DOCTOR IS IN: Welcome

Wouldn’t it be great to hear from medical experts on things related to your heart condition? Your diabetes? Your stress?

Now you can.

A weekly feature in the Better Health blog, “Doctor Is In” brings top specialists in your backyard to your cubicle.

In partnership with Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta a seasoned physician each week will blog for ajc.com, keeping you informed of the things you might want to know to live a healthier life.

From sleeplessness to stroke, from erectile dysfunction to depression, the doctors will lead you to better choices for you and your loved ones. Help is only a double click away.

Feel free to submit your questions and comments. Hear what doctors have to say.

And, the doctor will now see you.

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18 comments Add your comment

Mary

February 20th, 2009
9:56 am

Husband had cancerous tumor removed from sinus cavities almost 5 years ago. Yesterday, during routine checkup, his Dr. said he could see granulation in the sinus cavities? What is granulation? Should we worry?

Anne

February 20th, 2009
10:02 am

I’m 100lbs over weight. I’ve tried many diets. I’m ready to explore studies, diet pills. I have HBP and Diabetics Type II for which I’m taking medication for both. I have no known heart conditions (evlauated within the last year.) Can you suggest any weight loss studies, pills, that I may try outside of gastric bypass. Process is too time consuming (all the steps you have to go through) which I’ve gone through before with the exception of pysch evaluation. Please help. I’m desparate.

Kate

February 20th, 2009
11:45 am

My heart rate and blood pressure fluctuate depending on my position. For example, my standing heart rate is about 20 points higher and BP is 10-15 points higher as well. I also experience tachycardia when lying flat. What could cause this variance? Is that a common problem? Thank you.

Rebecca

February 20th, 2009
12:34 pm

I have 3 older children with ADD. They are in college in Atlanta and some are having a rough time. They are all smart but two are struggling. The one who is not struggling is taking medication. He was on Adderall and has switched to Vyvanse. He has great grades but the meds have bad side effects (loss of appetite, acne, depression). These go away when he is off the meds. The other two do not want to take medicine because of the way it makes them feel. They just cannot seem to focus and their grades have been poor. I realize that this is not a problem that you can fix, but what I’m looking for is some ideas and maybe a referral in the Atlanta area for someone who specializes in ADD. We are just using their family doctor for now and we live outside Atlanta. Please realize that we are struggling financially as I have 3 in college and my husband is unemployed. Thanks for any advice that you can offer.

Rob

February 25th, 2009
12:18 pm

I am 40 years old, 185 lbs 6.2. Dont drink, smoke. I do exercise. I take cholestrol medicine lipitor

My blood pressure id 150/100. Is it time for me to go to medication or I can try bringing it down by diet

KC

February 25th, 2009
12:27 pm

3 years ago I started feeling a numbness in both feet. A few months ago this feeling or lack there of moved to my waist. I was numb from the waist down. That lasted a couple of weeks or so. Now it’s back to the feet. Several MRI’s & CATSCAN’s show nothing out the norm. The feeling becomes intense at times. Tested for MS & diabetes both negative. Any ideas?

B. J.

February 25th, 2009
12:30 pm

To: Anne

There is a new product called SENSA. Check it out on the internet. I have been using it for two weeks and it works.

CB

February 25th, 2009
1:20 pm

I am a 29 year old male. I recently had bloodwork done and it reported that my bad cholesterol was high, and my good cholesterol was low. My family has a history of heart disease and diabetes, and I have poor dieting habits, I smoke occasionally, and I do not exercise much. Also, I’m not overweight.

My doctor suggested and prescribed Zocor and come back again in two months to see him. Would this be the best diagnosis? I’m willing to change my diet, and try to make the time to exercise. As hard as this would be to make those changes, I have full support and help from my family. Would I still need to go on medication?

Sandra

February 25th, 2009
1:34 pm

I have non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and my doctor at Emory is just watching it as this time. My question is, is it okay for me to use a natural hair color on my hair? Thanks!

cheryl

February 25th, 2009
2:31 pm

My husband has high blood pressure and sleep apena was recently had an echo cariogram performed, it showed that the right chamber of his heart was damaged and enlarged,and was given medication to slow down his heart rate or there any webisites I can visit to find out more information

mark jones

March 3rd, 2009
1:18 am

Im 52 and need to find a doctor to have a phyical at a reason cost. can you help

KC

March 10th, 2009
9:09 am

I thought that there would be answers to the questions posted here. If not, this may be a missed opportunity.

Charles Yoo

March 10th, 2009
9:25 am

Hello, readers. I’m the online Health editor for ajc.com. First, thank you for your questions. Please keep them coming. The writers are reading all your inquiries and choosing the best topic to blog on each week. Some of the inquiries might be too personal and too specific for the medical professionals to respond to. However, they’ll blog on the topics to which you’re bringing our attention. Some of the blog posts were published because of the sheer time element. Breaking news matters. For example, the Salmonella outbreak is very crucial for us to discuss right now. Please be patient, and keep the questions coming. Thank you.

Ronald

March 11th, 2009
12:05 pm

I’ve had insomnia since I was a little boy. My mom will testify to that. It has gotten worse over the past year. I’ve seen a sleep doctor and he says there is no reason for me not to sleep well. My primary doctor wants to do a narcolepsy study. I’ve done everything – no tv, exercise regularly, don’t drink caffeine, go to bed at the same time every night, etc. Nothing seems to work. I also have a prescription for the highest dose of Ambien. I always wake up after about three or four hours anyway and can’t go back to sleep. I seem to wake up at night no matter how tired I seem. I’ve tried other sleep aids and they don’t work either. I’m getting very tired of being tired all the time. Also, I have Crohn’s Disease but no one has ever said anthything about the two being related or about the medications as all the side effects are drowsiness and so on and so forth. Any alternate ideas?

MV

March 11th, 2009
12:43 pm

Is having a premature infant hereditary? I had a 24 weeker and my baby sister had a 32 weeker; however, my middle sister had a full-term baby. Are we, myself and baby sister, genetically predisposed to having premature babies?

RTM

March 12th, 2009
2:15 pm

Hi,

I am 49 years old with a 5 1/2 and a 8 year old little princess. Yes, I started late in life and have been blessed so much. I have been having these hot flashes for about 3 years now about 3 or 4 times a week in the middle of the night. I really don’t have night sweats on my chest but on my back and my palms get really hot sometimes late at night. It may last up to an hour sometimes. I still have my monthly cycle and it is regular. So, they seem more severe around that time of the month. I also had a test done 3 years ago at my doctors office to see if I was going thru menepause. It came back normal. How long can these hot flashes go on and could it be something else?

Anne

April 3rd, 2009
8:44 am

I suffer from what is called Night Time Easting Syndrom. It is where you get up in the middle of the night to eat, sometimes three or four times during the night. Does anyone have this problem??? It is causing a weight problem PLEASE HELP

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10:27 pm

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