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I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?
Really?: That's a tricky diagnosis for any entity that has not seen or examined you. The symptoms of hocm are quite common (breathlessness, chest discomfort, palpitations) as are the signs. If hocm is even a remote possibility, you best be seen by a cardiologist to confirm (or more likely, deny) the diagnosis by physical examination and an echocardiogram with/without physiologic maneuvers (he'll know!). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been diagnosed with a chest infection, however the symptoms on a medical website symptom checker suggest pneumonia. Can you help with please?
I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have bird flu. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?
Fever, chills, cough: The symptoms for influenza are fairly nonspecific - fever, chills, muscle aches and cough to start... And can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. If you are concerned and sick enough, go to your physician and get checked. If you are very ill, go to an ED and tell them what is going on; but either have an ambulance take you or a friend take you. Driving sick is worse than driving drunk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do I have inhalation anthrax? I was on webmd symptom checker it says I have it I have a scratchy throat mild fever of99.5 & slight shortness of breath
Walter Mitty?: A goal without a plan is a daydream; however many of us daydream as an escape from anxiety and depression. It is usually a normal, healthy escape to daydream on occasion and it is good to have time to yourself. If it feels as if others are telling you what to do in these daydreams, it may be a sign of a mood disorder known as schizophrenia. It is always best to talk to your personal physician. ...Read more
Complex: Bulimia nervosa is a complex illness that can have very serious consequences. In short, it is a condition where a person eats, commonly binge eats large amounts of food with a sense of no control over the food intake, and then engages in compensatory mechanisms to try to eliminate that food from their body. The effects of bulimia can range from metabolic problems, to organ damage to tooth decay. ...Read more
Complete Examination: ADHD/ADD is common, and many people who think they have it will benefit from treatment. However, interestingly, more than 1/2 of adults with ADHD will have a 2nd mental health issue. So if you think you have ADHD, find a trained, experienced provider and expect a thorough, comprehensive evaluation to check for this and other possible causes of your problems, including other medical problems. ...Read more
Leg Pain: Claudication from the latin "claudus, " or "to limp, " refers to a symptom of peripheral arterial disease (pad) which generally is described as a cramp or a tightness, most commonly of the calf muscles, with walking the same distance everytime. See a vascular surgeon who can further test for pad and discuss with you treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High Potassium: This is defined as a serum potassium level above 5.5 meq/l. The danger is in changing the resting membrane potential of the heart muscle cells, making them more easily excitable. This makes arrhythmias more likely. This is unlikely to happen unless the potassium is > 6.5 meq/l. The heart may skip beats or transition into a lethal rhythm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hemmorhoids: Many people present with piles and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems that your doctor can help There are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help these common problems.Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well It is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with ruling out other causes ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer