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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old African American female who is contemplating having a neurostimulator implanted in my back.
There are a lot of flu cases in my state, and people are very worried.
I am having a serious, lengthy battle with cellulitis on my lower leg.
In a recent column, you wrote: “The acid reflux you have been treating might be something more concerning.” What else could it be?
DEAR DR. ROACH: What tests check for emphysema? Are they the same tests for COPD? My age is 80. —P.T. ANSWER: There are two main forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main risk factor is cigarette smoking, but there are other risk factors, including a genetic condition, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.
Is mumps as prevalent and as serious as measles? Can I be a carrier and not know it?
DEAR DR. ROACH: Are you aware of the possibility of pancreatitis resulting from long-term vitamin D2 supplementation?
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have two boys diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy.
My 77-year-old aunt, who is in good health, had an endoscopy and was told that her stomach biopsy was positive for H. pylori.
At 64, I was in very good health except for moderate hypertension, which was treated with lisinopril.