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Doctor insights on: What To Do When You Worry Too Much

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Should I worry that my baby sleeps so much?

Should I worry that my baby sleeps so much?

No: Given that it is normal for newborns to sleep 16 - 20 hours per day they often seem like they are sleeping all of the time. Their sleep is often divided evenly throughout the day and the night. Many infants need stimulus to stay awake even during feeding. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about drooling?

How much should I worry about drooling?

That depends: Causes of drooling vary with age. I'm not qualified to discuss childhood causes, but in adults a variety of neurologic and even psychiatric disorders can have inability to control one's saliva. Some medications are associated with this. If persistent, i recommend you see a doctor. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about being confused?

How much should I worry about being confused?

Very much: Altered mental status could be secondary to many reasons some of them are self limited and transient and some of them are sever and permenant. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible to be evaluated. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is 227, how much should I worry?

My cholesterol is 227, how much should I worry?

Depends: Depends on whether you have other risk factors like smoking, diabetes, HTN or family history of premature heart attacks. Also depends on what your LDL and HDL are? 227 isn't very elevated but you're entering the coronary prone age and are wise to be thinking about it. Regular exercise, normal weight, not smoking and a vegetarian or mediterranean diet will do a lot of good! ...Read more

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Can aspergers people overthink and worry too much?

Can aspergers people overthink and worry too much?

Aspergers worry: An integral part of having aspergers disorder is a very high anxiety level and rigid approach to life. Excessive worrying can be a debilitating condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy and involvement with social pragmatics groups may help develop a more resilient approach to thinking. ...Read more

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What do you know about mrsa? How much should average people worry?

What do you know about mrsa? How much should average people worry?

MRSA: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It's tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus -- or staph -- because it's resistant to some commonly used antibiotics. You can pick up MRSA almost anywhere. ...Read more

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Sometimes i worry that i eat too much and then panic. How do I calm myself?

Sometimes i worry that i eat too much and then panic. How do I calm myself?

One step at a time: Momentary calming is a good idea but you really want to discover what's going on with your eating behavior. So, deal with panic (full, deep breathing that clears out all the old air) and find a good therapist to help you understand and change your eating patterns. There are specialists, but most cbt tx can help. Don't try to fix it by purging, that only makes it worse. Don't worry, get some help. ...Read more

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Is 4.5 bilirubin level too much to worry aboit? What steps should be taken next?

Is 4.5 bilirubin level too much to worry aboit? What steps should be taken next?

BILIRUBIN: That level is certainly high enough to warrant, at the very least, prompt (as soon as possible) follow-up with your physician. This will allow them to further examine you for other associated signs and symptoms. If they find no other signs or symptoms, they may simply repeat your blood work before considering further testing. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how caregiving will affect my overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how caregiving will affect my overall health.?

Up to you: Caregiving can be very rewarding and can enhance your overall health when you come from a place of love. Caring for a newborn can be tiring but is an amazing experience. Caring for an aging ill parent can be very stressful and the opposite kind of experience. Know your limits. Ask for help. Be sure you take care of yourself so you have the energy to provide care. Eat well, drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how osteopenia will affect my overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how osteopenia will affect my overall health.?

Progressive: Osteopenia is a slight decrease in bone mass. This can progress to osteoporosis if not prevented early. Osteoporosis is significant bone mass decrease and is associated with an increase in fracture risk, such as the spine or the hip. Preventive measures should be embraced, such as adequate calcium and vitamin E intake, weight bearing exercise, and hormone therapy such as estrogen and testosteron. ...Read more