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I am 3 months post op from the rny bypass. I have noticed my xiphoid process is swollen and painful to the touch. Is it a hiatal hernia?

I am 3 months post op from the rny bypass. I have noticed my xiphoid process is swollen and painful to the touch. Is it a hiatal hernia?

No, but...: This is not a symptom of a hiatal hernia, but may well be an incisional hernia. You need to present this to the surgeon who performed your bariatric procedure, preferably asap! ...Read more

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What is treatment for an umbilical hernia? It wasnt painful at first but now it hurts with pain

What is treatment for an umbilical hernia? It wasnt painful at first but now it hurts with pain

Surgery: An umbilical hernia requires surgical repair to close the defect. Pain associated with an umbilica hernia may indicate incarceration events. Recommend expedient evaluation by a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

No: Pain is not typical of bell's palsy. However, if the eye does not close as a result if the bell's, then significant drying of the eye can occur. Pain from the eye is poorly localized, so your pain may be from this. You need to see an eye md to see if this is the case. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for keloid scars? Or medication to ease rhe pain, they are very painful, like electrical discharges. I have them on my back.

Is there any treatment  for keloid scars? Or medication to ease rhe pain, they are very painful, like electrical discharges. I have them on my back.

See below: There are many possible treatments for keloids which range from medicine injections into the site to surgery to freezing them to radiation to laser treatments. Talk to your doctor about the possibilities. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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I have recrring shoulder pain. Exay shows calcium but ortho says no treatment. Vety painful at times.

I have recrring shoulder pain.  Exay shows calcium but ortho says no treatment.  Vety painful at times.

Calcium shoulder: Calcium deposit in shoulder is mostly benign and does not cause pain. When it causes pain, it means it is large, inflamed, pinching rotator cuff bursa or ruptured and leaking. Please apply cold compress, bengay patch, and take ibuprofen. If the pain is severe, get steroid injection. It is recurrent and can be taken out arthroscopically. Pls. Have second ortho opinion. Thanks. ...Read more

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Vaginal secretions white, yellow in colour like cheese, very bad burning pain, very painful if i touch , itching , what kind of problem? Treatment?

Vaginal secretions white, yellow in colour like cheese, very bad burning pain, very painful if i touch , itching  , what kind of problem? Treatment?

Vaginitis: It sounds like a vaginal infection, possibly due to yeast, you should see a doctor to get the proper medication to treat it. Take care! ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Can root canal treatment be painful?

Can root canal treatment be painful?

Not Usually: Root canal treatment has a bad rep that it usually does not deserve. The pain is caused by an infection in the nerve space of the tooth. Root canal solves this problem and eliminates the pain. However, if you wait to long and have a large infection under the tooth it may be difficult to make the tooth adequately numb. Root canal done in a timely manner are not painful. ...Read more

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