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Doctor insights on: My Father Has Advanced Lyme Disease What Should I Tell Him

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cushing disease. What should I tell my children?

Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cushing disease. What should I tell my children?

Rarley hereditary.: Usually due to a small mass in the pituitary gland in the brain that screats high level of special hormone that increase the production of cortisol from the adrenal glands. It cause multiple problems it increase weight , blood glucose , blood pressure causes osteoporosis. It is rarely hereditary and should not worry the kids that they may get it. ...Read more

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My father has been diagnosed with prediabetes.He is 47 years old.I need a doctor to explain what precautions my father should take.And what it is exac?

My father has been diagnosed with prediabetes.He is 47 years old.I need a doctor to explain what precautions my father should take.And what it is exac?

Prediabetic diet.: The diet for prediabetes includes fiber (35 grams daily for females, 50 grams for men). Smaller more frequent meals is the rule as well. Eat five or six times daily, dividing the fiber amongst the meals evenly. Low fat, low cholesterol, rich in fruits and vegetables and lean protein sources. Supplementing cinnamon and chromium could help control the bloody sugars, too. ...Read more

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My best friend has Lyme disease, i'm scared for him. What is the normal prognosis?

It depends: It really depends on the stage of the lyme disease. For instance, significant heart or nervous system involvement is much more severe than primary lyme disease. All stages are treated with antibiotics. Some issues require additional treatment. ...Read more

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My son has sickle cell disease ss how should I tell him and at what age?

My son has sickle cell disease ss how should I tell him and at what age?

Only you know best: Sickle cell (ss) disease is going to be something you and your family will be dealing with for a very long time. Only you can judge when your child is ready to understand about his disease. 2 books that might help are "sickle a cell disease: a mother's perspective" (lipscomb) and "taking my medicine" (egypt harvey). ...Read more

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My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...Read more

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My father has lymphoma. What can you tell me about this disease?

My father has lymphoma. What can you tell me about this disease?

Lymph gland tumor: Malignancy developing in lymph glands. The most common cause is the LTR of the MMTV virus entering the Wnt-1 gene of the WBC to turn on B-catenin. The tumor is treated with CHOPP chemo but results can be enhanced when targeting the CD-20 on the lymphocyte that improves survival to nearly 90%. In localized areas it can be treated with RT. ...Read more

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My mother has coronary artery disease. What should I tell her?

My mother has coronary artery disease. What should I tell her?

Good options: Eat healthy, exercise regularly per doctor's direction, quit smoking, take medications needed to treat angina, cholesterol and blood pressure and aspirin. Your cardiologist may recommend a stent or bypass surgery based upon severity of the disease. Reassure your mother that a lot can be done to treat her condition. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mother is 82years old she has lymphoma cancer stage 4 how long you think she has to live?

What do you suggest if my mother is 82years old she has lymphoma cancer stage 4 how long you think she has to live?

Type is important: Some lymphomas are more easily treatable than others; unlike most cancers, stage IV in lymphoma does not mean it is incurable. There are many good treatments for lymphomas that can allow your mother's life expectancy not to be limited by the lymphoma. Find out what type of lymphoma and discuss it further with her physician. ...Read more

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My mum has huntingtons disease, What can she do?

My mum has huntingtons disease, What can she do?

Research project: We do have some medications to treat the chorea, but the emotional and cognitive issues are far more difficult, and a cure is not available. But many research drugs are being studied. You are near several excellent medical schools, so contact Dept of Neurology, and see if a project fits your Mum's situation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis, what does this mean for her and my family?

What do you suggest if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis, what does this mean for her and my family?

Rough disease: There are several dozen subtypes. She needs to find out the cause, whether it's one of the hereditary kinds, and whether she might be a candidate for marrow transplant. ...Read more

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My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

Mostly curable: There are two main types of lymphoma, hodgkins and non hodgkins. Most of them are highly curable and treatment mostly consists of chemotherapy and radiation. The exact prognosis depends on the stage, the pathology and size of lymphoma. For most cases we can be optimistic about outcome. ...Read more

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Girlfriend is really upset her kid has rheumatic heart disease. What can I tell her about it?

Girlfriend is really upset her kid has rheumatic heart disease. What can I tell her about it?

Have pediatrician: She needs to understand prevention of repetitive strep throats, the possible development of a need for future heart surgery, the possible development of heart valve infection and the possible need for prophylactic antibiotics when having dental work, etc. The best thing would be to have a pediatrician or family practitioner explain these things to your girlfriend. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mum has huntingtons disease, what are her rights?

Rights?: Need clarification. Is this related to medical or legal rights? ...Read more

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My brother has adult chronic leukemia. What should I tell him?

My brother has adult chronic leukemia. What should I tell him?

See your doctor: Are you your brother's doctor? It is a subject he should take up with his doctor. Leukemia is a serious though often treatable illness and he should see his doctor asap. ...Read more

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My sister has heart failure. What should I tell her?

My sister has heart failure. What should I tell her?

Cause and drugs: She needs to know what caused her heart failure first, then there are medications that can help in alevating her symptoms. ...Read more

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My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

My mother has rheumatoid arthritis. What kind of exercise she should do to treat her disease?

see details: It depends somewhat on the joints involved and the severity of the disease activity. The specifics are best discussed with her rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My grandfather has advanced stage lungs cancer. What can I do to help him?

My grandfather has advanced stage lungs cancer. What can I do to help him?

Be there for him: I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. I can't over emphasize importance of "Be there for him." Let him know that you care. Spend time w/him. Listen to him. Ask him what he wants. Any goals? Events to experience? Does he want more surgery? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Or would he rather focus on care rather than cure eg hospice. Help him complete advance care directives. http://goo.gl/XJUEGK ...Read more