinely used for sedation during surgical procedures. It helps alleviate anxiety and provides some form of amnesia. As with every kind of drug, it does have its "negative" effects like respiratory depression but if used in the correct context under direct supervision of a physician there is usually minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any drug that can be used as a mydriatic in old patient but should be avoided by others?

Please let me know if there is any drug that can be used as a mydriatic in old patient but should be avoided by others?

Atropinoids: dilating drops are either atropinoids or sympathetic meds like neosynephrine (phenylephrine). There are no age specific meds, only condition related contraindications. Anatomic narrow angle can be a contraindication as well as trisomy 21 (Downs syndrome). Of course allergy is also attention contraindication. ...Read more

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Is there any way to change how i talk? It is very difficult for me to talk. My voice is very unclear, very few people can understand me. I have a high pilot (or however you spell it), so that may have a lot to do with it. Is there any procedure i can have

Is there any way to change how i talk? It is very difficult for me to talk. My voice is very unclear, very few people can understand me. I have a high pilot (or however you spell it), so that may have a lot to do with it. Is there any procedure i can have

See a Laryngologist: You need someone to examine your vocal production and resonance system- your voicebox and throat. Yes, palate abnormalities can contribute to difficulty making yourself understood. You need an expert team with a voice physician and a speech pathologist to work with you. There are some in your state so, please look them up. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Im on the waiting list for ivf . Other then trying to stay healthy is there anything the I should or could be doing to help this process??

Im on the waiting list for ivf . Other then trying to stay healthy is there anything the I should or could be doing to help this process??

You can start: taking prenatal vitamins. This will not increase your chances of conception/pregnancy, but it will help prevent certain types of birth defects. Other things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy include: make sure your thyroid medication is adequate. Don't drink alcohol. Don't smoke or hang around people who are smoking. Make sure your OB approves of any medication you want to take. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to be very allergic to passion fruit?

Is it possible for me to be very allergic to passion fruit?

Possbible: Anyone can be allergic to any food. The most common food allergies are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, treenuts, and shellfish/fish. If one suspects a food allergy then proper evaluation needs to be performed. ...Read more

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What to if I am soon to be having cosmetic sugary, is there any tips that can help me prepare for it?

What to if I am soon to be having cosmetic sugary, is there any tips that can help me prepare for it?

Not enough info: It depends on what part of the body will have surgery. In general you want to minimize infection, so keeping the area clean would apply. Avoid blood thinners if cleared by the primary care doctor. Good wound healing required good nutrition. ...Read more

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What can I do to find out if I have low testosterone? I am 47 male and overweight. The internet is a bad place to look for medical information as you can find so many conflicting articles. Anyway, it seems that I have been very emotional lately which is s

What can I do to find out if I have low testosterone? I am 47 male and overweight. The internet is a bad place to look for medical information as you can find so many conflicting articles. Anyway, it seems that I have been very emotional lately which is s

From : From your symptoms, it is very likely that you have low testosterone. This condition is surprisingly common...About 40% of all men over 45 years old have clinically low testosterone. Testosterone peaks in men in the early 20's, but then drops 1-2% every year after that. So you need to get your t level checked. Unfortunately, the normal ranges for testosterone that the labs give are often erroneous. Most labs have a large "normal" range. To me, it doesn't make sense when a lab shows a normal range from 250-870ng/dl. This is a huge range. How can a man with a t of 270 be considered the same as a man with a t of 650. I have countless men in my practice that were in the "normal" range who had symptoms of low t. Measured total testosterone is not a very accurate way to assess whether a man is low in t. Most of the testosterone in the bloodstream is bound to other molecules, like sex hormone binding globulin (shbg) and albumin. The amount of free testosterone is only 1-2 % of the total serum testosterone. This means that most of a man's t is inaccessible to the body to use. Several factors can affect your level of shbg and albumin. So, it is better to use free testosterone to assess a patient with symptoms. But it is very difficult to measure free t in serum samples. Many methods are inaccurate. So, I use calculated free t. I measure the total t and the shbg level. Then using an online calculator (google free testosterone calculator) i find the free t calculated. If a man's free t is below 10ng/dl, i give him a trial of testosterone supplementation (gels or shots or implanted t pellets). I ask the patient to give it three months. We measure the t and calc free t at the end of the 3 months. My goal is to get his free t into the 15-25 range. Most men report that they have significantly more energy, strength, stamina and endurance. Their libido and erections are often better. Some men who were needing viagra (sildenafil) no longer need it. Many men report their early morning erections have returned. Best of luck! if you are over weight, your body may also be converting some of your testosterone into estrogen. This occurs in fat cells by an enzyme called aromatase. Studies have shown that exercise and weight loss can increase t levels. ...Read more

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Can you catch bronchiolitis more than once? Is there anything that can be done early when symptoms first show to try to stop it?

Can you catch bronchiolitis more than once? Is there anything that can be done early when symptoms first show to try to stop it?

Yes: I assume since you use the term "bronchiolitis" that you are speaking of your baby. Unfortunately, the answer to your first question is yes, babies can catch a new virus again that will cause bronchiolitis. If one is prone to the wheezing that goes along with viruses, then there is not much you can do once the virus has started to hasten the episode. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is common to be asked to be tested for breast cancer?

Please tell me if it is common to be asked to be tested for breast cancer?

Yes: It is a good practice standard to be offered to any woman. I hope you do self-exam, and comply with mammography national standards. ...Read more

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I read somewhere that eating to much gluten,wheat etc can be bad for joints and for arthuritus, is this true? How to minimize it?

I read somewhere that eating to much gluten,wheat etc can be bad for joints and for arthuritus, is this true? How to minimize it?

If you are sensitive: To gluten then yes, joint pains, even arthritis can be made worse by eating gluten. The best way to tell is to remove gluten from your diet completely for 90 days and see how your symptoms are. There are websites to guide you regarding what to eat in place of gluten...and be sure to investigate hidden sources such as gravies, sauces and salad dressings. ...Read more

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Here's an embarrassing question. ..Is there anything that can be done for pe...Im in my 50s and it seems to be getting worse?

Here's an embarrassing question. ..Is there anything that can be done for pe...Im in my 50s and it seems to be getting worse?

Yes, treatments : You don't have to get embraced for having pe ( premature ejaculation ) ask your doctor to refer you to a urologist , after examination and tests will help you ...Read more

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I think I have a bunion that is very painful and it's too late for me to go to a store. Are there any common household items i can use to help for now?

I think I have a bunion that is very painful and it's too late for me to go to a store. Are there any common household items i can use to help for now?

Ice, aleve (naproxen): Conservative treatments include wider shoes, topical creams like icy hot, anti inflammatory medications like aleve, (naproxen) insoles, orthtotics, ice, bunion guard etc. Usually with a painful bunion you will eventually need surgery. See a foot and ankle specialist for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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With women, it's possible for HPV to leave the body. How about men? Is it possible too? Can they be cured for good?

With women, it's possible for HPV to leave the body. How about men? Is it possible too? Can they be cured for good?

Unlikely if ever: Most of any outward signs of an HPV infection will eventually subside in people with a normal immune system.However, this is a family of virus strains that tend to persist in a hibernation like state indefinitely.People may shed the virus intermittantly, but seldom know when they are. ...Read more