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Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/Questions Answered by Expert Robert Borucki

SubjectDate Asked
Allergic reaction4/2/2014
  Q: My husband woke up Friday morning thinking he was coming down with Pink Eye (felt like he had sand ...
  A: that certainly sounds allergic and it is possible he was allergic to the eyedrops also..... ...
Mucus problem4/1/2014
  Q: I have this problem where i cough up mucus and my problem is not coughing, it the mucus which is the ...
  A: These can be tough..... causes include allergies, sometimes some stomach acid reflux coming up at ...
Hearing issues3/30/2014
  Q: First of all, thank you very much for volunteering your time to answer questions! This is a somewhat ...
  A: First issue.... have you tried to get insurance.... the ACA---- ie obamacare is very affordable, but ...
probiotics3/21/2014
  Q: I saw my doctor recently for pains in the left side of my body centering around but not always in ...
  A: We are not sure exactly what probiotics do, and in most people, I suspect they probably do nothing, ...
pain lower ribs3/19/2014
  Q: I am a 31 year old male. For the past 10 days or so I have been having these on and off pains on ...
  A: I am not sure I make much of the temperature change, but it sounds like it could be a viral illness ...
Foreskin restoration3/19/2014
  Q: I decided to look into foreskin restoration, and from what I can gather, surgical restoration is ...
  A: I don't believe I have had a question quite like that before..... I don't know the answer to that. ...
Grandparent medication issue.3/18/2014
  Q: I have a question referring to my grandparent and her medication. She is 94 years old and takes a ...
  A: That is a complicated question.... you are absolutely on track that she may or may not need it if ...
Acid reflux3/18/2014
  Q: I'm 67 and normally in excellent health. I run daily and lift weights 3 times a week. I've been on ...
  A: with the change in pattern, I would wonder about something else doing on..... atypical heart ...
Testicular lump3/16/2014
  Q: I am a 23 year old guy and I can sometimes feel a lump on my right testicle. The lump is about pea ...
  A: This may very well be an abnormal vein that is getting congested and feels lumpy, but you are also ...
Edema?3/16/2014
  Q: My husband, who was a light beer only drinker, began drinking rum heavily last summer, after he ...
  A: I am not convinced that it was simply him drinking a lot of rum for months that has caused all ...
Stomach Problems3/16/2014
  Q: I have been having upper abdominal pain for three weeks now. I notice the pain is worst when I wake ...
  A: sometimes gallstones/gallbladder disease can cause this. Reflux, etc can cause it.... you might ...
swelling3/15/2014
  Q: I am getting quite worried with some issues that are going on, I do have an appointment with my ...
  A: propranolol can cause leg swelling, but that should stop if you stop the medicine.... for it to ...
Lump still there after a fall....3/13/2014
  Q: I had fallen a couple of months ago on my front concrete steps. It had left a huge bruise across the ...
  A: Sometimes a bruise is there and creates a new space... Then as the bruise resolves, the space ...
psyllium powder?3/11/2014
  Q: Can psyllium powder be mixed in with yogurt to go down easier?(and if it is needed drink 8oz of ...
  A: yes, those can be mixed..... if you are doing it for constipation, you can use miralax/glycolax ...
carpal tunnel and a lump just belown wrist joint3/11/2014
  Q: I've always had issues with my right arm including severe pain in my shoulder since I was little ...
  A: for now, I would take it easy on the wrist and rest it until you can get it evaluated. I would ...
Blood drawn, now pain in arm3/8/2014
  Q: Had blood drawn at the doctor's office last week. Nurse had some trouble getting blood and while she ...
  A: it sounds like the nerve was inadvertently poked or there was some bleeding from the vein in that ...
liver function3/8/2014
  Q: Would it be tough to convince my doctor to run tests to see if my liver is functioning correctly ...
  A: if it is any consolation, it is hard to get hep C thru sexual contact.... but if you came to me, I ...
Incomplete-Septic Miscarriage3/7/2014
  Q: Some time ago I saw a TV show where a pregnant woman's baby died but her body failed to expel the ...
  A: in general, the uterus and pregnancy contents are sterile.... so no bacterial infection and people ...
foul smell3/4/2014
  Q: from past one year, some people complained about strange bad smell coming around me and some ...
  A: I would definitely get the urine rechecked. I would also wonder if you are eating something ...
Severe Skin Avulsion3/2/2014
  Q: I tripped and skinned my chin on concrete. There was a lot of blood, but little pain in the actually ...
  A: basically, we have 8-12 hours to repair a laceration, otherwise, the risk of creating a sewn in ...
thoughts2/24/2014
  Q: but we'd like to hear your thoughts on the following. I was out with a few friends we were talking ...
  A: Well, that is a big topic I could write a dissertation on...... Docs are people, and you are ...
Parathesis2/19/2014
  Q: I am not sure who I should be asking this question. Would you be able to help..? I get Parathesia, ...
  A: it wouldn't cause long term damage, but the fact that it exists suggests there is a structural ...
DRINK UP2/17/2014
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: why can't people have alcohol with medicine? (P.S ...
  A: alcohol is a drug with side effects and interactions with other medicines.... there are some ...
Hashimoto2/7/2014
  Q: I am trying to figure out what is going on. I am a 50-year-old female with Hashimoto’s, and I am in ...
  A: the workup is not brand new, but is pretty adequate.... I would ensure that your thyroid tests are ...
wrist splint2/7/2014
  Q: Is it okay to use a wrist splint while typing and using a mouse, or should it only be used at night? ...
  A: if you are using it for carpal tunnel, then you should be doing a few things..... motrin type ...
Rash after exercise2/7/2014
  Q: I have been plagued with a rash that happens either when I exercise or when i get sweaty. Most start ...
  A: if the skin is normal prior to exercising but this happens with exercise/sweat.... then it is a type ...
WHAT DOSE THAT MEAN2/7/2014
  Q: Im a 31 year old male who has cerebral palsy (I'm giving you this information above because i ...
  A: people need things explained to them in terms that make sense.... that is a product of their ...
Fear of Variant Angina2/6/2014
  Q: Before I was getting help from Dr. David Riachardson (cardiologist), he was caring & removed my fear ...
  A: variant angina is very rare and not likely to occur..... if you had the stress tests, from my ...
Viral tests2/5/2014
  Q: Is there a broad spectrum virus test a person can have done? I feel like I may still have something ...
  A: painful skin sores (obvious) could be herpes, non-painful skin sore could be syphilis, but if there ...
EBV2/4/2014
  Q: Is epstein barr virus routinely tested and can someone continue working in a restaurant if they ...
  A: EBV (Epstein barr virus) is not normally tested for...... we occasionally test for mono with a ...
Viruses1/30/2014
  Q: What percent of viruses go away on their own versus require antibiotics or something else? I had ...
  A: You are mixing up infections, viral/bacterial and possible prostatitis..... it is a complicated ...
Left side widespread pain for days1/29/2014
  Q: for a few weeks now (have this off and on a year) I have a pain deep in my left armpit that is also ...
  A: This still can be musculoskeletal, esp with some lifting and degenerative spinal disease. No rash, ...
testosterone1/20/2014
  Q: I know for men low testosterone can lead to depression but can high testosterone do the same? I ask ...
  A: moreso aggressiveness and some anxiety/anger. If you have depression, that should be treated.... ...
Allergic reactions1/18/2014
  Q: as a general question, is it possible for someone to have an allergic reaction like a rash to a drug ...
  A: Technically, no, but you don't get the same ingredients between a pill and cream..... Creams have ...
drug1/18/2014
  Q: What is Hyophen? I was prescribed it for urinary tract pain on a feeling pain basis. I was not given ...
  A: It us a symptom reducer med for people with bladder pain, typically from an infection.... It has a ...
My Dad's Stroke1/16/2014
  Q: Borucki, Last night my dad (whose 67 years old), was getting ready for bed and having a ...
  A: if someone has PAD, it is likely they have vascular problems in other locations, ie, heart and ...
Abscess on tonsil1/8/2014
  Q: I went to my doctor's office this week and was told I have an abscess on one of my tonsils. Is this ...
  A: If you finished the zpak, then that should cover strep. Levo is not a great strep drug, but covers ...
Odd lump1/6/2014
  Q: I wasn't that sure what category to post this in, so here I am. I am a healthy far as I know twenty ...
  A: Cartilage is not squishy, but pretty firm/hard..... a painless softer moveable lump that you can ...
Shingles1/5/2014
  Q: I have gotten Shingles 3 times in 6 months. All in different spots. I am 50 years old and active and ...
  A: That is pretty unusual to get recurrent shingles... I would question whether that is actually the ...
Rash1/5/2014
  Q: On Aug.30, 2013 I had a colonoscopy. I am a type 2 diabetic. I am 61 years of age. I was once ...
  A: So you have had this rash since September.... Obviously it isn't fungal or the clotrima would have ...
sex1/4/2014
  Q: Any time I am have sex with a woman I release immediately why?
  A: the term is premature ejaculation.... and sometimes can happen if you don't have orgasm ...
ear discomfort1/3/2014
  Q: Borucki, I have a question for you. About 2 wks. ago, I saw my ENT for removal of ear wax. I knew ...
  A: sometimes the wax and removal can irritate the canal and cause a little infection/irritation.... you ...
Celiac1/1/2014
  Q: I recently started seeing a therapist and he wanted to rule out medical reasons for my depressed ...
  A: interesting literature on gluten sensitivity.... good book on it called "The Grain Brain" It would ...
shingles vaccination12/29/2013
  Q: I occasionally experience an outbreak of herpes on my sacral area, which is what is going on right ...
  A: I would wait for an in between outbreaks to get it, although there is no specific data on the issue ...
LETS ROCK12/27/2013
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: wot is a kidney stone? (P.S would you please try to ...
  A: kidney stone is a crystal that forms from some of the salts in the urine when the conditions are ...
High Ammonia Levels12/26/2013
  Q: I am in my 30's and was recently hospitalized for colitis and am recovering from pneumonia due to ...
  A: I am not sure how high the ammonia level is, but a high level can cause some confusion... that is ...
question about lump12/23/2013
  Q: I have a lump in my very lower back/upper buttocks area that feels rubbery and rolls around when ...
  A: people can have lipomas, benign fatty tumors in that area.... it could be a pilonidal or other kind ...
when to go to the dr.12/20/2013
  Q: Every time I have a sick child, i wrestle with the question, does he need a dr? Could you tell me ...
  A: If there is a high fever, bad sore throat...then getting checked is reasonable... most illnesses are ...
groin/testicles12/17/2013
  Q: I am a 33 year old male who is having a few health issues but mainly in good health. First issue I ...
  A: clicking in the hip sounds like some bursitis or arthritis..... I would try some motrin type ...
annual physical12/9/2013
  Q: I recently heard George W. Bush say his clogged heart artery was found during a routine annual ...
  A: that is a part of the physical when you are an ex-president, but not routinely..... If there ...
casts protein blood in urine12/8/2013
  Q: She went to the dr. at her university,because she was tired. The did a dip stick test in the office ...
  A: I am not as concerned about casts in the urine, moreso about the B12 deficiency.... that needs to be ...
Surgery12/1/2013
  Q: My gallbladder was inflammed. So all that went ok it was lyproscopothy. I did fun until 11-23-13 my ...
  A: Not sure.... I would check the urine to make sure there isn't a urinary infection. Intestinal ...
Surgery infection11/28/2013
  Q: They removed my gallbladder 11/20/13. I was having upper left and right abdominal pain and had been ...
  A: Complicated issue.... the butt lesion is probably mrsa, if it has drained and improving ,then no ...
MRSA11/18/2013
  Q: My son had a mass removed in 08 Epson his face. It was MRSA. Has had 8 -9 flare ups since behind hrs ...
  A: I am not sure why he has fatigue, that is unusual with simple MRSA infections..... I think you ...
NEED HELP11/17/2013
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: wot is cerebral palsy? (P.S would you please try to ...
  A: cerebral palsy is a problem with the brain muscle connection.... it is often a result of some type ...
have very little energy11/16/2013
  Q: I am 37 and very overweight, but I am slowly losing weight a little bit at a time. I weighed 315 ...
  A: The blood pressure and diabetes measurements are good but not sufficient. I would want to know if ...
MONONUCLEOSIS?11/13/2013
  Q: 4 weeks ago I had surgery for a Deviated Septum. 12 days post op I ended up getting a fever that ...
  A: very likely.... mono can elevate enzymes in the liver..... that is self limiting.... will get better ...
acid reflux symptoms11/7/2013
  Q: Is increased production of saliva a usual sysmptom of acid reflux? I suffer from reflux from time to ...
  A: it could be a symptom if acid is coming up and irritating the esophagus which can cause stimulation ...
D&C11/5/2013
  Q: I am 35. 2 kids. I am scheduled to have a D&C and hysteroscopy this week due to a thick endometrial ...
  A: Anyway, in your opinion, is this a good thing to do ? Yes, I think the abnormal lining in the ...
Advice11/5/2013
  Q: It's me again The woman with the art I did last week , the woman with eye problem(uveitis) and blood ...
  A: a scraping and culture for herpes is pretty accurate, so I would assume it is positive. A blood ...
cold sores11/4/2013
  Q: 79 yr. old female. last 6 months, repetitive chills, unwell feeling, break out in cold sore. These ...
  A: Cold sores are viral illnesses, so when someone is getting recurrent sores it questions whether ...
Viral Infection?11/2/2013
  Q: Doc, I had a septoplasty and turbinate reduction 18 days ago. Was put on 10 days of Amoxicillin and ...
  A: The hydrocodone wont elevate enzymes.... could be antibiotic, but I would look for other liver ...
Toe and bump10/31/2013
  Q: Question one. I had gotten an ingrown toe nail on my big toe a few days ago. So I pulled it out a ...
  A: With a history of MRSA exposure and some butt lesions, along with an ingrown infected toe, you need ...
Throat10/31/2013
  Q: I have a question about my sore throat. I had white spots on both tonsils which are now gone but ...
  A: white spots on tonsils suggest but don't absolutely mean strep..... little pain and the fact that ...
Irritation on down vagina lip near vagina opening10/29/2013
  Q: I m having this discomfort of my vagina it's down outside of vacina opening , there isn't any puss ...
  A: Despite the nice artwork, it is really hard to tell..... it certainly can simply be some irritation, ...
Diagnosis10/23/2013
  Q: I was wondering if it is common for someone to feel ill and go to the doctors to have tests done, ...
  A: You have kept the details pretty vague, making it tough to come up with a generalization....... ...
Intolerance or Allergy?10/18/2013
  Q: Since I was very young I have never been able to eat Chocolate without feeling bad. The richer the ...
  A: Good question, complicated answer..... these food intolerances are often called food allergies, and ...
Sugar or Fat??10/16/2013
  Q: It was explained on Dr. Oz, but I forgot why it is better to eat more fat than sugar which will turn ...
  A: I didn't see the show, but in general, it is best to have a balanced diet.... but excess of either ...
Parasites10/11/2013
  Q: I went to my doctor thinking I had an STD due to burning in my penis, and he physically examined me ...
  A: This may be skin irritation due to the masturbation. The parasite theory is very unlikely. There ...
Tailbone pain10/8/2013
  Q: In April I hurt my tailbone. I was just sitting on a curb, but for a couple of hours. Since then I ...
  A: You probably didn't hurt your tailbone itself, but irritated your pilonidal area, maybe created a ...
Help regarding plastic surgery10/7/2013
  Q: Good morning doctor i need information about plastic surgery its cost of surgery and what are the ...
  A: it all depends on where you live and the extent of treatment and what kind of treatment needs to be ...
Pain10/5/2013
  Q: It is a cramping spasm and stabbing pain. I don't have my appendix anymore. I had my appendix taken ...
  A: You keep mentioning left side but gallbladder and appendix are on the right in almost all people.... ...
fecal fat10/4/2013
  Q: Hey doc. I was having some stomach discomfort, and strange looking objects in my stool for about 9 ...
  A: Well, I am not sure what condition this is yet..... I need more information. Steatorrhea can ...
STD9/28/2013
  Q: Are there any common physical symptoms of most STDs? I have only had one sexual partner ever and up ...
  A: I would worry about chlamydia if it is just burning or either chlamydia or gonorrhea if you have a ...
Alzheimer`s Disease9/27/2013
  Q: How common is Alzheimer`s Disease, and how does it usually come about? Are some people much more ...
  A: There is a lot of good information at the following link..... ...
mouth ulcer9/24/2013
  Q: Sir, this is prasanna from India i have mouth ulcer problem from my childhood ...
  A: These tend to be recurrent virus'...... If it is in the lip, it is usually a herpes infection and ...
Could this be serious?9/17/2013
  Q: Good morning. I am a 29 year old female in decent health. I am just getting over a cold but I have ...
  A: having black bowel movements, unless you are taking peptobismol, suggests you are having stomach ...
GERD9/14/2013
  Q: I have read many many times that most people with GERD actually have LOW stomach acid instead of too ...
  A: Reflux is a mechanical problem with stomach contents backing up into the esophagus...swallowing ...
Vegetarians and Protein9/10/2013
  Q: Vegans and Vegetarians might claim that vegetables are the simplest forms of protein that the body ...
  A: Who are more correct... republicans or democrats....... You can get everything you need from a ...
SDI9/9/2013
  Q: Have they offically changed all things that were once STDs (Sexually transmitted diseases) to SDI ...
  A: it is becoming a change in terminology...... mostly because "disease" implies that you have ...
Ear bleeding and high Inr9/7/2013
  Q: Dr Borucki, Thank you for yor time. I am a 44 yr female. I've had a busy last 3 wks. I broke my ...
  A: If there is a little blood from the ear, it can wait, but if it is really coming out, then we have ...
Finger Cut9/5/2013
  Q: It started to bleed and took 15 minutes to finally seal. I woke up Wednesday and my finer where I ...
  A: I would have stitched that to speed healing if I got you in the first 6 hours. Now, no choice but ...
Choice of Flu Vaccines for Over Age 659/5/2013
  Q: Those over 65 this year (2013) can choose from the Trivalent High Dose vaccine, which preliminary ...
  A: Tough question..... because in general, it is a guess. Elderly people in general do not react to ...
Human Temps9/4/2013
  Q: Are there certain key temperatures in an environment that are most relevent to human life? I know ...
  A: extremes are bad, but fortunately, we are mammals, so we are able to control out body temps separate ...
Unexplained Weight Loss9/4/2013
  Q: My mother-in-law is 88. She was diagnosed with heart failure and kidney failure in 2006, but has not ...
  A: I think a general and specific workup..... routine labs including thyroid testing. The Cat scan. ...
Group A Strep infections9/1/2013
  Q: I have had two positive cultures [vaginal] for Group A Strep and one treatment given without culture ...
  A: Strep is usually not a concern in the vagina unless you are pregnant.... it is impossible to ...
Yeast Infection8/31/2013
  Q: I am am 15 year-old boy, and about 3-4 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a yeast infection in my penis ...
  A: cranberry stuff won't help. The key is to keep that area very clean and dry.... the fungus likes ...
Spot/Dry skin on Forehead. Anything Serious?8/30/2013
  Q: Hey, I noticed this reddish spot on my forehead. It was red dry skin but after I picked away at it, ...
  A: certainly this could be a psoriasis plaque, but that is a prime area for a little skin cancer.... ...
Ovarian cyst8/29/2013
  Q: I wrote you recently about my tender ovaries... A couple of weeks ago I had a transvaginal ...
  A: the urination and ovary problems are not related.... I would make sure you don't have a urinary ...
My Son with many issues8/28/2013
  Q: My son is fifteen he has many issues like NASH, enlarged pancreas, Splenomegaly, now para aoritic ...
  A: I assume you mean the hepatitis (NASH) This is a complicated issue and I hope he has been referred ...
Anxiety/Depression8/27/2013
  Q: I am a healthy 40 year old female (last complete physical back in February with no issues). Over ...
  A: I would not look at vitamins as an answer to this, but there are options short of antidepressants or ...
Stools8/26/2013
  Q: What foods can I eat to get well formed stools or supplements? Thank-you
  A: in general, a good diet with proper amounts of fiber/fruits/vegetables does it. If someone has a ...
Strange bump on head of penis8/23/2013
  Q: This bump has been present before I became sexually active and I've just been too scared to get it ...
  A: you say bump, but this looks like a little "pit." If it started prior to sexual activity, then ...
abnormal pap8/21/2013
  Q: I am writing about my 32 year old wife. She got a call from her OBGYN saying she had an abnormal ...
  A: bottom line, don't worry about it.... since HPV is neg, this problem has a 50% rate of resolving ...
Eardrum8/20/2013
  Q: I busted my eardrum in a boxing match about a month ago. It still hasn't healed, so I want to be ...
  A: so, saying there is a patch implies you had a surgical repair..... I don't think practicing boxing ...
Bursitis8/19/2013
  Q: I'm 59 yrs old and last fall I bought a pair of "barefoot" running shoes and started a jogging ...
  A: I agree it is bursitis.... makes sense since barefoot running changes a lot of mechanics... there ...
gastritis8/15/2013
  Q: My doctor thinks I may have gastritis. Sometimes it's barely noticeable and other times it is. The ...
  A: I can't confirm or refute the problem based on your symptoms...... there are lots of causes of abd ...
getting rid of a small hemorrhoid8/15/2013
  Q: I engaged in anal sex with someone and noticed that afterwards I developed a small pea sized ...
  A: yes, this will go away, sometimes 2-3 weeks. The key is to make the conditions good for it to heal. ...
microalbunaria??????8/13/2013
  Q: Sir, my urine report for 24 hrs urine protin and urine cretinine clearence report age 53 -- weight ...
  A: can I dis cont. metformin and start Glicisize-40 mg twice with 25 mg ARB as suggested by physician ...
Neck pain8/11/2013
  Q: I am a 29 year old male. For the past week I have had a pain in my front upper neck. I know it's a ...
  A: You could easily have injured the musculature while sneezing...one after another does not give the ...
Ovarian cancer fears8/8/2013
  Q: I am 33. I just had my third baby only 16 months after my second. After having her I noticed tender ...
  A: with urinating more often, it sounds more like a urinary infection. It is theoretically possibly ...
Post chicken pox weaknesses8/7/2013
  Q: . I am 26 yrs old male, had no history of chicken pox. before 10 days some blisters appeared on my ...
  A: if you truly had chicken pox, then there may be a longer recovery time. Good you don't have a cough ...
Ear pain8/7/2013
  Q: Everytime I go to the Emergency Room they say I have a swimmers ear. They say the ear is red and ...
  A: well, I am not sure I believe that someone can mistake tmj and swimmer's ear.... but it is easy to ...
loud dripping sounds after swallowing8/5/2013
  Q: This afternoon a few minutes after drinking a cup of coffee, my husband was aware of a very loud ...
  A: Since someone else can hear it, it sounds like there is either dripping into the stomach or some ...
Period kinda late8/3/2013
  Q: My period was suppose to start on Thursday . My period are usually on time maybe a day or 2 early , ...
  A: you may have missed a period and got a little spotting.... no big deal as long as you aren't ...
Hepatitis8/3/2013
  Q: What exactly is Hepatitis C? I am told there is a whole alphabet of Hepatitises, but C is the one I ...
  A: Hep C is yet another virus that damages the liver..... it follows, appropriately Hep A and Hep B. ...
chronic leg pain7/28/2013
  Q: In early 2009, I began running regularly. I had not previously been a runner but did work out ...
  A: The cramps are a different issue, but the bony pain seems to be the priority..... Shin splints are ...
Thyroid issue?7/23/2013
  Q: I'm 41 and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis about 6 years ago. I had been gaining weight ...
  A: those sometimes can be tough problems..... the key is to replace thyroid hormone with synthroid ...
Heat Sensitivity7/22/2013
  Q: Dr Borucki - Thank you for taking the time to consider my question. I will try to keep it as short ...
  A: not sweating is not great.... that is one of our temperature regulatory mechanisms.... some ...
Lower abdo pain7/21/2013
  Q: I am 33 year old mother of three. My youngest is 11 months. 1.5 years ago I had a normal pelvic MRI. ...
  A: I would stop googling your symptoms.... if you are concerned about your symptoms, continue your ...
Hello7/20/2013
  Q: This morning in bathroom washing my face cleared my throat I saw this black thing in the spit also ...
  A: Does sound like serious cancer per example ? No, I would be more likely thinking of a food ...
Rebound headaches7/20/2013
  Q: I suffer from migraines and was prescribed 50mg Topamax daily as a preventative medication. I ...
  A: that can be a problem with opiates.... is the rebound headaches.... not true migraines, but ...
COuld This Low BP Be a Heart Thing??7/20/2013
  Q: I am scared--here is why-after I explain why I will list all meds that I have been on daily for 8 ...
  A: obviously something is changing..... I would check blood counts... kidney function, cbc, and ...
Lightheaded feeling for a week7/19/2013
  Q: I'm desperately looking for an answere as I don't have insurance to see a doctor right now. For the ...
  A: it sounds like it could be an inner ear/sinus type infection. You could try some sea sickness over ...
back pain7/19/2013
  Q: I have been losing weight but still have lots to go. At my heaviest I was close to 300 now I am ...
  A: usually elliptical is not a bad machine for people with disc problems... it is low impact. One ...
Random Feeling of Hot7/15/2013
  Q: I am a 26 year old female. The only medication I am on is birth control. For the last few months I ...
  A: from a physical standpoint, I would want to know if your thyroid is ok, or could you have some type ...
Clinical Touching7/13/2013
  Q: I was wondering who in medical training determines the way doctors are allowed to touch patients? ...
  A: that is a good question.... there is an excellent section on this in the book "Better" by Atul ...
ITS SO HOT7/11/2013
  Q: I was wondering would you please tell me: is it a fact that hot weather will make you sleepy? if ...
  A: I don't know if there is a definite answer, but here is my take on it..... when your body is being ...
pseudomonas aeruginosa7/10/2013
  Q: I've had an ear infection for 7 months. The culture tests finally came back with pseudomonas ...
  A: it is a more difficult to treat bacteria. It probably won't spread but may take some specialized ...
Spread of infection from inanimate objects?7/9/2013
  Q: I have heard that germs can reside on inanimate objects. Does this mean that there is a risk of ...
  A: that is called fomite spread.... yes, some diseases can be spread, some cannot. If you take ...
Stomach Issues7/9/2013
  Q: I am writing this for my 73 year old mother. She has been experiencing stomach issues 24/7 for many ...
  A: tough problems.... the GI problem is difficult.... the surgery for diverticulitis can cause problems ...
Lump7/7/2013
  Q: I recently noticed that when I sat down I felt a little soreness on one side. I was on vacation and ...
  A: the pea sized lump sounds like a cyst, that may go away with baths and time.... it is hard to tell ...
Inside lower lip7/5/2013
  Q: I keep getting this inside my lip on and off it looks fluid bubble Included picture Thank you ...
  A: that is another name for mucous retention cyst..... the weight fluctuation is normal.... it ...
Bronchitis: viral or bacterial7/3/2013
  Q: I woke up with a hot poker in my throat last Sunday and a temp of 100 (never went over 100.1) ...
  A: I wonder whether this is more strep than bronchitis..... I probably would have continued the ...
Pain in shoulder and arms, injury from surgery6/28/2013
  Q: March of Last year I went 2 days after I had my son to have a tubal ligation. When I woke up from ...
  A: first of all when you are under anesthesia, you are like a limp doll.... and if an arm flops, you ...
Cronic Pain After Arousal But No Ejaculation6/22/2013
  Q: Please help! My partner, 28, experiences large quantities of aching pain in his lower abdomen/upper ...
  A: well, he is a typical male who won't attend doctors until it gets bad enough for him to give up and ...
sinus bradycardia and heart murmur6/21/2013
  Q: I took my twelve year old for a sports physical and they discovered a murmur that was never heard ...
  A: Couple issues here.... the murmur.... it is most likely that he has had it forever and you had an ...
Wrist Pain6/21/2013
  Q: Lately, I have been playing games online for hours, and my wrist has started to hurt pretty bad. The ...
  A: These overuse injuries are pretty common, going back further than computer games for mild repetitive ...
ibuprofen6/18/2013
  Q: I have been taking ibuprofen since March 15. I started out 800 mg 4x a day, now I am taking around ...
  A: I wouldn't worry about stroke/heart attack.... the big risk of motrin is stomach pain, reflux, ...
Podiatrist6/17/2013
  Q: I couldn't find a podiatry expert on here. I was wondering if for those with feet problems ...
  A: well, you can certainly get anything you want for a price...... in general, the inserts ...
Holes in my chest6/13/2013
  Q: I have a hole in the left side of my chest and 4 gashes on my upper left torso, also have a few ...
  A: You should really do your own homework, but this is a sucking chest wound so initially the EMT will ...
STDs & Birth6/13/2013
  Q: I think in the case of AIDS if a child in the womb is given a certain injection they can be born ...
  A: these techniques lower the risk but are not foolproof..... syphilis is a bad one and can cause birth ...
endorphins? dopamine?6/10/2013
  Q: Borucki, I hope you can help me out. I am a 23 years old male. Couple years ago, because I was ...
  A: I would look at some other basics..... check thyroid, regular blood counts too, since testosterone ...
osteoporosis.medication6/9/2013
  Q: I am a 73 yr old male who is hemiplegic and in a wheelchair. I've been diagnosed with Osteoporosis ...
  A: the shots work as well as the pills.... and they don't have to be given very often.... once every ...
Dark Urine/B Vitamin related6/8/2013
  Q: I drank a lot of water today, but noticed that my urine is a dark yellow color. Curious I look ...
  A: Vit B shot will not do this.... a multi vitamin with a lot of other B vitamins can do this. It ...
No period after losing weight6/8/2013
  Q: I have over the last year lost around 60 or so lbs. And along with that haven't had a period in ...
  A: If I were looking at you for these problems, I would make sure there wasn't a hormone problem, the ...
Testosterone6/6/2013
  Q: I would like to possibly take suppliments to help improve my testosterone levels to help my libido ...
  A: There are no external supplements that increase testosterone..... a lot that are advertised, but ...
electrocution6/6/2013
  Q: I am working on a story in which a man is electrocuted through his genitals, but I need some help.I ...
  A: if he is killed thru the genitals, then there would be a lot of burn damage to that area and it has ...
Tinea plzz help6/5/2013
  Q: I have a problem similar to this ...
  A: the symptoms (with proper treatment) should get better in a week or so, the skin color maybe a month ...
Stomach pain5/29/2013
  Q: I am a 16 year old female. I have been experiencing constant symptoms for 3 months, that occurs ...
  A: I assume they checked a urinalysis and a pregnancy test (if needed) It sounds like a food ...
help5/20/2013
  Q: about 10 days ago i had heart beating fast out no where and lasted for 4 hrs and then beating came ...
  A: I don't know if the chlordiaz will help.... the hard part is catching the abnormal rythym when it is ...
Hello5/19/2013
  Q: I get inside my lower lip small bubbly fluid that desapears the next day and then come back what are ...
  A: Small bubbly fluid inside the lip...... not sure what you mean. Good pain can be a strain in the ...
is meat necessary for building tissue?5/15/2013
  Q: I am mostly vegetarian, except for eggs, milk, cheese, butter. i was told that this may not be ...
  A: Most of the animals that we (well, me, not you) eat don't eat meat.... cows, chickens, etc. So you ...
Feet Problems5/14/2013
  Q: I was wondering what type of pain someone can expect with most skeletolmuscular foot problems? I've ...
  A: You are getting ahead of yourself.... first thing is finding out what the problem is..... not all ...
tongue and throat5/13/2013
  Q: For the past few days i have had a burning sensation on my tongue and throat when i eat and drink ...
  A: sometimes the tongue gets irritated from something too hot or too salty and gets sensitive for a few ...
Medical5/8/2013
  Q: Do I maybe have damage or abnormalities in my brain? I'm worried that maybe there is something ...
  A: Ct and MRI tell whether someone has or had bleeding in the head or major damage.... So that is good ...
Hello5/7/2013
  Q: I ve sent you before about my patches and you said I had tinea corporis and you said you use nizoral ...
  A: tenia corp is a tough problem... it fades slowly and the fungal stuff grows/reproduces really ...
Should I keep taking omepremazole5/6/2013
  Q: Few months was diagnosed w h polori, mild gastritis was give ompremazole 3 months along with ...
  A: The bone problems are over rated.... I would take the Prilosec daily on an empty stomach.... And if ...
thigh injury and fluid buildup5/5/2013
  Q: A week ago, my son fell thru a deck. We were replacing rotten boards, but he found one before we ...
  A: It sounds like a Seroma..... A bruise where the blood is being resorted but the fluid pocket ...
sneezing5/1/2013
  Q: after drinking 4 or 5 beers, I always start a sneezing fit of 6 to 12 sneezes. After that, no ...
  A: it could be allergic to some of the beer components.... they are made from different grains..... ...
sinus infection?4/25/2013
  Q: I think I have a sinus infection. It has been a couple of weeks now. I first noticed it because ...
  A: I think you are right.... flucticasone is a good allergy medicine, not so effective for sinus ...
wrist pain4/24/2013
  Q: For the past 6 months or so, my right wrist has been bothering me. I may have had some tendinitis in ...
  A: This may be tendonitis provided you didn't have a big injury in the remote past. I would try easy ...
Red patched on my right side back down shoulder4/22/2013
  Q: I was wondering if you can tell me what r these Thank you
  A: the pictures are consistent with tinea corporis..... the pictures aren't great, but I think this is ...
Body & Genetic Coordinates.4/22/2013
  Q: I was wondering if a person's DNA plots their body out in 3D space or if it simply piles one ...
  A: it is plotted in 3D by many processes, which involve cells changing (since a person starts from one ...
head4/20/2013
  Q: "Hello, I have been having this head pressure pain in my head whenever i bend down or walk or ...
  A: I would get a good primary care doctor and make sure you have had a solid metabolic workup.... ...
Fingers4/18/2013
  Q: I spend 8+ hours a day on a PC. I have lumps in my palms that an PA at the orthos office in town ...
  A: well, all those are options.... definitely ice, and you could simply use anti-inflamm's but they ...
Possible cyst?4/17/2013
  Q: Good Evening Doc, I have had this marble sized bump on my right hand, on the palm side at the base ...
  A: sometimes those can be popped.... the palm side is tougher than the back of the hand.... it sounds ...
low potassium levels4/16/2013
  Q: I have extreme fatigue I can't move My eyes feel weak I've been hallucinating for days now My ...
  A: I would not worry about trying to figure it out.... these symptoms are serious and you need medical ...
Long Periods4/13/2013
  Q: I had the essure done last june, and started having really long periods after so they put me on ...
  A: some people may have to increase the strength of the birth control pills because of breakthrough ...
Throat tightness?4/11/2013
  Q: I've been feeling throat tightness for the past 2 days. I got a pill stuck in my throat the other ...
  A: if the doxi dissolved, it can cause a nasty ulcer in the throat/esophagus.... that may take several ...
Blood Pressure4/10/2013
  Q: How accurate are personal blood pressure monitors, like those from ReliOn? I took my blood pressure ...
  A: bp monitors vary as far as accuracy, but in general they give a representation of what is happening. ...
nose bleed4/8/2013
  Q: I had a nose bleed 2 days ago when U tried to blow my nose. after that I noticed that there is a ...
  A: not related to hcv, even if you had it..... that is a different illness and is very hard to get, ...
Balance/vision problem4/2/2013
  Q: What can cause lost balance/ blurred vision? Had MRI/MRA brain/neck-echocardiogram-carotid duplex. ...
  A: that is a tough question.... it sounds like you have already had a big workup..... certainly ...
Mono as an Adult?4/1/2013
  Q: I'm 32 years old and I have been on two dates with a 29-year-old woman who shared with me that she ...
  A: you are not a carrier.... once you get rid of it, you are done with it..... in a month. a very ...
isotretinoin3/26/2013
  Q: I am under isotretinoin meds right now, and upon searching the internet about this drug, it offered ...
  A: that is actually a fairly safe medicine..... unless you become pregnant.... there are many ...
I Had A Mysterious Illness Last Summer3/26/2013
  Q: I got really sick last summer and it was quite strange, and to this day I'm not 100% sure what it ...
  A: There is a strep throat like illness that is caused by another bacteria, relatively uncommon, but ...
ear piercing issue3/24/2013
  Q: my 10 year old got her ears pierced over 5 months ago. One ear always seems to have an issue with ...
  A: it could be allergic, but most of the time the area around the holes gets red and scaly a little ...
digestive hell3/24/2013
  Q: Hey Doc. Thank you for your service. I' an otherwise healthy 40 y/o male. Non-smoker with no family ...
  A: from the description.... there are no parasites by the testing, so that is out. I would wonder ...
Question about celiac disease3/21/2013
  Q: This may be a long question, please forgive me but I do not know where to go. I am a female 34. ...
  A: different labs use different scales of what is normal due to different methods of testing. Your sed ...
Pyroluria3/21/2013
  Q: Not long ago, past year, my wife took the kids out of state to a clinic that tested for Pyroluria. ...
  A: I hate to say the but orthomolecular biology, at this point, is very questionable..... personally, I ...
stomach pain3/21/2013
  Q: Good morning! i am trying to get some feed back on some stomach pain i have been having. I have been ...
  A: these are tough to pin down... but I would wonder about a colon problem.... an infection or ...
Bumps/abcesses?3/19/2013
  Q: For years I have got small BB sized bumps on my labia minora. They eventually "pop" releasing pus ...
  A: These are hard to manage sometimes.... using an antibacterial soap daily, lathering up good cuts ...
Lhermitte's sign...3/19/2013
  Q: Almost three weeks ago I started having bad tingling and burning when I looked down. My lower back ...
  A: well, I think the first order of business is to get the MRI..... talk to the original doctor.... ...
Umbilical discharge3/18/2013
  Q: I have had 2 episodes of discharge from the umbilicus since the last 2 years which occured with a ...
  A: so you have a remnant or your omphalomesenteric duct--- connection between the umbilical cord that ...
Throat & Breathing3/17/2013
  Q: I wasn't able to find any experts in the throat, ear, nose section. :( I've noticed since my late ...
  A: well, that is a complicated area... taking care of it (from what we know) involves a few things..... ...
Pain and stiffness3/16/2013
  Q: I am a 36 year old mom of 4 and got sick before Christmas. I had really bad muscle aches and fever. ...
  A: I would make sure you had normal thyroid function testing. And I would want to know that a sed rate ...
Pain3/16/2013
  Q: The soles of my feet started hurting about 2 months ago, then I noticed that my entire leg muscles ...
  A: it sounds like plantar fasciitis.... ice to the bottom of the feet at the end of the day; stretching ...
Low B12 - possible auto immune3/12/2013
  Q: I have been feeling ill for the past 2 years on and off. Symptoms include low grade fever, fatigue, ...
  A: B12 is essential, but if you aren't improved, that wasn't the big problem..... nothing paired with ...
Pain old scar3/11/2013
  Q: I recently lost a lot of weight because I was sick. Now that I feel better I worry about gaining the ...
  A: Does the otc pain med relieve the pain? It sounds like the dogbite probably damaged some ...
swollen finger3/6/2013
  Q: I bought a new tablet and have been using it. Last week I started notcing some hand pain during and ...
  A: if there is no skin break, it sounds like you injured it somehow.... kids get it playing video ...
Foot issues?3/6/2013
  Q: I have what I believe is plantar faciitis. Last week I noticed my achilles tendons were very tight ...
  A: I would try some easy stretching to start... put the front of your foot on a step and apply ...
Vb12 Levels and other B vitamins3/6/2013
  Q: For several years now on and off I have been having nuerological symptoms that doctors felt were ...
  A: there is more and more written about B12.... under the tongue B12 has variable absorbtion..... you ...
painful lipomas3/4/2013
  Q: What causes painful lipomas? I started getting them several months ago all over. They are different ...
  A: Lipomas are usually not painful..... I would look at other causes for pain. Lipomas are usually ...
Since when is the lower GI tract connected to the respiratory system?3/4/2013
  Q: I am a 61 year old asthma sufferer. My asthma is currently (somewhat) under control. I haven't had ...
  A: 1) no 2) not related to asthma, but could be a common link with another problem setting of asthma ...
My heart hurts and flutters2/28/2013
  Q: I am a 34 yr old male and my heart has been hurting lately and fluttering. This is not a new ...
  A: your doc is right.... at your age, even with high cholesterol, this is not a pending heart ...
General Pains2/28/2013
  Q: I am a 22 year old female. For about 3 weeks I have been having a dull aching pain in my left flank ...
  A: I would still wonder about UTI, possible kidney stone... dipstick is not a perfect test. Unlikely ...
Spanish Influenza2/26/2013
  Q: First off, this is kind of a weird question and I'm not sure it's in the right category. Honestly, I ...
  A: I think I understand..... The Spanish Flu killed a whole lot of people.... it was quite different ...
rabies2/26/2013
  Q: I have a question I'm hoping you can answer. Hurricane Sandy knocked over a bunch of my trees, and ...
  A: Well, the good news is the test of time has proven you healthy.... I think Sandy was October so that ...
Gastritis?2/26/2013
  Q: I am 27 and have recently been diagnosed with Gastritis and Esophagitis. I spit up a little bit of ...
  A: it can be a big problem for a couple of reasons.... if someone develops barrets esophagus, that ...
Sonograms2/25/2013
  Q: I assume sonograms are pretty much the same things as xrays except they only exert high frequency ...
  A: I know enough about sonograms to be dangerous.... it is a little more complicated than ...
Sinus issue/ears feel pressured and memory sucks2/23/2013
  Q: I a, 53/female/diabetic-not good numbers at all...but I have been SO stressed with family stuff and ...
  A: This sounds more sinus..... I would get some AFRIN nose spray and use 2-3 times daily for up to a ...
Headache/nausea when using microscope2/22/2013
  Q: I wasn't sure which category to post this question in, but I hope you can help me. I'm wondering why ...
  A: it looks like you are inducing a little motion sickness..... people tend to build up tolerance to a ...
Hypertrophic gastritis2/21/2013
  Q: I have a question about a test I had done. It was a esophagram with a upper GI. It showed ...
  A: HG is a weird condition where the glandular cells of the stomach can enlarge. On one hand, we want ...
can't make a fist2/17/2013
  Q: i'm a 60 y.o white male and over the past couple months i've been having pain in my ring fingers on ...
  A: working with your hands may predispose you to arthritis and it may be progressive arthritis. If you ...
Poison Ivy (very bad case)2/17/2013
  Q: I have had this case for over 3 months. I about 2 weeks ago (Feb 3rd) got a shot of Prednisone ...
  A: did you roll around in it? 60% of your body is impressive..... Typically if this is poison ivy, I ...
aggression after eating2/17/2013
  Q: My husband told me that he feels very irritable after he eats things like rice. He said that he ...
  A: I doubt if there is a specific chemical, but I would wonder what his blood sugar is doing through ...
Leg cramps and lifestyle change2/16/2013
  Q: I'm a 30 year old female. Six months ago I was living a very different lifestyle. I had a job where ...
  A: I would have a couple lab tests... primarily thyroid and blood salts.... potassium, magnesium... I ...
Indigestion2/12/2013
  Q: For the last couple of months I get a feeling of indigestion, I think, its in my chest area though, ...
  A: definitely talk to your doc..... I don't know what testing you had to prove you don't have coronary ...
Nose Problem2/12/2013
  Q: I know that this questions should be asked to an ENT doctor but there are no ENT doctors on this ...
  A: Wow..... 5 cc of blood out of the nose.... I suspect he hit one of the blood vessels in the nose ...
What health problems would likely result from a childhood of deprivation?2/12/2013
  Q: Hello. I wonder if it would be possible for you to help me. I'm writing something, and I'm trying to ...
  A: I don't even want to speculate on the psychological aspects of growing up without any ...
throat irritation2/11/2013
  Q: For the last 2 weeks, I have felt like there is something in the back of my throat, like hair or ...
  A: this could be a minor viral infection and should get better soon. Other possibilities are an ...
Extreme Carbohydrate sensitivity?2/11/2013
  Q: Is this common? My hubby is 55.He doesnt have have diabetes (yet), but there is a family history. He ...
  A: if his huge belly remains, he is eating too many carbs..... he may be missing some that he isn't ...
appointments2/11/2013
  Q: Can you tell me if you are practicing at a doctors office. My wife and I really liked you as our ...
  A: I appreciate the support but am not working in a doctor's office at this point. I am continuing in ...
Sinus infection/URI/Bronchitis2/10/2013
  Q: Good Morning Doc, Just to fill you on all the details. I am a 30 y/o male, 200 lbs caucasion male. ...
  A: If there is still some blood tinged yellow mucous, it doesn't sound like the sinus infection is ...
Recurrence of ovarian dermoid cysts - likelihood2/9/2013
  Q: In May of 2009 I thought I was pregnant, until a 2.5" ovarian dermoid cyst tipped my left ovary long ...
  A: First, check a pregnancy test again using a first morning urine sample.... those yield the best ...
Induced Vomiting2/8/2013
  Q: I was reading the extended safety measures for a particular product and it said to not try to induce ...
  A: if it is caustic and may cause more problems coming back out is one. But basically, you are ...
Chronic illness 3 months2/8/2013
  Q: Can you give me a clue what I'm suffering from? Initially had severe gastrointestinal virus with ...
  A: just a couple of thoughts.... I assume you had normal thyroid tests. These symptoms were before ...
"scores"?2/5/2013
  Q: What are good or healthy "scores" for the following tests? PSA, A1C, (I am a diabetic), cholesterol, ...
  A: it depends on the test and on the range on the test.... PSA.... screening for prostate cancer.... ...
weight always 5kg less2/3/2013
  Q: Robert Borucki , I'm male,44 yrs,167.5cm height and weight 58kg.I'm eating much but not gain ...
  A: eating a little sugar is essential but not sufficient to gaining weight.... you have to have enough ...
Frequent BPPV?2/2/2013
  Q: Why would someone have frequent bouts of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?
  A: if there is fluid in the ears.... but a big reason is otoliths.... small stones (concretions) in the ...
Could my husband have internal shingles.2/1/2013
  Q: My husband has a sunburn feeling around hi torso. He has no rash at all. What could this be. Has ...
  A: shingles should present as a rash. It also would cause pain (and rash) only on one side. If his ...
Low testosterone levels1/29/2013
  Q: I am a 45 year old male and just got my testosterone checked. here are my results. Total = ...
  A: The results are borderline..... you are not horribly low but could justify replacement therapy. I ...
Lower chest pain after flu symptoms this week1/25/2013
  Q: I had flu symptoms earlier in the week, severe headache, 100.5 fever oral, fatigue, nasal/back of ...
  A: given your symptoms.... asumming you are young and healthy.... I would switch to tylenol and add in ...
Gall bladder issue vs. muscle spasm/strain ?1/22/2013
  Q: ..this past Friday morning, I awoke with what I think is a muscle spasm or strain in my right ...
  A: it is possible you have two problems going on with a muscle strain/spasm in the back and a little ...
cbc/iron levels1/22/2013
  Q: Good evening doctor, I am curious as to how often one should have a complete blood test (cbc) to ...
  A: Part of this is age dependent, but I think a conservative approach would be to check it yearly ...
Tongue sore1/19/2013
  Q: Are there many conditions that cause the bottom of the tongue to be sore for 4 plus days? Mine has ...
  A: glossitis is the technical term.... it could be a burn.... also, people can get ulcers in their ...
Nausea all the time.1/18/2013
  Q: For the past couple months I have been nauseous before and after I eat. This isn't always constant, ...
  A: I can give you a reasonable list, probably not all inclusive.... continued reflux ...
Kidney Disease1/17/2013
  Q: A family member has stage 3 kidney disease and I was wondering if it always progress, or if is a way ...
  A: The answer is that depending on the cause..... it pretty much always progresses.... the question is ...
pain medications1/15/2013
  Q: I have a 6 month old baby boy and he will be getting his 6 month shots this Friday. At his 4 month ...
  A: acetominphen is tylenol. Motrin is ibuprofen is advil. I don't know if it is an allergy as much as ...
Appendix1/15/2013
  Q: What is the appendix responsible for? I had mine out a couple years ago when I was 30 or so and ...
  A: The appendix is a little outpouching of the intestine and we don't know why it is there.... except ...
Two children with low platelet levels1/13/2013
  Q: My friends children live in Istanbul, even their best doctors don't compare to the doctors here in ...
  A: I am not sure...... the markedly elevated white count may be a leukemia, that should show up on the ...
Parotid Gland1/10/2013
  Q: I have Sjogrens. About a year ago, my right submandibular gland had to be removed for chronic ...
  A: You are at risk of repeat parotid or other gland infection... one test is to suck on a dill pickle ...
metatarsus adductus1/9/2013
  Q: My infant daughter has this. Our ped. Told us it would self correct by one, it hasn't. She falls ...
  A: If you are concerned, I would ask to see a pediatric orthopedist. Often there would be no ...
How do I gain weight?1/8/2013
  Q: Maybe my past vitamin d deficiency caused me to gain weight fast, while not gaining weight in other ...
  A: vit d prob will not help. Rarely are we symmetrical, so one side being a little bigger is probably ...
Flushed cheeks1/7/2013
  Q: I am usually a healthy person with no major medical issues. I had what the urgent care doctor ...
  A: People can get a late onset asthma like syndrome following a bad respiratory infection. Also, ...
blood work questions1/5/2013
  Q: I am a 56 year old female. I am generally healhy with the exception of osteoarthritis (knees, ...
  A: alk phos... nothing vitamin D.... everyone is low, simply take 2000 IU's per day Sed rate--- ...
Blood Clots1/5/2013
  Q: Borucki, I sit a lot on my job and it has recently come to my attention that I'm at a higher risk ...
  A: 1- Would it be obvious if I had a clot in my leg (puffy, warm etc)? typically it gets red and ...
penis irritation?1/3/2013
  Q: Dr Borucki, On early Monday morning, Ihad sex with my girlfriend(20 seconds unprotected) then ...
  A: The pictures don't really help.... they look pretty normal.... there are a lot of blood vessel and ...
Rash on penis glans1/3/2013
  Q: I am 42, not circumcised, in a monogamous relationship, and both her and I have not had sex with ...
  A: for it to last that short, it sounds like an allergic response or inflammatory response..... I might ...
flu??12/27/2012
  Q: Happy Holidays! I am just wondering if what I have may be some form of the flu going around. I am a ...
  A: I don't see this as related to the flu shot or the flu... this seems to be primarily a ...
Large Soft bulge in left side12/23/2012
  Q: My husband has had a large bulge in left side. It comes and goes and the only discomfort he feels ...
  A: From your description, hard to tell exactly where it is.... but this could be a residual lipoma.... ...
Pain in Testicles12/21/2012
  Q: From the past one month i am feeling little pain in my testicles. Also i feel as if its size has ...
  A: it could be a little infection or just a mild injury and a little sore. Since it has persisted, it ...
Blood Thinners12/21/2012
  Q: My mother had a stroke a few years ago and has been on blood thinners since then. We've been told ...
  A: first, your mom.... I assume you are talking about coumadin/warfarin, because Vitamin K affects ...
Cold hands12/20/2012
  Q: My hands are usually cold regardless of the season. Actually, I'm usually cold but my hands bother ...
  A: people who smoke can have this... the nicotine causes the blood vessels to clamp down. This could ...
cold legs12/18/2012
  Q: I think I may have a very serious problem that has plagued me for more than a year now. The biggest ...
  A: well, you aren't going to find an answer until you get things checked.... I think thyroid or B12 ...
Very high B12 in Child12/17/2012
  Q: Borucki, I took my 9 year old daughter to the dr for tiredness she had been complaining of for about ...
  A: The high B 12 level is not indicating any disease process..... if you held the vitamins it would ...
Shoulder pain...12/13/2012
  Q: I know you can't diagnose online but I am looking for a bit of advice. I went to the Dr. about a ...
  A: a plain xray was gonna be normal.... that would show a fracture or dislocation.... this sounds like ...
Fell on crutches12/13/2012
  Q: I am wondering if you can tell me, what route To take. Three weeks ago, I had a huge surgery ...
  A: the blood thinners, aspirin or coumadin/warfarin put you at higher risk to bleed... the bleeding on ...
constipation and rectal spasms12/12/2012
  Q: My dad was terribly constipated and now he had a bad bout of diarrhea. that is all over now but it ...
  A: If he is bouncing between constipation and then diarrhea, I would worry about immodium throwing him ...
EMLA cream12/12/2012
  Q: My younger foster brother is terrified of needles due to severe abuse he endured over the first 17 ...
  A: EMLA will help, but a lot will be the anxiety of the situation.... it is not unreasonable to ask for ...
splinter question12/12/2012
  Q: Borucki, I have a question concerning splinters, first aid and tetanus. I had gotten a wooden ...
  A: I think you have done everything well...... up to date on TDAP, good initial first aid. The key is ...
back pain12/11/2012
  Q: I have a history of lower back problems. An MRI revealed that I have a bulging disc at L3-L4 a ...
  A: Hurting to use the bathroom.... I would have the urine checked to make sure a urinary infection is ...
Fractured ribs and bronchitis12/10/2012
  Q: Monday I went to the ER with a diagnosis of fractured ribs, sent home with a prescription for ...
  A: it does sound like you have the flu.... you may have gotten it waiting to be seen for the ribs..... ...
Side Effects of Nasogastric Tube12/8/2012
  Q: A few months ago I attempted suicide through poisoning. I was brought to the hospital, had my ...
  A: the ng tube will not damage the vocal cords if it goes directly in to the esophagus.... but while ...
Any ideas?12/7/2012
  Q: I have asked you some questions previously about some things that are going on. I understand that ...
  A: this is a complicated history over the last 6 months..... You didn't ask specific questions, so I ...
BRCA testing12/5/2012
  Q: My maternal grandmother died of ovarian cancer at 74. Should I have the genetic testing done? My ...
  A: you could have genetic testing..... a single grandmother with ovarian cancer doesn't make you that ...
Blood Clot and History Of12/2/2012
  Q: Borucki, This question may seem simple, but has come up many times. When a Physician writes a ...
  A: .. it doesn't specify a time period. It doesn't specify the frequency either, just that it has ...
dizziness11/29/2012
  Q: Dr. Borucki, Thank you for your time. I am a 37 year old woman. Once in a while when I am walking ...
  A: If someone has low blood pressure in general, we check a few things like thyroid tests, some other ...
sudden blood pressure drop11/29/2012
  Q: Yesterday I was playing with my dog and had my thumb nicked by one of his teeth. It was superficial ...
  A: yes, it is a shock response.... possibly vasovagal, where the reaction instead of the bp and heart ...
Stop eating my fav meat?11/29/2012
  Q: I get constipated whenever I eat meat (mostly chicken). It probably started when I turned 35, a year ...
  A: it won't hurt you, just some uncomfortable time every week..... your choice would be to avoid ...
can lack of sleep cause permanent problems11/28/2012
  Q: I work a regular job 8-9 hours a day and work a part time job 4-7 hours more. I do this about 4 ...
  A: not permanent damge, but as you age, you can't necessarily keep up the same pace.... I did this ...
Weight health11/28/2012
  Q: I'm 5'4" tall and currently weight 120lbs (even though my mom says 125), I've only gained five ...
  A: if you are comfortable with your weight, that is what counts, especially as you transition from ...
toxoplasmosis from cats11/28/2012
  Q: Good evening, I recently read about toxoplasmosis that humans can catch from cats fecal matter, but ...
  A: first of all, if you consider all the people that have cats..... it isn't easy to catch toxo..... ...
increased hr and chest tightness11/27/2012
  Q: i started having mild panic attacks in the evening a couple of months ago but there were ...
  A: couple concerns... the dec4? I guess steroid shot... that can cause weird things... sometimes ...
cracked and bubbles on Tongue11/26/2012
  Q: I have cracked and bubbles on my Tongue, Since last 2 months , now iam daily taking Vitamin B ...
  A: there are multiple causes of tongue problems.... the tongue is a pretty complex organ and can be ...
Life in medicine11/23/2012
  Q: What does it take to be a medical doctor, and what inspires most that become doctors to do so? I ...
  A: different motivations for different people... with any field, there are people who enter it for ...
Vitamin D Side effects11/21/2012
  Q: Borucki, I've been taking a vitamin D supplement for a few months now. The pill is 400 IUs and I ...
  A: I really doubt it.... D is usually really well tolerated, even in more useful doses..... 400 IU's ...
Anti-Inflammatory11/19/2012
  Q: Is there a classification of drug or treatment called an anti-inflammatory or is that simply an ...
  A: anti inflammatories.... motrin type medicines work in this way. The overuse of them is typically ...
Finger Tip Discomfort11/18/2012
  Q: Borucki: On the tip of my left hand index finger, I have been getting some sort of internal heat ...
  A: you didn't menation how long it is doing it but it sounds like you might have had an injury... ...
body numbness11/18/2012
  Q: my 16 years old daughter has had several episodes of severe numbness all ever her body (head to ...
  A: A couple of things.... this could be mild pre-fainting symptoms... I would wonder about anemia (from ...
Diabetes11/12/2012
  Q: Is there any such thing as being "pre-diabetic?" I don't know if I have any family history of it, ...
  A: we have modified what we consider diabetic over the last 15-20 years. It used to be over 130, ...
GI issues11/8/2012
  Q: I had my third child 3 months ago. Since having her, I have been having GI issues. These include: ...
  A: amylase comes from many organs, not just the pancreas, so it is a pretty non-specific test. I ...
antibiotics?11/7/2012
  Q: My stomach has been bothering me since the 12th of October. On the 29th I was told I had an ...
  A: I guess you started the antibiotics on 10/29, so are still on them. By now things should be ...
Shoulder clunking11/6/2012
  Q: I work in a supermarket full time lifting heaving things on a daily basis I'm 27 years old female ...
  A: I am not sure what clunking is.... whether it is signifying that you are subluxing (partially ...
One year old baby esr blood high 11011/6/2012
  Q: My niece has been sick for over a week, with high temperature. Today in a private clinic we did her ...
  A: you didn't give any other information..... a 1 year old... I would be taking a close look and ...
high ferritin11/6/2012
  Q: some weeks ago I have a check up. today i got the results. my ferritin level is 389 ,about 200 more ...
  A: well, the question is whether you have an iron storage disease like hemachromatosis..... it ...
Vitamin B1210/31/2012
  Q: I just found out my Vitamin B12 is 169. They said they prefer it to be in the 400's (this was a ...
  A: that is low, you do need replacement.... people this low cannot absorb it well so taking oral ...
Fever doesnt seem to cure10/30/2012
  Q: I am a 21 year old male, living in Bangladesh. I have a fever for the past one and a half weeks. ...
  A: Common cold may last longer than 4-5 days, but 11 days seems a little long. I would worry about ...
very low blood pressure and heart murmur10/28/2012
  Q: My blood pressure is 85 over 56 and I was told I have a heart murmur. I work out about 2 hours a ...
  A: if you are not dizzy when standing and your blood pressure is consistently this low, there is no ...
kidney fuction10/24/2012
  Q: I seen a kidney specialist yesterday and my blood work up that he did showed i had good kidney ...
  A: we are blessed with a lot more kidney function than we need.... so 65% is more than adequate. If ...
Stomach Pain10/24/2012
  Q: I've been having stomach problems. Blood work and ultrasound from last week came back normal. Pain ...
  A: I assume you had an ultrasound of the gallbladder and that a urinalysis was also checked. I would ...
heart palpitation and fainting10/24/2012
  Q: Robert i just want to ask something, yesterday me and my wife is sleeping, and i woke up to pee, ...
  A: Heart rythym problems need to be sorted out.... first order of business is to get an urgent ...
Medical records.10/24/2012
  Q: Dr.Borucki. My parents parted when I was 2,1967.There was no contact with our Father after then so ...
  A: that may be a tough project.... different states have different laws regarding preservation of ...
blood pressure reading at home for mother10/23/2012
  Q: Doctor, i am puzzled by this- we have 2 seperate home blood pressure units and taking my mothers ...
  A: there are a couple possibilities.... 1) her bp is higher at home... stress, etc. 2) her bp ...
periphreal Neuropathy10/21/2012
  Q: well, I was diagnosed with PN, he tried amtriptyline for the pain. it was no help. current having ...
  A: The key is to make sure that the diagnosis ( or multiple diagnosis' ) are correct.... peripheral ...
chronic dizziness10/21/2012
  Q: For the past 2 weeks I have had constant dizziness and headaches all day long. Also I have been ...
  A: make sure you aren't having any ringing in your ears or hearing loss..... this would change the ...
Suspect my husband has diabetes10/18/2012
  Q: I have type 1 diabetes. My husband who eats horrible, is over weight, and he does excise a little ...
  A: He does have diabetes.... those numbers are not horribly high.... the big test is how high can he ...
Which doctor should I see for these symptomps?10/17/2012
  Q: I am 34 years male.(I don't smoke at all, social drink) Here is current symptoms I have. 1. Feel ...
  A: This sounds like some esphagitis, reflux, stomach problems..... Things that aggravate it.... ...
Metabolic Panel10/13/2012
  Q: I just receive the results of my blood work. The metabolic panel came back abnormal and of course my ...
  A: the chloride and carbon dioxide are so close to normal, that I would consider them normal. The ...
impotence10/13/2012
  Q: Borucki, I'm 22 years old and I'm experiencing erectile dysfunction and low libido. Everything was ...
  A: all these symptoms have come up awfully fast... plus, your rogaine not working for 3 weeks probably ...
skin rash/infection10/11/2012
  Q: Borucki, I wanted to ask you about a skin rash/infection that I have had for about four to five days ...
  A: it does sound like ringworm or a fungal illness, which means bactroban won't help.... you need to ...
Gallbladder?10/10/2012
  Q: I have had possible gallbladder issues for awhile. I haven't "officially" been diagnosed. I have ...
  A: if the gall bladder gets infected, that makes the surgery harder, but that could happen months or ...
STD testing10/10/2012
  Q: (Age 53) What blood tests would typically be run for a patient who requested to be checked for STDs? ...
  A: std's are a collection of illnesses with a common transmission.... some are determined through ...
Cough that isn't going away10/6/2012
  Q: I'm an 18 year old male. More than a month ago, I got ill. Just a cold. I had a runny nose and an ...
  A: it is probably some post-cold/bronchitis irritation.... if there is no fever and no yellow/green ...
weedkiller and toddler9/30/2012
  Q: "Hello I am writing as I cannot stop worrying about a recent incident that occured with my 2 year ...
  A: first, if she got any, it tastes really bad, so she would not keep drinking it. And if she did get ...
fta-abs testing9/30/2012
  Q: Borucki, I have a question that I would like to ask for your opinion on please. I have written you ...
  A: that is a really rare cause of tinnitus.... it is unlikely that is the cause, but it is an easy test ...
bowels9/30/2012
  Q: My name is Joyce. I am 55 and obese. I know that.. So about a month ago I had a colonoscopy. They ...
  A: Well, you will go again.... you haven't opted out for good. You didn't describe the pain, but I ...
PATIENT OVERALL CARE9/23/2012
  Q: I am 68 years and suffered a brain trauma at 56 years and was diagnosed with ataxia, visual ...
  A: brain trauma that happened remotely typically stays fairly static.. not changing except for the ...
Tuberculosis9/23/2012
  Q: Im 34 years old. I have a history of pulmonary tuberculosis in my childhood. I had mantoux skin test ...
  A: that is a tough question.... I would see an ID specialist for this.... you didn't say how you were ...
need advice please9/20/2012
  Q: he has found a medium size lump on my buttock, it not red or anything like that, when you touch it ...
  A: it sounds like a cyst or a lipoma.... neither is dangerous.... next time, routine visit, have your ...
PANIC9/19/2012
  Q: DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PANIC AND ANXIETY ISSUES.
  A: Yes. That is a really broad topic, so if you can give me a specific question about it, that would ...
Continuous hand spasms9/18/2012
  Q: for the past 3 hours my right hand has continuously been going into a sort of spasm,for no reason at ...
  A: the key is figuring out why... there are potentially many causes.... a neck or shoulder problem ...
hamstring injury9/17/2012
  Q: I was running sprints and heard my hamstring pop on the higher part of my leg. I stayed off of it ...
  A: even tho this is the back of the leg, sciatic nerve territory, this sounds like more of a muscle ...
Gallbladder woes9/16/2012
  Q: I am a male in my early 60s in relatively good health.Last Sunday,however,after a sleepless Saturday ...
  A: You are best off getting the GB out... they do it with a laparascope and it is an outpatient surgery ...
Skin9/11/2012
  Q: So I am a freshman in college, and I just started about three weeks ago. Recently I have noticed ...
  A: well... I would try some hydrocortisone cream... that would be the cheapest, easiest start to use ...
Autoimmune Diseases9/9/2012
  Q: A friend of mine who is 20 says they have Uveitis caused from an auto immune disease that she was ...
  A: auto immune disease, to the best of our knowledge, are not transmitted.... there are some genetic ...
Pinworm diagnosis9/7/2012
  Q: Is there a way to know for sure if I have pinworms WITHOUT going to a dr or a lab? I have been ...
  A: stick a piece of scotch tape to your anal area at night and see if you can catch any by the ...
swollen node9/6/2012
  Q: I am a 29 year old male. Over the past weekend I noticed a swollen lymph node under my jaw line on ...
  A: the wasp sting can set off an inflammation reaction and cause the node to swell. The teeth/gums can ...
Is it safe?9/2/2012
  Q: I’m a 22 year old female. Earlier this year, I was finally diagnosed with Gilbert Syndrome after ...
  A: I don't see a problem with the vitamins and are not convinced that they are making you tired. The ...
"shivering" muscles9/1/2012
  Q: A little history: I suffer from a variety of maladies related to several automobile accidents, and ...
  A: this may be prolonged withdrawal... someone can be in withdrawal even tho they are still on opiates ...
Anemia9/1/2012
  Q: My mom is 94 years old. When she was 83 yrs old she had severe anemia. Tests showed a large ...
  A: it sounds like she is bleedin again and there are a couple questions... It would be nice to find ...
Fatigue and just dragging8/28/2012
  Q: Im a 40 y/o male that has suffered from fatigue for several years. Im in good shape, non smoker and ...
  A: This could easily be low testosterone. I think the sleep apnea test is also a good idea. I would ...
Health improvements with sobriety?8/26/2012
  Q: I am 53, health is OK but overweight by at least 25 pounds. I have been sober since July first. I ...
  A: Congratulations on your recovery.... remember, alcoholism is cunning, baffling, powerful.... and ...
Cervix8/25/2012
  Q: When a doctor looks down the vagina, he/she can see the cervix. Is the cervix the opening (hole) or ...
  A: cervix is the entire round pink object.... the hole is called the os. Why not just call the entire ...
One-sided numbness8/25/2012
  Q: A few days ago I noticed that my right arm felt heavy and weak. About 30 minutes later, my neck and ...
  A: it is unlikely that you would have a stroke at age 30, but that is worrisome... yes, it still could ...
sore under arm8/24/2012
  Q: Yesterday I noticed that my right arm pit was sore...I felt around and do not feel anything ...
  A: wait... look at the armpit.... if the skin develops a red patch, then maybe a little fungal ...
vaginal dryness8/24/2012
  Q: I am only 36 and have had a hysterectomy almost 15 years ago but still have my ovaries. I get some ...
  A: I don't know what is best, but a few things can help..... There is a product called replens that ...
Neurological problem or just muscular?8/22/2012
  Q: First of all, thank you for your time. I looked carefully to see if this would be the best topic to ...
  A: This has been so longstanding that I would wonder about a structural abnormality.... I assume with ...
Fiance's Health Issue8/20/2012
  Q: Good Afternoon, I wanted to discuss an issue my fiancé has been having internally in hopes of ...
  A: Are you sure there was no alcohol consumption during some of those episodes..... I would have a full ...
sister not eating loosing alot of weight8/17/2012
  Q: Sister is nauseated and vomiting -does not feel like eating- she has lost more than 60 lbs since ...
  A: well... adrenal hormone problems can cause NV and I hope they have checked her hormone status... ...
foot pain8/17/2012
  Q: Went running at the beach in dry sand. Shoes were older. I run on my tippy toes and sand had ...
  A: it is easy to bruise the bottom, also when running on sand, easy to jam the nail into the nail bed ...
Liver Disorder?8/16/2012
  Q: I am in kind of a quandry. I have not been feeling well for almost a year now. When I say that, I ...
  A: you need a good primary care doctor.... the endocrine said thyroid is OK, so you need a primary ...
16 days postpartum, still bleeding?8/16/2012
  Q: I'm 24 years old, and just had my first child 16 days ago. My pregnancy was normal and healthy. I ...
  A: Most bleed for the first few days, some for a couple weeks. The concern is any retained placenta ...
Stephen Johnson Syndrome8/14/2012
  Q: In 1998 I was prescribed Naprosyn after hurting my back at work. I am not much of a medicine taker ...
  A: stevens johnson is more than hives and breathing problems.... this was an allergic reaction... the ...
splinter8/11/2012
  Q: first of all I don't know if this is your area of expertise but I'm still hoping that you would help ...
  A: If it is continuing to drain some pus, that raises the possibility of having a retained foreign body ...
5 year old blood test8/10/2012
  Q: My son was given a blood test for high blood sugar. The test came back fine foe this but low white ...
  A: having a low white cell count probably means nothing.... sometimes viral illnesses can suppress the ...
help!!!8/9/2012
  Q: I have had a yeast infection in my ears and my butt and vagina for 11 months! I'm going INSANE with ...
  A: it is not anything you are laying on... pillows/carpet.... Yeast likes warm and wet.... so the goal ...
increasingly painful periods8/8/2012
  Q: I am a 29 yr old mother of one. Lately my periods have gotten more and more painful. Ive always had ...
  A: I would try other brands of birth control pills..... or consider depo provera shots...that is the ...
Coming off Diprivan8/8/2012
  Q: My father in law passed out and fell over three feet, face first onto the concrete. He suffered ...
  A: multiple facial fractures and evidence of damage on cat scan is a very worrisome combination.... ...
Angiogram Question8/6/2012
  Q: Borucki, I have a question (I posted before and I will paste your answer below, I wanted to ask a ...
  A: a repeat MRI will not help..... the cerebral angiogram has a higher risk but can show this type of ...
groin/inner thigh area8/4/2012
  Q: First of all like 2 years ago i was diagnosed with prostatitis and take cadura for it. I get the ...
  A: I think you are right.... more likely a strain or a true hernia.... if there is not a big bulge, ...
Neurology referral8/1/2012
  Q: My doctor referred me to a neurologist last week for ongoing and changing migraines. I was told the ...
  A: When referring to a private practice (as opposed to a hospital owned practice) there are often ...
PPD Test7/30/2012
  Q: Every year we are required to have a PPD test. I have always had a negative reading. This year I ...
  A: that late afterwards makes me think of a mild infection or possibly a late bruise occurring.... the ...
Cleaning Ears7/29/2012
  Q: When I was young I went to see the pediatric doctor to have the excessive wax cleaned out of my ears ...
  A: Some people make more wax than others.... a little wax is good.... prevents infection. Too much wax ...
Parsireotide LAR Treatment of a Non-secreting Ectopic Pituitary Macroadenoma7/29/2012
  Q: Two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with a four and a half cm, by seven cm, by one and a half cm ...
  A: This is somewhat outside of my comfort zone.... what is appropriate for a tumor.... I would suggest ...
Pinworm infection7/28/2012
  Q: My teenage son had pinworms. He toon pin-x. I did too as a precaution 6 days ago, although I had no ...
  A: just hearing about pinworms makes my backside itch... the power of suggestion... even if you had it, ...
Hiatal Hernia7/24/2012
  Q: Some time ago I was told I have a hiatial hernia and I was wondering if it would cause severe ...
  A: The first thing to evaluate is whether this could be heart..... an EKG is not good enough.... if ...
CT scans on an infant7/24/2012
  Q: Our 5 year old had a CT scan at 3 months with a couple xrays along with a CT scan at 6 months with ...
  A: This is becoming more and more of an issue, especially with kids..... there have been cases of abd ...
HCG shots7/24/2012
  Q: I am a 34 year old, mother of 3. No health problems, I have been trying to lose weight so I went to ...
  A: I wouldn't worry re: the ovarian cancer issue, but I think the shots are worthless as far as weight ...
Bees7/23/2012
  Q: I don't know if this is an emergency issue, but I already started trying to ask this question to a ...
  A: insect stings... not much to do.... if you are allergic, the reaction happens quickly.... if you ...
Migraines7/23/2012
  Q: I have a few questions, I have an appt with my doctor later this week but was hoping you could help ...
  A: A couple of things pop up with your history.... first, I would not automatically figure all your ...
Trying to understand the immune system better7/20/2012
  Q: When it comes to resisting sickness, is there a unit of measure like ‘pathogen resistance’ that will ...
  A: When it comes to resisting sickness, is there a unit of measure like ‘pathogen resistance’ that will ...
Is it better to live clean or be used to filth?7/20/2012
  Q: Is living a less hygienic or more ‘exposed-to-the-elements’ lifestyle going to increase your immune ...
  A: that is an excellent question.... going "germ free" completely really sets up for disaster later ...
TIA7/16/2012
  Q: Dr. Borucki, My mother last week pasted out in the end of church services. She is 66 years old and ...
  A: it is a common misconception, but TIA's or strokes typically do not cause loss of consciousness..... ...
Swollen feel and ankles7/15/2012
  Q: Borucki, I am a 62 year old woman and last year in the summer, I started having trouble with ...
  A: This sounds like dependent edema.... the diuretics help a little, but the biggest help would be ...
eating food ,fasting etc7/15/2012
  Q: Robert Borucki, I'm 43,male.My weight is correct as per height and I am ...
  A: There are many many diets out there that recommend different plans.... There is good evidence now ...
multiple health problems7/14/2012
  Q: hope you can help! I have been diagnosed with 3 heart conditions, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Paroxysmal ...
  A: You are right.... you have a complicated situation.... I don't see a connection with all the ...
Anemia7/13/2012
  Q: I was wondering, hypothetically, if one stopped ingesting any iron, around how much would hemoglobin ...
  A: in a month, no drop... you have iron stores and recycle the iron in the hemoglobin.... I don't know ...
Tender lump in armpit7/11/2012
  Q: Borucki, I am a healthy 34 year old woman. Three days ago, I noticed my left armpit was tender. I ...
  A: next weeks appointment is fine for this... it is unlikely to be a cancer. More likely a little skin ...
low potassium7/11/2012
  Q: Recently (this week) it was discovered that I have a potassium level of 2.8. My doc has called me in ...
  A: First of all, why did your potassium go low...... are you on a water pill like lasix or HCTZ that ...
Lipotropic Injections7/10/2012
  Q: My family physician recently suggested I begin B12/B6 lipotropic injections in addition to a healthy ...
  A: I don't think those chemicals should cause much of a reaction, unfortunately, they don't cause much ...
Medican Questions7/9/2012
  Q: "I've got two questions: In TV and the movies, I always see a nurse or doctor pressing closed the ...
  A: the brain functions for a couple of seconds after the heart has stopped.... it requires a lot of ...
ear pain7/9/2012
  Q: I have been having dull, intermittent pain in one ear for over a month now. I've been to the doctor, ...
  A: These can get frustrating.... before the ENT or expensive scans, I would try a decongestant such as ...
lab test for iron/anemia7/8/2012
  Q: I'm 60 yr. old male and usually get lab tests through an online co. that uses labcorp because it's ...
  A: first of all, you need a regular CBC specifically the Hb and HCT to tell whether you are anemic.... ...
Heat stroke, what to do next?7/8/2012
  Q: Borucki, I wonder if I could have your advice please on what check up examinations I should be ...
  A: from your description, it doesn't sound like you damaged anything permanently... But it may take a ...
tetanus and tetanus shot7/3/2012
  Q: Borucki, I have a question about tetanus and the tetanus shot called Adacel. On June 30, 2012, I ...
  A: your immune system doesn't shut down with an immunization, you just devote a few resources towards ...
Aging and muscle strength6/30/2012
  Q: I was wondering if you ever read anything about aging, and the decline of testerone in the human ...
  A: it is much more complicated than simply the decline of testosterone.... many of our cells have ...
lump/bump on forearm?6/28/2012
  Q: I got a zit looking bump on my left forearm about 2-3 weeks ago. It was small and itched a bit. I ...
  A: I would check with your doc, the picture doesn't help me (too blurry) but I suspect you have a low ...
Confused as to why suddenly so sick6/28/2012
  Q: ever since I got married 2 years ago I've been really sick. I used to hardly get sick before but now ...
  A: this could be all related to allergies.... if you are eating something that you have developed and ...
Help me6/26/2012
  Q: So, this morning I was just feeling my face, and I felt a lump on my cheek, right next to my ear. ...
  A: it sounds like a lymph node swelling a little.... these happen from little infections, either on the ...
under the left rib cage swollen with bloating and constipation.6/25/2012
  Q: Greeting, I'm 27 yr old female and mother of three. Since april I have been going to the doctors ...
  A: you are really constipated from taking all those narcotic pain medicines..... you should start ...
CBC6/22/2012
  Q: Is there any significance to the slightly elevated MCV and MCH? Below are my CBC results: WBC 8.7 ...
  A: Both are related and they are non-specific markers..... The MCV may be elevated due to: too much ...
IBS???6/21/2012
  Q: Doctor, I have asked you questions previously to this one. I'm an expert in another area (almost 5 ...
  A: I am having trouble figuring out which problem (if not all) you are asking about..... I agree with ...
Lymph node6/14/2012
  Q: I noticed a lymph node under my jaw on my left side a couple months ago when i had a cold/sore ...
  A: Next routine visit, you should mention it, but we have a lot of lymph nodes in that area and they ...
HELP! endometriosis question6/14/2012
  Q: I have been diagnosed with endometriosis. For years I suffered debilitating symptoms and finally ...
  A: you are both right.... most of the time, endometriosis is a major "quality of life" ruiner.... but ...
Question about triglycerides6/14/2012
  Q: I am a female who is 48, 5' 10" and weighs 155 Pds. I have a very bad hip in which I have had 8 ...
  A: Just watch the TSH.... no problem with it jumping around. That can vary but all are decent. The ...
Could you suggest6/12/2012
  Q: I am 73 years old. I am suffering from thyroid problem, marginally high cholesterol, hypertension, ...
  A: In general, they are safe.... but at least 1-2 out of 10 people cannot take the Rosuvastatin due to ...
Thyroid problem6/11/2012
  Q: I'm 30 yo and about 5 months ago when I would turn my head it felt like there was pressure on my ...
  A: it can swell up from infection, but usually will go back down... the fact that the tests are normal ...
Confused..Why is it happening?6/4/2012
  Q: My Spouse is having hair loss since last year. She also have Dry and Itchy scalp(it reduced little ...
  A: I didn't see where she had thyroid function testing..... that is the first thing I would check. I ...
Quetiapine in elderly6/4/2012
  Q: My 86 year old grandmother had 2 extreme emotional outbursts (crying, yelling, lack of sleep) in the ...
  A: I can't make a call as to whether she should take these meds or not, but I can see the issues..... ...
thyroid problems5/29/2012
  Q: about 8 months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Tsh at that time was a 9 and now it is 2.5 ...
  A: I tend to replace thyroid hormone until the TSH is between 0.5 and 1.5, even tho the limits go up to ...
Sore Neck5/23/2012
  Q: I've had a sore neck for nearly 5 days, which seems like the kind of sensation of sleeping funny, ...
  A: it is a matter of preference whether someone likes a really soft mattress or firm one.... I can find ...
ekg5/23/2012
  Q: if someone has changes in their C waves on a EKG is that serious?
  A: I don't know what a C wave is.... but in general, an ECG does not give a tremendous amount of ...
Teeth5/23/2012
  Q: I am curious. In the last three months I have had three teeth (molars) fracture, two have been ...
  A: your dentist should address any concerns.... repetitive chewing, something causing decay such as ...
grey hair and vit deficiency5/20/2012
  Q: Robert Borucki , I am 43 yrs old,good health.I am 50 percent gray and it is on ...
  A: First of all, I am not convinced that your 70 year old parents are only 10% gray..... are you sure ...
Worried and seeking help with a recent incident5/19/2012
  Q: Borucki, I would appreciate your help, suggestions or ideas with this incident that happened last ...
  A: the good news is that these diseases don't spread with a touch.... you have to have a break in the ...
Skin Discoloration5/17/2012
  Q: I am a 24 year old male and am experiencing a bit of skin discoloration. Over the past month, maybe ...
  A: It is hard to tell, but a couple of ideas...... hydrocortisone cream can de-pigment an area if used ...
Needlestick HCV5/17/2012
  Q: healthcare etc. I have been taking care of my grandmother who had a operation and is a diabetic and ...
  A: you would have known if you were stuck...... it hurts.... The good news is hep C does not transmit ...
A complicated case5/14/2012
  Q: I've suffered from high body temperature started in February. I made a urine culture and found ...
  A: There are a lot of possibilities. Some of these depend on where you are from. Could this be ...
HIV question5/5/2012
  Q: Just a quick question. After giving plasma in 2004, I got a letter in the mail saying the doctors ...
  A: The HIV screen test is very sensitive, but not specific... that means it picks up almost everyone ...
My lower lip has been swollen for a month5/5/2012
  Q: On April 1 I wrecked my Vespa and the left side of my face took the brunt of it. My lower lip was ...
  A: this could be scar tissue or could be a cyst (mucous retention cyst) that has developed as part of ...
Stinging behind knee after stretching?5/2/2012
  Q: About a year ago I'd had an ankle injury so I couldn't stretch or do any exercises, etc. Well, once ...
  A: it sounds like you lost some flexibility from the injury/inactivity then tried to get it back too ...
Parasite? in my son4/29/2012
  Q: I am in South America, Bolivia and I have settled here with wife and job, my wife if from Bolivia, I ...
  A: I have trouble telling what this is from the picture, but I have my doubts about worms.... the ...
Possible chickenpox?4/27/2012
  Q: I noticed you answered a question about chicken pox a couple of years ago and I am hoping you can ...
  A: shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox virus.... the stuff you had on your neck could have been ...
Allergies and swollen lymph nodes4/25/2012
  Q: I couple of days ago I went to my doctor due to my allergies. I am allergic to grass. This time of ...
  A: yes, allergies can cause reactive lymph nodes, but some people get colds also and it is hard to tell ...
Pain upper and lower right quadrants4/24/2012
  Q: I have for the last month been experincing pain in my upper right quadrant mostly at night. At the ...
  A: The first answer is that this is a condition that requires an exam with a doctor..... trying to ...
Pneumonia question4/22/2012
  Q: I was diagnosed with bilateral bacterial pneumonia a week ago. Spent 3 days in a hospital on bed ...
  A: I am glad you got the repeat film to show that you did not have a collapsed lung, but having fluid ...
Question on mole biopsy4/21/2012
  Q: If the mole does not come back cancerous what do they classify it as? also how often do they make ...
  A: there are several classifications, but basically it is aberrant tissue that has grown irregularly, ...
ankle injury4/17/2012
  Q: On March 6th I was running with my teen age son and was trying to run faster then him I felt a sharp ...
  A: if the xray is normal typically the ortho is not going to be helpful but since it has been going on ...
blood pressure meds4/14/2012
  Q: I'm 60 and may likely need to be on blood pressure medication, but a few years ago one doctor said ...
  A: it becomes a matter of habit and personal preference... the bottom line is you will get benefit from ...
Undiagnosed disorder - symptoms similar to chronic pancreatitis, but it isn't that disorder4/13/2012
  Q: I am at my wits end which is why I now ask you about what my husband's illness might be. Other ...
  A: pancreatitis is a weird disease that presents many different ways.... we think of alcohol abuse or ...
Hives4/10/2012
  Q: About 3 weeks ago I noticed I developed hives on my right shoulder and they went away in a couple of ...
  A: this could be some kind of mite that is biting you like a bedbug.... hard to tell from your ...
ear problem4/6/2012
  Q: Borucki, I have an appt. scheduled with a nurse practitioner to have ear wax removed. I had this ...
  A: it is a little loud but the suction work fairly well, especially if you have gotten some debrox in ...
Sinus Cyst? What else could it be? Thanks in advance4/5/2012
  Q: I recently had an MRI for several neurological symptoms I've been experiencing and it was discovered ...
  A: MRI's really are great tools to define what is in certain structures.... it is most likely that this ...
Heartburn4/1/2012
  Q: Dr. Borucki, I would like to know what the weirdest symptoms of heartburn you have seen are. I'm ...
  A: It could easily be heartburn, but there are other bits of info that I would want. Why did you have ...
lightheaded and dizzy spells3/31/2012
  Q: I had a pace maker put in around a year ago.To increase heart beat.When this happens i have to sit ...
  A: There is a lot more than simply the heart rate that allows you to perform exercise without having to ...
Looking for help3/29/2012
  Q: Borucki, I was hoping to get your opinion, thoughts, impressions or any advice on my general state ...
  A: I don't know how things work up in Canada as far as access to specialists.... but down here, I would ...
Male Hair Loss3/25/2012
  Q: It is my understanding that testosterone turning into HDT in higher amounts is the primary reason ...
  A: there are only vague theories on baldness, other than genetic tendencies.... typically the man ...
Low cal/high exercise still not losing weight?3/22/2012
  Q: Dr I am at my wits end. I am 53, 5'8", and have always had a slow metabolism. I have no idea why-I ...
  A: There are some tests that can be done to measure your metabolic activity but they are ...
Blood Work & Diet3/22/2012
  Q: Where to begin.... I'm 32, 5'6" and 145 Ok I'll start w/ the fact that I've always been the ...
  A: if you aren't anemic, just low serum iron, just take a multivitamin with iron.... you don't need a ...
Coughing3/22/2012
  Q: When people get older do they tend to grow longer hairs in their throat causing them to cough more ...
  A: that won't help.... most likely you have a persistent irritant.... either you are refluxing a little ...
skin3/21/2012
  Q: Just have a question, I KNOW the picture isn't the best, but at least it gives you an idea of size ...
  A: the picture didn't come through.... If it is painful, I might worry a little about shingles. If ...
nosebleeds3/21/2012
  Q: My almost 16 year old son has been having severe nosebleeds lately. Like on Sunday on the way home ...
  A: this may be due to allergies or an infection, assuming he hasn't had any trauma to his nose. He ...
ph level3/20/2012
  Q: i have a question about ph level. i bought a ph test kit to test ph level using urine. my wife try ...
  A: usually urine is a little acidic... but 7 is OK. When it is high, that probably indicates a urine ...
Iron shots for anaemia3/19/2012
  Q: I know that when you have an iron shot administered it has to be done in hospital under a ...
  A: they should be refrigerated... they could be injected by a non-medical person, but there is a small ...
accute bronchitis3/18/2012
  Q: I started with post nasal drip/mild cough six days ago. By Thursday, I had a temp (100), exhausted ...
  A: There is no way of knowing whether there is a bacterial component to the infection except in ...
Discharge3/18/2012
  Q: I am 51 years old. I have had an abnormal vaginal discharge for about one week. The discharge ...
  A: I would vote for either bacterial vaginosis- not STD related, or Trichomonas- STD related..... the ...
Diabetis3/18/2012
  Q: Is there a way of tell whether someone is consuming too many sugars and are risking becoming a ...
  A: Gaining weight fairly quickly is a bad sign... also, checking the sugar 2 hours after a big meal is ...
pancreatitis3/16/2012
  Q: My boyfriend was diagnosed with pancreatitis in Feb. He's 32 and has drank every day for the past 10 ...
  A: if he has been this sick and still wants to drink, then you should save yourself and leave the ...
Fibroadenoma3/12/2012
  Q: I am 37 and was recently diagnosed with a fibroadenoma with atypical lobular hyperplasia. It is ...
  A: atypical hyperplasia is not your normal run of the mill fibroadenoma.... The surgeon would probably ...
stopping meds3/12/2012
  Q: I'm 41 and taking bp meds along with Lipitor. Recently there have been reports that statins cause ...
  A: The relationship between Lipitor (statins) and elevated sugar is not even close to a cause and ...
blood pressure3/12/2012
  Q: Someone told me that when you take your socks off and there is a deep indentation around your ankle ...
  A: not true.... some people with hypertension can have swelling, but some people with normal may also. ...
spleen3/12/2012
  Q: why would your spleen be hurting, it does not hurt all time, but when i press under my left ribs it ...
  A: well, i realize you are having left upper abdominal pain, but why would you assume it is your ...
Digestive attacks3/11/2012
  Q: about three months ago I've started having these "attacks" when I would start feeling extremely ...
  A: you didn't mention your age, but colonoscopy is probably a good idea.... the upper endoscopy is less ...
Noise in ear3/11/2012
  Q: For about the past month I have been having problems with my right ear. At first it was annoying ...
  A: as a trial, try using AFRIN nose spray twice a day for 3 days..... sniff it back so you can taste ...
Blood QuestionHi,3/7/2012
  Q: My question is, if someone dies from some non disease related situation(such as getting hit by a ...
  A: The blood would be good for hours, but there are a few problems... contamination during trauma with ...
swollen lower abdomen3/6/2012
  Q: Dr I am 53. My weight has remained the same for the last ten years but my lower abdomen has swollen ...
  A: the lower abd swelling, could easily be simple weight gain.... we lost muscle mass which is heavier ...
You were the only one who seemed available to answer this kind of question3/4/2012
  Q: My veins blow extremely easy, even when given an IV at the hospital. What sites would IV not ...
  A: "Blow" is not really a correct word... the problem is trouble distending the vein so you get the IV ...
arm pain3/2/2012
  Q: I hoping you can help me with this. About 8 weeks ago I started getting a pain in my left arm. Its ...
  A: the blood drawing caused a bruise, but obviously the pain was there before that. I would wonder ...
Blood infection3/2/2012
  Q: I was diagnosed with a kidney and blood infection (my blood culture came back yesterday). I have ...
  A: Fever- tylenol 1000 mg up to every 6 hours and Motrin 800 mg up to every 6 hours (you can stagger ...
white fuzz on tongue3/1/2012
  Q: I am a 15 yr old girl. I recently had a yeast infection. I took a pill for that 2 weeks ago. I didnt ...
  A: ease up on sweets, make sure you clean teeth/mouth at bedtime and it will go away.... that is not ...
Rabies3/1/2012
  Q: How worried should I be about Rabies and my children. We do not have any pets but live in a rural ...
  A: it depends which animals you are talking about..... it is very unlikely to have rabies from ...
Back Pain2/28/2012
  Q: I hurt my back about a year or two ago, by bending over and picking up trash in the yard. Well ...
  A: it is likely you have injured a disc.... this should get better but it is at risk of getting injured ...
Areola and nipple size and puffiness2/26/2012
  Q: I am a 16 year old male and i have had a very annoying thing going on with my Areola (area around ...
  A: that is part of maturing... the hormone surges cause some growth of that area..... assuming you ...
primary complex2/25/2012
  Q: my son was detected of primary complex last aug 2011, he had a lot og lymph nodes around the neck 3 ...
  A: well, first, you have to return to the doctor..... if the infection was TB, the pus has to be ...
frequent/urgent urination2/24/2012
  Q: I am a 20 year old female who has been experiencing the urgent and frequent need to urinate for more ...
  A: calc granuloma of the spleen/liver... don't worry about it... you have had it for a long time... and ...
New Freckle on palm2/21/2012
  Q: I just noticed a tiny freckle on my right palm. I just noticed it this morning but figured it was ...
  A: sometimes these are little blood blisters.... a little bleeding under the skin that causes a change. ...
Bad Index finger2/20/2012
  Q: First of all I would like to thank you for answering my question. The index finger of my right ...
  A: Since you have had it for months and it hasn't progressed, the chances of this being a serious ...
fainting2/17/2012
  Q: My friend 83yrs female. 2 weeks ago passed out, since then does it more and vomits every time she ...
  A: repeated fainting usually involves the circulatory system, either heart problems, or low blood ...
Elderly Relief2/13/2012
  Q: Borucki, I'm curious if I have been observing some pattern among aged men or just imagining this. ...
  A: well, you are obviously spending too much time at the YMCA.... Urination changes significantly for ...
exercise2/11/2012
  Q: In many medical disorders, a hypertrophied heart (both concentric and eccentric) is considered bad. ...
  A: you are mixing metaphors with respect to the heart..... yes, hypertrophy is bad, but the bad ...
fingers2/10/2012
  Q: Good Afternoon Dr Borucki, I am a 46 year old diabetic under tight control. (Aic's 5.6-6.0) The last ...
  A: I would need to know what precipitates it... is it black all the time until you rub it or just ...
Digestive discomfort2/8/2012
  Q: over a month ago I've started having times of significant discomfort with my digestion. They usually ...
  A: I don't see a direct connection between blood clot and digestive... you didn't mention your age ...
Muscles question2/5/2012
  Q: I was wondering if you know who in your profession specializes in the knowledge of muscles? I have a ...
  A: there is a lot more to developing big muscles than hi reps or hi weights.... a huge genetic ...
Puncture wound need advice asap2/4/2012
  Q: I stepped on a long screw today that went in about 1/8 to 1/4 inch into my heel. I had on socks, no ...
  A: there is no hard science behind this and no direct evidence that Keflex really helps prevent the ...
Question about tumors2/3/2012
  Q: I read about a young girl that had a tumor surgically removed. I looked up the definition of tumors, ...
  A: A tumor or tumour is commonly used as a synonym for a neoplasm (a solid or fluid-filled (cystic) ...
Concerned about health from dog feces exposure.2/2/2012
  Q: This is going to be a weird problem but I am a little concern about the effects it will have on me. ...
  A: that is pretty revolting.... I would refuse to stay in a house where dogs s*&#t all over the floor. ...
nagging pain in side2/2/2012
  Q: I am a 49 year old woman and I have had a nagging pain in my lower right side ever since about ...
  A: I would probably check blood counts, check a urine sample on you. I would also have you get a ...
Radiation Poison?1/30/2012
  Q: I had an x-ray a week ago today for a shoulder problem. X-ray didn't show any problem. However ...
  A: I would venture to say that is impossible.... the machines are so good that an overexposure isn't ...
Is this my heart or something else?1/28/2012
  Q: I'll start off by saying I'm a 17 year old female, average weight and height but for the past few ...
  A: This is always tricky, since I don't get to ask questions here.... I would ask if you gained weight ...
Ear Protection1/23/2012
  Q: I'm not sure how easy this will be to answer, but I'll ask it anyway. Can target shooting outside, ...
  A: noise damage is cumulative.... so one time target shooting won't damage permanently, but over time, ...
different symptoms1/21/2012
  Q: For the past about 4 to 6 months, I have had a constant low grade fever usually between the ranges ...
  A: it sounds like a chronic infection, possibly low grade urine infection, I would also check a blood ...
Linked or Coincidence?1/20/2012
  Q: I'm being tested for suspected diabetes insipidus. I've been having headaches, dizziness, fatigue ...
  A: I would start very basic.... check regular blood counts, thyroid, blood sugar and also pursue the ...
Pulmonary emboli - 27 year old female1/20/2012
  Q: I was recently diagnosed with pulmonary emboli. The specialist stated that I had multiple clots in ...
  A: something has caused a clotting disorder... whether it is a blood disease or something else, got to ...
Chronic Appendicitis1/18/2012
  Q: I am an otherwise healthy 23 year old female. In the past 6 months, I've had 3 surgeries. The first ...
  A: there are books written about how to diagnose appendicitis.... some are very easy, but often it is a ...
Painful Hips1/16/2012
  Q: Lately...when I've been sitting at my computer for a couple of hours my hips will start to hurt (one ...
  A: this may be more skeletal than muscular.... some joint problems in the hips.... do you keep fit.... ...
Diverticulitis1/15/2012
  Q: My first flare was July 2010 during extremely stressful family problem. Second flare was June 2011 ...
  A: I would wonder whether this is definitely diverticulitis episodes or could this be IBS episodes ...
Normal stature range1/11/2012
  Q: Would a male being between 5th-8th percentile be normal for stature medically speaking. My ...
  A: I am not sure where you came up with those numbers, but in general....the complete range covers 95% ...
Information about comatose patients1/11/2012
  Q: Borucki, I'm a writer, working on a fictional piece. In this piece, two women are attacked and ...
  A: coma could be from the head injury or could be from the smoke inhalation or low oxygen. They can ...
Abdominal pain and distention1/10/2012
  Q: Dr. Borucki, Thank you for your time and service. I hope you can give me some direction. I don't ...
  A: I would have a hard time blaming the lidocaine and afrin.... I would also be concerned, with those ...
Rectal rash1/9/2012
  Q: I have had a rash for about 4 weeks now. It is very itchy and irritated. Also, when making a bowel ...
  A: :) That is jock itch, tinea cruris, etc....... A fungal infection down there...... now, fungus ...
Lactic acidosis/Periodic Paralysis1/7/2012
  Q: I am a 63 year old female with a recent diagnosis of Periodic Paralysis (for years was misdiagnosed ...
  A: Yes, this is a rare complex situation.... I would be guessing, but if you came to see me in my ...
bitten cheek1/6/2012
  Q: Sometimes when I am chewing my food I inadvertently bite my cheek (the inside of my cheek), and it ...
  A: not really... those don't get infected and heal up quickly and nothing speeds that up.... next time ...
Perimenopause1/5/2012
  Q: I am 49 years old. My periods have been slightly irregular or 1 year. Since August i have had some ...
  A: since you had the biopsy... that shows that there is no uterine cancer, but typically, this will ...
Flu Shots1/5/2012
  Q: I recently got my first flu shot in years, and on Monday I felt sick. I usually only get sick once a ...
  A: The problem with flu shots is that we give them at a time of year when people get sick with other ...
dizziness1/5/2012
  Q: I have been dizzy for 5 days now. It started Saturday while I was at work, I was feeling fine then ...
  A: if you have room spinning dizziness, you can try over the counter dramamine, but be careful driving ...
Ridding Myself of Post-Concussion Symptoms?12/30/2011
  Q: Dr. Borucki. I am a 43 year old man who was involved in a medium speed (55 mph) t-bone collision ...
  A: that sounds more like a concussion as opposed to just whiplash, unless you are still on any narcotic ...
Shadowing a Doctor12/28/2011
  Q: I'm fifteen and I'm interested in Emergency Medicine. I currently volunteer at a hospital; however, ...
  A: you can do it now if the hospital allows it.... there are privacy issues but volunteering always ...
ulq pain12/27/2011
  Q: for the past 2 weeks i have been experiencing pain under my left ribcage in the front, where the ...
  A: these kind of pains are common and usually do not amount to anything.... a temporary problem in the ...
Rash12/26/2011
  Q: Could this be a lyme disease rash? If not, any other suggestions?
  A: I hate looking at rashes that I cannot look at from different angles and touch..... I don't think ...
ear12/25/2011
  Q: I am facing a problem in my right ear for the last fifteen days. It feels cloudy and blocked deep ...
  A: this could be an inner ear blockage or outer ear blockage from wax. You could try some ...
Putting pieces together12/20/2011
  Q: I'm a 20 year old female... although the question is about something from when I was younger. I'm ...
  A: 10 is a little young for periods. Most kids don't have vaginal issues as a young child either. ...
Diverticulitis ( HELP )12/19/2011
  Q: please help thanks
  A: well, you went to the ER and they said diverticulitis? If you can't keep the antibiotics down ( I ...
Perirectal Abscess12/19/2011
  Q: I had a Thrombosed external hemmrhoid lanced about a month ago. A few days after, it turned into an ...
  A: if it doesn't heal, meaning the pinsized hole continues to drain occ, then it is a fistula.... but ...
discoloration of right leg12/17/2011
  Q: Yesterday I noticed that my right leg has a bluish purple patchy spotting below the knee but I have ...
  A: a blue patch that blanches and returns sounds like an enlarged vein where you squeeze out the blood ...
slight discomfort12/16/2011
  Q: I am a white 41 yr old male. 5'11"/240 lbs. I take bp med(Lisinopril HCTZ) and cholesterol ...
  A: that list you had is reasonable, but it seems to be smoldering along..... I doubt appendicitis as ...
colonoscopy observation12/16/2011
  Q: My wife will be scheduling a colonoscopy in the near future. I always attend her medical ...
  A: When I do them, sometimes I allow family to watch on the screen, some doctors don't because it gets ...
Sex Headache12/12/2011
  Q: I am sixteen years old. This has happened a few times, with months in between (the first time was ...
  A: Well.... your parents are probably right.... this certainly sounds like an orgasm headache or coital ...
Elbow pain from overuse12/10/2011
  Q: I have a "high-needs" baby, to put it nicely. He wants his mama all the time -- when I set him down, ...
  A: It sounds like tennis elbow.... or epitrochlear tendonitis.... Get a tennis elbow splint, ice it ...
Neural weakness12/10/2011
  Q: Borucki, I came across a site that was about Cerebral Palsy but also provided general information ...
  A: it is a sign of deconditioning.... a regular exerciser will increase the ability of the brain to ...
herniated disks12/6/2011
  Q: About a year ago I found out I have 2 bulging disks at L3-L4 and L5-S1 and a herniated disk at ...
  A: the answer to all your questions is ..... sometimes..... Most disc bulges or small herniations tend ...
Vitamin A Overdose12/4/2011
  Q: I have been taking a suppliment for hairloss, which has worked fairly well, but extremely gradual, ...
  A: stop the vitamin A.... if it goes away in 2 weeks, you can blame it on the medicine. I doubt if ...
GI symptoms for 6 months- maddening12/4/2011
  Q: I've got some GI issues that are driving me mad. I'm a 39 y/o male, otherwise healthy, in good shape ...
  A: this could be gall bladder disease; another problem could be food intolerances.... some people lose ...
elderly parents cough at night12/4/2011
  Q: I am the care giver for both of my parents who are in their early nineties. They are both on blood ...
  A: watch out for drug effects, especially ACE inhibitor blood pressure medicines.... they can cause a ...
Insulin Level in Blood12/3/2011
  Q: could you tell us please what blood test would tell us insulin level in blood? Thanks!
  A: insulin levels in blood is a funny test where it can give really hazy results.... someone with ...
Coughing12/3/2011
  Q: I was hoping you could help me out with this. About 2 days ago I started coughing and could hear ...
  A: most of these start as viral bronchitis.... if it continues to get worse, with fever, then it is ...
Pain12/2/2011
  Q: Borucki, This is very embarrassing but here goes. I have what I think are hemorrhoids and a small ...
  A: you want to make sure that your BM's are soft.... but you really need to get a full evaluation.... ...
Swollen legs12/1/2011
  Q: I'm 66, fit and healthy. I drove 2,000 miles, and arrived at my destination two days ago. I've also ...
  A: it isn't unusual to get some swelling from prolonged sitting. You should take aspirin and get up ...
inner thigh tightness/hip12/1/2011
  Q: For about a month i have been having inner thigh/hip/groin tightness or it sort of feels like its ...
  A: This sounds more mechanical to me, like a hip problem or low back problem that is radiating to the ...
foot and ankle11/30/2011
  Q: I am a healthy, 37 year old female. About a week and a half ago, I was on my usual run. No pain ...
  A: you are pinching a nerve somewhere.... possibly in your low back or possibly along the leg ...
Stinky Belching11/29/2011
  Q: My roommate has started belching A LOT and not only is the sound annoying (sounds forced) but ...
  A: This may be simply a combination of what your roomate eats and the time it has been rotting in their ...
Iron Deficiency11/29/2011
  Q: hoping you can shed a little light on my current labs. I was diagnosed iron deficient several years ...
  A: This looks pretty reasonable..... the blood counts, Hb and Hct are normal.... and the serum iron is ...
multi11/26/2011
  Q: we emailed previously. Let me recap, please Beginning 3/2010, what appeared as bites on midruff ...
  A: With the eye and nose symptoms I would worry about allergies, possibly mold. The getting mixed ...
Family11/26/2011
  Q: My name is sandhya.This is about my father in law who is 63 years old. He is alcoholic. We live in ...
  A: In this situation in the US.... we do an "intervention" which means get a counselor, and family ...
Odd One11/25/2011
  Q: I have a bit of an odd question. 2 weeks ago I was cleaning out my coal stove pipe. The pipe that ...
  A: well.... tough question.... if it is a bat, then you need rabies vaccine.... but I would think you ...
Thrombosed Hemi/Abscess11/25/2011
  Q: Just to give you a brief insight. I had a Thrombosed External Hemmorid that I was treating for self ...
  A: abscess healing.... depends on where.... the anus and rectum is pretty dirty in general, so it may ...
Nasal Cavity Burning Sensation11/22/2011
  Q: Borucki, Very rarely, I'll feel a tingling sensation in my nasal cavity. Then, slowly the feeling ...
  A: It sounds like an allergy.... something is setting it off. Another possibility is that you have a ...
trying to get some ansews11/18/2011
  Q: a issue and was wondering if you could help or offer any advice. Every sence I became sexually ...
  A: one problem is that the liver surgery is massive, and you may have some scar tissue or a neuroma.... ...
swollen lip11/17/2011
  Q: The last two mornings I have awoken with half of my bottom lip swollen - its not painful, but just a ...
  A: if you are on a blood pressure medicine, contact your doctor immediately and hold it until you talk ...
Left-sided pleural effusion11/17/2011
  Q: I've asked this question to another doc on here, but I'm still waiting for the answer (a week now.) ...
  A: Transudate versus exudate- sometimes a grey zone. Causes- many..... but obviously this is an ...
Recent mental health problems.11/17/2011
  Q: I am 31 yrs old. I started having panic attacks and agoraphobia at age 12, and have been on medicine ...
  A: The problem with xanax is developing tolerance (doesn't work as well as before) and dependence. ...
naseaus11/14/2011
  Q: I am a 32 year old female. For the last 6 months I have been getting episodes on nauseau. These ...
  A: I don't know what tecta is but I would try zantac or prilosec initially and if that doesn't work, ...
nodules11/12/2011
  Q: i was told they found nodules on my liver and one in my abdomen on a recent ultrasound. they did it ...
  A: if you had nodules that could be cancer, I can't believe they did not biopsy one. Now multiple ...
night sweats11/7/2011
  Q: I am a 28 year old male. For the past year or so I would occasionally wake up with a damp collar and ...
  A: wow... that is a big jump to go from a sweaty neck to cancer.... There are very few cancers that ...
PLEASE KEEP QUIET11/6/2011
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: what is a headache? Thanks
  A: headache is a general term describing pain in the head.... a migraine is a specific headache caused ...
Shigellosis11/5/2011
  Q: Why should we be concerned about drug resistance among bacteria that cause shigellosis, since it ...
  A: shigella can be a pretty bad disease and if not self limiting, ie, getting better by itself, it ...
lower abdominal referred pain11/3/2011
  Q: If someone has lower abdominal pain that extends to the groin area, and it is due to referred pain ...
  A: first, if you haven't seen the doctor, how do you know this is simply referred pain from the ...
Hypothyroidism11/3/2011
  Q: I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 2 months ago. I was on 50 mcg synthorid for the first month, and ...
  A: I wonder why you were switched to armour.... some people thinik it is more natural, etc but is ...
No doctor, always tired11/2/2011
  Q: The clinics in my area are deemed for emergency use only, and due to a doctor shortage, I thought I ...
  A: Being in a good place doesn't guarantee it isn't depression, but probably isn't. It sounds like the ...
help11/1/2011
  Q: You sound like a wonderful person, I am sitting here crying. I did go to the Emergency Room, he ...
  A: psych is not the way to go.... and the ENT is probably not going to be too interested in your skin ...
Help an elderly11/1/2011
  Q: I am trying to help elderly keep a healthy heart with little or no effort. I learned that adrenaline ...
  A: Sorry... not really... the exercise is what helps keep the heart conditioned.... but it isn't a ...
Heart-beating in Stomach10/30/2011
  Q: Sir i am 22 years old and i have been experiencing beating like heart in my stomach for 1 year and i ...
  A: The first thing I would do is check your blood counts to make sure you are not anemic and check your ...
Scabies10/29/2011
  Q: I am 69 yrs old. I feel desperate. I need help so badly. itching, after one and a half years of ...
  A: I know this is frustrating.... I would not go to the emergency room.... I would ask for a different ...
listening to heart/lungs10/27/2011
  Q: Over many years, whenever I've gone to a GP or internist for something, they always tell me to get ...
  A: interesting question..... part is billing.... you don't have to pay extra, but insurance companies ...
Bleeding Foreskin10/26/2011
  Q: I was sick for a while with a abscess on my inner thigh and I couldn't walk thus I didn't wash ...
  A: sounds like you have a yeast infection down there.... too bad about the not sexually active part. ...
Bleeding10/26/2011
  Q: Hey... Today I woke up at 4am because I didn't feel well. I started throwing up so I told my ...
  A: No, not normal to have rectal bleeding.... This needs an eval, so tell your parents and get ...
confused10/24/2011
  Q: My confusion began back in November of 2009. One morning I woke up to severe diarrhea and cramping. ...
  A: The difficulty is showing a definite cause and effect between endometriosis and the diarrhea... ...
Headaches in children10/22/2011
  Q: My son is 3 and has been complaining of headaches 2-3 times a week for the last 3 weeks. Is this ...
  A: No, obviously not normal.... at that age it is hard to localize a headache.... could be an ear ...
als?10/21/2011
  Q: im a 26 year old male. 5 months ago I started having slight headaches, and a weird taste in my mouth ...
  A: ALS fortunately is pretty rare and there are many more possibilities.... I would have a full ...
Microscopic Blood in the Urine10/20/2011
  Q: Borucki, I am a Nuring Instructor, 54 yr old female, in good health. In September I developed a UTI ...
  A: the cysts can cause bleeding... a stone definitely will cause it and could explain recurrent ...
Costs10/18/2011
  Q: Are there laws in place that require that doctors not advertise their rates for various procedures? ...
  A: No, there aren't.... I think there are some ethical boundaries, but I have seen LASIK surgery costs ...
Las drogas10/18/2011
  Q: en la actualidad la juventud se ha visto muy impactada por las drogas, lo cual a traído muchas ...
  A: tiene que translatar...... The biggest effect on the body is the emotional and mental development ...
Periods10/16/2011
  Q: I had an abortion 3 months ago. Since then i had a normal ( to be expected) period on 26september. ...
  A: The timing is wrong to be pregnant, so that is less likely.... continue the pills and check a first ...
Abnormal bleeding10/14/2011
  Q: A few months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was started on 50 mcg of Synthorid and then ...
  A: it isn't unusual to have weird periods when hypothyroid or when correcting.... both are on a ...
ER10/14/2011
  Q: I have a question concerning standard ER protocol. My 74 y/o father went to the ER in a small, rural ...
  A: I am at a loss, not knowing the details, but I agree with you.... I would have looked at cardiac ...
HFMD10/13/2011
  Q: I went to my Doctor earlier this week. My palate swelled up and then broke out in blisters, then ...
  A: It can... the only way to tell is to continue to check your BP as this resolves.... don't go ...
What does a technician need to know?10/12/2011
  Q: I recently went for an ultrasound on my bladder and kidneys. I was taken aback when the technician ...
  A: That information is helpful because the tech may only get the order for the ultrasound based on "do ...
Fibromyalgia10/12/2011
  Q: I believe I was born with fibromyalgia or at the very least low immune system. My twin ran (and ...
  A: arnold chiari can cause some weakness and neck pain/headaches. EBV is a separate entity from fibro ...
I would like to know about career in EM10/11/2011
  Q: I have some questions about Emergency Medicine (and man was it hard to find a doctor on here that ...
  A: I trained in family medicine but have done emergency room on and off throughout my career.... and I ...
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine10/10/2011
  Q: I went to my doctor to get a flu shot recently and was given the new high-dose version of the ...
  A: With these kind of immunizations, you either respond or you don't.... all or none. Getting the ...
hiv question10/9/2011
  Q: i was giving plasma in october 2004. got a call back saying i was HIV positive. they ran a western ...
  A: if you have had negative western blots and are risk factor negative, then you are OK. The screening ...
general medicine10/8/2011
  Q: I am a 44 yr old female. I have a lesion in my spinal cord that extends from T7-T9. As a result I ...
  A: swollen glands, fatigue, anemia..... I would get all that worked up.... is this mono? or another ...
My 1 Yr old daughter scared us10/5/2011
  Q: On Monday night about 11 PM my 1 yr old daughter's dad called me into the bedroom cause he was ...
  A: that history suggests it was a mild seizure, without the shaking, which is sometimes hard to prove ...
Childhood sickness10/5/2011
  Q: According to my medical records and my parents for the first 5 years of my life I was sick everyday. ...
  A: I would ask that you get referred to an infection disease or hematologist for an immune system ...
iron supplements10/4/2011
  Q: I am trying to stop hair loss and found my iron serum level is normal, 115 (normal range high is ...
  A: you cannot raise your iron too quickly with oral iron... from foods and vitamins.... there is a ...
throat10/2/2011
  Q: Dr. Borucki: Can you help me? I have had a soar, scratchy throat for close to 5 months. I have ...
  A: I would wonder whether you have reflux and are refluxing stomach acid into the throat at night when ...
My Joints10/2/2011
  Q: Sorry for such a long message... but I've got a lot going on. I'm 15 and for over a year now both my ...
  A: well, at this point, I disagree with your mother..... you do need an arthritis workup..... I am not ...
My Husband's Health9/29/2011
  Q: More than three weeks ago my husband started complaining about severe headaches, muscle weakness, ...
  A: The symptoms are pretty vague.... I can't make a call, but I would suggest going back to one of them ...
I want to become an ER doctor9/18/2011
  Q: I'm currently a sophomore in high school. I know it's very hard to get into Medical school, so i was ...
  A: honesty, integrity, perseverence.... hard work, good grades, possibly volunteer work. Don't try ...
Needle in leg9/17/2011
  Q: I was taking some X-rays for pain in my knee and lower back recently and by accident they found what ...
  A: if you don't remember it going in, you probably did it a long time ago or while very drunk..... i ...
Pilonidal Cyst9/13/2011
  Q: I am making an appointment to see a doctor about this in person, but in the meantime, I am seeking ...
  A: These can be persistent and annoying.... antibiotics like septra or doxicycline may calm it down but ...
Anal damage9/12/2011
  Q: What are the long term effects of anal sex? I have been with the same partner for years and we are ...
  A: well, the anus is made for things to come out of, not for things to go in and out, in and out, in ...
Raynaud's and niacin supplement9/10/2011
  Q: I've visited a primary care doctor and neurologist about having cold hands and feet. No changing ...
  A: that is a possible treatment... because niacin causes some vasodilation- blood vessel enlargement ...
Please help!9/6/2011
  Q: My fiancé woke up this morning with a high fever, throat killing him, feeling faint/dizzy, nose ...
  A: killing him? wow.... bad cold.... These start as virus'..... the best thing is to get some AFRIN ...
Back problems and balance8/31/2011
  Q: I hurt my back in November of 2010, in January I went to the Dr because I couldn't deal with being ...
  A: Sounds like you have some neuropathy... nerves not working so well.... I would start with your ...
Typhus8/28/2011
  Q: Can typhus be transmitted from one human to another (i.e. not through fleas...), like through ...
  A: you better believe it.... it is a bacteria and extremely contagious... many wars were lost in the ...
what's the deal with haemmorheaging?8/28/2011
  Q: The question(s) I am asking here are ones I’ve tried to ask my own doctor before. Maybe due to a ...
  A: that is an impressive placenta.... 13 lbs. I have never heard of ripping, etc causing a physical ...
suicide8/27/2011
  Q: Some body says that a woman can not commit suicide by hanging herself because it is not in woman ...
  A: Not true at all... statistically, men use hanging as a method, women more likely to overdose, but ...
Lipoma8/26/2011
  Q: It's now been 8 1/2 weeks since I had an egg-sized lipoma removed from my right abdomen on the belt ...
  A: These can be a pain when you have a "seroma" in the place where the lipoma was removed... there is ...
healthcare costs8/25/2011
  Q: I can't afford healthcare just like everyone else. it costs $600 a month which is just impossible ...
  A: Well, you fall into the same category as about 30% of other US adults.... Getting on a policy with ...
Back pain8/24/2011
  Q: I have had back pain off & on since last November. For the last 3-4 weeks it has become worse. ...
  A: I assume the MRI was of your low back... with GI symptoms- bloating, etc, I would ask for a full GI ...
help8/22/2011
  Q: I'm a 26 year old male otherwise healthy. I drink on average 12 beers a day, which i know is not ...
  A: I am gonna sound like a broken record thru a lot of this because I think a fair amount may be ...
excessive neck popping8/22/2011
  Q: I have excessive/severe neck popping issues. I pop my neck anywhere from 10-20 times a day. What ...
  A: there isn't connection between the bones and your throat, although you may be compressing one of ...
Gluten8/22/2011
  Q: Dr I am a 52 year old male. I recently discoverd the symptoms of gluten intolerance, most of which ...
  A: it certainly does... the "tests" for celiac are not that accurate, the real test is the actual trial ...
Dehydration8/19/2011
  Q: My mother is in a nursing home. She has Alzheimer's. She cannot walk. She cannot communicate her ...
  A: This is a tough situation... when someone has dementia, they cannot feel thirsty, hungry, etc and ...
sweat8/19/2011
  Q: My 4 month old baby is constantly wet on one side of his body, he does not have any fever nor does ...
  A: As long as there is no fever or other symptoms, no big worries, but I would wonder if the baby ...
Unexplained Fevers8/18/2011
  Q: My mother (age 63) had her gallbladder and common bile duct removed 3 years ago. Since her surgery ...
  A: well, obviously we think of hidden infections with the repetitive fevers... I assume everything else ...
Clarification of biopsy result needed8/18/2011
  Q: I am a 41 year old woman with a history of invasive breast cancer and I have been taking Tamoxifen ...
  A: You want to get your information from an oncologist primarily, but... you described something on ...
Irritation on inner labia8/16/2011
  Q: I have been having some irritation & itchiness on and around my inner labia on one side. I went to ...
  A: The inner lower labia lips is where those glands are, but I would be concerned about STD's, such as ...
Hemorroids8/15/2011
  Q: I am a 29 years old female, I have a history of IBS, which it means that no matter what I do, I ...
  A: The most important thing is to push the hemorrhoid back inside, if you can. If it becomes really ...
abdominal issues8/12/2011
  Q: Ok, I'm a 38 y/o male. Otherwise healthy. For yeas I have had mild abdominal discomfort that comes ...
  A: It sounds like a more functional problem... a food intolerance... like milk products.... try ...
Multivitamins8/12/2011
  Q: Are regular multivitamins(like Centrum A-Zinc) not good for men? I read that the iron in them is ...
  A: That is a falsehood.... no problem, unless you are one of the rare people with an iron storage ...
itchy ears8/11/2011
  Q: I am a 37 year old, healthy, female. My ears, especially the left ear, have been itching for about ...
  A: Some people have a low level infection in their ear canal... swimmers ear, some people have eczema ...
Perspiration Question8/11/2011
  Q: I have a question for you about perspiration. I want to first say that this is not a medical concern ...
  A: there are a lot of variables involved... how much you eat... if you ate more, you may be burning off ...
Trigger Finger Surgery8/11/2011
  Q: I had surgery for trigger finger on my ring finger Have you ever performed or have seen an incision ...
  A: vertically is actually better because the incision is not pulled on when you bend your finger.... ...
Headache and eye pain8/10/2011
  Q: My wife is 25 and she has a very good health overall. No medical history. Since past 2-3 days she is ...
  A: it is hard to come up with a hard diagnosis for this.... but I would wonder about a sinus ...
nausea8/5/2011
  Q: I am a 31 year old female otherwise healthy. For the past 10 weeks I have been feeling nauseas for ...
  A: obviously you had a urine check and pregnancy check.... If you have been on any pain recent ...
hemorrhoids8/4/2011
  Q: i have severe external hemorrhoids which have developed post pregnancy( they protrude out after ...
  A: keep non-constipated and keep them inside as much as you can and they will shrink down to an ...
throat & chest infection?8/1/2011
  Q: before I ask the question, Ill give an overview first. -started July 18th -started with: a throat ...
  A: the book says these are viral and the treatment you listed is appropriate... meaning antibiotics ...
Injected liquid b12 over the counter and now knot under skin7/31/2011
  Q: I did something really dumb. I take B12 shots per my doctor, but I've found that I get low and my ...
  A: there probably isn't bacteria but there are ingredients for taste that don't absorb well and you may ...
Lung medicine7/30/2011
  Q: I was told I have mild asthma and was given 2 different kinds of inhalers. Symbicort and Spiviria. ...
  A: There aren't good long term maintenance medicines for asthma that are really cheap.... advair or ...
Balance7/30/2011
  Q: I had more of a general observation. It seems that when people are younger they change to prepare ...
  A: interesting theory... there are other similar theories, but in general, aging is very complicated ...
Insect Bite Fears7/29/2011
  Q: The first morning of my vacation in Canada, I woke up with two bite marks about 5mm apart on my arm, ...
  A: well, you spelled it out in your note... rabies is incredibly rare. And you also describe a ...
What can I say to doctor if I'm simply tired?7/27/2011
  Q: I have this question. Recently I found that after a hard day's work, I can feel tired at home and ...
  A: well, being young and healthy doesn't protect you against some things..... I agree- go to your ...
STD question7/25/2011
  Q: Borucki, I have a question about genital warts. Ok, so Im a male, 31 years old and in a committed ...
  A: sometimes you can have BPP- benign penile papules at the crown.... the base of the head of the ...
throat problems7/25/2011
  Q: I am a 60 yr old female with these symptoms: hoarseness,some difficulty swallowing, difficulty ...
  A: smoking raises that risk considerably... these easily could be allergies or an upper respiratory ...
Lipoma7/21/2011
  Q: I'm a 23 year old female who had surgery 3 weeks ago for an egg sized lipoma in my right abdomen ...
  A: You had the lipoma forever, but it behaves separately from the rest of your fatty stores.... it has ...
Numbness in hands/arms when in chest deep water7/20/2011
  Q: I have high blood pressure. I am on norvasc 5 mg. I am on phentermine 37.5 mg and have lost 90 lb. ...
  A: fingertips numb and purple sounds like Raynaud's phenomena where the artery (inflow of blood) spasms ...
eating induced(diabetic) iregular heart beats problem7/20/2011
  Q: "Eating induce heart discomfort-irregular heart problem without chest pain and significant heart ...
  A: You did not specify what heart rythym irregularity occurred.... bradycaria... beating too slow, or ...
Abdominal pain7/20/2011
  Q: I have been having pain in the upper right quadrant for the last week. The pain can be quite severe ...
  A: That is a pretty good test, but not perfect for diagnosing a hernia. There can be different levels ...
Lump on ear7/19/2011
  Q: Just curious where lymph nodes are located around the ear? I noticed this hard bump on the back ...
  A: there are many many lymph nodes all around the ear. If the lump is on the ear, that sounds more ...
Viruses and bacteria on stuffed animals and fabric7/19/2011
  Q: We recently moved and upon cleaning out a corner that had house some stacks of stuffed animals we ...
  A: Have you ever heard of a case of LCMV or Hanta in your state? One of the problems with the net is ...
arm pain/numbness in thumb7/17/2011
  Q: I am recovering from a bacterial infection which manifested as a throat infection that was not ...
  A: I can't tell how serious it is until we figure out what it is.... it sounds like the nerves to your ...
Lump near Labia7/17/2011
  Q: I have a large fluid filled lump on the right side of my vaginal opening. It has drained some and ...
  A: It sounds like a bartholin gland infection. Sometimes (remember, sometimes) it can be associated ...
Kiddie spa and same lip gloss tube7/17/2011
  Q: Yesterday I took my daughter to a kiddie spa (the sanitization score for the state of NC is 97 from ...
  A: I would not have kids share a lip gloss tube either but you would have had to have a sick child get ...
11 year old boy peeing often7/17/2011
  Q: My 11 year old son has been peeing frequently. My husband and I have noticed it the past few ...
  A: In general, I am not alarmed by this but..... he should have a urinalysis to look for sugar or ...
Uterine fibroid7/17/2011
  Q: I am a 48 year woman and I was sent by my PCM to a gynecologist because I have frequent urination ...
  A: lesion means something abnormal-specifically a fibroid in this setting. Fibroid means a muscular ...
ms home remedies7/17/2011
  Q: i have a friend with ms and was wondering if there are any home remedies for the back pain that we ...
  A: by MS I assume you mean multiple sclerosis.... there have never been any documented benefit from ...
Bloated7/17/2011
  Q: It started last Nov w lower back pain. The back pain comes & goes. Now I am constantly bloated to ...
  A: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but 15# weight gain and increasing girth spells gaining fat ...
discomfort in abdomen (side)7/15/2011
  Q: I'm male, early 40s, normal weight, overall decent health, non-smoker/drinker, not much exercise. I ...
  A: Well, good timing.... I just had my age related colonoscopy yesterday.... In general, it sounds ...
Who could have made me pregnant7/15/2011
  Q: I am worried and confused wondering who of the two made me pregnant.The first day of my period was ...
  A: I can help with the dates..... but I am unclear... if you had a period on June 22nd, then you would ...
Nausea/prostititus7/14/2011
  Q: I'm 65 and normally in excellent health. I'm an avid distance runner and run daily. About 3 weeks ...
  A: despite being a runner, I would wonder if that is an atypical heart presentation.... if you haven't ...
Skin irritation7/13/2011
  Q: Is it normal to have skin irritation in the form of slight itching/skin crawling feeling after an ...
  A: it isn't unusual to still have a skin crawling feeling... if there are no rashes or hives, you don't ...
Pcos7/10/2011
  Q: I have recently been diagnosed with pcos through bouts with infertility and two failed iui's. I am ...
  A: you said thyroid level was 4.4 if that was your TSH.... I would consider you low.... the ...
Fat malabsorption7/8/2011
  Q: I had a stool fat collection study and it came back with fat malabsorption. What is that and what ...
  A: Most people like to loose weight... go with it for a while!!! But seriously.... you need to ...
Don't know what is causing this.7/7/2011
  Q: Over the past week i have begun to get small red raised bumps appear under and around my eyes, they ...
  A: around both eyes sounds like some type of allergic reaction, possibly from a cream/suntan lotion? ...
bump on leg7/6/2011
  Q: I have a huge bump on my knee about the size of a half dollar. It itches and is red. Is this ...
  A: right now, it looks like an inflammatory reaction from something, like an insect bite.... if it ...
Questions about blood test7/4/2011
  Q: I had a Cortrosyn Challenge test done. My Cortisol baseline was 10. Then they gave me a shot of ...
  A: different labs have different standards, but that sounds pretty normal to me.... it should go up ...
eyes6/30/2011
  Q: Hey there! A couple weeks, I had some episodes of when I would close my eyes, either to sleep or ...
  A: sometimes you can see trails of previous light stimulation when you close your eyes.... I don't see ...
I'm having strange symptoms6/27/2011
  Q: I'm having these strange symptoms. I have weakness on the right side, co-ordination is off and my ...
  A: There are a lot of questions I would want to know prior to answering..... The dilantin level would ...
Subclinical Hyperthryoidism6/27/2011
  Q: Last year during a routine blood workup it showed my TSH is below normal range, but both T3 and T4 ...
  A: This is a complicated subject that is full of personal bias. I will give you my read on it. (There ...
unexplained symptoms6/26/2011
  Q: Im a 25 year old male. I drink beer daily, average about 10 or so. For the past 2 months I've been ...
  A: You have a lot of diverse symptoms and I don't know if I can tie them all together.... that is a ...
Child exposure to possible droppings6/26/2011
  Q: We found what we believe to be animal or bug droppings of some sort in our upstairs hallway and a ...
  A: that sounds like mouse dropping to me... but unless anyone gets sick, there is no intervention that ...
general symptoms6/25/2011
  Q: I am a 30 year old woman and a mother of 4, I had my last in sept 2008, in april of 2009 i had a ...
  A: First of all, you said thyroid level around 8.... the money test is the TSH and that number should ...
thyroid disease6/24/2011
  Q: I ordered medical records regarding blood tests and x-rays.I found out by the report (not my doctor) ...
  A: that is not enough specific information..... mild diffuse disease suggests you had a thyroid scan. ...
colonoscopy prep6/24/2011
  Q: I know you're not a gastroenterologist but if possible would still like your educated opinion. For 7 ...
  A: I have done colonoscopies for a couple decades... I have seen this happen.... There is no medical ...
Abnormal Lab Results6/23/2011
  Q: I had routine blood work done recently and my follow up appointment is still two months away. Being ...
  A: The creatinine/bun is OK The liver being slightly elevated... it could mean your statin is ...
Possible Gallbladder issues with pregnancy6/22/2011
  Q: I am 33 - 32 weeks pregnant; with my first child born in 07 I had gallbladder issues after she was ...
  A: the tumor is very very unlikely.... if you have gallstones already, symptoms are probably a ...
How is this possible (and what should I do about it?)6/22/2011
  Q: I have gained 9 pounds in 2 days. I am a healthy woman in my 60s. I normally eat about 1400-1500 ...
  A: It seems like you weighed on two separate scales... the one at the office may be off.... weigh ...
Breast Health6/21/2011
  Q: Had a mammogram Friday and today Tuesday I got a call that the doctor requires more views. I am ...
  A: Well, mammograms are weird... it is a pure screening test, so anything that is not completely normal ...
Pregnancy/bowel movements6/20/2011
  Q: I am 31 weeks 2 days pregnant and throughout my pregnancy I have had BM issues - first it was ...
  A: This may still be some gall bladder or simply intermittent stomach virus or food intolerances.... ...
Blood type6/19/2011
  Q: what does this mean and is it bad?
  A: No, that is not bad.... not having antibodies is very good, assuming you will have children in the ...
It hurts when i poop it feel like something sharp is cutting me also theres little blood. is it just a cut?6/19/2011
  Q: It stings when I poop and it feels like theres a cut in my butt. It bled a little bit of blood. I ...
  A: It sounds like you have developed a rectal fissure, but to be sure, someone would look. Sometimes ...
Blood Sugar6/18/2011
  Q: Normally my fasting blood sugar is low 80's up until the beginning of this year. In Feb I injured ...
  A: prednisone can raise blood sugar while you are taking it but a few months after you stop, it should ...
Gland issues6/18/2011
  Q: For the last year the glands in my neck have been up and down and more recently (start of 2011) the ...
  A: Since you had blood tests... you have been screened for HIV and lympoma. Sometimes scalp sores, ...
about blood pressure6/14/2011
  Q: I have been taking telemistran 40mg, Rosuvastatin and Clopidogrel for one and half years after my ...
  A: Low blood pressure is OK provided that you are not getting dizzy, especially when going from sitting ...
hemorrhoids6/13/2011
  Q: I have many health issues.....the most immediate one I've been dealing with is food intolerances to ...
  A: I tell people to not consider surgery for hemorrhoids until you are tripping over them... it tends ...
Blood Sugar Issues?6/13/2011
  Q: I am a 26-year old female. Over the past month I've been experiencing discomfort relating to hunger ...
  A: It could be diabetes... a lot of people, esp overweight have disorders of sugar/insulin which isn't ...
Serum Ferritin6/12/2011
  Q: What is the optimum serum ferritin level for a man in his late 50's? Thank you!
  A: depending on the lab, strictly in the "normal range." It doesn't change over time and it is a ...
chronic pain in left hip and groin area6/12/2011
  Q: Dr. Borucki I'm a 48 year old male with a hip and groin injury. This has been lingering for about a ...
  A: It is hard to get a picture of the injury from that description but the hip joint itself or one of ...
what could this be?6/11/2011
  Q: I'm an 18 year old female for 5 weeks I have been weak, dizzy, pale, shaking, having chest pain and ...
  A: well... your doctor is incorrect, because obviously, something is wrong.... the first thing I would ...
Reoccurring strep throat6/10/2011
  Q: I had a drug-resistant strep throat about five years ago that took three rounds of antibiotics to ...
  A: Get your close family members checked to make sure they are not carriers (people who have the ...
Side Pain6/10/2011
  Q: I am a 22 year old female in good health. I went to see my doctor for right sided abdominal pain. ...
  A: There are a lot of things in the R lower abd/pelvis.... ovaries, urinary tract, appendix A lipoma ...
Heart cath and stabbing pain in left calf6/10/2011
  Q: Dr. Borucki, I have aAfter a heart catherization I had about a month and a month ago, I have been ...
  A: This far out, it would be unusual to have a clot complication of a heart catheterization. I think ...
pain & cramping 2 different issues6/9/2011
  Q: ( I have not gotten much sleep lately) I have a Sharp stabing pain in the center of my chest ...
  A: those two things sound like separate issues.... the sharp pain when bending over, feeling like ...
lumps in throat6/7/2011
  Q: "hi i have some bumps on my the back of my tongue and throat they are not sore i have them for some ...
  A: The tongue has a lot of small immune organs on it.... all are "bumpy" esp in the back. If gargling ...
Question6/6/2011
  Q: I am a 23 year old male. In good shape. I do not take any medications except a daily vitamin and ...
  A: I would just lay the information out for them.... if he/she is looking at inner ear, MRI with ...
Being treated 4 abcess (waited to long2 get looked at!6/6/2011
  Q: Borucki, I had an infected cyst (abcess) for 3 wks, tried to take care of it myself, drained pus out ...
  A: This is worrisome that you are getting systemic (whole body) symptoms of infection from an infected ...
Fibroids6/4/2011
  Q: To start with a little background--when I was pregnant, I was diagnosed with HPV---after my delivery ...
  A: This is a complicated problem, especially since you are planning for a bigger family. Fibroids are ...
Warafin6/3/2011
  Q: Dr. I currently take 7 mg of Warafin per day. Last week I am certain that I took 2 5 mg tablets and ...
  A: the warfarin and alcohol has no interaction and did not affect your mental state. You may have ...
Rabies6/3/2011
  Q: I'm not sure I know where to ask this. Sorry if you're the wrong person to ask. 2 days ago I saw a ...
  A: you technically could... the best way to tell is to find the dog and make sure it stays alive for 10 ...
emergency medicine6/2/2011
  Q: good evening with all respect i am adoctor graduated from sudan ,and would like to do my ...
  A: I don't have any knowledge of training tracks outside of the United States. There are standard 4 ...
isthmus gland6/2/2011
  Q: My son 49 yrs. has a small lump in centre of throat, area of thyroid, in the small pit between the ...
  A: That could be at the bottom of the thyroid gland and it may be a cyst. I would think if it can be ...
pain in right arm6/1/2011
  Q: I am not sure what is wrong, my arm is hurting badly but not permanently, from the shoulder to my ...
  A: You said your arm.... if symptoms go down into your fingers, especially 2nd, 3rd, 4th, then it is ...
Period lasting too long?6/1/2011
  Q: I've had my period for 6 years, and it's been constant for 4 years. I normally bleed heavily for the ...
  A: There are a couple possibilities.... one, you could be pregnant, so check a first morning urine ...
Question on wireless safety5/31/2011
  Q: I read the WHO report today about cell phones - I try to use mine infrequently and I do not have a ...
  A: There is a theory that cellphones to the ear can give enough radiation to the brain over a period of ...
H. Pyloric bacteria5/30/2011
  Q: We are both 76 yrs. My husband recently had H. Pyloric bacteria. it got to the stage of indigestion ...
  A: You very well could have it. This is a weird "infestation" because often people have it with no ...
not able to administer antibiotics5/30/2011
  Q: My mother is facing a life threatening situation. She is suffering from chronic to severe bronchitis ...
  A: antibiotics are a broad range of chemicals.... if she has allergies to some classes of antibiotics, ...
WELL WOMEN EXAMS5/29/2011
  Q: I am mobility impaired and have cerebral palsy. I am in university and am working hard to get a ...
  A: First of all, condoms do a great job of preventing pregnancy and also preventing transmission of ...
breathing5/27/2011
  Q: high blood pressure and am overweight. On occasion, I experience where I feel that I cannot get ...
  A: Bell's palsy is a motor problem as opposed to a sensation problem, so definitely not that. There ...
Adnexal cyst5/26/2011
  Q: I had a ct scan done last year in May. They found a 3.3cm x 1.9cm left adnexal cyst. I was told that ...
  A: It probably is the same cyst.... but the pelvis has a lot of room for expansion, so a tiny cyst like ...
HIV5/25/2011
  Q: I am 27 weeks and 3 days pregnant and had to go to Labor and Delivery today for a fall. I stayed for ...
  A: Skin is an excellent barrier against viral infections. Plus, virus' don't last very long sitting on ...
Burning pelvic/ovarian pain5/24/2011
  Q: I am a 31 yo mother of 3. My youngest Is 17 months old. Over the last 2 weeks, I am experiencing ...
  A: Ovarian cancer does not present with pain until it is very very advanced and when you look at pelvic ...
Back and tailbone question5/23/2011
  Q: Years ago I fell on my bavkbone and had terrible pain for about a month then it went away. I never ...
  A: When you say "is this serious" I am not sure what you mean.... it sounds like you damaged that area ...
Something to be concerned?5/22/2011
  Q: I have been having gastric pains every morning for the past week or so but i didn't skip dinner or ...
  A: You didn't give me any other info about family history, your age, whether eating helps or hurts, ...
Pulled Muscle?5/20/2011
  Q: I have some pain above my right iliac crest in the front. It goes into my hip and down into my ...
  A: pain like that makes me think of possibly some hip bursitis... the pain can feel like it is in a ...
Rash5/19/2011
  Q: Can you get a rash from eating too much starch? For a week straight now I have been getting a itchy ...
  A: I tend to over think these things.... but I guess you could elevate your blood sugar and get a ...
Vitamins5/18/2011
  Q: How do I know if I am taking too many vitamins? I was planning on taking a multivitamin as well as a ...
  A: You won't get into problems taking an extra vitamin but there is no need to. Most vitamins are ...
abdominal aortic fusiform ectasia5/17/2011
  Q: Please explain what this is?
  A: abdominal aorta refers to the major arter in the abdomen... fusiform refers to an elongated segment ...
Excessive bleeding during periods5/16/2011
  Q: My problem is excessive bleeding during the periods after delivery. Here is the background: I had ...
  A: I would have expected this to stop by this time.... I wonder whether you could have a little bit of ...
Stomach Pain5/16/2011
  Q: I am having sharp stabbing pain under my stomach what could it be
  A: Under your stomach sounds like below your belly button..... if that is true, you should be on the ...
calf function/disc surgery5/15/2011
  Q: I would like to describe an injury and surgery I had for a better visual and understanding of my ...
  A: If you have surgery almost 2 years ago and the feeling is not returning then it is likely that is ...
Ear Infections5/12/2011
  Q: Are there any medications that can be used to treat a possible infection of the internal auditory ...
  A: I am not sure what you are asking... an inner ear infection is treated with antibiotics plus ...
Sore Throat5/12/2011
  Q: I have these rather strange bumps on the back of my tongue, i can't see them because they are too ...
  A: You could still have strep without tonsils. But, often someone gets a sore throat and notices bumps ...
poisioning5/8/2011
  Q: my girlfriend drank home cleaning phenyle 5 hours ago i cant do anything becoz i am too far from her ...
  A: I don't know exactly what she drank. In general, if someone does this for an attempt at suicide, ...
i have had a past history of osteyomilites5/7/2011
  Q: i am facing a new problem with my leg they tell me there nothing they can do but i wont say i can ...
  A: This sounds like a significant health problem.... you need to go to your doctor or to the hospital. ...
Lymph node issues...amongst others.5/6/2011
  Q: I am starting to get pretty desperate for an answer to so strange, and quite annoying, symptoms. ...
  A: The "lymph node" near your ear could be a cyst also, it is really hard to tell sometmes, but with ...
Possible spider bite5/6/2011
  Q: I'm a 55 year old woman, I have chronic bronchitis and 3 days prior to the day I had this condition ...
  A: Those are tough.... I get a lot of presentations like this.... we like to assign some cause to these ...
narcotic contracts5/5/2011
  Q: Do narcotic contracts ever expire, especially if an MRI showed that the pain increases when the MRI ...
  A: Well, what a great question.... First, the technical answer... unless it has an expiration date, ...
Pelvic Pain5/4/2011
  Q: I am a 23 yr old female. Starting in October 2009, I started with severe groin pain, my doctor did a ...
  A: pelvic pain is a tough problem.... he is treating you for a urinary infection and for PID-pelvic ...
birthcontrol5/4/2011
  Q: okay , im on the depo shot birtch control . uhm and sideaffect have hit me hard .and one of them is ...
  A: you made a mis spelling..... is it birth or bitch? Sorry, just a joke..... If the facial hair is ...
cycle length?5/3/2011
  Q: I've just began charting my cycles, and I'm not confident at all with my charting ability just yet. ...
  A: when you stop the pills, your periods may be irregular for a while. If they were irregular prior to ...
Concussions in Sports5/3/2011
  Q: I am a freshman at Temescal Canyon High School researching Concussions that occur in out modern ...
  A: This is a very hot topic that is getting a lot of press and a lot of research..... 1) concussions ...
impetigo5/2/2011
  Q: my one year old grandaughter has had a terrible rash on her bottom and vagina. i thought it was ...
  A: It sounds like yeast.... yeast likes warm and wet, which is why kids get these diaper rashes.... ...
Legs collapsing5/2/2011
  Q: Every once in a while, when I get out of bed in the morning (especially if it's sudden), my legs ...
  A: well, that would be my concern that you have some disc disease and laying down exerts some pressure ...
Pimple? on inner thigh4/29/2011
  Q: I noticed a bump on my inner thigh last week before we went to the beach. The bump was always a ...
  A: this could easily be an early staph infection..... if it isn't healing, then have your doctor put ...
brown discharge during intercourse4/27/2011
  Q: i have been experiencing dark brown discharge during intercourse. there has been no pain involved. ...
  A: no... not cervical cancer. The brown discharge implies that there is a small amount of blood and ...
tingling in fingers and hands4/27/2011
  Q: my husband who is 57 all of a sudden is getting tingling in his fingers and sometimes losing feeling ...
  A: Don't take this the wrong way, but you are not right starting with the chiropractor. I like ...
Opened dairy question4/26/2011
  Q: I purchased some half and half (ultra pasteurized) a week or 2 ago and the sell by date on the ...
  A: Do not pick on your husband.... he is obviously very caring about your well being!!!! :) The sell ...
Large Tonsil4/25/2011
  Q: I am a 27 year old male. For the past 6 months I have had the sensation of something stuck in the ...
  A: Tonsils are full of immune tissue and may swell, one more than another from upper respiratory ...
IT'S MAGIC4/25/2011
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: why does holding your berth for 10 seconds or ...
  A: There is not a definite answer to why it works, but the theory is that it disrupts this recurrent ...
Pregnant Chickenpox exposure4/25/2011
  Q: I am 23 weeks and 1 day pregnant. This weekend while at a hotel I saw a child that had what I ...
  A: Hopefully, you did not have a valid exposure this time... simply seeing him from a short distance. ...
Foot pain4/22/2011
  Q: I am hoping you can point me in the right direction. All the podiatry docs are on vacation. My right ...
  A: I would suspect a stress fracture.... I would get a baseline xray and then you will need to rest ...
unusual bruising4/22/2011
  Q: What might cause sudden unusual bruising? If I barely bump anything, large black bruises develop -- ...
  A: The non-steroidal medicines, even small doses of motrin, aspirin, etc disrupts blood clotting and ...
pregnant unknown blood exposure4/22/2011
  Q: 22 weeks preg @ beach walking down with toddlers it was almost dark I noticed what looked to be red ...
  A: Skin is a great barrier against infection.... there is no need to worry about catching any virus' ...
Swollen Thumb4/21/2011
  Q: I don’t know which category this falls under, so I am going to try here first. I woke up this ...
  A: With that thumb always popping or clicking, it sounds like you already had some underlying ...
gallbladder4/21/2011
  Q: About 4 years ago I began having pain in my right side just under the ribs. It wasn't usually bad I ...
  A: This may be an unusual gall bladder presentation.... it is hard to predict the future course, since ...
cat bite question4/20/2011
  Q: Borucki: Hi doctor I'm a guy and I majored in microbiology in college and currently studying ...
  A: if an animal has rabies... it is dying from that disease.... so assuming you didn't kill your cat, ...
adderall4/19/2011
  Q: I am 39 years old and have ADD. I really need medication to function properly at work. It has made ...
  A: Usually if someone gets BP elevation from adderal, they have some underlying blood pressure problems ...
Should I be concerned?4/18/2011
  Q: I've had numerous issues lately and never seem to get over one before the next comes. I hurt my ...
  A: If you took the antibiotics then you are probably cured from strep... but this sounded more like a ...
what is the DX?4/16/2011
  Q: I am a medical student.I had an old patient with chief complain of dyspnea.It worsened from 1 month ...
  A: clubbing is not a pure sign of COPD, so that makes me think of lung cancer. Same w/ pleural ...
helio-pyloric4/16/2011
  Q: husband diagnoses with h-pyloric, don't know how long it has been there. taking HP-Pac consisting of ...
  A: H Pylori is a bacteria that lives in the stomach and MAY contribute to ulcers, reflux. It is ...
Cold Hands4/13/2011
  Q: Recently I have noticed that my hands are really cold all the time. I have also had some discomfort ...
  A: A lot of people worry about circulation..... not that.... Make sure you are not anemic or are not ...
grandmothers passing4/13/2011
  Q: my grandmother went to ER with respiratory distress, was put in ICU, given iv antibiotics, steroids, ...
  A: It is always hard in those situations..... first... the technical side... bipap is a supportive ...
My 14 year old daughter4/12/2011
  Q: On February 5th, my daughter came down with a mild fever, 99, general malaise, weakness, no energy. ...
  A: Did she have a plain old mono test or did she get epstein barr antibody levels? This does sound ...
Staph Infections4/9/2011
  Q: I am a college student living on campus. In fall of 2010 I noticed something that I thought was a ...
  A: This is actually pretty common to get a few over several months.... it doesn't mean your immune ...
accidental death4/5/2011
  Q: Following the recent news regarding the hole in the Southwest Airlines plane, I am wondering that if ...
  A: there is a chart depicting time of useful consciousness (TUC) at various altitudes and it is a ...
fellowship trained4/5/2011
  Q: What does it mean when a doctor (MD) is a "fellowship trained surgeon"? He is not board certified. ...
  A: it means that they have completed the fellowship, but may not have sat for their formal boards ...
Protein Intolerance4/4/2011
  Q: Last Aug. I started taking Atennolol BP medicine.ever since then I can't eat anything containing ...
  A: I am having trouble assigning blame to the atenolol. You didn't mention what your heart rate is.... ...
Perimenopause, no period4/4/2011
  Q: I am 47 yrs old. I took Depo Provera for eleven years, then my husband had a vasectomy so I stopped ...
  A: You might be approaching menopause. It is safe to force the period.... I assume he is giving you ...
breast health4/3/2011
  Q: I have recently gained weight and that along with age (50) has made my breasts, big and saggy. ...
  A: inverted nipple development would be a sign of breast cancer, but can also be explained by gaining ...
knee pain in 11 year old4/2/2011
  Q: My son has been complaining over left knee pain for the last three days. He doesn't remember hurting ...
  A: You can wait a few days.... he is about the right age for Osgood Schlatter's disease (I may not have ...
Cipro Side Effects - Bleeding4/2/2011
  Q: Borucki, I took Cipro to relieve some itching a couple of weeks ago. It helped, but now I seem to ...
  A: Cipro for itching? I am not sure I follow you.... that is used to treat some bacterial infections. ...
sensitive to sun? heat?4/1/2011
  Q: i'm sensitive to the sun. it's like i can't breathe right and my skin feels like it's getting fried ...
  A: You might be a vampire..... or, there may be other possibilities.... the disease you may be ...
low Vitamin D levels4/1/2011
  Q: I have a few major medical problems that are under control- atrial arrhythmias, congenital heart ...
  A: everyone has low vitamin D levels in this country (almost) You can wait a few months but you ...
Mouth sores3/30/2011
  Q: I developed some sores on the roof of my mouth that I had assumed I received from eating/drinking ...
  A: I am not sure where you are from since I don't recognize those medications but in general, this ...
common cold3/27/2011
  Q: Do you know of anything that will east the symptoms of a cold? I had a doozy last month - coughing, ...
  A: typically, I pick the first couple bad symptoms and treat..... if nasal congestion.... get AFRIN ...
Car accident3/27/2011
  Q: I was in a car accident 3 weeks ago as a passenger of my ex girlfriend . I suffered a fractured jaw ...
  A: We do a cat scan in that setting to make sure there hasn't been serious bleeding in the brain that ...
strange chest pain - not heart related3/26/2011
  Q: i went to emergency to the hospital last night for what i was sure was a vice like feeling in my ...
  A: coughing up phlegm makes me think of pneumonia or bronchitis.... even with a normal chest xray. ...
Abnormal pap smears/HPV question3/25/2011
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me as I really need some advice and couldn't find anyone else to ask on this ...
  A: This is always a tough subject because so many people are infected with HPV and don't show symptoms ...
bloating or pregnancy?3/24/2011
  Q: I had sex on the 13th feb we used a condom and it broke he didnt ejaculated by that time but pre cum ...
  A: if the preg test was neg on 3/15, you definitely did not get pregnant on 2/13. One way to be sure ...
lymphadenopathy, macrocytosis3/24/2011
  Q: Three months ago, I noticed that I had an enlarged firm lymph node below my right ear. My doctor ...
  A: I am not sure what is causing the MCV elevation..... but getting the chain of nodes requires a ...
Wound3/24/2011
  Q: I recently obtained a wound on my foot, last night I noticed a small brown/black speck inside the ...
  A: that brown speck could be a foreign body or could be a scab or could be a vein, looking at it on ...
Long term topical steroid use.3/23/2011
  Q: I have been using Fluticasone Propionate Cream, .05% on my face at least twice a day for the past 10 ...
  A: you probably aren't getting enough internal steroids to cause whole body symptoms but it will thin ...
Regarding vomiting3/23/2011
  Q: My mother had undergone mastectomy on her left breast in June 2008. She has completed her ...
  A: So she is done with chemo completely from your note.... The knee pain medicines can often cause ...
Anxiety? Or something else?3/23/2011
  Q: I am 21 and for the past year I have felt very bad. I went to my Dr. and told her all my symptoms: ...
  A: I would wonder about arteritis nodosum with the toe lesions, although I can't see them. I assume ...
sneezing3/23/2011
  Q: Every time my husband and I go out to lunch or dinner, right after we get home I start sneezing, at ...
  A: You are getting exposed to something that you are allergic to.... sometimes this can be a food ...
Diabetes Inspidus?3/22/2011
  Q: For the past week or so, I have been thirstier than usual, so I have been drinking more water. ...
  A: the bitter metallic taste is the biaxin..... this could be DI or could be DM or could be a side ...
General Medical Question3/22/2011
  Q: I was wondering if there are any medical illnesses that have similar symptoms as pregnancy symptoms.
  A: It depends on what you consider pregnancy symptoms...... there are lots.......... nausea, ...
unable to draw blood/veins in arms hardening3/20/2011
  Q: Labs are unable to draw blood work from either of my arms and said that my veins have hardened. i do ...
  A: There are a lot reasons people get "bad veins." If they have hardened, I wonder about blood clots ...
diaper rash3/19/2011
  Q: im 24 years old and i have a 2 year old. since i had my daughter when i have a period i get what ...
  A: I think you have developed an allergy to something.... sanitary pads? Or have a low grade yeast ...
Odorful sweat3/15/2011
  Q: I am a 37 yr old white female 5'7" and 130 lbs. I've been working out and running in the last year ...
  A: I don't see vitamin deficiencies as causing this. Usually, this means you are colonized with ...
warm face3/15/2011
  Q: I am a 31 year old female with no known health issues. My problem is that the last few months I ...
  A: Some medicines can cause this but I assume you aren't on any since you have no health issues... ...
Night sweats3/14/2011
  Q: I am a 27 year old male. For the past 4 nights I have woken up about an hour into my nights sleep ...
  A: I would not worry about cancer.... that is such a non-specific symptom.... almost all the time this ...
knee injury3/13/2011
  Q: Mr. Borucki I have developed pain in both of knees just slightly under and too the side of the ...
  A: Both knees suggest an inflammatory process as opposed to a single injury... I would do plain xrays ...
migraine headaches3/12/2011
  Q: A what point is a migraine dangerous? I've been having migraines since high school and lately ...
  A: Anytime the pattern changes, it is worth having the big picture re-evaluated. It is really rare, ...
strange taste in mouth/lack of appetite3/12/2011
  Q: I'm a 25 year old otherwise healthy male, here the past 4 days I've noticed that I've been having a ...
  A: taste in mouth makes me think of reflux, or sometimes a chronic low grade sinus infection. I would ...
Hypertension meds3/11/2011
  Q: Dr. I have been taking Avalide for the past two years since I was diagnosed with hypertension. I ...
  A: If the medicine is no longer needed... then your BP will start getting a little low and you may get ...
Port-a-cath Removal/Replacement3/10/2011
  Q: but I am really just concerned with the removal and possible replacement of my port-a-cath (power ...
  A: It is a simple procedure to change one.... the pocket is around the muscle, in the soft tissue. The ...
costochondritis3/10/2011
  Q: We think my husband (60) has costochondritis. We brought him to the hospital with chest, shoulder ...
  A: lunesta and celebrex can be taken together. This may very well be costochondritis, but I would be ...
Severe and constant stomach bloating3/10/2011
  Q: my fiance has been experiencing severe and constant stomach bloating for about 3 weeks. Even when he ...
  A: At this age there can be many "bad things" causing this. At this point, he has to get in again to ...
Couph that doesn't go away3/9/2011
  Q: About 3 weeks ago I got what looks like a cold, I didn't had fever but I had the classical symptoms ...
  A: Often when someone has a cold, the cough may persist for weeks.... the airway tissue was damaged and ...
weight gain3/9/2011
  Q: I have been steadily gaining weight over the past few months even though i have been eating better ...
  A: Well, the first thing I would think of is that you have developed thyroid problems. If a repeat ...
Post surgery question3/8/2011
  Q: Borucki, My 22 year old son had emergency surgery on Tuesday AM to remove his appendix.(He was fine ...
  A: They had stuck a urinary catheter in his penis during the surgery. This irritates the area -- the ...
Carbohydrates and Juicing3/7/2011
  Q: It has been recently scientifically proven that carbohydrates shorten your Lifespan by making your ...
  A: complicated questions........ First, you have to be very careful when drawing conclusions.... ...
hyoid again3/6/2011
  Q: Quick question if you don't mind. I hurt my neck some how doing abdominal crunches and I have the ...
  A: good news.... if you did serious damage, you would hav had a lift threatening event.... but you ...
I am terrified3/5/2011
  Q: This is a receipt for a question you recently asked at allexperts.com, in category Sexually ...
  A: HPV is very prevelant and it is pretty easy to get infected having sex with a person with it.... It ...
Hyoid Bone3/4/2011
  Q: I have a click right around the area of the hyoid bone. I have been seen by my primary and an ent. ...
  A: if you broke it, you would know it at the time of the injury... that you did something that injured ...
Lump on Ankle3/1/2011
  Q: I have been walking around my schools campus and work a lot more then usual this spring semester and ...
  A: It is most likely a nodule from overuse.... you didn't say what you walk in, but you may be getting ...
Chrons disease?2/28/2011
  Q: I am a 27 year old male. Today I was awaken with moderate to severe pain across my lower abdomen. ...
  A: There are other possibilities too... chronic appendicitis... an appendicitis that flares up then ...
white hair process2/25/2011
  Q: I hope you can help me with this question. I have my few 7-9 white hairs at the age of 30. I ...
  A: There will be some that might change to funny colors but most just stop the pigment and start coming ...
I don't know what to do with my stomach2/24/2011
  Q: I don't understand what is going on, don't know what to do. I really need help please. I took ...
  A: It sounds like you took enough Motrin to cause gastritis and esophagitis and bleed a little... you ...
Fish oil supplement2/24/2011
  Q: I'm an expert in another area. Had a carotid ultrasound, despite good diet, cholesterol levels ...
  A: You didn't mention your age or smoking status, but with plaque, I would put more money on getting on ...
urine test2/23/2011
  Q: I'm hoping you can answer this for me. I don't know who else to turn to. My husband has a lot of ...
  A: you would have to be more specific, but it sounds like he is being presribed controlled medicines ...
Bronchitis2/22/2011
  Q: I was diagnosed with bronchitis 9 days ago. I was given a 5 day antibiotic. I have, of course, ...
  A: So it sounds like you took the antibiotics and finished about 4 d ago.... the rattle may still be ...
Hernia2/22/2011
  Q: I have a small lump under my scrotum. It is hard and is about the size of a pea. It feels like ...
  A: This is not a hernia.... it sounds more like a small cyst... either a sebaceous (oil gland) cyst or ...
Stuck in throat2/19/2011
  Q: I am a 27 year old male. For the past few months I have had the feeling of something stuck on the ...
  A: This is usually caused by some type of allergies..... the cigarettes are probably the biggest ...
suspicious bites2/18/2011
  Q: I've got a plethora of symptoms and I believe it's a few things happening at once but I'm not sure. ...
  A: I don't see a connection between the two.... it sounds like two separate problems. You talked ...
How Do I Deal With The Aftermath Of Dramatic Weight Loss?2/15/2011
  Q: I was a 42DD at my highest weight of 245 (I'm 5'6"). Now that I've lost 105lbs, I can't even say I'm ...
  A: Skin is living tissue and will recover somewhat, but when you are talking about over 100 pounds of ...
blood sugar levels2/14/2011
  Q: I have been eating the following fruits daily- an apple, grapes, 2 oranges a pear and also drink a ...
  A: That does not sound like too much fruit.... that is a good amount and with a balanced diet with the ...
Rib Pain2/11/2011
  Q: Ever since I got pregnant 4.5 months ago, i've had severe pain in my lower left rib that extented to ...
  A: For some reason you have some nerve irritation to the area... burning pain like that is nerve root ...
Heart/Pain in right arm2/10/2011
  Q: I am a 46 yr old female. For the past 2 years I have had pain in my right shoulder to my elbow and ...
  A: the connection with shoulder arm pain and the heart is fairly specific.... it is in the left arm, a ...
wanted to start a mobile x-ray company.2/10/2011
  Q: I wanted to start a mobile x-ray company. please help me with the medical reunbrsement and claim ...
  A: I know exactly what you are asking... I have seen it done and the coding is similar to doctor office ...
I cannot smell2/9/2011
  Q: I've been having this problem, and no matter what I try, nothing helps. For the past two years now, ...
  A: There are a couple of things.... you may have a low grade chronic sinus infection.... see a doctor ...
Weird pain left arm/shoulder2/9/2011
  Q: I am 13 weeks pregnant and I have been having this weird pain in my left arm, left shoulder blade, ...
  A: Shoulder blade pain is pretty common from shoulder strains or a mild neck injury. That is also the ...
Dangerous Pulse Ox?2/8/2011
  Q: My mom was recently put on oxygen at night because her pulse ox has been running 82 percent for a ...
  A: 82% is really really low.... you have to have chronic problems to be able to tolerate numbers that ...
death2/4/2011
  Q: ...it is kind of a strange one. I am a pastor who is writing a sermon on death. I know that that ...
  A: Interesting question.... when does death occur? The excess oxygen is used up by the cells it is ...
flu/strep throat?2/2/2011
  Q: Dr Borucki, I have been sick for about two weeks now. Last week I finally called my doctor and told ...
  A: Too late for throat culture... it will be negative. This wasn't strep anyways.... probably ...
Chronic Sore Throat1/31/2011
  Q: I have had persistent swollen glands under my jaw for as long as I can remember. My doctor always ...
  A: I would try and pin down a diagnosis.... I would do a mono test. Then, I would use a nasal steroid ...
back1/28/2011
  Q: Throughout the month my lower right side of my back goes into a state of bad pain. It can happen at ...
  A: You should tell your doctor and have a full examination next time you have a checkup. You might ...
always hot1/26/2011
  Q: I have had this problem all my life but it has gotten worse lately. First off, I am a 5'6 white ...
  A: If your thyroid is not abnormal, then that may be "the way you are." I would see your regular doc ...
General Malaise1/26/2011
  Q: Lately, I've been feeling absolutely terrible. I'm completely exhausted all the time, even though I ...
  A: Interesting theory.... the puppy parasites, but that usually doesn't cause many symptoms. I would ...
night sweats1/25/2011
  Q: I am a 26 year old male and I have been dealing with some night sweats for a few years. I am ...
  A: There are many causes and having a cancer causing this is really low on that list...... This could ...
Elbow pain1/24/2011
  Q: I was experiencing numbness in my left elbow for a little over a week. It wasn't a tingly feeling ...
  A: It sounds like a nerve is being pinched/pressed on in that area. A doctor can often pinpoint where ...
steroids and muscle, ligament pain1/21/2011
  Q: A bronchial infection/or URI didn't go away for 4 wks (no fever) and I finally called my doctor. He ...
  A: The steroids probably are what gave you all the energy... it will decrease inflammation in the ...
Bone Bruising?1/20/2011
  Q: Probably around last October or November, I turned around quickly and hit my hand on the corner of a ...
  A: There are a lot of structures that hold the hand together.... it is possible you cracked a bone or ...
Iron deficiency in toddler1/17/2011
  Q: Borucki, My 16-month-old son recently had blood tests done, and the pediatrician said he's not ...
  A: iron is needed to make red blood cells.... the body keeps making them until the iron is completely ...
Eye Bags1/17/2011
  Q: I'm male. How can I get rid of eye bags?
  A: if you are talking about the saggy skin under the eyes... some of it may be reversible if it is ...
Flu?1/16/2011
  Q: I have had a sore throat for over a week now (went to doctors and it was tonsillitis) but the pain ...
  A: the flu is more of a full respiratory infection, meaning a lot of chest congestion, cough, and fever ...
Daughter refuses to do a sample.1/13/2011
  Q: I'm sorry if this isn't the correct category but I couldn't find another one that was related to ...
  A: interesting.... did something happen in her past? You could get the sample at home and if you ...
ekg??1/13/2011
  Q: Can I ask u another ??? Last ?? was bout enlargement of the left artial on a EKG....Is that life ...
  A: I can see you are freaking out.... left atrial enlargement is simply that.... the size of that ...
Mild fibromyalgia1/12/2011
  Q: Dr. Borucki, I've been to a few doctors over several years and a new doctor I'm seeing now doesn't ...
  A: Fibro is a tough diagnosis to make in a lot of people.... Pain is so subjective that one person't ...
ekg results1/11/2011
  Q: Question Hi im a 37 female went to the ER an I got a EKG done can u plse tell me if this is anythng ...
  A: the left atrium is the chamber of the heart tat receives blood from the lungs... it can enlarge from ...
ekg1/10/2011
  Q: Vent Rate 73 BPM PR interval 108 ms QRS duration 90 ms QT/QTc p-R-t 50 103 83 Sinus rhythym ...
  A: because of your age.... I could probably answer---- "don't worry" without even looking... the ...
Low mpv and Petechiea rash1/9/2011
  Q: I am a 69 year old female I recently had a rash on both my shins. Went to my G/P and she said it ...
  A: that number by itself means nothing.... if your platelet count is relatively normal, then you are ...
Drinking Sea Water1/8/2011
  Q: I am doing a research paper for an English class and I have to ask an expert about the topic of ...
  A: The big problem is the very high salt content in sea water. When you drink it you are getting more ...
Lung problems?1/7/2011
  Q: Robert, I'm an 18 year old male who, just today, has developed some sort of pain in my lungs. I do ...
  A: I would first suspect that you are right at the beginning of a chest cold and that symptoms are ...
PH LEVEL1/4/2011
  Q: how do i get my ph level higher in my body?
  A: what an "interesting" question..... why would you want to change your pH level... that would surely ...
Finger numbness and tingling1/4/2011
  Q: I am a 38 year old female. We got a new ps3 and Rock Band for Xmas this year. I have played guitar ...
  A: That's what happens when you get old............ (halfway kidding) First, not carpal tunnel... ...
please help with prickly pain...1/3/2011
  Q: A little background, 34 yo female, previous diabetic (BS normal, no meds), complete hysterectomy ...
  A: advice..... quit smoking for one. The pain in the back is not related to the breast. But I would ...
Increasing HDL1/1/2011
  Q: can you please suggest me food that increase my HDL levels and lower cholesterol? Please note that ...
  A: red yeast rice supplements. It depends on how high your LDL is and how low LDL is..... diet has ...
Conditions caused by EBV/ear infection1/1/2011
  Q: Dr. Borucki, Can EBV or an ear infection cause other conditions? If so, what would they be?
  A: EBV and ear infections are completely different illnesses...... with that said... yes they ...
gout12/31/2010
  Q: Every 3 to 4 months I have extreme pain in feet and 2nd toe. Went to emergency. and told i had gout ...
  A: The beer is only part of it..... there are millions of people that drink beer that don't get gout. ...
High Bun, inflammation, high WBC12/31/2010
  Q: My 7 year old son has had periodic fevers of 104 for 3 or 4 days for past 8 months, with no other ...
  A: Wow... I don't know what the cause is but I think you have to keep digging. If your regular doctor ...
Pregnancy 6 weeks?12/31/2010
  Q: My wife is pregnant and we are very disturbed about her doctor's visit today. Here are her dates: ...
  A: No, this isn't definitely a miscarriage. You are catching this pregnancy super early... you prob ...
what could be wrong with my inner lips?12/28/2010
  Q: ok so my labia minora are swollen. one side is more swollen than the other. the past two days they ...
  A: you have a yeast infection and you have some inflammation in that tissue..... use monistat and it ...
Prostate/pendendal pain/rectum12/27/2010
  Q: I am 56 years old and 6 ft 180 pounds and in fairly good health. About three months ago my wife and ...
  A: well, you might have to get over the fear or at least try a different doctor...... This sounds like ...
Kidney infection On going12/27/2010
  Q: Since the 12 I've been seen different times by my family Dr and he hasn't done much expect keep ...
  A: With these recurrent problems you need a workup to make sure you don't have a kidney stone that ...
pain in lower left abdomen12/23/2010
  Q: I'm a 33-year-old male; I smoke, eat pretty healthily, although I am rather sedentary, so I have a ...
  A: I would worry about the large bowel... either mild diverticulitis or colitis (inflammation of the ...
Trauma Question12/19/2010
  Q: I'm writing a short story and would like to make it as realistic as possible. I would appreciate any ...
  A: 1) The baby is very small and very well protected, so even with major trauma, it is very believable ...
Acne Cyst12/19/2010
  Q: could you please recommend an effective way to keep the inflammation and the swelling of an acne ...
  A: I know, these can be traumatic for a teen. Some things you can't solve overnight. If he is ...
embarrassing stains12/17/2010
  Q: I didn't initially even know where to pose my question so I decided to divide it up into two ...
  A: I would need more info to give a complete answer, but.... if he is having loose stools and passing a ...
Weird Flushing12/16/2010
  Q: It started about 4 weeks ago, I had this burning sensation on my face, right under the eyes, and my ...
  A: It sounds like your doctors are on the right track to evaluate you for possible hormonal problems. ...
strep throat12/16/2010
  Q: 8 days ago on Tuesday, I started Penicillin for strep throat. 3 pills/day 500 mg. First few days ...
  A: The slight aberration in your antibiotic schedule doesn't matter..... 90% of sore throat symptoms ...
nerve damage12/13/2010
  Q: Over five years ago I received a flu shot that hit my nerve. At first it was a tingling sensation ( ...
  A: You had the bad luck to have a direct hit to one of the skin nerves and the damaged nerve is sending ...
recent pregnancy/ miscarriage12/11/2010
  Q: I recently (3 months ago) had a miscarriage at 12 weeks pregnant. I had a d&c. The doctor told me ...
  A: The cells forming in the uterus during a pregnancy are undergoing a lot of transition.. they are ...
Lab Results12/9/2010
  Q: Just recently had a CBC and the only abnormality was MPV. It came back 6.3 with a range of 7.8 - ...
  A: I can't tell if you are male or female... most females who are menstruating chronically play catch ...
H Pylori12/8/2010
  Q: My husbands grandmother just passed away from bleeding ulcer (it bled out and she went into cardiac ...
  A: In theory, it could be a way to contract H Pylori. Your stomach issues should be evaluated at face ...
ALT Serum12/7/2010
  Q: I am a 44 year old male. I have been taken medication to control my cholesterol level for these last ...
  A: We get a lot of elevated liver enzymes like that.... that is a minimal elevation.... if someone gets ...
lab results12/6/2010
  Q: Can You tell me what you think these labs would suggest? I had lab work and the only ones that were ...
  A: nothing on these labs indicate anything.... you need to have the big picture looked at... this is ...
enlarged prostate12/6/2010
  Q: I have an enlarged prostate gland. If I were to go to a doctor and tell him that I urinate ...
  A: I have an enlarged prostate gland. Don't we all..... (speaking for men of course) If I were to ...
10 week old daughter12/5/2010
  Q: we have accidentally given our 10 week old daughter hip mineral water with a hint of apple which is ...
  A: I am not sure what "hip mineral water is" but assuming it has rose hips in it, it is not what caused ...
Woke up with pain in chest12/4/2010
  Q: I know I cannot be diagnosed over the internet and plan on seeing my doctor if it persists....I am ...
  A: you have mentioned several appropriate causes throughout your description. This isn't a heart ...
v-tach and left side chest pain12/3/2010
  Q: im a 25yr old male, and had echo's, stress test, stress echo, holter monitor and event monitor, and ...
  A: You got it right in the first paragraph.... you might be more prone to sudden cardiac death. You ...
Lab Result12/2/2010
  Q: Is an ANA result of 1:80 of any significance? This test was run while I was being evaluated for iron ...
  A: you have several questions.... easy ones first.... yes, iron causes constipation.... if you have ...
chest injury11/29/2010
  Q: Borucki, I returned from a ski trip, during which I fell and received a blow to the left side of my ...
  A: I did that skiing and fell on a small video camera and cracked my rib which bugged me for a solid ...
Sinus pain11/26/2010
  Q: For the past two weeks I have had sinus pain on the left side inculding behind the eye. I don't have ...
  A: This easily could be a chronic sinus infection/sinus block. Sometimes people with have cysts in ...
coughing up a piece of tissue11/23/2010
  Q: I coughed one deep cough and it looked like some sort of tissue about the size of a penny.It is pink ...
  A: well, that does not point me directly to one of the "bad" diagnosis' but you need this checked. ...
Itching11/23/2010
  Q: I have a question that has to do with vaginal itching. Every time my husband and i have intercourse, ...
  A: There are a lot of possibilities.... could be yeast, but I would expect some thick discharge. ...
Belly Button Piercing Infection?11/23/2010
  Q: I have recently pierced my belly button in very early Oct of 2010 so close to 2 months. I have a ...
  A: you don't need antibiotics.... it is a minor infection but will correct as the skin grows from the ...
constipation11/22/2010
  Q: my question is, I always feel bloated and always constipated, even using laxatives doesn't help, I ...
  A: did you try Miralax powder, 1 capful daily? This takes a while to work.... if you take too much ...
diarrhea and medication11/17/2010
  Q: I take Adderall at 4 hour intervals for narcolepsy. I've had diarrhea all day today. Probably from ...
  A: the diarrhea you have is coming from your lower intestine, not your stomach, so with immediate ...
Sacrum injury11/17/2010
  Q: I hope you can help me and appreciate your time and trouble. About 25 years ago I fell off a six ...
  A: It is unlikely that you damaged something 25 years ago and now it is just showing up. Even given ...
please answer i dont understand11/14/2010
  Q: I'm hoping you will be able to help me. so I'm 17 years old and I'm not a virgin. the last time i ...
  A: why would someone ejaculate on your trousers? In any event.... all it takes is one little sperm ...
Mysterious Sluggish bowels/Constipation11/12/2010
  Q: Borucki: Hope this finds you well... I noticed an article stating about how some folks are "wired" ...
  A: The stool softener is pretty worthless... they don't work well. I assume you have had your thyroid ...
charlie horse in toes11/11/2010
  Q: Good Afternoon, I am quite concerned about my husband although he is dismissing this as nothing...I ...
  A: Well... to start... drinking and epilepsy just do not go well together. With the pain being in both ...
chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride11/11/2010
  Q: I have been on this medicine for a number of years and in the last year or so I have only taken 10mg ...
  A: this medicine is like Xanax, or Valium, or Ativan, or Klonipen. It is a sedative/anti-anxiety ...
Bladder infection?11/10/2010
  Q: On Friday the 5th of November, I was feeling fine, eating, peeing and pooping normally. My dog of ...
  A: It isn't ovarian cancer. The stress can cause colon cramping, but I would have expected some ...
ultrasound for groin11/10/2010
  Q: My Dr.ordered an ultrasound of the "RLQ--right lower quadrant of abdomen" because I have mild pain ...
  A: Ordering it as a RLQ US is kind of weird. We will do appendix ultrasounds to look for an ...
multiple symptons in 7 year old child11/9/2010
  Q: my daughter is having some problems the blood test show mononucleosis and her tsh levels are higher ...
  A: While she is clinically ill with mono, you can't rely on the thyroid tests.... those have to be ...
tension11/8/2010
  Q: my doughter aged 20 had fear headace and immediatly a lump on the tempal apeared tried presing it ...
  A: Spellcheck might be helpful for you...... aged 20 had fear headace..... I don't know what that ...
Doctor's faux pas?11/7/2010
  Q: I have a question regarding ethics and how I should best proceed. My primary care physician, whom I ...
  A: Ouch.... I am sorry that happened.... I know nothing of the details..... and don't jump to ...
possible iron deficiency11/4/2010
  Q: I am a 41 year old female, long distance runner who has felt fatigued for the last 1.5 years, in ...
  A: Since your Hb is normal, even though iron is low, you are compensating, so iron deficiency is not ...
constantly ill11/4/2010
  Q: I'm a 21yr old female and over the passed year my health (to me it feels like) has gone down the ...
  A: You say that you are anemic but you don't think that is the cause. The way to prove that, is to ...
ear and navel redness11/2/2010
  Q: please can you advise, I have pain just inside my ear on the upper part which crusts over and is ...
  A: you didn't list age or race, but a non-healing sore on the ear makes me think of a small skin ...
Needlestick injury11/1/2010
  Q: Sustained a needlestick injury when withdrawing from insulin pen. Was recapping syringe when needle ...
  A: So this needle had just stuck the patient, and you felt it but didn't see bleed when you squeezed ...
lower GI xrays but most symptoms in upper area11/1/2010
  Q: I had upper GI xrays for lots of upper abdominal discomfort (constant gurgling, gas pain) and it ...
  A: No, it wouldn't be a waste of time.... I hope you have someone looking at this problem as a ...
Antibiotic Reaction11/1/2010
  Q: I was in the hospital for two days last week and diagnosed with a kidney infection. While there, I ...
  A: doxicycline is a great antibiotic for some things.... unfortunately, a kidney infection is not one ...
bleeding11/1/2010
  Q: I am 39 years of age. I am in good health but I bleed easy when I bump my hand or arm against a car ...
  A: infection causes inflammation which translates to tissue (skin) redness, collection of white blood ...
sick after carbs10/31/2010
  Q: i am 24years old and everytime i eat rice, potato or breads (the last month) i get very ...
  A: First, I would deal with the constipation and re-evaluate things. To do so, start Miralax powder, 1 ...
Td/Tdap and newborn exposure pertussis10/30/2010
  Q: I have a 2 week old baby and will get my Tdap on Monday (my husband will too). I know the ...
  A: I can't talk about all, but our hospital uses TDAP. Re: risk until the vaccine "kicks in" .... ...
smoking10/28/2010
  Q: I am a 27 year old smoker who has smoked for about 8 years. I want to quit but it's easier said ...
  A: I think that you are more addicted to the rush of nicotine from the act of smoking, not the act ...
hemorrhoids10/27/2010
  Q: i am a seventeen year old mother who just recently gave birth to a child three months ago. i haven't ...
  A: this sounds like a hemorrhoid. If you are constipated at all, get on some type of fiber supplement. ...
Animal bites/scratches and infection10/26/2010
  Q: Four weeks ago, I thought I may have been scratched or bitten by an animal. I felt pressure on my ...
  A: You are mixing potential treatments.... post exposure prophylaxis would not be helpful for rabies... ...
Laceration - Concern with Scarring10/25/2010
  Q: I had an accident at work and ended up laceration above my right eyebrow. At the emergency room, ...
  A: you will have to be patient to see if anything needs to be done...... No matter what it looks like ...
Overmasturbation10/25/2010
  Q: I'm a 20 yr old male. I've been over masturbating for 4 yrs and noticed that I have been getting the ...
  A: I would consider that these side effects are not directly related to the "over" masturbation..... ...
guidance for E D medicines10/23/2010
  Q: sir details-----i want to observe ED medicine ---age 50 weight 100 kg diabetic since 5 years--side ...
  A: trying to adjust heart rate with beta blockers are counterproductive as that may inhibit your ...
Rapid hair fall10/22/2010
  Q: I have fine hair, but normally get some hair fall during the months of November and December. They ...
  A: I would start from scratch and take a hormonal look at you... specifically thyroid tests and ...
Bronchial sounding cough, normal?10/22/2010
  Q: Mr. Borucki, I've noticed that when I cough occasionally, I have a bronchial sounding cough but no ...
  A: so you have a little rattle but no other symptoms.... since it is longstanding and isn't changing... ...
enlarged ovary10/22/2010
  Q: I was in the hospital last week for 3 days. They told me I needed to have my gallbladder removed, ...
  A: this is a hard concept, but ovaries can grow really really large in the pelvis without causing any ...
LUNG XRAY10/21/2010
  Q: "THICKEN AND DEFLECTED MINOR FISSURE" Please, can you tell me what this means? I sincerely will ...
  A: fissure is the space between the lobes of the lung, sometimes visible if there is some fluid in ...
rectal bleeding10/17/2010
  Q: Good Morning, I am a 45 year old diabetic. I have never come across this until this morning. When I ...
  A: My question is, are these things possible normal side effects? Side effects from what? Ibuprofen? ...
Joint soreness after activity10/17/2010
  Q: I am a generally healthy 61 year old male.My cholesterol is high normal,and my GP wants me to get ...
  A: unfortunately, yes, it is a matter of age.... the muscles de-condition easier and complain when you ...
Foot10/17/2010
  Q: Specifically, the ball of my foot. It has been hurting for the past few days. Hurts worst in the ...
  A: ok........ I didn't see a question there, but, The sole of the foot is very complicated with a ...
Low thyroid10/17/2010
  Q: I am a healthy woman in her early 50s with no medical issues. Last week I went for a routine ...
  A: We screen for thyroid because low thyroid is so common and for a long time, there are no noticeable ...
confused help10/12/2010
  Q: I started the pill the 16th of august never missed a day until 21 days the 6th of september i ...
  A: you have to decide whether you are going to take the pill or not. IN the meantime.... you need to ...
trapezius muscle10/10/2010
  Q: How should trapezius muscle pain be treated?
  A: tough one... that tends to be "the stress muscle" Acupuncture helped me a lot It is annoying ...
Recurring Yeast10/9/2010
  Q: Borucki, I'm hoping you can help me. I have recurrent yeast infections, and can't get rid of them ...
  A: the term is colonized.... just a few additional things... eat a big meal and have your blood ...
question about flu vaccine and my son10/9/2010
  Q: My son had his flu vaccine (the shot version) but 4 days later we were back at the doctor with strep ...
  A: The first question is a valid one.... we don't give during an illness because it might be less ...
Painful lump on lower leg10/8/2010
  Q: Sept 25 I found a 50 cent piece sized red lump on my calf. I immediatly went to the ER. They said ...
  A: This sounds like more of a cyst/abscess than cellulitis, but if you still have a lump, I would have ...
flu like symptoms for 4 days10/6/2010
  Q: I'm a 25 yr old male in good health, last sunday night I started having really bad aches and running ...
  A: The flu hasn't happened yet this year, so it isn't that. We never see the flu before mid december ...
Rash On Neck10/6/2010
  Q: Any idea what this might be? It started several weeks ago with just a nodule (or cyst...something ...
  A: it is hard to tell from the picture.... if it was a cyst and you tried to pop it, the backside might ...
Gastro problems10/6/2010
  Q: I am a 30 yr old woman with 3 kids. I, for quite some time, have been having problems with what i ...
  A: the frequent chalky stools are not consistent with simple indigestion. If you take Zantac or ...
fluid behind ear drum10/4/2010
  Q: My 11 year old son has had a lot of issues with ear infections. Five years ago he had his tonsils ...
  A: different ENT doctors have different thresholds, but if the ear problems don't completely go away in ...
Menstrual cycle10/3/2010
  Q: Pretty simpleDoes the cycle start over at the end of my period or do I count the days from when it ...
  A: you start counting from the first day of your menstrual cycle... then you ovulate exactly 14 days ...
Cyst? Boil? Ingrown hair?10/3/2010
  Q: I have been tested for stds at the health department and all tests are negative. I don't think it ...
  A: these sound like multiple sebaceous cysts... you said your cholesterol was normal, but were your ...
on going breathing problems10/1/2010
  Q: Medical mystery here dr can't seem to figure out whats wrong? I'll list all my symptoms I've had in ...
  A: I always wonder when we try to come up with a reason to explain a particular sign or symptom, like ...
meaning of blood test terrm10/1/2010
  Q: My wife, who had breast cancer 10 years ago, recently had a general blood test and only area came ...
  A: you are right, flagged means outside of the normal range. The normal range means what 95% of normal ...
pain and hypermobility10/1/2010
  Q: My 14 yr old daughter was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome last year in her ankle. She ...
  A: I would look for a pediatric orthopedist... there are not a lot around in smaller cities. Your best ...
Leg pain9/30/2010
  Q: I am a 53 year old female with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Lately I have been having on and off pain in ...
  A: This easily could be your low back and the pain down the leg is sciatic pain radiation... if it is, ...
Stomach Pain9/30/2010
  Q: My daughter (6 yrs) has had an ongoing stomach pain and low grade fever for a while now. The stomach ...
  A: I doubt if it will be this easy, but you said blood and stool samples..... this could easily be a ...
Pain in lower back.9/28/2010
  Q: I started having pain in my lower back on the right side. It has moved all the around into my groin ...
  A: that kind of pain could be a kidney stone, although that would not account for the numbness. It is ...
whited out vision and plugged ears9/27/2010
  Q: i have broken my finger and foot skating befor and when i did my vision started to get all white and ...
  A: the pain is causing a "hormonal chain reaction" where some chemicals are released that drop the ...
Undiagnoised illness9/27/2010
  Q: I am a 37yr old female. I have several symptoms; every morning when I wake up I have severe pain in ...
  A: well, you do have a lot of issues.... it is tough to sort them all out. I would be very worried ...
headaches9/25/2010
  Q: Two weeks ago I started sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose...and then after a couple days it got ...
  A: yes.... it is hard now to tell exactly what is going on, but I would get some AFRIN NASAL SPRAY and ...
More Lab Results9/22/2010
  Q: I wrote to you a few days ago concerning unintentional weight loss. I just received the results of ...
  A: You will not get an instant fix nor an instant answer to your questions. Some will involve trials ...
medicines9/18/2010
  Q: What are these tablets for? Ezetrol 10mg and Ezetimibe 10mg. My 75 year old mother has been told ...
  A: They are european forms of Zetia, which is a cholesterol lowering medication. It lowers cholesterol ...
general question9/18/2010
  Q: ..i have been looking for a product that will help the scars..and i came across a product called ...
  A: You need to stay away from all those products that can potentially cause liver problems unless your ...
weird spiking fever9/17/2010
  Q: I've got something weird going on and I've seen a bunch of doctors but I want advice on if you think ...
  A: I assume you had your urine checked for a UTI (urinary tract infection). This sounds like you had a ...
Teen Concentration issue9/17/2010
  Q: I am a 17 year old female teenageer, who has a difficult time concentrating. When I study I usually ...
  A: First, I would look for a medical problem.... I assume there is no alcohol or drug use.... even pot ...
Undiagnosed illness9/16/2010
  Q: My 79 year old sister in law was recently hospitalized with nausea, vomiting, extreme weakness and ...
  A: it is not easy to generate that high of a fever in someone that age..... I assume they excluded ...
Child with Mono and splenomegaly9/16/2010
  Q: My 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with mono last week after her mono titer came back positive. ...
  A: people have to be punched pretty hard for a spleen rupture, even with mono.... she should get very ...
Unintentional Weight Loss9/15/2010
  Q: Over the past two years I've lost a significant amount of weight without trying. I've had two ...
  A: that is an awful lot of weight to lose.... that is 20-25% of your total weight and it doesn't look ...
Ovarian Cyst?9/15/2010
  Q: I've been having lower right abdominal pain for the last month and a half. About a week ago, my ...
  A: there is a lot of room in the pelvis... babies fit in there. A little 4 cm cyst fits easily... it ...
Sore throat & lightheaded/dizzy9/14/2010
  Q: I have had this awful sore throat for the last 48hrs & yesterday was lightheaded & dizzy for most ...
  A: if you have fever and painful swallowing, then you have to consider strep throat.... that must be ...
Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency Recovery9/13/2010
  Q: I currently have adrenal insufficiency secondary to prednisone for a severe asthma episode. I am ...
  A: Tough question... it is easy to atribute a lot of vague symptoms to the steroids or lack of ...
I need an answer please.9/12/2010
  Q: I have been having spotting that is quite like period menstruation in between periods. I have lower ...
  A: I doubt cervical cancer a lot..... that does not cause pain. I would look at easy things first.... ...
chicken pox9/10/2010
  Q: When I was little I was vaccinated for chicken pox, about 15 years ago. I know I am going to be ...
  A: I don't think they had varivax 15 years ago.... But in general, the immunity slowly fades and ...
Where is House when you need him?9/9/2010
  Q: Sorry about the massive amount of info, but I think I need to give as much background info as ...
  A: I would take a step back and work on the basics..... You need to resolve the constipation. I ...
Iron & Thyroid9/8/2010
  Q: I have two separate questions for you. I am a 31 year old female. The first is regarding iron & ...
  A: when someone is iron deficient, we must look for the cause.... in a guy, the cause is usually blood ...
Ill father9/6/2010
  Q: My father is very sick. He has strep throat which he caught from his granddaughter, and also has ...
  A: strep throat is a pretty miserable illness..... the fogger probably isn't doing much but strep hurts ...
Diarrhea after eating?8/31/2010
  Q: I have a bit of an odd question. The last few months, trying to lose weight, I've been on a diet ...
  A: that is kinda interesting.... I would not blame it on protein source changes.... more likely some ...
autoimmune and shingles?8/29/2010
  Q: with osteoarthritis a lot caused by injuries ( i've had a spinal fusion and other surgeries# ive ...
  A: I have heard this scenario many times.... I hate to tell you this, but that probably is a herpes ...
viral infections8/28/2010
  Q: I was told that a viral "bug"(same as "infection"?) can last for months. If that is true, would ...
  A: it is more typical to have a high white count from bacterial infections.... those lead us toward a ...
Release of growth hormone8/28/2010
  Q: Is it true that the pituitary gland shuts off the production of growth hormone at midnight? I ...
  A: the pituitary gland has no idea what time it is.... with these hormone loops... there are peaks and ...
lab tests8/28/2010
  Q: I am wondering, in what instances can ch50 complement and rheumatoid factor be elevated? My levels ...
  A: a lot of the rheumatologic tests are vague.... they point in the right direction but this specialty ...
light blood8/28/2010
  Q: A couple weeks ago I noticed that there was a little bit of light colored blood on the toilet paper ...
  A: prob no relation to the low back. It depends on your age as to how much workup should be done.... a ...
ear8/27/2010
  Q: About 3 weeks ago I was tubing and fell off the tube onto my left ear. Right away I noticed pain ...
  A: It sounds like it isn't healing well.... if you are a smoker, stop.... that really makes it less ...
Thyroid medication8/26/2010
  Q: My father has been taking levothyroxine (generic) for a number of years; I believe his dosage was ...
  A: you can do it this way.... it just isn't worth that trouble tho.... we have so many doses of ...
abdominal CT scans8/24/2010
  Q: I may be wrong but from what I've read it sounds like an abdominal CT scan is the same as a virtual ...
  A: a cat scan for kidney stones is typically done without contrast dye. The abdominal CT in general is ...
Dexa scan results8/22/2010
  Q: Borucki, Attached is my recent results from my Dexa-scane. Can you explain them to me? Thank you ...
  A: you have mild but present osteoporosis, so you are at a little increased risk of broken bones... you ...
mystery 'mole'8/21/2010
  Q: I have "flap of skin" on my penis. My wife and I were virgins when we married and aren't sleeping ...
  A: so it is a skin colored growth... this may be a small skin tag. This is also what a genital wart ...
chronic hives8/21/2010
  Q: I've had one episode of acute hives 5 years ago. Treated with prednisone, benedryl, renitidine. 7 ...
  A: it is unlikely that the ranitidine or the claritan caused the ankle swelling.... You should talk to ...
EPIDIDYMECTOMY Complications...8/21/2010
  Q: PRIORITY:HIGH Dear DR Borucki: I had an EPIDIDYMECTOMY in 2002 that was the result of a bicycling ...
  A: All of my response is more of your "theory"... an educated theory, but a theory nonetheless. ...
FOR HIGH HOMOCSTEINE8/19/2010
  Q: Have high homocysteine at +11.6 and slightly high Methymalonic Acid at 338. Dr. says take vitamin ...
  A: IPP means PPI? You absorb B12 thru a protein that carries it across your small intestine. You can ...
Blood Work left unanswered8/18/2010
  Q: I have been experiencing some od symptoms and my Dr. is very busy. Attached is my last blood test ...
  A: this test is probably normal.... the white blood count is a little high, but that has to be taken in ...
nocturnal (mostly) cough after rash and fever8/17/2010
  Q: I had a rash last week, as did my 8 year old son. He had a fever first, I did afterwards. I woke ...
  A: rash and fever and cough suggest a viral illness... your eight year old should be protected against ...
Mid-cycle bleeding, causes?8/15/2010
  Q: I hope I am directing this email in the right direction. Background: 25 year old female, I have a ...
  A: there are many possibilities.... first, get a first morning urine to make sure you are not ...
mixing cataflam & hydrocodone8/14/2010
  Q: I realize this isn't quite your area of expertise, but there seems to be no available pain ...
  A: pain management actually is my area.... and dental pain is the "gold standard" on testing meds for ...
routine blood work with side effects8/14/2010
  Q: My mother is an 81 year old active, healthy woman. On Friday, 8/13/10, mom had routine blood work. ...
  A: Obviously it isn't "right." I have worked at a plasma donation center for 20+ years and have seen ...
pneumonia8/13/2010
  Q: Robert, I was going to write to you re; pneumonia. and then I came across the email re; a 2 yr. old ...
  A: well, you may not get fever with any illness... kids develop fevers much more readily. Pneumonia is ...
Heart attack8/13/2010
  Q: Robert A close co-worker recently succumbed to a massive heart attack while taking a morning shower. ...
  A: People get heart attacks because their arteries clog with cholesterol deposits.... Risk factors ...
Pneumonia 2 year old concerns8/11/2010
  Q: My son was diagnosed with pneumonia today, after two days of high fever (104, under the arm up to ...
  A: the way to check for the bug causing pneumonia (if you aren't coughing up a lot of phlegm) is a ...
running vs walking?8/10/2010
  Q: I have researched this online but cant find an answer to the running vs. walking for weight loss ...
  A: The answer to this will be an opinion... there are many opinions and many ways to lose weight..... ...
taste and smell8/9/2010
  Q: i have tasted and smell metal for 2 weeks and would like any information. I have been out of work ...
  A: some medications cause it.... biaxin and others. Sometimes a sinus infection can cause it. you ...
father probable basal carcinoma8/7/2010
  Q: Doctor: My dad age 78 has had a nodule for over two years around where his glasses set off the side ...
  A: He is recommending Moh's surgery.... basal cell cancers are very slow growing and almost never ...
High Chromatin Blood test8/6/2010
  Q: Why would chromatin levels be elevated on a blood test? Thanks
  A: I don't know why anyone would even do a chromatin test... there isn't any significane to the numbers ...
Hospital Costs8/5/2010
  Q: I recently made a trip to the ER at the request of my doctor that I visited because of some ...
  A: how many times have I answered this question..... I agree, those are pretty outrageous charges.... ...
Laser therapy for carpal tunnel8/5/2010
  Q: Doctor do you have any thoughts on if Chiropractic care, especially with a laser is of benefit for ...
  A: I think chiropractic care is appropriate for a lot of musculoskeletal conditions... standard ...
Sudden jabbing pain8/5/2010
  Q: I hope you can shed some light to my urgent problem. I am 60 years old, male. Yesterday evening, ...
  A: those kind of pains typically are nerve pains (neuritis) where the nerve sends a pain signal for an ...
tight and burning skin8/4/2010
  Q: OK here goes. Approx 4 weeks ago I started 10mg of Lexapro. After starting it and being on it for ...
  A: first, this may be from the lexapro and will fade away... boosting serotonin levels in the brain ...
cbc8/3/2010
  Q: I went for a routine physical 8 days ago. The blood work came back a bit "off". I was called in for ...
  A: I am not sure what conclusion to draw from this.... it could be an infection... with the lymphs ...
Pain in Sterum8/1/2010
  Q: I'm a 36 yr old female and I was doing tricep dips today during boot camp and had to stop. I ...
  A: it sounds like you injured the joint between one of the ribs and the sternum. These are joints, but ...
upset at how hospital handled my dying father7/31/2010
  Q: my dad recently passed away from pancreatic cancer and I wanted to run the scenario by someone who ...
  A: Please don't get upset with me over this, but in reading it, I get several "vibes." Losing a ...
Help with anemia question7/30/2010
  Q: I hope that you can help me. I am trying to understand my condition more clearly. I was diagnosed ...
  A: you can exhaust your iron stores and not be anemic yet.... you become anemic when you have slowly ...
Body feel tight7/30/2010
  Q: I am not sure what category this question should be posted in, so I apologize if this it not your ...
  A: the thyroid change isn't causing any symptoms... that is a minimal change and won't cause those ...
Nursing Home Admission7/27/2010
  Q: My mother-in-law is being seen by a doctor who wants to admit her to a nursing home. She does not ...
  A: no... the ultimate decision is made by the person or people who have healthcare power of attorney. ...
weird blister7/26/2010
  Q: I was working around last Sat. and kept feeling like my dress was irritating the skin on my back. I ...
  A: if you would have "backed into an iron" you would have known about it right away.... this could be ...
Allergy Shots7/20/2010
  Q: My ENT has finally decided after doing allergy testing (found mild allergy to cats, dust mites, two ...
  A: allergists don't really like my answers............... if you are tested for allergies and they ...
Chickenpox in Adult7/20/2010
  Q: My partner has developed adult chickenpox at age 44 after exposure to an infected toddler. Despite ...
  A: the timing is awfully strange, with the prolonged time from exposure to a few lesions then to a ...
Hernia?7/19/2010
  Q: I'm an adult male and I'm reletively fit and not overweight. I have had pain in my inguinal region ...
  A: I doubt it.... I am having trouble following your description, but, you see only a 2 d ...
Question7/18/2010
  Q: how are you going? :-) My name is Christina and I live in Australia. Last Monday my Mum started ...
  A: moduretic is a diuretic... a water pill.... that would only lower BP, so I don't make much of a ...
Electrolites7/18/2010
  Q: What exactly are electrolites, and what do they do in the body? I think Gatorade has them because of ...
  A: electolytes are the salts in the blood... potassium, sodium, chloride and others.... they have ...
broken bone7/17/2010
  Q: I'm a 23 year old male, 5'9, 200 pounds. I was recently in a car accident, and shattered my humorus ...
  A: certainly this can be a side effect from the mental emotional trauma, and could be a side effect of ...
What is a "natural death."7/16/2010
  Q: Just out of curiosity: One often hears of a person's dying of a heart attack, cancer,or "a natural ...
  A: natural as opposed to un-natural which would be forced by an outside influence, for example, ...
Psych meds causing syncope?7/16/2010
  Q: I'm a 28 year old woman. I've had a history of presyncope since my teens. I read up on it and I now ...
  A: people say they have had blood tests... but I want to make sure that your CBC, thyroid and your ...
Cholesterol Levels7/14/2010
  Q: Borucki, I recently had a wellness screening at work in which my cholesterol, blood pressure %26 ...
  A: If your Hb/HCT is normal, it doesn't matter whether the ferritin is low. The big issue is the ...
small bowel obstruction7/11/2010
  Q: Good Morning, On Friday I went to ER with extreme abdominal pain. CT scan revealed two distended ...
  A: if you are passing stool (or watery diarrhea) then that is a good sign that there isn't a big ...
lump7/9/2010
  Q: I had liposuction about 6 weeks ago. I noticed today two marbel sized lumps in my lower left ...
  A: I actually do lipo.... if they are firm, they are either small clumps of blood that have hardened, ...
Vtamin B7/8/2010
  Q: What blood testing is used to determine Vitamin B deficiencies and what symptoms would one have?
  A: if you are from this country, it is virtually unseen to have rickets or other B deficiencies. These ...
Cat Bites7/3/2010
  Q: Borucki, My son, who has diabetes, was bitten on the hand by his cat (kitten). The bites (2) ...
  A: it depends on how old your son is, but he is probably ok because he has had multiple tetanus shots ...
Frequent Bowel Movements7/3/2010
  Q: Up until a month and a half ago, I usually averaged about 2 bowel movements a week. Then to help my ...
  A: It depends what you consider normal.... 2 a week probably is less normal than 2 a day. Did you ...
fluid in ear6/30/2010
  Q: I am taking a flight in 1 week for about 2 1/2 hrs up there. I got my ears checked because of a ...
  A: use the nasonex up the nose, a good sniff on both sides every day. On the day of the flight, get ...
ovarian cysts6/29/2010
  Q: I'm 17, and I had my appendix out in March, at which point I found out I have ovarian cysts. They ...
  A: well, hold on.... this is sometimes a tough concept but don't attach the cysts to your pain. Every ...
Nasal Decongestants and their Proper Use6/29/2010
  Q: DR Borucki: I would like you to please bring "clarity" on this subject of using decongestants like ...
  A: yeah, I have heard "off the market" stuff for afrin.... also for pain meds. These drugs have valid ...
Need Advice6/28/2010
  Q: I have mitral valve prolapse and pericardial effusion (have had this 18 years unknown etiology and ...
  A: you can have as many ekg's as you want, but if the arteries are open, you will not have a heart ...
Left ribcage pain6/28/2010
  Q: I'm not sure how much you can help me with this, but I wanted to give it a a shot. For the past ...
  A: you didn't give me any other information like whether you injured yourself.... but if this pain is ...
dad health6/26/2010
  Q: Hey Doc, My dad's South Asian (high risk i know), 50 years old, diabetic, and has has heart ...
  A: in these situations, you optimize the risk factors that you can work with...smoking, high blood ...
Overall Treatments for laryngitus URGENT6/26/2010
  Q: URGENT~PRIORITY:HIGH Dear DR Borucki: When I woke up this morning something was not right with how I ...
  A: there is no way to make a viral laryngitis go away quickly.... afrin is good for a few days for the ...
Isagenix vs meds I take6/24/2010
  Q: If I were to start on the Isagenix diet would this impact my lipitor 80mg's daily and Zetia 10mg's ...
  A: To be on that high dose of cholesterol meds, you must have pretty high cholesterol.... the chance of ...
motion sickness6/24/2010
  Q: I have had motion sickness my entire life. When I was a toddler the doctor told my mom to give me ...
  A: I would try to desensitive yourself.... try short bursts in the swingset until it starts... you can ...
Stomach Pains6/22/2010
  Q: I know you can't diagnose people online, and you can't really determine anything for sure without an ...
  A: the appendix is almost always on the R side. belly pain in general on the left can be stomach or ...
Vaccine6/22/2010
  Q: I was expecting my period this month on 10th of June. But I missed the date, and as we were try for ...
  A: This period of time is difficult to tell absolutely from the home urine pregnancy test kits. One ...
Possible blood clot?6/17/2010
  Q: I am 24 with no history of blood clots. For about 2 years I have experienced pain in my right leg. ...
  A: You needn't worry about that clot breaking loose and causing problems.... the ones from the calf ...
Am I doing Enough6/16/2010
  Q: Borucki: We have talked a few times in the past. You are one of my favorite experts and I ...
  A: don't use the stress test BP in your assessment... use the BP's at home that you have listed above ...
Muscle Aches, Dizziness, Fatigue.....6/16/2010
  Q: I am 17 years old and have been having some problems lately with occasional muscle aches, joint ...
  A: it sounds like it has been going on for a while.... so I think you have time to establish with a ...
hard neon green stool6/16/2010
  Q: Every so often, when I use the restroom, I have hard neon green (almost neon teal) colored stool. Is ...
  A: the green stool? and neon to boot.... something you are eating is making it thru... some coloring ...
Chronic anemia and menstrual changes6/15/2010
  Q: I am a 35 y.o. woman, slightly overweight, in relatively good health. I have had 2 children (7 & ...
  A: first of all, anemia is a sign of another problem.... the periods, or GI bleeding.... assuming it is ...
Macrobid6/15/2010
  Q: I was prescribed 100mg of Macrobid twice a day for a possible UTI. I noticed a tingling sensation ...
  A: I cannot believe that this would cause permanent nerve damage, and I have never seen it do this ...
idiopathic v-tach6/14/2010
  Q: I'm a 24 yr old male. Echo, stress test, stress echo, holter, and event monitors have all been ...
  A: The worry would be that you have something like Brugada's Syndrome, which puts you at risk of VT and ...
Complex things6/14/2010
  Q: When I was 3 or 4 years of age, I may very well have had a female dog's milk. I'm 26 years of age, ...
  A: ? Dog's milk ? meaning your parents milked the local dog and fed you that for nutrition? That ...
frequent bouts of vommiting6/12/2010
  Q: Firstly, thank you for you time in reading my question. For 4 months now my 9yr old has been ...
  A: Even if she has not had weight loss or has been weight neutral, I would ask for a referral to a ...
knee pain6/12/2010
  Q: for about the last six months I have had knee pain off and on with popping and cracking of the knee ...
  A: you might have a meniscus tear but probably the MRI will be normal and your bursa is inflamed. I ...
Permanent Voice Loss6/11/2010
  Q: I am very interested in the subject of people who are mute or unable to speak. I have been having ...
  A: Being mute is a sign of an underlying problem.... that problem can be caused in a lot of different ...
Swelling beside hipbone when lying down6/8/2010
  Q: I am a 21 year old guy. For the past two years or so, I have noticed that a lot of the time when I ...
  A: I don't see a relationship to the urinary infection and probably not the testicle cyst. It could be ...
vomiting and dizziness6/7/2010
  Q: i am hoping you can shed some light on this for me please. i am a 33 year old female. i have three ...
  A: I would not get distracted by your chronic medical problems, endometriosis and fibro (although they ...
fast heart rate6/5/2010
  Q: After I have a few drinks ( 2-3) usually wine. My heart will start racing and have trouble falling ...
  A: you didn't say what "racing" meant, but if your heart is going up above 120, then you may have an ...
appetite6/5/2010
  Q: I am 58 years of age and in excellent health. I do not smoke or drink. I sleep well, play a lot of ...
  A: if you are not losing weight, then your appetite is "good enough." If you are losing weight, then ...
possible epidural side effects after surgery6/3/2010
  Q: On April 5, 2010 I had a Hemmordectomy (stapling surgery) for hemorrhoids. I was given an epidural ...
  A: usually the epidural by itself may not, but this anesthetic paralyzes you and I have seen people ...
rumbling in lungs upon waking6/2/2010
  Q: I am a relatively healthy non smoking 37 y.o. 135 lb female. I've had a new sensation the past ...
  A: it sounds like a little congestion/fluid deep in the resp system, that may settle when laying down ...
HIV5/29/2010
  Q: I have a scab on my knuckle(for about 2 days) and when I make a fist a small quantity of yellow ...
  A: if you have a scab on your knuckle... why are you getting bloody saliva from another person on it? ...
Abdominal and vaginal pain5/29/2010
  Q: I've been vaginally bleeding for 2 months now. I've also had abdominal pain and cramping during that ...
  A: it might be birth control... make sure you aren't pregnant. This can also be a uterus infection... ...
Hypertension5/29/2010
  Q: I'm a 68 year old female with labile blood pressure. I recently went to an oral surgeon to have a ...
  A: some people are very very sensitive to their own "adrenalin" and it will change with their stress ...
meningitis5/28/2010
  Q: I am writing on behalf of my 29 year old fiance. Recently we found out that one of her co-workers ...
  A: that is a tough call because meningitis really rapidly progresses. The coworker doesn't have ...
Head and Body Itching5/28/2010
  Q: After watching a news program on television about head lice the other day, I started to become a ...
  A: isn't that amazing how a mental suggestion can cause physical symptoms..... Why would you have head ...
Enterococcus5/27/2010
  Q: I hope this is not to lengthy. But I've tried to give you all the information you may need because, ...
  A: You might not like this answer.... but take a step back and lets look at the big picture. ...
Various Sinus Treatments5/25/2010
  Q: ~PRIORITY:HIGH~ Dear Robert Borucki: Here we are in the allergy season. With a 9 out of 10 on the ...
  A: It would be nice to compartmentalize each problem and have a perfect solution for it. That just ...
i can't put this out of my mind... i need your advice5/25/2010
  Q: Borucki First of all I'm very glad to found you here on all expert. I need you professional ...
  A: since you study micro, you know on an intellectual level that you don't have rabies... you would ...
BP and uric acid5/25/2010
  Q: "Dear Dr.Robert Borucki, MY wife 39 yrs old having high blood pressure .WE have consulted GP ...
  A: I usually get several blood pressures over a week or two before I commit someone to BP meds... Ii ...
IBS or Diverticulitis5/24/2010
  Q: Have a slight fever with some bloating and nausea. If worsens will call family doctor but wondering ...
  A: IBS will not cause a febrile reaction... that is typically from an infection. So fever and ...
I find it very difficult to take a deep satisfying breath.5/24/2010
  Q: This has been happening to me since a week after Thanksgiving 2007. The night that it started ...
  A: I see a lot of symptoms, but I keep going back to your description of your mom's alcoholism. That ...
jaundice?5/24/2010
  Q: was wondering if you could tell me if there are any home remedies for something like jaundice or is ...
  A: jaundice is a sign caused by a number of diseases that cause the bilirubin to elevate.... this can ...
New doctor's intrusive questionnaire5/23/2010
  Q: as my joint pains are worsening with age. This medical group was recommended by an established ...
  A: I understand your concern... I can probably find a connection with some of those issues and ...
v-tach5/23/2010
  Q: I'm wearing a cardio-net monitor and they caught something. A brief history about me is "24 yr old ...
  A: it is impossible for me to stratify your risk without knowing a lot more. These irreg beats can ...
Dizzyness, Nausea, Body Aches5/23/2010
  Q: For the past 6 months My 18 year old son has had severe dizziness (all the time, in motion or laying ...
  A: Obviously he needs the full workup. Some of the psychiatric meds have side effects but I would make ...
pain and bleeding after sex5/21/2010
  Q: recently I have been having pain in my pelvic area after sex. It was only pain at first then I ...
  A: irritation from not enough lubrication? If you are up to date on pap smears then cervical cancer is ...
FIX ME5/21/2010
  Q: I was wondering would you please tell me: do you believe the human body can mend itself after a ...
  A: This all depends on the degree of injury.... a gunshot through the abdomen, that pierces the ...
Sctrotal Lump5/19/2010
  Q: Borucki, recently I noticed a lump in the top of my scrotum on the left side right next to the ...
  A: free opinion... you said parents, so you are fairly young.... testicle cancer can occur in teens, ...
pvcs/pacs5/19/2010
  Q: I'm 63 and in excellent. Daily runner, 5-7 miles a day. Low cholesterol, resting heart rate of 44bpm ...
  A: It may be related to the biaxin (clarithro) It is great that you run and are in shape... but, your ...
vaginal bleeding5/17/2010
  Q: Dr. Borucki: I had some severe vaginal bleeding for about 5 days. It would not stop, so the doctor ...
  A: This is called the "Spiroff Regiment" after Dr Spiroff who wrote an endocrine GYN book. It is ...
Long hair in urethra of penis5/17/2010
  Q: Recently after urination I seen a small piece of pubic hair sticking out my urethra and I went to ...
  A: even if you did eat hair, it wouldn't come out thru the urethra...and I don't know how you could ...
DM ii5/16/2010
  Q: age 50 weight 98 height 5.7 + after failure in alone metformin Dr has prescribed gliclazide 80 mg ...
  A: your plan is reasonable... I don't know what gliclazide is exactly, we don't have that in the US ...
ear pain and dried blood5/15/2010
  Q: For the past few days I have been having a lot of ear pain and pressure, and this morning I woke up ...
  A: It sounds like you had some sinus problems and some eustachian tube problems... the tube that ...
Hypertension and abdominal distension5/13/2010
  Q: Is there any relationship between hypertension and the size of your abdomen? I don't mean in terms ...
  A: people lose muscle mass and gain weight around the middle typically, as they age, but that is ...
FLAGYL5/13/2010
  Q: i was prescribed flagyl for an bacterial infection. after i finished my one week cycle my boyfriend ...
  A: no... his reaction is not because of your antibiotics. That area is sensitive... it could simply be ...
jaw and chest pain5/12/2010
  Q: I'm a 50 year old male who has had acid reflux for many years and recently I have been having a ...
  A: do not play with this... unless you have had specific tests for coronary disease, you need to have ...
Fluid retention/probiotics5/11/2010
  Q: I am 29 years old and i can't figure out why i keep retaining fluid. I'm talking like 10lbs at a ...
  A: I don't understand the connection between probiotics and fluid retention. Some meds can cause fluid ...
Dizziness and Nausea5/11/2010
  Q: Lately I have been getting dizzy after every meal for about 30-60 minutes. At times, the dizziness ...
  A: nothing is coming to mind... some people can get gustatory rhinitis... runny nose and some ...
Sharp shooting pain in right calf5/11/2010
  Q: For several weeks now (about 5) I've been having sharp shooting pain in the middle and upper part of ...
  A: mid upper calf... blood clots... I would expect swelling, maybe a tender cord like feeling, redness. ...
Diarrhia for 6 days5/11/2010
  Q: I have had diarriah for 6 days now along with pain in my middle back and my stomach area under my ...
  A: it is hard to decide which symptoms are from the diarrhea problem and which are from the period, but ...
cellulitus5/7/2010
  Q: I was diagnosed at St. Jos.Hospital with this and stayed for two days.When i was released they told ...
  A: keeping the swelling down to a minimum is essential which may mean elevating for a good part of the ...
Can this cause Liver failure?5/6/2010
  Q: I was wanting a little bit of information on what could cause liver failure. Here's the background: ...
  A: Your liver is fine.... with tylenol and the liver, you either kill it or you don't... the fact that ...
Lymphoceles? Thrombosed vein? What is wrong with my penis?5/5/2010
  Q: After a long, rigorous masturbation a few months ago (around three months) I developed this little ...
  A: If you weren't a virgin, then I would worry about genital warts which are really common. So if ...
Knee/Leg Pain5/3/2010
  Q: I'm a 35 year old female. Very active -- run 1-3 miles every other day, do yoga, and do a weight ...
  A: it sounds like you have some soft tissue injury in that area. I think it is also possible there is ...
sebaceous cyst5/3/2010
  Q: I have one of these on my back. Doctor gave me antibiotics which are almost finished but this thing ...
  A: some small ones go away, small meaning less than 1 centimeter. The larger ones typically have to be ...
Infant Death5/3/2010
  Q: I have acquired a death certificate from 1920, which is of genealogical interest to my family. The ...
  A: I would be guessing on this.... Hemmorhage means bleeding, so the infant bled to death... the ...
rash on chest5/3/2010
  Q: My upper chest has been itchy on and off and this morning I noticed red marks..where it is most ...
  A: this sounds more like a reaction to something you did over the weekend... the sun, maybe the ...
edema5/1/2010
  Q: I just recently had an endoscopy done and was diagnosed with gastritis and in the report is says ...
  A: congestion means the blood vessels are swollen and leaking fluid into the surrounding tissues ...
Vitamin D?5/1/2010
  Q: I'm 17 and a male and I'm relatively large (6'1 and 175-80 pounds). I have been having bone, ...
  A: everyone is low in Vitamin D and now we know that it is really important for long term health to ...
Why do some medicines seem to do nothing at all?4/30/2010
  Q: I am wondering why some (most?) medicines seem to actually have no effect. For example I went to ...
  A: this gets into a big discussion... but I will summarize.... sore throat.... 90% of these are viral ...
Appendicitis related4/29/2010
  Q: I am from Pune, India. I seek second opinion as am confused about a surgery related to appendicitis ...
  A: an appendicitis can produce symptoms that come and go but if the diagnosis is correct, it will need ...
black spells4/28/2010
  Q: For the past few weeks i have been having trouble with feeling like i am about to black out. Other ...
  A: the room spinning sounds like vertigo... if accompanied by hearing loss or ear ringing, let your ...
immune function4/26/2010
  Q: I have been wondering (a lot) about what situations merit a referral to an immunologist. Throughout ...
  A: an immunologist is typically trained in allergy and immunology and unless at a medical center, 95% ...
bloat and weight gain4/25/2010
  Q: Dr. I am experiencing rapid weight gain, 3-6-lbs per day, with extended hard stomach. I am ...
  A: this type of weight gain is not fat.... you can't eat 10000 calories a day. This is water weight ...
high temperature / infections4/24/2010
  Q: let me give you a run down of my recent situation...I found bed bugs in my apt. and didnt know what ...
  A: repeated superficial insect bites realistically do not cause a "whole body" inflammatory process ...
protruding ribs stopping me sleeping4/20/2010
  Q: I went to the doctor last week as I have been having trouble sleeping the last two years, due to ...
  A: The easiest way would be to take pressure off that area, by supporting the side, above and below the ...
Weight Loss & Spotting Btw Periods4/19/2010
  Q: Good Morning Dr. Borucki: I am a (knock on wood) healthy 28 year old female. Since October 2009, I ...
  A: this isn't ovarian or cervical cancer. If you were on birth control pills before, that may have ...
Full Physical at age 504/19/2010
  Q: I will be 50 years old this year. I would like to schedule a full physical including full battery ...
  A: Family practice or internal medicine. Routine physical should be labs... CBC, CMP, Lipids, thyroid, ...
softball injury4/18/2010
  Q: I got hit on the cheekbone with a softball. Now its really swollen and theres a bump over the bone. ...
  A: the mid cheekbone is pretty tough... it is hard to break. But the bones that surround the eyeball ...
Surgery for Sinus Problems4/17/2010
  Q: I have a chronic sinus condition and allergies and small 1cm hole in my septum,a couple of tiny ...
  A: primarily, I think of sinus surgery if there are recurrent PROVEN episodes of bacterial sinusitis or ...
RLS4/17/2010
  Q: I have had some pain in my right leg on and off for over a few months now and I don't know what is ...
  A: this probably is musculoskeletal... other considerations are a hernia, maybe a low grade testicle ...
Numbness in face due to black eye4/17/2010
  Q: About a week and a half ago I got a black eye while playing softball on my right eye.After the ...
  A: it sounds like one of the nerves is being crimped, possibly by swelling/inflammation around the ...
A walking medical mystery??4/16/2010
  Q: o. female 5'9 145 lbs. with a history of abdominal issues I have had a total hysterectomy (at age ...
  A: The other reasonable causes of chest pain.... pulmonary embolism, chest wall pain (costochondritis) ...
weight gain/generalized mostly4/16/2010
  Q: I am 29, years old. I have Hypothryoidism, which is being controlled by synthroid. (quite stable) I ...
  A: The first thing would be is the thyroid being controlled... and it sounds like it is. Then looking ...
acute earaches and soar throats4/15/2010
  Q: I've had strep throat over 100 times since I was a kid. I am now 30 and still dealing with it. It ...
  A: you don't get immune to antibiotics but theoretically the bacteria can. But something like strep is ...
low fever and bladder pain..related?4/15/2010
  Q: Well, for the last month or so. I've been getting this low grade fever. I've been getting this ...
  A: with those symptoms, I would worry about a urinary tract infection or bladder inflammatory disease ...
Anal hardness,burning, pressure4/14/2010
  Q: I'm a 42 year old female who hasn't had sex in over seven years (yes we exists) I have been tested ...
  A: that indurated area on your buttocks may be a large hemorrhoid or possibly a peri-rectal infection. ...
slow metabolism4/14/2010
  Q: I am a 55 year old guy. I have struggled with obesity all my life, but I eat very little. I average ...
  A: It is hard to quantify calories with normal foods..... I would try using a supplement for a couple ...
Semen consistency4/13/2010
  Q: Good morning. My ex boyfriend and I recently got back together, and I noticed something different ...
  A: I don't know of any research indicating that a taste test can tell if someone has an infection but ...
facial pain4/13/2010
  Q: I have had pain in my right cheek area for quite some time now. I went to an ENT and had a CT of my ...
  A: the facial bone cat scan is the "money test" when thinking about sinusitis or traumatic injury to ...
small lump near vagina4/11/2010
  Q: i am 19 and noticed a small lump on the right side of my vagina, where my pubic hair is. I am a ...
  A: you could wait a few days.... the discharge probably is yeast, since a virgin can't catch some of ...
Always sick in some way4/10/2010
  Q: My sister is 42 and she has some medical and mental problems. She had her gallbladder removed about ...
  A: there isn't a specific immune system check.... a general CBC will tell a little bit. Some people ...
HGH (Human Growth Hormone)4/10/2010
  Q: I just turned 20 years old, and am 5’4” and weigh 135 pounds. I haven’t grown since my freshman year ...
  A: lots of questions there.... so I will give a general answer.... You may have trouble finding a ...
Flu-like symptoms for weeks4/7/2010
  Q: For about the past two months I have been getting different flu-like symptoms. They have changed ...
  A: from your name, I can't tell if you are male or female, but either way, you need a full ...
adolescent with many telangiectasias4/7/2010
  Q: When my son was a preschooler, he had several red spots on his hands and a few on his arms. A ...
  A: I can't tell anything from the picture, infortunately... I can't see well enough. But, the halo ...
Foreskin Issue.4/6/2010
  Q: This morning I was getting changed, and I noticed that my foreskin felt tight. I suddenly can't ...
  A: you may have to have your penis removed...... just kidding This is probably a mild fungal ...
Medicinal Conflicts4/6/2010
  Q: I wonder if you could possibly help me please? I am very concerned about my father and the ...
  A: You should focus your energy on getting him a nice fresh look at this heart/lung system, especially ...
personality4/3/2010
  Q: relative 70 yrs. has been a problem for years helps out any time,gives people things gifts etc. but ...
  A: it could be several things... in someone that is 70 years old, there are a lot of things that can ...
Serious Complications of Sinus Infections4/2/2010
  Q: IMPORTANT! DR Borucki: How frequent and common is it to get serious complications from Sinus ...
  A: I wonder where this phobia came from... Even tho in theory, some of these serious infections can ...
Ring Ears and Thick Tongue3/29/2010
  Q: For about 3-6 months, I have been experiencing loud ear ringing and a thick tongue that causes my ...
  A: I am not sure. Did you mention this during the physical? I think a neurological evaluation is ...
Question3/29/2010
  Q: how are you going? :-) My name is Christina and I live in Australia. I was just wondering why people ...
  A: I don't think so... some people don't get tired, so I would not blame it simply on aging. The ...
pregnancy3/29/2010
  Q: i m 24 yr married with dignosis of iron deficiancy anemia , ma lmp is 17 march 2010 i m planning to ...
  A: if the first day of your period is 3/17/10 and your periods are 28 days, then the time to have sex ...
PRIORITY:HIGH Prevention of pseudomembranous colitis/SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII/3/28/2010
  Q: DR BORUCKI: #1- HOW WELL DOES SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII(ALSO PROBIOTICS) WORK IN PREVENTING ...
  A: Tough questions..... There are no direct studies that say that probiotics help.... it is suggested ...
Spleen3/27/2010
  Q: I was admitted into a Hospital in Germany , an was told during an ultrasound that I have an enlarged ...
  A: The hard part of this evaluation is not having a reference to the size of your spleen. There is an ...
Re:infected pimple or Boil on upper left cheek3/27/2010
  Q: This is Lila Ann Asato and i normally use my regular face wash however because of the quite high ...
  A: Don't Panic!!!!!!! This is a complicated "pimple." The blood supply to the face is excellent, ...
chf in senior3/27/2010
  Q: 75 yr old male has had chf 5 yrs on meds for same. 50lb overweight and no exercise. won't these meds ...
  A: well compensated CHF can stay stable if the underlying cause is not progressing.... but usually, the ...
New mole and pregnant3/26/2010
  Q: I have olive skin and am 6 months pregnant with my first child. I am 31 and have developed a new ...
  A: Dermascopes supposedly allow us to see details that are consistent with melanomas. My personal ...
Norwalk Virus3/26/2010
  Q: Am 75 had norwalk first time in my life. Will never eat out again. One night of diahrea and just ...
  A: I don't know if you take a "water pill" to start, but if so, that leaves you mildly dehydrated all ...
hot flashes in foot3/26/2010
  Q: This may sound like a strange question, but I am concerned about brief, sudden hot flashes in my ...
  A: I am not sure... hot flashes for menopause occur because blood is sent quickly to the skin, warming ...
weakness, dizziness after ovarian cyst rupture3/26/2010
  Q: I had a cyst rupture 6 days ago. I am still having some mild burning pain in my abdomen and when I'm ...
  A: I don't see why a cyst ruptured or unruptured would cause dizziness if the blood pressure is normal ...
severe stomache pain after gallbladder surgury3/26/2010
  Q: This is going to sound a little strange. I had my gallbladder removed about a month ago and for the ...
  A: first of all, tylenol is not an nsaid. The big problem with that one is if you take just over the ...
insommnia3/26/2010
  Q: i am 76 and have been on sleeping pills for years and they no longer work.my doc said try remeron,it ...
  A: melatonin is worth a try but fairly weak in the big picture. If there is a disease process causing ...
Spontaneous Bleeding in Arms3/26/2010
  Q: My grandmother (almost 71) has been having an issue lately with spots appearing on her arms which ...
  A: people who are on chronic steroids, even if on and off, can develop these syndromes with thin, ...
constipation3/25/2010
  Q: and told me to ask this rather embarrassing personal kind of question. I am not constipated but ...
  A: by drinking more water, the stool has more in it and therefore when the intestine soaks some of it ...
Subsequent Period after abortion3/24/2010
  Q: I had a non-surgical abortion last month. I have taken the main pill on 28th Feb and the subsequent ...
  A: nothing was remaining inside the ovary. I hope you meant nothing inside the uterus. When you ...
help3/23/2010
  Q: My baby is 5 months 2 weeks old, he was born with an undescended left testicles, i was told that the ...
  A: take your time.... what matters as far as risk for testicular cancer is if the testicle doesn't ...
whats wrong with me?? its serious3/22/2010
  Q: Im completely helpless with this , please help! it was about one and a half years ago , that i used ...
  A: that was fast... yes, thyroid is "low normal" but the take home point is normal... you aren't going ...
cooking and germs?3/21/2010
  Q: I'll get right into it. I boiled 3 chicken leg quarters for 2 hours (full boil) after I put them in ...
  A: you overcooked it significantly, which will clearly get all the bacteria out of it, both with the ...
breast pain3/21/2010
  Q: I have been experiencing pain throughout my chest area for a few weeks. It is now focused in my ...
  A: a 37 year old is very unlikely to have heart disease unless there is diabetes or illegal stimulant ...
PRIORITY~Pain/tightness when swallowing ~Adams Apple3/20/2010
  Q: Every so often for no real reason in the area of my Adam's apple it becomes slightly painful when I ...
  A: I don't know why someone would suggest that people should move to be healthy unless there are some ...
Unknown pain3/20/2010
  Q: I am 20 year old woman. I have been getting this pain now for two years on and off. I randomly get ...
  A: It is going on long enough where you should pursue an answer... you should keep a pain diary... ...
insomnnia3/19/2010
  Q: which med is safer with less side effects for sleep gabitril or remeron?
  A: what a fascinating question... I didn't even know that gabitril was used off label for sleep... Ii ...
Feeling a twinge3/17/2010
  Q: Dr.Borucki, Since my colonoscopy almost 2 weeks ago I have felt a very slight twinge near my right ...
  A: polyp removals cause NO symptoms unless the bleed or unless there was a perforation, and then it ...
ANTIBIOTICS3/16/2010
  Q: DR BORUCKI: **WHAT I HAVE NOTICED IN MY EXPERIENCES WITH ANTIBIOTICS... **IS THAT IF "IN FACT" ...
  A: that isn't unusual but be careful about interpreting cause and effect.... the antibiotic causes ...
SIDE-EFFECTS ANTIBIOTICS -TIME SENSITIVE3/16/2010
  Q: DR BORUCKI: I STARTED SOME ANTIBIOTICS FOR A SINUS INFECTION ON OR ABOUT 3/09/2010. WHEN ARE YOU ...
  A: 1-WHAT CAN BE DONE TO "MINIMIZE" THE SIDE-EFFECTS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOU'VE FINISHED THE ...
cheez-its3/13/2010
  Q: We are concerned about my father who is 87 years old. Recently we have noticed he has been eating ...
  A: I get asked variations of this question a lot. Unless he has suddenly developed alzheimer's, I tend ...
Edema and New Birth Control3/12/2010
  Q: I am in China and therefore am out of reach of normal medical care at the moment; however, I was ...
  A: so you gained over 10# of presumeably, water weight in the last week and a half... that is an ...
Knowing the right questions to ask regarding my daughter3/12/2010
  Q: As a mom of a almost 4 year old I am having some difficulty in knowing the right questions to ask ...
  A: there are many different sub strains of all bacteria and vaccines can't cover them all. A lot of ...
Iron Deficiency?3/11/2010
  Q: I have had a few of the same symptoms over the last few weeks and I am wondering if this may have ...
  A: good that you are taking Vit D-3, at least 2000 iu per day. Some people don't absorb iron properly, ...
Mumps3/11/2010
  Q: My husband's co-worker's spouse has the mumps. Is my husband in any danger of catching it? And is ...
  A: good questions..... if you or your husband had the mumps, you can't get it or carry it or transmit ...
not sure3/11/2010
  Q: I am 29 years old, i had a hysterectomy in April 2009. Post op weight 130lbs, now am180 lbs. have ...
  A: wow... that is an impressive weight gain. I am assuming your thyroid replacement is normal... you ...
is this normal3/11/2010
  Q: it has been a little over 4months since i have had a hysterectomy and i am experiencing a large ...
  A: is it normal... no... does it indicate a bad disese... prob not. If the diet hasn't changed, then ...
pregnacy after surgery3/11/2010
  Q: is it possible to concive if you uterus has been removed but you still have your ovaries?
  A: no. you still make eggs monthly, but there is no connection between the vagina and the ovaries or ...
prevention3/10/2010
  Q: sorry to bother you again, but the medical experts on this site can't seem to answer this question. ...
  A: pneumonia is not "caught" as much as it is a complication of a viral infection with overgrowth of ...
Protonix3/8/2010
  Q: Is there an over the counter medicine that is just as good as Protonix that I can take for my acid ...
  A: protonix is a PPI-proton pump inhibitor... there are several and they all work pretty good Try ...
Colonoscopy3/7/2010
  Q: I will ave test on Wednesday morning. I assume I can eat a normal diet on Monday, day before the ...
  A: normal diet until lunch, the day before the procedure, the day starting the prep. Metamucil can be ...
Horrible Pain!3/7/2010
  Q: Today while working, I sipped on a Coke, as I usually do. Something different happened today, ...
  A: I don't believe that it was your heart contracting.... it sounds more like an esophageal spasm... ...
Sinus Problem Briefly3/6/2010
  Q: I seem to be improving?!? But I still have some aching in my head. More noticible when I cough ...
  A: you said your sinus' are clear.... actually, your nasal passages are clear... you can't tell about ...
Follow Up on Sinus Treatments3/2/2010
  Q: DR Borucki: I wanted to let you know that I felt instantly better after the first dose of Afrin ...
  A: The bottle will have precautions... you can easily use this 7 days without the "addiction." If you ...
DIABETES3/2/2010
  Q: GOOD CONTROLLED BUT UNCONTROLLED DIABETES WITH VERY GOOD a1C REPORT AND EVEN UNDER NON-WORKING OF ...
  A: if your A1C is that low, then your overall control is pretty good with the exception of your PPBS's ...
Finger Lacerations, stiches, and swelling3/2/2010
  Q: My husband sustained a couple of lacerations on his middle and ring fingers. (Attempted to catch a ...
  A: The antibiotics probably didn't do anything.... using them in this setting isn't necessary and ...
medication problems vs mental health3/1/2010
  Q: My Mother-in-law had back surgery towards the end of last year. She spent about 2-3 months in a ...
  A: I don't know what your state law says about commitment... but she needs help before a crisis ...
carotid artery disease3/1/2010
  Q: hya with carotid artery disease is it life threatening if you dont have surgery to remove fatty ...
  A: with carotid blockages, the bigger they are the more likely someone is to have a stroke. The ...
Canker Sores3/1/2010
  Q: My husband suffers greatly from canker sores. He'll have three or four at a time and they can get ...
  A: that sounds nasty.... You said meds, but, have you used the antivirals such as........... Valtrex ...
pneumonia3/1/2010
  Q: I recently was diagnosed with the beginnings of pneumonia. It started as a laryngitis, then went ...
  A: because you haven't had an antibiotic, you think they cause problems? I don't really understand ...
I dont know whats wrong3/1/2010
  Q: I have a lot of symptoms that have been going on for a while, but more recently are becoming worse. ...
  A: I hope you are going to the same doctor with these symptoms, because they will have to build a case ...
Sinus Confusion/Diagnosis2/28/2010
  Q: DR Borucki: I have allergies and what I'd guess you call chronic sinusitis. It has been difficult to ...
  A: wow... I don't think I am going to help, because the only time when I use ZPAK or Keflex for ...
Epididymitis and sore throat2/27/2010
  Q: Approximately 28 days ago, I was diagnossed with Epididymitis. I had all the signs: swollen left ...
  A: The symptoms could be consistent with gonorrhea, but you usually have a lot of symptoms... dripping ...
Internal dehydration2/26/2010
  Q: My wife, Frances, age 68, was recently hospitalized for internal dehydration. She was bloated with ...
  A: I wish it were that simple, but the cause and effect are a lot more complicated. It also has to do ...
Chest Pain2/26/2010
  Q: I have been experiencing chest pain upon waking in the mornings. The discomfort is hard to ...
  A: Well, it could be some reflux or simply musculo skeletal. As your age increases, the risk of heart ...
aspirin replacement2/26/2010
  Q: I am 48 years old and very near to 49.............I live a sedentary life and am a little ...
  A: I would not blame low dose aspirin for anemia... that needs a complete workup to assess other things ...
Hantavirus2/25/2010
  Q: I just read the scariest article - that I was I could unread. Hantavirus - I live in Surry Co. NC ...
  A: aerosol means someone coughs it into someones face and they inhale it... not minutes apart. Also ...
vaginal discharge 3 weeks post op2/25/2010
  Q: however my new surgeon told me i did not have endometriosis(previously surgically diagnosed by a ...
  A: even though it is possible to have an infection that far out, this may just be some irregular ...
Mono Nucleosis2/25/2010
  Q: My daughter was diagnosed with mono when she was 7 and it was confirmed with EBV titer. When she was ...
  A: That is a tough question to answer... it probably can't be "gotten twice" but it is one of the ...
10 yr old with pink cheeks2/25/2010
  Q: My 10 year old daughter has had bright pink cheeks off and on for the past two months. The first ...
  A: There are a couple possibilities... a smoldering bacterial infection (erysipiles type) (Not sure ...
Foreign Body in Foot now moving and tenting2/24/2010
  Q: On Friday, 1/8/10 I stepped on a sewing needle and it broke off into my foot. At the ER a board ...
  A: if it is infected or causing a fair amount of symptoms it should come out. I have done these, even ...
not feeling well2/23/2010
  Q: I am in a waiting period on getting insurance again and I am needing to go to the doctor. While I ...
  A: These are generalized symptoms that could be indicative of several problems... anemia, low thyroid ...
Spleen on CT & Low WBCC2/23/2010
  Q: 57 y/o female - good health - only meds are hrt & multi-vitamin - abdominal cat in '08 showed 1.2 cm ...
  A: a 1.2 lesion is a 1.3 lesion on a cat scan... they are not good enough to detect that small of a ...
Left Side Abdominal sore after ejaculation2/23/2010
  Q: I'm a 47year old male. Lately after ejaculation I get a soreness on the lower left abdomen that ...
  A: I guess will have to stop ejaculating..... Just a joke... This could be prostate symptoms, maybe ...
Abdomen pain2/23/2010
  Q: I have a sharp pain in the left side of my abdomen about one inch diagonal from my belly button. It ...
  A: if you aren't pregnant... then probably not... it may be an ovarian cyst. If you get sicker, you ...
My Daughter's stomach2/22/2010
  Q: My Daughter is 24 years old, she can not drink carbonated drinks,if she does her stomach kills her. ...
  A: You didn't get in to the "major stomach problems" part. The burping problem isn't that unusual and ...
hip pain2/22/2010
  Q: my boyfriend has major hip issues it pops out of place quit often as a result of being hit by a car ...
  A: I don't know where you live or what state requirements are for medicaid... indigent healthcare. ...
Chest Pain2/21/2010
  Q: I'm 27 I have mild to moderate aortic valve reguritation and recently diagnosed with coronary artery ...
  A: in this setting, chest pain (heart pain) doesn't have to be from coronary artery blockage or spasm. ...
Rubella IgM detection in pregnancy.2/20/2010
  Q: I had a miscarriage last summer at 6 weeks pregnancy. I was wondering if a rubella infection could ...
  A: You are not going to get a 100% answer... you are right... IGM is the "short term" antibody in ...
2 yr old2/19/2010
  Q: My nephew is two and doesn't say complete sentences or carry on any type of conversations. I think ...
  A: well, this may be developmentally delayed... if it is, and the child is being cared for and ...
sick2/19/2010
  Q: I get sick a lot (colds,sore throat, ear infections). When I mean a lot for example I had an ear ...
  A: worried from a standpoint of having an immune system problem.... no. But you are getting colds for ...
dizziness2/19/2010
  Q: I am 75 and one year ago this month and also last Aug.I got up around 3 a.m. to go to bathroom. I ...
  A: this could be due to a low blood pressure episode and could be an inner ear episode. Rarely, these ...
Yes or no?2/18/2010
  Q: I have some confusion, regarding my pregnancy. I had my last period on 15 December. On 17 January, ...
  A: Theoretically, you got pregnant on 12/29/09. By having a positive test on Jan 17th, you had been ...
sinus infection and clogged ears2/18/2010
  Q: Robert I started get sick last on 2-9-10, I went to the doctor on 2-11-10 and she said I had a sinus ...
  A: it is a sinus infection... I would have you get Afrin nasal spray and use it twice a day for 3 ...
shock2/18/2010
  Q: When I was in the Navy 12 years ago, I nearly fainted due to my having a weak stomach. I remember ...
  A: yes, this was shock which is defined as failure to have good blood supply to your organs (brain in ...
Foot/Calve/Knee Pain2/17/2010
  Q: A few weeks ago I started a waitressing job. I wore the wrong shoes the first day so I was not ...
  A: I am concerned that it isn't simply working in the restaurant for a couple days and that some other ...
Leg pain.2/16/2010
  Q: Today is Tuesday and since either Thursday or Friday night I've been getting these shooting pains in ...
  A: I first thought of DVT when you were describing it. Sciatica is a possibility but there is usually ...
bad circulation2/16/2010
  Q: I have really bad circulation (always did): my hands and feet go numb pretty quickly (whenever i sit ...
  A: This isn't a problem with circulation as much as it is a problem with the nerves... if the nerve is ...
antibiotic resistant sinus infection2/16/2010
  Q: I have been sick now for ten days. I did see a doctor and was diagnosed with a sinus infection. My ...
  A: I prescribe using Afrin nasal spray twice a day for up to 7 days along with the antibiotics... if ...
maybe you could help?2/16/2010
  Q: I searched through the categories on here, and can't find anything for pilonidal cysts. Perhaps I'm ...
  A: typically the surgery is pretty extensive to clean out an infected pilonidal cyst. (They are very ...
around my eyes2/15/2010
  Q: I a 43 yr. old male. The past year i have begun to develope these white like puffy spots under my ...
  A: sometimes that can be from low thyroid. It can also be the bodies reaction where it attacks some ...
Regarding Question about my Son2/13/2010
  Q: When my son was born he was 5 weeks early. He was born 5 lbs 13 oz and left the hospital at maybe 4 ...
  A: The belly button is not an issue. The blood may be. But the whole combination suggest some ...
Nervous Rash2/11/2010
  Q: I have a question regarding a very embarrassing condition I seem to have developed. I’m 41 year old ...
  A: This is kind of like an allergy.... it isn't that uncommon. With any stress, the skin gets a larger ...
Swelling?2/11/2010
  Q: When I press my fingers to my hands, legs and feet, the skin blanches for a few seconds. Sometimes ...
  A: circulation and "falling asleep" don't have anything to do with each other. I am not sure I ...
cholesterol and diabetes2/11/2010
  Q: I have a few questions. First, does the body naturally produce cholesterol? If so, how much? Also, ...
  A: yes, the body produces cholesterol... when measured usually about 2/3 of the cholesterol you have in ...
What could this be?1/16/2010
  Q: I am apparently sick, I went home from school yesterday. I'm trying to figure out what is up. My ...
  A: If you had the immunizations a day or two before the symptoms, they are from the immunizations... it ...
elbow clicking1/16/2010
  Q: I did a bicep/back workout for the first time in a few months. Now, one elbow clicks when I rotate ...
  A: you prob did stretch lig's but you have some cartilage inflammation now... it will probably subside, ...
Recurring DVT1/16/2010
  Q: I have now had 6 DVT's in my left calf over the past 15 years. In December I was diagnosed again but ...
  A: you obviously have a genetic clotting disorder (most likely) unless there is some other predisposing ...
Continue Antibiotics???1/16/2010
  Q: I have swollen glands and tonsils with white spots. My original strep test was negative, but the ...
  A: take the antibiotics.... the full course. This easily could be strep and a partial treatment sets ...
Bleeding1/16/2010
  Q: Good day! This is about my mom which who called last night and said that she went to the hospital ...
  A: You have to take findings on a test in context... the ovaries may be enlarged but not from ...
Attack under rib cage1/16/2010
  Q: I'm having a strange thing occur to me over the years, that really hasn't been found. I seem to be ...
  A: It is possible to still have gallstones post surgery. There also could be scarring in that area. ...
bladder infections1/15/2010
  Q: Over the past 6 years I've been getting frequent bladder infections. Some are very severe, others ...
  A: I don't know if you have had any tests, but sometimes people have a structural problem causing ...
cbc1/15/2010
  Q: I get blood work every 6 months (I take statins). A cbc has not been ordered since 2006. I am 77 . ...
  A: There are two parts to this.... if someone hasn't had a problem with statins, then I only check them ...
Abdominal pain1/14/2010
  Q: I am a 26 year old male and I have had an ongoing problem for the last 10 months. Every 6-8 weeks I ...
  A: I like the idea of prostatitis... there are only a few things that put white cells in the urine. ...
High Blood pressure, Nosebleeds and Headaches...1/14/2010
  Q: About 2 weeks ago i started getting nosebleeds then would result in a mild headache. It happened two ...
  A: the blood pressure is not causing the nosebleeds.... it may be the reverse. You need an evaluation ...
internal med or family practice?1/13/2010
  Q: I am 59 and would like to know if it is better to go to a family practice doctor or an internal ...
  A: I am family practice so I might be biased.... there is not a lot of difference in the training... ...
sticky lips1/12/2010
  Q: I asked you about this thing before about acne. My doctor prescribed me with 4 minocycline tablets ...
  A: we have to know what causes it first, in order to figure out a cure.... I don't see a direct ...
birthmark1/12/2010
  Q: I have a dark brown birthmark on my chest near my breast that is about an inch and a half long, in ...
  A: if it is a lot darker, then it probably can be improved significantly. an oval that size might be ...
Undigested food or worms in stool?1/7/2010
  Q: Yesterday afternoon I began having frequent soft stools. I then ate noodles for dinner. During the ...
  A: they aren't worms.... (unless they were wiggling!!) When someone has an intestinal virus or ...
post concussion syndrome1/7/2010
  Q: I apologize in advance for the length, I think the background is all relevant. I had two ...
  A: I don't think you are a hypochon and I agree that I don't put much faith in the childhood abuse .... ...
dizziness with eye movement1/6/2010
  Q: I get dizzy when my eyes move. If I hold them still with my eyes closed it stops even able to shake ...
  A: I expect it is simply labyrinthitis, an inner ear disorder that should go away in a week, sometimes ...
viagra/generic viagra1/6/2010
  Q: I take 50mg Viagra with good results. I have a current Rx for 30 tablest of 100 mg. (1) Is there ...
  A: There technically is no generics. You can get it cheaper online... pharmacy cost about $17 per ...
Swollen finger with pain1/5/2010
  Q: My middle finger of my right hand, which is my dominant hand, has been swollen and painful since ...
  A: gout would also be my first choice, also pseudogout. It is possible it is a low grade chronic ...
sticky lips1/5/2010
  Q: I'm 18 years old, A few months ago I started getting sticky lips which are excessively dry. No ...
  A: for now, I would push the liqiuids.... basically double the amount of fluids you are taking in a ...
pancreatitis1/4/2010
  Q: My husband was just diagnosed with chronic pancreatits from alcoholism. The gastroenterologist has ...
  A: abdominal pain is tough to diagnose sometimes... we have several tools... blood tests like ...
Painful Armpit bumps, vomiting, feel feverish without the fever1/2/2010
  Q: I have developed maybe 8-12 half thumbnail size lumps, reddish or pinkish in color under each of my ...
  A: I assume you are african american.... these bumps are folliculitis... little infections... when you ...
odd symptoms1/2/2010
  Q: Im not exactly sure where I should have posted this, but this looked like a good possiblity. I am a ...
  A: rarely is there NO possibility of pregnancy... but that would have been my first concern. I would ...
cbc suggestions1/2/2010
  Q: The following things seem to be abnormal on my cbc, please advise on which vitamans, prescriptions, ...
  A: If the hemoglobin or hematocrit are low, then the low MCV suggests iron deficiency anemia, so iron ...
memory problems1/1/2010
  Q: My mom for the past year or so has trouble with her memory. Over the holidays we noticed it more ...
  A: You have already made sure that her doctor knows about it and can do some short easy tests during ...
health12/31/2009
  Q: I feel sick all the time, why is I am not at optimal health?
  A: you have to define sick.... is there something specific? Some people who feel sick a lot have ...
strange symptoms12/30/2009
  Q: I am a 30 year old female and have always been in good health. My problem has been going on and off ...
  A: your symptoms are pretty vague and don't appear connected.... lightheadedness and headaches have ...
Vaginal pain12/29/2009
  Q: For the past 2 weeks I have had redness, irritation and burning from the opening of my vagina. ...
  A: I have some ideas, but I can't tell just by your description.... It could be yeast, I would try ...
cramps12/29/2009
  Q: Boruki, im a 25 yr old healthy female. I am in my 6th week of pregnancy. My appointment isnt until ...
  A: don't be concerned about the semen issue... at 6 wks, if someone miscarries, it was because ...
scalp issues12/29/2009
  Q: my son is 19 months old, i've recently noticed what I initially thought was dandruff in his hair, ...
  A: it isn't psoriasis.... it is tinea capitis, AKA cradle cap AKA head crud AKA fungus head. It is ...
Skin Rash accompanying Strep12/29/2009
  Q: I'm a 20 year year old male. 2 months ago I contracted mono. Those symptoms have been gone for ...
  A: I don't know what a more serious rash means.... but it doesn't really sound like scarlet fever ...
IBS12/28/2009
  Q: I am a 19 yr. old female. I was diagnosed with IBS about a yr ago. I have had 2 colonoscopies ...
  A: it doesn't take much blood to bloody up the toilet water. But no, rectal bleeding in general is not ...
really hope u can help12/28/2009
  Q: i have tried to find an expert in gyno but no one available my cycle has always been regular ...
  A: do one more pregnancy test with a first morning urine.... that is the most concentrated and will be ...
Cycle issues12/28/2009
  Q: I had my first child this past Jan '09. Before I was pregnant my cycles were very irregular, between ...
  A: I can't answer why it is long.... it could be a thyroid hormone problem, could be a female hormone ...
Hemorrhoids12/28/2009
  Q: Good day! I am 26 years old, here in the Philippines. I have an external thrombosed hemorrhoid as ...
  A: it is a hemorrhoid... a stretched vein that when the blood clots in it it gets hard and sometimes ...
Mens Health concerns12/27/2009
  Q: My wife was concerned with some things I have been experiencing, and after searching, to no avail, ...
  A: sometimes people try to take all the symptoms and lump them into 1 diagnosis... that is dangerous, ...
Amenorrhea & pregnancy12/27/2009
  Q: I am 34 yrs old. I had normal menstruation from 13 yrs old. Then became anorexic from 18 -20 years ...
  A: you are not going to get an answer for your question of "what are the chances of getting pregnant." ...
Hep C12/26/2009
  Q: A relative has Hep C and has never been treated for it. Such person is lifelong alcoholic. Discussed ...
  A: Whether to treat is a long complicated subject... but not being sick is an ignorant answer, that ...
Scrotum/Testicles12/24/2009
  Q: My testicles have always been saggy. I'm 42 and over the last 1-2 years the situation has worsened ...
  A: If you can get erections, your testosterone produced by them is probably normal.... this can also be ...
vaginal irritation&itching12/24/2009
  Q: my wife has vaginal itching and irritation problem developed during first pregnancy(3years ago) and ...
  A: those can be tough.... she needs a good GYN exam when the symptoms are bad... I would also check a ...
My 5 year old daughter12/23/2009
  Q: my 5 year old daughter has been awake screaming all night because of pain ,like cramp, in her right ...
  A: So what you have said is pain in the thigh without any known injury or cause. The only thing that ...
ear12/22/2009
  Q: Gonna give you some history first. For a couple of months in the summer, I had a lot of ear ...
  A: It sounds like the problem is eustachian tube dysfunction.... overall and pressure is on the ...
mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy12/21/2009
  Q: we've heard the mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be beneficial for various symptoms including ...
  A: heard that from who? Michael Jackson? The human body is pretty good at maximizing oxygenation of ...
Macular Scar12/20/2009
  Q: My 4 year old nephew was diagnosed with a macular scar in his right eye. He is completely blind in ...
  A: The macula is the "nerve center" for the vision receiving nerves in the eye... It depends on what ...
Wrist Problems12/19/2009
  Q: After injuring my wrist at the end of September/beginning of October when some PVC pipe fell on it, ...
  A: you never told me what the original injury was other than a pipe hit it... whether the bone was ...
hysterectomy12/15/2009
  Q: I had a hysterectomy back in April of this year. Since then some very strange things have been ...
  A: The first thing I would think of is hypothyroidism, and even though you listed it, I would make sure ...
Change in Bowel Movements12/14/2009
  Q: I am a 21 year old female, don't smoke, don't drink. About a year ago I noticed a drastic change in ...
  A: You said some bleeding... if it is definitely only the skin outside of the anus, (which it probably ...
Conceiving a child12/14/2009
  Q: I am hoping you can help me with this question. My ex girlfriend had a child who she said is mine. ...
  A: likelihood.... I can't answer.... Could you have made her pregnant by intercourse even though you ...
skin12/13/2009
  Q: Dr. B., I am 52 and just noticed white patches on my shoulders...the left have far more than the ...
  A: it may look similar initially... but are different diseases.... vitiligo should have no flaking, ...
Feels Like Something Stuck in Throat12/13/2009
  Q: I am 6 months pregnant and I have this constant feeling that there is something, like food, stuck in ...
  A: It isn't stuck in your throat.... you have reflux that has irritated your lower esophagus and with ...
Numbness in left temple12/13/2009
  Q: For about a week I have been getting numbness in my left temple. I believe it is accompanied by ...
  A: the back of the neck pinched nerve is not an issue... this would be a weird presentation for a ...
Sneezing fits12/12/2009
  Q: I have never had any problems with Allergies. in the past 4 months for no reason I'll start ...
  A: well, we can't have you blowing your cover anymore..... sneezing is a reflex caused by irritation ...
pain in arms12/11/2009
  Q: I have been having this dull, achy pain in both of my arms on and off for about a year now. The ...
  A: anything can be "stress related" however, you want to exclude physical, metabolic and neurologic ...
Urine analysis12/10/2009
  Q: I did some urine tests and on the results I saw Epith cell...OCC Squamous and Bile pigment ..... ...
  A: epith cells are skin cells, the skin on the inside of the bladder.... doesn't mean anything. same ...
prostatitus and constipation12/9/2009
  Q: have prostatitis and have begun to get constipation. in fact i have not had a bowel movement in ...
  A: I am gonna make an assumption and say that you had prostatitis and was given some narcotic pain ...
head trauma+?z12/8/2009
  Q: I awoke on the floor from my bed early in the morning a week ago, possibly on a sugar high, I had ...
  A: from your question, you either have a concussion or add or bipolar disease.... For a head injury, ...
stomach12/8/2009
  Q: My stomach feels like it is bloated all the time. I have no pain, no hardness, nothing really going ...
  A: there are many possibilities... reflux.... try zantac 150 twice a day for a month gallstones.... ...
orgasm time12/8/2009
  Q: 1-Which medicine (spray on penis skin) is useful to increase orgasm time of man? How many minutes? ...
  A: 1) there isn't one 2) Viagra doesn't do anything to change orgasm time. It happens, then is over. ...
Breasts Lactating12/6/2009
  Q: I've had enlarged breasts for some time, but several months ago they started lactating, I have been ...
  A: I assume you are a man with that name... you should be referred to an endocrinologist but initially, ...
mother's condition12/3/2009
  Q: My mother is 89 years old and has been complaining for over a year about stomach discomfort and ...
  A: I assume she didn't have a hysterectomy since she has vaginal spotting... that is not a sign of ...
pain in legs12/3/2009
  Q: I belongs to Pakistan, I am a heart patient and also adiabatic, on 15.9.2005 i undergone heart ...
  A: I don't know what some of the meds are... but with the walking problem, it sounds like your leg ...
What you can/can't say to a doctor12/3/2009
  Q: I have been looking for an answer to this question all over the internet, and have emailed numerous ...
  A: This is an interesting question... and I see several answers on several different levels..... ...
bleeding12/3/2009
  Q: I was wondering is it okay to have your menstral cycle and still bleed for 2 weeks later,i bleed ...
  A: you are scared of doctors, but want advice from one? :) when ever someone has mid cycle bleeding, ...
electric shock12/2/2009
  Q: I am 46 years old, in relatively good health. I am happily married – no kids. I am hoping you can ...
  A: Everyone is low in Vit D so that isn't it. Sometimes people get this sensation when they stop or ...
aging and weight gain12/2/2009
  Q: I am a very active and healthy 42 year old. I am 5'6", 125 lbs and BMI 20. I work very hard at ...
  A: you might have to send a picture :) there are a couple of issues..... first... the weight gain ...
What kind of boils are these ?12/2/2009
  Q: Can anyone please tell what exactly these could be. This boils happens to occur once or twice in a ...
  A: you aren't going to get an exact answer from a picture... what you need to do is to have the pus ...
Appendicitis12/2/2009
  Q: 26 year old male who gets severe lower abdominal pains once every two months or so. The pain will ...
  A: There has been a chronic appendicitis condition reported which would mimic those symptoms. I would ...
medical definition11/30/2009
  Q: What is the meaning of quo ad sanam, quo ad functionam, quo ad vitam, dubia, bonam, an malam? The ...
  A: I don't speak latin and we don't use it in medicine for at least the last 30 years..... but from ...
Flu11/30/2009
  Q: You prob get a lot of these but i am really concerned about the swine flu. Is it dangerous to me if ...
  A: yes, I have had this question many times.... it is no more dangerous than other flus, and unless ...
Dry hands11/29/2009
  Q: At this time a year I have very dry/crackly hands I am only 21 years old but they look like "old ...
  A: Vit E won't help. I would check your TSH/thyroid levels... if low, that needs replacement. You ...
toe cramps11/29/2009
  Q: Dr. Borucki: Can you tell me how to stop toe cramps, and where they come from? They hurt so bad it ...
  A: the treatment is based on what is causing them... if you are on a water pill, it could be potassium ...
bronchitis11/29/2009
  Q: I have bronchitis and have been taking eryc 333 for over a week now and I do not seem to be getting ...
  A: First of all, stop smoking! It isn't unusual for this to last longer than a week. Ery-C is a good ...
irregular bleeding11/29/2009
  Q: let me give you a quick history about me, i am a 26 female, 2 children but ive had 4 pregnancys ( 1 ...
  A: Cervical cancer isn't an issue because paps are normal, period. (no pun intended) Irreg periods ...
sore heel.11/28/2009
  Q: I am perplex by an issue I have been experiencing lately. I'm 39yrs old, male, 5'11" and 240 lbs. I ...
  A: this is plantar fasciitis, or if you had it bad enough and long enough, the subsequent problem that ...
Sarcoidosis11/28/2009
  Q: I am a 63 year old female, and have been getting heart flutters and sometimes, I can feel them in my ...
  A: wow... that is a lot of information.... with your age and your sarcoid... the first thing I would do ...
No idea what's wrong with me!?11/28/2009
  Q: I was born with one kidney and have hydronephrosis. I also have an unknown leg injury for which I am ...
  A: You need a doctor who will work with you on this.... Your situation is complicated with the kidney ...
Nose bleeds11/28/2009
  Q: My 12 year old daughter has frequent, heavy nosebleeds. Today she had three, one lasting more than ...
  A: with recurrent ones, you have to make sure she isn't getting anemic... she is about the age where ...
Biopsy / Air Travel11/28/2009
  Q: Is air travel a problem following surgery? Is a stereotactic breast biopsy considered "surgery" and ...
  A: the blood clots are in the veins, usually the legs, because of sludging, slow movement because of ...
Have you every heard of a doctor having a hypothyroid patient take their medication everyother day?11/27/2009
  Q: My mother-in-law is 89 yrs. old,she takes alot of meds. for different ailments. She has been on ...
  A: If 50 ug is too much, it isn't unreasonable to use it every other day. The way that is metabolized, ...
Compitency11/27/2009
  Q: What type of test or books or documentation is there available for me to get my child's compitency ...
  A: You didn't tell me how old the child was.... whether your child is a minor or not... you can't just ...
pains in leg11/27/2009
  Q: i belongs to Pakistan,i am a heart patient and also adiabatic, on 15.9.2005 i undergone heart ...
  A: your cholesterol doesn't seem that bad, however, your sugar is out of control.... after meal sugar ...
severe blood loss11/26/2009
  Q: I am writing a paper on blood donation. I need to know how long it takes for a person to bleed out ...
  A: wow... you don't want the fastest.... if someone transects their aorta, they can do it in about 5 ...
2 family members with strep11/26/2009
  Q: My husband and I have been exposed to strep in the last 24 hours. My sister and and nephew just got ...
  A: first of all, strep isn't that contagious, so chances are, you didn't get it from your relatives. ...
Heel Pain11/25/2009
  Q: I stepped on a nail about 5 months ago. I don't know how deep it was, but it was in the heel. It ...
  A: You might have had a little bit of the nail in there, causing some "scar tissue" meaning some ...
sore nose11/24/2009
  Q: I have had a runny nose and accordingly I have been rubbing it, now it has a unsightly blister and ...
  A: an ointment like neosporin will help just by the fact that it is an ointment. Since this isn't a ...
Mold11/24/2009
  Q: I'm not sure who to ask this question, but is all mold dangerous to ingest. I have discovered that ...
  A: it isn't a problem eating it because your stomach acid would kill it and digest it or you would ...
Basic Autopsy Info?11/23/2009
  Q: I know this isn't your specialty, but as I haven't found an MD medical examiner expert on the site, ...
  A: it does depend on the method... a gunshot wound... they might look for gun shot residue on an arm ...
Swelling Ankles & Feet11/23/2009
  Q: Recently I saw my primary care doctor because my feet and ankles were swelling a lot, so much so ...
  A: is the swelling from the Lyrica? If so, and you want to continue... then you have to deal with the ...
Ringing in ear11/23/2009
  Q: I'm 63, male, an avid runner and in excellent health. Had every heart test and everything is fine - ...
  A: probably, you irritated the eardrum somehow... maybe with the sneezing... if so and you didn't ...
Please help11/23/2009
  Q: I am coming to you very frustrated and on the brink of "losing it". My son is 4 years old and he has ...
  A: FIrst... I don't see anything that was done wrong except maybe not a great explanation and education ...
Head laceration11/22/2009
  Q: At approximately 10:30 PM on Wednesday, November 18th, I tripped over a cord and went head on into ...
  A: first of all, take a deep breath.... the body is very good at healing. No antibiotics is the right ...
Streptococcal infections and arthritis11/20/2009
  Q: Recently, I went to see my doctor to complain about recurrent pharyngitis. I was having issues with ...
  A: You are most likely right on target..... people can get non strep A (Usually group C) and not have ...
How to get rid of this lump, what is it?11/20/2009
  Q: A few months ago, I fell down the stairs at my home and landed on my rear end pretty hard. I had ...
  A: If the lump is soft and squishy, it is a seroma... the leftover fluid portion of a large hematoma ...
Asthma or COPD?11/20/2009
  Q: Eight years ago I woke up in the morning unable to breathe. There was no wheezing and I hadn't been ...
  A: Don't get angry at anyone at this point.... there is a lot of crossover. By the strict definition, ...
galblader11/20/2009
  Q: I have had on going pain for 7 years. for the past 3 years the pain never go's away. it gets really ...
  A: wow... a tough one.... I would ask to be referred to a big medical center gastroenterologist and get ...
mouth filled with spit while sleeping11/19/2009
  Q: i m 31 year man and wen i use to sleep spit/saliva automatically get together in my mouth while i m ...
  A: The weight may contribute for a couple of reasons... the biggest one may be that you are refluxing ...
diarhea11/19/2009
  Q: I have it now for over a week.I have seen my doctor,and before the diarhea that lasted a week he ...
  A: you said you have always had this? Does that mean on and off? The first thing I do is have you ...
Haemorrhoids11/18/2009
  Q: I am a 26 year old female, I weigh about 58kg, I'm in generally good health with a good level of ...
  A: typically, if you can keep constipation away, they will shrink down within a month as much as ...
Swollen glands11/18/2009
  Q: 19 months ago I became ill from an unknown cause. The symptoms were a lot like glandular fever which ...
  A: This illness (or better collection of illnesses) is pretty poorly understood. The best theory is ...
left side chest pain that radiates and test results11/18/2009
  Q: im a 24 yr old male. cholesterol 245, ive been having this left side chest pain for about a yr now. ...
  A: Good grief.... that is by far the longest question I have ever seen here. Before I got to your ...
water11/17/2009
  Q: I am an overweight guy and carry most of it on my belly. Its hard and sticks out and I often feel ...
  A: not really... those people are interested in being healthy, so they have eaten well and drink plenty ...
food11/17/2009
  Q: I have had RAST and skin test for food allergies and all are consistently neg. yet when I eat I get ...
  A: it may be food allergies... RAST and skin tests are notoriously bad for diagnosing those.... I don't ...
Do u think it was my mothers anxiety attacks that made her feel this way about the fire trap remark11/17/2009
  Q: Here is why. My Aunt who lives in another state is turning 90 on November 25th. Here is the ...
  A: This firetrap is just a distraction.... the underlying problem is anxiety and anger over this ...
dopamine11/17/2009
  Q: I would like to know the answer to thiswhat are the dopamine concentration in the blood serum in ...
  A: dopamine levels are basially the same when you are getting it and normal.... it is very low. It is ...
my baby is poorly11/17/2009
  Q: my baby is 5 months old and has foul smelling gas, she has had problems pooing from time to time, ...
  A: I like more natural remedies.... like Karo Syrup... a tablespoon in a bottle occasionally for ...
Should I be worried?11/17/2009
  Q: I’m a 19 year old female. For some months past I’ve had spells of breathlessness (which are ...
  A: It is always hard to facto in how much this is affecting all these symptoms. Yo are at higherrisk ...
high fever, back pain, and hard to breath11/17/2009
  Q: my 14 year old daughter has had an on going fever of 102.7, severe mid & lower back pain (both ...
  A: I didn't see a specific question.... but with your teen thatsick for several days, she has to be ...
4 year old cough11/15/2009
  Q: my son is 4. Every few months my son gets a runny nose along with a wet and chesty cough. In between ...
  A: this cough may be a manifestation of mild asthma.... could be allergies.... like house dust mites ...
First month on the pill11/14/2009
  Q: I'm getting married next weekend and have just finished 14 pills in my birth control package. It's ...
  A: I have some ideas... but you need to talk with your doc.... don't stop.... at this point, you are ...
cold fingers11/13/2009
  Q: I'm 63, male, 6'3, 185 in excellent health according to my PCP and Cardiologist. Am an avid runner - ...
  A: this is raynaud's phenomena... the blood vessels contract and less blood through the fingers and ...
feedingtube11/13/2009
  Q: My mother is 90 years old and has dementia She is dehydrated and has a infection called styptics. ...
  A: when you have family making a decision there are many emotions that come up and cloud objectivity. ...
Roundworms11/12/2009
  Q: What is the best way to treat roundworms, kill them and the larva permanantly. how long shouls one ...
  A: roundworms.... I hope you mean ringworm.... that is a fungus which likes warm and wet.... also the ...
Gastritis11/11/2009
  Q: I have GERD/Reflux and lately gastritis. I had an upper endoscopy 2 months ago and my gastro told ...
  A: protonix and prilosec are similar, take one or the other... as long as you take it on an empty ...
broken blood vessel nasal passage?11/10/2009
  Q: It has been a week since I've had blood and mucus running down the back of my throat. Nothing from ...
  A: A blood vessel has eroded and cracked... usually because the overlying tissue dried out... that is ...
Itchy Designer Stubble11/10/2009
  Q: I wear and maintain designer stubble (a 5 oclock shadow) look on my face everyday with hair clippers ...
  A: that sounds like a lot of work, but to each his own.... you may have some inflammation (especially ...
low grade fever headache11/10/2009
  Q: I have had a low grade fever(99.0-99.9 my normal is usually 97.2-98.6) for almost 3 weeks. I also ...
  A: It still could be sinus' and the antibiotic wasn't effective.... other possibilities are a simple ...
Growth on big toe11/9/2009
  Q: I developped a growth on the top right-hand side of my big toe over the summer. At first I felt it ...
  A: it is hard to tell without seeing it or seeing a really good picture of it.... things that come to ...
bruising11/9/2009
  Q: I walked into the dishwasher door that was open and parallel to the floor. I bruised my shin close ...
  A: that area has little tissue between the bone and the skin... when bruised, there is some bleeding in ...
parasitology11/8/2009
  Q: i'm going to get straight to the point. i've worked in the veterinary field for the past 10 years. ...
  A: flagyl is safe in humans but won't work for a lot of worms. The others aren't available in human ...
cna's and stroke victims11/8/2009
  Q: i was wondering what a cna must consider when giving care to a person with a disabling stroke, like ...
  A: from your standpoint..... would anything you do hurt the patient.... like moving them, feeding them, ...
Left Forehand numbness and right arm and leg numbness11/8/2009
  Q: I am experiencing slight numbness in my right forehand not the entire arm just in the forehand, this ...
  A: The numbness in the hand may be a minimal pinched nerve in the neck... you lay down, kink your neck ...
Concussion?11/8/2009
  Q: I was recently involved in a fight where I may have been hit in the back of the head. It has been a ...
  A: well, if you had a bad brain injury, like a bleed, it would have presented by now. This is a ...
Jaw bone and face.11/8/2009
  Q: I know you are an ER doctor and really this isn't an emergency but I was curious as to what you ...
  A: The weight may have a lot to do with it... when you lose weight, you lose some off the face and the ...
enlarge kidney&cyst11/8/2009
  Q: Im 33 female that has a enlarge kidney,cyst,and stones. I all so have a cyst on my ovaiares. Just ...
  A: From your last statement, you had some type of scan on your kidney that did not show a cyst then ...
Flank pain after pulmonary embolism11/6/2009
  Q: I recently was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism, am on Coumadin now for the past 2 weeks. ...
  A: you didn't say how high the pain was... sometimes it can be lower lung causing the side/back pain. ...
intercostal strain11/6/2009
  Q: I must have slept in an awkward position last night because when I woke up the next morning, I was ...
  A: it may be that, or it could be the beginning of a lung infection..... pneumonia, pleuritis, etc. ...
B1211/6/2009
  Q: I am a 27 year old Female. I have had low energy for a long time. It really started about two years ...
  A: There is a test for that problem.... a shilling test... but, you have it... you need shots monthly ...
Cut fingertip, over 5 weeks and still painful11/6/2009
  Q: I cut my left middle finger while preparing food 37 days ago, the knife went about halfway through ...
  A: I did the same thing on a meat slicer many years ago... that pic could have passed for my ...
bronchitis11/5/2009
  Q: I suffering from bronchitis disease. doctor prescribed me medicines ...
  A: side effects are short term and minimal.... clarithro... a funny taste in the mouth, maybe a little ...
Low Body Temperature11/5/2009
  Q: I am in between doctors (old one retired).. and although I'm not looking for a diagnosis, I'm just ...
  A: Maybe you are just different..... but hypothyroidism is always something I look for.... it is a big ...
Trigger Finger Release11/5/2009
  Q: I had trigger finger release surgery about 7 years ago on my index finger. That same finger is ...
  A: trigger finger is an annoyance.... it is a nodule on the tendon or tendon sheath that gets stuck a ...
how much beer is unhealthy11/4/2009
  Q: My husband drinks four to five beers five days out of the week every week.He does not drink on the ...
  A: how much is too much? the old joke is, more than their doctor drinks.... If someone has no ...
Bleeding, urine11/4/2009
  Q: For the past few days I have a huge amount of blood in my urine. Lumps of blood also comes out. I ...
  A: it sounds like you probably have a kidney stone. There are other problems that can occur, but most ...
thyroid11/3/2009
  Q: I have been a thyroid patient for years. Recently, my hair started to break really bad, weight ...
  A: yes, you are on meds forever... but you need a full eval by an endocrine doc.... they didn't dose ...
jumping from an airplane11/3/2009
  Q: in case an airplane is having problems and will crash, why don't they equip the plane with special ...
  A: it is a rare occasion when you will have enough time to strap on parachutes and get trained to ...
lymph system11/2/2009
  Q: 1) when you are ill with say the flu and your chest hurts - is that soreness actually the lymphnodes ...
  A: 1) no... it is muscles aching from inflammation and the lining of the lung (pleura) also inflamed ...
Pain in my upper stomach on the right side.11/2/2009
  Q: how are you? My name is Amber and I am writing to you because I need some help. For the last week ...
  A: I hear this a lot.... sometimes, even with symptoms, we can't figure out the exact diagnosis early ...
digestive problems11/1/2009
  Q: I am having a little medical issue I am hoping you can give me some advice about. I have been ...
  A: That sick feeling and salivation sounds like real "mild nausea" I think the pregnancy probably is ...
Low grade fevers10/31/2009
  Q: Robert: With regards to fevers/minor illnesses, doctors usually recommend that the person not return ...
  A: The assumption is that there are viral particles (or bacterial) in the body and therefore able to be ...
establish and maintain professional relationships10/31/2009
  Q: Please, how to establish and maintain professional relationships and effective communication with ...
  A: Usually, I answer medical questions in this forum.... I see the psychological aspect here, but I ...
Chickenpox10/31/2009
  Q: its been about a week since i was in contact with the child and now ive come out in a rash that ...
  A: If you did not have chickenpox as a child, or did not get the chickenpox vaccine (at your age, that ...
Cholesterol10/31/2009
  Q: My recent cholesterol level is 320: HLD 179 and LDL 123 and triglyceride 88. My doctor said this is ...
  A: HDL (HLD?) is 179? Wow, I have seen it 110 very rarely, I didn't think it could ever go that high. ...
Immunisation problem?10/31/2009
  Q: I'm 20 yrs old. In my mid teens I got a lot of pimples on my face. After treatment (tablets plus ...
  A: your body is fine.... but, you are having hormone changes that continue to make your glands produce ...
severe contracting pain felt in chest area and back10/31/2009
  Q: I'm a 47 year old female with. Although I am a smoker and have mild COPD, and a Mitral Valve ...
  A: I would be worried about reflux, esophagitis, ulcer, or a possible tumor in the esophagus... this ...
Ultrasound general question10/30/2009
  Q: Can an Ultrasound of ONLY the gallbladder be performed...or does a Doctor have to order an ...
  A: you get into a $$$$ issue.. yes the GB can be done, but the people who do those tests, bundle the ...
Seasonal Flu Vaccine10/29/2009
  Q: My 4 year old son has had a seasonal flu vaccine every year since 6 months of age. About 24 hours ...
  A: this may be an allergic reaction, to the vaccine or to the preservative in the vaccine, usually ...
Stephen Johnson Syndrome10/29/2009
  Q: I absalutley hate taking medicines exspecially antibiotics!!! The thing that scares me the most ...
  A: If you are on antibiotics and get this extremely rare reaction (it can occur with any medication) ...
Chest10/29/2009
  Q: My name is Wilson. I noticed an odd symptom about four days ago. I was recently prescribed the ...
  A: that is a classic problem with doxi.... if you don't wash that pill down into the stomach with a ...
Sensitive Nipples10/28/2009
  Q: I am embarrassed to say this, but... somewhere along in my early married life, my wife caressed my ...
  A: there are a couple issues here.... the nipple sensitivity is not the problem with respect to the ...
Back and leg pain10/27/2009
  Q: I have been referred to a neurosurgeon due to continued nerve pain in right leg. Epidural injections ...
  A: wow.... the hard part is the terms don't convert to easy language sometimes. Before I try, let me ...
cold hands after running10/26/2009
  Q: I'm 63, male, 6'3", 185...Cholesterol levels excellent, have a cardiologist who thinks i'm his ...
  A: the benicar won't cause that..... The biggest concern I have is that your thyroid is too low... Your ...
Gummy Bear multi vitamin - can it cause tummy pain?10/23/2009
  Q: Borucki, My children (5 year old and 1 year old) love Gummi Bear multivitamins but they seem to ...
  A: a lot of kids that age say their tummy hurts when they have cramps, prior to a loose stool or ...
osteoporosis10/23/2009
  Q: My wife has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. (Her T score is -3.6) She is 56. She has not wanted ...
  A: everyone should be on at least 1000IU's of D3 a day.... that will not be enough to help your wife. ...
swelling10/22/2009
  Q: i awoke this morn to find that my face from the side of my nose all under my eye down my check is ...
  A: it can be if you compressed that area while sleeping, and it would go away in an hour. It can be ...
pain across upper abdomen when bending and gerd10/22/2009
  Q: I am a 39 yo female. 2 years ago I was treated for GERD by ent. I was on nexium for 6 months and now ...
  A: There are a couple of issues.... What side effects from Nexium, other than cost? But, you should ...
Metallic taste in mouth10/21/2009
  Q: I have a question that will probably sound pretty silly, but is concerning me. I have had a very ...
  A: You might have irritated your smell receptors and taste and smell go together in sending sigmals to ...
Leaky Breast10/20/2009
  Q: I am hoping you can answer a question for me. I am 22 years old and I had my son in August 2007 ...
  A: yes, it should be "dried up" by now, but some people persist..... that may indicate other problems, ...
interview sample sheet child’s parents10/20/2009
  Q: I hope that you can help me. I'm a volunteer centre and now my boss wants me to design an interview ...
  A: Well, I can't do your job for you but I have a few suggestions.... If you are keying this in the ...
Scarred Lungs?10/19/2009
  Q: I am 16 years old, and I have never really been prone to being ill, well, no more than your average ...
  A: this may be residual from the pertussis... but you haven't done serious permanent damage. There may ...
Itchy Throat/Dry Cough10/19/2009
  Q: I get a tickle in my throat which progresses to a dry coughing fit. The cough can get bad enough to ...
  A: no, there aren't really good cough suppressants, but you should have the cough completely ...
Red skin blotches from heat, anxiety and other causes10/19/2009
  Q: I'm a 32 year old female. I have fair skin. About 7 years ago, I first started noticing that I ...
  A: that is a tough one.... this happens to more people than you think, although not quite as bad as ...
stomach thickening and ulcers10/17/2009
  Q: I was recently diagnosed with stomach thickening and a stomach ulcer. I have a family hx of high ...
  A: at your age, the weight isn't unusual and doesn't worry me. I don't know if you had a complete ...
Fever for 15 days10/16/2009
  Q: Seen the doc, but feeling worse, just want another opinion. 31 year old female. Generally very ...
  A: some of the tropical sites may be involved, but some of the fungal infections don't usually cause ...
Prostate Health.10/16/2009
  Q: I am a 19 years old male, healthy , and would like know if I am too young to start taking Saw ...
  A: saw palmetto won't help with prostate ca and no evidence to suggest it prevents enlargement..... now ...
redness on breasts and abdomen10/16/2009
  Q: My sister has had approx. ten of these episodes during the past year. She has been told by ...
  A: I have someone in my practice with similar symptoms.... her skin sheds after each episode and we ...
Unusual10/15/2009
  Q: Greetings, I have what is in a way an unusual question. I have a somewhat irrational fear of getting ...
  A: yes, you are blowing things out of proportion..... the lead poison cases nowadays, pretty much ...
pregnancy10/15/2009
  Q: Im 24yr old male, and my fiance is 22 yr old female, she just missed her period about 5 days ago, ...
  A: If the pregnancy is "good" then there won't be a miscarriage... most of them occur because there was ...
tummy trouble10/14/2009
  Q: i was wondering when i should worry about belly pain... i have had a stomach ache (its been just my ...
  A: There are many many possibilities.... so if it is still hurting in the morning, it would be ...
Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome10/14/2009
  Q: I work a full-time job in an office at a computer- lots of work with the mouse. Over the last few ...
  A: That doesn't sounds like CPTS to me.... typically that will be numbness and tingling going down the ...
veins10/14/2009
  Q: I recently had a vasectomy...the doctor gave me 3mg of valium in the vein on top of my hand.Its been ...
  A: It sounds like you had a little trauma to that vein and it got a blood clot in it... no worries, the ...
candida infection10/13/2009
  Q: ..I think i have some kind of some kind of bacterial or yeast infection.Ive been doing a lot of ...
  A: I don't follow you... you said stomach problems then yest infections and some GI symptoms.... If ...
cannot pass urine10/13/2009
  Q: i was wondering if you could help me. i am having problems passing urine. i am 32 and female, never ...
  A: this may be a problem with an infection or could be related to the endometriosis. The calcium dep ...
Taper off medicine?10/13/2009
  Q: Robert I am male, 50. I was diagnosed with hypertension and prescribed Avalide. Its working great ...
  A: I get this question a lot in my office and on this..... if you are getting to a point where you ...
severe bloating10/13/2009
  Q: I have bee having a problem for about the past 3 months with bloating. My stomach is so bloated i ...
  A: There are a lot of possibilities.... a low grade infection post surgery is one. A urinary tract ...
2 yr old very low body temperature10/11/2009
  Q: my son, 2 1/2 years old started last Wednesday with cold sweats at night. On Thursday night I took ...
  A: Some people have chronically low temps but not that low. I would make sure his doctor has checked ...
Upper chest tightness10/11/2009
  Q: Every morning when I wake up my upper chest seems somewhat tight. And when I lie down in bed at ...
  A: I think it could be... If you don't have problems during the day, asthma is unlikely. If you are ...
Query Buckle Fracture after Fall10/10/2009
  Q: I am writing to try to find out if there would be any other explanation for what I saw on my recent ...
  A: It is really hard to evaluate the scanned films.... but, on the top left film, it does appear to be ...
Diverticulitis diagnosis10/9/2009
  Q: On 10/3 I went to the emergency room with sharp, intense pain in the lower left abdominal region. ...
  A: There isn't much in the left lower quad except urinary tract and large intestine problems. ...
Test Results10/8/2009
  Q: My doctor just told me that she needs to follow up with me because of the results of my medical ...
  A: I don't know what "Thyroid slightly elevated" means... if the TSH is high, then you have low ...
stomach10/7/2009
  Q: Developed pain about 3 inch from my right of belly button last night. Diarrhea also. Sharp pain ...
  A: early appendix pain can come and go but usually is vague and around the belly button, until late, ...
flu shot10/7/2009
  Q: Could you please tell me whether a flu shot will stop/block the common cold to the same extent that ...
  A: a directed vaccine like the flu shot, will only protect against that strain of the flu. The common ...
hard lump on back of leg right above knee10/7/2009
  Q: How do I know if I should get this checked out....I don't know how long the hard bump has been there ...
  A: if you had an injury, it may be a lump of blood in a pulled muscle. Directly behind the knee, some ...
after, Navel Hernia- seroma came10/6/2009
  Q: My 1st Dr. drained stomach 3 times, sealed it twice, then operated, took extra skin out, scraped it, ...
  A: These seromas are basically empty spaces that fill up with fluid secreted by cells around it. I ...
Testicular Nerve Pain & Blocks10/6/2009
  Q: I have had testicular pain resulting from an epidemecotomy done in 2002. Which was the result of ...
  A: I can't speak directly of that nerve block but can talk about the process in general. First of all, ...
Various Symptoms10/6/2009
  Q: Good Morning - For the past sev. months various symptoms have been occurring. Bruising easy that ...
  A: the sodium issue is nothing... no treatment is required if it is a little off. If it is a lot off, ...
Lyme care- bankrupt10/6/2009
  Q: I am bankrupt from the cost of lyme treatment. I cant pay to see my LLMD anymore. I am still sick ...
  A: There are a lot of doctors out there who prescribe expensive prolonged treatment and don't have any ...
fertility10/5/2009
  Q: I am a 41 year old male and my wife and I are trying to have a baby. When I was 17 years old I had ...
  A: Either of those conditions would put you at risk for sterility.... and that is a really easy thing ...
Diarrhea in 5 year old son10/5/2009
  Q: My son is five years old and for the past 3 weeks he's had diarrhea and excessive gas with no other ...
  A: I might try a few things before the gastro.... have you eliminated milk cheese and butter 100%? Can ...
arm and leg throbbing10/5/2009
  Q: I am a 59 year old man with extent medical issues. quad druple by pass in 2004 now have 18 stents in ...
  A: throbbing pain in extremities... two things that come to mind are decreased blood flow... you ...
sick and tired10/4/2009
  Q: my name is Lailan and I'm a 20 year old woman. I've been having this strange pain on the top and ...
  A: I would have said... check thyroid and hemoglobin. Other things that can cause these symptoms... ...
hernia10/1/2009
  Q: can a hiatal hernia increase the risk of barrets esophagus, or esophageal cancer? can the surgery ...
  A: it can increase the risk of esophagitis... acid refluxing in to the esophagus and irritating it. ...
Treatment for the10/1/2009
  Q: As your aware I was recently taking Keflex for a sinus infection for 10 days @ 1000mgs/day total. ...
  A: I don't answer these questions to get a good rating... Using probiotics to help with antibiotic ...
abnormal lab results9/30/2009
  Q: I am a 44 year old female who does not smoke or drink. I am a little overweight and have ...
  A: It is harder without the absolute lab results... but If the Hb is normal, the RBC, RDW, MDH, MCHC ...
Greenish tinge9/30/2009
  Q: Sir, I've been shaving for past two years it was fine in the beginning but nowadays after I shave I ...
  A: That doesn't ring any specific bell for me.... I am assuming south asia means oriental, korean, ...
Reduce dietary fat?9/29/2009
  Q: I am currently being treated for hypertension. The only recomendation my doctor made was to reduce ...
  A: the salt issue refers to the hypertension... the fats are indirectly linked to blood pressure if ...
Recurrent strep in infant9/29/2009
  Q: My daughter is now 13 months old. She was diagnosed with strepA when she was 6 months old. She from ...
  A: I would be tempted to test all family members again, or treat all family members with ab, and with ...
Blood Products9/27/2009
  Q: Dr Borucki. I'd like to pose you some questions about blood products. I've done some research on ...
  A: I'd like to pose you some questions about blood products. I've done some research on the Internet, ...
Herniated disc & spinal stenosis9/22/2009
  Q: Would you pls explain the following findings, saw a spinal surgeon %26 was told that no operation ...
  A: It is hard to equate MRI findings with a clinical course... some people have horrible disc disease ...
diabetes9/21/2009
  Q: My father, age 77, has diabetes - injects insulin five times per day. Lately, he has been feeling ...
  A: if the sugar is normal... that is not diabetes related directly. the dizziness may be related to ...
high blood pressure9/21/2009
  Q: Has there ever been medical research that has proved a cause-effect relationship between high blood ...
  A: when you say litmus test.... it is hard to prove direct cause and effect... but several long term ...
Diagnosis.9/20/2009
  Q: My mother had gone to the hospital about a week ago with horrible, stabbing pains in her abdomen, ...
  A: I assume they did a lot of tests... I would look at her thyroid and if on any meds, she needs to ...
Heart rate question... torturing me9/19/2009
  Q: I'll summarize then give more details. I'm 26, been physically inactive for the last few months, ...
  A: If your pulse responds to exercise, it doesn't worry me that your resting pulse is low. This may be ...
internal medicine question9/19/2009
  Q: I am a 27 year old female, and this has been goin on for about 2 months now. I am a scrub tech in ...
  A: I am trying to put all the symptoms together and I don't come up with anything. The big concern is ...
Dosing Decogestants9/16/2009
  Q: You mention the use of AFrin or similiar. How do you recomend using it??? I have had it suggested to ...
  A: you are right... we don't know whether antib are indicated a lot of the time... I am pretty ...
New born Low Heart Rate9/16/2009
  Q: At two days old my first born grandaughter has been placed in ICU as it was noticed that she turned ...
  A: Critical care treatment for newborns is tough because they can't say what is wrong... the low heart ...
Antibiotics side-effects and duration of taking them9/16/2009
  Q: ""Priority:HIGH ~Please Read and answer carefully... Dearest DR Borucki: An allergist once told me ...
  A: It is rare to get diarrhea after one dose... it usually is a few days of the antibiotic.... and ...
left side chest pain and test results9/16/2009
  Q: I'm a 24 yr old male, 6ft, and 205lbs, very inactive person and don't eat the greatest. I also drink ...
  A: it is typical for young people to exceed the target heart rate... a lot has to do with your ...
My Daughters Health9/15/2009
  Q: Madam I live in england while my 38 yr old daughter lives in boston usa and has done for the past 10 ...
  A: I assume she is at a good center.... I would consider having her go to the Mayo Clinic or Cleveland ...
STDs9/7/2009
  Q: About 20 months ago, when I was sixteen, my boyfriend gave me oral sex (only once). At the time I ...
  A: yes, you can theoretically get some diseases from oral sex.... HPV is possible. It is unlikely that ...
Pain and other things in left arm...9/5/2009
  Q: I wasn't sure on which section to ask this question. It started about 2 weeks ago. I started ...
  A: It sounds like some shoulder bursitis... you can get pain radiating down. I would try ice, 20 min ...
my health problem9/4/2009
  Q: I don't know in which category i should i ask my question. my problem is whenever i eat high carb ...
  A: it sounds like you are having some type of allergic response, not necessarily from a "high carb" but ...
Blood clots9/4/2009
  Q: My question is, can a person have a blood clot in their circulatory system that travels through ...
  A: I assume you meant the titanium valve instead of pig because of the size of the valve, not the ...
chronic diarrhea9/3/2009
  Q: i dont know if you can answr my question however for quite some time i have been dealing with ...
  A: I would worry about ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, unfortunately that is diagnosed with an ...
Mystery illness9/3/2009
  Q: Borucki, I'm wondering if perhaps you can point me in the right direction or tell me it's time to ...
  A: this is a tough one... you said you had a lot of tests, but not which ones.... for hashimotos, I ...
stomach problems9/1/2009
  Q: For the last 8 months i have been suffering with stomach issues. I bowel movements are no longer the ...
  A: these are tough problems.... there is no specific test for IBS and we often use that as a diagnosis ...
Ab Pain follow up9/1/2009
  Q: I wanted to reply to your email so I resubmitted another question. Last night after the pain ...
  A: when the colon stretches, it sends pain signals... as with any hollow organ (heart, stomach, ...
should I worry9/1/2009
  Q: I am not sure if you can answer my question or not but I am concerned. My fiance had to have ...
  A: that is hard to tell.... he has a problem with the muscle wall to start from, he is a setup for ...
Lower abdominal Pain9/1/2009
  Q: Yesterday I went to see my doctor about a problem I have been having for the past few months. I am ...
  A: a blood test can suggest an infection, but can't pinpoint an appendicitis. It sounds like a lower ...
postherpetic neuralgia9/1/2009
  Q: I'm a 76-year-old female, in quite good health overall, until a shingles attack last March. It was ...
  A: acupuncture may be of help.... I don't think this is the appropriate problem for the chiropractor. ...
peripheral neuropathy9/1/2009
  Q: I'm an overall healthy male, 76. For several weeks, I have had a numbness and tingling sensation in ...
  A: in one foot, I would worry that a nerve is being pinched, usually in the low back or sometimes from ...
flu?8/31/2009
  Q: hiya i feel rough i feel hotter then normal and i have a sore throat which feels swelled i also have ...
  A: sounds like a sinus infection.... the sore throat and fever could be strep throat also. It sounds ...
Tingling/twitching in right foot8/30/2009
  Q: I am a healthy 30 year old female. For the past week, I have been having twitching and sort of a ...
  A: The first thought that comes to mind is a disc in the low back pressing on a nerve or a nerve being ...
Need info about head injuries and concussions8/30/2009
  Q: I'm writing a story, and I need some information about head injuries and concussions, etc. In my ...
  A: Well, you get literary license on this one, because it can be as serious or mild as you need it to ...
Pleim At Night8/30/2009
  Q: My question is every evening when the sun goes down my ears stop up and I start getting congestion ...
  A: I don't see a connection with anxiety unless you are self treating with a lot of sudafed. It sounds ...
Arm injury8/29/2009
  Q: I injured my arm 4 months ago when a sign was picked up on a windy day and hit me. It was the thin ...
  A: it sounds like you had an injury to the ulnar nerve from the sign.... you can verify that with nerve ...
Recurring Shingles8/29/2009
  Q: I am a 52 year old male with no history of serious medical problems. I teach 12 Yoga classes weekly ...
  A: recurrent episodes of chickenpox are incredibly rare... I would think it is more likely a herpes ...
Ear pain8/29/2009
  Q: About 2 weeks ago, I woke up with a sharp pain in my ear. Went away with some ibuprofen. Went to see ...
  A: sharp pains sounds like either the eardrum has pressure on it (which you probably should be able to ...
vitamin D defiency8/28/2009
  Q: Went to nurse practioner with symptoms including rapid weight gain,tiredness,indigestion, extremely ...
  A: everyone is low in vit D.... that is the hot new topic... there are very compelling studies saying ...
AST/ALT8/28/2009
  Q: I understand the range for both AST/ALT is 0 - 40. My numbers are 149 & 195. At what numbers should ...
  A: something is irritating your liver... causes can be statins, can be viral illnesses, like Hepatitis ...
growth and development8/28/2009
  Q: 8 years old and just about 5'5. He has grown about an inch in the past year. He took that bone test ...
  A: he has probably gotten most of his height... hormonal therapy - human growth hormone - is a ...
Question about flu8/27/2009
  Q: I am a healthy 31 year old - only thing I take medicine for is hypothyroidism (synthyroid once a ...
  A: sometimes people develop a secondary bacterial pneumonia when they get influenza... this would ...
depression &alcohol8/27/2009
  Q: I was hoping you could tell me If beer really makes you fat, how much beer does cause liver damage, ...
  A: beer is fattening... dead calories, and in some people can damage the liver.... if you are ...
Side effect of Zoloft8/27/2009
  Q: Any suggestion on how to control diarrhea that is caused by (side effect) of Zoloft?
  A: diarrhea from those meds should be mild, if any.... if it is bad, I would look for another cause. ...
Loss of Voice8/26/2009
  Q: For about a year now, my voice has changed drastically. Some days I can barely even talk, it's very ...
  A: do the reflux med for 3 months.... you would be surprised how many people have it but don't have ...
swelling in front of ear8/26/2009
  Q: My 15 year old son noticed a small bump in front of his ear, sort of at the top of his upper ...
  A: it could be a cyst from acne... a deep infection... there are also lymph nodes there that can swell ...
Frequent adult respiratory illnesses?8/26/2009
  Q: Borucki, I am hoping you can help. I am a 26-year-old female, and just in 2009 I have now been sick ...
  A: somehow you are getting exposed to respiratory/cold virus'... maybe where you work, where you ...
Swollen glands in neck / armpits for years. Recently right before a miscarriage8/26/2009
  Q: I have been having swollen glands in my neck & armpits. They last only a few days, but come in ...
  A: You have a complicated situation that I can't answer or fix in this forum. But I can make a few ...
pelvic pain and blood in semen8/26/2009
  Q: My husband is an active, healthy 52 year old. He recently began complaining of pain just above the ...
  A: the injury isn't related. I always wonder how people find blood in semen? The pain suggests a ...
Reasons for Low Hormones8/24/2009
  Q: I recently went to my doctor because of no libido. I've never really had one to begin with. But ...
  A: This is a difficult problem because there are psychological factors involved, usually and sometimes ...
eye8/24/2009
  Q: Over the last three days I have noticed a lump under my right eyebrow. It's quite sore and whatever ...
  A: it sounds like a stye, a blocked oil gland... if it gets red, it may be infected. Warm compresses ...
superficial blood clot8/23/2009
  Q: I traveled in May of this year to Greece (approximately 9 hour flight) and returned at the beginning ...
  A: I would talk to your doctor and consider some type of anti-coagulation for the trip.... Novasen is ...
heart failure8/21/2009
  Q: someone I know has a relative with congestive heart failure, people who are in and out of the ...
  A: CHF-congestive heart failure is not a specific disease, it is a condition that results from any ...
hematoma8/21/2009
  Q: Two weeks ago i fell down the stairs, and hurt my leg.I didn't go to the doctor and didn't take any ...
  A: that is probably a bit of blood that has hardened... if the skin is intact, there shouldn't be an ...
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding and 2 Large Clots8/20/2009
  Q: I am disgusted to say the least with the EMS services at my local hospital. I went to the hospital ...
  A: I see this a lot in the ER. It is hard to tell what happened... you may have missed an ovulation ...
low blood pressure8/19/2009
  Q: I have dieabites,high blood pressure,cholesral,a stroke 1 1/2yrs ago and some other problems. I take ...
  A: well, you need to have a thorough workup and at least have your medications adjusted. It sounds ...
Could it really be MS?8/18/2009
  Q: has ruled out viral infections with blood test. I wonder if it's vitamin deficiency or thyroid still ...
  A: I am not sure what your question is, but the B12 should be replaced... often people with low B12 ...
query8/17/2009
  Q: i have a slight concern i hope you are the right person i have contacted. last month i decided to ...
  A: check another preg test using a first morning urine sample, and if negative, you can start the next ...
Masturbation8/17/2009
  Q: ,how r u ?? hope u r fine and well.. sir i have a question,,i hope u will definetly help me out and ...
  A: you mentioned both your girlfriend and your wife.... the masturbation doesn't have anything to do ...
Numbness in fingertip8/16/2009
  Q: A weeks ago my wife had a seizure. I had always heard that you should put something in their mouths ...
  A: there was damage to the nerves on each side of your finger.... if the nerves were completely cut, ...
Testicular and Lower Right Abdominal Pain with Chronic Bleeding in Semen8/13/2009
  Q: I was struck by a Car while crossing the Hwy on 12-23-08 and within two days began to notice Blood ...
  A: sounds like a complicated situation.... the kidneys need further evaluation... you may have ...
ovarian cyst and abnormal smear8/11/2009
  Q: im a28year old with previous right ovarian cyst removed,also at same time as diagnosis of this ...
  A: the ovarian cyst has nothing to do with pap smears... the pap smears suggest there is a vaginal ...
Swine flu and upcoming season8/10/2009
  Q: Obviously the swine flu was there during the winter months for that country. I have 2 questions for ...
  A: well, the flu will not be any worse this season than it usually is.... the swine flu has caused a ...
puncture wound8/10/2009
  Q: My husband accidently knelt down on a nail that was sticking straight up out of a piece of wood two ...
  A: that causes a lot of worries... if the nail invaded the knee joint and is causing an infection, that ...
Monen's Health8/9/2009
  Q: Why is it recommended that girls/women begin seeing a gynecologist annually after she starts to have ...
  A: for pap smears and sexually transmitted diseases... cervical ca is almost always caused by HPV ...
face flushing8/8/2009
  Q: For some years,approximatly 11, my face will spontaneously begin to flush. I can feel it happening ...
  A: I don't believe anxiety either..... this could be a mild case of angioedema... you didn't say how ...
vaginal length8/6/2009
  Q: I had a total abdominal hysterectomy in 2004, and it slowly feels like my vagina is getting shorter. ...
  A: With sexual activity the area may stretch somewhat.... after a hysterectomy, the tissue that is ...
Kidney tumor?8/6/2009
  Q: My 77 year old father is in the hospital with a problem with his right kidney. They are going to ...
  A: when you say stomach, I assume you mean abdominal pain... if he also has stomach issues that would ...
bite8/5/2009
  Q: I was bit by my German Shepard in October of 2006, while breaking up a fight. The bite is just ...
  A: you probably had bleeding under the skin that clotted and stayed there.... it probably shrunk a ...
left side chest pain8/5/2009
  Q: Im a 24 yr old male, 205lbs, 6ft, cholesterol 245. I'm a very inactive person for about 4 years now, ...
  A: First, if you don't like the way you feel, why not work into an exercise routine, even if it is ...
Child and or possible mouse exposure8/4/2009
  Q: Today my daughter was playing in her bathroom and I saw her pick up a baby wipe, wipe the floor near ...
  A: oh yeah... I remember now..... that is an incredibly rare disease... somewhere in the southwest ...
what type of health screening my mom should have8/4/2009
  Q: Borucki, I am asking this question on behalf of my mother who just immigrated into the U.S ...
  A: it depends on how much you want to spend.... In general, a complete physical exam, labs including ...
feel very ill8/4/2009
  Q: i have fibromyalgia and endometriosis. i also lately am suffering terribly with constipation. i went ...
  A: This does not sound like opiate withdrawal, especially since you still had a viable pain patch ...
neurology-neurosurgeon8/3/2009
  Q: Could you please tell me the difference between neurosurgeon and a neurologist? Do they both take ...
  A: Neurosurgeon operates on nerve tissue.... brain, spinal cord, etc. A neurologist is the medical ...
medical scenario8/3/2009
  Q: The mother of a 15-day-old infant son reports that he started having episodes of vomiting with the ...
  A: I would check the child at that age, monitor weight carefully, make sure there isn't any fever... ...
Test?7/31/2009
  Q: A little background, I will try to be brief. I recently had sex for the first time with a new ...
  A: under the microscope, you can see trichomonas, a an STD... otherwise we lookd for yeast or bacterial ...
what would you think?7/31/2009
  Q: im not sure if i have the right category but i figured i would try if not i do apologize. My sister ...
  A: I am not sure exactly what your question is, but I will give you my thoughts on this.... What a ...
Toddler and exposure to others7/31/2009
  Q: My toddler has been vomitting once a day for the past 3 days. Today my husband took her by his ...
  A: this doesn't sound like the flu and with no contact there can't be any diseases passed. The child ...
High fever with tummy issues7/31/2009
  Q: Any idea what illness a high fever with tummy issues could be? Could it be the flu? I'm not having ...
  A: you didn't give me a lot of info.... age, how high the fever is and what "tummy issues" means.... if ...
Sore Gums7/30/2009
  Q: Robert I have had a sore area on my right lower gums, under a bridge, on and off, for a few months ...
  A: it may be, esppecially if you see a small 2-3 mm very shallow whitish or greyish ulcer... that could ...
diagnostic tests for 8yr old7/30/2009
  Q: My 3 kids have not had a regular check-up for about 3 yrs. I took my 7yr old to get one. The other ...
  A: The typical recommendations for a well child check do not include screenings for lead, parasites, ...
prickly heat sensation7/29/2009
  Q: Robert, I am a 58 year old male with little stress in my life. For about a month, with increasing ...
  A: I am not sure exactly what sensation you are experiencing... if it is tingling... I am not really ...
please help!!!7/29/2009
  Q: I know this is a strange question, but ever since this happened I cant seem to feel like the "germs" ...
  A: well, that is one of the more disgusting stories I have heard in a while.... fortunately, the ...
Puncture wound - foot7/29/2009
  Q: On June 11th I stepped on a very dirty drywall screw in a board in a chicken pen. It bled enough to ...
  A: I would worry about having nicked the bone and introducing infection in the deep tissues or bone.... ...
Freaked out!7/29/2009
  Q: I'm sorry this may not be in your area of expertise, but I'm really concerned.My period started ...
  A: it sounds like this could have been a blood clot... it doesn't sound like you had another foreign ...
Very Elderly Parent7/28/2009
  Q: I'm an expert on this site in another area. I have an almost 95 year old mother living in my home ...
  A: The laws on this vary from state to state and I am in South Carolina. You will have to contact ...
Pregnancy?7/28/2009
  Q: Well I am 13 and a girl and I have not had sex but I have not come on my period for this month and ...
  A: If you haven't had contact with boys with your pants off then I don't know why you could be ...
hemorrhoid treatment7/28/2009
  Q: I have a couple of questions about external hemorrhoid treatments. What are the most common ...
  A: It depends on the severity... for the most part, unless they are really big, you should leave them ...
swelling7/28/2009
  Q: Recently I went hiking on a mountain with my family after going up about 3 miles my right hand ...
  A: tingling and swelling were the symptoms... were you bending your ne k in a certain way where you ...
Slowing down a speedy metabolism??7/28/2009
  Q: Im a 16 year old male and I have a very fast metabolism, but otherwise healthy. I weigh 148 pounds ...
  A: You don't want to slow down metabolism... you might get thyroid checked to make sure your thyroid ...
vaginal discomfort7/27/2009
  Q: I went 2 my annual visit for my pap & I told the NP I had been experiencing vaginal odor & a watery ...
  A: threelac is a probiotic... a collection of "bacteria" to restore normalcy to the vagina so there ...
blod clots7/27/2009
  Q: I am a 27 years old female, no smoker, I don't drink or use any type of drugs, last week I started ...
  A: those symptoms do not sound like blood clots... and even tho that is a risk, it is still a very very ...
ear fluid7/24/2009
  Q: I went to the doctor early in June because I was having throat irritation/swollen feeling and ear ...
  A: You said decongestants... I would try Afrin or Dristan nasal spray (over the counter) twice a day ...
inflammation, fatigue7/24/2009
  Q: 49 yr old Caucasian female. I've had odd symptoms and medical test results since I developed what ...
  A: wow... you have given a pretty concise history on a very complicated disease process and workup.... ...
My son fell of the bunk bed and smashed his chin7/24/2009
  Q: my son fell of the bunk bed a two weeks ago and smashed his chin. thank G-d the wound seems to have ...
  A: it is probably blood that has hardened now.... that may slowly resolve over several months.... ...
Mosquito Bites7/23/2009
  Q: My 2 year old has several mosquito bites. We use a natural based citronella spray because we don't ...
  A: well, there isn't much you can do except prevention... if you are worried about in the house, treat ...
Wierd dizziness!!!7/22/2009
  Q: Well about a week ago i started getting this wierd dizziness. it all started with a constant low ...
  A: I don't know why a 13 year old needs to have all those heart tests... but I would look at normal ...
Knee Symptom7/22/2009
  Q: I have noticed lately that my left knee feels numb/weakened after I sit Indian style or cross my ...
  A: you are kinking a nerve or a small blood vessel to a nerve with the positioning, most likely... then ...
Breast Pain7/21/2009
  Q: I am 40 years old, with no history of breast cancer in my family, that I know of. I noticed a pain ...
  A: I doubt if that finding is causing the pain.... that should be followed but I would be shocked if ...
after breast feeding7/21/2009
  Q: I am 24, and have one son. He is now 20mos. old. While I was pregnant, I gained about 50lbs (I am ...
  A: I have not heard of that before... I wonder if you stretched the nerves through the breast ...
vitamins7/20/2009
  Q: My son has a sensitivity to dairy so I try to stay away from it because I am currently breastfeeding ...
  A: good question.... I would doubt that you taking dairy will affect him, since you process everything ...
Elder with Nightly Blood Pressure Spike7/19/2009
  Q: My 83 year old mother had a pulmonary embolism last October with no explanation as to what caused ...
  A: there are a lot of possibilities, but most likely is that her arteries are stiff due to age and any ...
MAKE IT STOP7/19/2009
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: how can drinking water or holding your breath for ...
  A: ... the theory on breath holding is that by increasing carbon dioxide in the blood, it makes that ...
vitamin deficiency7/17/2009
  Q: This may not be exactly in your line of expertise, but I'm seeking an answer, and hopefully you'll ...
  A: It is hard to tell which symptoms might be helped with Vit D... it turns out pretty much everyone is ...
Severed extensor hallucis longus7/17/2009
  Q: On the 5th of July, I clumsily dropped a knife on my foot, and it cut deeply into my left big toe ...
  A: I would bite the bullet, go to the ER and get referred for repair.... you don't have much more time ...
chemstry7/15/2009
  Q: whatdoes maricuriediscover?
  A: Marie Curie (1867-1934), Polish-born French chemist and physicist who twice won the Nobel Prize and ...
Spider Bite7/13/2009
  Q: I hope you can help me, about a week ago I went to my doctor because I had a Spider Bite in my ...
  A: It probably isn't infected.... but the spider venom will cause tissue destruction locally, so the ...
Lymph nodes with unknown cause7/13/2009
  Q: I am a 20 y/o female. I have had swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my neck and under the left ...
  A: The lymph nodes are a response to an infection almost all the time. It could be an ear infection, ...
prolapse?7/13/2009
  Q: It feels like there's something stuck inside me and when I feel inside, my vaginal wall is ...
  A: this could be a prolapse.... and the bladder, rectum or uterus can prolapse. It is hard to tell ...
Uncomfortable Pressure in Right Chest7/13/2009
  Q: I am a 51 year old male, and work in a third world country with limited medical facilities. While ...
  A: bronchitis really doesn't show up on chest xray, that is mostly to prove pneumonia isn't present. ...
Stuffed nose with no relief7/10/2009
  Q: Borucki, I was wondering if you could suggest a reason why I keep getting a stuffed nose that no ...
  A: it sounds like you have some allergies, having to get ears drained in the past. If you have a cold, ...
blood in urine7/8/2009
  Q: I have a 15 year old son and recently has said that he's noticed blood in his urine. What was cause ...
  A: It should be evaluated in the office with a urine sample... with no pain, it could be a stone in the ...
"Epidermolysis Bullosa" Skin condition.7/8/2009
  Q: I am 30 years of age and have been living with “Epidermolysis Bullosa,” (EB) since birth. I have a ...
  A: This is a rare enough condition that I don't really know what the best treatment is.... have you ...
black stool7/8/2009
  Q: im a 17yo male, 5-8 150lbs.... the past 2 days i have had a stomach ache followed by dirraha... it ...
  A: the tachy may be from dehydration from the diarrhea... if there is no fever. The black stool is ...
heart beating strong and fast7/7/2009
  Q: I'm 37 and have been noticing for the past several months that my heart feels like it's beating very ...
  A: this is probably not a big deal.... but it should be evaluated... talk with your doctor, get a heart ...
female question7/7/2009
  Q: First I want to thank you for taking the time to answer my question. It is pretty simple I think. ...
  A: Since you became sexually active, did you start or restart birth control pills? A little abnormal ...
Pulomonary Embolism7/7/2009
  Q: I was diagnosed two and a half months ago with two large clots one in each lung after tearing my ...
  A: if you have a decent reason for having a PE.... such as being immobile for a month... then chances ...
ear7/5/2009
  Q: My husband cannot take off work until Friday to get to the doctor, so I was hoping you might have ...
  A: this may be an external ear problem, like an infection or a wax buildup blocking the canal. I don't ...
Health problems7/3/2009
  Q: my daughter is 22. She had a horrible pain 10-15 minutes after intercourse twice last year. We went ...
  A: it is pretty common to have unusual bleeding after the morning after pill. So I wouldn't worry ...
Pituitary cyst7/3/2009
  Q: I know this may not be your specialty but ANY advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. ...
  A: I doubt whether there is a direct relationship between panic/anxiety and the cyst.... however there ...
Burn6/29/2009
  Q: I burned the back of my hand/wrist about two days ago on the broiler of an oven. I was wondering ...
  A: keeping it from getting infected involves good hand washing on the front end... right after the ...
Hymen6/28/2009
  Q: I could not find an expert in the other categories that was available to answer my question, but ...
  A: The anatomy of the hymen varies greatly from person to person. Rarely does it completely block the ...
Calf Pain in left leg6/27/2009
  Q: i am 62 years old, recently diagnosed as patient of Parkinson disease. i take daily 1/2 Sinamet and ...
  A: The first thing you should do is find out why it is hurting so long... an accident should cause pain ...
Baby tested positive for drugs6/25/2009
  Q: WE are currently pursuing custody of my step-daughter and we just found out that the baby her mother ...
  A: you ask some tough questions.... the drug testing is not standardized between labs so there isn't a ...
females issues6/24/2009
  Q: 38yr old female with no known medical problems...lmp 05/19/09.....presenting with hemoglobin of ...
  A: these problems may not be related at all... blood pressure if that elevated consistently should be ...
Medicine and supplement with grapefruit as one ingredient6/23/2009
  Q: I am presently taking Diovan HCT and Amlodpine daily. Is it safe to take a supplement with ...
  A: it is the acidic juice that screws up absorbtion... so if it is a capsule, no problem. If it is ...
heart rate6/22/2009
  Q: Im a 23 yr old male, with cholesterol of 245, 6ft and 205 lbs. I have intermittent recurring left ...
  A: at your age you won't have a heart attack, but the rythm problem should be looked at with a heart ...
COMPLEX OVARIAN CYST6/18/2009
  Q: I HAVE A COMPLEX OVARIAN CYST MEASURING 2.2 CM IN DIAMETER. I'VE BEEN DOING THE WATCH AND WAIT THING ...
  A: I would wonder if you are having pain from something besides the ovarian cyst. First of all, it is ...
urinalysis6/17/2009
  Q: Borucki, I am a 25 yr active healthy female. I am concerned about protein findings in my urine. My ...
  A: yes, the exercise can cause some protein in the urine... I would check it when you haven't exercised ...
mens health6/16/2009
  Q: I'm a 30 year old black male and never have had any health problems. Lately I been having throbbing ...
  A: If there is any swelling in your ankles, that should be checked... that can cause fingers and toes ...
taking Nardil (mao inhibitor)6/14/2009
  Q: The dental school I am going to says I can have epinephrine however, it is on the list of things on ...
  A: that is an old old antidepressant, called an MAO inhibitor. Some people can get exaggerated blood ...
high cholestrol and left side chest pain6/14/2009
  Q: I'm a 23 yr old male, 6ft, and 205lbs, very inactive person and don't eat the greatest. I also drink ...
  A: I think I answered this one already... at your age, even with bad cholesterol, you wouldn't have ...
very cold finger on left hand6/13/2009
  Q: my husband had two holes in his heart ablated and shortly after he started getting blood clots in ...
  A: if blood clots went to a finger, it would turn funny colors and really really hurt... the lack of ...
Iron Deficient Anemia Low Ferretin Levels6/12/2009
  Q: I am a 49 year old female. I am post menopausal and 7 year post RNY gastric bypass as well as 5 ...
  A: if you start oral iron and use a stool softener like miralax, you won't have a problem.... sometimes ...
high cholestrol and left side chest pain6/12/2009
  Q: I'm a 23 yr old male, 6ft, and 205lbs, very inactive person and don't eat the greatest. I also ...
  A: You list a couple different issues... yes, you should work on lowering the cholesterol, especially ...
Strep?6/12/2009
  Q: A couple of days ago I noticed my left tonsil was a little sore. Yesterday, I looked and there were ...
  A: that sounds like it could be strep throat which needs treatment with antibiotics... those are cheap ...
chest pain6/11/2009
  Q: I had an echo/stress test done with persanine and cardiolite. Age 53, overweight over all health I ...
  A: if you had decreased uptake during exercise... when you should have more uptake... that implies that ...
drug interaction6/10/2009
  Q: I have been taking Tylex for 2 months but it was not effective against hip pain. My MD prescribed ...
  A: that isn't possible.... the drug screen, assuming you didn't take any of those meds, was one that ...
Use of polymaltose ferric hydroxide Iron (III) for six months+side effects to zinc levels??6/10/2009
  Q: Hallo,i was taking feric hydroxide polymaltose iron+Folic acid at age of 13 because i had iron ...
  A: I would have only expected a mild change in iron stores with therapy... you don't absorb much iron, ...
Abdominal ultrasound results6/10/2009
  Q: I recently went for my yearly physical and told my physician that on a few occasions I have had this ...
  A: They may not believe that the symptoms match up with the sludge finding on the gall bladder, I ...
anemia6/9/2009
  Q: i have been on ferrous sulfate 3 a day for 8 months at first i felt an improvement but for the last ...
  A: first of all, taking 3 a day doesn't do any more than 1 per day... you can only absorb so much iron ...
thyroid question6/9/2009
  Q: Borucki, I am a 44 yr old female and had some lab work drawn over the weekend and was wondering if ...
  A: The TSH is perfectly normal.... you want it on the low side, .5-1.5 typically. The Free T4 (free ...
EKG6/8/2009
  Q: I had an Ekg done...and on the top it says: Atrial Fibrilation,Rightward Axis,QRS (T) Contour ...
  A: if you truly have that, it needs to be treated. But, the computer may misread the ECG, and usually, ...
Unexplained weight loss5/31/2009
  Q: Male, 20, height is 6'2". Over the last few months, I have noticed that my appetite and libido has ...
  A: I would have a full evaluation.... this could be a metabolic problem like thyroid dysfunction.... ...
blood work5/31/2009
  Q: will any type of blood work show that cancer is in a person body? thank you
  A: cancer testing in blood is specific to an organ and what you look for... we have markers for ...
2 yr old toddler stomach pain,occasinal vomitting,5/28/2009
  Q: we have a 2yr old toddler that started having stomach pains last friday and has been vomititing and ...
  A: since he has just started with the stomach problems, it probably isn't some big digestive problem... ...
sick to stomach from onion rings5/27/2009
  Q: I had a very large helping of onion rings. Later on feel extremely sick to stomach. I have taken ...
  A: If you have some irritation from acid, the maalox will neutralize some of the acid decreasing the ...
loss of appetite and nausea5/25/2009
  Q: I'm 63, male, avid runner, and normally in excellent health. About 10 days ago i started having loss ...
  A: I would look at other GI stuff also.... look at the gallbladder for stones, check some labs ...
Cellulitis5/24/2009
  Q: On Monday afternoon my 9 yo suddenly developed a deep red/purple area that was extremely painful ...
  A: I don't buy the bacteria traveled theory.... I would worry about one of the weird blood disorders ...
ery tab5/22/2009
  Q: I am 31 year old male. Did 2 rounds of acutane as teenager and a couple rounds of ery tab. Now, ...
  A: since the situation is different... you probably don't need a prolonged course for prevention.... a ...
pilon fracture and glucosamine5/22/2009
  Q: My husband suffered a bad pilon fracture to his leg and also crushed the bones in his ankle and heel ...
  A: these kind of injuries are very bad.... these are very small joints that carry a huge load. You are ...
calf pain5/22/2009
  Q: I am a 23 y.o. female. I have recently started running. Last week I experienced shin splints which ...
  A: you have the right idea.... is this musculoskeletal from your running or is it a DVT from the ...
pain at the base of my skull5/21/2009
  Q: Just the other day I noticed a painful lump on one side of the back of my head - the pain (and I ...
  A: that sounds like it could be a lymph node in that area... that drains the scalp on the back of the ...
fainting5/20/2009
  Q: I have just read a question a lady sent you in regards to her fainting, and something you wrote to ...
  A: it could be... the heart has to go pretty slow to pass out... and it doesn't continue to slow until ...
Bone Pain, Corticosteroids, and Cushing5/18/2009
  Q: I have been taking prescribed topical corticosteroids for a mild rash on my hands on and off for 5 ...
  A: It is safe to take Vit D supplements and that has been recommended in general for health reasons.... ...
Excess Mucous in Stools5/18/2009
  Q: PRIORITY:HIGH Dear DR Borucki: I have a constipation issue and every so often I see strands/mucous ...
  A: no relationship to the MSK... no evidence of obstruction or you would be throwing up. I would ...
Lymphedema5/18/2009
  Q: "Hi.I was finally diagnosed as having Lmyphedema as water retention was proven not to be the case ...
  A: there isn't a cure and not great fixes for lymphaedema.... the key is getting the fluid out and ...
petechiae around eye (orbital bones)5/18/2009
  Q: My 19 month old daughter had a very "impressive" temper tantrum yesterday. The end result seemed to ...
  A: it can be from straining, coughing, vomiting, rubbing. If it is just after a tantrum or vomiting, ...
What Is the pain I have??????5/17/2009
  Q: I woke up with terrible pain behind my hip. Also there is pain on the side and back of my waist. It ...
  A: hard to tell now.... people can have pelvic fractures, esp if you have hip replacements... also, it ...
difficulty breathing5/16/2009
  Q: I am a 25 year old female, and for the past week or so, I have been dizzy, fatigued, and I have felt ...
  A: this sounds serious enough where I think you have to be checked... there is a long list of ...
water retention- high blood pressure?5/15/2009
  Q: I am 49 years old and recently went off all hormone treatments. I am in the early stages of ...
  A: the menopause may cause a little fluid problems, but not much. But, people can gain fat weight w/ ...
Blood Test Results5/15/2009
  Q: I was just recently diagnosted with hashimotos. I went and seen and Endo and he just did not seem ...
  A: I am not a thyroid expert but Hashimoto's tends to wax and wane, it can be very bad with a lot of ...
MRI readings?5/15/2009
  Q: I am a 28 year old female. I had an MRI without contrast of my brain done a while ago and just read ...
  A: I have seen white matter spots on so many MRI's... the test is so sensitive that it picks up this ...
belly button ring5/15/2009
  Q: I have had my belly button ring for about three months now. It has been infected for a while now. I ...
  A: That is usually a superficial skin infection.... keep cleaning with soap and water, maybe a course ...
heart murmur very concerned5/12/2009
  Q: so two weeks ago i was diagnose with a heart murmur. i am 20 years old, for the most part healthy. i ...
  A: a heart murmur means a sound... some turbulence in the blood flow, usually across heart valves... ...
recurrent localized intermittent head pain5/12/2009
  Q: I'm a 23 year old otherwise healthy male. About 14 months ago I developed a really bad localized ...
  A: if you had the brain magnetic res imaging and the brain magnetic res angiogram, then you have proven ...
Antibiotics5/12/2009
  Q: I have questions in regards to antibiotics, and to make it clear, I have spaced out the questions so ...
  A: That isn't necessarily too many antibiotics. you should not stop a course midway, that could select ...
possible kidney failure5/12/2009
  Q: recent blood tests indicate that my father's kidneys are not functioning as well as they used ...
  A: This is a complicated subject.... if the creatinine is up, then the kidney function is down, but you ...
Gunshot question5/11/2009
  Q: . I hope you can give me a little insight here. I'm writing a book. I have a charcter that gets shot ...
  A: if someone gets shot from behind in the chest and the bullet misses ribs and shoulder blades, it can ...
Pains all over body5/9/2009
  Q: I am a 24 year old Caucasian male. I have no history of illness aside from allergies/sinuses. I have ...
  A: the big concern I have is how much of your symptoms are part of a physical disease and how much may ...
metalic taste in mouth5/8/2009
  Q: For the last couple of weeks I haven't been feeling well on and off and it seems to be getting worse ...
  A: there are a lot of possibilities, but I would first consider that this could be a low grade sinus ...
menstraul period5/8/2009
  Q: i am first month after coming off the pill had an accident on cycle day 11 i got my period a day ...
  A: Yes, you could be. It is hard to tell when someone ovulates, especially when first cycling off ...
armpit pain and numbness5/8/2009
  Q: im 40 yrs old, and have been having pain and numbness under armpit, left side, numbness to elbow, ...
  A: if you are in the medical field, then you know the ER isn't the best place to get diagnosed ...
Hemolysis5/7/2009
  Q: I got a blood test yesterday and it came back with +1 hemolysis. What does hemolysis mean, and can ...
  A: hemolysis means rupture of the red blood cells... it, in your case, does not indicate disease. It ...
multisymptoms help5/7/2009
  Q: My mother is going downhill fast. Recent dr. visits seem to just focus on ONE thing, she has ...
  A: It is hard enough to diagnose someone complicated in person, let alone over the internet... I have ...
leg cramps5/7/2009
  Q: My guy was diagnosed in February with ALS, but the past few days he has been having real bad leg ...
  A: A general vitamin is good but this may be related to his ALS.... there are some prescription ...
Swelling feet and taut skin5/7/2009
  Q: I am a 37 year old mother of 3. Beginning in mid-March I had a horrible rash, saw three different ...
  A: I would get some support stockings and wear them for a few weeks... when you stretch the skin out, ...
Hip Pain5/6/2009
  Q: I have had joint problems since I was in high school. In high school I had to have shoulder surgery ...
  A: Wow... that is an interesting history. I am worried about a few things.... if you are tall with ...
I was an overweight teen at the first 2 years of my puberty5/6/2009
  Q: if a teen from the begging of puberty has more kg,is more fat more than normal and does not exercise ...
  A: If someone is overweight, especially with a big stomach, it will make the appearance of his penis ...
Gallbladder1/28/2009
  Q: I have just been diagnosed with gallstones and have a cholecystostomy coming up in 4 weeks. I'm ...
  A: I assume they will do it with a scope.... go home that night..... up and around the next day, just ...
hippa law1/21/2009
  Q: what is the hippa law on keeping food in the refrigerator with medicines
  A: that isn't part of hippa..... that pertains more to records release and keeping records private and ...
quick question...1/16/2009
  Q: My Grandma has been in the hospital twice in the last month. She has emphysema and COPD. She is 63 ...
  A: there are a lot of possibilities... when things get this complicated, I am only speculating.. if the ...
Stomach problems1/16/2009
  Q: My Grandma has been in the hospital twice in the last month. She has emphysema and COPD. She is 63 ...
  A: this could be a lot of things... the one big thing I would look at is gall stones... if she has ...
bartholin abscess during pregnancy1/8/2009
  Q: I am 15 weeks pregnant and had a bartholin abscess 2 days ago. My history with the cyst is quite ...
  A: this won't really affect pregnancy except structurally if it gets too big... you should have the ...
chronic epstein barr diagnosis1/7/2009
  Q: I am a 25 year old female, no history of major problems. I have been seeing an ARNP for about 5 ...
  A: The EBV may or not be related to your symptoms.... there are a lot of people with NO symptoms that ...
High Cholesterol1/6/2009
  Q: Dr. Weil, I am a 40 year old white male. I am 5’8” tall and I weigh about 190 lbs. I am a former ...
  A: you didn't list the values of the cholesterol.... there are some people that inherit bad cholesterol ...
Chronic Constipation, Bicornuate Uterus, Frequent UTI's1/6/2009
  Q: I am a 30 year old female. Born with a Bicornuate Uterus. Since birth I have had Chronic ...
  A: I would treat each item individually and see if you could feel better... treat the constipation with ...
14 day headache1/6/2009
  Q: My boyfriend and I have been visiting ER's and minor clinics for two weeks now. His symptoms are as ...
  A: the cat scan should have excluded a sinus infection or anything worse like a tumor or bleed in the ...
sister's small intestine removal1/5/2009
  Q: My sister is living without her small intestine was removed due to a bowel obstruction that was ...
  A: that is a complicated issue.... with tha diagnosis.... she will have to see a specialist and I would ...
Allergy/Virus/InfectionI can't shake this thing...1/5/2009
  Q: I've enclosed an email that I sent to an ENT that has treated me in the past. But is on ...
  A: I would try Afrin nasal spray twice a day for 5 days, if that doesn't help, then see another doctor ...
Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy1/3/2009
  Q: My 7 year old son had Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy on Monday the 29th of December. He has not ...
  A: tonsillectomies hurt.... he is still early in it and probably will turn the corner... to be safe, ...
jock itch12/31/2008
  Q: ..i have jock itch and my question is simple...can it be transmitted during sexual intercourse? if ...
  A: it is hard to transmit.... but can be.... it is usually "self inflicted" meaning if there is a warm ...
re immunization for twinrix12/30/2008
  Q: My husband had the first dose of twinrex two years ago when we went on vacation but never had the ...
  A: I am estimating the numbers, but about 65% are immune after the first dose and about 87% after the ...
blood test results12/30/2008
  Q: I just returned from ER visit for chest pain - diagnosed as reflux/Gerd. My visit included blood ...
  A: RBC and Hematocrit... mildly low... probably not a big deal but should be worked up, especially if ...
toddler tonsillitis12/30/2008
  Q: my son is 2 1/2 years old and this year he has had 8 bouts of tonsillitis. It starts with a high ...
  A: the antibiotics aren't hurting him..... when he gets tonsillitis, get his strep test checked and if ...
H Pylori12/29/2008
  Q: Dr Borucki, Thank you for your time. After a month with bad stomach pain I have been diagnosed ...
  A: if there is no stomach pain, reflux, gerd, stomach ulcers, then don't test for H Pylori in ...
ileostomy bloating12/23/2008
  Q: I lost the use of my rectum and colon due to disastrous "pelvic floor reconstruction surgery". ...
  A: watch out for inability to digest certain foods.... especially milk products---- ...
Concerns about muscle jerks---myoclonus and related?12/23/2008
  Q: Borucki and to you all the best the season brings! Before I head off into questionland, I wanted to ...
  A: this certainly could be related to medications. You have such a complicated medical history that I ...
Bloodwork12/20/2008
  Q: I went to a new Dr. It was my first appointment with him. He told me before any physicals he would ...
  A: some of the tests are really out of line, specifically from what you told me....... Part thrombop ...
Husbands testicular pain12/19/2008
  Q: I've searched everywhere on the internet and can't seem to find anyone who might have an idea what ...
  A: you didn't give an age, but the younger someone is (in 20's) the more likely there possibly could be ...
Under arm pain12/19/2008
  Q: I am a 26 year old female and I have had a pain under my left armpit for about 4 weeks now. I had ...
  A: blood clots are arare... but arm pain makes me worry about infections, usually in the R armpit..... ...
A Few Medical Questions12/18/2008
  Q: I'm currently writing a story. In the beginning, the main character (a teenage girl) is in a car ...
  A: 1) usually we don't shave heads unless we have to do laceration repair that requires meticulous ...
undiagnosed pain in torso12/17/2008
  Q: A relative has had pain in the lower lung area for over 10 years. Sometimes the pain is very sharp, ...
  A: I can't believe that the pain in the lower lung area has anything to do with the arm... those are ...
joint pain fatigue12/12/2008
  Q: I am 45 y.o. white female 5 ft now weigh 266#s suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and depression ...
  A: wow.... that is quite a list of medical problems.... I am glad you are on the right track. I would ...
chest x ray12/11/2008
  Q: My father's chest xray report says he has "cardiac fullness and left ventricularity". What exactly ...
  A: a chest xray report gives minimal "good information" cardiac fullness means his heart is at the ...
Odd symptoms12/11/2008
  Q: I have been getting more than 5 headaches a day for over a week now along with edema (Fingers, face, ...
  A: with all these headaches, it is going to require a workup, unless this is a simple sinus infection ...
Sinusitus/Cold/Allergies???12/11/2008
  Q: Priority:High We had a drastic temp change and I had a head ache I could not get rid of easily for 2 ...
  A: it sounds like an early sinus infection... you could try Afrin nasal spray twice a day for a day or ...
Humerus Bone12/10/2008
  Q: A friend of mine broke his humerus bone and it healed fine; but shortly after he broke it again and ...
  A: humerus is the upper bone in the arm..... it depends where it breaks... if it is in the mid shaft, ...
left side chest pain, palpatations12/10/2008
  Q: I have written to you before but incase you don't remember since you see alot of emails, I'm a 23 yr ...
  A: Given your age and I assume you aren't abusing speed or cocaine, it is incredibly unlikely that this ...
16 month old12/9/2008
  Q: I just started watching a 16 month old girl this week and have noticed some very strange things. To ...
  A: there are a few concerns about her.... she might have some digestive abnormality where she can't ...
inhury to lower leg12/8/2008
  Q: I fell about a month ago and hit my lower leg on a steel bar. It was painful, but never turned ...
  A: if the skin was not broken, you could have bruised the bone and separated the bone covering ...
Hemmroids12/6/2008
  Q: What do you recommend for external hemmroids? They arent painful but they look terrible. THank you. ...
  A: venapro is garbage.... if the hemm's don't hurt, leave them alone... surgery tends to scar the area ...
Been sick for four weeks, blood streaked phlegm12/4/2008
  Q: I have had general flu like symptoms for the last four weeks, they are progressively getting worse. ...
  A: you need to get on antibiotics at least, the best is to get a chest xray to make sure you don't have ...
cardio excersize12/3/2008
  Q: i was recently diagnosed with fatty liver by ultrasound for abdominal pain. my doctor advised diet ...
  A: fatty liver doesn't mean much esp if you are overweight even a little bit. I would do both exercise ...
pain in left lung under left arm and left upper breast bone12/1/2008
  Q: Should I see a doctor? I was run over by my football player son (17) and hit the stairway rather ...
  A: I don't understand "run over" ... if by a car... then get it checked... if being hit.... then give ...
Signs & Symptoms Liver Disease11/30/2008
  Q: My father,58,meth user(40 years),drinks 10+ beers a day, poor nutrition,poor self care,he has a 10 ...
  A: you have only so much "power" over a parent.... you can advise but can't force anything.... it ...
Stomach virus11/28/2008
  Q: I got a nasty stomach virus last thursday, a week after my daughter got it. I was doing better this ...
  A: often when you get the virus, the intestinal layer sloughs off and has to regenerate.... sometimes ...
Numb Left Leg11/27/2008
  Q: After digging in my garden for 7 hours 5 days ago, I experienced numbness in my left leg, which has ...
  A: sounds like you got some neuropraxis... nerve damage from some unusual position or overuse..... most ...
loss of hand movement11/26/2008
  Q: My boyfriend has not had an injury to his left hand, but when he tries to straighten out all 5 ...
  A: this sounds like a nerve being pinched, blocked.... this needs to be looked at very quickly..... it ...
This is a little complicated.11/26/2008
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me with this. I've been on the birth control pill for about 2 years now, no ...
  A: I don't know if there is a connection... with proper BCP use, it is unlikely to get pregnant, but ...
Painful red spots on roof of mouth11/25/2008
  Q: For the past few days I have had this weird feeling on the roof of my mouth. It started about 3 ...
  A: people can get viral ulcers on their oral tissue.... if it lasts over 10 days, then it needs to be ...
I'm so confused!11/25/2008
  Q: I have been diagnosed, for over a decade, with Hep C, diabetes (type 2), polyneuropathy, ...
  A: I understand your frustration with the system. Medicaid doesn't do all that it was designed to do. ...
Osteoporosis11/24/2008
  Q: I am 27 years old and struggled with an eating disorder. As a result, I now have low bone density ...
  A: can you reverse it.... NO.... can you help it... absolutely... I was a male, a wrestler from high ...
Overdose insulin11/24/2008
  Q: Richard (55 aged) got overdose insulin by mistake. When The Emergency Service injected glucose to ...
  A: it depends on which insulin he got too much of... short acting insulin should only be a worry for ...
Severe groin pain11/22/2008
  Q: I have a brother who is totally blind and is staying with me in Portland, Oregon as he is ...
  A: wow... this is a complicated situation..... groin pain can be bowel problems from mult surgeries, ...
red pimple-like bumps11/22/2008
  Q: my daughter has red pimple-like bumps on multiple areas of her body. We were told thid was scabies, ...
  A: if the permethrin didn't work, then it isn't scabies.... I would ask for a dermatology referral to ...
Blood work up/ ??11/21/2008
  Q: 10 years post RNY gastric bypass. 5 years S/P c4 c5 fusion. current thoracic and lumbar HNP. ...
  A: Ferritin means the protein that binds iron.... with the RNY, you should be on multiple supplements / ...
Do labs & symptoms indicate MS and/or kidney disease?11/21/2008
  Q: 28yo female w/ all over joint pain/stiffness, sharp radiating pain in wrists, chronic fatigue, ...
  A: the urine with leuk est indicates a urinary tract infection.... the other lab tests don't real help ...
skin breaking out11/20/2008
  Q: My skin sometimes burns and turns red, and i noticed i started having dry skin, and i put some ...
  A: this sounds more allergic with red burning skin.... the hard part is figuring out what is causing ...
Type 1 Diabetes11/19/2008
  Q: I am 43 and have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes following a diabetic coma. How unusual is this ...
  A: that is not that unusual in the big picture... if you take care of it, often you can be on NO meds, ...
pain in right leg11/17/2008
  Q: I started getting this pain in my right leg, kind of below my knee (pain scale 1 to 10 its a 3) and ...
  A: if it just started yesterday, I would look for a possible injury and also try some antiinflammatory ...
brain lesions11/15/2008
  Q: I am not sure if you can answer my question but here goes :) I have had three MRI's done on my brain ...
  A: that may be two ways to define the relatively same area.... now as to the meaning.... you would have ...
blood levels- Monocytes11/14/2008
  Q: My 6 year old son had anemia 2 months ago and now tests fine, but his monocytes came back at a level ...
  A: it may mean a viral infection.... it depends on what his total white count is also..... if the total ...
Serious Forgetfulness11/14/2008
  Q: Dr. Borucki I'm at my wits end with this problem as it's been going on for about 6 years or so. ...
  A: some blood work doesn't help me.... were you tested for diabetes.. were you tested for low ...
noro virus11/12/2008
  Q: can you still get the noro virus if you get a flu shot? thanks for taking questions
  A: the noro virus (or norwalk virus) is an intestinal virus that causes nausea, diarrhea, vomiting..... ...
herpes and strep vagina11/11/2008
  Q: is there a cure for strep vagina and herpes1?
  A: vaginal strep--- yes. that can be treated with mult antibiotics.... herpes 1 is typically oral, but ...
strep throat11/11/2008
  Q: I am a 33 yr old otherwise health female on zero meds. I developed a sever sore throat, came out of ...
  A: I didn't see where you said you def had strep throat, but it sure sounds like it.... rapid onset, ...
no white cells11/10/2008
  Q: A big Tennessee 'Hello' to you and a 'thank you' for taking this question. My father-in-laws ...
  A: NO WHITE CELLS? I find that hard to believe.... a low count is one thing.... but no cells is a ...
testosterone11/9/2008
  Q: I have a question about bound testosterone. I am 39 years old, and my bound testosterone presents ...
  A: I would only give testosterone therapy in "borderline" people... which you are.... if the gree ...
Concern over 2.6 yearl daughters growth.11/9/2008
  Q: This is Babita from Mumbai,but presently residing in Dubai. My daughter is 2 1/2 years old.I am ...
  A: this could have slowed down her growth status, but after treatment for malaria, she should catch ...
Swollen lymph nodes11/9/2008
  Q: Priority:HIGH Dear Robert:Hope your well... Not sure if my recent dentist visit has anything to do ...
  A: persistent tooth problem means persistent dental pain or infection.... most of the time fixing a ...
Birth Control11/8/2008
  Q: I have moderately bad acne and went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me Yaz for 6 months. It ...
  A: it means that part of your acne problem is hormonal.... this tends to fade with age. You could also ...
Hair falling out...11/8/2008
  Q: I am 30 and just had my second child 4 months ago. Ever since then, I have noticed that my hair has ...
  A: first thing, get a metabolic workup, including thyroid tests... it may be due to hormonal changes ...
hemoglobin a1c11/6/2008
  Q: what could cause a hemoglobin a1c to go from 7.4% to 6.4% in the matter of 3 days. Test done at ...
  A: there was an error in the lab.... it can't change that rapidly.... it may be on the machine... it ...
Swelling11/6/2008
  Q: I noticed my feet and ankles swelling this past summer and I went to my MD who listened to my heart ...
  A: as long as you are sure the labs were normal.... then you can wait. If the swelling goes down in ...
mesenteric adenitius11/5/2008
  Q: My 11 year old daughter has been diagnosed with mesenteric adenitius. There is no problem with ...
  A: I think you need the diagnosis re-evaluated.... I have not seen this illness last this long... I am ...
lump in breast11/4/2008
  Q: Im 37 female, married with 1 daughter 7 years old, total hystrectomy in 2006. i dont take any ...
  A: I know you are scared, but you have to have this evaluated via a thorough examination and mammogram. ...
17 year old daughter post-mono with continued abnormal labs11/2/2008
  Q: My 17 y/o daughter had mono 1 1/2 yrs ago. Since then, she has continued to feel poorly. She had ...
  A: her thyroid tests are normal. I don't know how the HSCRP could have helped. The low white blood ...
Sinus infection and light headed10/28/2008
  Q: My name is dan and im 18 years old. For the past 2 and a half months or so i have been ill, it all ...
  A: I would think that the sinus infection may not have cleared... I would not run off for an MRI... I ...
stomach10/26/2008
  Q: for the past 2 weeks or so i have been having bloating cramping pains in my stomach area. mostly ...
  A: bowel obstructions cause vomiting and nasty symptoms... first is check pregnancy... then try zantac ...
Side effects?10/26/2008
  Q: I am 27 year old, married. I normally have excessive bleeding during menstruation. With a doctor’s ...
  A: I would not take either of the meds regularly unless you get anemic after excessive periods... but ...
wetting the bed10/25/2008
  Q: Ever since I was little, I always had problems wetting the bed longer than most of my friends and ...
  A: there are some behavior modification tricks, such as alarms, limiting fluids past 6pm, emptying ...
2 1/2 year old with hemorrhoids10/24/2008
  Q: I have a 2 1/2 year old that has level 4 hemorrhoids and is scheduled to have surgery in a week. I ...
  A: It is rare that I do this... but this is very outside my area of expertise.... I would make sure you ...
iron supplements10/23/2008
  Q: My 89 year old mother has been put on iron because of anemia. What form is available that reduces ...
  A: don't take too much iron... I like using chromagen or tandem plus with food... but make sure the ...
Constantly ill10/23/2008
  Q: I'm a teacher in the UK and I have a problem. I have been ill, on and off, for about 18 months. It ...
  A: my gut impression is you are still having trouble dealing with the loss of your father.... a ...
advice...10/22/2008
  Q: I am a 25 year old man in need of your advice. If my question is outside of your expertise, humor ...
  A: I would love to humor you, but genetics play the big role.... if you are serious, have your ...
missed period10/21/2008
  Q: I had a regular period back in August, I skipped a period on September and now in October for the ...
  A: it is theoretically possible... do a home preg test with a first morning urine... if negative, no ...
Mother alzheimers severe diaper rash10/21/2008
  Q: My mother had to sit for 8 hours due to no handicap bathroom available and in just that one day she ...
  A: same answer... use an antifungal and a cortisone cream... mycolog II is my choice but you could use ...
vomiting10/20/2008
  Q: I have a 20 year old daughter who has cycles of vomiting for no apparent reason about every 2 weeks. ...
  A: this is pretty late for it to be pyloric stenosis... I might look for a food allergy/intolerance.... ...
hi10/19/2008
  Q: I used cortisone 10 and had a allergic reaction i got a hive on the right side of my face . I didnt ...
  A: I am not sure that the anal cream had anything to do with the hive on your face. typically the ...
Testosterone level10/19/2008
  Q: my 19 year old son took a Testosterone Blood Spot test for the number of symptoms he is having. The ...
  A: the average is 750 but the range of normal probably is around 300-900. I would think that he is in ...
elderly diaper rash10/18/2008
  Q: My relative is having some problems and I thought I might be able to help by getting some ...
  A: when this "diaper rash" or tinea cruris, or jock itch, gets bad, it gets raw... this is a fungal ...
leg pain10/18/2008
  Q: My 18 year old son has been having pain in his lower leg for about a week. He had been working out ...
  A: it sounds like it could be shin splints.... it is controversial what these are, but the best theory ...
Question10/17/2008
  Q: how are you going? My name is Christina and I live in Australia. Thanks heaps for taking the time to ...
  A: it sounds like you have lactose intolerance... meaning you don't digest milk products well.... you ...
Dizziness with eyes moving for literally a split second10/16/2008
  Q: I had a really itchy ear from Feb this year until I got a bad cold and it got worse. I saw a doctor ...
  A: you need to have the ear looked at to make sure there is no inner ear infection... otherwise it is ...
policy10/16/2008
  Q: Here's my question. I'm not even sure if you can answer this. If not, maybe you can point me in the ...
  A: I don't know if I have an absolute answer to your question... but a lot of doc's are reluctant to ...
spider veins10/12/2008
  Q: Will wearing high heels once a week or so make spider veins worse?
  A: no in general... a lot of standing, a lot of sitting, make these worse, more walking, more activity ...
Bad Bruise10/11/2008
  Q: I was involved in a rollover accident 1 week ago and was thrown from the car. I am imagining my leg ...
  A: the xray will tell that the bone isn't broken... but you can get a lot of muscle bleeding in the ...
sebaceous prominence10/11/2008
  Q: I was wondering if I could use a 1% Clindamycin Phosphate Gel on my penis. It was prescribed for my ...
  A: clindamycin is an antibiotic... if an infectious process contributes to the sebaceous stuff, it will ...
swollen feet., ankles, numb fingers10/9/2008
  Q: I am 57 and have had Type I diabetes for 15 years. For the last few months my left leg has been VERY ...
  A: it is hard to tell if this is simply an extension of your primary problem or if you are having ...
lung xray10/9/2008
  Q: "No acute infiltrate is identified. Linear atelectatic change versus scarring is identified in the ...
  A: "No acute infiltrate is identified. Means no Pneumonia. Linear atelectatic change versus ...
blood and blood clots around stool10/9/2008
  Q: My step daughter is 22. She has experieced blood in the toilet (not in the stool) during her bowel ...
  A: chances of cancer are incredibly low in someone age 22, but it raises the possibility of ...
Foot Injury10/7/2008
  Q: I have hurt the arch of my foot and when I was playing lacrosse on saturday it had a burning ...
  A: tendonitis sounds reasonable... I would use ice, 20 minutes on, 2 hrs off; also, take alleve 2 pills ...
Polyp on Gallbladder10/6/2008
  Q: Had a sonogram done on upper right quadrant last year. Found a 3 millimeter polyp. Dr said no big ...
  A: 3-4 mm may be variation of the ultrasound tech and how the polyp was laying when it was scanned... ...
????10/6/2008
  Q: I have a friend (female 31) who while standing at the sink her eyes got blurry, extreme pressure on ...
  A: wow... that brings up a lot of possibilities... most of them we call "zebras" meaning they happen ...
flickuclitus10/5/2008
  Q: My son's who is 4 has suffered with bumps on his upper arm area. When he was an infant he had these ...
  A: folliculitis is the term.... sometimes people/kids can get these skin surface infections... they are ...
2 guestions please - Leep and bloody stools10/4/2008
  Q: 1.My pap has come back for the third time as not good. My gyn wants to be a bit more aggressive and ...
  A: a leep is much less invasive and less potential side effects and a lot cheaper.... plus, insurance ...
Is it the flu?10/4/2008
  Q: I'm 16, and about 3 days ago I started feeling kind of icky. I wasn't feeling myself... I had a ...
  A: this is the wrong season for "the flu" it is too early, and won't show itself until mid December ...
sharp pain in brain area10/1/2008
  Q: tonight at work i was lifting a heavy box, which was quite a struggle, and i felt a sudden pain( ...
  A: I don't see this as a brain problem but could be the muscles that support the head got strained.... ...
tailbone pain10/1/2008
  Q: I have been experiencing tailbone pain for at least the last 4-6 months...I have not injured it in ...
  A: they can come and go (pilonidal cysts) sometimes some motrin helps. But they can also get infected ...
i had bloodwork done9/29/2008
  Q: I have had blood test done since June. All my test comeback worse instead of better. my wbc were low ...
  A: none of those tests sets off a red flag that really makes me worry, but you need to treat the anemia ...
uti9/28/2008
  Q: I'm 20/f and yesterday I started having symptoms of a UTI today I have been having sharp pains in ...
  A: if you truly have a urinary infection then antibiotics are the best thing, even if a couple of doses ...
Have you ever heard of Dupuytren's Contracture9/28/2008
  Q: Have you ever heard of Dupuytren's Contracture and what can be done for it?
  A: yes, it is a shortening and scarring of tendons in the hand, usually in the palm.... those tendons ...
Amenorrhea9/28/2008
  Q: I'm a 37y/o female, with no prior pregnancies, and no hx of irregular menstrual cycles. I do have a ...
  A: It is common to skip periods while on Yaz or other low dose pills. I don't think that your other ...
Sore Throat9/27/2008
  Q: I have been under a LOT Of stress, anxiety really. Now I have a sore throat, hurts to swallow ...
  A: yes, with continued globus or allergies, you can cause irritation and get a sore throat... most sore ...
post surgery incision problem9/27/2008
  Q: I had emergency gall bladder removal 3 weeks ago and at first was healing all right. Then about a ...
  A: this could indicate an infection and there could be a track from a pocket of fluid or a track from ...
Do i have a kidney problem9/26/2008
  Q: Doctor Iam 31yrs male i had blood in my urine with slight fever and tendencey to vomit .i went to ...
  A: I don't see a definite infection, just a few pus cells with a lot of blood cells... this could be a ...
Hernia9/24/2008
  Q: I believe I have a hernia. I can push it in and then it comes out. How long can I go with this ...
  A: this will not go away on it's own. The risk is the hernia popping out and getting stuck. You will ...
diagnosis9/19/2008
  Q: I have not felt well since January. I was put on sleeping pills then Lexapro. From the beginning I ...
  A: this could easily be neuropathy and I would have a full workup because some forms are reversible.... ...
Right eye swells when I run.9/17/2008
  Q: I've had a problem since adolescence and no one has ever been able to address it. When I jog or run ...
  A: that sounds like you might have a sinus infection or inflammation in that area.... I would try using ...
painting9/15/2008
  Q: Since May I have had 3 occasions of chest pain right under the sternum and spreads out, twice with ...
  A: yes, I would be concerned... I would get a stress test if it does not re occur... and I would go to ...
Broken Pinkie Toe9/15/2008
  Q: My name is Anita. 4 days ago I was running into my laundry room to catch the rinse cycle and hit the ...
  A: this is pretty common... there is no specific treatment other than keeping the toe aligned with ...
recurring pneumonia?9/12/2008
  Q: I caught bacterial pneumonia twice in 5 months. First time last March. Second time this past July. ...
  A: It may just be bad luck.... also, could be a small foreign body in there that keeps it occurring... ...
Blood Suger levels for humans9/9/2008
  Q: My Blood Suger Level fell to 26,A What above 26,is the the minimum,where I can still be considered ...
  A: that is pretty low... people usually have seizures at that level.... what is lethal has not really ...
Inguinal Hernia9/6/2008
  Q: My son (20 years old) had surgery on June 27th to repair an Inguinal Hernia. After some minor ...
  A: if he is not having testicle swelling, then there is not an emergency, although sometimes people can ...
esophageal spasms9/6/2008
  Q: What type of treatment is available for esophageal spasms? ANSWER: lower the stomach acid with ...
  A: there are several tests... Upper GI endoscopy.... EGD that shows what things look like but not ...
constant bleeding from stool9/5/2008
  Q: What can be the cause of constant bleeding from the stool at a stress for 15 days?the patient is not ...
  A: I would have your blood count checked to make sure you aren't anemic. Then you need a fairly urgent ...
Cough for nearly 3 months9/2/2008
  Q: I am a 36 y o f dx with Parkinson's Disease in 2005. I have had ongoing medical problems for the ...
  A: I would get a cxr and probably a cat scan of sinus', and if either abnormal, consider a course of ...
Digestive infections and fever9/1/2008
  Q: I'm a 48 year old female diagnosed with diverticulitus a year ago. Since then I've noticed during ...
  A: fever is very subjective.... so you can't go by that..... you always need to check kidney function ...
Hepatitis8/28/2008
  Q: Today at the nail salon my cuticle was nick. The women put styptic stuff on it to stop the ...
  A: it depends on what they used, usually a styptic pencil is pretty non- able to transmit these virus' ...
Fever and throat and cough problems8/27/2008
  Q: I am going to my General Prat Doctor tommorrow, and once again I have a sore throat and my ...
  A: I would get formal pulmonary function tests to see what your lung capacity is first of all and then ...
Gall Bladder/IBS8/25/2008
  Q: Since the birth of my 3rd child in April 2005 I have (on and off) dealt with chronic bouts of both ...
  A: these are tough problems... you need to have an ultrasound of the gall bladder, then a possible ...
bi-polar dissorderI8/23/2008
  Q: I have been diagnosed with bi-polar dissorder since 1990 and take medication regularly.I am in a ...
  A: If his recovery is strong and you have that connection, then what is the problem with continuing ...
Digestive problems getting worse8/22/2008
  Q: I have not been feeling well for over a year now and it seems each day is almost worse. I sometimes ...
  A: I am sorry you had such bad experiences with doctors.... there are ones out there that do care. You ...
tired of feeling sick and getting no answers8/21/2008
  Q: Im a 49 yr old woman who has been feeling extremely tired all the time I have hair loss (moderate)go ...
  A: make sure you aren't anemic or have low thyroid... these are checked with blood tests.... then, ...
pelvic pain8/20/2008
  Q: Roughly two years ago i was diagnosed with pelvis inflamatory disease (PID) and treated successfully ...
  A: it could be your fibroid... also, I would have your thyroid tests checked as well as making sure ...
Bartholin cyst8/19/2008
  Q: I think I have a bartholin cyst that is recurring more frequently and becoming larger each time. I ...
  A: some family doc's are comfortable putting in a word catheter or doing definitive marsupialization ...
vomiting after meals8/16/2008
  Q: I have a 20 year old daughter who recently has experienced vomiting after eating. This usually ...
  A: she should have a full evaluation including an ugi endoscopy with H Pylori evaluation. Also, look ...
Cholesterol8/15/2008
  Q: I am a 63 year old female. My cholesterol level is 220 with a HDL of 52 and a LDL of 150. My doctor ...
  A: statins are safe and effective.... you have to watch out for the 1 out of 200 side effects, but ...
high blood pressure8/14/2008
  Q: I have high blood pressure. Could you give me the name of a medication for high blood pressure that ...
  A: I like using cheap, effective blood pressure meds.... ALL potentially have side effects, if there ...
Cramps in hands and arms.8/13/2008
  Q: For several years I have been sufferung from cramps in arms,hands and legs(feet) Sometimes it even ...
  A: not true... magnesium helps a lot of the time... sometimes quinine can help with cramps a lot.... I ...
tonsil stones/swelling8/13/2008
  Q: I am a 21 year old female, and about 2 months ago my right tonsil became inflamed. It is about ...
  A: you didn't tell me what exactly you were worried about, but I would give it time to decrease.... ...
is this possible?8/12/2008
  Q: I was still trying to figure out what i may have come in contact with that burst me out in an itchy ...
  A: I doubt the barn cat theory... now a white count of 17500 is kind of high.... if you were on ...
experiencing pain for 3 weeks now8/11/2008
  Q: I have been experiencing some pains that I don't normal have...I am not one to complain but I am ...
  A: you didn't say where the blood clot was, but if it was in the lung or head, then yes, you need to ...
lasting pain from flu8/8/2008
  Q: I am concerned about pain in my abdomen. I woke early Saturday morning tossing and turning from pain ...
  A: I would worry about other problems than simply a urinary infection.... ovarian cyst, pregnancy, ...
anemia, b12 shots & cholesterol8/4/2008
  Q: I just got test results back from my Dr. after a yearly physical. My cholesterol is high (which I ...
  A: your diet may help... try it for three months then recheck chol.... you might be able to fix it with ...
Strange pain & light bleeding8/4/2008
  Q: I'm a healthy 42-yr old woman and my menstrual cycles have been very regular since the birth of my ...
  A: it is hard to tell what caused it... I can speculate... you might have failed to ovulate once and ...
abdominal pain7/30/2008
  Q: ..I have recently been suffering from abdominal bloating. Last week I was awakened in the middle of ...
  A: divertic pain can be in different areas, but I agree that it could be something else.... don't ...
hypoxia7/29/2008
  Q: is hypoxia decreased oxygen difussion or hypoventilation
  A: hypoxia technically is decreased oxygenation (hypoxemia) decreased oxygen in the blood... ...
brain abscess7/29/2008
  Q: in a patient with brain abscess what single thing should b in history first,,?is it the head injury ...
  A: wow, interesting question.... what are you driving at? I will be happy to give you my opinion, but ...
Facial Nerves7/29/2008
  Q: I play rugby and this past Saturday I played in a game and I tackled someone and they happened to ...
  A: you may have cracked a bone in your face or have a bruise that is pressing on one of the sensory ...
Leg swelling7/29/2008
  Q: I have had a history of Heel spurs and now for over a year now, my legs and ankles swell all the ...
  A: swelling has multiple causes, and if they can't find a specific one, it is probably more of a vein ...
possible appendicitis7/29/2008
  Q: My husband has been having some pretty bad abdominal pain centering around his navel. Our boss lady ...
  A: yes, a classic case of appy, (if there is one) is vague pain around the belly button, sometimes ...
facial numbness7/28/2008
  Q: I am a 44 year old female. I was treated for hypothyroidism for two years before I flip-flopped to ...
  A: I don't know of any hereditary conditions with this... But... I would be worried about persistent ...
grandsons feet7/28/2008
  Q: My 9 month old grandson's feet turn black and are very cold. It happens no matter if he is lying or ...
  A: black and cold are not good, especially for an infant....this needs to be evaluated by his ...
Need Reassurance7/27/2008
  Q: Borucki: I am an Allexperts too, advising people on careers...so I especially appreciate you ...
  A: the best reassurance that I have is that you passed the nuclear stress test well... you didn't say ...
Diagnos me!7/27/2008
  Q: I do not know what is wrong. I feel dizzy a lot of the time. I had a few vertigo spells years ago. ...
  A: the first thing to do is to explain this to a doctor that you are comfortable with.... they will ...
Ears and Dizziness7/26/2008
  Q: Dr. Borucki, I have always had a problem equalizing my ears while flying. Yawning is the only way ...
  A: it is hard to tell over the internet... but if you have no hearing loss and not ringing, that is a ...
Hydration question...7/26/2008
  Q: I'm 21 years old and have a medical diagnosis list longer than you would care to know. I was just ...
  A: If it were me, I would ask for a referral to an endocrine specialist before I simply started ...
EPIDIDIMYTIS7/26/2008
  Q: CHOOSE ONE BEST EPIDIDIMYTIS ONE IS TRUE A,PEAK AGE 12 TO 18 B,ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC C,SCROTAL ...
  A: interesting question... I just took my family practice boards again for the 4th time and we didn't ...
reaction to medicine7/26/2008
  Q: my wife has sists in her breast, was given cephalexin 500 mg,after 1 1/2 days taking this she got ...
  A: if someone gets a rash and has other symptoms then we have to worry about an allergic reaction. If ...
pharmacology7/25/2008
  Q: i am pharmacist. sir plz let me know that in emergency when a patient is gone in shock due to ...
  A: first would be to mobilize emergency rescue... then administer benadryl and an epinephrine shot to ...
histamine shock7/24/2008
  Q: My husband got diagnosed having histamine problems. When this was diagnosed he was bitten by some ...
  A: yes, when someone is bitten, there can be histamine produced.... eating it probably doesn't do ...
dehydration?7/24/2008
  Q: my four year old daughter woke up one morning c/o "someone squeezing her heart." When i picked her ...
  A: I am sorry... I don't buy the "dehydration" diagnosis... I would have her followup with her doctor ...
Jaw pain swelling7/24/2008
  Q: I have a lump on my right jaw near my chin. My whole jaw hurts on that side and there are bumps ...
  A: this may be a cold sore (herpes simplex type I) infection or could be a swollen lymph node or could ...
Blood Work7/23/2008
  Q: I have seen both a GP doctor and a RA specialist. First doc said I have an autoimmune disease, RA ...
  A: I don't know what 117, 130 means..... Did you have an ESR (sed rate) if that is normal, it tends to ...
burning in upper back & arms7/23/2008
  Q: I have a burning sensation in my entire left arm that started in the hand and moved up the arm ...
  A: I don't know why pituitary enters into this.... but thyroid should be checked also. If those are ...
Hemorrhoid7/23/2008
  Q: I have a external hemorrhoid which I've had for a while. I brought some Rectinol Ointment from my ...
  A: if it isn't bleeding, make sure you aren't constipated... use miralax or milk of magnesia to prevent ...
MAKE IT STOP 27/19/2008
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: what are hick-ups? Thanks ANSWER: spasms of your ...
  A: we aren't sure... sometimes people will have a cancer/tumor on the diaphragm, usually esophagus or ...
Reflux, nausea, vomiting after gallbladder surgery7/19/2008
  Q: Three years ago I had my gallbladder removed. Three weeks ago, I eperienced severe, intractable, ...
  A: Yes... I don't think all the diagnosis/issues have been identified. It is not that common to ...
male odor7/19/2008
  Q: my husband has a fishy type odor between his legs, what could this be? I believe its when he's come ...
  A: sometimes it can be a bacterial infection, possibly trichomonas (a sex transmitted disease, but ...
Abnormal bowel movements7/19/2008
  Q: here is some information and symptoms that I am currently having: -27 year old male with no other ...
  A: this could be IBS, it could also be inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's or ulcerative colitis) or ...
twisted penis in teen7/14/2008
  Q: At my 13 yr. old son's physical last week the Dr. said that his penis appears twisted. The Dr. ...
  A: if he is uncircumcised, it may be some bands of skin twisting holding the foreskin twisted, but if ...
Severe stomach / intestinal problems7/12/2008
  Q: I've been experiencing the following problems for almost a year now, but it has gotten progressively ...
  A: sounds like some irritable bowel symptoms or some type of food intolerance.... sometimes celiac ...
ileus in 18-year-old son concerns7/12/2008
  Q: My very healthy son woke up with severe abdominal pains July 5th. He hasn't had surgery or ...
  A: when someone has these symptoms, they need serial examinations, usually every 12-24 hours. No test ...
Question regarding Graves Disease7/12/2008
  Q: I have had Graves for approx 10 years with the associated eye disease. Treatments to date: ...
  A: obviously you have a severe Graves disease condition.... with radioactive ablation, sometimes not ...
internal injury?7/12/2008
  Q: at work I was carrying a clipboard against my abdomen and a door swung open and forced the end of ...
  A: it is really hard to cause some organ rupture like stomach or intestines... more likely it is an abd ...
Acne without Birth Control7/11/2008
  Q: I stopped taking the pill 6 months ago and over the past few months have developed acne on my face, ...
  A: You could go on birth control pills if you had to for the acne, but... first, I would do standard ...
Shingles7/11/2008
  Q: Can a case of shingles affect a person's hormone levels to the point that there is a "mock menstrual ...
  A: if you have vaginal bleeding 20 years after menopause, then that has to be evaluated to make sure it ...
mis-set tibia fracture?7/11/2008
  Q: I had a bad accident where I required surgery to my left fibula and tibia. I know have 22 screws ...
  A: I don't know the exact rules, but orthopedic docs have guidelines on the long bones, that if they ...
Pap smears7/11/2008
  Q: I had a pap smear done on may 20th the next day I got my period and i never got a phone call from ...
  A: it prob isn't because of the vaginal bleeding.... it is either an inflammation in the vagina from a ...
re: how much glucphage you can take7/10/2008
  Q: I will not go in to a long detail message. I am on Glucophage 1000 at am and pm and Amaryl 2mg am ...
  A: I doubt if that dose of Glucophage really changed things that much. Glucophage tends to max out ...
Prolotherapy/Rib Dysfunction7/9/2008
  Q: I have been diagnosed with rib dysfunction, it can happen any time with any rib, causing pain and ...
  A: I don't really have a lot of faith in prolotherapy.... I would recommend an aggressive chest/abd ...
Blue Veins under/around eyes7/9/2008
  Q: I have very noticeable engorged blue veins around my eyes that have been a concern of mine for quite ...
  A: the BP meds are a non issue... the veins that are apparent can be ablated (injections with ...
worrierd7/9/2008
  Q: here's a a little bio about me. Am 25; i have three kids and on my last pregnancy i had a tubal ...
  A: you may have missed an ovulation and have basically overflow bleeding... this usually corrects ...
Arm & Chest Pains7/7/2008
  Q: I just had a sharp tingling pain in my left upper arm and on the left side of my chest. It lasted ...
  A: it could be nothing or could be heart problems.... it is hard for me to tell over the internet.... I ...
nerve damage7/7/2008
  Q: im am still in constant pain day and nightdown my left arm i have chronic nerve damage itake ...
  A: chronic pain is a tough problem in person, let alone over the internet.... a pain specialist is ...
schitzophrenia7/6/2008
  Q: We are from a small town in California and my dad has been diagnosed with paranoid schitzophrenia he ...
  A: I don't know what the state laws are in CA, but you would be best served by getting him to a ...
Quick Question7/3/2008
  Q: First of all thank-you for your participation on "Allexperts" and any knowledge you may have ...
  A: when an elderly patient gets joint pain but previously had none, I always worry about another ...
Medical7/3/2008
  Q: 06 my pap smear said ASCUS,March08 i had a clear heavy discharge more like egg white April i had ...
  A: I would have a vaginal exam with the discharge so that they can identify whether it is yeast, ...
female sexual7/2/2008
  Q: Is their anything that can be done, to stop a woman from getting such a strong climax that she ...
  A: you should consider yourself fortunate that your partner climaxes well..... there isn't a specific ...
Inhaling Cigars6/28/2008
  Q: My boyfriend smokes Al Capone Sweets Cigars and inhales it. Hs smokes about 24-36 cigars A DAY. I ...
  A: I don't understand in this day and age how anybody could seriously believe that cigars and/or ...
Medical Question6/28/2008
  Q: My doctor told me they found blood and protein in my urine and then they sent me to radiology for ...
  A: hard to tell with just that bit of info.... protein and blood can be there from multiple things, ...
Gallbladder, HIDA scan, surgery?6/28/2008
  Q: Long story short, I will be seeing a surgeon in a couple of weeks about my abnormal Hida Scan. The ...
  A: there are many possibilities... yes, people can have an abnormal HIDA in a normal gall bladder. ...
Dupuytren’s Contracture6/27/2008
  Q: Do you know anything about this disease and what can be done with it?
  A: it is scarring of the tendon cause unknown... treatment is surgery to lengthen the tendon... .there ...
My 2 year olds ribs6/27/2008
  Q: My 2 year old son is currently undergoing assessment for global developmental delays. He is delayed ...
  A: I would first look for some scoliosis on his spine... this can "splay out" ribs, because the spine ...
Possible Spine Infection or Menningitis?6/27/2008
  Q: Three weeks ago I became extremely ill with severe nausea, headache, & fever of 100 the day after ...
  A: it is pretty rare, but I would still worry about an infection from the epidural... you might need ...
Dull pain in right chest back area...6/26/2008
  Q: Last night I was working on my car. While doing this, I also was indulging in beer and cigarettes. ...
  A: it could be a pulled muscle.... on the right side, I don't think about heart problems. Worse case ...
strange symptoms after period6/25/2008
  Q: My last normal period was May 23rd-29. My cycles were a little off (jumping from 21-27 days) after ...
  A: I would check a first morning urine sample for pregnancy.... otherwise, you may be partially ...
Lipitor6/24/2008
  Q: I have been on Lipitor for almost nine years. The dose was increased to 40 mg. for the last year or ...
  A: interesting question.... I am not sure how to answer that... I may be guilty of times at getting ...
Swollen face6/24/2008
  Q: I have swelling on my right jaw that is not painful but it got larger (three days now) towards my ...
  A: maybe a tooth infection... possibly a gland infected or blocked by a salivary stone, possibly a ...
Reaccuring Thrush6/23/2008
  Q: About 3 months ago i had BV and was put on some kind of antibiotics and ever since ive taken them i ...
  A: I would get checked for diabetes first with a 2 hour after a meal blood sugar. Then, get some oral ...
Broken Pinkie Toe on Growth Plate6/23/2008
  Q: My name is Georgia and I am still growing. I recently broke my pinkie toe and it broke directly off ...
  A: You didn't list your age, but I would consider local anesthesia (a shot of novacaine to numb the ...
high blood pressure??6/23/2008
  Q: I'm a 22 yr old male, 6ft, and 195 lbs. today i measured my blood pressure at my fiance g-ma's house ...
  A: that is clearly above normal.... don't panic.... but, that should be further evaluated.... in the ...
confused and frustrated6/22/2008
  Q: ..I have/had numerous medical issues including a hx of CVA, TIA's, PE, COPD w/ recurrent ...
  A: You have a long complicated case... any observations would involve a lot of guessing on my part.... ...
Unusual late period, negative pregnancy test and spotting?6/22/2008
  Q: On day 29 of my 28 day cycle-no period. Took a HPT-negative this morning. Spotting at 7 days past ...
  A: if you do a first morning urine for the pregnancy test (most concentrated) then it should test ...
grow taller6/22/2008
  Q: doctor i am 24 years of age and am 5"8inch tall i want to add that extra few inches f height. is it ...
  A: it is very tough at your age to fool mother nature..... sometimes growth hormone can do it, but that ...
Strange throat issues6/20/2008
  Q: I have a question. Lately I have noticed some strange things. About five days ago I was eating a ...
  A: this sounds more like allergies than anything else... strep throat... typically has high fever, ...
rash6/20/2008
  Q: I have a red rash on my penis. Not on the tip but right below where it is red , swelling and really ...
  A: yeast is a fungus that likes to grow in warm wet places.... it is treated with anti-fungal creams or ...
Knee6/20/2008
  Q: I was working on my knees a couple weeks ago refinishing a floor. After one day, I had to put ...
  A: you got bursitis from kneeling... I have had that... take 2 alleve twice a day, ice on for 20 min, ...
severe bruising6/18/2008
  Q: My daughter is a fastpitch softball pitcher. She had injured her ankle and when it healed enough to ...
  A: I assume you mean the elbow is getting bruised... she may be more prone to bruising if she is taking ...
bleeding6/18/2008
  Q: Is little bit of bleeding during intercourse normal? I am married since a year. Recently I found ...
  A: a little abnormal vaginal bleeding isn't necessarily a serious medical problem, especially if there ...
normally strong boy, suddenly constantly ill...6/18/2008
  Q: I have a 2 1/2 year old son. About 1 1/2 months ago, he was taken to the ER after having a 20 ...
  A: I am not convinced about the febrile seizure... definition-wise, it was too long. But it sounds ...
Headache and dizziness6/17/2008
  Q: Last night while sitting watching the evening news all of a sudden I started to feel a bit dizzy. ...
  A: that sounds like a migraine.... depending on how bad it is, you can take 2 alleve, or 4 motrin or ...
rib dysfunction and pneumonia6/16/2008
  Q: I have been dealing with pain in my mid back and right side for over 10 months now. I started ...
  A: Prolotherapy doesn't work in my opinion. If you get a viral illness, you will cough for a while.. ...
Shingles6/16/2008
  Q: She’s 57 years old. So far it’s been 8 weeks. What causes it… she’ll think it’s over, and then it ...
  A: vaccine won't help now.... I assume the rash is gone... it is from varicella zoster (chicken pox ...
High muscle enzyme level -- teenager6/13/2008
  Q: My 15 year old son suffers from sever muscle cramps, to the point where his legs lock in the folded ...
  A: muscle enzymes, specifically CPK creatinine phospho kinase are breakdown products of muscle, also ...
armpit rash6/12/2008
  Q: Doctor I have an itchy, bright pinky purple,slightly puffy,and slimy,rash on my left armpit. The ...
  A: that is a fungal rash (tinea corporis) Fungus likes warm and wet, so the goal is to keep that ...
question re: something on lip6/10/2008
  Q: For the last week or so, I have had a large red blotch right on my upper lip on the side. It ...
  A: it could be a cold sore... I would give it another week... after a week the meds like abreva prob ...
ears6/10/2008
  Q: for the last couple of weeks I have felt exhausted and have had a sore throat, but today every time ...
  A: sounds like some sinus symptoms with the ear problem.... you might need some afrin nasal spray for a ...
Migraine6/8/2008
  Q: ..I have had a migraine since Friday morning. I've taken Frova, vicodan, Fioricet, and oxycodone, ...
  A: It sounds like you have had headaches for a while, being on those meds.... the Frova only works on ...
weight gain6/8/2008
  Q: I am a 5’2” 140 lb 44-year-old female. About 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. ...
  A: I am not a fan of using bio-identical hormones... and, I don't have any women on testosterone unless ...
sweling and tingling in both hands6/7/2008
  Q: swelling and tingling in both hands then i vomit and had diarrhea that hi pulse rate i felt like i ...
  A: it sounds like you might have had an intestinal virus or food poisoning.... the treatment is going ...
localized intermittent headache6/6/2008
  Q: I'm a 22 yr old male and for the past 6 months I've been having a very localized intermittent ...
  A: typically aneurysm pain is severe "worst headache in my life" or "thunderclap" but, if you continue ...
MRI/MRA6/5/2008
  Q: I've been having localized headaches for 6 months now, and they are very sharp and intermittent at ...
  A: an MRA is an MRI where they give you this IV stuff that shows up on the scan.... it isn't like dye ...
Never had cold6/5/2008
  Q: . I never had cold in my life; like a running nose. I heard that people like this loose their mental ...
  A: no, of course not... you have been lucky, because no one is immune to viral illnesses... you are ...
Concerned6/4/2008
  Q: My husband and I recently went to Dominican Republic for vacation. We were there for 1 week. The ...
  A: yes, he needs to see a doctor, and depending on age, needs that evaluated via colonoscopy.... this ...
bio6/3/2008
  Q: 3. if i was a student in the early 20th century and I understand the events of fertilization, but I ...
  A: I can make something up, but my area is general medicine and it has been a long time since basic ...
PSA Increase6/3/2008
  Q: I am 63 years old. My latest PSA results show an increase from 1.3 to 2.2 since a year ago. It had ...
  A: the two things we look at are the absolute number (less than 4.0) and the increase over time.... we ...
5 month old with persitent fever for 2 wks6/2/2008
  Q: My son began having fever in the 101-102 range on May 19th. He wasn't able to get an appt until the ...
  A: he has not had enough ear infections to warrant an ear tube.... don't take that lightly.... all that ...
Arthritic Thumb Joint6/2/2008
  Q: at the beginning of the year I found I couldnt bend my top joint of my left hand thumb, so therefore ...
  A: I don't know much about the fusion procedure... that is a hand specialist thing and I haven't seen ...
It's still Me :)5/27/2008
  Q: reflux still not settling down. Got the EGD report. Can you possibly tell me in laymans terms how ...
  A: no, mild esoph is not serious.... it should be able to be treated with drugs such as Zantac, or ...
HELP5/27/2008
  Q: I had my tubes clamped after I had my daughter 29months ago. The last 3 months my periods have been ...
  A: You should be evaluated for a few medical conditions... possible low thyroid, possible anemia and ...
spotting and cramping5/27/2008
  Q: It is light spotting over the last 4 days ranging from red to brown. I began having cramping at the ...
  A: ovulation occurs 14 days prior to the beginning of menses... so it isn't from ovulation. I would ...
HELP! What's wrong with me?? I keep choking on my saliva.5/25/2008
  Q: i was wondering whether you could offer me any advice. basically i have a health problem and i don't ...
  A: It sounds like you have an infection in the throat, or are having allergy symptoms... you might try ...
meningitis (i think i spelled it wrong)5/24/2008
  Q: i have a fever of 102 F and my neck hurts. I think i might have meningitis. I told my mom and she ...
  A: you already know the answer to your question..... you have examined the situation... you have to get ...
silvia gland5/20/2008
  Q: when i eat r drink my neck swells and is very sore i can feel a stone in gland this is the last 5 ...
  A: people can have a saliva gland infection or a stone blocking the passage of fluid.... since it is ...
recurrent localized head pain5/20/2008
  Q: I'm a 22 year old otherwise healthy male. About 4 months ago I developed a really bad localized ...
  A: You raise a few concerns, especially the ringing.... we also look for balance problems, dizziness ...
Was this a hypoglycemic reaction?5/18/2008
  Q: Borucki, The other night while we watched a rerun of Burn Notice my husband ate a pint of ...
  A: it may very well have been hypoglycemia, but, people like him who are reluctant to go to doctors ...
Mucous seal5/16/2008
  Q: ANSWER: mucocoele is a fluid filled cyst.... no cancer potential.... they can be removed, but unless ...
  A: I can't tell what it would take without a picture, but probably can be removed in the office under ...
my health5/15/2008
  Q: recently i was at work and I got rushed to the hospital my friends said that I was none responsive, ...
  A: I am not sure what happened... non responsive implies something like a seizure or a low blood sugar ...
hypertension drugs5/13/2008
  Q: I have been given Lisinipril and diovan for my hypertension by my doctor here in uk,my daughter in ...
  A: both those drugs work on the renin-angiotensin system in the kidneys..... it is used.... however, ...
rectal bleeding...5/11/2008
  Q: Not long ago I had asked about rectal bleeding periodically. To refresh, I am a 37 yr old white ...
  A: I am not sure why you had the sigmoidoscopy and not the colonoscopy... but bleeding from the anus ...
gasritis cure5/10/2008
  Q: i have a pain, gnawing pain in my lower right ribs, is was said to be gasritis of stomach- duodenum, ...
  A: the drugs like Nexium should help gastritis/GERD (take them on empty stomach) but if it persists, ...
Me Again Believe or Not5/8/2008
  Q: Ok, it's me. Still having reflux issues. 5 drs say it's worse due to stress. Had extensive ...
  A: ears don't clog from reflux. Indigestion from those kind of foods can mean food allergies... ...
Muscle Enzyme5/8/2008
  Q: This is for my daugter. She recently had some lab work done. The results of her muscle enzyme(ck) ...
  A: a cpk high doesn't much at face value if someone was exercising or running, it could be up... I ...
Is it Gout or something else?5/8/2008
  Q: I've recently been told by my Acupuncturist that I have Gout. I started seeing him for treatment ...
  A: sounds like a complicated situation..... I am not sure I believe you have gout (yet)...... an ...
Superficaial Vein in leg5/5/2008
  Q: How long can this condition last.no pain Vein tender and area swollen
  A: that sounds like superficial thrombophlebitis...a surface vein getting inflamed.... it goes away in ...
testi5/5/2008
  Q: i am a 14 year old male and i ahve alarge cluster of veins or something of the sort above my left ...
  A: that is called a varicocoele.... a cluster of veins.... it is no big deal, pretty common overall. ...
Low Carb Diet5/5/2008
  Q: Can you give me an example of a low carb diet for someone that takes medicine for high blood ...
  A: I would suggest getting the paperback book... the Adkins Diet Revolution.... he had done more to ...
Multiple Sclerosis4/29/2008
  Q: I my name is Milinda and I am 27 years old. I am starting my journal because I have been noticing ...
  A: with all these symptoms you need a doctor, but, you can't pinpoint MS... the symptoms are too vague ...
Medicinal induced coma & recovery4/29/2008
  Q: my sister was put in a medicinal coma for about 2 weeks while she recovered from contracting MRSA. ...
  A: there is such a wide variety of possibilities.... the brain is incredibly resilient so hopefully she ...
self medicating with synthroid?4/25/2008
  Q: I am 58,no health issues except for being overweight and having an extremely slow metabolism.I am ...
  A: you run the risk of getting hyper- too high- thyroid and having a heart rythym problem.... if your ...
Unexplained High Fevers4/23/2008
  Q: My son is 2 1/2 years old, He is a previous 23 weeker, with that note many complications but has ...
  A: these are always complicated.... fevers without a definite cause have many possibilities.... one ...
Oral Vitamin K at birth4/23/2008
  Q: . I am due with my second child at the end of June. I know that Vitamin K injections are routinely ...
  A: there is no evidence that the trace amounts of preservatives in the Vit K cause any problems... this ...
jolivette4/23/2008
  Q: i am sexually active, however, i was placed on combination birth control pills to help with my ...
  A: it is extremely variable on how well any birth control pills, let alone progesterone only pills help ...
Regarding My Pregnency4/22/2008
  Q: i am 29 years old Sri Lankan Woman & Married & hoping a Baby i have one question My last period was ...
  A: it is hard to tell over the internet.... your best bet is to test for pregnancy using a urine ...
gasritis4/21/2008
  Q: i am 24yrs old, and i recently gave birth by c-section on september 18, 2007. The problem is; ...
  A: I am having trouble following the line of reasoning with your symptoms.... pain in chest and back ...
bump on my butt near my tail bone4/20/2008
  Q: about a week ago, i noticed a bump on my butt right beside my tail bone. about a year ago, i had a ...
  A: those cysts can come and go.... it is a fluid filled sack that can enlarge, sometimes opens up on ...
Very late period4/18/2008
  Q: I am 23 years old. I have only had my period once since last August, and that was medically induced. ...
  A: something is obviously wrong... pelvic diseases in women are very difficult to sort out. You ...
Menstral Cycle Issues4/18/2008
  Q: I am not taking the pill and I have not been since high school. I had thyroid surgery last year and ...
  A: pelvic pain is very complicated and I can't give you a definite answer... you could have ovarian ...
lump in my scrotum4/17/2008
  Q: Dr. Borucki, A few days ago I felt a lump where my scrotum meets my leg near my anus. It is a ...
  A: this sounds like a simple clogged oil gland... sometimes those have to be drained.... the risk of ...
Blood in urine and late period4/17/2008
  Q: The first day of my last period was 26th Feb and it is now 17th April. I have blood in my urine. ...
  A: cystitis can't cause a late period. It is often hard to tell if blood in the urine is from "period ...
objects in child's ears4/15/2008
  Q: My 3 yr old son put a crayon in his ear 2 weeks ago and pulled it back out and had no complaints but ...
  A: crayon (wax) is pretty harmless, I would go to the ENT... they have better tools to remove foreign ...
Need some more advice4/15/2008
  Q: it's me again. I have been off the reflux meds for 4 weeks and I am no worse nor better than when I ...
  A: if reflux meds like Gaviscon and Aciphex don't help, then you need to look at other causes.... ...
Spots on Lungs4/15/2008
  Q: My friend just went to the Doctor and he had a CT scan of her lungs and has found some masses on ...
  A: Lung spots are always scary.... CT can suggest whether they are scars or cancer, but ultimately, a ...
I can't stand being sick anymore!4/14/2008
  Q: my name is Lacey and I am a 21 y/o female in San Diego, CA. I am writing because I as well as those ...
  A: it is hard to say whether you truly have an immune system problem or why you are repeatedly getting ...
22 month old son4/12/2008
  Q: We have had multiple minor viral infections in the last couple of months with our son but he only ...
  A: Most likely he doesn't have any severe immune system problem. If he is in day care, it isn't ...
Facial nerve damage4/9/2008
  Q: I recently got into a car accident and found out that I ruptured my right ear drum a bit and damaged ...
  A: I would see a nerve plastic surgeon.... if you have partial use, chances are that the symptoms will ...
Kleen Prep4/9/2008
  Q: I saw internal specialist Thursday re chronic problems ms with diverticulosis and Irritable Bowel ...
  A: yes, increase the fluids... you can't drink too many assuming you have normal kidney function.... it ...
Can you help?4/9/2008
  Q: About a month ago my right big toes started going numb occasionlly after I had been working 9 hour ...
  A: There are a lot of possibilities, but if we are looking for a nerve problem, the definitive testing ...
Health Problems4/8/2008
  Q: I am a 38 year old female. I was on birth control pills for 24 years and stopped them in October. ...
  A: it may or may not be related to the surgery..... this still could be some illness, like Mono... I ...
ankle pain4/6/2008
  Q: My nine year old son has been complaining off and on for the last week that his ankle is hurting ...
  A: it is probably nothing.... but... sometimes kids that age can get bone infections, so it is worth ...
general feeling...4/5/2008
  Q: My questions stem from a general feeling I've been getting lately. I'm 37 yr old white male 5'11" ...
  A: it is important to tell the difference between urinary bleeding and rectal bleeding because each has ...
thyroid test4/5/2008
  Q: i have thyroid tests in the past which have come back as border line,but because i still feel don,t ...
  A: that is only one part of the thyroid testing panel.... if your TSH is below 1.5, and above .3, then ...
Large lump from bruise4/4/2008
  Q: I tripped, fell and hit my forehead on pavement. I must have broke a small artery above my brow, in ...
  A: you didn't say when but if over 3 d ago, apply heat, otherwise ice for the first 3 days... ice to ...
infection risks from a colonscopy when patient has low WBC count4/4/2008
  Q: My best friend has a WBC count of 3.3; it was 3.1 three months ago (and 5.4 seven years ago at a ...
  A: if there isn't a reason for the low WBC, esp being on steroids, then it is OK to continue with the ...
your thoughts on this4/3/2008
  Q: Doctor, can you tell me how the non bacterial form of prostatitis is treated? I think i may have ...
  A: that is a tough question..... when people have prostatitis and they biopsy.... and it comes back ...
increasing pain after having 9th rib removed over 2+ years agi4/2/2008
  Q: Tomorrow I am going to the surgeon that found a hot spot on my ninth rib 8/05. I had breast cancer ...
  A: it is hard to make good big decisions on such a complicated problem.... but..... often, when ...
some medical problems4/1/2008
  Q: I have about 3 things I would like to ask you about. The first one is for about six months now I ...
  A: you are asking me tough questions.... it is hard to tell what is causing your asthma type ...
tablets3/31/2008
  Q: I take a tablet called quetiapine/serequel and its getting slowly increased. ive reached 75mg twice ...
  A: some of these drugs can cause "movement disorders" like Parkinson's disease.... the older ones did ...
Nerve damage3/31/2008
  Q: Hey I wasn't able to ask this anywhere on the site, so I figured general med could be most helpful. ...
  A: if the nerve is just injured and not cut completely and separated, then it often heals..... if it ...
seroma following hernia repair3/31/2008
  Q: I had a nephrectomy for carcinoma discovered early with an ultrasound after a gall bladder attack. ...
  A: if there is a possibility of a persistent seroma, I would consider having the family doc numb the ...
Low Blood pressure3/31/2008
  Q: Lately I have been feeling very faint and dizzy. I had a check-up and the only thing that seemed ...
  A: yes, it could.... you also may be more susceptible to anemia, due to your baseline low blood ...
large bump3/26/2008
  Q: It is just off of my right shoulder. It does not hurt and I didn't realize it was there until I went ...
  A: probably a sebaceous cyst, a collection of grease that normally keeps your skin soft, but was ...
daughter with indented thumb nail3/26/2008
  Q: I have a 7 year old daughter and have been noticing that she has a thumb nail that is full of tiny ...
  A: sometimes that is the result of an acute or chronic injury- a damage to the nail plate so it grows ...
Tingling3/22/2008
  Q: For almost 2 months I have been plagued by tingling in both feet. I especially notice it at night. ...
  A: it is called peripheral neuropathy that can have many many causes. you need a complete blood workup ...
Hypoglycemia3/21/2008
  Q: I've been having symptoms of dizziness, fatigue that are on and off for a while now, I'm a 34 year ...
  A: that test is borderline.... going down to 59 is on the edge of abnormal..... if your dizziness and ...
Mother/Possible mini-stroke3/20/2008
  Q: Dr. Borucki - I emailed several weeks ago about my mother (70 - high cholesterol, otherwise healthy) ...
  A: you want to lower bp slowly, so if it was ski hi, that sounds like it is improving and most bp meds ...
HELP3/19/2008
  Q: You have been so kind to assist me with the reflux. I had an endoscopy diagnosed with mild chronic ...
  A: yes, it can; take the nexium once a day on an empty stomach (30 min before breakfast, first thing in ...
fatigue3/17/2008
  Q: I am diagnosed with cfs and fibromyalgia with a clinical dx of lyme disease, for which my llmd told ...
  A: folate ( folic acid ) won't mask a B12 def; they can both produce the same abnormal lab result, ...
cough medicine3/13/2008
  Q: i have mistakenly given my 8 year old son 4 teaspoonfuls of the cough suppressant delsym when it ...
  A: if it has been 12 hours since the overdose, then you are OK now. We worry about constipation or ...
Anemia3/11/2008
  Q: (I am a 23 yr old female)I have been quite anemic for some time now and my doc just called me and ...
  A: iron infusion is a great way to jumpstart anemic, very iron def patients.... there is a small small ...
GO AWAY3/10/2008
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: how do we get headaches? Thanks C Barwick
  A: headaches are caused by multiple multiple things..... there are many different kinds.... typical ...
retaining water3/7/2008
  Q: My father is currently in the Hospital - He has diabetes bad heart and is overweight. The Dr. also ...
  A: I would need more info..... if his kidney function is normal, then he doesn't need fluid ...
external hemmroids3/2/2008
  Q: I was wondering what is the usual procedure performed by a doctor to get rid of external hemmroids? ...
  A: usually outpatient, but don't do it unless they are really really bad..... the surgery is often ...
brain damage following cardiac arrest3/2/2008
  Q: I am looking for information on brain damage following cardiac arrest. My father underwent partial ...
  A: that is a tough question to answer if I were at the bedside, let alone here..... sometimes following ...
General Medical Question on my health3/2/2008
  Q: sorry to bother you but I'm having troubles with my current doctors and hopefully you might be able ...
  A: sounds like you had most of the tests.... no gallstones, I assume no urinary infection or kidney ...
external ear pain ( auricle)3/2/2008
  Q: Since yesterday, I have been getting intermittent pain on my left auricle. Its a piercing pain, ...
  A: not sure unless you have a pierced ear and a mild infection..... otherwise, it could be an outer ear ...
Kidney stone pain2/28/2008
  Q: I understand kidney stones can be one of the most painful experiences a human being can have. I am a ...
  A: pain comes from the ureter spasming from the stone scraping along, but if it forms in the bladder, ...
Mono and Strep C2/28/2008
  Q: My brother was recently diagnosed with Mono and Strep C. Is that even possible? He is on ...
  A: yes, it is more than possible.... it is pretty common..... 25% of mono people have concurrent ...
post-flu leg and arm numbness2/27/2008
  Q: i am american in Central Asia. have had a terrible flu for almost 4 weeks, seem to get better but ...
  A: I don't know if I can put all the picture together from what you told me... but obviously, you do ...
Black eye2/26/2008
  Q: Ten days ago, I developed a black eye (left eye) for no apparent reason. Started out as a red ...
  A: prob had some irritation or a small blood vessel opened up and bled... if irritated, you might have ...
Lump2/25/2008
  Q: Borucki, My dad has a hard lump on his upper arm, just below the shoulder. His GP examined it and ...
  A: you never know for sure.... one thing I look for is.... is it part of the skin, ie attached, or is ...
Panic2/24/2008
  Q: . I'm a seventeen year old living in the US. For my whole life, whenever my abusive stepfather would ...
  A: you have a complicated situation.... you didn't mention whether you get these at other times other ...
Leg Pain2/24/2008
  Q: My mother is 77 years old. In 1998 she bumped her leg and formed a blood clot in her thigh. Very ...
  A: if someone has a blood clot previously they are much more likely to get another blood clot in the ...
hi2/21/2008
  Q: Please answer what u can as this is a cross and inter disciplinary question. And I don’t expect u to ...
  A: you are talking about state laws and no state agency has the power to mandate an abortion or even ...
Mystery Ilness2/19/2008
  Q: Dr. Borucki, this question is for my Aunt Cathy. She will be 51 in June. Her health crisis started ...
  A: I don't know if I can offer much except I would try a course of antibiotics, even though nothing has ...
PLEASE EXPLAIN2/18/2008
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: why do I have to have things explained to me in ...
  A: Just guessing, CP is due to an injury to the brain, usually at birth or slightly before birth and it ...
Any relationship ?2/18/2008
  Q: my dad age 75 recently had a sudden hearing loss in his one ear, neurolgist ordered blood work at ct ...
  A: no, I haven't heard of cataracts surgery affecting the ear..... but with hearing loss and ringing in ...
Really Scared2/16/2008
  Q: I am 41 female history of IBS, MVP and hiatal hernia with moderate reflux (never feel it though). I ...
  A: It is hard to tell from here what the problem is, but my primary concern is that it is worsening ...
atrial flutter2/13/2008
  Q: Would you say an enlarged rt atrium can cause atrial flutter...or does atrial flutter over time ...
  A: urine sp gravity varies by so many things that it can't be used as a marker in heart failure.... in ...
bartholin cyst-pregnant2/12/2008
  Q: I am 7 months pregnant and was just diagnosed by a family doctor with a Bartholin gland cyst. It is ...
  A: recurrence rates are questionable.... it depends how good the word cath works, ie, how long it stays ...
brain injury possible2/12/2008
  Q: What is the connection between getting hit on the head and brain damage? I had heard when you are ...
  A: it is very hard to evaluate how much "brain damage" there is... there aren't good studies to see if ...
Tingling in the Urinary Tract2/11/2008
  Q: For about a week I have had a tingling feeling in the Urethra, whilst it is not there all the time, ...
  A: I would be concerned about the possibility of a sex transmitted disease, specifically something like ...
venous stasis2/11/2008
  Q: I have a problem with my legs. During the summer months,if it is hot and I do a lot of walking or ...
  A: that sounds like a reasonable diagnosis.... allergies are a possibility also. if you are on your ...
recurrent intermittent localized head pain2/11/2008
  Q: I'm a 22 yr old healthy male. About 4 months ago I had this new onset of a headache that made me ...
  A: an aneurysm causes pain if it leaks a little or opens up, not just from being there. A pretty ...
Am I Okay.2/8/2008
  Q: I am 65 yrs old, 6 ft., and 144 lb. My waist is 29 inches, but yet I have a potbelly. Do I need to ...
  A: there is a lot more to health than height, weight, and BMI.... which is 19.5 (low) by the way. if ...
earlobe infection2/8/2008
  Q: I wore a pair of earrings that were purchased from a company that only sells nickle-free earrings. ...
  A: I wouldn't worry about a topical cream hurting you or the baby if nursing. I would wonder whether ...
Graves' or RSL2/7/2008
  Q: My 7 year old son shows major symptoms of RLS. A few months ago, thru blood work for something ...
  A: I don't know that I have heard of anyone having restless leg syndrome at this young age.... I would ...
Could my symptoms be side effects of Levaquin?2/7/2008
  Q: I had mild sinus congestion and moderate sinus pressure with a mild fever for one week once a month ...
  A: it sounds like your problems were primarily allergic, since the saline wash worked so well... if you ...
post cholecystectomy symptoms2/5/2008
  Q: I had a laproscopic cholecystectomy 10 days ago. I am having pain in my right scapula on the lower ...
  A: pain in that area can be referred from the gall bladder area, could also be a primary lung problem. ...
how to become a doctor in usa as a foreigner2/4/2008
  Q: my name is Eliza and I'm from Romania, Europe. I"m studying medicine in my country. i would like to ...
  A: I don't know all the steps, but you have to finish medical school; then take the "FMG" test (foreign ...
Based on tests and info, is ERCP warranted? Other suggestions?2/2/2008
  Q: am 54 year old female experiencing pain /soreness in upper right side under ribs for months. Other ...
  A: the second opinion should come from another gastroenterologist.... and it should depend on your ...
hi2/2/2008
  Q: Please answer what u can. A friend of mine went to the doctor and asked the followingmy wife was ...
  A: complicated question.... why can't the women describe her rapist? You can only tell who the father ...
Positive TB Test2/1/2008
  Q: I just had two back to back positive TB test, one was 8 mm, the next one was 20mm, I have had my ...
  A: sometimes the TB treatment can mess up the liver.... the risk goes up slightly at age 35 so it ...
Bloody water...1/28/2008
  Q: I am a 37 yr old male 5'11" @240-ish lbs, take Lisinopril Hctz and Lipitor. Generally good health, ...
  A: it is hard to tell what bled, but it sounds like something low in the rectum. The rule is to take a ...
Future Internist1/26/2008
  Q: Borucki, I'm a high school senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, and I'm ...
  A: I would volunteer in a hospital.... I worked in the ER and it gave me more insight into medicine as ...
digestion1/25/2008
  Q: Dr Borucki, I don’t seem to be digesting veggies. I have seen canned spinach, peas floating, ...
  A: this isn't normal... if you have diarrhea or weight loss, you need a comprehensive evaluation ...
Broken Toe1/22/2008
  Q: I borke the 4th toe on my right foot on 12-21-07. Went to ER and had it x-rayed and buddy-taped and ...
  A: you may have a "neuroma" where the nerve gets injured and complains, but if still swelling, it ...
Tightness/muscle pain in chest1/22/2008
  Q: Since I had my baby nine weeks ago I've developed a strange sensation in my chest, mostly under and ...
  A: all those ideas are good thoughts.... I would treat the heartburn with zantac 150 mg twice a day and ...
Sick! Antibiotics or not??? PAs or not???1/22/2008
  Q: What do you think about so many doctor's offices allowing Physician Assistants to do their work? ...
  A: most of the time, respiratory infections are virus', meaning antibiotics don't work, but if there is ...
Diabetes and microalbumin with occ hypertension1/20/2008
  Q: sir I am Diabetic patient since 5 years and inspite of metformin treatment 3 times 500 mg my sugar ...
  A: a good diet (go to amer diab assn or aafp.com) is the staple of good diabetic care, then we have ...
VD1/19/2008
  Q: Twenty years ago I had sort of a blister in my vagina. It was tested, and I was told I had oral ...
  A: yes, could have been, there isn't a great blood test for herpes, because most people had oral herpes ...
general1/15/2008
  Q: I recently saw my doctor for an issue i have regarding my menstrual cycle,i noticed that i was not ...
  A: yes, no period temporarily is OK; 6 months without is probably OK; overweight- produce hormones in ...
Pain for 2 months getting worse1/11/2008
  Q: 27 yeah old male. I have had this pressure and pain in my left stomach/lower rib area(under the ...
  A: sounds like you had a complete workup, the most important at your age is a Cat scan with contrast to ...
Blood work1/11/2008
  Q: I would like to know what ABS. SEGS is on my CBC test results? Also I have looked at my test results ...
  A: absolute poly segs.... the absolute number of wbc's that fight infection, bacterial typically..... ...
coronary artery spasms??1/11/2008
  Q: i went to my doc yesterday and i told him about my pain and symptoms still and i told him that when ...
  A: a 22 yo healthy male is not going to have heart disease, unless abusing stimulants like cocaine, ...
Sleep disorder1/9/2008
  Q: Is it normal to prescribe an 8 year old blood pressure medicine to help him sleep? My son was on ...
  A: i assume you mean melatonin.... and I wonder if he gave clonidine/catapres..... sometimes we use ...
ekg printout reads right atrial enlargement1/2/2008
  Q: i really appreciate it. today i went and got some of my medical records from recent visits. i got 4 ...
  A: arrythmias are not dangerous, they are annoying.... we tried to treat them in the 80's and it was a ...
Question1/1/2008
  Q: how are you going? Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I live in Australia and my ...
  A: it is always a tough call about how much to do for someone who should learn self survival ...
tsh 0.2012/28/2007
  Q: My husband's tsh was six point something and his physician started him on 100mcg of Levothyroxine. ...
  A: too much T4 (synthroid) isn't good..... but I tend to go by the TSH... that is what the body says is ...
stomach disturbs sleep12/27/2007
  Q: I have problems with sleeping. These problems started with a series of psychological traumas in ...
  A: staying asleep is always a tough problem... getting to sleep with meds are easy, staying asleep much ...
Excess Salivation?12/24/2007
  Q: My father in law has been diagnosed as having age related dementia. . it is in the early stages. He ...
  A: it may be as a result of nausea.... excess salivation can occur when someone has nausea..... and the ...
pain in spleen area12/22/2007
  Q: I live in Japan, and far from foreign/English-speaking doctors, so I really appreciate this ...
  A: this is usually a musculo-skeletal problem....a rib muscle spasms and "catches" on a rib and with ...
QUESTION12/20/2007
  Q: I have a very short and light hair, I have been carrying this hair for years now, when ever i cut my ...
  A: it sounds like this is a family trait, and you may not be able to help it.... although I would have ...
Lucuna Magna irritation12/20/2007
  Q: I'm a 28 yr Male college grad. I have this sting burn or painful feeling on the Lucuna Magna (1/2cm ...
  A: I assume there was no foreign body used.... and if you were treated with STD meds like azithromycin ...
hiatal hernia12/16/2007
  Q: My mom is 81 & has severe osteoporosis with a large back hump that bends her forward over 20 ...
  A: it is a hard call to make, but I would maximize her medical therapy including acid supressors like ...
fingers turn white12/13/2007
  Q: I have a question concerning my daughter. She is 20 years old and is not on any medicines. She is 5' ...
  A: this sounds like she has raynaud's syndrome, where the blood supply slows down from blood vessel ...
22 yr old male, long lasting new headache12/11/2007
  Q: I'm a 22 yr old male, good overall health. About a month and 1 week ago, I was sleeping on the ...
  A: I would still be worried about some of those possibilities, even though, statistically it prob ...
Stroke after Injury12/11/2007
  Q: My husband died and I am still putting together parts and pieces of the experience and hope you can ...
  A: strokes from trauma are bleeding strokes... those types are easy to determine via cat scan or ...
Stroke12/11/2007
  Q: My father is 84 years old. Approx 3 months ago he had a black out and fell out of the shower and hit ...
  A: if this is the same person who asked me about the strokes and death, I got the info in reverse ...
head question again, wondering about lump12/9/2007
  Q: what type of pain would a brain aneurism would present. because the type of pain i'm having is very ...
  A: the pain can vary, but it is usually severe, quick onset and can last a few minutes or longer.... ...
wart12/7/2007
  Q: I have diagnosed the growth on my shoulder as a wart. I have an appt. in 2 weeks with my ...
  A: warts are normal skin that become abnormal because a virus gets into them and makes the skin cells ...
eye irritation12/7/2007
  Q: my husband has been having some problems with his right eye. a couple weeks ago he looked like he ...
  A: it is hard to tell over the internet.... if he has sinus symptoms, you could try some afrin nose ...
follow up question regarding ct scan and headache12/6/2007
  Q: what type of pain would a brain aneurism would present. because the type of pain i'm having is very ...
  A: aneurysms have different kinds of pain, people call them "thunderclap" headaches, all of a sudden, ...
critical thinking question12/6/2007
  Q: patient is dehydrated, so she is prescribed intravenous fluids. A attending nurse became distracted ...
  A: this one is too tough for me.... it prob will raise ADH and produce marked increase in urine volume ...
critical thinking question12/6/2007
  Q: After falling into an abandoned stone quarry filled with water and nearly drowning, a young boy is ...
  A: he has both a resp acidosis and lactic (metabolic) acidosis along with hypoxemia. The first goal is ...
Boils & Abcesses12/5/2007
  Q: I have been gettinf boils under my armpit (a total of 4 with 2 under each armpit) for the last few ...
  A: that is called hydradenitis suppurativa and can be a nasty recurring problem... usually I put people ...
shingles/vaccine12/1/2007
  Q: I am 54,female,disabled due to chronic pain etc. I have shingles almost constantly. Why am I not ...
  A: it will get complicated quickly, but if you had the shingles, you should be immune.... to have ...
Mystery spotting11/30/2007
  Q: I am 43 yrs old. Just had my period but after a week, I have spotted 2 days. The color is not bright ...
  A: a lot of people spot in between periods, but when in your forties, that is termed "dub, ...
Sumycin11/28/2007
  Q: I am a 38 year old woman with 1 child. About 10 years ago, I took Sumycin for my mild to medium ...
  A: some people take it regularly for acne, it has some properties to help lower facial gland oil as ...
Reoccuring urinary and vaginal infections11/26/2007
  Q: I am an eighteen-year-old sexually active female and I have been having recurrent genital health ...
  A: that is an awful lot of information.... I try to keep things very simple with these situations ...
diareah11/25/2007
  Q: i woke up today with horrible stomach cramps in the top of my stomach they seem to come and go. i ...
  A: don't go to the ER..... treatment should be----- don't eat any food... just juice, water, soda... ...
hi11/25/2007
  Q: "if a disease is heritable does it manifest in its mild or severe form? ditto for mental ...
  A: inheritable diseases are very common and there are so many that it is impossible to answer in a ...
hi11/24/2007
  Q: please answer what u can: whats the earliest time one can test for pregnancy with the various ...
  A: sorry, there are too many questions here... I will answer a few.... home preg tests, used with a ...
Mononeucleosis11/22/2007
  Q: My 18 year old grand daughter has been diagnosed with mononeucleosis. She has had it for several ...
  A: antibiotics do not help with mono, which is a virus... the bodies normal immune system usually ...
lymph nodes11/21/2007
  Q: This past March I noticed I had an enlarged lymph node in my neck. From that time till now, I ...
  A: I hate to say it this way, but yes, you are probably over reacting... lymph nodes are all over your ...
Recent blood test results11/21/2007
  Q: I had a recent blood test for work and got a couple of abnormal readings that I was trying to make ...
  A: you have Gilbert's Disease, an insignificant defect in metabolism of bilirubin.... it causes no long ...
MERCURY EFFECTS11/20/2007
  Q: I had my 5 mercury fillings removed, in September. After that time I developed tingling in my ...
  A: That is a controversy... some zealots feel that these fillings cause tremendous problems.... but ...
hi11/20/2007
  Q: can sperm be viable for usee after its inserted in a vagina? if some leaks out? or if a lil ends up ...
  A: yes, it can be viable for hours up to a day and yes, can be stored by being quick frozen... that is ...
14 day headache11/19/2007
  Q: I'm a 22 yr old healthy male. I woke up tuesday morning at 6 am, which was 14 days ago. I was ...
  A: a cat scan may not answer your question about an aneurysm.... you would need an MRA... magnetic ...
hi11/18/2007
  Q: i have a brother who has MS my gf has a mother who was diagnosed with the disease what r the chances ...
  A: you are asking a lot of questions here.... MS is not autosomal dom or recessive, so there is no way ...
hi11/16/2007
  Q: i have a brother who has MS my gf has a mother who was diagnosed with the disease what r the chances ...
  A: your girlfriend's mother has MS as does your brother... You ask several questions: 1) your chances ...
SICK 311/16/2007
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: why whenever we get a sore throat, our voices sound ...
  A: well, you just keep wondering about stuff, don't you..... are you writing a paper on this topic? ...
hi11/15/2007
  Q: What is the best sexual position to conceive? Should I lay a certain way after intercourse? For how ...
  A: if you can get a cc or 2 of semen in the vagina, then it doesn't matter what your position is, but ...
arms and hands are falling asleep when still11/14/2007
  Q: and thank you in advance. My issue is that previously my hands were falling asleep at night and ...
  A: if both hands do it at the same time, it is probably a neck problem (disc pressing on the spinal ...
breathing11/12/2007
  Q: im a 25 year old female i have type 1 brittle asthma and have been admitted to hospital for the ...
  A: I would worry how much lung function was lost from the Pulmonary embolisms.... how big they were and ...
sore palms of hands and feet11/10/2007
  Q: For the past month or so I have suffered from very sore inner palms of my hands. The soreness is ...
  A: I am not sure what the upper and lower body combination is... if it were just the hands, I would ...
lymph11/9/2007
  Q: Hello - I would like to know if the lymph nodes of the goin area become enlarged when a patient has ...
  A: yes, I suppose so, but typically they are enlarged from more superficial organs/structures getting ...
need for sex ?11/9/2007
  Q: All of my life, I am now in my late 30s, happily married to a liberal husband, I have felt that I ...
  A: I assume basically you feel that the orgasm is necessary for you to feel good for the rest of the ...
SICK11/9/2007
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: why do you feel achy when your sick? Thanks C ...
  A: in general, there is a whole body reaction to a viral or bacterial invasion, involving the white ...
concern for mom11/8/2007
  Q: my mom is age 67 and she has seen a uroligist for a burning issue while urinating about a year ago, ...
  A: I agree... I am not sure what the first urologist says is the underlying issue, but I would get a ...
Bruise11/8/2007
  Q: Just want some reassurance. I pinched my finger in a bi-fold door last weekend. The general area ...
  A: yes, you bled into the layers of skin and the blood is trapped in there.... it will take weeks for ...
alternative medicine11/4/2007
  Q: My name is Anna Ormandy. I am a student at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As part of ...
  A: I always believe that therapies should be tested scientifically.... otherwise we can't differentiate ...
confusing symptoms11/3/2007
  Q: Dr. Borucki, I am 30 years old. For the past four years or so my blood pressure will go up for a ...
  A: I would worry about several problems... I always worry about thyroid problems... you could have ...
virus11/1/2007
  Q: my question is about viruses. for three months now ive been sick with a virus thats just like a ...
  A: virus' should not last this long, it sounds like you have a chronic sinus infection that should be ...
What do you think?10/30/2007
  Q: I went to the Dr. today with a small swollen lymph node in my groin area, it has been swollen for ...
  A: it is not unusual to have lymph nodes in the groin especially if you have boils or hair bumps in ...
Tetanus shot10/26/2007
  Q: The pediaticians office just gave my 19 yr old daughter the shot today. She thought it was the flu ...
  A: no need to worry.... will have a sore arm for a few days but having two won't hurt her in any way ...
hearing10/25/2007
  Q: Didn't know who to ask about this one: After a loud explosion, what is the ringing in the ears? I ...
  A: after ear trauma, the noise is signals that are being sent to the brain from irritated nerve ...
Tonsil10/24/2007
  Q: I have asked you before about my swollen tonsil. I have since gone to an ENT to help put me at ...
  A: the tonsils grow asymetrically like other matching organs do.... not necessarily due to an external ...
internal itching10/24/2007
  Q: a few years ago I had a tummy tuck. All went well. The horizontal scar healed fine but the area ...
  A: interesting symptoms.... I am not sure what the cause is... look for redness or fever.... There are ...
stomach pain10/23/2007
  Q: About 8 days i woke up in the middle of the night with a fever and my whole body in pain and really ...
  A: gallbladder usually doesn't cause chronic diarrhea...... it sounds like you have a longer lasting ...
sudden chills10/23/2007
  Q: Dr. Borucki, The other night, my boyfriend woke up with a bad case of chills. He had no other ...
  A: chills sounds like an impending viral infection or early strep throat... I suspect other symptoms ...
Valid Complaint About a Private Practice Doctor?10/22/2007
  Q: I have gotten bacterial vaginosis twice and have received treatment from Urgent Care and not my ...
  A: you didn't define what "ethnically" meant.... if it was racially inappropriate. You have to figure ...
ejaculation10/22/2007
  Q: My wife and I have some great sex. The only problem that I have is that I cannot ejaculate. I can ...
  A: sometimes meds can cause this, especially antidepressants.... sometimes low testosterone levels.... ...
cold?10/21/2007
  Q: i am sorry if this is a little long. for the last 3 months i have had a bad "cold" congestion, ...
  A: if it has gone on this long, it is allergies, not infection.... that should have long since gone... ...
Infant reflux returned?10/21/2007
  Q: Background: Our son is 14 months old. When he was 6wks, he was diagnosed with acid reflux and put ...
  A: that is a tough question without witnessing the events... this could be reflux, could be a learned ...
perspiration problems10/19/2007
  Q: I am 33 years old , 5ft 2 and 122 lbs. Im not sure you can help me but Ill give it a shot. I have ...
  A: you are using a good antibact soap, you might try drysol (prescription) antiperspirant, sometimes we ...
Curious10/17/2007
  Q: Can you have something really wrong with you, cancer, or diseases, lyme, aids, whatever you can ...
  A: certain tests will only screen for certain diseases.... an easy example is that if someone has lung ...
olfactory hallucinations?10/14/2007
  Q: my name is amanda and I'm 25 years old. I recently started taking provera and clomid due to ...
  A: I don't see anything in the literature about these drugs causing those symptoms...... I am not sure ...
antibiotic and flu shot10/12/2007
  Q: i want to get a flushot but im on doxycycline antibiotic can i get it? how much time has to pass ...
  A: You don't want to get the flu shot right away. The best time to get the flu shot is in mid ...
birth control10/11/2007
  Q: im an 18 year old female & my doctor just put me on femcon fe. im overweight, have high cholestrol, ...
  A: this is where it pays to have a good relationship with your ob/gyn.... because blood clots are ...
sternum pain10/11/2007
  Q: Greetings! A few days ago my son jumped hard on my sternum and since then I've some mild discomfort ...
  A: the sternum has multiple joints.... connecting to ribs.... it takes a tremendous amount of force to ...
foreskin10/8/2007
  Q: iam 14 and so thought it best to talk to a pediatrition instead of a urology doctor, basicaly i was ...
  A: what is prob happening is your penis is enlarging but the foreskin is not.... you can't have the ...
Did I do something to esophagus?10/8/2007
  Q: Chronic pelvic pain patient under treatment for 18 months. Pain settling down, coming off pain meds ...
  A: burning spittle didn't really imply blood, so I don't think you did something un repairable to ...
TETNUS SHOT10/7/2007
  Q: MY DAUGHTER IS 15 SHE STEPPED ON A RUSTY NAIL OUTSIDE AND WE CAN'T REMEMBER WHEN SHE LAST HAD A ...
  A: she is prob OK, since she is up to date on immunizations, she has probably had about 5 or 6 tetanus ...
Insomnia in one year old?10/6/2007
  Q: We've had a trying couple of weeks. My daughter, who just turned a year, is usually a pretty good ...
  A: you have to be tough as a parent..... if it is sleep time, leave her alone to sleep although it is ...
Anemia10/2/2007
  Q: I am so frustrated. 20 years old, found out a couple of months ago that I was Anemic. My first ...
  A: usually women with anemia have it because they loose too much blood with their periods..... ...
SO SICK9/29/2007
  Q: I was wondering would you please explain to me: why do we get upset stomachs? Thanks C Barwick
  A: if you mean diarrhea, then that is usually something that irritates the large intestine and prevents ...
My Daughter Yawns All the Time9/28/2007
  Q: My 15 year old daughter yawns all the time. She can get awaken for a 16 hour sleep and yawns. I ...
  A: yawning is an interesting subject... there are people who yawn repeatedly, if she is heavy, check ...
Infection Control9/27/2007
  Q: A couple of days ago, I spent an hour in a Kaiser Permanente waiting room. Several of the people ...
  A: That is a hard question to answer..... typically if you are several feet away from someone, you ...
varieties of cold virus9/23/2007
  Q: I understand that there may be hundreds of cold viruses with slightly different genetic structures. ...
  A: probably the cold might be slightly worse, however, the intensity of the cold is so subjective.... ...
sciatica9/22/2007
  Q: i was dianosedd with sciatica about a year ago. does it get worse as it progresses or does it stay ...
  A: sciatica means the disk is bulging and pressing on the nerve.... it usually gets better with rest, ...
persistent foot swelling after break9/20/2007
  Q: I broke the fifth metatarsal on my right foot about 15 weeks ago. I wore a cast for 8 weeks, then a ...
  A: it sounds like neuropraxis to the nerves, ie, nerve damage..... since the nerves were not cut and ...
flesh eating bacteria9/19/2007
  Q: I just received a report of 3 students in our school system developing infections with the flesh ...
  A: hard to prevent.... that means a more virulent (aggressive) bacteria is present.... using a good ...
Toenail problem9/17/2007
  Q: About 6 months ago i had my big toenail removed. It is growing back and is almost normal size but i ...
  A: a lot of times the nail grows back and cuts into the side and creates a small infection (ingrown ...
MRSA9/6/2007
  Q: My question is how do pathogens evolve into drug resistant forms such as MRSA: Is it due to one of ...
  A: this happens often, and it isn't like historical war battles... if the antib doesns't work, the ...
eyes9/5/2007
  Q: Today I went for further testing to check for possible Lasik surgery to correct my vision. While ...
  A: that means you have high chol which is a setup for heart disease brain disease and others. ...
cellulitis8/31/2007
  Q: my dau had a piercing (old one) lip started to swell and running a fever. went to the er and had to ...
  A: I am worried too, about a lip infection that is that bad.... I would wonder whether there is another ...
Diverticulosis and Constipation8/31/2007
  Q: I am still having problems despite increased fiber with days of little movement and then be fine the ...
  A: if you had a colonoscopy and no pre-cancerous polyps, I would go with the advice of the gastro, prob ...
What does this mean?8/30/2007
  Q: you have been helping me the last month or so, I have had some odd symptoms, Dr. thought it might be ...
  A: I don't know what that means... I would hope that if it were anything serious, they would call you ...
Strep C8/30/2007
  Q: Greetings, I was diangosed of being "Colonized" by Strep-C. My left Tonsil for the last 2 months ...
  A: we all have bacteria in our body.... I would not treat someone who doesn't have an active symptom ...
digestive issues w/ 1 year old8/28/2007
  Q: I suspect my 15 mo old son has something wrong...maybe along digestive lines? Past history: Ear ...
  A: I am not sure whether all these symptoms can be pigeon-holed into one diagnosis, but I am concerned ...
Exam question8/28/2007
  Q: I had a neurological exam today, the Dr. thinks I fibromylagia or MS, if I don't improve in a month ...
  A: I am not sure what your symptoms are, which decides what they are looking for as far as possible ...
Late period8/27/2007
  Q: I had tubal 9 1/2 years ago and my last period was july 3. What do i need to do?
  A: start buying baby clothes..... just kidding.... you need to do a home pregnancy test with a first ...
aspirin8/27/2007
  Q: i heard that it does not matter how many aspirin you take because if you take more than 2 it does ...
  A: aspirin only lasts a few hours... there is a dose response curve... more helps, but only up to a ...
hi8/25/2007
  Q: went to a doc in ny for initial visit doc drew blood and also gave b12 shot and total visti time was ...
  A: welcome to the horribly tainted world of fighting with medicare..... I don't agree with your ...
Dental Work- possible nerve damage8/22/2007
  Q: I received a filling on a back tooth 6 months ago. After the filling was done, I started having pain ...
  A: interesting question.... that is more of a legal question than a medical question.... I don't know ...
Random Shivers8/21/2007
  Q: for many years I've been having random shivering. I would like to know if that means something. Its ...
  A: I don't see that as representing any diseases.. I always screen for anemia and thyroid problems... I ...
Colds8/16/2007
  Q: Please, please help!! Any advice and information you can give is GREATLY APPRECIATED. I am supposed ...
  A: you can't speed up healing, but you can help with symptoms.... use Afrin nasal spray twice a day for ...
pain when urinating and pelvis pains8/16/2007
  Q: for a while now i have been getting these pains, i guess in my pelvis area. it doesn't happen very ...
  A: this could be as simple as a bladder infection or could be a uterus infection... other problems are ...
Question about my menstrual cycle8/14/2007
  Q: I hope that this is something you can help with. I had an abortion May 4 2007. After that, my cycles ...
  A: well, take the preg test with a first morning urine sample... also, if the periods don't regulate, ...
seizures8/11/2007
  Q: I am a 44 year old female who suddenly began experiencing dizziness on March 22 of this year. Along ...
  A: I always try to go back to basics when things get complicated... pick the biggest symptoms- ...
CT Scan8/8/2007
  Q: Well I have been having lower abdominal pain on my right side, and my docs worried about my crohns, ...
  A: remicaide is magical and a lot of the time there is full remission.... obviously not the case with ...
Wrist pain after fall on outstretched hand8/4/2007
  Q: I fell on my hand 7 weeks ago and still have bad pain on the thumb side of my wrist when moving or ...
  A: scaphoid fractures often are hard to diagnose... an MRI at this point will tell you whether it was ...
Missed Period8/2/2007
  Q: I have a question, me period was due around the 26/27 July, however it has yet to begin. I have had ...
  A: use a first morning urine again for preg test and then you will know you aren't pregnant. you never ...
low white blood count8/1/2007
  Q: i have recently benn undergoing test for tick fever no true results yet my whitecount dropped to .9 ...
  A: a lot of viral infetions can cause low white counts.... when all the other tests come back normal, ...
weight, etc7/24/2007
  Q: I have 2 questions....unrelated to each other. The first is in regard to weight. My daughter is 27 ...
  A: The weight issue.... she should gradually gain weight at this age... if she isn't, then she needs a ...
hi7/21/2007
  Q: Is there any point in doing a pregnancy test if one is on birth control? How does one distinguish ...
  A: birth control is very very good if taken properly.... preg tests are very accurate also. If you are ...
unidentified unsteadiness7/21/2007
  Q: My 23 yr old son has MR, doesn't speak, and walks independently until recently. His Neurologist, ...
  A: gosh.... this question is well beyond what I could possibly do... he has multiple specialists ...
Rotator cuff injury7/20/2007
  Q: I am living in Cabo san Lucas and believe that I have injured my rotator cuff during my work outs at ...
  A: getting the proper diagnosis is the important thing.... have you taken an approp med such as alleve, ...
sharp pain in stomach7/19/2007
  Q: i am having a very sharp pain in my stmach when i move and breathe and its in my upper/middle ...
  A: many things... pleuritis... inflammation of the ligning of the. Let in the 2000 disc that was ...
hi7/18/2007
  Q: before prescribing birth control does a new york city doctor legaly have to test for pregnancy? ...
  A: just reading this wore me out, I will try and answer what I can... legally prescribe BCP? no--- ...
ganglion cyst7/17/2007
  Q: What can I expect from surgical removal of a ganglion cyst on the middle joint of the little finger? ...
  A: mostly mild pain, but... if it is truly a ganglion cyst, I would not have it removed unless it were ...
hi7/15/2007
  Q: does cross spermination occur i.e. if a male has intercourse with a female and the male ...
  A: ok, I think I understand the question... if someone has sexual relations, the man ejaculates, then ...
Weak Bladder?7/15/2007
  Q: I tend to urinate a little whenever I jump. I tried to jumping jacks the other day and was so ...
  A: you are describing stress incontinence.... meaning the muscles are weak and pressure makes urine ...
ABSENT OVARY7/13/2007
  Q: i'VE RECENTLY HAD A PELVIC EXAM FOR ENLARGED UTERUS, AND A TRANSVAGINAL US. PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO ...
  A: ultrasounds are notoriously unreliable to relate findings to clinical presentations.... leiomyoma ...
Trouble breathing7/13/2007
  Q: I have trouble breathing, mostly in my diaphragm. I have had all kinds of tests and my gallbladder ...
  A: stress test, and pulmonary function tests should be done first of all... even though you are young. ...
please help me.7/13/2007
  Q: im horrified about colon cancer. im an 18 year old female. i have been to doctor after doctor, even ...
  A: unless many people had colon cancer in your family, then you don't have that. more likely a food ...
what might i have,7/12/2007
  Q: i was in today to see my doctors PA and got the meds i think i need but was wandering what excatly ...
  A: probably is a viral upper respiratory- sinus and bronchitis.... antibiotics usually don't help, it ...
finger7/11/2007
  Q: In 2004 I had surgery on my hand to remove two cysts that had made themselves part of the tendon ...
  A: this could be a neuroma... the nerve growing back and scarring and then being hypersensitive... ...
Problems after ultramarathon7/11/2007
  Q: Borucki, Hi,about three weeks ago my husband ran and finished a 100 trail race(in the time span of ...
  A: I would have all those things checked... sodium, potassium, kidney function... the risk of extreme ...
meningitis and immune system....7/5/2007
  Q: i have a 7 month old son called Kian. On boxing day last year he was admitted into hospital, at just ...
  A: there are a lot of different possibilities on problems with immune systems. If the doctors think ...
Knee replacement surgery7/4/2007
  Q: I need to have surgery on my knee. I was told that an mri needed to be done and that I would most ...
  A: This is a huge problem with people with "high risk" insurance. The one thing you can do when you ...
Question6/30/2007
  Q: how are you going? My name is Christina and I live in Australia. Is it okay if I ask you another ...
  A: visken-no effect, eyedrops, possibly.... his pressures are high but not overly high, so if his ...
please help; pulmonary embolis 37 years old6/30/2007
  Q: I need help. My life has been turned upside down. OK so last year i had a hysterectomy, full ...
  A: you implied that the menopause pills may be related to the pulm emboli... maybe or maybe not. But ...
Question6/27/2007
  Q: how are you going? My name is Christina and I live in Australia. Thank you for taking the time to ...
  A: pressure in the eyes is not really controllable through stress management (blood pressure is) if ...
flank pain after pulmonary embolism6/27/2007
  Q: My healthy, active 45-year old husband was admitted to the ER four weeks ago with stabbing back pain ...
  A: If the flank pain is from the effusion and pulm embol, it should resolve over the next week or ...
liver function tests6/26/2007
  Q: I recently went in for a routine physical and the results came back that my liver function was ...
  A: I run into this all the time... your result was minimally elevated. To put things into perspective, ...
sore throat6/26/2007
  Q: I plan to see a doctor about this, but my husband is out of town with our car so it has to wait a ...
  A: strep throat typically has trouble swallowing, white spots on tonsils, lumps on outer throat, fever, ...
Swollen Ankle6/19/2007
  Q: I fell and hurt my ankle about 2 months ago. I went to the ER and they just gave me motrin, ...
  A: it sounds like you tore some of the ligaments and a lot of times, people should be placed in some ...
intestinal problems6/18/2007
  Q: I am waiting for my test results for celiac disease to return. I have symptoms of bad gas (24/7 ...
  A: with excessive gas, I would look at foods you are eating.... the big offender is milk products... ...
Lupron exposure during pregnancy.6/17/2007
  Q: Borucki, I was given lupron by a reproductive endocrinologist as a beginning step to IVF. Well, ...
  A: if you are 5 1/2 weeks without any fetal heart tones by ultrasound, then you don't have a ...
tetanus shots6/17/2007
  Q: How soon after any injury must you get an injection for it to be effective?
  A: tetanus occurs as an infection 5 days to 3 weeks following a cut, esp some penetrating injury like ...
my ears feel bruised in the morning6/14/2007
  Q: "The outer part of my ears feel bruised in the night. It doesn't happen every night but after I am ...
  A: some people lay on them and cause blood flow to slow and they may be sore for the day, sometimes ...
Pulmonary Embolism6/5/2007
  Q: My husbund had a Pulmonary Embolism at the age of 44 and died of a saddle Emboli. He was seeing a ...
  A: I don't know if you are ever going to get a perfect answer... it sounds like he did have an autopsy ...
Pelvic Pain + Abdominal Swelling6/4/2007
  Q: The doctors are pretty sure I have endometrosis. I've had two cystectomies in the past year. The ...
  A: cysts will not grow "in front of your eyes." If your abd is swelling, that is usually intestinal ...
Incredible pressure and pain6/4/2007
  Q: I am a 37 year old mother of three, 140 lbs, 5'7" and have had a certain type of headache for many ...
  A: I think your doc is thinking what I think... a hormone producing tumor that responds to little ...
Persistant cough6/4/2007
  Q: Both my 8 month old daughter and myself have this persistant cough and she has a wheeze along with ...
  A: this sounds like an infection, not allergies.... no, can't pass allergies thru breast milk. Kids ...
medication for itching6/2/2007
  Q: I have had problem with contact dermatitis for years. I have used Atarax and Benadryl for itching. ...
  A: no, they aren't harmful unless they make you too tired. I would try to find what is causing it... ...
Pregnancy and decongestants5/31/2007
  Q: I would like to know about the use of decongestants during pregnancy. Is sudafed considered a safe ...
  A: all of these are considered very low risk during pregnancy... meds like sudafed may delay ...
Pain on arms5/29/2007
  Q: I've been experiencing pain on the inside of my elbows and top/inside part of my arms (between ...
  A: when it is on both sides, it suggests a central problem, like a disc bulging in the neck. If neck ...
Gastritis?5/28/2007
  Q: i have been having issues with my stomache and i have gone to the docotor and had an upper GI scan ...
  A: gastritis comes and goes... assuming no alcohol and real heavy meals, I would try one of the acid ...
Femur fracture not healing as planned5/23/2007
  Q: My 5 year old son suffered a femur fracture (closed) in a bicycle accident 4 weeks ago. He was ...
  A: There are certain rules that if the bone is at a certain angle, there is no need to straighten or ...
ultrascan results5/23/2007
  Q: I've been to 4 different doctors and had a ultrasound, the ultrasound revealed a contusion on the ...
  A: The ultrasound is done to make sure that the testicle hasn't twisted and cut off blood supply.. it ...
intermitant pain in my head5/21/2007
  Q: I have been having pain behind my eyes and back of my head. it comes and goes. The pain will hit ...
  A: I don't know what kind of adrenal supplements you were taking, but messing around with the hormone ...
Child with no appendix???5/21/2007
  Q: My teen daughter was vomiting and had abdominal pain which moved from around her belly button to the ...
  A: those tests are not even close to 100% in diagnosing an appendicitis let alone always seeing it. ...
throat congestion5/18/2007
  Q: A number of years ago i was diagnosed with copd ,now,i never seem to get colds and flu,and yet a ...
  A: you have been lucky... when people get colds, that means you caught a virus from another person... ...
Hemiplegic, basilar migraine5/18/2007
  Q: 42 yr/o female. I have had "sick headaches" since I was a young child. Last year my headache ...
  A: I think all those are good ideas... MS, angiopathy... I assume you are seeing a good neurologist. ...
Frequent Urination5/17/2007
  Q: My girlfriend has a fairly severe problem with frequent urination. She seemingly always feels like ...
  A: there are several pills like detrol out there and he probably prescribed one of those. If she ...
Lump on head5/12/2007
  Q: Doctor, I have a 10 year old boy that woke up this morning and said he has a lump on his right side ...
  A: the nice thing is that your conerns are so rare that it is very unlikely... I would follow it and if ...
itchy anus5/7/2007
  Q: I am a 37 yr old wonman with a 2 yr old child. Starting from this winter, my anus becomes very ...
  A: anal itching is from 3 most likely causes... 1) hemorrhoids, which come and go 2) a fungal ...
Lamictal5/1/2007
  Q: Have been experiencing frequent dizziness, headaches and left hemi-body tingling with intermittent ...
  A: yes, this med could help... side effects would be drowsiness only... it won't cause seizures or ...
burn5/1/2007
  Q: can a chemical burn be misdiagnosed for a submersable burn and what are the differences In other ...
  A: typically a submersible burn involves the buttocks and spares the front because the child gets out ...
Sore throat4/26/2007
  Q: Borucki, I started feeling a scratchy throat Monday. On Tuesday, it was sore, especially when ...
  A: if you have fever... it might be strep throat... that will need antibiotics. Otherwise, a viral ...
Pain and tenderness behind the forehead4/25/2007
  Q: I am 26 years old originally from Ethiopia; lived here in USA for the last 8 years. I like sport ...
  A: I would have a complete checkup to make sure you are not anemic.... also I would worry about a ...
Shock4/25/2007
  Q: Why can you not give water to a patient with shock?
  A: shock is a situation of decreased blood flow to organs... I would not want to give fluids by mouth ...
Pain/Exhaustion4/22/2007
  Q: I am a 36 old female. I have hasimotos disease (diagnosed last year) and a history of iron ...
  A: you have to make sure that your thyroid condition is treated properly..... hashimoto's can go high ...
Discolored and Painful Skin4/19/2007
  Q: approximately 7 years ago I was diagnosed with Cellulitis in my left ankle. It was treated but it ...
  A: if it is swollen, and it hurts, and it is discolored and flaking, then there is some process ...
Sore in Nose4/19/2007
  Q: I have had sinus and allergy problems since I can remember, the basic, headaches, stuffy nose, ...
  A: I can't tell if you asked that question earlier in the week, but, basically, you have to use a lot ...
Anemia4/18/2007
  Q: I need to ask about this. I started having vey bad diarrhea right after Thanksgiving. I ended up ...
  A: complicated situation... if no periods, you are loosing blood from your GI system.... you had ...
Boulism4/15/2007
  Q: Last night we ordered pizza from Dominoe's, I had an olive pizza like always, not but minutes after ...
  A: botulism toxin is produced by a bacteria.... this toxin paralyzes muscles.... so the problem is that ...
Hypomenorrhea4/11/2007
  Q: I've been having this increasingly over the past year. It has been especially noticeable in the past ...
  A: a lot of those medications can cause period abnormalities.... Also, always think of pregnancy as a ...
Shaky hands, muscle twitching4/2/2007
  Q: i am a 22 year old male, average build, and fairly healthy as far as i can tell, however: I've ...
  A: tough question.... find out if a drink of alcohol, like one beer stops the shakes; also, what ...
possible bite4/2/2007
  Q: My husband has had a spot come up on his leg about 3 days ago. It's red in the center with an ...
  A: the spot may be simply a small puncture wound and some bleeding occurred and now is spreading out. ...
tingling/numbness in arm/hand4/1/2007
  Q: I am 30 year old white male; I eat fairly healthy, not bad but not greatest; I'm not overweight, but ...
  A: sounds like a nerve is being pinched/irritated either at the neck level or the shoulder level. If ...
cough4/1/2007
  Q: i have got a cold 2 days ago. today the cough is alot worse and very productive. it hurts my chest ...
  A: it is always hard to tell if someone needs antibiotics..... production of green/yellow sputum, (plus ...
Death By Hanging3/31/2007
  Q: After Saddam's execution, I read that the heart can continue to beat for up to twenty-five minutes ...
  A: there are a lot of functions that continue well past "death" which I would define (humbly) as ...
dull painin right back under ribs, lots of belching3/29/2007
  Q: I just recently had my first child,(10/31/06). After the birth, I've had a constant dull pain in my ...
  A: The pain easily could be gall bladder... it should typically get worse with a big high fat meal. I ...
schitzophrenia3/27/2007
  Q: how are you going? My name is Christina and I live in Australia. Thank you for taking the time to ...
  A: I am not sure if she is schizophrenic or has a manic phase of bipolar illness (manic depressive) If ...
Sleep Study3/27/2007
  Q: My study showed 17 obstructive respiratory events, in which 0 were obstructive apneas, 17 were ...
  A: apnea means no breathing, hypopnea means slower than normal breathing.... 17 events in what time? ...
neck pain numbness, weakness to leg, and foot3/23/2007
  Q: I had an MRI on 03/20/07 after experiences pain, numbness and weakness for several months. the ...
  A: obviously you have cervical disc disease continuing... but these findings should give you symptoms ...
my child3/22/2007
  Q: My two year old child is always sick. He has been to the doctors 38 times in the last 18 months. His ...
  A: the first thing I ask is whether he is in daycare. If so, this is not unusual.... I would ask the ...
Adhesive allergy3/19/2007
  Q: I had some moles removed several days ago and I'm having an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the ...
  A: it could be polysporin easily, less likely the latex and less likely than that, the adhesive. Try ...
numb3/18/2007
  Q: I hope I'm finding you in the best of health. I'm a 17 years old male. After I brushed my teeth ...
  A: that is called impingement syndrome..... by keeping your arm at that angle... it kinked the main ...
medical definition3/15/2007
  Q: Would you please describe in simplicity what Subendocardial Hemorrhage with Hematoma is? Also what ...
  A: subendo hemm means bleeding under the surface of the heart muscle... a term that I haven't heard ...
Anything you could tell me about Diabetes?3/15/2007
  Q: My husband was just diagnosed with diabetes, he is tired all the time, eats like a horse, ...
  A: That is a long and complicated subject.... if you test a diabetic and the sugars are 110 or so 2 hrs ...
Vasectomy-Possibly Pregnant3/14/2007
  Q: My husband had a vasectomy in May '06 in July '06 he had the semen anaylsis done and it came back ...
  A: a lot of things can make someone not have a period... any stress on the body, too much exercise, ...
intubation3/11/2007
  Q: Under what circumstances may intubation be too difficult to perform? Also if intubation is ...
  A: lots of circumstances... a bleeding patient, or one with a lot of vomit... a short neck, a real ...
water in the ears3/10/2007
  Q: After I take a shower there is some water in my ears despite the fact that I try to dry inside my ...
  A: sometimes a "wetting solution" like some soapy water makes the water tension a little lower and lets ...
Causes of Black Eyes3/7/2007
  Q: Is it possible to give yourself two black eyes by rubbing them too much? Are there any medical ...
  A: black eyes are typically blood that has settled down in the soft skin around the eyes; or it can be ...
Overtraining?3/7/2007
  Q: Robeert Since Xmas I have been working out almost daily(weights/cardio) and playing rec. hockey ...
  A: when you said you had a checkup, I assume you had some blood work including a complete blood count ...
Pregnancy and medication3/6/2007
  Q: I recently stopped taking my birth control pills and could become pregnant at some point. I had been ...
  A: flexeril is a muscle relaxer and isn't a great sleep medicine. I would get used to not taking ...
Sex with no Cervix3/6/2007
  Q: Ok, I know this question is probably off the wall but since I had only met the surgeon who just did ...
  A: if he took out all of that, he will leave a closed vault that will still repsond to sexual ...
falling asleep after eating3/5/2007
  Q: After I eat I get this feeling of passing out asleep. I can't keep my eyes opened and can't snap out ...
  A: there are a lot of causes... if you are heavy and snore, i would worry about sleep apnea. If you ...
hi3/2/2007
  Q: i know this 20 y. o. girl who has enlarged back of her skull or top of her head and a low ...
  A: i am not going to be able to give you the answers that you would want... there are multiple genetic ...
Heel Spur surgery consiquences3/2/2007
  Q: I had spur surgery in Oct 2006. A seroma or pocket formed at the incision site, tissue death ...
  A: these are complicated problems.... the complication is that you can't rest this area very well ...
Pregnancy after birth control3/2/2007
  Q: I have been on the birth control pill for 9 years. My husband and I are thinking about starting a ...
  A: you can get pregnant after stopping the pill right away.... there isn't a lag time like you would ...
Bladder "Spasms"2/27/2007
  Q: My 5 year old little brother was rushed to the ER the other night do to abdominal pain. There was a ...
  A: I am not sure I understand the term bladder spasm.... I would not expect that to be found in a 5 ...
abdominal wall pain2/25/2007
  Q: Because I have had some continued pain 3 years after a hysterectomy for endometriosis (after other ...
  A: I often ask patients what they think they should do, since often they have read and have some ...
pre cum2/22/2007
  Q: I am 26 years old and do not have pre cum. I have masturbated and had sex many, many, times and I ...
  A: you don't have pre-cum ................ so what. No, that doesn't have anything to do with ...
CBC count2/21/2007
  Q: Should I be concerned. I had some painfull swollen lymth nodes in my grion that came out of nowhere. ...
  A: the cbc is normal. Even with the neutrophil count... so I would not worry about cancers.... I think ...
Acetaminophen Useage2/21/2007
  Q: I know a co-worker that takes about 15 or 20 Tylenol PM tablets a day, (500mg per tablet) for severe ...
  A: tyl pm has benadryl in it.... usually it makes most people tired.. it knocks me out for 24 hrs.... ...
throat2/14/2007
  Q: I am a 58 year old male in pretty good shape. I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly. The ...
  A: this may be allergies... try claritan 10 mg daily for a month. or could be reflux..... take over ...
husbands CT results2/11/2007
  Q: here are findings of my husbands CT scan can you please put in English what this means?? He has ...
  A: normal kidneys, no kidney swelling; stomach partly filled with the dye; there is something in the ...
Side and back pain2/9/2007
  Q: I need help!! I have had lower left side pain and lower back pain near my kidneys for almost a week ...
  A: azostandard will only help bladder pain; if your back pain is from a kidney infection, you need ...
movement disorder2/8/2007
  Q: Borucki I wanted to know if you ever heard of Zyprexa being used in a movement disorder patient. ...
  A: zyprexa is a major sedative and isn't used for movement disorders... it is in a class that causes ...
mild splenomegaly and slightly increased lft's2/1/2007
  Q: My husband recently went for a physical and his LFT's were slightly elevated. He then went and had a ...
  A: liver functions elevated can have many causes.... if he told him to limit alcohol, it sounds like he ...
unusual headaches1/29/2007
  Q: Lately (for about a week or so) I get a severe sharp pain in my head every time I get sexually ...
  A: I see a lot of people who have a headache when having an orgasm.... there are blood flow changes ...
numbness in hand1/28/2007
  Q: For the past week I have experienced continual numbness in my left hand. I cannot straighten my ring ...
  A: you didn't state your age... if older, i would worry about a stroke, if younger, I would worry about ...
frequent colds1/25/2007
  Q: Ever since having my daughter two years ago, I have been experiencing frequent colds - about one a ...
  A: is your daughter in day care... because they bring home bugs constantly... there are about 120 known ...
Birth Control Pill Help1/24/2007
  Q: About 6 years ago I started taking the pill, I started for several reasons but one of the main ones ...
  A: you have to watch out for pregnancy when you miss pills, but you can simply just take 1/day and you ...
Is there a problem?1/22/2007
  Q: I contacted Child Protective Services about the two year old girl's actions and they declined ...
  A: people can make lots of excuses... yes, someone could be "stimulated" against their will and get an ...
Depo Medrol Injection1/21/2007
  Q: I have a Morton's Neuroma in my foot. My podiatrist gave me 1 Depo Medrol Injection in my foot 3 ...
  A: no birth control interaction.... there are disadvantages and risks to using steroids, oral or ...
Lazy eye?1/19/2007
  Q: I was looking at some pictures for my magazine that I work for and I noticed Barry Manilow's left ...
  A: I pulled up his pictures in google and looked at several.... I do see his left upper eyelid droop on ...
influenza and Current anti-viral medications1/19/2007
  Q: How well will the over the counter anti-viral medications (Such as Zicam) work against the scary ...
  A: I hate to burst bubbles, but Zicam is worthless in this setting (and in most settings) Bird Flu, ...
2 questions1/18/2007
  Q: First, I have been taking vicoden for about 2 years almost every day. Although I knkow this has ...
  A: the vicodin is causing the sweats..... it is basically some mild withdrawal to the medication. The ...
sinusitis1/17/2007
  Q: After a cold my doctor diagnosed me with sinusitis (nealry of of the sinuses showed sinusitis on cat ...
  A: mucinex is a worthless medicine.... use AFRIN nasal spray (over the counter) twice a day for 5 days, ...
Coming off birth control1/17/2007
  Q: I've just recently stopped my birth control pills after being on them for a little over 4yrs. I had ...
  A: some hormone changes can cause appetite changes, but birth control pills on or off have no ...
Healthy guy, high BP.1/17/2007
  Q: My husband is 31 years old and has high blood pressure. In the last year, I've made him measure his ...
  A: people don't cause their own hypertension... he may just have that disease... if it is from a kidney ...
worms?1/16/2007
  Q: I do not like asking these things but i feel i must. i had an itch on my anus area so i was about to ...
  A: usually worms are white or light tan colored (plus, they are very very rare in adults) .... I think ...
earach and blisters under tongue1/14/2007
  Q: what about the ear ache?I have had an earache sence 12-2-06. My Dr.put me on antibiotics(850mg ...
  A: a lot of times, when you have the viral infection in the mouth, there is inflammation in the back of ...
vomiting1/12/2007
  Q: My 42 year old sister has been vomiting for 3 months now. It starts with bachache in mid section ...
  A: If she cannot keep any liquids down, then it is a problem.. also, if she is losing weight over the ...
Palpitations1/12/2007
  Q: I am 32 years old, female, 5ft 5" and weigh 91 kgs. I have a question regarding irregular, heart ...
  A: everyone gets these; premature beats, made worse with stress, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco... at your ...
pain and tingling in left arm1/9/2007
  Q: A sports chiropractor diagnosed me as having a "rib end" or "rib out" meaning in my back the end of ...
  A: chiropractors tend to see things on xrays that radiologists don't see... I am not sure what a rib ...
leg injury1/8/2007
  Q: 28 yr. old female. i fell about 1 week ago, on ice, and injured my leg just below the knee cap, on ...
  A: no nerve damage, you damaged the bursa (part of the joint) below the knee that belongs to the knee ...
Pain in shoulder and numbness in thumb1/8/2007
  Q: I'm a 26 year old female.It started paining from the back of my neck and the pain radiated to the ...
  A: it sounds like you have a pinched nerve at the neck, maybe from a bulging disc. The motrin is a ...
Question on ana1/7/2007
  Q: What does it mean when the doctor told me that my ANA level is elevated?
  A: ANA is an antibody that is elevated in most people with the disease of Lupus (SLE or systemic lupus ...
multiple weird symptoms, fluctuationg BP1/5/2007
  Q: I am 42, not overweight, jog 5-6 days per month...Last year I began feeling tightness in my eyes, ...
  A: that is strange... sometimes we worry about adrenal tumors... we look at that initially by doing a ...
cancer1/4/2007
  Q: Borucki If you can give me any insight about the following situation, it would me MUCH appreciated. ...
  A: it doesn't look like there is a cancer in the bile duct or pancreas, which is good.... if there ...
small painful lump behind my neck1/3/2007
  Q: I relized to days ago that I have a painful lump behind my neck above the spine bone. It is a lil ...
  A: it sounds like you have an infected sebaceous cyst... those require antibiotics, sometimes ...
fainting spells?1/2/2007
  Q: my husband is 34. we have been married for 9 1/2 years and over the course of our marriage he has ...
  A: if someone has a heart that contracts normally, then the things that cause fainting are more ...
Vicodin addiction12/31/2006
  Q: i am very concerned about my girlfriend, she began to take one to two vicodins a week because she ...
  A: it is very easy to get addicted to vicodin and she is on a bad course... it is very "euphoria ...
"I'm warning you"12/31/2006
  Q: went to the ER after having loose bowels long enough that it was worrying me. having nothing better ...
  A: you didn't say what she gave you... I am not sure where the "i am warning you" came from, but we ...
Fasting Glucose12/29/2006
  Q: I have been taking high-dose niacin for four years, as one aspect of my effort to prevent a second ...
  A: 95 is normal as far as blood glucose... I tend to do a poor man's glucose tolerance test and check ...
eye pain12/29/2006
  Q: The day before Thanksgiving (Nov 22, 2006) I was struck in the face (twice) by my ex in an ...
  A: there is a very thin bone that makes up the bony eye socket and this can crack with a blow to the ...
SSRI DRUGS12/29/2006
  Q: WHICH IS THE BEST SSRI DRUG. LEXAPRO, ZOLOFT, PAXIL, OR CELEXA? WHICH HAS THE LEAST SIDE EFFECTS. I ...
  A: they all have some side effects and we use the side effects to help with some of the symptoms of the ...
Adult Survivor of Childhood Leukemia w/chronic back pain12/26/2006
  Q: I've told my dr. I am certain that I am someone's "walking dissertation," but have had no luck so ...
  A: usually, bone marrow biopsies are done on the pelvic wing, away from the discs/joints/etc of the low ...
Constantly hoarse12/21/2006
  Q: I have been hoarse for the last seven days. No sore throat, no congestion, just hoarse. This has ...
  A: hoarseness has a few causes.... gastric reflux, esp some acid coming up at night. Also allergies, ...
ANA12/21/2006
  Q: I have had a positive ANA 1:640 speckled pattern for several years but it has always been attributed ...
  A: these blood tests are very strange... they don't indicate disease, they only suggest.... and you had ...
Excess Salivation12/21/2006
  Q: Boruki, I have had type I diabetes for 20 years and have it under good control. Just recently my ...
  A: I wonder why this has come up all of a sudden, after it was mentioned by your brother, and hasn't ...
ear pain12/21/2006
  Q: I have been waking up with a sharp pain on the outside of my ear after sleeping on it, it does go ...
  A: sometimes you can scratch the external ear canal with the earplugs... you might try without for a ...
breast tenderness12/20/2006
  Q: I am 30, 4 children. I have breast tenderness, with no lumps. The tenderness is located up high in ...
  A: should you panic... no... this is most likely not breast ca... fibrocystic breast tissue, or a small ...
no period12/19/2006
  Q: my question is i have not had a period since april 20 2006 my doctor gave me something to help start ...
  A: yes, you still can get pregnant. No, there isn't a natural herb to help with this... A lot of women ...
Sample scenarios12/17/2006
  Q: Here is a sample problem I have and was wondering if you could answer it... You notice a swelling ...
  A: first one, possible gall bladder or pancreas not getting enzymes into the intestine to digest good. ...
Circulation problem?12/17/2006
  Q: I was just diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I always wear polish on my toenails. I was just doing ...
  A: We worry about blood clots from atrial fib, but it would be very unlikely to get blood clots ...
finger pain12/15/2006
  Q: This morning I opened my car door handle and shortly after one of my fingers turned slightly blue on ...
  A: From your note, you didn't really smash anything on your finger, so what happened was that a tiny ...
feeling yucky12/15/2006
  Q: I am a 26 year old woman and I have had some problems lately. One month ago I had a headache that ...
  A: if they did the screening labs, you are probably OK... I would suspect you may have a lingering low ...
Blood test - anemic12/14/2006
  Q: I had swollen lymph nodes and got blood test done.I was on antibiotic for a week and the lymph nodes ...
  A: There is no leukemia!!!! a little low on the wbc doesn't mean anything and since the lymph nodes are ...
stomach upset after eating12/14/2006
  Q: Whenever I eat anything (the type of food doesn't seem to matter) I feel sick to my stomach. If I ...
  A: you may have gallstones.... so, I would take zantac 150 mg twice a day, no alcohol, light evening ...
Question12/13/2006
  Q: From: Abidhjs@msn.com Hello Robert! My name is Heather and I am an American living in Kuwait. I am ...
  A: first, it is unlikely that there will be an "outbreak" of bird flu... the only cases were bird to ...
hand injury12/11/2006
  Q: Not sure if you can help. I punched something hard a couple of weeks ago. swelling for the first ...
  A: I would not be surprised if you had a small fracture that was missed on the initial xrays.... doing ...
veins12/10/2006
  Q: I am a 47, male. Notice below the knees on both legs, chin and caves, blue veins starting to show ...
  A: some superficial small small veins are stretching a little and showing up. These can be injected ...
small intestine blockage12/9/2006
  Q: I had my large intestine removed in 1986 at the age of 16. I had reconstructive surgery and I have ...
  A: that is what it sounds like.... scar tissue kinks the intestine and things can block temporarily... ...
Croup12/9/2006
  Q: My son will be 6 tomorrow. He had croup 3 weeks ago and we went to the ER. He has it again. He ...
  A: with his asthma... his airways are more "reactive" meaning they will narrow down... the muscle in ...
late period12/8/2006
  Q: my last period was Sept. 17th. I have had no signs of a period since. I occasionally get wetter as ...
  A: the pull out method is very very unreliable as a birth control method. If you haven't had periods ...
heart12/5/2006
  Q: i have a question about the heart, first let me say that i am 24 have two kids and am 5'5 weighing ...
  A: I would really doubt whether you have heart disease at your age, despite the cigarettes. I would ...
Weird symptoms12/4/2006
  Q: First of all, thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I am having a couple of strange ...
  A: I don't think I can relate the two.... usually when the nerve that works the eye pupil doesn't work, ...
brain circulation12/3/2006
  Q: Doctor: my father age 74 recently had some double vision which lasted about 4 hours and he stated ...
  A: I don't believe that MRI finding has anything to do with double vision.... if he doesn't have a ...
arm tingling12/2/2006
  Q: For the last two weeks, maybe three my right arm tingles no matter how I hold it. I'm wondering if ...
  A: that sounds like a pinched nerve, often at the wrist level (carpal tunnel) if only in the hand, but ...
external ear pain while sleeping11/29/2006
  Q: For the last 10-12 years, I have had problems with my ears when I sleep. If I sleep on a particular ...
  A: some people have cartilage problems (chondromas) in the ears that cause pain... sometimes we remove ...
Echo Term11/28/2006
  Q: Borucki: Thanks for being here. I wanted to ask you - there was a mention of a mildly scierotic ...
  A: it has no relationship to CAD.... this is a valve problem (a mechanical problem) that can be related ...
lupron depo11/28/2006
  Q: I have been taking lupron depo for endometrosis I've took it for 1 YR it's been 10 wks 3 days since ...
  A: this drug disrupts periods/cycles and it may take many months to go back to normal... if you are in ...
Impotance11/28/2006
  Q: I was just wondering what is the best nasal spray I can use for impotance? What causes this and how ...
  A: impotence is caused by decreaesd blood flow to the penis... unable to get an erection..... we use ...
legs are unproportionately "fat"11/27/2006
  Q: I have run out of keyword phrases in searching to find out what this is for my daughter, and am ...
  A: that is a tough question to answer over the internet without seeing someone..... I would worry about ...
liver11/26/2006
  Q: I recently had a laparoscopy as I had acute pain in the area of my liver and shoulder. It revealed ...
  A: hepatitis means liver inflammation... it doesn't specify the type of hepatitis... whether from one ...
son's eye injury11/25/2006
  Q: Dr., Thank you for your response regarding our son's eye problem. My next question is: In your ...
  A: First, you would have to see an eye surgeon, ophthomolagist. Then decide whether a surgery would ...
chest11/24/2006
  Q: i am a 23 year old in generally good health with two small children. for the last month or so i ...
  A: just due to your age, it is unlikely to have a severe cardiac (heart) problem.... I would think ...
Pain in the Butt11/22/2006
  Q: Last night I had a very excruciating pain in my buttocks. It started in my butt and went to my side ...
  A: did a burst of gas come out of your bladder when you went to urinate? if so, that suggests a ...
macular scar11/21/2006
  Q: My 7 year old son was just diagnosed with a macular scar, and has 20/70 - 20/200 vision in his left ...
  A: The macula is an area on the retina (inner back side of the eyeball (globe) If this was from a ...
Flu Shot in 2 year old buttock?11/19/2006
  Q: My 2 year old got her flu shot today and the health officer gave it to her in her butt. I was ...
  A: it will work as well. These shots have to be in the muscle and in a young child, there isn't a lot ...
pinkie toe11/17/2006
  Q: I dropped a large chunk of wood on my toe and it has been two weeks and it is really sore and ...
  A: if the toe is swollen but the skin was not broken, then there would be little chance of infection. ...
hi11/17/2006
  Q: is "toxemia of pregnancy" in a 31 year old woman a reason for termination? 6 weeks pregnant what r ...
  A: toxemia is a hormonal disease of pregnancy that causes severe hypertension and then subsequently, ...
throat question11/15/2006
  Q: MY HUSBAND FEELS LIKE HE HAS SOMETHING IN THE BACK OF HIS THROAT ALL THE TIME. THEY HAVE DONE A ...
  A: I don't know what has been tried, but I would start with taking Prilosec over the counter, 20 mg ...
bed-wetting11/14/2006
  Q: Concerned about 45 yr. old male. infrequent bed-wetting, maybe 3 times a month. Divorced 6 yrs. 20 ...
  A: infrequent bed wetting in an adult raises sev questions.... is there alcohol involved... normally, ...
Dizziness and tingling after eating11/14/2006
  Q: I have been having a sensation of tingling after eating for quite a few months now, at least six. I ...
  A: if the hypoglycemia is undiagnosed... how do you know that is the problem? The general dizziness ...
pain under my left rib11/12/2006
  Q: I am in need of help.I started bleeding from my rectum back in July and that lasted for 8 days with ...
  A: with the rectal bleeding.... you should have had a colonoscopy... then if that was neg, you should ...
chest/back11/11/2006
  Q: For over a month now, my chest has been hurting. It doesn't hurt when I breathe. It hurts in the ...
  A: Chest pain in a young person is often reflux... and esophagitis... I would try zantac 150 mg twice ...
Strokes11/10/2006
  Q: My mother went to the ER on Wednesday with the following symptoms: Upset Stomach, very bad ...
  A: yes, this could certainly be an additional stroke. There isn't a specific treatment for a stroke ...
My Annoying Cough11/9/2006
  Q: I am 19 years old and I have only gone to the doctor's twice, all broken bones. I have been ...
  A: may be a chronic sinus or chest infection (mild) could be allergies... I would try some zantac for ...
toe nail11/8/2006
  Q: a heavy object fell on my big toe and now I'm losing the nail. It is 90% detached but the right side ...
  A: it will come off eventually... sometimes it is easier to pull it off, since it will keep getting ...
Question about my tongue being spotted.11/7/2006
  Q: I noticed that there is something abnormal about my tongue. Others tongue are smooth thoroughly, but ...
  A: a lot of people get coated tongues, which can be from bacterial overgrowth, esp. mouth breathers at ...
Sternum Injury11/6/2006
  Q: I am not sure if you will know the answer to this but...I am a rugby player at Grand Valley State ...
  A: If you still have pain, you may need more of an evaluation than a plain xray, which isn't great to ...
Health illness11/5/2006
  Q: I am 25 years old. All my life I have had kidney problems. I have lived and dealt with constant ...
  A: There are a lot of questions here that are complicated and I can't answer over the internet.... HPV ...
Embarrassing set of questions11/2/2006
  Q: I am so thankful for a place to ask such an embarrassing set of questions. I have been on birth ...
  A: The wetness may be a vaginal discharge. It may be "jock itch" with fungal infection in the skin in ...
Food poisoning-heart reaction10/29/2006
  Q: Is food poisoning diagnosed properly with chest xrays and partial upper body CAT scans? In other ...
  A: food poisoning is a general term, meaning poisoned by something in food... there are different ...
Erectile Dysfunction10/27/2006
  Q: I am a 54 year old man, and have been taking Hyzaar 100-25, for the last two years for blood ...
  A: the viagra has not caused a worsening of the ED. The side effects include flushing, so some people ...
warfarin and Hemocult kit10/22/2006
  Q: Borucki, I asked this question of several people: My husband is taking Warfarin and his doctor says ...
  A: the answer depends on who you ask.... motrin (nsaids) and coumadin may make someone more prone to ...
What do you know about this?10/18/2006
  Q: I recently had a procedure done at my Doctor's office to test I had sensory in my legs, the ...
  A: I have not heard of aids being passed in a doctor's office... I did hear about some purposeful ...
flu shots10/17/2006
  Q: My mother (age 52) has OCD. Her recent obsession is fear of the flu. I just found out she has ...
  A: don't worry about the thimerosal... that won't hurt her, although the behavior is a big problem.... ...
don't feel right10/17/2006
  Q: i'm 16 years old, and haven't been feeling right lately. I have been getting headaches about ...
  A: the nice thing, is that, if it is something serious, the symptoms will persist and then get worse... ...
ear odor10/16/2006
  Q: Why does my boyfriend's left ear have a terrible odor? the right one is fine...
  A: people can have a chronic infection, often from an infected oil gland... I would first try some ...
medicine and chemistry10/16/2006
  Q: hey i think my first email was wrong. So i am sending it again My question is this. I AM VERY ...
  A: if someone is going to become a clinician... a doctor who works in the real world... not research, ...
years of medicine10/15/2006
  Q: Hey I have heard that 4 yrs of college and 4 yrs of medical school you earn a MD. DEGREE. Now is ...
  A: when you finish the 4 years of med school, you have the doctorate degree, then to be certified in a ...
migraines10/14/2006
  Q: my boyfriend who is 30 has suffered with migraines since 1998, they go away for awhile then ...
  A: hopefully, he is seeing a neurologist... not a neurosurgeon. Sometimes we make assumptions when ...
Muscle enzyme10/13/2006
  Q: My arms and back feel like they want to cramp when I do any sort of lifting with them. I felt great ...
  A: yes, you will die, but probably from old age in many many years. The test was CPK and is elevated a ...
Sinus pain10/12/2006
  Q: After trying to fight sinus congestion, pain, etc. for about 3 weeks, I thought it was going away ...
  A: I don't like zpaks for true sinus infections... you can try it and add in afrin nasal spray twice a ...
Coronary Artery Disease After MI10/11/2006
  Q: Does your experience suggest that this condition can be arrested by aggressively addressing the risk ...
  A: yes, absolutely, this disease can not only be arrested, but it can be reversed... that takes ...
Sister is always sick!10/9/2006
  Q: .. I have a general question that I need an opinion on. My sister who is 32 years old is always sick ...
  A: sometimes people have allergies, or chronic sinus infections that never completely go away, ...
hello!10/8/2006
  Q: at what stage of pregnancy can loss of limbs , and down's syndrome be, seen, or predicted? what ...
  A: well, there are about 30 questions here... so I will answer a few... chorionic villus sampling or ...
Question10/7/2006
  Q: next month I will be trying to concieve via sperm donation though a bank in Washington. I've never ...
  A: The guafen would be minimally, if at all helpful.... taking Clomid is risky.... what if you come up ...
TSH10/7/2006
  Q: My wife's TSH came in at 6.91. The reference range used by the lab is .32-5.5. Does her result ...
  A: that is abnormal... and further... the range realistically should be .32 to 2.0.... a higher level ...
Tailbone Injury10/5/2006
  Q: About a year ago I fell and hit my tailbone,its never bothered me until 6 months ago after I had my ...
  A: It was probably fractured when you originally fell, and the way it healed was to have a "pseudo" ...
abdominal pain that comes and goes10/4/2006
  Q: I was wondering if appendicitis symptoms can come and go. I went on webmd and my symptoms seem to ...
  A: yes, there is a syndrome called "chronic appendicitis" where it gets a little inflamed then gets ...
Catheterization - Erection10/3/2006
  Q: I've been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and will have to have some urodynamic testing done. I ...
  A: yes, they can do it w/ an erection.... the only naked person around will be you, though.... and ...
nothing serious but would like your opinion10/2/2006
  Q: I am a 52 year old female in fair health. I certainly am not in "bad health" but would say it is ...
  A: colds are from virus' that are passed around from person to person.... sneezing in someone's face ...
Dilantin For epilepsy9/28/2006
  Q: Hav taken this drug since aout early teens. Two recent blood tests have shown level to be above ...
  A: overdose (over the upper limit) ours is 20 ng/ml... mostly sedation, off balance.... some people are ...
tubal & pregnancy9/28/2006
  Q: I had a tubal through my belly button January 13, 2000 after my last child. I have not had sex since ...
  A: may be a change... you need to check for pregnancy... a lot of times, people have tubals and were ...
Terrible itching9/25/2006
  Q: I have this terrible itching on my hands. I rub neosporin, benedryl and hydrocortisone on them ...
  A: sounds like "allergic skin" don't know if you have other allergies (asthma, runny nose, irritable ...
my eyes water9/21/2006
  Q: i am 16 now, but it all started in the 7th grade they would get red and start to get watery, i use ...
  A: it sounds like you may be having allergies... I assume that you don't use contact lenses... if you ...
dark stools9/21/2006
  Q: Iam haveing lower back pain. i belive to be kidney area. adominal pain massive burnning. ...
  A: dark stool suggests gastrointest bleeding, could also be iron supplements or pepto bismol. With the ...
vaginal itching9/20/2006
  Q: Does yeast infection cause vaginal itching/
  A: yes, absolutely.... it causes itching and/or redness and/or thick cheesy vaginal discharge... it is ...
cold sores9/16/2006
  Q: My question is not about multiples but I hope you can answer anyway! I let my 2 year old daughter ...
  A: every child or teen gets cold sores, caused by herpes type 1, not to be confused with the genital ...
Circulation / Nerves?9/14/2006
  Q: I am not sure what this is but for awhile now, off and on I'll get this weird feeling in my leg ...
  A: it sounds like sciatica, meaning the nerve going to your leg is being pinched a little, usually at ...
mri lumbar spine9/12/2006
  Q: at L5-S1, there is a broad- based disc osteophyte complex causing mild narrowing of the left lateral ...
  A: The clinical findings on the study are not an emergency.... there is nothing there that hasn't been ...
stunted growth9/12/2006
  Q: My arm span is 6 inches longer than my height could this have been caused by second hand smoke and ...
  A: It depends on how old you are... if you are past about 16, then your growthplates are closed and you ...
muscle strength and fatique9/11/2006
  Q: I am trying to learn how muscles work. Two things I am not sure about. I hope you can help me with ...
  A: muscle physiology is very complex... there are two kinds of muscles... the ones that a runner can ...
herat problem9/10/2006
  Q: belongs to pakistan,age 50 years,b.p 110/80,sugar after 14 hours fasting 120 mg/dl cholesterole 200 ...
  A: wow... talk about a hard question... you had decent lab tests, but severe coronary disease at a ...
plavix9/10/2006
  Q: I am a 52 year old female. my father not too long ago had quadruple bypass surgery and now my mother ...
  A: NO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> You need to have screening tests for these conditions, including a ...
tongue9/8/2006
  Q: Not sure if you are the person to ask but I have a problem and pain in the underneath part of my ...
  A: sometimes people can bite their tongue and have a sliver of tissue. You can also have little ...
chicken pox marks9/7/2006
  Q: My sister who is 28 is just recovering from chicken pox. she has black marks all over her body ...
  A: There isn't any magic... the key is to keep the skin moisturized, don't pick at the scabs, and if ...
pharmacology9/4/2006
  Q: sir, my question is if there is any condition in which our acid and enzyme will digest our stomach ...
  A: die immed after a big meal..... doubt it... but, stomach acid can damage tissue... people with ...
virtual office visits9/2/2006
  Q: Do you think that the traditional office visit will ever be replaced by the virtual office visit, or ...
  A: ... you are right.... I should be probably.... but who knows where technology will go.... the sky is ...
Fainting/Unconsciousness9/1/2006
  Q: I have a friend who often faints/goes unconscious. When she gets stressed she will pass out. ...
  A: that sounds very suspicious for mental illness, as opposed to some physical problem. There is a ...
Wellbutrin Questions..8/30/2006
  Q: My doctor prescribed Wellbutrin as a smoking cessation aid..I've heard that Wellbutrin can cause ...
  A: Welbutrin is fairly mild in it's side effects... and it does help with getting off cigs... but if ...
electricuted by cords8/30/2006
  Q: i was electricuted a few days ago i plugged in a cord to an extension cord and it lit up like the ...
  A: a few days ago is kind of vague... the damage to the tissue from electrical injuries happens right ...
Tetanus shots8/28/2006
  Q: I stepped on a nail which was protruding from a board..Question is should I get a tetanus shot? and ...
  A: if you had a tetanus shot 3 years ago, then you don't need a tetanus shot. Just look for increased ...
pain8/27/2006
  Q: My name is Amanda and I'm writing you because I am slightly worried about something and am curious ...
  A: with all those symptoms, something is not right, obviously.... I would make sure that you aren't ...
colonoscopy8/25/2006
  Q: I am worried that drinking a gallon of NuLYTELY will cause vomiting. I am a working singer and I ...
  A: people get nauseated from it because they drink it too fast and it stretches their small intestine ...
IBS8/24/2006
  Q: I have IBS, have diagnosed about 10 years. Sometimes I will get very bloated, I can even gain/lose ...
  A: the size comes from the large intestine expanding and bloating... the weight is most likely water ...
Question8/24/2006
  Q: how are you going? My name is Christina, and I live in Australia. Thank you for taking the time to ...
  A: that sounds typical of malnutrition... unfortunately, that happens in many many 3rd world ...
Lysol, worried8/22/2006
  Q: I have used Lysol disinfectant on our beds and pillows for sometime, I spray them lightly before ...
  A: I don't see where you have caused any harm from "fumes" or other things, but in general, you aren't ...
muscle spasm8/22/2006
  Q: I'm a 57 year old male. Every morning 10 minutes after a bowel movement I have a muscle spasm that ...
  A: The first thing is to make sure there isn't a chronic infection or mass in that area... if you saw a ...
Hernias8/21/2006
  Q: Can a hernia in the lower abdomin area cause severe pain in the lower back? My husband has had ...
  A: I don't see how a hernia can cause back pain unless bowel becomes trapped in the hernia, causing ...
Fears of 12 year old8/20/2006
  Q: My 12 year old son has fears of being alone and going to sleep at night. There has been no BIG ...
  A: if there hasn't been any big trauma in his life, or big marital discord... then reassurance, plus ...
Dizziness8/19/2006
  Q: I have been feeling really light-headed and dizzy on and off since yesterday afternoon. Was ...
  A: Sometimes people have low blood pressure, for various reasons... medications, some type of ...
blood pressure8/18/2006
  Q: my son went to the docter for his school checkup and to get his vaccines. When they checked his ...
  A: a nervous 12 year old should not elevate his blood pressure.... it should be checked multiple times ...
sunscreen8/16/2006
  Q: I am a 53 year old female who has contact dermatitis which makes my skin itchy at times. I have ...
  A: The main sunscreen is PABA--para amino benzoic acid, I think; There is another good sunscreen, that ...
numbness8/16/2006
  Q: I have numbness in my right arm....I am 33 yrs old with no major medical hx. I have been getting ...
  A: That area, sounds like a nerve is pinched at the neck level or the shoulder level... could be a disc ...
Prednisone Effects8/12/2006
  Q: I was given prednisone at the Emergency Room for a pinced nerve in my neck. The ER doctor gave me 4 ...
  A: I am not sure I would blame the prednisone for any and all of your symptoms... the shooting pain ...
Breast Pain8/12/2006
  Q: I am a realitivly healthy 31 year old woman. I have asked my doctor about this issue but he doesn't ...
  A: if something has been going on a few years, it is hard to think it is something bad, like cancer... ...
no subject8/11/2006
  Q: My 12 year old son started hanging out with a friend who has a 13 year old brother. The older ...
  A: I am less concerned about the health issues with these bruises, but much more concerned about ...
blood in urine8/10/2006
  Q: My 79-year-old father recently noticed that he has blood in his urine. There is no pain or anything ...
  A: multiple causes.... kidney stones, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, cysts on kidneys.... basically, ...
type of doctor8/10/2006
  Q: I am a 47 year old female with no real health issues that I am aware of. I do go to my gynocologist ...
  A: it depends how comprehensive your GYN doctor is... does he do thyroid and cholesterol testing? Does ...
pernicious anemia8/9/2006
  Q: Borucki I am a 42 year old female with a recent diagnosis of pernicious anemia.My question to you ...
  A: pernicious anemia is a separate illness that reflux and stomach acid problems... you don't know if ...
B128/9/2006
  Q: Last year my B12 blood work work came back reading 260 so my doctor started me on shots once a ...
  A: you aren't getting enough absorbtion... some people have partial or complete loss of ability to ...
h8/6/2006
  Q: i am a 24 y.o female who was told that i am rh negative what r the implicashuns of this? i ahd one ...
  A: if you have a child with an Rh positive father and you have had a miscarriage or a child with a ...
I blacked out on a roller coaster8/5/2006
  Q: I blacked out yesterday (August 04, 2006) while at the Six Flags in Maryland. I'm 15 years of age, ...
  A: You had a low blood pressure reaction, maybe the meds contributed and the G forces from the roller ...
Persistent Yersiniosis8/3/2006
  Q: I have been dealing with a nasty case of Yersiniosis for over three months now. I have had four ...
  A: I don't have any experience with Yersiniosis and I would defer to the specialists... Infect disease ...
swollen painful upper lip8/1/2006
  Q: Maybe I asked to many qustions for you to answer them all. I know you answer hundreds a day, but if ...
  A: the little bumps are little pus pockets from your body sending infection fighting cells to fight the ...
Elevated CPK, Protein and blood in urine8/1/2006
  Q: Are there any links to suggest kidney problems with an elevated CPK, protein and blood in the urine. ...
  A: if someone has protein and blood in the urine, you look for a primary kidney filtering problem... it ...
herpangina7/30/2006
  Q: I started work as a preschool teacher on Monday, and my daughter was there for 4 hours in a ...
  A: herpangina is a viral infection that may last 10 days, is very contagious, but usually you don't get ...
pelvic fractures7/30/2006
  Q: I was recently involved in a motorcycle accident almost a month ago and sustained numerous ...
  A: pelvic trauma is obviously very complicated and you may need to consult with a subspecialist in hip ...
non bite exposure risk of rabies7/28/2006
  Q: If I touched my dog, who is current with his rabies vaccinations,right after a fight with a racoon, ...
  A: rabies has to be contracted thru blood.... so intact skin will not contract rabies..... since you ...
burning pain7/28/2006
  Q: Okay this may seem long but I think it may help to know. Feb I had a laparoscopy for pelvic pain ...
  A: this is a complicated set of signs and symptoms and will be impossible for me to diagnose over the ...
hair loss7/27/2006
  Q: I have been loosing hair all of a sudden for a week and a half now... but way more then normal. I am ...
  A: There are some hormonal problems that can cause hair loss, low thyroid being the big one, and people ...
osteomylitis7/25/2006
  Q: My daughter had surgery 4 months ago (patella re-alignment). Shortly thereafter she became rather ...
  A: if someone has osteomyelitis and has hardware, the hardware must be removed and then a prolonged ...
dizzie spells7/21/2006
  Q: my son is 13yrs old and he has been saying when he stands up sometimes he becomes dizzie and ...
  A: that sounds like "orthostatic hypotension" meaning the body plays catch up when he gets up and the ...
vasectomy7/21/2006
  Q: Can you answer questions about vasectomy? Answer - yes, I can answer... the operation is an in ...
  A: the issue isn't how many ejaculations he has had... it is whether the operation was done ...
Pregnancy7/21/2006
  Q: I had my tubes tied almost 16 years ago, I am now pregnant.... an OH NO! what likely hood of a tubal ...
  A: a tubal pregnancy is likely, considering a tubal ligation... .probably on the order of 10-20 percent ...
Having a cervical MRI7/20/2006
  Q: What exactly is a cervical MRI? What is it used for - only cervical cancer and conditions? I have ...
  A: cervical mri... the cervix is a part of the uterus, but usually a cervical MRI pertains to the ...
belly button discharge7/20/2006
  Q: Three days ago I started having a discharge from m belly button, its white-green in colour. The ...
  A: there is no connection into the body from a belly button, but people get a local infection in the ...
poop7/20/2006
  Q: when i poop, it comes out extremely dark black. Is this normal? And it takes me a LONG time to poop ...
  A: dark black suggests there is blood in it, usually from the stomach... that should be checked for ...
nurse asking question about dad's leg pain7/19/2006
  Q: My dad has had leg pain and has started taking vicodin 10 mg for it after a cox II inhibitor did not ...
  A: taking vicodin (hydrocodone) is a narcotic... the more he takes, the more he will get used to it and ...
Liver7/18/2006
  Q: I have a problem with my liver, triglycerides,high bloodpressure and clolestral. My dr. had test for ...
  A: I don't have enough information.... Seroquel and that type of medication rarely can cause liver ...
spotted tonuge7/18/2006
  Q: i have spots on my tonuge that look like i need to brush but they dont come clean. they are mildly ...
  A: the spots are a benign occurrence of overgrotwth of bacteria on the tongue... not neccesairaly a ...
blood work7/17/2006
  Q: i had my blood work checked due to weight gain, and excessive hair loss. my labs came back with ...
  A: the hair loss blood test is the thyroid and that was normal. The wbc varies, and can be a little ...
Gout pain7/16/2006
  Q: my name is izzatbek Djureav . I am 25 years old ,i have gout pain in my left foot on big toey. it ...
  A: if it is gout, then ice won't help much... heat to promote circulation and alleve, 2 pills twice a ...
Cellulitis7/15/2006
  Q: my father was a viet nam vetran from 1968-1972 while in the service he became ill with a high fever ...
  A: fever, redness, swelling sounds like cellulitis, but the recurrences may be a parasite infection ...
Low Fever Following Cellulitis Treatment7/15/2006
  Q: I'm a healthy 32 yr old & almost 2 weeks ago, I got cellulitis from a garden-variety blister on the ...
  A: that is quite a severe skin infection from a "simple walk"... I would worry that there is persistent ...
Child eczema7/14/2006
  Q: My 7 yr old daughter was diagnosed with eczema at 6mths old and we have tried every medicine and ...
  A: eczema should not cause fever or headaches, simply skin rashes... if these are occurring, then ...
Brown Recluse bite/Tetanus7/13/2006
  Q: I was bitten by a brown recluse spider sometime around May 29 2006. I sought treatment on May 29, ...
  A: tetanus is very very very rare in this country because you had at least 5 immunizations as a child ...
Convalescence7/12/2006
  Q: Will it be better for convalescence from viral fever and genral fever to consume fresh juices of ...
  A: fruit juices are great except then, the fiber content of the products are removed.... I would try to ...
can you explain this?7/10/2006
  Q: I'm 17 and lately i've been having a headache and a sore throat. I've been feverless for the past ...
  A: usually strep throat involves a high fever and a bad sore throat. this could be a simple viral ...
lower right side pain in abdomen7/7/2006
  Q: I started my menstrual cycle on the 4 days ago, and usually end on the 5th day. Today, I woke up ...
  A: I would get it checked, and think about a urinary tract infection or a kidney stone or an ovarian ...
Conflicts between medication and vitamins7/6/2006
  Q: I am taking meds for ADHD, Adderal XR, Wellbutran and Cellexa. I take Enalapril for High Blood ...
  A: I don't see a direct conflict, but people can get weird reactions to the antibiotics... esp flagyl ...
West Nile7/4/2006
  Q: I am wondering what specific symptoms are associated with West Nile. My husband is displaying flu ...
  A: the symptoms of all the viral illnesses are vague, making it hard to pinpoint unless there are ...
sleeping medicine7/3/2006
  Q: I am a 53 year old female who started having problems sleeping after menopause. This occured in my ...
  A: the ones in the news are ambien and lunesta... people take them, especially with some alcohol and ...
Ciproflaxin - Long Term Use7/1/2006
  Q: I have taken this medication at a low level for some years for chronic prostatitis as well as ...
  A: The first thing I always question is .... is the diagnosis correct... has it been proven that you ...
Chest infectoin with assosiated muscle pain6/30/2006
  Q: My friend has the following symptoms, which are getting no better. I do not expect a diagnosis, but ...
  A: It sounds like he has a chronic respiratory infection... since he was hospitalized, and on multiple ...
Career in medicine6/27/2006
  Q: I am going to be a junior in high school in Georgia and I was considering a career in medicine. I ...
  A: Lots of questions there.... Primary care is very rewarding, but doesn't pay very well... salaries ...
abdominal discomfort6/26/2006
  Q: For the past 3 months I have been back and fourth to my gyno. I've had some abdominal discomfort ...
  A: abdominal/pelvic pain in a woman is so hard to sort out sometimes. There are so many things that ...
Rectal Bleeding6/25/2006
  Q: About twice a month I bleed from my rectum when I defecate. No pain, no blood before or after, just ...
  A: I don't see how redbull could cause bleeding in 30 minutes.... this is probably from hemorrhoids or ...
Spots on lungs6/22/2006
  Q: My husband just was told the routine physical chest x ray he had showed some spots on the edge of ...
  A: no, the lithotripsy he had for the kidneys will not do anything to the lungs. Lung nodules are ...
Cystitis6/22/2006
  Q: Question If someone has interstitial cystitis could they have urine leakage and small amounts ...
  A: that disease has many presentations, from mild symptoms to severe disabling symptoms; so you are ...
abdominal pain6/21/2006
  Q: I have had left abdominal pain for about a week and a half. I also have pain in my lower back and ...
  A: Urine output problem could be a urinary tract infection, and the pelvic pain could be a lot of ...
STD's6/19/2006
  Q: How is the herpes virus detected in men and women? Is it by a blood test? If not, can you explain? ...
  A: the best way is a culture of the active sore when someone has an active case. The blood tests are ...
Sinus problems6/18/2006
  Q: I got a cold at the beginning of this month. It went away after about a week, but ever since then I ...
  A: I don't think the lexapro has anything to do with it... this may be a chronic low level sinus ...
Omega 36/16/2006
  Q: I am taking Plavix, Toprol, and Glucovance. Can I safely take Omega 3 acids.? I have a bottle of ...
  A: Yes, you can take the Omega 3 acids... no problem. Depending on why you are on it, Plavix has ...
Fatigue/Lipitor6/10/2006
  Q: Doctor: I have been very fatigued every since my lipitor was increased about a year ago from 20 to ...
  A: there are many ways to treat cholesterol... if you are fatigued or have weak muscles or muscle pain, ...
Post cholecystectomy6/8/2006
  Q: I had a laprascopic cholecystectomy in mid March. I had a few unusual symptoms for gallbladder, ...
  A: With continued symptoms and elevated lipase, I would worry about pancreatitis, inflammation of the ...
Aches6/6/2006
  Q: I have had a sore throat, ear ache, and my whole body hurts for a month now. I don't have a fever. ...
  A: I would wonder about a chronic viral infection, like mononucleosis (mono).... it is worth getting ...
coumadin6/6/2006
  Q: What are the guidelines for surgery on a patient who is on coumadin? How long is a patient off of ...
  A: Usually the protime (PT/INR) should be normal, which will take about 5 days off medication... it can ...
conversions6/5/2006
  Q: We are using our insulin syringe to injest octreotide. The pharmacy did not convert the loo mcg ...
  A: that is not an easy question because there are multiple strengths of this medication.... it comes in ...
Shingles vaccine6/5/2006
  Q: My husband gets shingles when he's stressed. Age 30, o/w healthy. Should he get the shingles ...
  A: he gets recurrent shingles? If he gets repeated episodes, I would wonder about a: the proper ...
Dengue fever6/3/2006
  Q: I am a 17 years old adolescent who has dengue fever last year. My concerns are, will I get a second ...
  A: Dengue is a viral illness, so, there aren't antibiotics that work for it. Your body fights the ...
Radiology Test6/3/2006
  Q: I just had a cat scan done, and it says some things that concern me that I of course do not ...
  A: I don't know why you had it done, but it sounds like you could have a kidney stone. The other ...
SLOW STRESS FRACRURE ON TOP OF FEMUR5/31/2006
  Q: I have a small stress fracture on hte top of my right femur due to years of overeliance on my right ...
  A: that doesn't sound right, to have a stress fracture for "years" due to simple walking... I would ask ...
i have a friend who was on...5/31/2006
  Q: i have a friend who was on depakote among other drugs and she got pregnant and lathough some of ...
  A: There are too many questions in this note that don't have exact answers... but whether someone needs ...
Vague Illness5/30/2006
  Q: For several days, I have been feeling out of sorts and having difficulty sustaining physical ...
  A: They suggest a viral illness, which could be anything from mild upper respiratory to something like ...
Physician pay5/25/2006
  Q: Borucki, As a practicing physician, I am curious if you have opinions on/practice with different ...
  A: physician pay varies incredibly with the specialty... I am family practice, low on the pay salary ...
is it true that conception...5/25/2006
  Q: is it true that conception cannot take place during menstrushun? assuming intercourse takes place ...
  A: you are asking difficult questions... so I will give some general info... a women gets pregnant ...
spots on lungs/myopathy5/12/2006
  Q: I am 28 years old, in failry poor health(gallbladder, pancreatic and GI issues), recently my doctor ...
  A: spots on the lungs in a 28 year old are not cancer.... they may be infectious, may be inflammatory ...
Deodarant spray in classroom5/12/2006
  Q: yes I had a question about an incident that happened today, well I teach the 9th grade..and today a ...
  A: This could have been an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the deoderant or the ingredients in ...
endometrial biopsy5/11/2006
  Q: How long does the cramping last for this procedure? I had it done yesterday and I am still sore. Is ...
  A: usually people cramp the same day and possibly the day afterwards... I assume the doctor told you to ...
white cell count5/9/2006
  Q: I am a 26 year old female. I just got some blood work back. Everything is normal, except my white ...
  A: wbc being low... some people are always a little low, sometimes viral infections can "stun" the bone ...
dizziness5/1/2006
  Q: I am a 43 year old woman. I have a problem that seems to be kind of on-going. I go through spells ...
  A: Some people use cytomel along w/ synthroid... it isn't right or wrong, but I don't because of the ...
Heat/Pain in foot4/30/2006
  Q: I woke up this morning (4/30/06) and my right heel felt like it was on fire, it hurt extremely. I ...
  A: This could be a flare of lupus or could just be some plantar fasciitis, esp. if you did some ...
Mumps4/27/2006
  Q: Does a person who had the disease as a child have lifelong immunity to it? Thank you for your ...
  A: yes, they should.... the immunization may not provide lifelong immunity though.... There have been ...
Swollen ankles4/25/2006
  Q: I read the bit by Kelly. My ankles will swell as well, turn black and blue in addition. I am active ...
  A: I don't buy that stress did it... you could have some vein problems and are getting some fluid leak ...
is there any operation to...4/5/2006
  Q: is there any operation to overcome the effects of aging on the cremaster msucle , so that it will ...
  A: you are right, the cremaster helps keep the temp of the testicles and sperm a little bit lower than ...
subungual hematoma, bruise under nail.3/30/2006
  Q: After a medium hard dog bite just a quarter inch above my thumbnail cuticle five days ago, healing ...
  A: you can't tell if the nail will come off absolutely... unless there is a lot of blood under the ...
tingling in lower area of mouth3/25/2006
  Q: I asked you a couple of weeks ago about a sensation that I had with my tongue. It was sort of like a ...
  A: tongue and lower mouth sensation.... I am not sure what they did the MRI of, but could you have a ...
Husband Health3/13/2006
  Q: My husband had the flu 2 weeks ago and since then he has been very lethargic and also complains of a ...
  A: some people can get sinus infections wtih strange tastes and odors following it... sometimes oral ...
dementia3/11/2006
  Q: Is there a form of dementia in which the victim behaves rationally most of the time around everyone ...
  A: paranoia in general may be a sign of dementia, and it may be not directly specifically at you, but ...
Sinus/coughing problems3/9/2006
  Q: . Well last tuesday, Feb 28th, the I came down with a cold, or at least I thought it was just a ...
  A: This sounds like a viral infection... which means that Zithromax or other antibiotics won't do ...
Dizzyness3/9/2006
  Q: Thursday 9th March 09.37pm UK Hi, I have 2 problems with dizzyness. 1) When I am in an aeroplane ...
  A: This sounds like an acute anxiety episode... where you get a rush of adrenalin from real or ...
chemicals in lungs3/8/2006
  Q: So, the only way someone will know if they've been exposed is when they are diagnosed with lung ...
  A: basically, yes, you are right. The association between radon exposure and lung cancer was found by ...
lung cancer3/7/2006
  Q: Dana Reeve (wife of Christopher Reeve) recently died of lung cancer at the age of 44. She said that ...
  A: lung cancer rates are so low for non-smokers that there isn't a general recommendation to screen ...
Nerve damage to cheek/face3/5/2006
  Q: My husband recently fell aproximately five feet and landed on his left cheek bone in a pile of ...
  A: this may be a pinched nerve from the swelling from the injury, but he definitely needs a cat scan of ...
Prostate/gall bladder3/2/2006
  Q: I am a 65 year old male, "TURPED" five years ago,and in good health. My doctor, at a walk in ...
  A: The TUR does not remove all of the prostate and often leaves a fair amount of prostate tissue, that ...
i was anally and vaginally...3/2/2006
  Q: i was anally and vaginally raped (sodomized) and wanna know if there is any imaging that can prove ...
  A: The anal penetration can easily tear the tissues but will heal quickly... if there is a rape, then ...
Vaginal Discharge2/25/2006
  Q: I am on birth control pills, been with my husband 12 years we are both faithful. I am 27 years old, ...
  A: I am not familiar with the Rephresh product, but in general, douching or using something external ...
abdominal pain2/23/2006
  Q: I am hoping maybe you can help me. I am a 25 year old female and I have two children, one of which ...
  A: I don't see the c section from over a year ago as relevant... this sounds like it could be a urinary ...
questions about antidepressants2/22/2006
  Q: I have a couple of questions about antidepressants if you can help me. I started taking a low dose ...
  A: it is prob not doing anything at that dose..... 5mg minimum and prob 10 mg is necessary for a good ...
quick sickness2/15/2006
  Q: I am hoping you can shed some light on this situation: Sunday I had a mild headache all day. It ...
  A: the diarrhea along with the headache and chills sounds more like either a bacterial or viral ...
PAIN AT TOP OF STOMACH2/13/2006
  Q: I have on going pain at the top of my stomach, right where my ribcage meets. I was told I have Acid ...
  A: it porbably is acid reflux, but hard to tell... it could be gall bladder disease, depending on your ...
SWOLLEN LEGS2/13/2006
  Q: MY LEGS HAVE BEEN SWOLLEN ON AND OFF.(MORE ON) FOR ALMOST A YEAR. I HAVE BEEN TO A FEW DOCTORS AND ...
  A: a vascular surgeon is typically "the specialist" for this problem, but, I would stick with a primary ...
carpal tunnel2/10/2006
  Q: Doctor i have carpal tunnel in both hands, and i was wandering before i think of getting a shot is ...
  A: standard treatment are cock up wrist splints, using motrin like drugs; if that doesn't work, then a ...
Dilantin2/5/2006
  Q: While my constipation is slowly working itself by taking a ratio-Lactulose Solution in addition to ...
  A: that is true... colons can become dependent on lomotil and people may get some diarrhea or cramps if ...
NEUTROPHILS2/2/2006
  Q: MY NEUTRO have been very HIgh 7.2 and my BUN 7 for about 5 years can you tell me what all this ...
  A: BUN of 7 is normal (probably low on the scale, but doesn't indicate disease) Neutro refers to the ...
Surgery Diverticulosis & Colon Rendundancy2/2/2006
  Q: Because of this continuing problem with above what might be if any risks of this type of surgery? I ...
  A: I just finished doing a colonoscopy with diverticulosis.... I am not sure why you would have surgery ...
Pfannenstiel incision1/28/2006
  Q: I am 24, and I had a hysterectomy at the age of 22 in January 2004. I have a pfannenstiel incision ...
  A: usually those incisions don't scar much.... you must have a big dip in the tissue above, to below. ...
MRI reading1/27/2006
  Q: Could you tell me what some of this means from my MRI on knee. intensity within posterior horn ...
  A: yes, you need an orthopedist and this should be able to be helped with arthroscopy. You basically ...
bleeding1/25/2006
  Q: I am a 30 year old woman, mother of two children. I have not been using birth control pills for ...
  A: some people will miss an ovulation and it will upset the period, maybe delay it and then heavy ...
Echo question1/24/2006
  Q: I have a question about my last three echo tests. Do you know if these numbers are normal? Has the ...
  A: this is not going to give you your answer.... your MVP is mild, even though it is stretching your ...
possible side effects to cortizone injection1/23/2006
  Q: I have had a pain with my ribcage ever since a lithotripsy treatment over a year ago. I was given 2 ...
  A: I am not sure what a dibbet is, if you mean divot, then yes, sometimes cortisone can cause a little ...
Heart Attack Prevention1/19/2006
  Q: Do you have a preference between ACE Inhibitors and Calcium Channel Blockers for people who are ...
  A: good question .... very debateable... the companies are doing studies and there are benefits to both ...
cpk evaluation1/19/2006
  Q: This past weekend I went to the emergency room because I was not feeling myself. I also experienced ...
  A: .. it could come from other causes that can damage the kidneys.... if you are on any cholesterol ...
Parotid swelling1/17/2006
  Q: I am a 26 year old female and for the past 3 years I have been living with swelling of the parotid ...
  A: That is a tough one outside my level of expertise... have you been evaluated for a cystic fibrosis ...
Inguinal Hernia1/13/2006
  Q: 3 years ago, I had laparascopic surgery to repair an inguinal hernia on the right side. All is ...
  A: it could be a strain, or could be a hernia recurring... at this point, the only thing to do is to ...
antidepressants for sleep1/12/2006
  Q: As Ive mentioned to you before, I have been having a lot of sleep problems. I have a doctors ...
  A: Imipramine/tofranil; Desyrl/trazadone; but both can give a little bit of a hangover. (those are ...
arm pain from flu shot1/11/2006
  Q: I am doing online research about my problem and I came across you. I got the flu shot approximately ...
  A: Since you didn't mention swelling, I assume that it won't be a small hematoma, a bruise caused by ...
i am a 25 y.0. female i...1/8/2006
  Q: i am a 25 y.0. female i was once pregnant and the docotr siad i should return to my boyfirned ...
  A: I don't understand what "had the C rather than return to my boyfriend" means, so I can't answer ...
GABA supplements1/8/2006
  Q: I have been looking at the supplement GABA. I would like to know more about it. I have a lot of ...
  A: GABA receptors are the ones that the sleep aids stimulate to induce sleep.... however, GABA doesn't ...
Ongoing warm sensations in foot days after surgery1/7/2006
  Q: Not sure if this is within your area of expertise, but here goes: Nine days ago, I had a vaginal ...
  A: Hard to tell, both feet, it doesn't sound like gout... you could have some irritation to your low ...
B121/6/2006
  Q: I am B12 deficent and need shots every month. I was told that my intestines can not absord the ...
  A: There is a special protein that is needed to absorb B12 (intrinsic factor) and some people lose that ...
reading1/1/2006
  Q: Doctor R Borucki, Recently i m reading alot due to my studies. I m quite concerned about the light ...
  A: There isn't a min amount... people used to think you would damage your eyes; basically, the minimum ...
Hepatitus A12/30/2005
  Q: Can a person who had Hepatitus A many years ago donate organs or blood? Thank you for sharing your ...
  A: If you declare that you had Hep A on your application for donation, you will excluded. That is ...
arthritits12/30/2005
  Q: Doctor: Back in 2002 i had some back pain and an orthopedic doctor took and xray of my spine and ...
  A: You prob had some minor injury to the joint years ago and now there is some developement of chronic ...
Stuffed Ears12/29/2005
  Q: I just visited my wife's family in NY and came down with a terrible cold. After the plane ride back ...
  A: The cold caused some inflammation in the back of the throat and swelled the eustachian tube, the ...
compound fracture12/21/2005
  Q: How is a compound fracture treated. I mean how does the doctor decide how to immobilize the bone, ...
  A: compound means open, or thru the skin... so, typically, the bone and muscle and other tissues are ...
Exposure to illness12/20/2005
  Q: My father's best friend returned two weeks ago from Africa and died on Sunday from an unknown cause. ...
  A: I have tried to send this a few times and it won't go thru, but basically, don't worry... those kind ...
Diverticulosis And Sluggish Movements12/17/2005
  Q: With problem mentioned above what type of dosage of Metamucil should I be taking and how often? ...
  A: I know what you mean.... with diverticula, you can't eat enough fiber. You could take 4 metamuc ...
hernia12/16/2005
  Q: I just had a upper GI and small bowel follow through.Well it came back saying small axial hiatal ...
  A: diverticula means a little outpouching of the organ, so there is a little "ballooning" of the small ...
Croup12/14/2005
  Q: Between the ages of 2 & 4 yrs, my parents received the diagnosis that I was a victim of the Croup. ...
  A: No, not genetic, and most kids get croup (which is a viral illness) and get over it without any ...
Calcium and blood pressure12/9/2005
  Q: I want to understand how my medication works better. I was on Norvasc and just recently was ...
  A: You are over simplifying things... it is smooth muscle that controls your blood vessels... (unlike ...
B1212/8/2005
  Q: I was just told that I was B12 deficent. The doctor said my blood test showed that my red cells were ...
  A: I assume that you had the B12 level drawn also in addition to having a high MCV value (red cell ...
endoscopy12/4/2005
  Q: I had a colonoscopy and it was normal i had a positve stool culture, now i have to get an endoscopy ...
  A: Sometimes there is a little sore throat and some chloraseptic lozenge or spray may help, usually you ...
grow taller12/3/2005
  Q: I live in Canada and i am from an asian background. I was wondering is there any chance of me ...
  A: there is nothing you did wrong as far as height... the exercise won't make you taller or shorter. ...
question12/2/2005
  Q: I usually am on birth control and use condoms but the other day went with out. I had been off birth ...
  A: There aren't stats that can give you reassurance.... your window of getting pregnant is a 48 hr ...
upper right/left quadrant and back pain12/1/2005
  Q: I am 36 years old, 28 weeks pregnant and began experiencing mid to upper back pain around 18 weeks. ...
  A: Some people get so much reflux from the pregnancy that they get erosions on the back side of ...
pancreatitis11/28/2005
  Q: Have a 26 year old daughter that had to have an emergency c-section in March '05. In May had to have ...
  A: These are tough tough tough cases....chronic pancreatitis is a hard illness to treat.... did she ...
Birth Control Pills11/25/2005
  Q: . I am hoping you can help me. I have been taking ortho tricylin lo birth control pills for probably ...
  A: If you are sure you aren't pregnant, then just go ahead and start the pills, but you may not be ...
tongue bite11/25/2005
  Q: During one overeager meal, I bit my tongue deep enough to draw blood and leave a lingering gash. ...
  A: We don't sew tongue lacerations unless it is very deep or a piece is hanging off. Icing the area ...
eatingsalt11/25/2005
  Q: I have a 3 year old girl that demands to eat salt. She aquired this taste approx 2-3 weeks ago, she ...
  A: Salt craving doesn't suggest any type of physical illness. I used to love to eat bullion cube ...
Alcohol11/12/2005
  Q: Robert I am finding that as I get older,I am unable to drink as much as I used to before becoming ...
  A: It is very typical to afeel intoxicated with the same amt of alcohol as you get older. Also, if ...
bladder infections11/7/2005
  Q: I was just wondering if there are any other illnesses that can mimic the symptoms of an urinary ...
  A: tough question since you haven't described which symptoms... back pain can be musculoskeletal, ...
Exelon (Rivastigine)11/4/2005
  Q: My 79 year old mother-in-law has been on Exelon 3mg 2x day for several years. I feel she has mild ...
  A: It is hard for family members to really assess how bad someone's dementia actually is, because ...
bloating during a gall bladder attack10/25/2005
  Q: Well, the search engine just ate the question I had been typing out for you. Very frustrating after ...
  A: There isn't "extra fluids and gas" what happens is there is less movement of fluids and gas thru the ...
arthritis10/18/2005
  Q: I am a 60 yr.old man. I am in good health except for hip pain on my right side. I had xrays and the ...
  A: yes, you can have arthritis despite a normal xray... the first thing I would do is a good trial of ...
Plantar Fasciitis/painful feet10/12/2005
  Q: .. I am 35 yrs old....no past history of any medical conditions. I went to my Family doc. because ...
  A: The plantar fascia is the tough hide under the skin, attaching the forefoot bones to the heel... ...
Pulmonary Hypertension10/11/2005
  Q: I was wondering if the (Tricuspid) Right Ventricle Systolic Pressure could determine pulmonary ...
  A: The right side of the heart produces relatively low pressures, typically up to 40, usually around 25 ...
Bird Flu10/11/2005
  Q: I have a few questions regarding Avian Influenza: 1. Once a person is infected, what's the actual ...
  A: The cause of death is usually multi-organ failure as a result of the high fevers and of the ...
follow up to blood in stool10/10/2005
  Q: Doctor: is it possible that a daily dose of 325mg of aspirin taken for cardiac prevention purposes ...
  A: It could, but if you are really trying to be healthh conscious, then this is the screening test, ...
fiber supplements10/8/2005
  Q: I was wondering if taking a product like Benefiber is really equal to eating foods that are rich in ...
  A: Benefiber is a good product, but, as with all, it is hard to get enough fiber in our diets no matter ...
low hematocrit10/6/2005
  Q: I have a 17 year old daughter who has a low hematocrit. She is otherwise healthy. Her pediatrician ...
  A: Well, you can tell her to stop having periods, but that probably won't work. (that was a joke, in ...
Frequent Urination10/5/2005
  Q: It's been about a 2 monthS now that I've had mild urinary urgency and frequency. It started off ...
  A: urgency and frequency has many causes, the common ones are urinary infections. With all this, it is ...
leg cramp9/29/2005
  Q: I am a active 38 year old womanwho walks 1-2 miles a day. I have recently noticed a lump on the ...
  A: a lump out there can be a few different things... an enlarged part of a vein, usually you can tell ...
Are these harmful?9/29/2005
  Q: I am a huge fan of Pantene, but today I heard something rather alarming. Three of the chemicals ...
  A: You certainly wouldn't want to inject or swallow large amounts of these chemicals... the question ...
faint red lines on fingernails9/29/2005
  Q: While clipping my nails today, I discovered faint red lines running from the cuticle to end of ...
  A: This does not set off any red flags... if the lines are in the nail itself, it would have had to be ...
Echocardiogram9/24/2005
  Q: I had a question about what the numbers could indicate on my new echo test which seemed to differ ...
  A: I can't answer that question without a lot of other information. I would need the whole echo report ...
Hypothyroidism9/19/2005
  Q: I have been recently taking medication for a thyroid condition (hypothyroidism), and I want to have ...
  A: No, an endocrine doctor would be the appropriate specialist to see. If your doctor found it on a ...
upper arm it throbs with severe pain and is relieved9/14/2005
  Q: my right upper arm sometimes i have very little or no strength in it and can't it lift more than a ...
  A: It is hard to tell from your description but sounds like some bursitis in the shoulder. With it ...
hi, i am 18 yrs old and i...9/13/2005
  Q: i am 18 yrs old and i have gilbert syndrome. i also have leukopenia and gasritis. (h.pylorai)Am I ...
  A: Gilbert's is a nothing disease.... only if it causes itching is it significant. Gastritis is a ...
Hiv Transmission9/11/2005
  Q: What if it was not dry? I am not sure if it was or not. Thanks. Followup To Question - Can you ...
  A: you can get a lot of info on this issue for aids, hep c, hep b from www.cdc.org if it is wet blood, ...
IBS HELP9/9/2005
  Q: I am a 27 year old female, I have had IBS for about 10 years. Every once in a while I get it really ...
  A: It sounds like more than simple IBS... often there is some urge incontinence associated with IBS... ...
Arm injury during bench press9/8/2005
  Q: About a year ago I injured my left arm while bench-pressing with my son. It was very painful. For ...
  A: A plain xray will not diagnose a rotator cuff tear. It sounds like that is what happened, and if ...
Urine9/7/2005
  Q: I was wanting to know why would there be a fowl smelling odor coming from your urine? There is not ...
  A: Could be a urine infection, could be excessive vitamins, or some aromatic foods, like asparagus.... ...
anemia9/3/2005
  Q: I was told that I have anemia, my red blood cells are very small. I am taking iron three times a ...
  A: Anemia is a sign.... meaning it isn't a disease in itself... when you say your red cells are small, ...
Severe swollen ankles8/30/2005
  Q: Robert, I am 25 years old and I have been having problems with my ankles swelling for a little over ...
  A: Well, it isn't normal, but obviously it is a toughie to diagnose.... it looks like your family doc ...
Is this Chest X-ray Result Suggestive of CHF?8/26/2005
  Q: I would like to know if an elderly patient that has bronchitis like symptoms and is feeling ...
  A: It depends on the patient's clinical status..... this type of patient is hard to figure out ...
health coverage8/25/2005
  Q: I'm looking for basic health insurance with out dealing with any claim forms - can I get that from a ...
  A: there are never any plans that don't use standard claim forms; you are asking for something that ...
sorbitol8/23/2005
  Q: Would an intolerance of sorbitol cause vomiting. My son has been vomiting for over a year. GI ...
  A: I doubt sorbitol intolerance... that would be very unusual. I would look towards reflux or some ...
Reading a CT ABDOMEN8/20/2005
  Q: Could you explain what this CT means.It is worded so only a doctor understands but I would like to ...
  A: Cat scans are pretty good at detecting some tissue differences. A lot of people have cysts in their ...
air sickness8/19/2005
  Q: Last time I was on a airplane I got a upset stomach. Is it better to eat and have a full stomach or ...
  A: It is good to have a little food on your stomach, also some type of beverage... you don't want to go ...
essays in med school8/14/2005
  Q: I hope I'm finding you in the best of health.I have one final question that will make up my decision ...
  A: Not that I know of for plain medical school. We didn't have to write essays for the MCATS, but med ...
Doctor8/12/2005
  Q: I feel I am too old to continue going to my pediatrician. What is the name of the type of doctor i ...
  A: I would ask friends and family for recommendations for a family practitioner in your area.... I am ...
epiglottis8/10/2005
  Q: I've had a sore throat for a few weeks. When looking in the back of my throat with a flashlight in ...
  A: It sounds like you have a sore throat, a bacterial or viral infection of that area. Epiglottitis is ...
Blood in sputum8/10/2005
  Q: My husband woke this morning and said he had blood in his mouth and continued to cough up blood. We ...
  A: Coughing up blood is a potential sign of throat or lung cancers, BUT, the vast majority of people ...
Yellow Tongue8/7/2005
  Q: I keep getting this bright yellow coating on my tongue. It goes away if I scrub at it with a ...
  A: Most of the time it is an overgrowth of bacteria or fungus, especially if someone had been on ...
vomiting and diarrhea in a child8/6/2005
  Q: My grandson has been sick now for 8 days. The odd thing is, he only vomits during the night, or in ...
  A: I agree to let it run it's course, but other considerations are reflux disease (kids get acid reflux ...
help me please8/5/2005
  Q: I have had this strange full of air feeling from my throat up into my ears that seems hot and puffs ...
  A: If these symptoms are longstanding, it sounds like "globus" where the muscles tighten up and it ...
Body Odor8/4/2005
  Q: I am 19 years old and I have a chronic problem. My entire life I have had a terrible body odor. I ...
  A: You should be checked to make sure you don't have a fungal infection under arms, or crotch, etc ...
vicodin8/3/2005
  Q: My father in law has bladder cancer that is confined to the bladder. he is 75 years old. He will ...
  A: Vicodin is a low/moderate level oral narcotic. It is "habit forming" which means if he is taking it ...
Heel Cut8/2/2005
  Q: I've got a deep cut on my heel. It was cut because I stepped on a lid to a can of fruit. I went to ...
  A: Your dates list August 18-23.... I assume you mean July, or did this happen a year ago? Anyways, ...
unusual complication7/30/2005
  Q: Doctor: About a year ago i traveled from PA to san diego and on the plane i most likely caught a ...
  A: A thrush infection should not occur unless you are an infant, or have been on antibiotics for a long ...
Acidophilus and other supplements7/28/2005
  Q: I am have psoriasis and am taking supplements like curcumin. Is there any info out there on what ...
  A: I think you are wasting your money on all the supplements because there is no medical objective ...
knees,ankles,calfs7/25/2005
  Q: I have this constant aching in my ankles, knees and my calfs hurt. When I am sitting on the couch ...
  A: You didn't specify your age but I always worry about circulation problems, also general tests for ...
staph7/24/2005
  Q: i'm a 19 year old girl with staph bacteria. i usually (every hour or so) get a sore throat and, ...
  A: first of all, stop freaking out....... you don't have a weakened immune system unless you have had ...
natural mineral water intolerance7/24/2005
  Q: I am a 56 yo male living and working in the So CA desert. I work in the community of Desert Hot ...
  A: I have not heard of this at all, and, really question the relationship between your symptoms and the ...
elbow pain7/21/2005
  Q: I slammed a door rather hard becasue the lock doesn't catch. When I did this I seemed to have, for ...
  A: Sounds like a hyperextension injuey.... these can be annoying. Give it a month at least, with ...
Blood pressure meds and urination7/20/2005
  Q: I am a 46 year old female with high blood pressure. I take Spironolactone (50 mg twice daily) and ...
  A: It may mean you have a low volume bladder and the diuretics just make you go even more. You may be ...
Epigastric pain of unknown origin7/20/2005
  Q: I understand that, in general, the types of questions like the one I am about to ask are impossible ...
  A: It is always tough to diagnose intermittent abdominal pain, especially in women. This could be ...
grey hair7/19/2005
  Q: I started getting grey hair about 6 years ago. I'm 38 m. I have about 50 grey hairs. Sometimes I ...
  A: We don't know why people get grey... definitely part is genetics, stress may play a role, and some ...
Supplimentary health insurance7/10/2005
  Q: My father(80 years old) has limited income and no assetts. Is it necessary for him to have the ...
  A: If he has no income and no assets, he may be eligible for medicaid, which is for indigent people, ...
Rabies7/9/2005
  Q: I just read this: Can Rabies be transmitted by a secondary object? Rabies has never been ...
  A: Well, same issue.... If you ate a piece of rabies,you would not get it. It has to get into your ...
Pap Test Result6/30/2005
  Q: My 15 year old step daughter had an abnormal pap, she was told to come back in three months to have ...
  A: HPV and gen warts are the major cause of abnl paps and precancerous lesions. This is pre-cancer-it ...
ssri drugs6/29/2005
  Q: I was on Zoloft for about 2 years for panic disorder and have been off it now for about 4 months, ...
  A: which drugs and what receptors is a long discussion. The true serotonin drugs like prozac, paxil, ...
bladder cancer6/27/2005
  Q: My father is 75 and we just found out he has bladder cancer. He has a huge tumor in his bladder and ...
  A: It sounds like it has spread into the surrounding tissue, which would make a surgical cure very ...
injury to neck6/26/2005
  Q: I was recently treated for depression and suicidal behavior. A few days ago I tried to hang myself ...
  A: chances are that if you are ok a couple of days afterwards, then there was no serious damage, but ...
red line of dots under both eyes6/15/2005
  Q: I went to a chiropractor today for treatment of back & neck injury due to car accident. When I got ...
  A: Sounds like broken tiny blood vessels. Sometimes people get them from vomiting and wretching or ...
23 monthold excessive thirst6/15/2005
  Q: My daughter has had frequent episodes of diarrhea since 7 weeks old despite this she has been off ...
  A: Certainly it isn't normal for the head circumference to rise rapidly, out of proportion to the other ...
skin6/9/2005
  Q: I am not sure if this is something I should be concerned about or not. About 2 weeks ago I noticed a ...
  A: It sounds like an allergic reaction, inflammatory reaction to something that touched it... poison ...
Should i use this fade cream or not..kindly help.6/5/2005
  Q: http://www.awanshine.com/, in this website there is a cream called "Awanshine Fade cream". ...
  A: The fade creams that work the best are prescription only, and they work slowly. You also have to ...
Digestive question6/3/2005
  Q: I could not find a category that is specific to digestive problems that is unrelated to ibs or ...
  A: Some of the caplets or meds will have a casing that slowly opens up and lets out the meds, but does ...
Height5/26/2005
  Q: My name is Joe and I am 20 years old, 21 in August, I am 5'6". I am very sensitive about my height ...
  A: I don't know why he said that. I would not have said that. If you are fixated on growing, there ...
mothers kidney functions5/25/2005
  Q: Doctor: My mother is age 65 and has been taking lithium for 13 years, her family doctor and ...
  A: The creatinine only estimates kidney function. If your mom weighs 80 lbs, wih a creat of 1.6, that ...
are you an ER doctor?5/24/2005
  Q: Are you an ER doctor? I'm doing a report on an ER doctor.If so email me back,please. Answer - I am ...
  A: 1) most small ER's in South Carolina require only a permanent license, sometimes ACLS 2) average ...
Clot5/23/2005
  Q: A few years ago, I had a DVT and Pulmonary Embolism. I also had a Greenfield Filter implanted. I'm ...
  A: Since this was done a few years ago, I don't think that it hurt you. But, in general, I wouldn't ...
seroma formation5/17/2005
  Q: I am a 45 year old female whom due to osteoarthritis had a total hip replacement April ...
  A: A seroma just means that there was a space where your normal liquids part of your blood (plasma or ...
IBS5/17/2005
  Q: first a little history, I have IBS, I have had it for along time. Recently I have been bloated and ...
  A: Bloating can be from the metamucil fiber. The constipation could be from low thyroid also. I would ...
coughing5/16/2005
  Q: I have used prescrption 'Hydrotuss' and prescription 'tussin-ac.' I used hydrotuss last yr for a ...
  A: These cough meds contain hydrocodone, which is a moderately strong narcotic. There are no stronger ...
Nail Injury5/16/2005
  Q: I recently slammed my nail in a heavy hotel door. Now the bottom half of my nail is discolored and ...
  A: This is called a subungual hematoma, a bruise underneath the nail. Usually, we try to relieve the ...
High Fever5/13/2005
  Q: My neice has a fever of 102.1 and last night 102.8. I have been giving her Tylnol per her mother ...
  A: First, you should try and figure why she has the fever... is it strep throat, pneumonia, a virus, or ...
sweating/cooling5/7/2005
  Q: I know this may not be your specific area, but I thought you might have a thought to share. My ...
  A: The welder/salt trick is because of sweating and salts, not overheating. I am not aware of why ...
Overdue Period5/7/2005
  Q: I'm 30 yrs old and have 2 children aged 4 and 7 years old. My period has always been regular, ...
  A: As long as you aren't pregnant, it doesn't matter if you miss a period. I wouldn't run to the doctor ...
Lumbar MRI5/5/2005
  Q: I am having an MRI of my back,the lumbar region. What will that MRI pick up? If there are other ...
  A: MRI is very good at differentiating tissues, even if they are the same basic density, which would be ...
Eustachian Tube Syndrome4/26/2005
  Q: I was diagnosed with Eustachian Tube Syndrome. I have had disturbing symptoms such as fullness and ...
  A: Yes, these symptoms can be consistent with a blocked E.T. And, airplane rides can worsen it. The ...
Height4/26/2005
  Q: My name is Joe and I am 20 years old, 21 in August. I am 5'6" and very sensitive about my height. I ...
  A: What was suggested is perfectly safe. Unfortunately, it is perfectly useless also. It won't ...
Bloating4/26/2005
  Q: Borucki My question is about abdominal bloating. I am a 37 yr old female who in the past few years ...
  A: That low abd fat tends to linger on even when someone loses some weight. That is usually the last ...
Too much jello4/25/2005
  Q: I am 21 years old and I love to eat jello. I eat it every night. I heard recently that jello some ...
  A: although that is true, eating jello every single night will not give you enough growth hormone for ...
Diverticulosis4/25/2005
  Q: I find more and more with this condition despite drinking liquids and taking Metamucil or other ...
  A: Diverticulosis is kept from being diverticulitis, or bleeding by keeping the bowel movements soft ...
aciphex4/25/2005
  Q: I have been diagnosed with GERD. My ER trip that told me this prescribed aciphex (40mg once a day as ...
  A: aciphex and protonix are basically equivalent... they work equally well. If you were waking up from ...
mmr and chicken pox4/25/2005
  Q: This may not be your area, but as i am finding, little or no information seems to exist with respect ...
  A: First, I don't believe he has all those illnesses simultaneously. He just has the chicken pox and ...
burn on 6 year old4/24/2005
  Q: How would i know if there is a 3rd degree componant..from what i read the 3rd degree doesnt ...
  A: 3rd degree burns don't hurt, the problem is there is 2nd degree burns around it that do hurt. If ...
How do we get sick?4/15/2005
  Q: I was just wondering how people get sick with common illnesses such as throw-up flu, colds, etc. ...
  A: flu, colds, coughs, from getting in people's faces, coughing, rubbing noses and shaking hands. GI ...
General surgery?4/12/2005
  Q: I am currently going to a colorectal surgeon for treatment of an anal fissure, and I noticed in his ...
  A: it is a long story, but.... you pick your specialty near the end of med school, and then there is ...
EMG TEST4/8/2005
  Q: I have degenerative disc disease with narrowing of spinal canal. Neck,shoulders ache.Arm weakness ...
  A: This is too complicated to answer without a lot of additional information. What they were looking ...
swollen lip4/5/2005
  Q: I need your help! This has happened to me twice in the past week. All of a sudden my lower lip ...
  A: Since it comes up quickly and goes away very quickly, it isn't a herpes infection or other ...
Treating an Infection4/2/2005
  Q: Borucki, I was recently at my dentist's office because I was having a toothache in my upper right ...
  A: Well, I guess the dentist could have RX the antibiotics for sinus infections, but, it is probably ...
information3/30/2005
  Q: Doctor: I am wandering if i might not have Chronic Fatigue Sndrome, I feel washed out most days, i ...
  A: CFS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that if you have certain signs and symptoms and no other ...
Post Thrombotic Syndrome3/26/2005
  Q: I had a pulmonary embolism. Then, 8 months later, I had a DVT. While in the hospital for the DVT, I ...
  A: It probably is permanent... the veins have been damaged in that leg and the pressures in the ...
Women problems3/24/2005
  Q: Just wanted to know if you have ever heard of a condition called adenomyoisis? This has something ...
  A: Yes, don't know much about it... it means having uterine lining tissue that is normally inside the ...
Mother's meds3/24/2005
  Q: My mother is 86 and recently (3 months or so ago) was put on both Monopril Hct (10/12.5)for high ...
  A: Actos doesn't have anything to do with it. She may have some hardening of the arteries which ...
My baby son's penis3/23/2005
  Q: Borucki, My son is six-mo old and he had circumcision right after birth. Everything seemed okay ...
  A: I hope you are using the wrong terminology.... the scrotum is the sack that holds the testicles... ...
spots on lungs3/21/2005
  Q: My sister.was a smoker. until last week .she has been coughing,and coughing.up phleem.for over a ...
  A: Being a smoker makes you more prone to bronchitis and pneumonia. It also makes you more likely to ...
Cervical MRI3/21/2005
  Q: I am having constant headaches,arm weakness,tingling in both hands,ankles and legs ache and back is ...
  A: The spinal cord comes down from the brain, then sends off nerves which travel thru the foramina to ...
knee3/20/2005
  Q: I'm 39 m and sometimes my left knee has a slight burning feel and I was wondering what test or ...
  A: A slight burning feeling....if it is slight, I am not sure I would recommend any testing. Is it bad ...
side effects of blood pressure and cholesteral meds3/19/2005
  Q: Borucki, My husband (42 years old) has been taking Benicar and Lipitor for approximately 2 months. ...
  A: he should have multiple BP checks which can be done several ways.... at a doctors, pharmacy or home ...
swelling3/18/2005
  Q: What would cause swelling in my ankle and continue up to my knee? No injury.
  A: Tough question without a lot of other info.... could be a blood clot in that leg. Could be a ...
How can both of these be true?3/14/2005
  Q: I have been doing hiv/aids research. There is much talk about how kissing does not pose much of a ...
  A: Good question.... first of all, if you think someone has HIV, then you should not do any more than ...
Diverticulitis Pain vs. Prostatitis pain3/12/2005
  Q: I am apparently dealing with a an attack of both at moment. Not unusual for me at times. I have ...
  A: It could be either, but prostate tends to give low rectal pain andbackpain, as well as dysuria. ...
sinuses and the neck3/12/2005
  Q: Mr.Borucki,About every 3 to 4 weeks I manage to throw out my neck and its always something as simple ...
  A: I don't know if you had a severe neck injury in the past, like a car accident with neck pain for a ...
The whole story, what do you think?3/10/2005
  Q: I am a bit paranoid about catching HIV, I am so paranoid that when my Husband's 15 year old Daughter ...
  A: The doctor would think you are nuts...... BUT.... if you worry about it, and lose sleep over it, ...
pink eye3/9/2005
  Q: There are presently large numbers of students in our high school with pink eye.(bacterial) There has ...
  A: That is always an interesting topic... because, pink eye is almost ALWAYS viral, which means that ...
Vitamins3/7/2005
  Q: I hope you are doing well today. I am 26 years old, live in Miami, and suffer pretty badly from ...
  A: a lot of people hope that simply taking a vitamin will help.... it will only if you are vitamin ...
Abdomen Anatomy3/6/2005
  Q: Dr. Borucki, I am just a little confused by anatomy. I know the stomach is really in the upper ...
  A: The anatomy obviously is very complicated.... if you were able to remove the skin, then remove the ...
Very painful skin patches, and link to fibromyalgia3/4/2005
  Q: Borucki, A couple of years ago my sister was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This was after being ...
  A: I don't know what the skin sensitivity represents... that is not commonly found in fibromyalgia. ...
Vitamin B-12 and folic acid3/3/2005
  Q: I would appreciate your opinion about supplementing diet with B-12 and Folic Acid. I am 53, my wife ...
  A: It probably won't hurt, but people normally have OK levels of B12, and if they don't, then oral B12 ...
CPK elevation3/3/2005
  Q: can you tell me what the significance is of an elevated CPK? I recently had mine tested and the ...
  A: That is a minimal elevation.... sometimes exercise can do that to someone. We do it often to make ...
Piercing3/2/2005
  Q: Teens pierce eachothers ears, and share earrings, etc. Can AIDS be caught this way? Is there ...
  A: Theoretically, sharing the pierced jewelry, esp after initial piercing can spread blood borne ...
strange bulging3/2/2005
  Q: I know I am not supposed to ask "symtom questions", but I was wandering if you could help. I am 27 ...
  A: Bulging in the lower abdomen suggests that you might have a hernia, meaning a defect in the ...
Who is right?2/27/2005
  Q: I have been have gas and heartburn which is not too uncommon since I have IBS. But I also have been ...
  A: I think that is probably a little high for GB disease, and usually GB disease has pain in the front ...
Tacheal Stenosis2/26/2005
  Q: My son is two and a half Tetrology of Fallot, he was intubated for l0 weeks duration starting when ...
  A: I don't think there is a single best person in the country.... I would have him seen by a children's ...
Any advice for gas?2/24/2005
  Q: I have IBS, lately I have been having bad gas, belching and pain in the right back when I breath, ...
  A: If you have the constipation predominant IBS, then this new drug, Zelnorm, really helps. If it is ...
Trying to go on time2/24/2005
  Q: I used to have a bowel movement like clockwork 'almost' everyday in the morning. I now cant seem to ...
  A: Sometimes resetting your bowel habits with a harsh laxative, like Dulcolax will do it... take it the ...
Blood Clots2/21/2005
  Q: I have IBS which is really bothering me the last couple of days. The problem is constipation. I ...
  A: You are concerned about blood clots just because they could occur.... you aren't at particularly ...
hyperthyroidism2/18/2005
  Q: For this reason i frequently have my thyroid levels tested-including the antibody testing.-as recent ...
  A: Well, on one side, you are right, thyroid problems frequently go undiagnosed in people because ...
Inguinal Hernia Recovery2/16/2005
  Q: I am 38 and pretty active (exercise 3-5 times a week). I had the Inguinal Hernia repair with mesh ...
  A: 10 weeks means that you can pretty much do whatever you want... it may not be completely healed or ...
cholesterol test2/14/2005
  Q: Could you please tell me whether blood drawn from pricking a finger will give will give just as ...
  A: Yes it will.... blood is blood.... if it is a reliable machine that will yield accurate results.... ...
persistent cough2/7/2005
  Q: My husband has had a persitent cough as long as I have known him. That's about 21 years. He sounds ...
  A: I would start out w/ primary care, family practice, internal medicine. May get a referral to ...
My mother thinks that there...2/1/2005
  Q: My mother thinks that there is a difference between bottle-feeding and drinking milk through a cup ...
  A: It doesn't matter how they drink, as long as they get the same amount of nutrition.... I am not sure ...
small bowel dilation2/1/2005
  Q: X-rays of my small intestine, using Gastrograffen, have shown some dilated sections. I use enterral ...
  A: This is a very complicated situation and a complicated question... Without knowing why the feeding ...
Frequent Urination1/30/2005
  Q: I have been to my dr. a couple times in the past few weeks for very frequent urination, being much ...
  A: This happens to me with patients complaining of urinary frequency, but have negative urinalysis, and ...
bones1/28/2005
  Q: I have noticed lately that I have to "crack" my hip bone alot. Does this mean I'm taking in too ...
  A: No, this doesn't have to do with oral calcium. It has to do with some bursitis, inflammation in the ...
What do you think?1/26/2005
  Q: I am wondering if people really need antibiotics for things like ear infections, sinus infections, ...
  A: I don't think you can generalize with all those infections.... however, these infections were always ...
Childrens Immunizations1/25/2005
  Q: I am worried about the presevatives in immunizations such as mercury, aluminum etc accumulating in ...
  A: There are minimal if any amounts of heavy metals in immunizations. As far as laws, it will be ...
General Question about "stomach flu"1/24/2005
  Q: Dr. Borucki, Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking a few general questions about what is commonly ...
  A: Stomach flu is typically a gastrointestinal virus, spread by food/hand contact from person to ...
Cough1/23/2005
  Q: My wife has cough for almost 2 years every since the birth of our son. Some doctors are saying that ...
  A: A chronic cough is either a chronic infection, allergies, or reflux. It can also be a wierd ...
lymph nodes1/22/2005
  Q: I developed a swollen lymph node behind my ear 10days ago and now another one just behind my earlobe ...
  A: Overwhelmingly, you do not have cancer...... it is very common to develop lymph node swelling ...
Diverticulosis & Metamucil1/21/2005
  Q: I am finding at times like now where diverticiculosis can cause some discomfort as well as loose ...
  A: 2 tsp daily is a pretty low amount.... if you are getting a little loose in the BM dept, I would ...
blood sugar test1/21/2005
  Q: I just have a quick question. I had a physical last week and just got my test results back - ...
  A: not to be concerned. The new guidelines have tightened up what we consider "normal." It used to be ...
weight loss medical treatment1/21/2005
  Q: sir I am under weight reduction treatment -laptose(wel known anti obesity drug siburtimine 10 mg per ...
  A: I would not emergently treat the BP... if it goes up, and stays up, then contact the doc for ...
Multi-viatims?1/19/2005
  Q: "Hello I'm 19 years old and male, i just started taking Centreum Performance multi-vitamins once ...
  A: No harm in taking normal doses of vitamin supplements. My position has always been, young, healthy, ...
Prednisone1/16/2005
  Q: I am a physical therapist on this site and would like some answers concerning Prednisone...dear ...
  A: I am not worried about the man catching something because of sex with the woman who is on ...
Swollen lymph nodes1/14/2005
  Q: Borucki, My daughter lymph nodes on the right side are very swollen, no other signs of illness. She ...
  A: Thelymph nodes coming and going sounds like a viral illness, on and off. As long as they don't ...
pregnancy - period issue1/7/2005
  Q: I don't know if this is your area or if you can answer this but I thought I would give it a shot. ...
  A: If someone continues to pump milk or breastfeed, it may suppress their period for as long as they ...
Normal?1/4/2005
  Q: my family recently got a nintendo gamecube. (A game you play on your tv) The guys can sit on that ...
  A: This is pretty common.... the visual stimulation from these games is getting more and more active, ...
thickening of stomach lining?1/2/2005
  Q: could you please tell me how to find info on what causes a thickening of stomach lining? is it ...
  A: Thickening of the stomach lining is typically caused by some type of inflammation, meaning that ...
Ileostomy output and fluid retention12/27/2004
  Q: I am in hospital and ON jejunal feeds at 35ml hour with tpn 33ml hour. Only other input is water ...
  A: This is a tough one to make a call, since it is so complicated, but in those cases, I try to take a ...
Blood Clot?12/26/2004
  Q: I am 26 year old female on Birth Control Pills. Because of the increased risk of blood clots ...
  A: No, doesn't sound like a blood clot. The SX of a blood clot should be swelling, pain, warmth, ...
Screening12/26/2004
  Q: A company called Life Line Screening, is coming to our town. They offer 3 screening (Stroke/carotid ...
  A: I have had a lot of my patients have this ultrasound screening.... as is typical with screening ...
Sore throat12/24/2004
  Q: Robert, First, happy holidays. My question(s) is this.. I developed a very sore throat and had ...
  A: Ahhhh, the old sore throat discussion.... 9/10 sore throats are viral, 1/10 are strep throat. The ...
Breast Sore12/23/2004
  Q: Two days ago I woke up with a large lumpy sore on the outside of my left breast. It is hot and angry ...
  A: It sounds like a little abscess, infection. You should be on antibiotics for this, so you should ...
tendons12/22/2004
  Q: dOCTOR: I have an issue with what i think is called the paroneal tendons on the side of my leg, i ...
  A: There are a couple other tricks.... some non-drug tricks are to ice it down at night- ice cubes in a ...
I'm not really sure if I am...12/18/2004
  Q: I'm not really sure if I am asking a question you can answer but I got a call from my best friends ...
  A: I don't know if I have enough information to make a call on this one. Since this is one of your ...
medication Question12/18/2004
  Q: Ihave a question regarding weaning off my antidepressants. I have been taking Remeron (Zispin) 30mg ...
  A: First of all, you should be doing this with the blessing of your treating physician. But, for ...
Humidifiers and Vaporizers12/16/2004
  Q: What is the difference between these two devices. For what symptoms / conditions do I use one or the ...
  A: Humidifiers increase the percent of water in the air, vaporizers cause liquid water to be sprayed ...
Bruising and Blood Spots12/16/2004
  Q: I had a DVT (clot) in my right leg 2 years ago. I had a Greenfield Filter implanted. The MD ...
  A: The usual rule for an uncomplicated DVT is to anticoagulate for 6 months. If there is an underlying ...
Germ Phobic12/13/2004
  Q: I am a bit paranoid on germs. Recently we had a female guest in our house. She has been gone about ...
  A: No, you can't catch bacterial infections that way.... as long as the applicator, if one was used, ...
VAGINAL TASTE12/12/2004
  Q: ....! My name is PAUL.Am a 23 yr old boy wanting to know more about female sexuality.Let me tell ...
  A: Not sure what your experience was, but in general, women's vaginal secretions are slightly acidic, ...
Leg cramps12/9/2004
  Q: I'm a 53 year old male, 5'8" approx 225lbs. Daily diet. 5 days a week apple, orange, banana and ...
  A: If you are sure it was in the thigh, meaning a muscle cramp, then you might try some over the ...
GENERAL12/5/2004
  Q: "i have not had my period for two months now going on three i have taken pregnacy tests but they ...
  A: With breast tenderness and lack of periods, I would still worry about pregnancy. The best test is ...
red patch on skin *e-mail address corrected, please see below NOT a duplicate***12/1/2004
  Q: I got an e-mail from you saying you have answered the question already but I mis-spelled my e-mail ...
  A: Basically, I said that a sore that lasts this long could be a prolonged cold sore (herpes simplex ...
black and blue marks without feeling.12/1/2004
  Q: and thank you. my 13 year old son gets these black and blue marks all over his body (some very ...
  A: With black and blue spots all over.... these probably represent bruises... it suggests a possible ...
red patch on skin12/1/2004
  Q: I have this small red patch on my face, below my nose and above my lip that is quite annoying. It's ...
  A: couple bits of information might make me change my mind, but a non-healing ulcer on the lip could be ...
Inflammation in body11/30/2004
  Q: What causes inflammation in your body. I have had tests and they show inflammation in my ...
  A: Inflammation all over could be a large viral infection, could be one of the auto-immune diseases ...
Water table/ Sand tables in classrooms11/28/2004
  Q: I am hoping you may be able to inform me of any risks that are associated with sand tables/ and ...
  A: I guess you mean a little tray that kids play in.... I have not seen any problems with transmission ...
swollen finger11/28/2004
  Q: My boyfriends left index finger swells and hurts about once every month or so. He refuses to see a ...
  A: If it swells around the nail, it may be an ingrown nail. If it is along one of the joints, then I ...
Dengue11/28/2004
  Q: I have a sore throat, a 39.5 to 40 degree fever, muscle and joint pain. I was told to take ...
  A: ST, fever, sounds more like strep throat... Dengue is sooooooo rare, that I would seriously doubt ...
Dizzy Spells11/27/2004
  Q: I am having constint on and off dizzy spells, and nausia at the same time. I have had it more then ...
  A: Dizzy/nausea after eating.... if it is right after, makes me think of gall bladder disease, or ...
Heart attack11/27/2004
  Q: In the last three month three people have died very young of heart attacks, all pretty much in the ...
  A: No.... cold symptoms have nothing to do w/ heart attacks.... some people have atypical heart ...
heart11/26/2004
  Q: About 2-3 times per month, my heart has an irregular heart beat. It's sort of hard to describe, but ...
  A: It is very common to have irregular heart beats..... as long as the heart itself is normal, meaning ...
Not sure you can answer11/25/2004
  Q: I am wondering when a young person is brought to a hospital and dies, (age 36) if the hospital makes ...
  A: When I work in the ER, if someone came in and dies, either just prior to getting there or in the ER, ...
Leg Cramp11/25/2004
  Q: In 2002, I suffered a DVT in my right leg. I was on coumadin for 3 months. When the DVT occurred, I ...
  A: I don't think the cramps are an indicator of recurrent DVT's, but that isn't unusual for the same ...
pap smear11/23/2004
  Q: i had a pap smear it came out epitheial cell abnormity ASCUS with nothing behind it is this cancer ...
  A: ASCUS stands for atypical cells of undetermined significance...... so, that is not cancer, but it is ...
Phlegm question11/23/2004
  Q: My name is Roberto and I'm 29 years old. I have suffered from phlegm in my throat since long time ...
  A: It is unlikely to be CF since you have not had any other significant symptoms, like multiple ...
tetnus shot11/23/2004
  Q: Five weeks ago I had a tetnus shot (it had been at least 10 years and we are soon traveling to ...
  A: There are two problems associated with tetanus shots.... one is injecting it into the soft tissue, ...
Possible?11/22/2004
  Q: we recently got my husband's 15 year old Daughter after her mother passed away. We were told by my ...
  A: I am not sure what the actual question is.... but, hypoglycemia, or fluctuations in blood sugar can ...
Facial Nerve Damage11/22/2004
  Q: My daughter was born with a facial paralysis. She was tested and she has no movement on her right ...
  A: There are some plastic surgeons that specialize in nerve reconstruction.... we have one in Columbia, ...
pneumonia11/10/2004
  Q: I was wondering if pneumonia is contagious? Isn't it similar to contagious things like the flu?
  A: Bacterial pneumonia is not very contagious.... it usually starts as a viral upper respiratory ...
blood in daughters urine11/9/2004
  Q: my daughter(age 9) was suffering from cramps. we took her to the base doctor(naval med center)they ...
  A: Well, she should have a full evaluation on the kidneys and bladder, once.... there are several ...
15 year old daughter11/9/2004
  Q: My daughter complains of joint pain. Blood tests showed positive for Rhumetoid Arthritus. She was ...
  A: Wow... this is a tough one. It sounds like she is at a good referral hospital with a good pediatric ...
MOLD EXPOSURE?11/8/2004
  Q: I need help. A couple weeks ago my sister-in-law started having a very strong, non productive, ...
  A: This is much more likely a viral upper respiratory disorder. Even though there are some fungi and ...
flu shot11/8/2004
  Q: I am 65 years old and I got a flu shot in my arm. My arm was so sore for 2 days that I could barely ...
  A: It sounds like the shot probably hit one of the skin nerves.... usually, this causes pain for a few ...
loss of voice11/7/2004
  Q: I have lost my voice at least 10 times this year lasting anywhere from 1wk to 1 month, never any ...
  A: When things come and go like this, it sounds like allergies.... I would try some Benadryl at night ...
splenic rupture management11/7/2004
  Q: My 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a spontaneous splenic rupture due to a viral ...
  A: Usually, this kind of spleen problem is treated conservatively, ie., without surgery. Usually, the ...
Toxemia11/5/2004
  Q: I just have a question about pregnancy-induced hypertension. If during pregnancy a woman begins to ...
  A: Toxemia/PIH is more than just elevated BP. It is a constellation of hormone induced problems. ...
calcium supplements11/5/2004
  Q: I was wondering if you can give me some advice regarding calcium supplements. I am a woman 42 yrs. ...
  A: Ca is Ca is Ca is Ca. One is not better than another. Coral calcium is B-S.... no better than ...
concerns about feet10/31/2004
  Q: I know you're not a podiatrist, but I was wondering if you can answer a question for me. Is there a ...
  A: The pointy toe shoes, especially with high heels, tend to jamb the toes together from the sides and ...
Similiar Question10/31/2004
  Q: You recently answered the question below, I have a similiar question. I got a zit or something else ...
  A: The zit is what is causing the lumps to develop. Now, with no health insurance, that is what the ...
Teen menstration10/29/2004
  Q: My daughter is 16 and has not had her period for 4 months. She is not pregnant we did a pregnancy ...
  A: Well, the leading cause of amenorrhea (No periods) is pregnancy, in teens... that needs to be ...
Stroke10/29/2004
  Q: I have a TMJ problem and sinus problem. Sometimes my face feels funny, my mouth feels tight and ...
  A: yes, absolutely... I would be very shocked if you were having a stroke, given those symptoms. I ...
alcohol related pain10/17/2004
  Q: I am a 23yr. old female in good shape. I try to take good care of myself and am rarely sick. Over ...
  A: Does the achiness occur at other times, when there was no alcohol involved? Since you have narrowed ...
scared10/10/2004
  Q: I won't bore you with the details on how this happened, but my 2 year old was accidentally given a ...
  A: Getting a second one will not hurt him in the least. It is unfortunate though, since they are in ...
fainting10/7/2004