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Q: I am 66 years old, relatively healthy. Lately, I have problems with vaginal smell. Sometimes when I use the bathroom either I smell, or my urine smells. This changes hourly or daily. What can it be and who do I see? On occasion it hurts terribly when I do urinate, and then the next time it’s fine.

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December 21, 2017 at 10:25am

Q: I'm 46 years old and have recently been told by my Primary Care Physician that I am post-menopausal. As a result, it's been hard maintaining vaginal pH levels. 

I've developed an odor that is not related to any infection. I've been told to try probiotics, but I'm not sure which ones to use to address the issue. Do you have any suggestions on what types of probiotics (or prebiotics) I can try?

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December 19, 2017 at 12:54pm

Q: Can amitriptyline cause stroke or stroke symptoms?

I was recently put on amitriptyline for throat spasms. My spasms were severe in my neck and throat area. But amitriptyline has given me terrible side effects - I thought I was having a stroke. I had to go on blood pressure medicine because amitriptyline gave me high blood pressure. 

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November 28, 2017 at 2:55pm

Q: Can I double up on vitamins to help with thinning hair and brittle nails? I have had my estrogen checked and it is normal. I am 54 years old. 

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November 8, 2017 at 2:20pm

Q. What is the ApexM device? Where can I get/buy it? How does it work? I suffer from urinary incontinence and I have to go to the toilet every five minutes. I do not know who to contact or where to buy the ApexM device. Please help! Thank you!

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October 11, 2017 at 9:59am

Q: My 53 year old daughter is going through menopause and having a lot of symptoms: stress, emotional distress - ups and downs, and is unable to take estrogen due to the sores she gets on her hands. She has taken birth control pills since she was 16 years of age. 

She is currently off estrogen and her hands cleared up. Is there any other substitute or natural or holistic treatment to help with her menopause symptoms?

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September 26, 2017 at 9:01am

Q. My wife has chronic kidney disease. Should she avoid whey protein? Is there any protein supplement that she can safely take?

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September 19, 2017 at 10:07am

Q. Can you please provide me with information on Lichen sclerosis?

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September 19, 2017 at 10:02am

Q. Can I use an astringent and a collagen gel before I apply my moisturizer with 25 spf? I have had one spot of skin cancer removed with MOHS technique.

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July 18, 2017 at 5:23pm

Q. When do hot flashes stop? I am 63 and still have them.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:26am