Do I Need a Mammogram?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Mammogram, Q&A

Do I Need a Mammogram?

I am 45 years old. I have been told that I need to start getting mammograms. I really don’t want to though. I do frequent self-breast examinations, and I have never found a lump. Do I really need to start getting regular mammograms? Can I wait until I turn 50? Recently, there have been concerns that mammograms that start at age 40 are actually causing more harm than they are causing benefits. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has actuallly started recommending...

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Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Alcoholism, Q&A

Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

“Maybe I Drink Too Much” asks: Hey Docs. So some people in my family and my girlfriend have told me that I have a drinking problem. I don’t think they are necessarily right. I mean, I do drink all of the time but I drink with other people at work. We all go out on the weekends and drink together. It doesn’t really cause a problem in my work life or my relationships or anything. In fact, I think not drinking would cause problems at work because all of...

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Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Cold and Flu, Q&A

Should I Get a Flu Shot?

“Stuffy Nose” asks: Thank you for starting this blog! It has given me a lot of great information, and I love to read it. My question is this: I have been sick with a cold for almost two weeks. Is this normal? Do flu shots really help to prevent you from being sick? I have been considering getting one for a while. Should I get one while I am sick with a cold, though? I am worried that getting a flu shot will make me sicker. I’m not sure what to do. Can you help me, Ask...

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How Do I Stop Shaking?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Q&A, Shaking

How Do I Stop Shaking?

“Shaky Shaky” asks: I am having issues with trembling and shaking. I am not sleeping very well, I have a lot of anxiety, and I haven’t been eating very well either. Are there any medications that I can take for tremors? Please help! Hello, Shaky Shaky. First of all, there are some medications that do help shaking. Most commonly, physicians will prescribe propranolol, primidone, clonazepam, alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, gabapentin, topiramate, and mirtazapine for shaking....

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What Should I Do About Excessive Fatigue?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Fatigue, Q&A

What Should I Do About Excessive Fatigue?

“Worried in Colorado” asks: I have been sleeping for 15 hours a day lately. My husband tries to wake me up, and I barely want to get out of bed. I know I shouldn’t be sleeping so much, but I just don’t seem to have the energy to do anything. What should I do? Well, “Worried in Colorado”, first of all, you should definitely go see a physician. There are a lot of things that could be going on here, and your physician will have a much better...

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