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 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

Can a back injury cause kidney failure?

Can a back injury cause kidney failure?

25yr white male 5’9′ 175lbs. On Saturday night while out drinking I slipping and slammed my back pretty hard on some steps. Sunday night I started having flu-like symptoms (fever, fatigue, headache, chills)plus very bad back pain. Today I went an urgent care and while my flu test was negative, they did find some blood in my urine. I have been drinking a lot of water but have not been urinating that often. The doctor gave me some antibiotics that treats kidney infections, but I’m just worried it could be a bigger issue.
Age:25
Male
Medications: None

I had a benign breast tumor removed, is it possible for the tumor to have returned?

Hi,
I am a 26 year old female and In December 2015, I had a lump removed from my breast. It was benign breast tumor but it was removed as it was quite large. I noticed the lump was there as I was getting a pain where it was, especially when I had my period. Over the last 6 months or so the pain has returned in my breast and it is a little worse than what it was before. I’m not sure if I can feel a lump as it feels different with the scar and has always been a bit tender since the surgery. Is it possible that the lump has returned and do I need to go and see my GP?

Age:26
Female
Medications: None



Can bruising on the chest be caused from a tubation on an anemic person after surgery?

Can bruising on the chest be caused from a tubation on an animic person this appeared after surgery to repair a broken bone under the left eye tbe bruising was not there before but appeared afterwards im just trying to figure out if this is from the tubation and is it common for this to happen?
Age:28
Female
Medications: None

Considering my symptoms and tests, do I still have IGT (Impaired glucose tolerance)?

I am 52,male,with p r of china origin, now residing in Australia. I am in normal weight with the bMI 21.I have got mild elevated total fat, and mild fatty liver, but very good blood pressure of 75 and 130.I have got one uncle in my mother side died of severe diabetes complications for type 2 with obesity.I have done three ogtt tests because of in normal fasting glusto around 5.6.the results are as follows: fasting gluesco,between 5.4-5.8,latest 5.4,one hour after 75 gram loading, very high about 12-13,latest 12.9.two hours,8.5 to 10.4,latest 8.5.insulin testing, fasting 7 miu,1 hour,80,2 hours,153.fasting c-petite is 3.04 to 4.2,with latest 3.04.the two antibody,gad,IA2 are all negative, and 4 hba1 c are 5.6 to 5.8 with latest 5.8.For over three months, I have got the following symptoms, related,1,very strong thirsty, day and night, drinking a lot of water.2,passing urine very quickly, around one hour and less than half an hour after drinking some coffee and tea, twice at night ,with large amount.3,very easy to feel hungry, and having a lot of food4,feel very tired, easily fall asleep ,especially in the quiet place.my main questions are as follows, according to the test results and symptoms,any insulin resistance?2,i wonder if I am still diagnosed IGT and IFG ,because two hours less than 11.1,or diagnosed as type 2 diabetes because 1 hour continuous over 11.1 with additional symptoms? 3,according to present situation, any treatment necessary and what can be available. Hopefully can get the answers to all these questions before seeing the specialist. Thanks a lot.
Age:52
Male
Medications: None



I suffered a meniscal tear, can I start training again?

My knee got injured 5 months ago, mainly due to weights lifting.
I got an X-Ray done and it didn’t show anything, so after I proceed to get a MRI where it says that it may be a ‘lateral meniscal tear. Minimal knee effusion’.
Should I be careful to go back to training with weights and running? Should I follow some sort of treatment?

Age: 33
Male
Medications: None



My girl friend and I are blood relations, can we have children without risk?

dear doctor,
me and my girl friend are blood relations, she is my grand mother’s younger brother’s daughter’s daughter. we in love now and the problem is our parents said that blood relations marriage is a big risk for us because it’s having many side effects for our children. kindly we are requesting a answer from you, any blood check or a suitable thing for it.



I just had a baby 4 months ago, is experiencing debilitating fatigue normal?

I am 41 and recently just had a baby boy 4 months ago. I also have a 20 month old daughter. Both my children were born by c-section. My problem postpartum has been debilitating fatigue were I feel I just can’t get out of bed and sleep for example for 12 hrs or more. I am not sleep deprived as my husband gets up with the baby. What I find is after one day of going out activity I am bedridden with debilitating fatigue the next day. This fatigue lasts all day and night and I find my upper arms ache. I recently had blood work done and the results are uploaded in an image. Thank you

Age:41
Female
Medications: Zoloft, Iron



I have had fever for 6 days and an enlarged lymph node on jaw?

Low grade fever for 6 days (99.5-100.5), enlarged painless lymph node on jaw (under ear) extreme fatigue, dull pain in right side of my jaw, pale skin.
Blood tests:
Mono; negative
Epstein barr; negative
Pregnancy: negative
CBC; normal range
I’m a 18y/o woman, 125lbs, 5’9″ft tall, from North America

Age:18
Female
Medications: Focalin XR 25mg, Taytulla



Experiencing painless bumps on penis, tests all negative, need second doctor opinion?

A few weeks ago, i experienced a few bumps on the glans of my penis, they had a small head to them, and within 36 hours had scabbed up. There was absolutely no pain with them or itching. They never opened up or oozed or anything. Now four weeks later they are practically healed, except for some raised skin where they used to be. I understand that this is a sensitive area and these bumps may take a little while to subside.

This is the second time this has happened. Both times I went to a clinic, and had it looked at. Neither time was the doctor able to tell me what he thinks it was. I got full std checks, including hsv, and those came back negative. In your experience, what can cause something like this to happen? Could it just be some sort of skin condition, an infection, or fungal? I just cant see to find anyone that knows, or anyone who is familiar with painless bumps on the glans of penis.

Last, Ive been experiencing tightness in my inner thighs throughout this process. I cant shake it. I’m starting to think that maybe its all mental, but my legs do feel tight. And at times i had some perineal discomfort. I appreciate you taking the time, just looking for some advice or guidance, as what Ive gotten so far has been underwhelming to say the least

Age:25
Male
Medications: None



During my period I get extremely lightheaded and feel as though I’m going to pass out?

I’m a 32 year old female, during my period I get extremely lightheaded and feel as though I’m going to pass out, I also get chest pressure and short of breath, blurred vision and feel disoriented, I don’t take any medications, this has been going of for the past few months, some are worse then others,

Age:32
Female
Medications: None