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Welcome to Dr. Donnica's Frequently Asked Questions Center. Here you'll find a complete list of all FAQ's. If you have a question or concern, it's very likely that you're not alone. Check out the list below for answers to a variety of important health questions, or search for a specific topic.

"Throwing" Your Back Out
Every so often, sometimes for no reason at all, I throw my back out and can't even walk for a few days. My doctor tells me to rest and take ibuprofen. Is that my only option?
A Variety of Bladder Problems
I am a 34-year-old woman with a bladder problem. I have a pain in my right side that never stops. I go to the bathroom about 7 times at night and experience a lot of pain when having sex. Please help!
Abdominal Cramps and Diarrhea (IBS)
I've been suffering from bouts of abdominal cramps and diarrhea for as long as I can remember, but recently my symptoms have gotten much worse. Now it seems as though every time I have the urge to go I can barely make it to the toilet in time, and I'm almost afraid to leave the house for fear of being too far from the bathroom.
Abdominal Hernia
Last month I strained by lower back and abdomen while moving a heavy box, and the pain and tenderness around my navel haven't gone away since. My husband thinks it's a hernia, but isn't that a male health problem?
Abdominal Muscle Separation
I recently had someone tell me that they saw a special on TV that said sometimes abdominal muscles can separate, and not heal. How do I find out more about this? How do I find out if this is what's happened to me?
Abdominal Pain (Lower Right Side)
Pain of any kind, especially when itís recurring, is not normal and should never be set on the back burner.
Absence of Menses While on the Pill
I'm 35 years old, and have been taking birth control pills since I was about 16. I haven't had a period for about 3 months now, and I'm concerned. My gynecologist just laughed at me and told me this is very common, and not to worry. Should I be concerned?
Achilles Tendonitis from Wearing High Heels
High heels are my favorite fashion accessory but after we got our first snowstorm last week I had to switch to flats for safetyís sake. Now my feet are killing me! I keep getting these sharp pains that shoot up the backs of my heels. Why does it hurt when I wear my sensible shoes and boots?
Achilles Tendonitise
A few weeks ago I started walking before work. It was going pretty well, until the back of my ankle just above my right heel started hurting. I already gave up walking, but it still hurts. What should I do
Acne Scars
As a teenager I suffered from severe acne, and while I haven't had a breakout in years, I still have quite a few scars along my cheeks and forehead. They make me just as self-conscious as the actual acne. I know it's holding me back from being more outgoing with coworkers and friends. Is there help for me?
Acrochordons, Also Known as Skin Tags
Skin tags, or acrochordons, are common, harmless skin overgrowths that may develop on the face, neck, armpits, and groin.
Acupuncture and Morning Sickness
Dr. Donnica discusses the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness in a question and answer format.
Adult ADD
In adults, ADD symptoms are similar to those seen in children: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Alcohol And Breastfeeding
Do you know of any research on the impact of alcohol consumption on a breastfed baby? I am wondering if light consumption (1/2 glass of wine 2-3 times per week) is okay. I did drink small amounts infrequently when breastfeeding my first two children but am feeling guilty about it this time.
Alternative Medicine
In general, when we talk about alternative medicine, weíre talking about medicines, foods or modalities that do not meet the research-based standards of what we call
Alternatives to Laxatives for Hemorrhoids
I suffer from painful hemorrhoids and Iíve been using laxatives for about six months to prevent straining during bowel movements. Trouble is, now I think I might be addicted to them. Whenever I stop taking the laxatives I get extremely constipated. Is there any way to break free of these pills and stay regular?
Alternatives to Surgery for Reducing Breast Size
Are there any alternatives to surgery for women seeking breast reductions? Can a woman reduce her breast size by one or at least a half cup size through any changes in diet or intensive exercise?
Androgen Excess
Last year I noticed hair beginning to grow on my face and out of my nose. As if that's not bad enough, I'm also showing signs of balding!
Antidepressants and Breastfeeding
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses the use of antidepressants while breastfeeding in a question and answer format.
Antidepressants and Conception
My doctor put me on Prozac for depression over a year ago. Now we want to have a baby. I have not been able to conceive and have been trying for four months. Could it be the Prozac?
Antidepressants: Side Effects and Alternatives
I've been taking medication for the past three years to help with my depression, and I've gained a lot of weight because of it. I really want to do something natural instead so I don't have to take the pills anymore. What can I do?
Anxiety and Driving
Anxiety disorders are very common in women. There are five kinds: social phobias, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Arm Numbness and Tingling During Exercise
When I exercise for more than 20 minutes, my left arm seems to feel like it is falling asleep. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Arthritis and Acupuncture
I've heard a lot about acupuncture lately--can it help with arthritis pain?
Aspirin and Asthma
Iím asthmatic, and whenever I take aspirin to relieve a headache or muscle pain, I wind up congested and sometimes even gasping for air. Why is aspirin triggering my asthma attacks, and is there anything else I can safely take for pain?
Atopic Dermatitis
Iíve developed these itchy red patches above my eyebrows. The skin looks dry and scaly, but it actually feels a little greasy, and itís impossible to cover up with makeup. Is there any way to clear it up fast?
Avoiding Long-term Medication Side Effects
I feel like I've taken every medicine there is for arthritis, but I'm worried about the long-term side effects. What can I do to prevent them?
Bacterial Vaginosis Testing
Should pregnant women be tested for bacterial vaginosis?
Bad Body Odor
When people talk about "bad body odor," the source is usually the mouth, underarms, genital area, or feet. Sweat itself is odorless, but a bad "sweaty smell" can develop after sweat reacts with bacteria on skin.
Beating the Genetics of Diabetes
I have a strong family history of type II diabetes and I feel like I'm doomed to repeat it. I am 35 years old. Is there anything I can do to change my destiny?
Bed Bugs
During a recent business trip, I stayed in a swanky hotel and I seem to have had some sort of allergic reaction to something in the room. Iíve been home for a week now and what started as a rash on my stomach that looked like a line of small red welts has grown into a half-dozen ugly patches that itch like crazy! Whatís going on?
Birth Control Pills & Cancer Risk
Is it true that birth control pills actually decrease your risk of cancer?
Black Hairy Tongue
Frequent use of bacteria-killing mouthwashes can disrupt the natural balance of mouth flora, causing fungi or chromogenic (color-changing) bacteria to collect and form a dark coating.
Blepharitis
blepharitis, which is a common inflammatory malady of the eyelids that interferes with tear-producing glands and irritates surrounding skin.
Blisters in the Nose
I get painful blisters on the inside of my nose that can last up to three weeks. Whatís causing this, and how can I get rid of them for good?
Bloating
Why do I get so bloated before I have my period? What can I do to prevent it?
Boils
I have been getting boils for about 5 years. I have read that recurrent boils are a symptom of diabetes. Is this true?
Bone Density Tests and Differing Results
The most dramatic period of bone loss for women is in the first 5 years of menopause.
Breast Cancer And Antiperspirant Use
I thought I read somewhere that there may be a link between antiperspirants and some illnesses-- maybe cancer. Does this ring any bells with you or is it one of those
Breast Cancer Detection
Is mammography the only way to detect breast cancer?
Breast Cancer Genetic Test
What is the blood test for breast cancer?
Breast Cancer Treatment
How is breast cancer treated?
Breast Cysts
I have a history of cysts forming in my breasts due to hormonal changes. I know that cysts are sacs of fluid and are movable to the touch, but can a malignant lump move the same way?
Breast Discharge
I noticed a milky white, sticky discharge coming from my breasts, is this normal?
Breast Enlargement Without Surgery?
I am interested in a breast enlargement without an operation. Is it possible?
Breastfeeding With Inverted Nipples
I'm pregnant with my first child and after doing some research I've decided that breastfeeding is what's best for my baby. But there's a problem: I have inverted nipples. My doctor says that breastfeeding is still possible -- is there anything I can do to improve my odds?
Bumps On The Cervix
I have recently noticed several bumps on my cervix. I was told that it is normal to have bumps on your cervix and that the cervix is not smooth like we believe it is. Is this true or do I need to be concerned?
Burning Mouth Syndrome
It affects seven times more women than men and is more likely in postmenopausal women.
Cancer
What is cancer? Normal cells grow and divide in an orderly way. Cancer cells do not.
Cancer And Five-year Survival Rates
A "survival rate" is simply the percentage of people who live a certain period of time. Accordingly, the "5-year survival rate" refers to the percent of patients with any particular cancer who liveat least 5 years after their diagnosis.
Canker Sores
For six months I've been having a problem with recurring mouth ulcers. Every two to three weeks, small sores pop up on my lips and inside my mouth on my cheeks and gums. They're not pretty, but even worse, they hurt and sometimes it's hard to eat. How can I make them go away?
Carbonated Water and Calcium
A friend told me that drinking carbonated water robs the bones of calcium. Is this true? If so, does soda do the same?
Carnie Wilson's Surgery and Treatment for Obesity
I am interested in more information about the surgery that Carnie Wilson had for weight loss. Can you tell me how to find a doctor in my area?
Carotenemia
Recently I noticed that the palms of both my hands have turned a yellowish-orange color, like the color youíd get from a self-tanner. The only problem is Iím not self-tanning.
Cell Phones And Cancer Risk
Is there any truth to the rumor that cell phones can increase your risk of cancer?
Cervical Cancer
What is cervical cancer?
Change in PMS Symptoms
Since puberty, I've had very predictable PMS symptoms -- a headache on the same day every month. I'd take a few Advil and the pain was gone. But now at age 32, my PMS profile has suddenly changed: no more headaches. Now I get painfully sore breasts and Advil doesn't help. Why the change, and how should I treat the pain?
Changing Your Menstrual Cycle
I have a major event coming up and it coincides with my period. Isn't there a way I can change my cycle by changing the day I start taking my birth control pills?
Checking Out Freckles and Moles
I've had freckles and moles all my life. How do I know if any of them are the kind I need to be concerned about?
Cherry Angiomas
Over the past few months I've noticed several bright red blister-like growths popping up on my chest and midsection. They don't hurt or itch, but I'm still a little anxious. Is it just a rash, or could these bumps be a sign of something serious?
Chlamydia Screening
Who should be screened for chlamydia?
Chlorine and Hair Loss
I suspect my sudden hair loss is due to not taking proper care of my hair after swimming, but I'm not sure. If this is true and chlorine is the culprit, will my hair ever grow back?
Choosing a Gynecologist
I'm trying to choose a new gynecologist--is there anything specific I should ask before I become a patient?
Chronic Diarrhea After Gallbladder Surgery
Six months ago I had my gallbladder removed and ever since then everything I eat goes right through me. Sometimes it travels so fast I can't make it to the bathroom in time! As if that isn't embarrassing enough, I also have uncontrollable flatulence. What do you suggest?
Chronic Pancreatitis
Two weeks ago I began experiencing nausea, fever and severe pain in my upper abdomen, plus I was so bloated that I looked five months pregnant. I finally went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis. The doctor recommended an OTC painkiller, but it does nothing to ease the bloat. Is there anything else I can do to feel better?
Chronic Wounds
About a month ago, I cut my finger while chopping veggies and wound up with a few stitches. My doctor removed them a week later, but since then the cut has reopened and doesn't seem to want to heal. I've kept it clean with saline and water and covered it with surgical tape, but it looks worse than ever.
Clicking Joints
The other day I noticed that my right ankle kept clicking every time I took a step. This has happened before and it just went away, and even though it doesnít hurt, Iím worried it could be a sign of a serious joint problem like arthritis. Am I overreacting?
Clinical Trials
If you would like to be in a clinical trial, the best place to start is usually to discuss it with your own physician.
Cold and Flu Differences
What's the difference between the cold and flu?
Cold and Flu Treatment
Can antibiotics treat colds or the flu?
Cold Sores
I've suffered from the occasional canker sore for as long as I can remember. But a few months ago one popped up, and just as soon as it went away another one appeared. Now it seems like I can't go for more than a few days without an ugly sore forming on my lip. It's getting so I'm embarrassed to show my face. What should I do?
Colon Cancer Risk Reduction
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of colon cancer. Dr. Donnica explains risks and prevention of colon cancer.
Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Americans though it is often a preventable or curable disease when discovered early.
Colon Cancer Symptons
As with most cancers, the signs and symptoms of colon cancer can also be ďnormalĒ abnormalities or signs and syptoms of many other diseases and conditions.
Connection Between Hormone Replacement Therapy and Asthma
Is there a connection between hormone replacement therapy and asthma?
Constipation
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses constipation, its symptoms, and its association with some medications and diseases.
Constipation from Calcium Supplements
I'm 50 years old and perimenopausal, so my doctor suggested taking a daily OTC calcium and magnesium supplement to help protect my bones from osteoporosis. I've been following his advice for a few months, but now I'm constantly and painfully constipated. How can I help my bones without this annoying side effect?
Cost of Chlamydia
Does screening for chlamydia save money?
Counting The Days Of Pregnancy
Is the 40 weeks of pregnancy measured from date of conception, or date of last period?
Dark Circles Under the Eyes
There are many causes of dark circles under your eyes. The good news is that while they are cosmetically undesirable, they are generally medically harmless and don't necessarily indicate any serious medical problems.
Dealing with Loss and PMDD
I have secretly suffered for many many years, always on the defensive, blaming everyone else for upsetting me. I am usually a very gentle, caring, quiet person until literally the day before my period.
Dealing with PMDD
How Can We Handle Premenstrual Dysphoric Dysfunction (PMDD)?
Decreased Libido After the Baby Arrives
Ever since my one-year-old was born, I'm basically never in the mood. My husband thinks my birth control pills could be the culprit. Is that possible?
Depression Help
I am really confused because I donít know if I have a depression disorder or if I have PMDD. There is so much going on in my life and I just donít know how to analyze anything.
Dietary Changes That Can Affect Blood Pressure
Are there any dietary changes that can affect blood pressure?
Dieting and Hair Loss
I've been on a diet for about six months, and the good news is I've lost 15 pounds. But the bad news is I'm also losing my hair! Could I be missing some nutrient that's making me go bald, and can I ever get my hair back?
Discontinuing Premarin
I have been taking Premarin for over two years (after having a hysterectomy). Two days ago, I decided to quit taking the medication after reading the recent reports. Is it safe to quit Premarin
Dizziness and Vertigo
Dizziness is fairly common and has many possible causes. It may be called lightheadedness, feeling faint, being unsteady, losing balance, or feeling that you or the space around you is spinning (vertigo).
Do I Need Glasses?
I couldn't see the class board in my school because I sat all the way in the back of the room, but some of my friends do see the board. Do I need glasses??
Down Syndrome
What is Down Syndrome? How important is it for me to be screened for it when Iím pregnant?
Driving & Posture
Of course, a gentle massage at the end of your day may help as well!
Dry Eyes and Computer Vision Syndrome
I know itís possible to get addicted, and I think thatís whatís happened.
Ear Feeling Clogged and Jaw Pain
For the past couple of months, my right ear has been feeling clogged. I keep thinking that if I could just pop it, Iíd get some relief. Iíll try to yawn and open my mouth as wide as I can, but it doesnít help and actually makes the whole right side of my jaw feel sore. My doctor says I donít have an ear infection, so what could it be?
Early Perimenopause
While the average age of menopause in American women is 51, many women enter menopause much earlier.
Early Waking
Every morning I wake up at 5:30; a full hour before my alarm actually goes off. Iím not ready to get out of bed yet, but it seems like no matter how tired I am, I canít fall back asleep.
Eating Disorders, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts
I'm 21 years old and have had multiple eating disorders throughout my life. I've been
Educating Ourselves About Health Issues
Dr. Donnica Moore answers a question about women educating themselves when it comes to their own health care.
Emergency Pregnancy Prevention
Emergency contraception means taking certain birth control pills within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Ideally, you should take the first dose as soon as possible.
Empty Nest Syndrome
When I moved out of my parents' house last year, I left an empty nest. Since then, I've noticed on my visits home that my mother is getting thinner and thinner. She insists it's just my imagination, but Dad told me that she has started a new early-morning exercise routine and her appetite isn't what it used to be. Is it possible that my 48-year-old mother could have anorexia?
Endometrial Polyps
I am looking for information on endometrial polyps and whether these were something that can be passed during monthly cycles and if so, what might they look like?
Endometrial Polyps, the Pill & Menopause
I was just diagnosed with an endometrial polyp and am having surgery for its removal. Am I at risk for a recurrence of these polyps?
Endometriosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome, their similarities and symptoms.
Enhancing Fertility
Is there anything I can do to enhance my fertility?
Enlarged Aorta
Aortic enlargements can be hereditary or caused by injury, infection or a congenital weakness in the connective tissue of the artery wall.
Estrogen & Breast Cancer
What is the relationship between estrogen and breast cancer?
Estrogen & Endometrial Cancer
What is the relationship between estrogen and endometrial cancer?
Estrogen And Citrus
Recently, I heard you comment on the radio about taking estrogen (Premarin) with citrus juice. Please tell me the point of those comments.
Excessive Yawning
I have a question which might sound silly. I don't want to go to the doctor about it because it sounds ridiculous. Have you ever known of anyone yawning excessively? Is this something I should be concerned about or not?
Exercise and Urinary Incontinence
After having my second child, I decided it was time to do something about the 30 pounds of baby fat I'm still toting around. So I signed up for step aerobics classes at the local gym, but after just two classes I had to stop. Both times, jumping up and down off of the step caused urinary leakage!
External Otitis (Swimmer's Ear)
Last week was my familyís annual trip to the beach, and for the first few days after we got back, my right ear felt really clogged and sounds were sort of muffled.I figured I just had water in my ear and it would drain on its own. But then the inside started itching, and now it really hurts, plus my hearing seems to be getting worse. Whatís going on?
Extreme Scalp Odor
I've had a problem with extreme scalp odor for years. At first, I blamed it on the chemicals in my hair products but expensive and all-natural specialty products haven't helped a bit. Even prescription anti-fungal shampoos have zero affect. Now it's so noticeable that I'm too embarrassed to leave my house. What else can I do?
Eyelash Loss
My upper eyelashes have been falling out a lot lately, and then growing back uneven and sparse. It's mostly in the middle of my eyelid, right where it's most noticeable, and no amount of mascara or curling makes my lashes look any better. My eye doctor is stumped, and I'm worried I'll wind up without any lashes at all. Is there anything I can do?
Female Pattern Baldness
Iíve always had a thick, shiny head of hair, but recently Iíve noticed clumps of it coming out when I brush. I usually blow-dry in the morning, but I donít use dyes or any harsh chemicals. Itís hard to believe that hot air could be causing this much damage. Could it be something more serious?
Fertility
The most important way to enhance your fertility is to identify which days are your most fertile, and then to be certain to have intercourse on those days.
Fertility Monitor
I heard about a new method for enhancing fertility called
Fibrocystic Breasts, Caffeine and Estrogen
I had read that fibrocystic breasts can be caused by consuming caffeine, but my doctor didnít tell me to stop. Should I? Can fibrocystic masses turn into cancer?
Fibroids
While the vast majority of women with fibroids have no symptoms, fibroids can be responsible for a variety of symptoms with a broad range in severity.
First Aid Kit
If you purchase a commercially available first aid kit, open it after purchase and see whatís really in there; you may need to add certain items.
First Gynecological Exam
What's the rule for taking my teenage daughter for her first visit to the gynecologist? Should I wait until she has a problem, is age 18, or is sexually active?
Flu Treatment
We used to say that there werenít any prescription drugs to treat flu, because all we had at our disposal were antibacterial antibiotics. Now there are 4 different anti-viral drugs available.
Flu Vaccine
Vaccines can prevent infection in 7 to 9 out of 10 healthy people less than 65 years old and in one out of 3 nursing home residents. Yet only about one in 3 people under 65 and two out of 3 people over age 65 currently get vaccinated.
Fly-In Surgery
Dr. Donnica Moore weighs the pros and cons of flying to another city for heart bypass surgery.
Flying Early in Pregnancy
I just found out I am 5 weeks pregnant, however I have booked a holiday in two weeks time and I'm concerned about the radiation and its effect on the embryo.
Folic Acid
I am trying to get pregnant. How much folic acid should I take?
Folic Acid for Men
Should men take folic acid supplements too?
Frequent Dizzy Spells
Recently I've been experiencing pretty frequent dizzy spells, sometimes as often as once a day. They hit just after I stand up from a chair, and usually it's after a full day of running errands and feeling fine. I don't understand: I eat well and exercise regularly. What could be wrong?
Frequent Urination
My husband always teases me for having ďtiny bladder syndrome,Ē and Iíll admit I go to the bathroom more than most people. But it hasnít been a real problem until recently. Now I canít even sit through an entire movie without making at least one trip to the ladiesí room! Whenever I go out, Iím constantly keeping an eye out for the nearest toilet just in case. Whatís wrong with me?
Gaining Weight While on the Pill
I have been on the pill for 3 months to treat ovarian cysts, and I've since gained seven pounds. I don't want to take any diuretics because I hear they can deplete potassium. Is there anything I can do to safely get rid of my water weight?
Ganglion Cyst
Several months ago I noticed a lump on the joint between my ankle and the top of my foot that's about the size of a quarter and jelly-like in consistency. It's painless and doesn't seem to be growing, but I'm scared it's a tumor or something really serious. Can you help?
Ganglion Cyst II
Ganglion cysts are also known as ďBible cystsĒ because people used to try ďtreating themĒ by smashing a large book (like a Bible) on top of them. Do not do this!
Gastroparesis
Do you have any information on Gastroparesis? My wife is suffering through this since she had her thyroid oblated with radioactive iodine 2 months ago.
Geophagy And Pica
I love the smell of dirt, and sometimes I even want to eat it. Is my body lacking minerals or something?
Getting Help and Helping Others with Eating Disorders
I am a recovered anorexic and I would like to know if there is any way that I can get involved with helping other girls through this struggle.
Getting Help for Early Menopause and Depression
I am entering menopause quite early as my mother did, at 38 years old. There are extreme hormonal changes going on with me. My doctor has put me on the pill but I am still emotionally out of control and nearly suicidal at times. Can you give me any help at all?
Getting Help for PMDD
You do not need a hysterectomy or hormones to treat PMDD.
Getting Help for Severe PMDD
I just read your article on PMS and PMDD, and I am very concerned. You make it sound so simple to get help, when in reality it is very difficult. There is no help. No one understands! Please help me! Don't offer medicine. I don't have time or the money to go through trial and error until I find one that doesn't make me sick. What are my options?
Give Up the Pill Before the Honeymoon?
Would there be any short-term side effects if my fiancťe stopped taking her birth control pills? We are getting married in 11 days. Should she wait until after the wedding to stop taking them?
Graves' Disease
What is Graves' disease?
Graves' Disease Resources
Where can I find a physician in my area who specializes in Graves' Disease?
Grayish Areas That Cannot Be Cleaned
The appearance may range from a thickened, velvety brown streaking to a leathery lesion, most often on the neck or in skin folds under the arm or breasts, around the belt line or in the groin, but it may develop elsewhere.
Hammer Toes
A few months ago I noticed that my left middle toe started looking bent and now it's starting to cause me quite a bit of pain. Because it's so buckled, it's hard to put on shoes without them rubbing against my toe and causing even more discomfort. What's going on and what can I do?
Having Breasts of Different Sizes
I'm 42 and over the past 10 years or so, my right breast has slowly grown larger than my left breast. What causes the difference in breast size?
Headache and Dizziness After Miscarriage
I had a miscarriage 2 weeks ago. Ever since then sometime throughout the day I get a headache with a dizzy feeling. Is this something I should be concerned about or is my body just going through changes because of the miscarriage?
Headache Prevention
Since stress is high on the list of headache causes and migraine triggers, stress management techniques are high on the list of headache prevention strategies. These include massage, meditation, biofeedback, and having a positive attitude.
Health on the Web
There are a lot of websites out there that provide health information. How do I know if theyíre reliable and what can I do to protect myself against false information?
Healthy Weight Gain
The only articles I ever see in magazines regarding weight is how to lose. How can I put weight on?!! I'm 5'6' and weigh 118lbs. I know that is acceptable, but I look very thin. Is there a healthy way to put pounds on while maintaining a healthy diet???
Heart Attack Prevention
Can Heart Attacks be Prevented?
Heavy Periods and Fibroids
I've given birth to two healthy children, my first when I was 23 and the second at age 31. I hemorrhaged after both deliveries. My doctor blamed it on a fibroid and told me I have nothing to worry about. But for the past year, my periods have been extremely heavy and sometimes they contain several clots. Could this be due to the fibroids?
Help Finding Free Breast Health Services
I have a friend who told me that she will not get a mammogram because she has no insurance. I worry about her because she told me that she felt a lump on her one breast. I told her that she needs to get a mammogram. I know every once in awhile there are free screenings. Can you tell me where I can direct her?
Help for Chronically Chapped, Peeling Lips
For nearly a year, my lips have been painfully chapped and cracked, and the corners are so dry that the skin is peeling and revealing raw, tender skin. I feel totally dependent on chapstick. Is there anything else I can do?
Help for Panic Attacks
Isn't there any way to deal with anxiety without the drugs and their annoying side effects?
Help for Those in Need of Extensive Weight Loss
I am 33 years old. I have developed a heart condition from taking fen-phen, but still need to lose weight. I am looking for some type of teaching center that would perform the lap-band surgery on me. I need to lose weight so bad, but cannot take any more diet pills.
High Blood Pressure
Studies show sitting in a chair with feet on the floor and arm held at heart-level gives a more accurate reading than sitting on an exam table with feet dangling.
High Blood Pressure
My doctor told me I have high blood pressure. Is there anything I can do to lower it?
High Blood Pressure and Aspirin for Heart Attacks
Recently I had my blood pressure checked at one of those mall kiosks and the nurse told me it was high, which increases my risk of heart attack. Since then I keep hearing about the benefits of taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks, but I'm allergic to aspirin! I'm really nervous, especially because heart disease runs in my family. Is there something else I can take to protect my heart?
High Cholesterol
In adults, cholesterol is classified by levels. Your doctor must interpret your cholesterol numbers based on other risk factors.
High Frequency Hearing Loss
Last spring, I went to bed one night with perfectly good hearing, and woke up the next morning with a loud annoying buzz in my ears. My doctor conducted a hearing test and told me I have high frequency hearing loss. Can that really happen overnight, and is there anything I can do to stop it?
Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are the most common menopausal symptom reported by American women. Learn more about recognizing and preventing premenopausal hot flashes.
Hot Flashes and Calorie Burning
I am beginning to experience night sweats and hot flashes, nothing too terrible, though annoying for sure. I just wondered if, with all the heat my body is generating, there might be any calorie burn associated with thehot flashes.
How Do I Know if I Have PMDD?
I've heard that there is a severe form of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and I think I might have it. How do I know for sure?
How Your Body Changes When You Stop Taking the Pill
I stopped taking the oral birth control pill. Should I be having any side affects from going off the pill?
HRT And The Risk Of Breast Cancer
I heard that the National Institutes of Health just cancelled a huge study on hormone replacement therapy because it increased the risk of breast cancer. Is this true?
HRT Duration
How many years should a woman be on HRT?
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
I've been recently diagnosed with cervical dysplasia and was told after asking, that I have HPV. My son's FORMER girlfriend has the same diagnosis. Do my husband and son need to be tested? My son is concerned about infecting a future partner? We are confused!
Hydradenitus Supperativa
What is Hydradenitus Supperativa?
Hyperhydrosis
For the last six months or so I've been experiencing excessive sweating in my feet (hyperhydrosis, or so they tell me!). One doctor told me it's due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Is there anything I can do to regulate that?
Hypothyroidism & PMDD
I am 28. About 8 months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This week I was diagnosed with PMDD as well. Please help me to understand the likelihood of suffering both disorders, or tell me if a second opinion is warranted.
Implants and Breast Feeding
Can women breastfeed if they have breast implants?
Implants and Mammograms
While breast implants are not causally associated with an increased risk of breast cancer per se, they are known to interfere with mammogram screening.
Improving Womenís Health
Dr. Donnica Moore explains what a woman can do to improve her health in a question and answer format.
Increasing Flatulence
Age-related changes in the large intestine, along with increased use of medications and reduced physical activity, tend to slow the transit of stool through the large intestine causing an increased incidence of flatulence (gassiness) as well as constipation.
Induced Labor?
I found your web site because I was looking for some pregnancy info. I am due Friday, and have no signs of labor. My OB told me I will probably have to be induced. Can I wait a few more weeks?
Inexplicable Hangovers
Enjoy the hors díoevres, too, because alcoholís more apt to cause more problems on an empty stomach.
Infertility And The Clear Plan Easy Fertility Monitor
If an individual already knows for sure their day of ovulation, is it worth it to buy the clear plan monitor? Does the day of ovulation change?
Insurance for Mammogram
Are insurance companies required to reimburse for mammograms?
Interstitial Cystitis
What is interstitial cystitis?
Interstitial Cystitis
I have been getting urinary tract infections since I was 17 years old. I am now 22 and I get them at a rate of about 6 a year, sometimes more. Could you give me any more information on this topic that I could relay back to my doctors?
Interstitial Cystitis and Pepsi
I have had interstitial cystitis forever and I drink a lot of Pepsi. I wanted to know if that has something to do with my frequent urination?
Intertrigo
Lately I've noticed some sort of rash developing in the creases beneath my breasts. It's red, itchy and looks like it's spreading. What can I do to get rid of it?
Iron or Vitamin Deficiency and Fingernail Health
fingernails may be a window to certain nutritional deficiencies. But donít read too much into your self-diagnoses.
Irregular Periods
I have been having irregular periods for the past 4 years. They say I am too young to be going through menopause (29). When they started me on the birth control pills, they mentioned that if the pills didn't work that the only other option was having a hysterectomy. If they can't find anything wrong why would they mention a hysterectomy? Where does this leave me!
Kidney Infection or Ovarian Cancer
I'm 27 years old. I have been having pain in my back on my right side. About two weeks ago, it got so bad I had to go to the hospital and they said I had a really bad kidney infection. I have also been bleeding in between periods. I have been so tired and don't have the energy to do anything anymore. I get so bloated that my clothes don't fit right. Could these be the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
Kidney Stones: Preventing a Recurrence
few months back, I suffered from an excruciatingly painful kidney stone attack. My doctor told me that once you have one, thereís a good possibility that at some point youíll have another. Is there anything I can do to prevent another agonizing episode?
Knitting and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A few years ago, I took up knitting and itís become my favorite way to unwind at night. The only trouble is that Iíve started waking up in the middle of the night with a tingling sensation in the fingers of my left hand. If I shake my hand for a few moments, it usually goes away, but the sleep disturbances are starting to leave me exhausted and they seem to be happening more often. Could this be a sign of something serious?
Lack Of Energy
I have an
Leg Cramps and Nerve Root Pressure
I spend my days chasing after two toddlers, so occasional muscle pain is just par for the course. But about a month ago I began experiencing frequent and painful cramping in the backs of my legs, especially when I'm sitting. It's getting so bad that I can't even sit down to enjoy dinner with my family! What could this be, and what can I do about it?
Leg Swelling
I have a problem with my legs swelling. I wonít even put on a pair of shorts anymore they swell so much. I donít know what to do about them. Could you please help me?
Leg Swelling
I have a problem with my legs swelling. I wonít even put on a pair of shorts anymore they swell so much. I donít know what to do about them. Could you please help me?
Lichen Planus
After being diagnosed with a urinary tract infection about four months ago, my doctor prescribed antibiotics to clear it up. It worked well, but Iíve now developed these patches of little white lines and dots on my tongue and the insides of my cheeks. What is it, and what can I do about it?
Loss of Sexual Desire After Hysterectomy
I had to undergo a complete hysterectomy when I was only 34, and since then I've lost all sexual desire. I've heard there are things women can do when they experience loss of libido during natural menopause. Is there any help for women like me who go through premature menopause due to surgery?
Low Dose Birth Control Pills
Who manufactures ultra low dose birth control pills? More than one company? I need specifics and can't find them.
Lower Leg Tingling at Night
I often have an uncomfortable tingling sensation between my knee and ankle that gets worse when I'm trying to fall asleep. Sometimes it's so overwhelming that I'm up half the night fidgeting! I haven't done anything to injure my leg, and I'm so tired of waking up exhausted. Is there anything I can do to make it through the night pain-free?
Lupus and Menopause
I am wondering if I could be experiencing premature menopause. I will be 31 years old this November. I have been experiencing hot flashes, insomnia (which I never had before), heart palpitations, and headaches. Could this be menopause?
Maintaining Mental Function
I am worried about the effects aging will have on my abilities to think independently and maintain a clear head. Are there any steps I can take as I age to keep dealing with a full deck?
Mammogram: What to Expect
What should I expect when I have a Mammogram?
Mammography Reliability
Is mammography reliable?
Managing Heartburn
What can I do for heartburn?
Managing Perimenopause
I have been to two doctors now and they do not find that my hormone levels have changed. I have most of the symptoms of menopause, but not the hormone change. Is it true that I can be in a pre-menopause stage?
Memory Lapses
This is why I have everyone wear name-tags whenever I host a party!
Meniere's Disease
Dizziness is fairly common. It may be called lightheadedness, feeling faint, being unsteady, losing balance, or feeling that you or the room is spinning (vertigo). The good news is that most causes of dizziness are not serious.
Menopause and Contraception
I am a 51 year old woman who has not had a period in over a year. I am not on HRT. Is it necessary for my husband and I to use birth control to be sure that I don't get pregnant? If not now, will there be a time when it is not necessary?
Menopause at 43
Early menopause is defined as menopause for any reason before age 40. Sleep disturbances are one of the most common symptoms of menopause.
Menopause, Depression & HRT
I recently visited my health care provider who checked my hormone levels. The results showed that I am menopausal. I have hot flashes, night sweats, etc. Sometimes these symptoms don't bother me much. The real disturbance for me is depression. I am seriously debating whether or not to take HRT but when I read about HRT on the net I get more depressed because a lot of it seems to be negative.
Menstrual Allergies and Urticaria
During my PMS cycle, I break out in hives, sometimes badly enough to send me to the hospital. Are you aware of any other woman with this problem?
Menstrual Migraine
Each month, just before my period, I get these horrible migraines that put me out of commission for days. Nothing I do seems to make a dent in the pain. What do you suggest?
Menstrual Odor
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses menstrual odor and what treatment options are available.
Menstruation, Dizziness and Headaches
I am a 32-year-old woman. For my past 3 periods I have been experiencing severe dizziness, headaches, and nausea. This has interfered with my work and home life greatly. What can this be and what can I do to feel better?
Mercury in Tuna and Sardines
I eat tuna fish and sardines for lunch at least 4 times per week. Am I at risk for mercury poisoning, and if so, what will happen? How much fish is safe to eat?
Meridia
What is Meridia? Is it for me? Dr. Donnica gives you the scoop on this common weight loss medication.
Metabolic Disorders
My aunt was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder. I recall reading of a possible cure or breakthrough medicine. Have you heard of any of these cures?
Microbicides
Microbicides are agents that inhibit the transmission of certain viruses. The microbicides of greatest interest now are vaginal agents to inhibit the sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.
Migraine
Why do more women suffer from migraines? I seem to get one a few days before my period almost every month.
Migraine and Menopause
How does menopause impact women who have migraines?
Migraine Headaches and Flashing Lights?
I have had problems with these headaches for many years now but last night while driving home the car behind us flashed its bright lights three times and I had one of the worst I have experienced in a long time. Why is it that the light hurt me so badly while my husband was not affected?
Migraines and Menopause
I have had a lifetime of migraines on a monthly basis. Now that Iíve gone into menopause, the migraines happen more and more frequently. I am 53 years of age, happily married, children living on their own and simply want to be healthy and full of life.
Minimizing Sagging Breasts
I have fairly large breasts. I wear a size 38D bra but since I nursed my two children I've noticed that my breasts are really beginning to sag. Is this hereditary, and is there anything I can do, like exercises, vitamins, special bras, to prevent it?
Morbid Obesity
I am 47 years old and I weigh over 600 LBS. I need help. I have two children that I want to live for. Please help before it is to late for me
Morning Sickness
Severe, persistent vomiting during pregnancy is generally not morning sickness: this is a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, which occurs in about one in 200 pregnancies.
Multi Vitamins and Nausea
Many women are also taking multi-vitamins with iron, which can be upsetting to an empty stomach.
Mycoplasma Hominis
Do you have any info on pelvic inflammatory disease from m. hominis infection?
Nasal Allergy
What's a good remedy for nasal allergy?
Nasal Blockage
For as long as I can remember, I've had trouble breathing through my nose. It feels blocked, but when I blow it no mucus comes out. My doctor ruled out allergies. Any idea what this could be and what can I do about it?
Nausea in the Morning as a Sign of Pregnancy
I'm having morning sickness, feeling tired all the time, running to the bathroom a lot and the smell of things are making me sick. Is that a sign of being pregnant?
Neck Pain with Hypothyroidism and Menstruation
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and around the same time I began experiencing a dull pain in the back of my neck that coincided with my period. Sometimes it's so overwhelming I have to call in sick, but as soon as my period ends, so does the pain. Could my thyroid be causing this, and what can I do about it?
New Cervical Cancer Testing
Cervical cancer is preventable, treatable and curable if detected in its earliest stages. Cervical cancer is also generally a very slow growing cancer. Prevention, detection and treatment are essential.
No More Lactose Intolerance?
It is possible that you may never have been lactose intolerant in the first place.
Non-sexual HPV Transmission
After my pap smear showed abnormal cells, my doctor performed a colposcopy and found
Notalgia Paresthetica
A few weeks ago, I noticed a tan patch of skin developing on the upper left side of my back. At first the area was only slightly darker in color, but now it's really itchy and sometimes it burns. What is it and how can I clear it up?
Occasionally Absent Period
I am 23 and for the past 3 months I have not had my period. I am not pregnant either. Is this normal?
Oily Skin
I have the world's most oily skin. Is there a medication available that will slow down my hyperactive sebaceous glands?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Allergies
Cardiovascular disease runs in my family, and since I keep hearing that omega-3 fats are good for the heart, I want to get more of them into my diet. The problem is, I'm allergic to fish. Does this mean I'm allergic to fish oil capsules too? Is there another, natural way to get omega-3s?
Ordering Medicine Over the Internet
Is it safe to order medicines and supplements over the Internet?
Osteoporosis at the Age of 34
I am 34 years old. I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have been put on Didrocal. My doctor told me that the bone density test result was very disturbing. Last year, my mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I had just asked for safety's sake to have my bone density tested. How does a 34-year-old woman, who is active and doesn't drink alcohol, get osteoporosis?
Out of Breath and Dizzy
I'm 38 years old and in fairly good shape, but recently I've been having major trouble catching my breath. It gets so bad that I have dizzy spells, and the only way I can really fill my lungs is by yawning repeatedly until the spinning stops. I go through this several times a day! I thought maybe I was hyperventilating and tried breathing into a paper bag, but it only made things worse. What could be wrong?
Ovarian Cancer
How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is the most serious cancer affecting womenís reproductive organs. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as a cause of cancer deaths among women, and causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
Ovarian Cancer Blood Test
I received an email warning about a blood test all women should have to screen for ovarian cancer. Is this true?
Ovarian Cysts and the Pill
Low dose birth control pills are considered
Overactive Bladder
Overactive bladder defined, explaining symptoms of urge incontinence and when to seek medical help.
Painful Nipple Erection
Like most women, exposure to cold air makes my nipples erect. But mine also become excruciatingly painful. The stinging, searing sensation is unbearable and can last up to an hour. Even air conditioning blasts will do it, so I don't get a break during the warmer weather. What can I do about this embarrassing and uncomfortable problem?
Panic Attack
I was enjoying a casual dinner the other night, when all of a sudden my heart started racing. I broke out in a cold sweat and I was shaking, dizzy and short of breath. It was really scary - I thought I was having a heart attack!
Paying For Fibroid Surgery
Do you know where I can have my fibroid removed free or for a nominal charge?
PCOS, Fibromyalgia, Stress, And Weight Management
I was diagnosed with pseudo tumor cerebri, B-12 deficiency, fybromyalgia, sleep apnea (have had surgery for this--LP3 with a tonsillectomy) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (by my current doctor's referral to an OBGYN. I hope maybe you could help me by showing me a route to follow so that I can get well and be
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Infertility
My doctor said that my infertility problems may be related to my having PID without knowing it in the past. What is PID?
Perimenopausal Spotting in a Heavy Smoker
I have had a problem for a while with my period. It lasts for 5 days, then lingers around spotting for 3 to 5 days more. What is going on?
Perimenopause at 31
I am a 31-year-old whose mother began menopause at the age of 32. I had my period two weeks ago and am having it again. My mood swings are so crazy I thought I was going insane. How do I find a physician that works with young menopausal women?
Perimenopause or Pregnancy
About 15 to 20 years ago, I had my tubes tied. I am 40 years old now and experience problems sleeping as well as hot flashes from time to time. Is it possible for me to get pregnant after all this time?
Persistent Body Odor
Many women who go through menopause have new or increased body odor problems, often related to increased or excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Persistent Stiff Neck and Shoulders
About a month ago, I injured my neck and shoulders lifting heavy bundles at my job. Now, I'm constantly stiff and have been experiencing headaches on a daily basis. I've seen a chiropractor, but he hasn't helped. I don't want to have to go on disability. Is there anything else I can do?
Personal Relationships with Doctors While They are Treating You or a Close Family Member
Do the doctors ever become involved with patients families for reasons other than for the purpose of keeping in touch regarding patient care in the home? I had a relationship that was more than just
Pharmacogenomics
Dr. Donnica Moore discusses and the exciting future of genetics and how it will make a difference in women's health.
Pica Ice Craving
Lately Iíve developed this strange craving for ice. I make iced drinks constantly, not because Iím thirsty but because I want to crunch on the cubes. I didnít realize just how often I was doing it until my husband made a comment. Now I feel self-conscious whenever I chew on a few cubes, but itís almost as if I canít help myself. Why is this happening?
Pilonidal Cyst
A few days ago I noticed a large, painful red bump at the end of my tailbone while I was showering. At first, it was slightly tender to the touch, but now it's becoming more painful when I sit. It's too big to be a pimple, and I haven't done anything to cause an injury. Any idea what this could be and how to get rid of it?
Planning Pregnancy and Discontinuing Birth Control Pills
Planning a pregnancy can be an exciting time. Dr. Donnica discusses when to try to get pregnant after discontinuing birth control pills.
PMDD
PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. It is the acronym for the more severe form of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Like PMS, PMDD occurs the week before the onset of menstruation and disappears a few days after.
PMDD and PMS
Is it possible to alternate back and forth between PMS and PMDD from one month to the next depending on the intensity of the cycle? I think PMDD may be part of what I'm experiencing.
PMDD and Suicide
If your doctor is not available, ask whoís on call for emergencies. Thoughts of killing yourself (or others) should always be treated as urgent medical problems.
PMDD and Violent Behavior
Please help my daughter. She seems to have PMDD. She becomes incredibly violent one week before her period. She hits me and is extremely angry and violent. She'll be 15 in August and she had her first period at the age of 9 3/4.
PMDD VS Bipolar Disorder
I'm a raging lunatic before my period -- crying hysterically and fits of rage within minutes of each other. My suicidal and homicidal thoughts are what's most frightening. My doctor today mentioned I may have Bipolar, which just doesn't ring true with me. Your site has made me think itís PMDD.Where can I go for the best treatment and evaluation for this disorder?
PMDD vs. PMS
Is it PMS or a more severe condition known as PMDD? Dr. Donnica explains the difference between the two.
PMS and Young Women
I would like to know if PMS affects young women between the ages of 18 and 25 years. If so, what are the tests to check stress levels a week prior to menstruation?
Possible Causes of Chronic Genital Itching
I stumbled across your website in search of answers to our 4 year-old daughter's chronic genital itching. We notice that the symptoms are at their worst after she's been swimming in a pool. Is it possible to be internally allergic to chlorine?
Postpartum Bleeding After Intercourse
Ever since I gave birth to my third child, I bleed after my husband and I have sex. Should I be worried?
Postpartum Depression Management
How do I know if I have post-partum depression?
Pregnancy After Bulimia
I was bulimic during my early twenties. It was so bad that I completely stopped menstruating for a year. Today I'm 29 years old, I'm no longer bulimic, and I get my period regularly. Will I be able to conceive?
Pregnancy And Flying
How pregnant can one be and still be able to fly in an airplane? Are there health concerns? Are there airline standards?
Pregnancy and the Pill
A negative home pregnancy test can be frustrating for someone trying to concieve. This article addresses birth control pills, ovulation and when to take a home pregnancy test.
Pregnant and Afraid to Fly
I will have to fly when I am 11 weeks pregnant. I am terrified of flying - I stress before, during and after - could this be harmful to my baby? Should I cancel?
Premarin (conjugated estrogen)
I have been on Premarin (conjugated estrogen) for ten years and would now like to stop taking it. Is this a good idea?
Premature Menopause
Premature ovarian failure (POF) is also known as premature menopause: it is defined as menopause for any reason before age 40.
Premature Ovarian Failure and Hormone Levels
I've learned from your website that I'm considered as having premature ovarian failure (POF). My symptoms began when I was 25-26 years old. My doctor tested my prolactin levels and not my FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) or LH (luteinizing hormone) levels. Could you tell me why? Should I request that FSH and LH levels be taken?
Premature Ovarian Failure and HRT
Dr. Donnica answers a question about premature ovarian failure and whether to continue taking HRT.
Premenstrual Syndrome
How do I know if I have PMS? Is it just all in my head?
Premenstrual Voice Syndrome
As a kindergarten teacher, talking (and sometimes shouting) is part of my job. Problem is, the week before my period I get incredibly hoarse, so much so that getting through each day is a real struggle. Could it really be related to my menstrual cycle?
Prempro and a Doctorís Opinion
Concerned about the latest findings regarding prempro? Dr Donnica Moore explains to a reader what she should do.
Preventing Osteoporosis
My Mother has osteoporosis and Iíve heard itís hereditary. Is there anything I can do to prevent osteoporosis?
Preventing the Flu
Flu season is on its way. Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of getting sick?
Quick Weight Loss
I have been hearing about a
Raynaud's of the Nipples
Two weeks ago, I gave birth to my first child and she took to breastfeeding almost right away. The only problem is that after sheís done feeding, my nipples are practically white in color, plus they hurt so bad it brings tears to my eyes.
Raynaud's Syndrome
My hands always get really cold in winter, but lately, they feel icy even when Iím indoors, especially at work where they keep the temperature toasty warm. When I put gloves on or rub them together to warm them up, I get a pins and needles sensation. Whatís going on?
Rectal Bleeding
My very best friend in the whole world is experiencing a large amount of bleeding in her stool and a large amount of bleeding from her rectum after she has used the restroom. She's only passing little pebbles though. I want to help her, but she doesn't want to talk about it.
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Chlamydia
I am 32 years old. I have two children, 13 and 7. I started my period while on the Pill. I always seem to have a lot of UTIs, since I started having sex with my fiancť, (we have been together for 2 years) and it seems like I get one every other month or so. I talked to the gynecologist about this when I had my physical. She said to drink more water, and always use the bathroom after intercourse, which I ALWAYS do. I don't understand why I keep getting them, and could it have something to do with
Recurring Bacterial Vaginosis
I've been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis numerous times, but no matter how many pills or creams my doctor prescribes, nothing seems to clear it up for good.
Red Patches
About 2 1/2 months ago my husband got sick with a bad sinus infection. I've also noticed some red patches that are on his body. I'm concerned about him and wonder if these are signs of cancer.
Red Rash Returns After Course of Antibiotics
I'm 50 years old and last year I began noticing little red bumps around my groin and on my buttocks. At first they stayed below the belt, but now they've crept up to my breasts and underarms.
Red Spider Veins
Red Spots All Over
For about 10 years, tiny, red, pin prick-sized dots have been slowly appearing on my body. The dots seem to be showing up overnight. I find a new one almost every morning, and they're everywhere: my legs, torso, arms and even one on my lip. How can I stop this from spreading?
Reddish-Brown Bumpy Rash
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed several small, reddish-brown bumps developing on the back of my leg. It's not razor burn. The bumps are bigger and firmer to the touch but they are starting to get itchy, but not painful like a rash. Should I be worried?
Reducing Breast Augmentation Surgery Side Effects
I am planning to have breast augmentation surgery in a few months, which I've been looking forward to for years. I am aware that the surgery has many potential side effects. Is there anything I can do to reduce them?
Reducing Your Risk of Gallbladder Disease
gallstones do run in families. The good news is that there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Relationships, Pregnancy, and PMDD
How would you suggest convincing someone to get help if they don't think they have a problem? My brother and his wife have been married for 1 1/2 years, and are 5 months pregnant. His wife is showing signs of PMS or PMDD.
Removing an Ovarian Cyst
I was just diagnosed with an ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I had a hysterectomy 8 months ago, but kept my ovaries. I'm only 31 years old. I have had pain for the last 8 months on my left side. I want the doctor to take my ovary out since I have had nothing but problems. Is that a wise decision?
Reversing a Tubal Ligation
I had a tubal ligation a few years ago. I recently remarried and my husband and I want to have a baby. Can the procedure be reversed? Is it safe?
Risk Factors for Heart Attack & Heart Disease, Part I
Half of all heart attacks are linked to known risk factors that can be reduced or eliminated.
Risk Factors for Heart Attack & Heart Disease, Part II
What are the additional risk factors to consider for heart attack and heart disease?
Risk of Ectopic (Tubal) Pregnancy
I had a tubular pregnancy a few years ago, and I was told I have a 70% chance of having another. Is that true? And if it is, is there any way for me to prevent it?
Rosacea and Desonide Cream
You are not alone in your struggle with rosacea! It affects approximately 14 million adult Americans, many of whom aren't even aware that this common skin disorder has a name.
Running Out of Treatments for PMDD
This PMDD is driving me crazy. The Prozac I am taking is not working anymore. It is very hard for me to control my anger and outbursts. Last week, I had to leave work early because I wasn't feeling good -- tired, short fuse, and hostile inside of myself. Not good when you work in the Emergency Room!
Sagging Skin After Weight Loss
I have lost a total of 65 pounds over the last 2 years and now I have loose, saggy skin, especially on my inner thighs and the undersides of my upper arms. Is there anything I can do to tone up?
Scabies
Contrary to popular opinion, scabies is not a reflection of your personal hygiene; scabies can affect anyone.
Sciatica
I spend my days chasing after two toddlers, so occasional muscle pain is just par for the course. But about a month ago I began experiencing frequent and painful cramping in the backs of my legs, especially when I'm sitting.
Seasonal Cholesterol Changes
High cholesterol runs in my family, so last year my doctor suggested I get my levels checked every six months, just to be safe. In August they were normal, but when I went back a few weeks ago my reading was several points higher. I havenít changed my diet since then. Does that mean itís time to go on cholesterol-lowering drugs?
Seasonal Migraines
Migraine is much more than just a headache. Itís a chronic and recurrent throbbing pain on one side of the head, with or without other symptoms like sensitivity to light or sound, visual changes, and nausea or vomiting.
Sensitive Teeth and Contact Dermatitis from Using Strontium Chloride
my teeth have been really sensitive to cold and to sugary foods. I switched to a toothpaste with strontium chloride, which I heard was good for sensitive teeth, but after just two days of using it, my lips have become chapped. What should I do, and will I ever eat ice cream again?
Sex and Relationships in Adolescence
I'm 15 and my boyfriend and I are talking about having sex but I am really worried about getting pregnant. What are the chances of getting pregnant your first time while using protection and possibly birth control? Is using two condoms more effective?
Sex Selection Before Conception
I have 2 beautiful little girls and would love to have a boy as my last child. My friends told me that there are tricks that would improve my chances but I'm skeptical. Could you recommend something?
Sexual Partners and the Human Papilloma Virus
I recently had abnormal pap results and a colposcopy done. The results are changes
Shoulder Pain
Lately Iíve been experiencing almost daily soreness and shooting pain in my right shoulder. Some days I canít even sling my purse over my shoulder without getting a twinge. I canít figure out what causes it. Iím a law clerk, so itís not like Iím doing any heavy lifting. What could be wrong?
Shoveling Snow and Heart Health
My husband often tries to get out of shoveling the snow by claiming that it's not good for his heart. Is this true?
Sleep Bruxism
The symptoms include jaw muscle discomfort, a dull headache, earaches, and wear and-tear of the teeth.
Slim Fast and Breastfeeding
Is it ok to drink Slim Fast while I'm nursing my baby?
Soft, Peeling Nails
Taking a daily multivitamin is a smart first move, but be sure that it has iron!
Sore, Aching Foot
High heels or any improperly fitting shoes are common contributing factors.
Soy And Acne
Can soy supplements or phytoestrogens improve acne? Can women taking birth control pills also take soy supplements or phytoestrogens?
Spotting and Possible Pregnancy
I'm having symptoms of pregnancy -- morning sickness, vomiting, tender breasts, and spotting every once in a while. This morning I started bleeding. I was wondering if that was a sign that something could be wrong?
Spotting Between Periods
There are many factors that can influence the regularity of your menstrual cycle and cause mid-cycle spotting, or metrorrhagia. These causes range in severity.
STAR Trial
Dr. Donnica discusses the STAR Trial, an on-going study of tamoxifen and raloxifene and their effects on breast cancer.
Stomach Noises
Even the good kindólike being excited about chairing the meeting-- can stimulate the smooth muscles of your intestines, forcing air pockets to move noisily through your system.
Stopping the Pill Before Getting Pregnant
Why do most doctors recommend having one period after stopping the pill and before trying to get pregnant?
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Stress urinary incontinence, the most common form of urinary incontinence, is defined. Causes of SUI are also included in this article.
Stressful Life Changes
I have no idea who to talk to. Within the last 30 days I have gained at least 30 pounds. I am taking Zyban for smoking (29 days of not smoking now) and it is making me crazy and over emotional. My husband thinks I am suffering from PMDD, which could be true. Read more about dealing with stressful life changes.
Stubborn Yeast Infections
Last year my gynecologist gave me a prescription for ortho-tri-cyclen for PMS and an antibiotic for vaginitis. The yeast infection has been coming back over and over again. I was wondering if this could be happening because of the Ortho-Tri-Cyclen?
Sudden Appearance Of Facial Hair
I have facial hair on and under my chin. They just came all at once. What is the reason for this and how can I get rid of them?
Sudden Chest Pain
While I was watching television last week, I hopped up during the commercial break to grab a snack and was stopped dead by a searing pain in my chest. But then, about 40 seconds later, the pain just subsided and hasn't returned. I don't think it was a heart attack, but what else could it be?
Superficial Phlebitis
Varicose veins run in my family, so when a few appeared on my legs I wasnít exactly surprised. But then one of the veins started looking really swollen, plus it turned red and hurt to touch. Now itís starting to burn, particularly when I get out of bed in the morning. Is this serious?
Surgery for Overactive Bladder
It seems clear that I've had OAB for many years and Detrol is providing very little, if any relief. Is surgery an option?
Surprise Belching
Abnormal belching may also be caused by GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease or ďheartburn,Ē a condition in which the LES is abnormally relaxed, allowing stomach air to be easily expelled upward.
Sweaty Palms
The first step is to identify and treat any possible underlying causes, such as stress, or underlying medical conditions, such as infections, thyroid problems,malignancies, obesity, or menopausal hot flashes.
Swollen Ankles and Feet
If skin quickly returns to its pre-touched state, the swelling may be caused by your recent period of forced inactivity.
Symptoms of Ectopic (Tubal) Pregnancy
Do you get the same symptoms, like nausea and swollen breasts, when you have a tubular pregnancy? Can you get pregnant after having a tubal ligation?
Synthroid
I was wondering if synthroid is safe to take if you have been told you can't take hormones when going through the change. I noticed that synthroid is a hormone replacement.
Taking the Pill to Cause a Miscarriage Does Not Work
I'm 17 years old and I just found out that I'm pregnant. I'm really scared and not ready. One of my friends informed me that if I take the birth control pill it would cause me to have a miscarriage. I was wondering if this was true?
Tamoxifen
What is tamoxifen? Learn more about the use of this medication.
Temporary Tinnitus
Other possible causes may include ear infection, earwax compaction, certain medications or even high blood pressure or thyroid problems.
Teriparatide for Osteoporosis
I just read an article about teriparatide, the new drug approved by the FDA for treating osteoporosis. I am in a study for osteoporosis and am injecting myself daily with a parathyroid hormone. I was wondering if this new drug is similar to what I am taking and how I could get more information about it.
The Difference Between Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
What's the difference between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis?
The Pill & Bulimia
One of my friends is bulimic and has unprotected sex, but she is on the birth control pill, so she thinks that that is okay. If she is bulimic, how long does it take for the pillís hormones to be fully absorbed? Is she safe from getting pregnant?
The Pill and Depression
I have recently heard that taking the birth control pill can help with depression and moodiness. Is there any truth to this?
The Pill and Miscarriages
Can using birth control pills cause a miscarriage? How? Is there anything to prevent this from happening?
The Pill and Missed Periods
My girlfriend and I have been seeing each other for over a year and she is taking Cyclessa (28-day cycle). We had sex 2 days before her scheduled period, and now she is a day late on her period. What is going on? Is it even possible that she's pregnant?
The Pill Schedule and Pregnancy
Altering the normal Pill-taking schedule can result in an unintended pregnancy.
Throat Discomfort Accompanied by Bad Breath
I had to drag it out of him, but he finally admitted that my breath stunk
Thrombophilia Tests
I recently had a pre-conception counseling session with my doctor. Everything looked good, she prescriped prenatals and the usual (I'm thinking of getting pregnant in the next year and I've never been pregnant before). Her nurse just called me and said that the doctor wants to do a thrombophilia panel of tests on me.
Thyroid Disease
What is thyroid disease? Dr. Donnica explains thyroid disease, prevention and disease management.
Thyroid Disease Prevention
There are no preventive methods, lifestyle changes, or vaccines for thyroid disease, but there are many strategies for effective management.
Thyroid Gland
What is the thyroid gland? Why is it important to our health?
Tied Tubes and Ectopic Pregnancy
My wife just had a ultrasound to find out if she may be pregnant in her tubes. My question involves the fact that she had her tubes tied 6 years ago. What are the chances that she could be pregnant in her tubes compared to some other sort of illness?
Tinea Pedis
I live in my favorite pair of sneakers, but for the past few weeks theyíve made my feet extremely itchy and red.
Tinnitus and Sinus Infections
Iím prone to sinus infections (I usually get two or three a year), and a few months back I suffered from a particularly bad one that left me with a constant ringing in my ears.
Toilets and STDs
We want to know if one could catch any sexually transmitted infection from sharing toilets? Could you catch anything if any water from the toilet touches you?
Tongue Pimples
Within about five days, it will go away on its own, but until it does, resist the urge to check on it to see if itís still there by rubbing your tongue against your teeth.
Trans-vaginal Tape
When I have sex, a lot of urine comes out. What can I do? I'm so frustrated. This doctor said he thinks he can help me by giving me collagen implants. What do you think about that? Please help me!!!!!
Treating Significant Menopause Symptoms
I am a 51-year-old woman who is entering menopause. I am having severe sweating experiences, daytime and nighttime. I become very flushed and clammy and then become very cold.
Treating Uterine Fibroids
I have a 40-year-old friend who is having big problems with fibroids. Her doctor has given her 3 options: taking a drug that will imitate menopause and might reduce the fibroids, removing the fibroid that is causing the problem, or having a hysterectomy. Are there other options?
Treating Vaginal Dryness
I've been experiencing vaginal dryness for several months and I've used everything I can think of to stay lubricated during sex with my husband -- KY jelly, fatty acid supplements, even saliva. All of those tricks work but only for a little while before I become dry again. Now sex is almost always painful, and afterwards IĻve been noticing small abrasions on my genitals. How can I enjoy sex again?
Uncontrollable Flatulence
Flatulence, or passing gas, is normal but uncontrollable flatulence isn't.
Undiagnosed Abdominal Pain
I have been experiencing a tightness or fullness on the upper left side of my abdomen, right under my ribcage, and when I sometimes move, it feels liquidy, almost like I have a small water balloon in there, and other times it feels gassy and is better when I release gas. Nobody I talk to seems to have ever heard of my symptoms and I am at my wits end. Please help me.
Unexplained Abdominal Swelling
I am a thirty-year-old woman and have had lower abdominal swelling on my left side for three months. The swelling is increasing; it is noticeable because it protrudes over a scar I have from a kidney surgery I had when I was two. What further tests should I ask my doctor to conduct?
Unexplained Bruising
Unexplained bruising is very common in women. As you suspected, the most common causes are bumping into things without realizing it.
Unpleasant Vaginal Odor
I have a fishy vaginal odor that is so bad that people don't want to sit next to me! Please help!
Unusual Rash
Lately I've been experiencing boil-like bumps on both of my underarms that are spreading down my sides. What are they, and how can I get rid of them?
Unwanted Facial Hair
This ďsecretĒ is one you share with plenty of women.
Urinary Frequency
Dr. Donnica Moore answers a question regarding overactive bladder and urinary frequency. She explains how to tell if you have symptoms of OAB.
Urinary Frequency and a Lump in the Groin
For the past 20 years, I have noticed that I have had to go to the bathroom FAR more than 8 times a day. I have been to urologists and regular doctors. They all told me that there is nothing
Using a Fertility Monitor for Contraception
I am 34 years old and I am very interested in the Clear Plan Easy Fertility Monitor. Does it have to be used just before having sex or can it be used a couple of hours before?
Uterine Artery Embolization
Dr. Donnica Moore explains a relatively new procedure, uterine artery embolization, used to treat those women with large or numerous fibroids.
Uterine Cancer
What is uterine cancer? Uterine cancer is a malignancy of any part of the uterus or womb.
Uterine Prolapse
Uterine prolapse is not a condition that improves on its own; it can often get worse. Depending upon the extent of the prolapse and your symptoms, surgery may be the best option.
Vaginal Cancer
If you are a healthy woman, vaginal cancer is relatively rare. It is usually diagnosed in elderly women who notice abnormal bleeding (whether or not they have had a hysterectomy in the past).
Virginity Reclaimed?
Is there any possibility for me to be a virgin again? I'm not a virgin any more but I would like to be again, if is it possible?
Vitamins & Constipation
Do all vitamins cause constipation? I eat prunes every day, and take an herbal laxative and psyllium husk pills, but Iím still constipated. What should I do?
Vitreous Floaters
I've never had vision problems in the past, but recently I've noticed these odd zigzag shapes in the corner of my left eye. What's really strange is that they seem to move with my eyes until they slide out of sight and disappear, only to reappear days later. What are they, and should I be concerned?
Vulvar Cancer
Vulvar cancer is a malignancy that appears as lesions on the surface of the vulva or labia. Any abnormal growth or discoloration in that area should be reported to your gynecologist.
Weight Problems & Thyroid Disorders
most women with weight problems think that the cause is an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), which may cause weight gain and sluggishness among its many other symptoms.
What is a Clinical Trial?
What Is a Clinical Trial?
What it Might Mean When Your Period Stops
My 22-year-old daughter stopped getting her period a year and a half ago. Her doctor says her ultrasound results are normal and that she needn't worry about it until she's ready to get pregnant. We're both still concerned. What could possibly be wrong?
What to Do if You Have Trouble Swallowing Pills
Iíve never been able to swallow pills. Every time I try, I end up gagging. My doctor just gave me a new prescription and there is no chewable option.
What to Do When Weight Loss Stalls
With any weight loss plan, it's normal and expected to experience plateaus from time to time.
White Bumps That Aren't Acne
These ingredients add moisture while dissolving the cellular glue that holds the keratin deposits together.
Who Should Diagnose PMDD
Who is best qualified to make a diagnosis of PMDD -- a gynecologist, a psychologist, or another physician?
Women in Medicine
Have you ever considered starting a scholarship for women who wish to pursue this line of work?
Wrist Pain
Lately Iíve been experiencing a dull pain in my wrist that occasionally spreads up into my forearm.
Yasmin
Can Yasmin be used to treat PMDD? Dr. Donnica Moore answers a reader's question with suggestions on treatment to control symptoms of PMDD.
Yeast Infections That Don't Respond to Treatment
Exactly 19 months ago, I got my first yeast infection. Nothing has worked. Is there anything you can do or anyone that you can lead me to, to help me solve this problem?
Yellow Vaginal Discharge
Over the past eight months I've noticed a creamy, yellow vaginal discharge. I don't really know how to bring it up with my doctor. It has a bad odor and it's embarrassing. What if it's serious? Should I be worried?
Zinc Lozenges and Cold Treatment
Do zinc lozenges help treat colds symptoms, or is it just an old wives tale?

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