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DEAR DR. ROACH: For the past four weeks now, I wake up during the night because both of my hands have gone numb.
I have dealt with irritable bowel syndrome for over 40 years. I have had less cramping and loose stools when I quit drinking milk.
My daughter’s iron level has been dangerously low for several years.
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can help elderly folks (like myself, age 83) who have a very embarrassing situation wherein their stool seeps out of them. The problem is only noted when I sit down and find that my underwear sticks to me. The problem appears to happen anytime, and sometimes AFTER a bowel movement. -- R.C.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please address the benefits and safety of taking an oral collagen supplement.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is a kidney transplant recipient. Is it safe for transplant recipients to get the new Shingrix vaccine? -- J.O.
I have found that it takes months, not weeks, to schedule an appointment with primary care physicians in my area.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 45-year-old daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about a year ago following alarming bladder problems and numbness.
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I am a 66-year-old female in good health. In May 2017, my Pap smear showed that I had an infection of Candida glabrata and an itchy fungal infection in my rear-end area.
I am an 83-year-old male and have been in excellent health. My vital signs all are normal, my heart function is normal, MRI of my brain and a full-body X-ray of my bones are normal, but a CT scan of my abdomen showed organs with “fuzzy” material around the exterior.