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Is it safe to use a weighted vest?

June 7, 2019 at 8:55pm

I recently learned I have osteoporosis. I read Dr. Moreno’s article about exercising safely. I would like to know if she would recommend using a weighted vest? I’d like to use one to increase weight-bearing load, but wonder if if it is advised?

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Are there natural treatments for vaginal atrophy?

June 7, 2019 at 8:44pm

My doctor prescribed vaginal inserts to treat vaginal atrophy, but they are too expensive. Are there more natural/herbal, less expensive ways to address the same issue that will truly get results?

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What treatment can help joint pain?

June 7, 2019 at 8:35pm

I have chronic pain in my fingers, wrist, hips, knees, shoulders, ankles, toes and bottoms of my feet. I am gaining weight. What can I take to alleviate my pain, so that I can exercise and lose this weight?

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What are treatment options for melasma?

June 7, 2019 at 8:26pm

I am an OB/GYN physician and am curious if you have any experience using Tranexemic Acid/Lysteda® pills, one daily orally to treat melasma? I am considering prescribing a non-hormonal IUD for my patient who can’t tolerate hormone contraceptive pills.

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What pelvic stimulating devices are available?

June 7, 2019 at 8:13pm

Are there special devices that can be paid for by Medicare to improve weak (and possibly damaged) pelvic floor muscles?

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Attain candidate

June 7, 2019 at 8:04pm

I feel like I would be a good candidate for the pelvic floor boot camp and new stimulation device Attain. Is there a way to participate?

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Natural Treatment for Pain

May 24, 2019 at 2:50pm

I've been having pain in my toes, legs, hips, lower back and stiffness in my ankles and legs. I'm 50 years old and I need something to help relieve my pain. I would like natural help, please.

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Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

May 20, 2019 at 3:16pm

I began BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy), and after extensive blood work I began my therapy with 0.25ml estradiol, 0.25ml testosterone, 100mg progesterone, and 5mg DHEA capsules. (Important to note that before the estradiol pump cream began, I did start with an estradiol patch and then half a patch since I had nipple sensitivity from the start of the program).

After 8 months of titration, the nipple soreness & sensitivity remain as long as I am taking the hormones. During this time of working with the doctor we have not been able to determine the cause of this problem, a way to eliminate it or a successful way to move forward.

I have been very careful in following instructions and giving feedback along the way. I have been told that this group has never encountered this problem before. In essence, they are stumped. I am a 69 year old women in relatively good health. I take blood pressure medicine and Valacyclovir daily. I eat well, sleep well, walk daily, I don't smoke or take any other drugs aside from those prescribed above. I have a glass of red wine once a week and take good care of myself making every effort to keep carbs to a bare minimum along with sugar. Any suggestions or light you may be able to shed on my situation would be very much appreciated.

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Microscopic Blood in Urine

May 20, 2019 at 3:05pm

I had a urine test done last month that came back with microscopic blood detected, so I was retested and that came back with microscopic blood detected, bilirubin, protein and ketones. The blood in my urine was 6-10. I have no medical conditions that I know of, so should I be worried or not?

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Vitamin B12 Level: What is Normal?

May 20, 2019 at 2:56pm

My vitamin B12 levels run high. Is 2000 dangerous? All of my other blood tests are fine. I eat mostly chicken and fish, and no red meat. My oncologist has ran several tests, including a PET Scan and all is good.

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