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I’m an 88-year-old woman whose platelets went into the 500,000 range. I was sent to a hematologist/oncologist, who said it was a bone marrow disease.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 years old. When I go to a new doctor, there is always that past history form to fill out. I know to include current medications, including OTC and allergies, but how far back should I go?
DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you please comment on common or uncommon issues that might be expected in a pregnancy at age 57?
DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend recently was diagnosed with an aneurysm. The report says the abdominal aorta is 3.02 cm in largest dimension and recommends screening every six months. Do we need to see a cardiologist for a second opinion? Is there medication to help? -- B.S.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband’s doctor is telling him to have his gallbladder removed because sometimes he has pain in his right side.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any evidence that taking turmeric prevents cancer? I have a friend who is convinced that it does. — M.S.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently I was diagnosed with FCS (familial chylomicronemia syndrome) by my primary physician.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 69 and take medications for blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as plenty of vitamins.
My teens keep smoking all these flavored, ethereal wand vapors. They claim it tastes good and even try tricks with the vapor....
DEAR DR. ROACH: I received the first dose of Shingrix this week and had pretty severe side effects, though in the range of what can be expected: high fever (101.5), intense shivering, a severe headache and 12 hours of extreme fatigue.
I recently was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and my wife is now getting treatment for breast cancer. Would cooking on a nonstick skillet have caused the cancers?
DEAR DR. ROACH: I had polio when I was 11 years old, many years ago, and miraculously, recovered enough to live a normal life.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently have been diagnosed with early prostate cancer.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have allergies and am congested a lot at night. I have read about over-the-counter clips and adhesive tapes. Would they help me breathe better? Are they safe for the long term? — M.V.M.
DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you described symptoms of malabsorption as weight loss, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 61-year-old woman in fairly good health except that I have been taking prescription omeprazole once a day for heartburn for at least 10 years, if not more. I’ve read articles that say this isn’t good to take long term, like I’ve been doing.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m female, 68 years old with hypothyroidism but no other medical problems. I exercise about 10 hours a week and try to eat healthy. During one of my physical checkups, my TSH was 0.002, so I saw an endocrinologist. After three months of blood tests, everything became normal even without medicine.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias. His results showed an inguinal hernia, 2.2 centimeters and “reducible.” Will he need surgery? Can he wear a truss? What does “reducible” mean? Is this a risk for strangulation of the bowel? — B.E.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My fiancee wants to have her breasts lifted, as they are starting to sag.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I hope you can shed some light on an issue that I have not seen you address: the dawn phenomenon.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that a new drug, Xofluza, has been approved to treat flu.
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.
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.
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.
My son-in-law recently was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He used to drink more often, but in the past year he has imbibed only on weekends, socially.
Surgery shouldn’t be undertaken lightly at any age, and especially not for people who are among our oldest. However, cataract surgery is one that has a very good record, even among quite elderly people.
Dear Dr. Roach: My husband suffers from systemic pain; sometimes it is worse than others.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m writing about atrial fibrillation. In April I had a one-time 17-hour stint of it. I was not aware of anything happening at the time. When I had a device check (heart pacemaker), I was told of this occurrence, and it was recommended that I see my heart specialist.
My dad recently passed away as a result of cirrhosis of the liver. He also had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. Several other people we know who have Parkinson’s also have cirrhosis. Is it possible that his Parkinson’s medication could have caused the cirrhosis?
I am a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed just one year ago with primary biliary cirrhosis, which is an autoimmune liver disease.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is 69 and in very good health, exercising at least two hours a day.
In 2000 (at age 53), I had a mastectomy with a TRAM flap reconstruction.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in July 2017. A week after that, I had an MRI that showed I’d had a ministroke and probably several others in the past.
I am a 70-year-old woman in good health. I recently saw a neurologist about my almost daily migraines.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My son had an ultrasound the other day for a hernia. I have had six hernias.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Please discuss Brugada syndrome. Three members of my family died from it before we finally got a diagnosis. Where does it come from? — V.K.