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    Should I be worried for waiting too long to have the tenden repair surgery ?

    I cut my middle finger flexor tendon a week ago, and I am still not able to see a doctor yet. Because I am still waiting for my PCP to request a referral to my insurance company. (I have HMO plan)

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    Ears still ringing 4 days after loud exposure?

    I was exposed to a loud sound for a few minutes (chainsaw cutting metal) on Tuesday and my ears are still ringing a bit. I never ran a chain saw before so like an idiot I didn’t use ear protection. Did I cause permanent damage or is it most likely temporary? Thank you! 

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    Can a sprained ankle move up your leg.?

    I sprained my ankle on 3/24 and it is now 3/28. The swelling has went down alot around my ankle there is still some pain not much. I am now getting pain up my leg, is this normal?

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    Does it sound like I have rabies?

    So I had a cut on my index finger and I was picking up some trash in my back yard, some of which was a Styrofoam container that had been chewed by some animal.  It was still slimy from saliva.  The cut healed but today I have noticed some tingling on my pinky finger.  I know that tingling in or around a bite wound is a hallmark sign of rabies.  Does this mean I have rabies?  It's not on the same finger as the cut, but the same hand. 

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    I was in a car accident, and I passed out.. I have flashbacks of paramedics tearing my clothes... ?

    I was in a car accident a month ago. I have POTS so i tend to easily get light headed and faint ocassionally. I have flashbacks of the accident. I remember that I regained consciousness while I was on the floor.. I remember it was freezing cold and just remember seeing paramedics on both sides and just my clothes being torn and just feel the cold.. Its only a small snapshot because I did pass out.. I am scared to drive again and I haven't driven. I did injure my back and got whiplash and a shoulder injury but ill be ok... i feel anxious about the whole thing but i also feel embarassed by them seeing me without my clothes... do they usually do this??

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    Can acupuncture fix a protrusion disc in low back? Why or why not?

    I am 30 years old. I have had a protrusion disc for 16 months. I have been to 5 different doctors. Everything they tell me to do either makes it worse or does nothing. I tried physical therapy, and epidural steroid injection. Both of those made it worse. I tried seeing a chiropractor every week for 8 months. At first back adjustments were helping but then it stopped working. My Physiatrist is now telling me i should try acupuncture. Will this heal my protrusion disc? If not then what should i do instead. My protusion disc is considered too small to get surgery. I have been told by multiple doctors that it should be able to heal without surgery and that i shouldn't get surgery. Its been 16 months and it has not gotten better.

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    How do I heal my nail?

    Sensitive viewers ⚠️! 

    I fiddled too much with my nail the other day and it has now swollen and turned into this. What’s the best way to heal this? 

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    Stepped on rusty thumb tack ?

    So I was just walking in my room, and felt a pinch on the bottom of my foot. Looked around, it was a thumbtack which is rusty at the bottom. Should I go to the doctor? It’s not a big wound, it’s a little cut. I got my upgraded shots when I was 16, I’m now almost 20. I cleaned it with soap and water and covered it with a bandaid. Any advice? 

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    Black eye, help? ?

    I hit my eyebrow while trying to reach underneath my desk this morning so I iced it but it's still really swollen. At first I thought massaging the bump would even it out but yeah- not doing that again. I'm still icing it but I can barely open my eye with my fingers now with the swelling. Is there any other alternative way to heal my eye faster and how long might my eye be closed for?

    I was also wondering if it was safe to put makeup on the swelling or would that further agitate it? I don't really know any other ways to hide it..  

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    my leg is numb?

    my left shin and foot went completely numb and is cold. its been about 30m and ive walked around and everything its still the same. i can still move it but feels like when you have carpal tunnel in your hand if that makes sense. Im a teenager and have pretty good health? is this normal lol 

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    Left sided chest pain for 12 months? ?

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    It sounds as if you're doing everything right in terms of getting all the tests you need to ensure it's not your heart. I have heard that some covid patients that had a mild case sometimes get that and doctors don't really know why but covid wasn't really around in late 2019 (well it was not known to be around). The only other thing that might make sense is if you are having some anxiety or are generally an anxious person. From about ages 32-62 you are at the height of "the age of responsibility." Maybe you're caring for kids or elderly parents or even just paying the rent/mortgage. These are the years that you will have the most weight on your shoulders. If there is any possibility of a different job that doesn't involve heavy lifting, that could be an option to see if things improve. But your anxiety that it will never go away could actually also be perpetuating it. I do this thing when I have pain somewhere in which I close my eyes and imagine telling my brain to send oxygen to the area. Then I try to think about if this could be triggered by something emotional. And then with my eyes closed I ask myself is this anger? is this resentment? is this guilt? Is this fear? Is this bitterness? And sometimes when I say the emotion in my head, if the pain either increases or decreases, I know I've hit on something. For me, guilt is the big one so then I will think about all the things I could possibly feel guilty about. And then maybe go through the list of people that are closest to me (including the boss, parents, children, spouse/partner). And again if in saying their names, the pain increases or decreases, you can tell who may be involved in repressed emotions. Those emotions if left unexpressed, can cause physical pain and disease. We don't even realize we're repressing them because we're taught to be good humans and not to complain and to tough things out. The good news is that this works really well on muscular/circulation issues because your body tries to trick you into thinking about your body instead of an unpleasant emotion. Most people if given the choice, would choose to feel the emotion instead of the pain that just brings on more fear. Once I started recognizing that I was not expressing my anger or guilt, I walked around for 2 years in my 30s just angry about everything until I learned to manage it in a healthier way. Our thoughts are things and they will manifest in our bodies as pain. Think about when someone blushes - that's the manifestation of blood circulating to the face because of an emotion - embarrassment. Anyway, try not to let the fear get to you. If a doctor tells you they can't find anything and you have no other symptoms or family history, then you have to think about other reasons. And you have to make the effort to eat healthful foods and ways to ease the stress.

    5 Answers2 months ago
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    i’m gonna sound stupid but earlier my boyfriend put the hoover on lips when i was asleep as a prank to get back at me for a prank i did and?

    my lips really swelled up terribly. the swelling has mostly gone now but my lips really hurt i basically have hickeys in my lips i can see two small red purple bruise marks and i’m worried about internal bleeding and stuff, my friend said it could give me a blood clot and now i’m scared? 

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    Does a doctor need to see this sore on the big toe?

    I don’t know if this needs medical attention. Or if Polysporin, bandaids and time will heal it.  I am not sure exactly what is going on with the big red bump. Any advice??

    8 Answers2 months ago
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    Might I have a torn ligament?

    On December 25th last year (2020) I got out of my car and walked on the grass there was a hidden dip and my ankle gave way and I fell completely over. My ankle made a snapping noise and instantly started to swell. Could still weight bear. Within two days back to normal walking on it with no pain. Nearly 7 weeks later now I am still walking on it with no pain other than the odd occasion but when I rotate my ankle such as moving it side to side it feels tight and hurts and this has not improved since I fell. There is still swelling on my ankle too.

    I am trying to work out if it will heal with rest and time or if I should see about having it looked at. If anyone could advise that would be great. 

    I have attached pictures of my ankle the day I fell and my ankle 7 weeks later. 

    5 Answers2 months ago
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    My elderly Mom is a fall risk, I'm her caregiver. Every time I go out I tell her not to walk around unless it's a bathroom emergency....?

    Or other sort of emergency. Today I went out for an hour (rushing to return to her) and when I came back the kitchen was disturbed and she admitted washing the dishes while I was gone. I am so angry at her now, yelling and screaming at her for not listening to me and putting herself in danger. After all I've done for her in the last 10 years to try to keep her safe, she defies my instructions and puts herself at risk of falling or injury or even death (She's been stitched up in the ER three times for fall injuries in 2 years). Should I just give up and put her in a nursing home? I'm at the end of my rope now.

    6 Answers2 months ago
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