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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.

Ask the Nurse Archive

Constipation

March 29, 2013 at 1:11pm

I do not have daily bowel movements, and I’m considered to be irregular. What I don’t understand is what that means for me. Does that mean that my body is not doing something properly and that I should be doing something to go at least once a day or am I fine?

I am a black female, 32 years of age and just really started working out about a month ago.

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Sodium Intake

March 25, 2013 at 1:44pm

I am diabetic and am diagnosed with high blood pressure. What is the recommended amount of salt per meal or daily?

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Tips to Prevent Getting Sick

March 23, 2013 at 1:32pm

My 6 year old granddaughter frequently brings home a virus that attacks the entire family since we all rush to her side to cheer her up when she’s sick.

  1. When she gets sick, what supplement should we take to ward off the illness?
  2. What foods should we cook to make our immune systems stronger?
  3. Is there something we should do preemptively to get ahead of winter viruses?

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Leg Cramps

March 21, 2013 at 1:22pm

Every evening when I go to bed, I catch these charley horses in my foot up to my thigh. I eat a banana and yogurt daily, I take multivitamins and I’ve begun taking this homepathic ’leg cramp’ pill at night. What else can I do to relieve these cramps?

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Aleve

March 19, 2013 at 1:05pm

I take one tablet of Aleve in the morning and one tablet in the evening for minor aches and pains usually every day. I have a very physical job of lifting boxes and packing. I will be 59 years old in May. Is there any danger in taking the pills?

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Weight gain during cancer treatments

March 6, 2013 at 3:15pm

I’ve been through 16 chemo treatments, a double mastectomy and I’m now in the midst of 33 radiation treatments for stage 3, triple negative, metastasized, carcinoma breast cancer. I’m using Aquaphor on my skin several times a day. I’ve also been put on Anastrozone and take 2 thyroid pills. No matter how much I am exercising at Curves and eating healthfully, I keep gaining weight. My belly seems to be sticking out farther, since I no longer have breasts. What can I do, besides the daily workouts at Curves?

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Massage and Type 2 Diabetes

February 18, 2013 at 12:57pm

What thoughts do you have about including therapeutic massage as part of a healthcare plan for type 2 diabetes?

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Methylcobalamin and Stress

February 15, 2013 at 2:36pm

Is methylcobalamin safe to take as a vitamin to combat stress? The dosage is one sublingual tablet of 1,000 mcg daily. Are there any side effects that I should be concerned with?

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Vitamin B and Magnesium for Migraines

February 10, 2013 at 9:32am

My doctor recommended that I take vitamin B and magnesium for my migraines. Is there a specific vitamin B that I should take, and how much vitamin B and magnesium do I take on a daily basis?

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Do I still need an internal exam?

February 8, 2013 at 9:44am

I have not had an internal exam by my Primary Care Physician for more than two years. The nurse practitioner told me that I don’t need one since I do not have a cervix. (I had a hysterectomy in 2007.) Isn’t there still something "below the waist" that should be examined?

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