Dr. Donohue

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Prostate meds won't interfere with bladder meds

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 87 and have an enlarged prostate. When I get the urge to urinate, which is often, I have to go at once. Do you think that taking a bladder-control medicine would interfere with the Cardura (doxazosin) I'm taking to keep my urine duct (urethra) open? It's getting to be...

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Statin drugs not cause of inclusion body myositis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 82 and recently have been diagnosed with inclusion body myositis. I have been on Zocor for more than 15 years. Do you think the statin could be a cause of this disease? I don't know whether to continue taking it. My doctor is vague about this. — D.A.

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Exercise-induced fast heart rate warrants cardiologist visit

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old male in good health. I take a 40-mg simvastatin and a 150-mcg levothyroxine. I exercise three times a week — one hour with weights and one hour of aerobics (elliptical and treadmill). On the treadmill, I go from a speed of 3.5 for 25 seconds to 6...

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Help for persistent carpal tunnel syndrome

DEAR DR. ROACH: In August 2013, I had surgery on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I'm faced with the same problem in my left hand. I'm going to forget surgery, seeing as it wasn't successful in my right hand.

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A-fib patients have non-medicine options if needed

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your February column on atrial fibrillation, you did not address a procedure that can be done to cure the condition rather than taking medication. Could you discuss this, and whether medication would be necessary afterward? — C.G. ANSWER

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No evidence that narcotics can help heal colitis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a very close relative who has ulcerative colitis and who was very ill a few years ago. She is now in partial remission but still has bouts of colitis. She found a doctor who (she thinks) is the smartest person in the world. He is treating her with Vicodin, about wh...

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Rare and possibly cancerous tumor

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please explain what makes a pheochromocytoma cancerous, what the symptoms are, what the protocol for treatment is and where the best places for treatment might be, as very little is known about this kind of cancer? — P.L. ANSWER

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Floating stools not cause for alarm

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have read that whether stools float or sink could be an indication of one's health, even to the point of being an early sign of pancreatic cancer. Isn't it just about density and gas — that is, doesn't most food we eat float in water, and if you mix in gas, should...

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Teeth grinding is common in the elderly

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. ...

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Clearing up C-reactive protein numbers

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 57-year-old woman, relatively fit and active. Ten years ago, during a routine wellness exam, my bloodwork indicated an elevated CRP of 10. In the next decade, it has gradually increased and seems to dance around 15 or 16, though it has been as high...

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Vitamins D-3 and k can assist calcium metabolism

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was prescribed Boniva and Fosamax by my gynecologist when my bone scan indicated a decreased bone density. I had severe esophagus spasms and ceased that treatment. My primary doctor suggested that I take calcium citrate, vitamin D-3 and vitamin K-...

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Diabetic foot ulcers deservedly feared

DEAR DR. ROACH: My father is an 84-year-old diabetic. He has had a wound on his foot (on the inner side of his right foot, near his big toe) for about five months. He has been treated by a podiatrist, who has debrided the wound every week. He prescribed antibiotics when the wound has loo...

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Hemochromatosis treatment is blood removal

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 50-year-old, active son-in-law became very fatigued a year and half ago. He initially was diagnosed with low testosterone and given further testing. Finally, about six months from the onset of his symptoms, he was diagnosed with hemochromatosis, with iron levels in the ...

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Wegener's granulomatosis is rare blood vessel inflammation

DEAR DR. ROACH: In March 2009, a family member was having terrible flu-like symptoms accompanied by horrific headaches. The symptoms lingered on for what seemed like forever, getting worse, even with hallucinations and cold sweats. At first, the doctor he visited thought he had mesotheli...

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Lifestyle changes good choice for prediabetics

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm prediabetic. I have known you and others to say not to eat any grain that is not whole wheat. Based on that, I leave off white rice, pasta and white rolls. I eat two whole-wheat rolls most days. Does that sound right? I am underweight. — S.R.

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Good disease control essential to longevity

DEAR DR. ROACH: We always hear about the negative prospects and effects of various diseases, but never hear about the effective benefits and longevity of medical control of them. I am a 76-year-old male in otherwise good health who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation more than 15 years...

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When a patient wants to override a doctor's advice

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 95 now and take no medications. My primary-care doctor wants me to take aspirin, even just the baby aspirin, twice a week. Some of the supplements I take do have blood-thinning characteristics, and for that reason I am fighting the aspirin recommendation. In general,...

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Strange spells may be due to anxiety

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been having weird spells for about six months. They occur only occasionally and last a couple of days and nights. They awaken me out of sleep and are a little frightening. It starts with a burning sensation on the right side of my nose. I feel as if I have to rememb...

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Depression can play role in making health decisions

DEAR DR. ROACH: As a psychiatrist, please allow me to offer the benefit of my expertise regarding the 90-year-old man who refused potentially life-saving surgery for bladder cancer. While it is certainly the patient's decision, it was not clear from the letter whe...

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GFR measures kidney function

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 81 years old and in excellent health. My blood pressure is low, and I drink several glasses of water a day. I get my kidneys checked by my doctor every three months. The last results of my GFR have been 62, 67, 66 and 58. I am very concerned because the last count wen...

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