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.
To Your Good Health
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.
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.
DEAR DR. ROACH: What are your thoughts about the security and integrity of patient portals?
DEAR DR. ROACH: My whole family has heart problems. I’m 74 years old.
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: I am absolutely convinced that marijuana is a serious health hazard.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My significant other and I are debating whether I should pursue follow-up testing with a rheumatologist for the possibility of ankylosing spondylitis. I say no, and she says yes, because things could be worse down the road if do have AS and don’t deal with it starting now.
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.
I read your recent column about “flesh-eating bacteria.” Is it in any way related to Mycobacterium marinum?
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had pacemaker surgery in December following a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Three weeks later, he developed edema in his lower legs. He was treated by his doctor with a diuretic.
Do Trimix injections work for erectile dysfunction, and are they safe?
Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 82-year-old woman.
I have developed the habit of unconsciously clenching my jaw during the day.
Dear Dr. Roach: My very healthy husband collapsed and died on the way to the hospital.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 42-year-old, completely healthy woman.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a snowbird who uses two different cardiologists for my health, and I am devoted to both of them.
What do you know about flesh-eating bacteria?
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m 13 weeks pregnant, and I am on pregabalin (prescribed off-label for anxiety).
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 35-year-old female welder. I am very fit and live a healthy lifestyle, but I worry about the effects of all the things I am exposed to at work (heavy industrial) and how to monitor them. I do not have a family doctor, and must rely on walk-in clinics. Are there certain tests I should be having done regularly, especially having to do with the lungs?
DEAR DR. ROACH: After decades of feeling fatigued, I started working with a naturopathic doctor.
Dear Dr. Roach: I have a friend who lost weight on a diet designed to speed up metabolism.
I have never gotten the flu vaccine.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there anything that I could take for an enlarged prostate that would allow me to donate blood? I have been trying saw palmetto and pygeum. Thank you. - M.J.C.
I am a 69-year-old male with very low testosterone levels.
My wife is a Type 1 diabetic.
DEAR DR. ROACH: For over two years, my wife has been having a problem with her lower lip.
I have a badly torn rotator cuff on my left shoulder, so that arm is basically a constant problem.
I have just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
After nearly six months of occupational and physical therapy to repair my fractured wrist, my wrist and hand still are extremely stiff and have limited range of motion.
This seems like a common side effect in anyone with dementia, but I have not seen any reports on this.
DR. ROACH WRITES: It is nearly flu season, and I want to discuss the options for vaccines available this year in North America.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 78-year-old woman with many symptoms of parathyroid disease (chronic fatigue, feel “ill,” need naps, less concentration, memory “hesitation,” blurred vision), yet the blood tests are not at the confirmation level.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 46-year-old son has suffered for nearly five years with what seems to be CPPS (chronic pelvic pain syndrome).
Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old man who has had erectile dysfunction for eight years.