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Vacation Trouble Going
Not strange: Many people are inhibited in bathroom use away from their home. ...Read more
More fluids: More often than not, most people drink inadequate fluids and/or consume excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic that actually dehydrates you and therefore is not a good fluid to keep your stools soft and passing regularly. I recommend 80 to 100 ounces of non caffeinated/non alcoholic fluid every day, more if you excecise or travel by plane frequently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm having trouble getting a good nights sleep. Are there any foods I should avoid before going to bed?
Insomnia: Generally, no late snacking.Get a more detailed answer ›
Pain in my head after getting hit. Afraid to be seen or boyfriend might get in trouble. Where should I go?
E.R. for Rx: You may have a hidden injury with a blood clot that may need immediate treatment.(sub-dural hematoma). Find the number for the battered women's center in your area and call them for advice." lose" the boyfriend as any man who lays his hands on a woman will do it again, and it is a "disfellowshiping offense" in a relationship. ...Read more
I need to go to the emergency room but I am worried because I have drugs in my system, will i get in any trouble?
Emergencies: Please do not let your worries interfere with your health. There is only negative consequences if you wait. If the drugs are part of the problem the er team should, in an open and honest and frank way, discuss this with you. You would be wise to be open up front about anything you have taken. There should be no negative consequence to the truth for your health care or your life. ...Read more
I'm having trouble with getting intimacy (physically) with person I love, I'd even rather avoid it! What is going on, or what can I do?
Speaking of love: Young love is such a tender delicate thing for some. Intense sexual drive has often been stronger in young men - even w/o the tender part. Not all, but more young women (16 is young!), feel conflicted about sex for lots of possible reasons. Try to tell him how you feel - not to take it as rejection and that you may just need time. Don't worry that there's something wrong w/ either of you. Best! ...Read more
I'm 27 years old and use to weight 143 and now I'm 115. I'm trying to go back to 143 but I'm having trouble gaining weight what can I do?
Several things: First you want to make sure you've had a reasonable medical evaluation to rule out concerning reasons for weight loss/inability to gain weight. If that's not remarkable, it means that you will have to take a two pronged effort at weight gain. It should focus on eating high quality calorically dense food(including health fats, not junk food) and remaining active but not excessively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter has been having trouble keeping food in her, goes right thru everytime she eats, shes 24 years old...Its been going on 6 months..Help?
Dr. Should Evaluate: There are many causes of diarrhea in young people. They include infection of the GI tract, inflammatory bowel disease (like crohn's and ulcerative colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, and more. She should consider seeing a physician for a full history and physical to evaluate the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had trouble with nightmares since i was a child, used to be same ones recurring. Now i'm 27 and sometimes go a week with nothing but nightmares. Help!
Talk Therapy: I hate to consider the thought, but things like this make me worry that you might have had some type of childhood trauma that your brain is trying to deal with. If your head is making you re-live bad things that happened to you when you were young, it could be the normal human way of figuring out unresolved conflicts. Find a therapist who can talk you through some possibilities or ways to respond. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Help!my little sister is trying to use a tampon for the first time. She's having trouble . . . Well . . . Finding where it goes. Advice i can give her?
Teaching the young: This is not a normal question for a doctor. Usually mothers or older siblings teach the younger females the standard ways that periods are managed. I am surprised you did not just help her as her older sister? ...Read more
Initial insomnia: What you have is referred to as initial insomnia. It is where you have difficulty falling asleep. Simple everyday worries can cause this problem as can psychiatric conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Practice sleep hygiene. Please see anyone of dr. Heidi fowlers excellent reviews of this topic on this healthtap website. If this becomes persistent see a sleep psychologist first and try cbt or over-the-counter melatonin taken approximately two hours before desired sleep time.If it becomes chronic see a sleep disorder specialist or a psychiatrist.Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potential emergency : Although i don't have any other details of your current symptoms, being unable to urinate fully can lead to urinary retention and subsequent kidney dysfunction or infection. That being said, utis can manifest with frequent urination and incomplete emptying. I advise seeing your doctor as soon as possible. It would also be a good idea to monitor your urine output and observe the character of urine. ...Read more
Slowly: slowly. --- maybe 102 pounds a week by eating right- making good choices, portion control and increased activity and a healthy lifestyle. Try to do aerobic exercise, most days of the week for up to an hour. It is very important to eat from all the food groups, but to eat in moderation, with control of portion and a good balance. Vegetables are high in nutrients and low in calories, and can help ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Always something : There is almost always some contagious disease going around. Much depends on the season and the region of the country you live in. Some studies have shown that the average adult gets 12-18 viral infections per year, and the average child getting 18-24 per year. Most of these infections occur in or around the winter season. See your doctor if you don't improve or notice worsening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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