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Wondering about your health? Confused by what you’ve read? Browse our Ask the Nurse answer archive to find answers to many women's health questions and concerns. All answers are from a Cleveland Clinic women's health nurse.

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Can cerebrospinal fluid increase after stent placement?

September 27, 2018 at 2:58pm

I have a diagnosis of "idiopathic" Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus on my medical record. A stent was placed under my scalp to pump excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) off my brain. Can the amount of CSF increase markedly over a period of 4 - 5 years after placement of the stent?

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Will Fat Necrosis Of The Breast Eventually Go Away?

September 24, 2018 at 12:07pm

I was diagnosed with fat necrosis in the left breast. It can be somewhat painful at times. Will this ever go away or is it something I will just have to live with? I have had repeat mammograms stating no cancer, along with ultrasound.

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Is My Wrist Pain A Serious Problem?

September 24, 2018 at 11:49am

I had a collision with my cat this morning when she leaped up on the bed. I reached my hand out to pet her and collided with her full-force jump. I ended up with a very painful and eventually swollen back of my hand. I've been in a lot of pain today and cannot use that hand without feeling excruciating pain. I've been icing it frequently today and took Tylenol for the pain. The swelling migrated down to one side of my wrist. Should I seek medical help or is what I'm doing sufficient?

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Is Yellow Vaginal Discharge Normal?

September 21, 2018 at 11:02am

What does it mean to have yellow, sometimes white, but always very opaque discharge shoot out and down your leg?

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What Non-Hormonal Treatments Are Available For Vaginal Dryness?

September 10, 2018 at 9:36am

I am not able to use any form of hormone replacement due to severe headaches. I had a total hysterectomy at age 50, and I am 67 years old now. I have very severe dry vaginal tissue that breaks and bleeds, and I get urinary infections from the breakage. It has been 7 years since my husband and I have been able to have relations due to my issues. I am desperate for a solution.

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Why is my B12 level high?

September 5, 2018 at 11:00am

Accidentally, it was discovered that my B12 blood test has been always running abnormally high. This has been since 2013 after a complete hysterectomy as I had an ovarian tumor removed which was of low malignant potential. Usually, it is running in the 1100s, and in 2014 was up to 3737.

I was sent to a hemotologist who ran more blood tests and said he could find nothing wrong and perhaps my diet was so good that I run high. I do not eat red meat, but I do eat chicken, pork and fish. Now my primary doctor wants me to repeat going to an oncologist, but not sure if I should as blood cancers were ruled out last time I went. Any ideas?

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Why are my fingers swelling?

September 5, 2018 at 10:50am

What would cause swelling in your fingers on both hands other than gout? My first finger started itching, feeling warm and then swelling.

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Is Vaginal DHEA Safe To Take If I Have Breast Cancer?

September 1, 2018 at 6:00am

I have stage IV breast cancer and take an Aromatase Inhibitor (Letrozole) as part of my treatment. I have severe vaginal dryness and atrophy, continuous UTIs and pain in the urogenital area. I recently read an article saying "Intrarosa 0.5% DHEA nightly vaginal suppository contains NO estrogen and is safe to use in women who have to avoid estrogen." None of my doctors agree that Intrarosa would be safe for me to use because of my ER/PR+ cancer. They claim that DHEA turns into estrogen, so I should not take it.

One gynecologist did suggest the possibility of me using Intrarosa (vaginal DHEA) when my regular gynecologist was out. What are your thoughts?

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What can I do About Hot Flashes and Insomnia?

August 28, 2018 at 9:37am

I am just getting 1 or 2 hours of sleep a night as my hot flashes keep me awake all night. I have the air conditioning on as cold as I can without freezing others. After the hot flash I get cold, so all night I am pulling the covers off, then putting them back on. I can't have my husband lay close to me at all.

I am a Minister and when I speak to the congregation as soon as I start to move around or get excited the hot flash will start, and I am not able to give the best sermon or concentrate like I should. I can’t take black cohosh because it hurts my stomach. My forgetfulness is horrible and it is hard to remember what I just said or what I was talking about. It is hard to function at work and I am not giving my family the attention they deserve. My baby girl is getting married and I am doing everything I can to muster up the energy to remember and give my daughter the support from her mother. Please help!

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Does Insurance Cover CoolSculpting®​?

August 28, 2018 at 9:29am

I was wondering if my medical insurance covers non-surgical treatment CoolSculpting®?

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