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Why is tonsillitis the diagnosis and not the symptom?

Why is tonsillitis the diagnosis and not the symptom?

Dx vs symptom: A symptom describes how something feels. For instance for a diagnosis of tonsilitis the symptoms may be pain, difficulty swallowing, swelling etc. ...Read more

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Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Possibly: Although salt craving is a symptom of addisons disease, most people who crave salt do not have this disorder, as it is very rare. Major symptoms of addisons also include loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, lightheadedness when standing due to low blood pressure, skin darkening. If addisons disease is suspected, the diagnosis should be confirmed by an endocrinologist before starting medication. ...Read more

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Help please! is delusional psychosis just a symptom of mental illness or is it a diagnosis?

Help please! is delusional psychosis just a symptom of mental illness or is it a diagnosis?

Psychosis: Delusional psychosis is a redundant term. Psychosis include hallucinations and/ or delusions. There are many forms of psychoses depending on the type of symptoms, length and severity of them, and the age group affected. All those elements are considered to reach a diagnosis in particular, and to determine the different etiologies, or causes, of the illness. ...Read more

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Is adult onset bed wetting a diagnosis of its own? Or is it usually a symptom of something else?

Is adult onset bed wetting a diagnosis of its own? Or is it usually a symptom of something else?

Something else: Adult onset bed wetting is not a diagnosis- it is urinary incontinence and totally different from chiildhood "bed wetting." the perons doing this should see a urologist to discover the cause (there are several possible causes). ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with hpv. Andi'm noticing skin tags around my neck i didn't have before. Is this a symptom?

Recently diagnosis with hpv. Andi'm noticing skin tags around my neck i didn't have before. Is this a symptom?

NO….: There is no relationship between hpv and skin tags on you neck, arms, or under your breasts (most common places to get skin tags). ...Read more

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Neuro docs, please someone read my guillain barre syndrome symptom description & please advise what your thoughts are on possible diagnosis-thank you!

Neuro docs, please someone read my guillain barre syndrome symptom description & please advise what your thoughts are on possible diagnosis-thank you!

Response: Not clear to me why you have "muscle weakness", and your information does not indicate why you wonder about Guillain-Barre. This is far better handled by reviewing your medical profile, which can be done via an INBOX consult or a Concierge virtual visit. ...Read more

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Is depression a common symptom before the diagnosis of colonel cancer? I am asking for my dad.

Is depression a common symptom before the diagnosis of colonel cancer? I am asking for my dad.

Not particularly: Any condition that causes pain, concern, yucky symptoms can make a person of any age unhappy. Older folk maybe more so. If it's raised ?s about such a BIG name disease, that can be depressing. But, the lesions or tumors themselves don't have that symptom. He should have exam and colonscopy if indicated ASAP. It may reassure him! Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does a rheumatologist treat patients with nerve pain? What type of specialist would help to make a diagnosis that involves this symptom?

Does a rheumatologist treat patients with nerve pain? What type of specialist would help to make a diagnosis that involves this symptom?

See a neurologist: A neurologist can assist you in diagnosing nerve disorders. A physiatrist can also be helpful in diagnosis of nerve disorders as many of them perform emgs, a diagnostic test for neuropathies. ...Read more

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Possible pcos diagnosis, 1 symptom experiencing is severe hb, alleviated thru vomit, small traces of blood shld i be worried?

Possible pcos diagnosis, 1 symptom experiencing is severe hb, alleviated thru vomit, small traces of blood shld i be worried?

Not sure: I do not know what 'hb' is so you would have to elaborate. Given the nausea and vomiting you need to check a pregnancy test. In patients with excessive vomiting, yes there can be blood related to trauma to the esophagus, but your question should be re-worded. ...Read more