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Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie

Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie

Diet modification: You can have your urine analyzed for kidney stone risk factors. My usual recommendations are 1) increase plain water to at least 2 liters a day 2) decrease sodium intake 3) decrease animal protein intake 4) add a teaspoon of real lemon juice to diet daily. ...Read more

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20 year-old woman with 2 painful left popliteal lumps, "inconclusive" x-ray and MRI, leading to difficulty standing or walking.....?

20 year-old woman with 2 painful left popliteal lumps, "inconclusive" x-ray and MRI, leading to difficulty standing or walking.....?

Excisional Biopsy: Since the X-rays and MRI are inconclusive, it would be prudent to have one of the lumps removed for pathological evaluation (excisional biopsy). It is likely a benign process, like an angiolipoma, a neurfoibroma, a neurilemoma or a Masson's tumor, but a pathological diagnosis is your best option at this time. Plus, removing the lump will likely make the pain resolve. Good luck. ...Read more

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36 year-old woman whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and a PALB2 mutation wonders if mastectomy is needed to lower her risk.....?

36 year-old woman whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and a PALB2 mutation wonders if mastectomy is needed to lower her risk.....?

You need testing: If your mother was a BRCA carrier then it is important that you get tested. Since you know that she has a PLAB2 mutation then your testing can even be more precise. If you are a carrier then see an experienced breast surgeon. They can calculate your lifetime risk as well as your 5 year risk to help you make your decisions regarding mastectomy and ovary removal ...Read more

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Do u think as a 44 year old woman, having sex using condom and vcf as contraceptives about 8 days before expecting period is enuf to prevent pregnacy?

Do u think as a 44 year old woman, having sex using condom and vcf as contraceptives about 8 days before expecting period is enuf to prevent pregnacy?

Yes.: Consistent use of condoms at any age is appropriate. The addition of a contraceptive foam is also good. Further if you're 8 days before you're period, you've likely already ovulated and are outside the window of possible pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it really safe to take the birth control pill everyday to prevent periods? #nqlu I am a 30 year old, relatively healthy woman. I have low (healthy range) blood pressure, I am 5'8" and 140 lbs. My only health issues are hypothyroidism (controlled wit

Is it really safe to take the birth control pill everyday to prevent periods?  #nqlu I am a 30 year old, relatively healthy woman.  I have low (healthy range) blood pressure, I am 5'8" and 140 lbs.  My only health issues are hypothyroidism (controlled wit

My : My opinion is that a woman should have a period at least once every 3 months. The reason being is to prevent a build up of the uterine lining which over time could predispose a woman to uterine cancer. You can take three packs straight obviously skipping the placebo and only taking the active pills, after the third pack take the placebo and you should get your period that week, then you can repeat another 3 cycles etc., or you can try seasonique which is formulated to have your period every 3 months. Take care. ...Read more

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Moved to Seattle 01/2014. Here only a year and got pneumonia 02/2015. 35 yr old healthy female. Never had it in my life. Can I prevent it this winter ?

Moved to Seattle 01/2014. Here only a year and got pneumonia 02/2015. 35 yr old healthy female. Never had it in my life. Can I prevent it this winter ?

Causes of pneumonia: There are many germs that cause pneumonia-and I would like to know 'which' germ affected you. Hopefully your doctor figured that out, although often no tests are done. This would have a bearing on how best to prevent any future episodes. If you're healthy, that's great- the key is to stay that way and avoid pitfalls that set u up for disease (like smoking, too much stress, too little sleep etc). ...Read more

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