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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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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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Sediment Rate

December 7, 2012 at 1:50pm

What causes sediment rate to rise? Mine is 44.

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Bone Density Test

December 6, 2012 at 1:37pm

How often should a woman (64 years old) have a bone density test?

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Fosamax

December 4, 2012 at 4:41pm

My doctor has just started me on Fosamax. What is the latest information on taking this drug long and short term? I have had bone density testing done about four years apart and my doctor says that because of my family history and a change in the thinning of my bones, I am at risk of possible fractures as I age. I am currently 65.

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Restless Leg Syndrome at Night

November 13, 2012 at 4:05pm

I have trouble with restless legs, mostly at night. I would rather not take a prescription drug for it. Is there anything else that I could try, maybe extra vitamin supplements?

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Varicose Veins

September 18, 2012 at 2:35pm

I have one very large and bulging vein protruding from the calf of my right leg. In my 30s, I sustained a human bite in that spot, with deep bruising that lasted a long time. What are the risks associated with leaving this vein untreated and what are my treatment options and outcomes of treatment?

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Triglycerides

September 14, 2012 at 3:14pm

How can I lower my triglycerides? I exercise at least 60 – 70 minutes a week on an elliptical at a level of 13. I eat fish twice a week and take a fish oil supplement as well.

I do not eat beef and eat very little other meat. And I eat pumpkin seed daily on my lunch salad. I need help!

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Light spots on my legs

September 13, 2012 at 1:54pm

I am a black female over the age of 50, and I have light spots on my legs. Is there something I can do?

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Headaches during pregnancy

September 4, 2012 at 3:30pm

I am almost 32 weeks pregnant and have been getting constant headaches for the past 1-2 weeks. My blood pressure and urine have been normal.

Please advise what I can do? And what could be causing this?

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