I contracted some food borne disease, can e-coli or salmonella poisoning be causing UTI? Or antibiotics?

While in Vietnam, I contracted some food borne disease. Diarrhea (almost immediately after any attempt at food) chills, night sweats, exhaustion, cramping. This lasted about 4 days until I got to Taipei and got cephalexin. First day, I took four 250mg tablets and started to get some relief. I took 4 again the next day… but abdominal pain became acute in the lower left quadrant. Frequent urination, increased pain as bladder filled. Question: can e-coli or salmonella poisoning ALSO cause a UTI or can the antibiotics? If the latter, should I stop taking them? I won’t be back in the US to see a doc until after Thanksgiving – any advice is appreciated.

Age: 53
Female
Medications: N/a
General Information: Additional symptoms: lower back pain, reduced appetite.

I’ve been experiencing an itchy crawling sensation on my body, is it caffeine?

I’ve been experiencing an itchy crawling sensation on my body recently with no rash or bites or anything. I’ve had this before about 2-3 weeks ago and sometime before that too and it seems to gradually disappear and then return again. I get the itching on my face, scalp, arms and legs. I did go to my doctor and she said it must be an allergy because there’s no sign of anything on my body. Did think it may be caffeine as i previously started to drink it a lot more often, so have took that out my diet but still not sure that is the issue.

I suffer from Hair Loss (Hair Fall), is it AGA or Ferritin induced ?

I have been suffering from hair fall from since sometime. I am unable to identify if it’s AGA or Ferritin induced hair loss. My hair loss is equal all over, but a little more in sides in the TOP of my head.Based on my recent blood test report, I have slightly high iron(31), where max

normal is 27 and high % Fe saturation (58) where max normal is 50. But my Ferritin is Low (29). Since my iron is high and Ferrin being Low, how do I increase my Ferritin. I have tested for thyroid and results are normal.

I suffer from irregular heartbeats, severe headache in back side of head..a state of fear?

My name is (…) my age is 21 years..my weight is 48 kgs..From few weeks i experience something strange ..suddenly irregular heartbeats,severe headache in back side of head..a state of fear.hot face and ears.i want to cry that time..weakness.i have fear of death..but after sometime i get fine

Age: 21
Female
Medications: nothing

Can a small pigmented spot on the head of a penis be a sign of a medical problem?

Hello! I’ve been suffering from health anxiety lately, primarily focused on the skin (I’m currently on an SSRI and am in therapy). This question actually pertains to my son, who is 19 years old, and a small pigmented spot I recall seeing on the head of his penis back at an early age when he was in diapers and pull-ups. It was a very small and lightly pigmented spot resembling a freckle and the pediatrician never expressed a concern over it when I pointed it out. Unfortunately, the thought of it entered my mind again during a current flare of health anxiety, worrying about what it may look like now (for all I know it could be tiny or have disappeared). I took my son to a dermatologist for a skin screening a few months ago, but that area was never checked. For obvious reasons, it would be difficult for me to bring the topic up to my son and ask him what it looks like. I guess I’m just reaching out for any reassurances that I’m overthinking this and that having a spot in that location is not extraordinarily rare. Please don’t suggest taking him to a doctor for it to be checked, as I simply cannot bring up the topic with him and do that, and that suggestion would just heighten my anxiety. Thanks for your input and any reassurances which you may be able to provide!!

I have had traces of blood in my urine, but blood tests are ok?

Hi i have had traces of blood in my urine when doctors do the dip test they say every time there is blood.but when they send it of it comes back as normal and i am in so much pain with left side of my back going into my tummy i cant even stand can this be connected as really worried and have 3 kids to look after

Age: 30
Female
Medications: Neflex and codine

I’ve started to get heart palpitations and food makes me nauseous?

My entire life I’ve gone without health issues and then suddenly this year it’s been like I’ve become a completely different person.
It started about 10 months ago/at the start of the year.
Food makes me sick and nauseous. The smell of it, being near it and even when eating – I’d say 90% of the time.
That has been my biggest issue but in the past 2-4 months I’ve started to get heart palpitations that last up to 10 yours straight and just random heart flutter.
I get enough sleep but my undereye circles are insane. Sometimes I’m abnormally pale but then suddenly my face starts burning up and it feels like it has a fever. (Only my face, my body does not feel feverish.)
Generally I regularly feel nauseous and sick, even without food causing it. Just randomly.

Note that I am not pregnant or anything of the sorts.

Age: 20
Female
Medications: Nothing

Rashes are spreading throughout my body, is it ringworm?

This happened to my foot and rashes are spreading throughout my body, should I go to the ER? I don’t have health insurance but I’m very scared that this may be an infection. I originally thought it was a ringworm but it’s not. I have dermatitis and would get ringworm shaped dry patches which I was treated for in the past. This however, spread bigger so I thought it was a ringworm and applied over the counter medication

Age: 33
Female
Medications: None

Can a corticosteroid shot to treat arthritis have side effects?

My father-in-law had a stroke nearly 2 years ago and has not been able to walk without a walker since. This week he had a corticosteroid shot to treat arthritis in his shoulder. Since then he is walking unassisted. He is agitated and anxious. He is now complaining of not being able to sleep. Could these be “side effects” of the steroid shot? How long should we expect that to last? Are these effects serious or dangerous?

Age: 80
Male
Medications: Aricept, Pravastatin, Lisinopril, Terazosin, Depakote, Metformin, Glipizide, Plavix



I have a ankle fracture, do I need surgery?

I have a ankle fracture,Doctor is asking me to undergo a surgery in which they will fix a screw in bone. But I don’t want that , Can the same problem be healed with proper rest and plaster?
I am afraid of surgery and don’t wanna undergo the same.
If it can heal by applying plaster and proper rest then what precautions should I follow for it?

Age:23
Male
Medications: None



I have lost most of my hearing in my left ear and vision in left eye, is it a brain tumor?

I believe I have a possible head tumor. About a year ago I was experiencing buzzing in both of my ears that would only last a seconds. It would happen just a couple times a month. Then the buzzing became longer periods & was happening more often. Then it eventually became a constant buzzing in only my left ear. I have lost most of my hearing in my left ear. This hearing loss has happened within the last 4 months. I also have had my vision in my left eye intercepted by by whatever is causing the buzzing in my left ear. With thin the same 4 months, I can not see very well in the Left eye. It’s very blurry. Even if I put something close to my face, I still can not see things clearly. The buzzing is constantly going on from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed.

Age:
Female
Medications: None

Fractured my l3 and l4 vertebrae, rods have fractured, will they need to be replaced?

I was in a motor vehicle accident in 2001. Fractured my l3 and l4 vertebrae. I had Harrington rods, screws and bone from my hip fused from l1 to s1. My rods have fractured. Will they need to be replaced or simply removed? Pain is a constant 7 even with strong pain medicine. I’m scared to see a Neuro. Any advice I will attach a current xray.
Age:36
Male
Medications: Morphine



I have had elevated liver enzymes, is there a problem with my liver?

Starting 2014, I have had elevated liver enzymes (right after I delivered my baby) which resolved on their own in a few months. Now I again in 2017 (afte delivering my second baby), same thing is happening. All ultrasounds are normal. But now my ANA is positive yet liver enzymes are normal again (except ALP by 1-2 points – this is what has gone up the most in the past years up to 80 points). Hepatologist doesn’t think it’s the liver and is sending me to a rheumatologist. I do have Hashmitos and hypothyroidism since 2012. Please give your advice on that this is.
Age:28
Female
Medications: Levothyroxine



I broke out in hives and itchy, swollen purple like skin, is this a consequence of my low blood test results?

In January 2017 I broke out in hives and itchy, swollen purple like skin. I was admitted to the ER 3 days in a row. On the last day I was so out of it I barely remember what the doctor said before she released me. For the last several months I have continued to have itchy skin, night sweats, and major fatigue. I’ve even developed hives on the vaginal area. I decided to log in to my health care chart online and check out my blood test results from 10 months ago. They seem alarming low and other very high. I’m waiting to get more blood drawn this week. can you give me some insight on these number? I will say that I was on 20mg of prednisone at the time the test was given. Would prednisone really affect the test this much?

WBC – 13.2
RBC – 3.87
Neutro Auto – 92%
Lymph Auto – 4.9%
Mono Auto – 3.0%
Neutro Absolute – 12.1
Lymph Absolute – 0.6
Mono Absolute – 0.4

Age:31
Female
Medications: Adderall but not at the time of the blood test

I have this sore on my neck on my hair line, is it skin cancer?

I have this sore on my neck on my hair line, it keep scabbing and is very sore, now it’s like a hole and oozing. I’m very scared it may be skin cancer. It’s been there for months. It’s starting to throb it hurts so bad. Please, any information will be very helpful.

Age:32
Female
Medications: Zoloft, birth control