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Tests done are negative but still have severe back pain, nausea, sweating CT scans, x-rays, 2 biopsies done for Crohn's & colitis. I'm 37 female?
IBD: Several types of inflammatory bowel disease also have associated spine problems. Though you've had x-rays, if there is concern for ibd, other tests, such as mri, can be helpful in looking for spine problems in patients with ibd. This would be a good topic for discussion with your personal physician. ...Read more
Does a gastroenterologist perform anorectal manometry? Are there any other doctors that perform this diagnostic test?
INTERMITTENT SWOLLEN NODES, MUSC FATIGUE x 8 yrs. HIV NEG. NO ABNORMAL TESTS. DOCS NOT FINDING ANYTHING. SUGGESTIONS?
There are other: things that can cause swollen lymph nodes. CMV, Epstein barr virus (EBV) which causes mononucleosis, lymphoma, leukemia, Hepatitis B or C are a small sample of those things. Also tropical diseases and parasites. You should ask your healthcare provider if these things need to be tested. ...Read more
What are some differential diagnoses for chronic migraines? Neither my pcp nor neurologist have discussed other diagnoses. Any lab tests to do?
Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc
Please see your: Doc. You may have a prostate infection or systemic infection. The weight loss and fatigue need to be addressed also. A thorough exam will tell you a lot if you tell the doc everything. Peace and good health. ...Read more
After neurological examination,specialist said I'm surely narcoleptic.suggested polisomnogram + test mst. Are these tests necessary to make diagnosis?
In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons
Symptom: constant not sharp pain in ovaries 2 months.
Done: pap smear, ultrasound, blood and urine basic analyses. No diagnoses.
What could it be?
Lower abdominal pain: Has gastrointestinal causes been addressed? Might consider CT of abdomen/pelvis ,virtual or regular colonoscopy. If you have had prior surgeries adhesions can be a cause. Sometimes vaginal infections with mycoplasma/ ureoplasma /BV/even strep can cause significant discomfort . Treatment with Zithromax/ or doxycycline and Flagyl may alleviate the discomfort from that cause and may be diagnostic. ...Read more
I'm 21, female, with left pelvic pain for 8 months, clear abdominal ultrasound, no other tests performed. What tests should I request from my doctor?
Pelvic pain: Complete history and ohysical exam including pelvic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, rectal exam, neurologic and sensory. Consider trial of pain medications, oral contraceptives or other hormonal therapies. If pain persists then consider minimally invasive surgery like laparosocopy. ...Read more
Is their any other tests to get diagnosis for my case after positive ANA test, leukocytosis, sever joint pain and itchy skin patches ?
Positive ana: There are many other tests that can help confirm a diagnosis. Additional blood tests to determine the exact antibody that is causing the positive ANA should be done. A skin biopsy may be indicated. It is possible that your doctor has already arrived at a diagnosis from your constellation of symptoms. ...Read more
Have lupus symptoms, but ANA is negative. Are symptoms enough to diagnose? joint pain, skin discoloration, numbness in toes, insomnia, family history
In medical examination of visa interview are there any chances for drug users to be identified? Medical
No : Drug test not included in medical exam, but doctor may ask you about using drugs. ...Read more
My urologist has suggested i undergo a cystoscopy exam. Ecography and cystological exams have been negative. Are there serious risks with this test?
Feeling unwell for 6 mos now w/ neck pain but neg in HIV & normal CBC. What other screening tests I can undergo to rule out diseases & pinpoint cause?
Can perineum-urethral pain be symptoms of prostatitis, even when digital rec. exam, ultrasnd with urinalysis show nothing. What tests 4 confirmation?
2 vs 4 glass test: Urinalysis is not a 'gold standard' for prostatitis - the 2 and 4 glass test is very useful, and measures urinary bacteria levels from 4 points during a single voided specimen 1) first urine =urethral 2) second urine = bladder 3) post- prostate massage urine = prostatic sample, and 4) second post-prostate massage urine = prostatic sample ...Read more
Enlarged lymph node for almost 4 years. Difficult for doctors to feel. Painful mainly at night, chest x-r, blood test, ultrasound neg. Ideas?
Probably nothing: If it's been ther for 4 yrs. Where is it? ...Read more
I have a painful lump on my left cheek bone. I have chronic medical issues with my thyroid (which was radiated because od graves disease) recently i was put on prescription vit d because a blood tests showed my vit d (at a 12). Over the last year i jave b
Combination of tests: Diverticulitis is inflammation of small sacs (diverticula) in the large intestine. Clinical symptoms including right lower quadrant pain, sometimes associated with fever. Tests might show an elevated white blood count, ct scan showing inflammation of the colon. Colonoscopy is generally not recommended during acute phase of diverticulitis. Severe symptoms or worsening symptoms may require or. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tolerable discomfort: Emg and nerve conduction studies are typically performed together. Nerve conduction studies feel like a short electrical impulse and are, in a word, annoying. Several nerves are tested. Emg involves placing a fine wire pin into various muscles-- the pin is about the size of an acupuncture needle and feels like an insect bite-- not as bad as a shot, iv, or blood draw. Several muscles are tested. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Testing Anxiety: No. But there are verbal and written tests that a good psychotherapist may offer to diagnose. But, family physicians, internal medicine docs and the mental health professionals can diagnose this often without any formal testing. There are options to learn and ways to get better. You just need to reach out and ask for help. ...Read more
HCG drops: Just like after a miscarriage or a d;c, blood levels of HCG have to drop to zero first. The higher it started the longer generally for it to come down. Unfortunately some abortions, like miscarriages, are also incomplete. This is something to talk with your real live doctor about. ...Read more
See below: Not unless you are having symptoms as you may test false positive in light of your family history. Hope that helps. ...Read more
EGD: Your gold standard test in this regard would be the EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) in which a GI doctor puts a camera down your throat while you're under sedation and looks for things like hiatal hernia (causes reflux), ulcers, gastritis and duodenitis. Reflux (esophagitis) doesn't have to burn to cause damage to the esophagus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated subject: The reason tests r ordered r varied. Unfortunately not every test is absolutely needed.Often it's part of an appropriate medical eval. Other times, it's b/c a pt wants it even if the doc doesn't. Other times it's b/c a doc is worried about missing something rare & orders extra tests. These aren't all good reasons, but in our health care system, it's reality. 1 answer: good communication w/ ur doc. ...Read more
Unable to access old medical records. Should I do all the old tests over again? Seems ridiculous to me.
Not ridiculous: I as the patient am not the same as i was a year ago or ten years ago. The body is changing regularly. By no means wasteful. ...Read more
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