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My niece was diagnosed with hashimoto's disease. She feels very sick all the time. Is this disease serious. Is there an alternative to the meds.

My niece was diagnosed with hashimoto's disease.  She feels very sick all the time.  Is this disease serious.  Is there an alternative to the meds.

?: If her hashimoto has been properly treated and she is now on the right thyroid dose, she has another illness causing her to be sick. Get her thyroid and TSH level checked. ...Read more

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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

You : Can live a full life without issues with hep c. Eat healthy exercise and avoid all liver toxins and you can keep the hepatitis dormant. So talk to your doctor about the correct lifestyle changes and the different things you can do to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I would like help. affected by rubella virus disease. is there any treatment for it. if so say where the treatment is?

I would like help. affected by rubella virus disease. is there any treatment for it. if so say where the treatment is?

?? too vague: Affected by rubella virus ??? No details. Rubella is harshest on the unborn, producing permanent injury to the eyes (vision), organs (poor function),nervous system ( small brain with delay and impaired performance). The affect on the older kid is relatively minor.Injury to the nervous system tends to be permanent and treatment supportive. ...Read more

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What is being done with Lyme disease? I am making a website to aware people of Lyme disease and need to know what is being done with Lyme disease.

What is being done with Lyme disease? I am making a website to aware people of Lyme disease and need to know what is being done with Lyme disease.

There : There is a lot of heated controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of lyme disease. Two organizations, the infectious disease society of america and the international lyme and associated diseases society have published treatment guidelines that are quite different in their view of this illness. Ilads supports the validity of chronic lyme disease as a real and common occurred that should be treated with antibiotics and supportive therapies until symptoms resolve, and that other tick born infections should be considered and tested for in the patient who does not recover with adequate treatment of the lyme infection. Idsa does not acknowledge the existence of chronic lyme disease and proposes a treatment of 3-4 weeks with doxycycline. If the patient continues to have symptoms following this treatment, ongoing antibiotics are not recommended and the symptoms are attributed to a newly proposed "syndrome" called "post lyme disease syndrome" which is basically a psychosomatic or inflammatory response and should be treated with antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs or pain medications, but not antibiotics. www.ilads.org can give you more information on this from the perspective of treating chronic lyme disease and this website will give you the idsa perspective: www.Idsociety.Org/lyme/ some good patient and family oriented information can be found at www.Lymedisease.Org. Good luck with your endeavor. Dr. Tedde rinker los altos, ca. ...Read more

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My father has recently been diagnosed with cornea disease, and we are in the early stages of researching possible ways to fix this problem. We've been told about a fairly new procedure called DSAEK. What is DSAEK, and how does it differ from others?

My father has recently been diagnosed with cornea disease, and we are in the early stages of researching possible ways to fix this problem. We've been told about a fairly new procedure called DSAEK. What is DSAEK, and how does it differ from others?

When : When the inside layer of cells in the cornea has been damaged or disease ridden then the cornea will take on fluid and become cloudy. This new procedure has a faster recovery time. The inside layer of cells are removed and replaced using a donor. ...Read more

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What would be the cure for Addison's disease in someone that can't take steroids?

What would be the cure for Addison's disease in someone that can't take steroids?

Why not?: Addison disease is due to loss of adrenal function or loss of the glands to disease and replacement steroids are just that, giving the person hormone that adrenal would have made. You did not say why the person can not take steroids. Taking steroid is a as simple as taking a pill. ...Read more

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I have a friend who was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. What is the difference between regular hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's? Is tx The same

I have a friend who was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. What is the difference between regular hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's? Is tx The same

Same thing: Hi. Hashimoto's is overwhelmingly the most common cause of hypothyroidism, followed by surgical thyroidectomy in prevalence. Hashimoto's hypothyroidism is most commonly treated with l-thyroxine, although some people prefer desiccated pig thyroid extract, and other times T3 (liothyronine) is added to l-thyroxine (although certainly not required). Good luck to your friend! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with raynald disease. Is there any medication that can cure it. ? The cold, numbness and tingling is

I was diagnosed with raynald disease. Is there any medication that can cure it. ? The cold, numbness and tingling is

Nifedipine & warmth: First try to dress warmly and not spend too much time in cold or the cold grocery aisle. Ask your physician to start you on a calcium channel blocker such as nifedipine. With these two actions you can decrease Raynauds events. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Sjögren's My symptoms are pretty mild but the doctor says plaquinil will prevent progression of the disease. Is this really True?

I was diagnosed with Sjögren's My symptoms are pretty mild but the doctor says plaquinil will prevent progression of the disease. Is this really True?

Yes: Placquenil has helped several other autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It is generally used for milder forms such as you have, and I personally have seen patients controlled for many years with this medication. It is classified with the disease altering drugs. ...Read more

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My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?

My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?

Mgt: Most cases resolve without any treatment. If you notice any symptoms that continue or recur such as joint pain, paleness of the skin, respiratory problems, an appointment with your PCP is advised. In the meantime, continue to provide hydration and monitor his temperature for the next week. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hand foot mouth disease when will I know that the virus is gone?

I was diagnosed with hand foot mouth disease when will I know that the virus is gone?

Depends on variables: Oral secretions will be contagious for a week to 10 days while the virus can still be present in the stool for 6 weeks.In texas the department of health permits kids with hfm to return to day care after the fever is gone.Normal hygienic practices will prevent spread among susceptible adults. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with cirrhosis? My husband was just diagnosed with cirrhosis, but doesn’t yet need a transplant. What is the average life expectancy after diagnosis for someone like him?

What is the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with cirrhosis? My husband was just diagnosed with cirrhosis, but doesn’t yet need a transplant. What is the average life expectancy after diagnosis for someone like him?

Cirrhosis is a ...: Consequence of chronic liver disease where liver tissue is replaced by fibrosis, scar tissue and nodules leading to loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis b and hepatitis c, and fatty liver disease, but has many other possible causes. Established cirrhosis has a 10-year mortality of 34–66?%. (journal of clinical epidemiology 56 (1): 88–93 (2003). ...Read more

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What happens if an alzheimer's patient is also diagnosed with cancer? Would either affect the other?

What happens if an alzheimer's patient is also diagnosed with cancer? Would either affect the other?

Usually Not: However, if there is cancer in the brain it could make symptoms of alzheimer's worse. Additionally, alzheimer's make make it difficult for a patient to understand the cancer they face and go through curative treatments that can be difficult on a person so it might make more sense to simply treat the symptoms of a cancer rather than try to cure it in a patient with advanced alzheimers. ...Read more

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When a doctor diagnoses peyrione's disease in the initial stages, what actions would they typically take to fix it? Assuming the case wasn't severe?

When a doctor diagnoses peyrione's disease in the initial stages, what actions would they typically take to fix it? Assuming the case wasn't severe?

None, however...: The standard treatments are surgery and Xiaflex, (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) a new injectable drug, but these are used in advanced cases & there's no standard Rx for early cases. However, there are many natural therapies that may prevent worsening or reverse it, including Vit E, PABA, iodine, enzymes & heat therapy. See http://www.mypeyronies.com/alternative-treatments-for-peyronies.html ...Read more

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I have hashimoto's and graves disease. My endo is 2 hours away in a major city, and she is even perplexed? How rare/difficult to treat is this combo?

I have hashimoto's and graves disease. My endo is 2 hours away in a major city, and she is even perplexed? How rare/difficult to treat is this combo?

Difficult: Just remember that doctors are human and we, too, need help and 2nd opinions. Maybe you should look into a larger regional hospital that has a specialist who deals specifically with your condition. It never hurts to call ahead. ...Read more

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When a doctor diagnoses peyronie's disease in the initial stages, what would they typically do to fix it? Assuming the case wasn't severe?Nothing?

When a doctor diagnoses peyronie's disease in the initial stages, what  would they typically  do to  fix it? Assuming the case wasn't severe?Nothing?

Nothing : If the symptoms are not severe most will choose to wait and see if there will be a problem. If you are not having any functional difficulty then there isn't a rush. Continue to see your doctor for this. ...Read more

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What is the fate of someone who does not treat wilsons disease?

What is the fate of someone who does not treat wilsons disease?

Liver/neuro failure: Untreated, Wilson's disease can progress to liver failure and neurological disability and possibly death. With treatment, individuals with Wilson's disease have normal life expectancy. However, without treatment, individuals can expect issues with the brain, liver, eyes and psychiatric manifestations. Each individual is different so there are not set patterns of disease ...Read more

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Why do doctors say someone is "clear" of HPV when the person ceases to show outward signs of the disease? Hpv is for "life" and cannot be eliminated.

Why do doctors say someone is "clear" of HPV when the person ceases to show outward signs of the disease? Hpv is for "life" and cannot be eliminated.

Primary vs secondary: People will often clear the primary stage of HPV within two years if they have a normal immune system. As you say, it then can hibernate in your body for life produce problems later. Your issue is with a difference in how you use terminology. Clearing the first stage is just that, it does not mean eliminating the germ. ...Read more