Dr. Roach

High blood pressure with only the second number high

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I haven't found out why the second number of my blood pressure is consistently high. It's around 90 to 100 or...

Crohn's disease creates challenges

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 61 years old and in good shape. I have Crohn's disease, which makes eating a good diet difficult. Fruit...

Prednisone side effects

DEAR DR. ROACH: An 80-year-old was mistakenly prescribed prednisone, 40 mg, for six months and is now being weaned off over four weeks. While...

Chronic fatigue syndrome has new name

DEAR DR. ROACH: For two years, I have had symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Like many of my fellow sufferers, I continually feel bad,...

High-purine diet can bring on gout

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have gout in my big toes. Does uric acid cause gout? Also, I read that gout is caused by red...

Cause of cirrhosis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old woman who was diagnosed just one year ago with primary biliary cirrhosis, which is an autoimmune liver...

Reason for gallbladder removal

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's doctor is telling him to have his gallbladder removed because sometimes he has pain in his right side. They...

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 72-year-old husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma recently, and we have been told that he will need chemo treatments. He...

Does exercise trump a poor diet?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is physically fit and works out daily through biking, elliptical trainer, playing hockey, working outside, etc. He is of...

What are colonoscopy prep options?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old male in good health. I've had a couple of colonoscopies (the first one found some adenomas), but...
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