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My current PCP does not acknowledge me as an MSM. How can I find LGBT-friendly PCPs that are in-network for United Healthcare?
You can call United Healthcare or try the directories below:
http://www. Glma. Org/
https://www. Radremedy. Org/ ...Read more
No period for 2 months. Spotting (not normal for me) for over a week w/ PMS. Not pregnant, LGBT. Not really stressed. Should I see a Dr or just relax?
Hard to tell: It's hard to say without knowing your age and other medical history or meds you are on. If you are concerned, and this is a significant change for you, I would call your doctor. ...Read more
Health diet: Study after study shows that short-term diets are not effective in maintaining weight loss. What you need is lifestyle changes and eat in a healthy way from now on. Fewer carbohydrates and fats along with increased reliance on vegetables will be very helpful. Activity is also important so a regular exercise program is recommended. Make healthy lifestyle changes and avoid the yo-yo dieting. ...Read more
Can't tell: The tempomandibular joint can make a person miserable and there's no predicting how long it will last. There are folks who know how to treat this and I'm not one of them; a variety of measures including those that keep you from grinding your teeth at night can help, as can more intensive interventions. Good luck. ...Read more
Density: Hi. I think you're wondering about density, not weight. After all, a pound of fat, pound of feathers, & pound of lead all weigh the same, but their densities differ dramatically. The density of human fat is about 0.9 g/ml, whereas the density of human muscle is about 1.06 g/ml. Does that help? Try to understand mass, volume, density, and weight. Physics is fun! Good luck! ...Read more
It is not feasible to lose weight selectively from one area, unless it is done surgically. Losing weight will affect the waist as well.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
It varies: I like the old saying that it lasts 9 days, "3 days coming, 3 days with you and 3 days going." I take zinc 50 mg twice daily at the first signs of a cold and I believe it significantly reduces the time it takes to leave me. Don't take zinc on an empty stomach as you will get terrible nausea. ...Read more
Back pain left side: Need musculoskeletal exam. Two major structures that commonly cause this-1) iliolumbar ligament or 2)attachment of major extensor muscle (quadratus lumborum) at sacrum (enthesiopathies)3) myotonic point in overused muscle. Usually localized. May respond massage, manipulation or needling. Common cause is rotating lower back during lift or abnormal position while working. Physical therapists. ...Read more
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more
Yes, if...: You have hit puberty and are physically growing. This is the best time in your life to lift weights, since you have the confluence of naturally high growth hormone and rising testosterone. If you do not lift now, you can never catch up with the gains you'l make later! But, never lift heavy alone! ...Read more
Depends on meaning: The idea of a lifting weights implies something different to different people. The AAP & certified trainer groups recommend no power lifting until the final stage of physical maturity. Cardio workouts (like soccer, jogging) are proper anytime as is instruction in proper weight training by a knowledgeable trainer ...Read more