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.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Two months after our daughter and son-in-law came back from their honeymoon in Belize, they have sores that still will not heal.
My doctor diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis after I had weight loss with diarrhea and was found to have fat in my stool.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a female and 66 years of age.
I love my doctor. He is very caring. But why do doctors feel they must always give you a prescription if you visit? When I go to see my doctor, it is because something in my body isn’t right and I want to know what it is. If he has a diagnosis and has medicine to “cure” me, fine. If he doesn’t know, that’s OK; I’ll deal with the pain or discomfort on my own terms.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old male who is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 195 pounds.
Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 70-year-old white male. I work full time as a veterinarian, teach two aerobics classes and take a weekly class for strength training. In the past three weeks, I have fallen twice — once just walking in the airport. It was sudden and scary.
DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about Fahr disease?