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Whats a differential diagnosis?

Whats a differential diagnosis?

Differential diag.: A differential diagnosis is compiling all of the signs and symtoms of a disease that the patient presents with and arriving at the possibilites of what may be their illness. Each possible diagnosis is either ruled in or ruled out based on findings upon physical exam, laboratory tests, xrays, ct scans, mri, etc. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

RLQ Pain: Long list including diverticulitis, crohn's disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, cholecystitis(gallbladder), ovarian cyst or twisted ovary, colon cancer, kidney stone, perforated ulcer, pancreatitis, bacterial infection and urinary tract infection to name a few. ...Read more

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Cancer symptoms mistaken for pregnancy symptoms?

Cancer symptoms mistaken for pregnancy symptoms?

No: The cancer symptoms depend to type of cancer and location, and is not mistaken for pregnancy ...Read more

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Whats standard infectious workup post POTS diagnosis? Does typical workup include Lyme disease testing? ,

Whats standard infectious workup post POTS diagnosis? Does typical workup include Lyme disease testing?
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Yes: Lyme can cause autonomic dysfunction including POTS- good idea to get tested for lyme and its coinfections such as bartonella, mycoplasma, erhlichia, anaplasma, babesia and rocky mountain spotted fever which are all tick borne infections ...Read more

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Definitive diagnosis of pudnedal neuralgia?

Definitive diagnosis of pudnedal neuralgia?

Neurology consult: A definitive diagnosis will require definitive evaluation. For a neurologic complaint, a neurologist is the best bet. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hypothyrodism symptom and treatment?

Hypothyrodism symptom and treatment?

Hypothyroidism: Low thyroid results in depression, weight gain, dry skin, sluggish muscles, hair loss, and fatigue. It is easy to treat with replacement thyroid hormone and easy to get to normal and to stay there. ...Read more

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What tests can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome?

What tests can diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome?

None: There are no tests to diagnosis cfs but there are tests that can diagnose other diseases that can mimic the symptoms of cfs. Have a doctor evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unexplained symptoms like ovarian cancer and no diagnosis?

Unclear questions: Ovrian cancer usually does not casuse any specific symptoms, at least in early stages. What are your symptoms? What work-up was done for diagnosis? Could the symptoms be due to GI causes? ...Read more

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What is your views on diagnosis/ treatment for late stage (untreated) Lyme disease? Have had symptoms 5yrs and now getting Diagnosis. Thoughts on it?

What is your views on diagnosis/ treatment for late stage (untreated) Lyme disease? Have had symptoms 5yrs and now getting Diagnosis. Thoughts on it?

Make: sure diagnosis is correct as many confuse results in Western Blot. Chronic symptoms could include non-infectious arthritis that could be treated similarly to RA. ...Read more

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Best way to diagnose an autoimmune disease. I have all classic symptoms pain, low, fever, extreme weakness, ck level 1700 problems swallowing. ?

Best way to diagnose an autoimmune disease. I have all classic symptoms pain, low, fever, extreme weakness, ck level 1700 problems swallowing. ?

See a rheumatologist: Auto-immune disorders can be difficult to diagnose. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to see if reference to a rheumatologist is warranted. Diagnosis requires history, physical examination, lab tests and expertise to interpret the results. ...Read more

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Is a diagnosis of Crohn's disease accurate without biopsy?

Crohn's: it is not completely possible to diagnose Crohn's without biopsy. ...Read more

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How is nonspecific urethritis diagnosed?

How is nonspecific urethritis diagnosed?

NSU/NGU is diagnosed: By excluding possible causes: gonorrhea, other std's, excessive alcohol or caffeine, allergy to soaps or detergents. In majority of cases, cause is std like chlamydia, trichomonas, or herpes. Testing is done via urine or a specimen swabbed from the end of the urethra. ...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

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Questioning UTI symptoms or possible early pregnancy symptoms ?

Questioning UTI symptoms or possible early pregnancy symptoms
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Take HPT to know.: pregnancy - may have breast swelling & tenderness, food aversions, nausea. Other sx's that occur in pregnancy include: darkened areolas, thin, white & milky vaginal discharge, fatigue, ^ urination frequency, constipation, bloating, heartburn, backache, cramping, headache, food cravings, ^ sense of smell, enlarged waist, feeling faint/dizzy, mood swings,^ gas, insomnia, gagging & yawning. ...Read more

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What blood tests can help diagnose paraneoplastic syndrome?

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What blood tests can help diagnose paraneoplastic syndrome?

Serum Ab: It is a clinical diagnosis. But detection of some well characterized paraneoplastic antibodies in serum or CSF can be helpful. For example, anti-hu (encephalomylitis/sclc), anti-yo (cerebellar degeneration/breast or gyn cancer), anti-calcium channel (lambert-eaton syndrome), etc. Of note, negative antibody does not exclude the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you test for partial seizures/seizures? Is it accurate? Would a brain CT reveal a answer? Noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

How do you test for partial seizures/seizures?  Is it accurate? Would a brain CT reveal a answer? Noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

Excellent question: To identify partial seizures, whether simple or complex, we need to catch them on an EEG, an electroencephalograph - video 72 hr telemetry. 1-hr EEGs are close to useless. A CT/MRI/PET may identify a lesion responsible for the seizure activity, or other pathology associated with seizure disorders. If you need EEG, ask if the doc wants to wean you off of the benzo which blunts seizure activity. ...Read more

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After wrong diagnosis of UTI symptoms of nausea , colicky tummy persist. Doc thinks its bowel infection. How can you treat this and accurately diagnos?

After wrong diagnosis of UTI symptoms of nausea , colicky tummy persist. Doc thinks its bowel infection. How can you treat this and accurately diagnos?

More info needed: To help you, your doctor needs to process information form history, physical exam and appropriate testing. The diagnosis can be elusive, even with lots of tests. Best to sit down with your doctor and review all information gathered, and ask the doctor to explain the possibilities. ...Read more

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What symtoms do musculoskeletal conditions manifest?

What symtoms do musculoskeletal conditions manifest?

Pain, tightness...: Pain, muscle tightness and/or spasms, limited range of motion, fatigue and weakness. ...Read more