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Can Diamox (acetazolamide) suppress altitude sickness symptoms? Took it & had minor altitude sickness symptoms. After 1 day of returning home vomited for 2wks. -10+lb

Can Diamox (acetazolamide) suppress altitude sickness symptoms? Took it & had minor altitude sickness symptoms. After 1 day of returning home vomited for 2wks. -10+lb

Vominting for 2 wks: Yes Diamox (acetazolamide) is sometimes used to prevent altitude sickness. Vomiting for two weeks does not sound like altitude sickness. It sounds more like infection. Better see your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Morning Sickness (Definition)

When pregnant women feel nauseous, typically in the first trimester (first ...Read more


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17 weeks pregnant, horrible shaky hands and upset somach. Bs is 85- should it run higher while pregnant? I'm having major issues with hypoglycemia symptoms.

17 weeks pregnant, horrible shaky hands and upset somach. Bs is 85- should it run higher while pregnant? I'm having major issues with hypoglycemia symptoms.

Other issues: I wouldn't assume your symptoms have anything to do with hypoglycemia if the low you document is 85. Below 60/50 yes, but if you are doing the test correctly an 85 is well within the normal range. Symptoms at this level may reflect other issues with your system that deserve an evaluation. ...Read more

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Went 3 days with serotonin syndrome before quitting. Only mild symptoms like nausea, loss of appetite, muscle pain, fatigue. Risk of being permanent?

Went 3 days with serotonin syndrome before quitting. Only mild symptoms like nausea, loss of appetite, muscle pain, fatigue. Risk of being permanent?

Close to no chance: The effects usually pass in a day - certainly a few days. But do talk w/ the Dr(s) involved in the situation. The one(s) who prescribed the medication(s) and directed you to stop. They need to know to be responsible to you for getting the best treatment. Hang in there - you'll be ok. Best! ...Read more

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Is high hCG in early pregnancy (5-6 weeks) and indicator of down syndrome?

Is high hCG in early pregnancy (5-6 weeks) and indicator of down syndrome?

Discuss w/ Dr.: How high? What specifics? Discuss these concerns w/ your OBGYN. I've heard that the increased risk is specifically about a small portion of the hCG called the beta subunit. If that is high, they consider it an increased risk for Down Syndrome. It's not so much a concern early in pregnancy - they usually test for this between 15-18 weeks and it's part of the quad-screening test. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have cortisol surge during sleep, causing slightly higher morning gluc level then bedtime level? Typical: morning ~ 98, bedtime ~83.

Is it normal to have cortisol surge during sleep, causing slightly higher morning gluc level then bedtime level?  Typical:  morning ~ 98, bedtime ~83.

"Dawn phenomenon": Hi. Yes, cortisol begins to rise in the wee hours of the morning and is part of what leads to the "dawn phenomenon", the rise in glucose often seen beginning before awakening. I hate to assume, but assume you're diabetic or you wouldn't be checking your sugars. Based on your bedtime and morning sugars, at least, your diabetes looks very well controlled! ...Read more

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Can levothyroxine worsen morning sickness and affect blood pressure in early pregnancy?

Can levothyroxine worsen morning sickness and affect blood pressure in early pregnancy?

No: Hi. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Levothyroxine will not adversely affect morning sickness or blood pressure early in pregnancy, especially assuming the dose is correct and you have normal thyroid function. Make sure your gyn is aware of your high blood pressure; that will need to be monitored. Certain blood pressure medicines can and others cannot be used in pregnancy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you develop morning sickness in the second trimester having not had any in the first? I'm nauseous after eating breakfast. I'm 17w4d

Can you develop morning sickness in the second trimester having not had any in the first? I'm nauseous after eating breakfast. I'm 17w4d

Not the same: It is very common for women to have morning sickness in the first trimester. If you did not have it, then you were lucky. For women who seem to develop it later, it is likely for other reasons. The most common, particularly with the association of food, is reflux related problems. This can easily be treated with daily antacid medications - talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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What increased my daughter's risk for premenstrual syndrome (pms)?

What increased my daughter's risk for premenstrual syndrome (pms)?

Unclear: Pmdd is thought to be related to the drop in estrogen that occurs at the end of the menstrual cycle. These estrogen levels tend not to drop as much during the first few years when females start cycling. As time goes on, the drop can become more significant and symptoms develop. We are not aware of any other factors that increase risk. ...Read more

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Does Down syndrome increase your risk for leukemia?

Does Down syndrome increase your risk for leukemia?

Yes: Down syndrome unfortunately leads to an increased risk of acute myeloid (especially megakaryocytic) and acute lymphocytic leukemias. The risk of acute leukemia in the first 5 years of life is 56x higher than non-downs kids and overall, 1 in 150 downs patients develop leukemia. ...Read more

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I've been waking up at night with high blood pressure spikes, feeling extremely lightheaded and horrible. I'm okay during the day. What causes this?

I've been waking up at night with high blood pressure spikes, feeling extremely lightheaded and horrible. I'm okay during the day. What causes this?

Circadian rhythm: Is the normal (about 24 hours) rhythm of the brain that is controlled by the night/day cycle. During part of each 90 minute sleep cycle we have about 10 minutes of rem or active sleep when the autonomic nervous system (ans)(automatic) becomes active. Your ANS activity is exaggerated and unbalanced and the commonest cause is poor diet, especially all that sugar and sweeteners if it applies to you. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake up with stomach cramps accompanied by nausea. J have elevated my bed and eat dinner early. Yet the problem persists.?

Every morning I wake up with stomach cramps accompanied by nausea.  J have elevated my bed and eat dinner early. Yet the problem persists.?

Many variables: Sometimes this could be acid reflux. But often nausea is a sign of a metabolic problem like diabetes or hypercalcemia. If the problem persists you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Elderly grandma takes quetiapine 12.5 mg at night. She has uncontrolled facial movements, early morning waking and increased anxiety. Change meds?

Elderly grandma takes quetiapine 12.5 mg at night. She has uncontrolled facial movements, early morning waking and increased anxiety. Change meds?

Facial tics: Your grand mother should be re evaluated as her condition may be secondary to medications or may be a new illness. She should be examined by her doctor and medication changed if necessary. ...Read more

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Crawling feeling in my legs worst during day. Exercise, walking makes it much worse. I'm tired of having to lay down all day& turning/ tossing in bed ?

Crawling feeling in my legs worst during day. Exercise, walking makes it much worse. I'm tired of having to lay down all day& turning/ tossing in bed
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Poss from back: even though the pains are in your legs, it may be coming from your back as nerve compression. Changes in position are typical of nerve pain arising from the spine. See a spine specialist ...Read more

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Took allergy meds earlier, half glass alcoholic cider, 1 soma (carisoprodol). Cant sleep, woke up with diarrhea throat tightness. Risk of respiratory concern?

Took allergy meds earlier, half glass alcoholic cider, 1 soma (carisoprodol). Cant sleep, woke up with diarrhea throat tightness. Risk of respiratory concern?

The dangerous trio: If you are taking soma, (carisoprodol) allergy meds and consume alcohol, then you should understand the effects of mixing the three. When these substances are combined the effect is compounded. The symptoms could be seizures, drowsiness, dizziness respiratory problems, GI problem and even death. If you feel that you are addicted to Soma (carisoprodol) and alcohol, call your doctor. The help is available ...Read more

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Gluc levels consistently rise from mid 80/low 90s at bed time & while checking in middle of sleep cycle, to 100-110 when I wake up. Health risk?

Gluc levels consistently rise from mid 80/low 90s at bed time & while checking in middle of sleep cycle, to 100-110 when I wake up.  Health risk?

Fasting glucose 110: Fasting glucose at 110 indicates an evolving glucose metabolic problem. This value itself is not a health risk but it may herald a more overt glucose metabolic problem that will evolve; you can thwart this with diet change, more exercise, achieving ideal weight; become aware of glycemic index of foods, eat low glycemic index foods; avoid saturated fats; it is good to be concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic Chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more