Health Advice



Low Blood Pressure Prompts Concern About Blood Levels, Iron

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 23-year-old woman. Recently, my friend experienced a problem with high blood pressure, and for about five days, I followed her diet, which consisted of no added salt or sugar. While taking care of her, I checked my blood pressure once or twice, and it was normal. However, after almost five days, I measured it again and ...Read more

MRI Not Recommended For Patient With Shrapnel Lodged In Skull

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a 3 mm piece of shrapnel lodged in my skull bone. This is a result of military action back in 1967. A recent X-ray continues to show the shrapnel after all these years. I would say that the piece is half in and half out of the skull bone.

At age 77, I am unable to have an MRI. I currently have Type 2 diabetes and a ...Read more

Inguinal Hernia Grows In Size, Prompting A Surgical Repair

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm an 83-year-old healthy woman. In 2019, I became aware of a little bulge in my groin and suspected an inguinal hernia. It was confirmed by my family doctor. Given its small size and the fact that it gets reduced easily, we decided to wait and watch it.

An ultrasound revealed that the only contents of the hernia were ...Read more

Low Iron Levels Might Affect Blood Donor's Depression

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am wondering if there is any link between low iron and depression/anxiety. I am a 37-year-old woman, and I started taking Lexapro a few years ago. I upped my dose last year because I wasn't feeling great, and my doctor and I decided that it was a good step to take.

During the years that I have been taking Lexapro, I have ...Read more

Lymphedema In Both Legs Requires Continuous Drainage

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have lymphedema in both legs, and I'm undergoing drainage every day for two hours for the next two weeks. They wrap my legs with four to five different wraps and lightly massage them in an upward motion. I sleep in a recliner, and I sit in my wheelchair most of the day due to other surgeries.

I have been to three doctors, ...Read more

Use Reliable Literature Sources For Information About Vitamins

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you recommend the most reliable literature source(s) for vitamin and supplement information and interactions? For instance, health magazines give these examples of supplement information:

-- Take magnesium with vitamin D3 for best absorption.

-- Do not take magnesium with zinc or iron supplements. Take it hours apart to...Read more

Ibuprofen Needs To Be Used In Caution After Hernia Operation

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: My second inguinal hernia operation resulted in pain and a lot of blood in my groin area. I can understand why I was prescribed acetaminophen, but I am confused about ibuprofen. It's a blood thinner, and I am not sure if my blood needed thinning, since there was plenty of blood in the groin and surrounding area. -- M.I.

ANSWER...Read more

Patient Gets Diagnosed With Covid Without Getting Tested For It

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 71-year-old male in excellent health, and I don't take any medications. Recently, after experiencing mild headaches, mild muscle aches, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing and a sore throat, I went to an urgent care facility near me to find out which of the viruses I had been infected with. After listening to my lungs and ...Read more

Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction Causes Stiff Heart

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: A friend of mine has been diagnosed with "stiff heart" and has kind of given up because there is no treatment. With all the advances in medicine, isn't there something that can be done? -- C.L.

ANSWER: It's not always easy to guess what a medical diagnosis might be from a simplified description like this, but my best guess is ...Read more

Immunotherapy For Peanut Allergies Is Still A Work In Progress

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why aren't people able to see an allergist to be desensitized to a peanut allergy? As a child, I was allergic to dust, pet hair, milk and other things, but I received treatments. I am not bothered by any of these now. It would seem prudent to desensitize people who have allergies that are life-threatening, like peanut allergies...Read more

The Course Of Rare Van Der Knaap Disease Is Somewhat Unclear

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question that I hope you can help me with. My 1-year-old grandniece (my brother's granddaughter) was recently diagnosed with Van der Knaap disease after suffering seizures and getting an MRI. An internet search described it as a rare inherited disorder with walking difficulties and a progressive decline in brain ...Read more

Treatment For Thymic Cancer Begins With Surgery Or Chemo

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DOCTOR ROACH: I have recently learned that my sibling, age 70, has rare cancer of the thymus. She will be getting chemotherapy and perhaps radiation treatment. I have heard of immunotherapy. Is this an option?

Would you know what could have caused this type of cancer? When she was younger, she had bouts of rosacea; could there be a ...Read more

People With Diabetes Have Great Results With A Plant-Based Diet

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Your recent column about treating diabetes left me wondering. Diabetes, as I understand it, is usually a result of too much sugar being consumed. But consuming carbohydrates is not that much different because they are quickly converted to sugar through the human chemical processes. So, why are you promoting a plant-based diet ...Read more

Diagnosis Of Spinal Stenosis Usually Leads To Therapy And Meds

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old male in relatively good health. I developed pain in my lower back, buttocks and upper legs that started a couple of months ago. It is particularly painful in the morning when I arise and subsides some as I work through the pain and get going through my day.

My primary care doctor sent me to a physical ...Read more



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