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If I plan to get my medical tests done over vacation, will I need to go back for more for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy? I want to wrap this up in one week if possible.
Yes, lifelong: Lifelong follow-up is required. It is a condition in which the heart muscle is thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. It is commonly inherited, first degree relatives should be screened. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms at all. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't have a clue!: This is the public HT site that features volunteer docs/dentists/psychologists based primarily in the US. We offer to answer questions when you describe a related problem. We have no access to or information about local healthcare systems around the world where the site is seen. You need to contact your health plan directly for such questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I plan to get my medical tests done over vacation, will I need to go back for more for coughing up blood? I want to wrap this up in one week if possible.
You can't rush this: If you are coughing up blood, you may need anything from simple reassurance, to significant tests up to and including surgery, depending upon your age, risk factors (smoking), and the appearance of a chest x-ray. Sometimes addressing health concerns has to displace other priorities, because if they don't now, they most certainly will later on. I hope you are better soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I plan to get my medical tests done over vacation, will I need to go back for more for nasopharyngeal carcinoma? I want to wrap this up in one week if possible.
Rethink this: Nasopharyngeal cancer is probably going to involve a rather protracted course of therapy that may involve in addition to testing, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. This is something you need to make time for to try to ensure you have a chance to have time in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tb prophylaxis hello I am a 31 yr female from india. I just tested positive for quantiferon TB test . I am applying for medical residency this year and plan to get pregnant this august so can't take inh for 9 months . I have been diagnosed with Lyme for
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
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
I have a medical fetish and wish to have every machine used on me and have every kind of tests and exams done?
See psychiatrist: Having unnecessary tests is not a hood idea. See a psychiatrist to work through this issue. ...Read more