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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was told by my doctor that I need a tetanus booster shot, but when I was 17, I cut my foot and needed stitches.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 25, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently had a surgery, and prior to the surgery, my doctor ordered some routine blood tests.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 23, 2022
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There are those of us who, because of knee or hip pain, or other reasons, are not able to walk briskly. Does that mean that we shouldn’t bother to walk at all?

By Dr. Keith Roach September 19, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 71-year-old female with no children, but I did have an ectopic pregnancy at age 43.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 18, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Both my husband and I just had the flu. We initially suspected that it was COVID, but the tests were negative.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 16, 2022
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My 38-year-old daughter has an impacted stomach. The doctors gave her antibiotics ...

By Dr. Keith Roach September 12, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife's handicap parking placard expired, and she asked her primary care physician to fill out a renewal application.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 11, 2022
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My husband and I recently achieved the near impossible task of becoming attached to a family doctor!

By Dr. Keith Roach September 9, 2022
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I am a 59-year-old female in good health... My question pertains to Pap smears.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 5, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male diagnosed about 15 years ago with mild coronary artery disease, with some blockages in my peripheral arteries.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 4, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old woman who recently had an ECG prior to my knee surgery.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 2, 2022
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I have osteoporosis. My mother had it very badly, so I was screened and treated early. I’ve had a five-year-long Reclast prescription, and I worry about my chance of a femur fracture. I just wonder if you know anything about Evenity.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 29, 2022
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I am a 71-year-old woman diagnosed with coronary artery disease. My latest calcium score was 801. My right coronary artery was 80% blocked, and the left artery was 25%.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 28, 2022
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In one of your columns, someone asked if it was helpful to just rest during the night, and how did that compare to sleeping if one is unable to sleep.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 26, 2022
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I was diagnosed with atherosclerosis two years ago. I also had calcium in my carotid artery. I feel like a walking time bomb.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 22, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had gastroparesis for many years.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 21, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: You've argued against veterinary ivermectin. It's the same ivermectin that's safely used for adults.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 19, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 65-year-old female, non-smoker, with very dry eyes living in a dry climate.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 15, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Two weeks ago, my friend got COVID a week before she was scheduled for her second booster.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 14, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 68-year-old woman in good medical/physical condition. I run three times a week and work out with weights regularly.

August 12, 2022
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I am a highly active 74-year-old female. I walk a mile and a half every morning (my dog insists), then do two step-aerobic classes with weights, two serious weight workouts with a trainer, 1-3 miles on an elliptical walker and 2-4 hours of horseback riding, plus miscellaneous activities and yard work each week. My left hip is getting a bit wonky.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 11, 2022
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My husband will be 83 in September and was recently diagnosed with an ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8 cm. Five centimeters is when they do something. ...

By Dr. Keith Roach August 8, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 55-year-old male in good health and was diagnosed with a slightly enlarged prostate several years ago.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 7, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: For sleep, my boyfriend (78) takes Ambien when he needs it, a few times each week. The instructions on the bottle says "take as needed."

By Dr. Keith Roach August 5, 2022
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My brother has low blood platelets and anemia. He will be 73 this year and has had three back surgeries. What causes low blood platelets? Can anything be done to raise platelet count?

By Dr. Keith Roach August 1, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: While reading one of your recent columns, I learned that all water, except distilled, contains electrolytes.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 31, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: What is the best medicine for arthritis? My doctor prescribed diclofenac sodium, and another doctor said it will damage my liver and kidney with prolonged usage.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 29, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been trying to increase my upper body strength, but am having difficulties. I am almost 70 and female, and have been moderately active.

July 25, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: As a 90-year-old man in mostly good health, I have been taking one Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim) pill per day for several years now preventatively for recurrent urinary tract infections.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 24, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like to ask you a basic question about COVID-19 booster shots, since no health authority seems to answer it directly.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 22, 2022
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I am a 72-year-old woman in good health, but I have been plagued for years with muscle cramps and spasms in my legs. My physical therapist suggested magnesium supplements.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 18, 2022
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I am a 68-year-old man, and I recently had a 30-minute TIA. I spent one day in the hospital and had many tests done...

By Dr. Keith Roach July 17, 2022
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I am an 80-year-old female and have been on 10 mg Elavil for 30 years to help me sleep.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 15, 2022
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Your recent article on electrolytes reminded me of my mother’s experience. At 89, she was dizzy, fainting and falling....

By Dr. Keith Roach July 11, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old woman at the end of a five-year regimen of hormone therapy.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 10, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy 76-year-old woman, and over the years I've tended to accumulate earwax and periodically have it removed.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 8, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I am a woman, age 68. When I was 12 years old, I was five feet, five inches tall. Now I am four feet, eight inches tall. I have scoliosis plus degenerative arthritis of the spine and walk bent over.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 4, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: Our family dog got sick and needed to be admitted to the veterinary hospital, where she was diagnosed with leptospirosis.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 3, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 77-year-old male. I'm 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weigh 145 pounds, with difficult-to-control high blood pressure.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 1, 2022
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About a month ago I started having very hard stools...

By Dr. Keith Roach June 27, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I am now 78 years old. My mother's two brothers died of heart attacks at 55 and 65, so when I was in my 50s, I had a calcium scan of my heart.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 26, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Sixteen years ago, at age 56, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 HR+ breast cancer.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 24, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am concerned that my 33-year-old daughter will have breast cancer.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 20, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: How do you diagnose bipolar disorder? Do you need a blood test, or can it be diagnosed by a person's actions? -- A.Y.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 19, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 88-year-old male suffering from a fatty tumor located on my gluteus maximus.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 17, 2022
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I am an organ transplant recipient who has received both COVID vaccinations and both boosters. ...

By Dr. Keith Roach June 13, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: Does losing weight fast when you are first trying mean you will always gain it back?

By Dr. Keith Roach June 10, 2022
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My spouse, now 61, had shingles two years ago. Though the rash cleared up quickly, the nerve pain has never subsided.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 6, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I am 77 and exercise regularly. I just got a fitness tracker to monitor my heart rate, etc.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 5, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old female in relatively good health.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 3, 2022
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A few years ago, when being prepped for a colonoscopy and gastroscopy, I had an IV line inserted into my right arm with a sedative in it. As I waited to pass out, I noticed a large air bubble ...

By Dr. Keith Roach May 30, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: In early November 2021 my son, who is 30, was diagnosed with Addison's disease and was treated with cortisol.

May 29, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: We are learning a lot about short-term to long-term impacts from COVID-19, especially on the cardiovascular system.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 27, 2022
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My son was recently diagnosed with factor V Leiden. He has had heart issues since he was 12 (chest pain, irregular EKGs with no explanation and intermittent irregular heart rate).

By Dr. Keith Roach May 23, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I have a question for your column. What is the number of LDL cholesterol that would necessitate taking statins?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 22, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: Can you explain electrolytes? How can we make sure we keep our electrolytes in the normal range within our body?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 20, 2022
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Of all the drugs on the market for treating high blood pressure, which one is the best with the least side effects?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 16, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: What is dissociative identity disorder? There are a lot of movies and TV shows about it.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 15, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old male in fairly good health.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 13, 2022
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I heard that air fresheners and fabric softener sheets may cause lung cancer.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 9, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I work with a group for people with a type of cancer resistant to chemo or radiation, and many of the members have had to have numerous, life-altering surgeries, including amputations.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 8, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: What is an ectopic pregnancy?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 6, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have struggled with IBS and GERD since I was a small child. I have had multiple gastroscopies and have been on countless medications over the years for my issues. I’ve followed every diet and lifestyle change that my doctor has suggested, with, at best, moderate results.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 2, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: Would you comment on some information I discovered about statin drugs, which I think reveals some nefarious numbers on behalf of the drug companies?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 1, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are both in our late 60s. She has gotten three doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and I have gotten three doses of the Moderna, only because that was what was available when we got our first dose.

April 29, 2022
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I am a 62-year-old female. After about two weeks (sometimes less) of taking water-soluble vitamin supplements, I experience severe abdominal discomfort or a burning sensation.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 25, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have started a long-term treatment taking a "cocktail" of four different antibiotics (Bactrim, Rifadin, Zithromax and Myambutol).

By Dr. Keith Roach April 24, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you please offer your take on this situation regarding pain management and opioid use?

By Dr. Keith Roach April 22, 2022
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Naps are a big part of the day for most of my adult friends. Please comment on their significance and any techniques that increase their value. What are good times of day to nap? What about length of naps?

By Dr. Keith Roach April 18, 2022
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I have a question about blood clot history and pregnancy. I’m in my mid-30s, married without children, and just experienced my first blood clot.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 11, 2022
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What causes heart explosion? I heard that it can relate to a heart attack.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 10, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve been on Cymbalta for 16 years. I had had panic attacks, and my doctor suggested it, along with talk therapy. After a year, my therapist told me they weren’t made to be used long term and I should eventually wean myself off them

By Dr. Keith Roach April 4, 2022
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DEAR. DR. ROACH: I saw a recent reply to a letter about estrogen and wanted to ask my own related questions.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 3, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I take telmisartan for high blood pressure.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 1, 2022
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My wife had nasal polyps removed many years ago and within a year was diagnosed with adult asthma. She also contracted MAI several years ago...

By Dr. Keith Roach March 28, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old male. I have been taking finasteride and tamsulosin for two years now for enlarged prostate.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 27, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm an 82-year-old man. I've had breathing difficulty due to nasal passage swelling for most of my adult life.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 25, 2022
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Approximately five years ago, I was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer. My urologist referred me for radiation therapy, to be followed by Lupron ...

By Dr. Keith Roach March 21, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter was diagnosed with a fecalith after a day of pain and nausea.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 20, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have chronic urinary tract infections.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 18, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 74-year-old female, currently in good health. I had a complete hysterectomy at age 54, and stage 2B (ER positive, HER-2 negative) breast cancer at age 65, with lumpectomy and radiation.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 14, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Last summer I had two abdominal surgeries, which were very traumatic (total of 17 days in the hospital), as well as severe pain and a very difficult recuperation.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 13, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I recently fainted for the first time in my life, requiring a trip to the emergency room.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 11, 2022
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I was wondering if you could explain why some vaccinations seem to completely protect against a disease, while others do not. For example, smallpox was completely eradicated by vaccination, and the hepatitis B vaccine is good for life and 98% to 100% effective...

By Dr. Keith Roach March 7, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: At a recent visit with my ear, nose and throat doctor, he commented that frequent use of antihistamines with decongestants can lead to blocked eustachian tubes. Is that statement correct?

By Dr. Keith Roach March 6, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am wondering if the claims of the health benefits from the manufacturers of saltwater hot tubs are factual.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 4, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I read that seniors are strongly advised to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 28, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March 2020. We recently learned on our own that prednisone greatly affects blood sugar.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 27, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I need some guidance on the use of estradiol.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 25, 2022
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I am an 82-year-old man and started experiencing shortness of breath about 14 months ago. The condition continues to deteriorate.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 21, 2022
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Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 79-year-old woman who was diagnosed with heart failure six years ago.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 20, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have suffered from constant headaches for years.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 18, 2022
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I am a 76-year-old man in good health. Around February 2021, either just before or just after my first COVID vaccination...

By Dr. Keith Roach February 14, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a retired 76-year-old female in good health who exercises regularly.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 13, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 79-year-old woman with osteopenia.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 11, 2022
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I read your recent article about spleens. Our daughter, who is 54 years old, recently had an MRI or CT scan due to another issue and the doctors were baffled as to what they saw.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 10, 2022
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I was diagnosed with the factor V Leiden mutation a few years ago, after having a deep vein thrombosis. Then I got COVID-19 ...

By Dr. Keith Roach February 7, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 69 years old and have multiple sclerosis, for which I have been taking Aubagio (teriflunomide) for five months.

February 6, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Up until recently, the recommended amount of sleep was seven and a half to eight hours per night.

By Dr. Keith Roach February 4, 2022
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My 87-year-old mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer in May 2021 and passed away in September. After her diagnosis, she informed us ...

By Dr. Keith Roach January 31, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Why does non-small cell cancer have such an unwieldy name?

January 30, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Television is full of ads touting testosterone and other body supplements that are supposed to take a 40-something male and turn his body back into a 20-year-old again.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 28, 2022
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I’ve been taking levothyroxine for 30 years. I take my daily dosage at about 4 a.m. and eat breakfast at 6:30, more or less. I usually have the same breakfast...

By Dr. Keith Roach January 24, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Is COVID-19 infection a cause of heart block?

By Dr. Keith Roach January 23, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old female who recently underwent a right total knee arthroplasty. In a routine post-operative X-ray there was indication of early osteopenia in my long bones.

January 21, 2022
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I suffer from frequent allergic sneezing and coughing. Every day I seem to sneeze and sniffle. ...

By Dr. Keith Roach January 17, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had slightly elevated glucose levels (104-109) for several years. I found a dietary supplement of cinnamon, vitamin D and chromium.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 16, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Would it be reasonable for me to ask the tech to aspirate the plunger when I go for a vaccine?

By Dr. Keith Roach January 14, 2022
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I switched from drinking caffeinated coffee to Swiss water process decaffeinated coffee about two years ago. ...

By Dr. Keith Roach January 10, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 85-year-old male. I walk a mile every day, have a pacemaker and hearing aids, and use a CPAP machine.

By Dr. Keith Roach January 9, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH:I have high blood pressure, and I hope that you can advise me.

January 7, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, I’ve noted within the medical community a dramatic increase in resistance to prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines at the same time.

January 3, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: When should a person have cataract surgery, and can you ever have them removed?

By Dr. Keith Roach January 2, 2022
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old man in good health.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 31, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I live in a very dry climate, and I struggle with dry skin all over my body. Lately I have been having a lot of dry, flaky skin in my ear canal. I have no ear pain, and my ears are not itchy

By Dr. Keith Roach December 27, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active 76-year-old man.

December 26, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you tell me why the Johnson & Johnson vaccinations only requires one shot to be considered fully vaccinated as opposed to the others that require two shots?

By Dr. Keith Roach December 24, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I had the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in January and February this year, with moderate pain for a few days several days after the second vaccine.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 19, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had osteoporosis for a while and recently had a bone density test that again confirmed that I have it.

December 17, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister recently had chest pain during exercise and now she is on metoprolol, but the cardiologist hasn't explained to her the reason for the medication.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 12, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female smoker in good health aside from having osteoporosis.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 10, 2021
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My nurse practitioner just ordered blood tests, including blood sugar and cholesterol. He said I didn’t need to fast for either of them, but to inform the lab that I wasn’t fasting. ...

By Dr. Keith Roach December 6, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like your advice on the supplement berberine.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 5, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 71 and have had both Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shots.

By Dr. Keith Roach December 3, 2021
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I’m a 67-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I have had both Moderna doses for COVID-19.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 29, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 69-year-old woman in good health.

November 28, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: The rims of my ears both get so sore I can't even sleep on them. What can I do? — W.W.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 26, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH:My father died two years ago at age 73. For about six months, he had been experiencing excruciating back pain, which surgery didn’t help. A few years earlier, he had been treated for bladder cancer.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 22, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am one of four daughters, ages 69 to 61.

November 21, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I had COVID-19 in February 2021. I had no fever, no loss of taste or smell, lasted two days with no persistent symptoms at all! I was cold and tired, and that is all that I experienced.

November 19, 2021
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You recently wrote that minoxidil (Rogaine) provides some benefit for hair growth. My friend broke out in hives after using it.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 15, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old male. I had a heart attack at age 50, and my doctor inserted four stents in my heart.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 14, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a woman, in my late 80s and have been healthy my whole life.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 12, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old female suffering with very painful “end-stage, bone on bone” osteoarthritis with bone spurs of both shoulders and rotator cuff damage (tendonitis).

By Dr. Keith Roach November 8, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH:You stated in a recent column that there is no evidence to support taking vitamins D, C and zinc when treating/preventing COVID-19.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 7, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about cannabis products containing delta-8 THC? — M.O.

November 5, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had many tests for bacteria in his urine. Three months ago, he had no protein in the urine; two months ago, the number of protein was 20; one month ago, the number was 100.

By Dr. Keith Roach November 1, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a friend whose 50-year-old son is healthy except for having had his spleen removed in his 20s after an auto accident.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 31, 2021
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I know you are not a dentist, but I have a question connected to high blood pressure, which I've had for 20 years.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 29, 2021
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I am a 67-year-old woman in good health. I received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Within 16 hours of receiving the second dose I developed what was ultimately diagnosed as transient global amnesia after an extensive workup at our local hospital.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 25, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial tachycardia when I was 5 years old.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 24, 2021
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DEAR DR ROACH:I am a 70-year-old man in good health. I have had regular colonoscopies since my 50s, but I wonder about the wisdom of a colonoscopy at my age.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 22, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My 61-year-old husband has had 24 squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) surgeries on his scalp in the past five years. He has used dandruff shampoo (Head & Shoulders brand or similar) for the past 36 years or more.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 18, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old female in very good health.

October 17, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Why is it that no matter what time a surgery is scheduled, the rule is "no food or drink after midnight"?

By Dr. Keith Roach October 15, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you elaborate on “long COVID”? Specifically, do people experiencing long COVID carry the virus for an extended period? Are they contagious during long COVID, or does the term refer to lingering symptoms but not necessarily testing positive?

By Dr. Keith Roach October 11, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is still nursing her 10-month-old son.

October 10, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, in the middle of all the news about the newly circulating delta COVID-19 variant, a friend of mine flew to Mexico with her husband and teenage daughter for a five-day resort vacation.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 8, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male who has been experiencing an increase in breast size (slightly more on the left than the right) over the past year.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 4, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you wrote that there is no risk to family from shedding after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Dr. Keith Roach October 3, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you explain the difference between the delta variant and the common cold? How is one to know if an illness is the common cold with cough for weeks or the virus!

By Dr. Keith Roach October 1, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recommended both pneumococcal vaccines for me. He recommended the PCV-13 (Prevnar) first, followed two months later by the PPSV-23 (Pneumovax).

By Dr. Keith Roach September 27, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have read about the benefits of having a glass of wine per day for women, or two glasses for men.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 26, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you address problems that may or may not be aftereffects of COVID-19?

By Dr. Keith Roach September 24, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have chronic venous insufficiency. My doctor tells me there is nothing for it but compression socks, and I cannot put them on. — S.G.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 23, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: At what point in COVID-19 does a person’s do not resuscitate order become an issue?

By Dr. Keith Roach September 20, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Why aren't the hospitals nationwide mandating all personnel be COVID vaccinated? I am getting conflicting information.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 19, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old female, and I am in my 10th week of shingles.

September 17, 2021
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How does one manage natural immunity to COVID-19 if one has an autoimmune disease?

By Dr. Keith Roach September 13, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH:I have been having colonoscopies regularly since 1990.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 12, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently I was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency after symptoms of unexpected and sustained diarrhea for three months.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 10, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My hairdresser is being evasive about whether she has been vaccinated for COVID.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 6, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: About a year ago, my 77-year-old wife started to have some trouble speaking, and in some cases remembering or forming words.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 5, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH:I need help with my mother's question (she's 86). She reports hearing glass breaking or being smashed.

By Dr. Keith Roach September 3, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: What is heatstroke? I exercised a lot in the heat yesterday, and today I feel dizzy and nauseated, even though it isn't as hot as yesterday.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 29, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old man with chronic back pain. I first started having serious back pain in college after spending much of my time hunched over a drawing board.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 27, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a healthy woman. I recently had a whole-body thermography exam that highlighted my thyroid rather dramatically. Should I get a blood test for my thyroid and/or an ultrasound? — E.D.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 23, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: As I seem to be highly prone to urinary tract infections, I've been using vaginal Estrace for decades.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 22, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am responding to a recent letter from a reader anxious about undergoing a colonoscopy.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 20, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old polio survivor with severe osteoarthritis in my left shoulder, which is the side also affected by polio.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 19, 2021
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My husband suffers from trigeminal neuralgia. This is often very painful for months at a time...

By Dr. Keith Roach August 16, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 15, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old white male who is very physically active.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 13, 2021
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I have written many columns on COVID-19, which has become a major cause of death and disability in all of North America and the world. I have consistently recommended the available vaccines, and tried to identify their (modest) risks and (dramatic) effectiveness.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 9, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old woman, and my sister is 91.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 8, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am interested in your perspective on intermittent fasting. I am in a walking group of seniors (all 65+ years).

By Dr. Keith Roach August 6, 2021
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I am a 77-year-old woman. I have had problems with insomnia for at least 50 years, but it is much worse now.

By Dr. Keith Roach August 5, 2021
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On Nov. 2, 2020, I had a total right hip replacement. The surgery was successful, and the incision has healed completely. ...

By Dr. Keith Roach August 2, 2021
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How is preventive medical care handled when an individual is traveling to a remote location?

By Dr. Keith Roach August 1, 2021
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A recent column discussed shortness of breath on exercise. My aunt had this exact same scenario...

By Dr. Keith Roach July 30, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a recently diagnosed diabetic. Can you please give me advice on how to reverse it if possible?

By Dr. Keith Roach July 26, 2021
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Can you tell me about food poisoning? I often hear the term, but it seems to mean different things to different people.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 25, 2021
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I have a dilemma. I suffered an aortic dissection nine months ago and was put on labetalol. I have bounced back well...

By Dr. Keith Roach July 23, 2021
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Can you comment on the lack of a test that truly demonstrates the effective level of immunity an individual has from receiving the COVID vaccine?

By Dr. Keith Roach July 22, 2021
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I’ve started using coconut oil instead of milk and sweetener in my coffee. ... I want to make sure I’m not doing any harm.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 19, 2021
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Dear Dr. Roach: Are medical advances going backward? If not, why are so many people dying in their 50s and 60s?

By Dr. Keith Roach July 18, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you get long COVID from symptomless post-vaccine infection?

By Dr. Keith Roach July 16, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: A year ago, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. A colonoscopy found no problems. An endoscopy found a small raw spot on my stomach lining; it was not bleeding.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 12, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH:I recently watched a TV program about vaccines.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 11, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have recently been diagnosed with a cholesteatoma in one ear, which has resulted in significant hearing loss.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 9, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 80-year-old female in good health except for a diagnosis of osteopenia. My primary care doctor has prescribed medication for my osteopenia. I have periodontal disease and have been advised by my periodontal specialist not to take medication for osteopenia.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 8, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently donated blood to our local blood bank, which I have done many times in the past.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 5, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister-in-law believes that the COVID-19 vaccine will cause side effects that aren't known yet.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 4, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was just diagnosed with nocardiosis.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 2, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: At a recent appointment I discovered that my nurse practitioner (about 45 years old) doesn’t plan to get a COVID vaccination as he says it’s unsafe and that all of us (vaccinated ones) are just guinea pigs.

By Dr. Keith Roach July 1, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor has prescribed IVIG therapy for my peripheral neuropathy.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 28, 2021
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My neighbor was very ill with COVID-19 about three months ago.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 25, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a vaccine-related question for you that also might be of general interest.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 21, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Please write about food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 20, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: If a patient has been fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines within the past three months and subsequently develops symptoms of COVID-19 and tests positive, does this patient need to quarantine/isolate?

By Dr. Keith Roach June 18, 2021
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I’m an 84-year-old male who has recently found relief from lifelong strain in bowel movements by using stool softeners.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 17, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My father was diagnosed with protein S deficiency, but there isn’t much information on it.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 14, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a very active 66-year-old male who had three stents put into my right coronary artery about 10 years ago after I had two heart attacks. I have not had any problems since then.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 13, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question about omega-3 fatty acid intake, either through fish consumption or by dietary supplements like fish oil.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 11, 2021
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I have had plantar warts on both feet for decades.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 7, 2021
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I am 79 years old, at a healthy weight, and I exercise often. Recently I had a blood test that showed several markers for lupus.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 6, 2021
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How effective are COVID vaccines for people taking immunosuppressive prescriptions?

By Dr. Keith Roach June 4, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you say something about depression? What can it do to you in the long run if it isn’t treated? -- Anon.

By Dr. Keith Roach June 3, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: In October 2018 I was treated for syphilis, and had a VDRL titer of 1:128. A few months later, the titer was 1:8, but has stayed at 1:8 since then. Why hasn’t it gone down? — Y.Y.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 31, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: When I was growing up, people would discuss their ulcers and complain of pain related to an ulcer. You never hear that word anymore. Why is that? -- Anon.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 30, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My son has been experiencing what he thinks is neuropathy in his arms and fingers.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 28, 2021
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I was very reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to its rushed status and unknown long-term side effects.

May 24, 2021
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I am a 92-year-old woman in reasonably good health. I weigh about 145 pounds and have shrunk down to 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 23, 2021
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I’m a 67-year-old male. For most of my later adult life (50s to the present) I have had a very low libido.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 20, 2021
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I am one of legions of women with osteoporosis and considering a bisphosphonate or similar medication.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 17, 2021
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I have a question about prescription pain relievers.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 16, 2021
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Over the past year of pandemic lockdown, I have worked hard at reducing calories to lose weight and increasing my exercise on an elliptical trainer.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 14, 2021
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I have had both COVID-19 vaccinations and am planning to donate blood. Would any of my immunity pass on to the person receiving my blood? — D.J.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 10, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female. I am current on all vaccines, but I do have a question about the pneumococcal vaccine.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 9, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have seen several doctors for my TMJ: my primary doctor and dentist, an ear nose and throat doctor, the dental hygienist and also "ask Google."

By Dr. Keith Roach May 7, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are grateful to have recently received our second Moderna vaccine.

By Dr. Keith Roach May 6, 2021
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Could you please explain the science behind the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine?

By Dr. Keith Roach May 3, 2021
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A few years ago, my sister was diagnosed with an IgA deficiency, which is an autoimmune disorder.

May 2, 2021
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Please provide some clarity on family get-togethers in the new age of post vaccinations.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 30, 2021
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Why do older people tend to get lightheaded (not vertigo) and therefore become liable to trip or fall?

By Dr. Keith Roach April 26, 2021
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I am a 76-year-old female in reasonably good health.

April 25, 2021
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For over six decades, I have lived with smokers.

April 23, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: What is causing my hair to fall out? What can I do to stop it? I’m 72 years old and female. Could I be hypothyroid? — L.O.I.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 22, 2021
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Your recent column on melanoma piqued my interest.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 19, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband recently died from anaplastic thyroid cancer.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 18, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 55-year-old female. I have always been in excellent health, but this year, my routine bloodwork showed that my creatinine is 1.08 (high) and that my GFR is 58 (low).

By Dr. Keith Roach April 16, 2021
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With all the masks, hand-washing, sanitizing and social distancing, will we all have weak immune systems when life goes back to normal?

By Dr. Keith Roach April 12, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a problem with chronic urine infections. I am 78 years old, and suffer often from it.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 11, 2021
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I am currently on rituximab immunotherapy. I have had my first Moderna vaccine, and my second shot is scheduled in four weeks. My oncologist is not sure how the rituximab affects the immunization and the effectiveness of the vaccine.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 9, 2021
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Could you please provide your recommendations on how we should conduct ourselves after we get the COVID vaccine? Please include an explanation of how immune we actually will be. — T.S.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 8, 2021
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I’ve had regular swab tests for COVID-19, which have always been negative.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 5, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had low GFR readings ranging from 53 to 37 for the past 15 years. I'm an 87-year-old female in good health.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 4, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I tested positive for COVID-19 on December 20, 2020. Due to our ages, we qualify to receive a vaccine now.

By Dr. Keith Roach April 2, 2021
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I have had over 50 vaccinations in my life (I’m 78), most of them while I was in the military.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 29, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old woman. Last September I had severe pain in my right hand. The pain was so bad that I had to go to the emergency room, where they did an MRI.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 28, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recently retired, my new one is very concerned about my systolic blood pressure, which was 150.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 26, 2021
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DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother was diagnosed with right frontal lobe meningioma 17 years ago when she was 83 years old. Surgery was successful in that most of it was removed and it was found to be nonmalignant.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 25, 2021
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I participated in a research study and received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 30.

March 22, 2021
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I am a 73-year-old male with continued pain in my right foot and ankle for the past five years.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 21, 2021
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I was sick for two weeks at home with the coronavirus and made a complete recovery. Why wouldn't recovering from the virus be at least as good as getting the vaccine?

By Dr. Keith Roach March 19, 2021
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About two weeks ago, I received the vaccine for COVID-19.

By Dr. Keith Roach March 15, 2021
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