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Is There Such Thing As A Blood Test For Aldosterone
Several: Talk to your pharmacist for options and comparisons or check on internet. Some can be very inexpensive, but need to be sure they are accurate and reliable. ...Read more
Same as in men: Too much testosterone in women can lead to similar side effects as in men: change in mood for worse ('roid rage), oily skin +/- acne, hair loss, increase in blood pressure, drop in HDL (good) cholesterol & too much blood (polycythemia). These last 3 side effects can increase risk for heart attack & stroke. Therefore, labs need to be monitored closely in both sexes when supplementing. ...Read more
Yes: All tests have both false positives (meaning you don't really have it) and false negatives (meaning you really do have it). Chlamydia testing is very accurate but yes a false test is possible. You can always requests a retest and the test can be done through a different lab for confirmation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Migraine & allergy: Great question, actually. A large number of people have migraines (up to 10%), and even more have allergies (25%). Migraines and allergies each have their own triggers. So we don't generally do allergy tests for migraine patients' headaches. But, a migraine sufferer who also has allergies should have them treated, because they can aggravate migraines and decrease quality of life significantly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
FATIGUE EVAL: IT CAN BE SEEN MORE FREQUENTLY WHEN DIABETES IS POORLY CONTROLED You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made, a sleep study may be necessary many subtle sleep disorders cause Fatigue ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: With time, because this virus mutates continuously, variants will develop which are resistant, usually to one or more of the medications being taken. This is one of the reasons that several drugs are used in combination. It makes it less likely that resistance will develop, but this always remains a potential and presents a major problem in management of HIV disease. ...Read more
Is there a blood test that can diagnose PMDD or is there a physical reason for having PMDD such as thyroid or pituitary issues?
History : The diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder is made on history. A good history and physical and basic labs rules our comorbidities. It is very serious as it can ruin relationships / make you say or do things you will regret terribly. There are some good treatment options today. Best wishes. ...Read more
Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems: The term often shows up in popular health books and on alternative medicine websites, but it isn't an accepted medical diagnosis. Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones that are essential to life. The medical term adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) refers to inadequate production of one or more of these hormones as a result of an underlying disease. Signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency may include: Fatigue, Body aches, Unexplained weight loss, Low blood pressure, Lightheadedness, Loss of body hair, Skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation). Adrenal insufficiency can be diagnosed by blood tests and special stimulation tests that show inadequate levels of adrenal hormones. Proponents of the adrenal fatigue diagnosis claim this is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. The unproven theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight-or-flight arousal. As a result, they can't produce quite enough of the hormones you need to feel good. Existing blood tests, according to this theory, aren't sensitive enough to detect such a small decline in adrenal function — but your body is. It's frustrating to have persistent symptoms your doctor can't readily explain. But accepting a medically unrecognized diagnosis from an unqualified practitioner could be worse. Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause — such as depression or fibromyalgia — continues to take its toll. ...Read more
Is it true that the qualitative blood hCG test is as good as a urine test? It only tests positive with a 25mlu?
Probably close: The modern upt is very sensitive. 25mlu is very low, like just after implantation ( i'm not sure how long but just a couple of days. I recommend people skip the period before the upt, however. Otherwise you can be chasing it too hard causing extra stress. Pregnancy rates are about 10-20% per month; good luck with everything. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not specifically: Best thing for entire body, including kidneys is a healthy well balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy & meat: these foods contain most vitamins necessary. Some require supplimental vitamin d, specially if not exposed to sun, best consult dr about ideal dose. Vit b complex & folic acid, probably beneficial 4 all, > in pregnancy. Vit c keeps most tissues healthy. Beware unproven herbs. ...Read more
Yes: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. If you have a lump, a diagnostic mammo could be performed, but in younger women ultrasound is usually the imaging study of first choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to be easily tested for renal hypertension as a possible cause of secondary HTN? Why is it such an involved procedure?
Yes. Dyscalculia = : Specific Learning Disability with Impairment in Mathematics. Lack of understanding of quantity impairs learning to count in pre-school, comparing numbers in KG & linking written or spoken numbers to quantity in school. IQ is avg. to above avg.; problems with time, measurement & spatial reasoning often co-exist. 3-6% of the population has dyscalculia; 25% of people with dyscalculia have ADHD. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is there a such thing as C blood type?
Is it possible for parents with B and O blood child to be C blood type?
Hemoglobin C: The main blood TYPES are A, B, AB and O. Perhaps you are referring to an abnormal hemoglobin type (Hemoglobin C) which can be detected on newborn screening results. Hemoglobin C is a structural variant of normal Hemoglobin A which may be of no clinical significance, or cause anemia and enlarged spleen. ...Read more
Yes: A good screen for common hemochromatosis is the transferrin saturation, the ratio of iron to iron binding capacity in the blood. Liver enzymes will also be drawn. More than 50% in a woman or 60% in a man is suggestive; follow-up may include serum ferritin, a more costly blood test which if much elevated confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more
Yes: People can become addicted to almost anything. Eating sweets such as chocolate is immediately soothing which is often seen in people with food addictions. The question you should ask yourself is,whether it is interfering with your life or,your health. Is your weight and blood sugar ok? Do you miss work because of binge eating,chocolate the night,before. If so, talk with someone. ...Read more
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