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Menstruation and Digestion Issues

August 23, 2011 at 6:06pm

Before my period begins, I experience digestion issues, including gas and diarrhea. How can I prevent or minimize these issues?

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Carbohydrates and a Healthy Diet

August 23, 2011 at 6:04pm

Can you please explain how carbohydrates affect our weight and how to figure out how many carbs you should have in your daily diet?

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Vivelle dot and thin skin

August 23, 2011 at 5:58pm

I am 55, post-menopausal and have been on the lowest dose of Vivelle-dot patch for 18 months. My skin is quite thin, most notably on the inner thighs, which appears striated and is tender and is prone to pimples. Would a higher dosage patch encourage the skin to thicken?

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Vitamin B12

August 23, 2011 at 5:56pm

How much is too much B-12? Does taking B-12 pills help one have more energy?

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Swollen cervix

August 23, 2011 at 5:53pm

What are the most common causes for a swollen cervix without other symptoms?

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Bone pain in the hips

August 23, 2011 at 5:47pm

I am 71 and beginning to have some pain in my hips. I exercise three hours a week and walk 1/2 mile each day. Is it better to push through the pain or better to lay off for a day?

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Pagets Disease

August 23, 2011 at 5:46pm

I would like to know what Paget’s Disease is and what the symptoms are.

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laryngopharyngeal reflux

August 23, 2011 at 5:42pm

Is there a cure for LPR (Laryngopharyngeal) reflux? I am not a medication person and do not want to take Zantac forever.

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Estradiol Vaginal Ring

August 23, 2011 at 5:39pm

I am an Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) user. I have great difficulty removing it myself. Will it make a difference if I wait until my regular exam to have it removed? It will be 3 weeks later than the 3 month time period? I suppose the medication will be depleted by then. But is it that critical?

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Long term Hormone replacement therapy

August 23, 2011 at 5:36pm

I am almost 65 and have stopped taking hormone replacement therapy after 20 years. I am sleepless and suffering from hot flashes. What can I take to lessen these effects?

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