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Dr. Belen Amat-martinez, MD

Internist

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14 years Experience
Dr. Belen Amat, MD
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Panamerican University
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Thyroid Function Tests

It could be hypothyroidism. It is hard to say without looking at the whole picture. The edema may not be related to this. I suggest an evaluation by your doctor.

My hands swell

I think that is a normal response to exercise since the blood flow increases. Just make sure to stay hydrated.

Wiring a broken jaw

I would recommend talking to the surgeon, as it probably depends on the severity of the surgery.

Is there a best time of year to get the flu shot?

The recommendation is to get the flu shot as soon as available. It takes 2 weeks for it to start working, that may be why October may be late since there might already be influenza READ MORE
The recommendation is to get the flu shot as soon as available. It takes 2 weeks for it to start working, that may be why October may be late since there might already be influenza and immunity is not yet available.

Feeling weak after the flu

It might take 1-2 weeks to feel back to normal. Keep eating and drinking, rest is very important.

Can you get strep throat without tonsils?

Yes, you can still get strep throat. The best way to make sure is to get tested.

Fatty liver- can it get better?

Once there is cirrhosis, that part of the liver cannot regenerate, but the other parts that show inflammation and fatty liver can certainly heal. I agree that quitting alcohol READ MORE
Once there is cirrhosis, that part of the liver cannot regenerate, but the other parts that show inflammation and fatty liver can certainly heal. I agree that quitting alcohol is very important.

No peristalsis, floppy colon- what can help?

I would talk to the specialist and see if they recommend any medications that can help with the actual movement of the colon, as most of what you are using is "bulking" agents READ MORE
I would talk to the specialist and see if they recommend any medications that can help with the actual movement of the colon, as most of what you are using is "bulking" agents that don't do anything as far as the movement of the intestines.

Is my bronchitis still contagious?

Usually after 24 hours of antibiotics, infections are not contagious anymore. Make sure you go to the doctor, if this does not completely resolve in 1 more week.

Why does hay fever severity fluctuate

Depends on the weather and other environmental factors like temperature, humidity if one year is worse than other.

Cloudy urine with strong odor- What could it be?

Make sure you talk to your gynecologist to make sure there is no infection.

Shortness of breath

I would recommend you see your doctor to have a full evaluation and make sure it is nothing concerning.

When should I see a geriatrician?

You certainly can, geriatricians are very good at keeping you healthy.

Help with neck muscle stiffness

Yes, physical therapy should help, not only to fix the problem, but also to prevent it from coming back.

Rotator cuff tear

Most rotator cuff tears get better with PT and don't need surgery, they can usually tell in a few sessions if it will improve or not.

Do blood pressure medications affect male fertility?

There is no known risk of the use of Lisinopril in males and the risk for babies. The risk of Lisinopril is when the mom has to be on blood pressure pills, since Lisinopril can READ MORE
There is no known risk of the use of Lisinopril in males and the risk for babies. The risk of Lisinopril is when the mom has to be on blood pressure pills, since Lisinopril can cause birth defects, but not from the male being on it. Lisinopril can cause impotence, but also uncontrolled hypertension can cause impotence. Hope this helps

How do I get rid of a canker sore?

Canker sores should go away on their own in a few days. You can use over-the-counter teething medication for the pain. If a sore does not go away in a week, I would recommend going READ MORE
Canker sores should go away on their own in a few days. You can use over-the-counter teething medication for the pain. If a sore does not go away in a week, I would recommend going to the doctor to make sure it is not something else.

What do high lymphocytes mean?

High lymphocytes can be from infection. It is a good question to ask whoever ordered the test to see if they were looking for something specific or not. It also depends how high READ MORE
High lymphocytes can be from infection. It is a good question to ask whoever ordered the test to see if they were looking for something specific or not. It also depends how high the lymphocytes are. Talk to your doctor about this.

How long is pink eye contagious?

Pink eye is most times viral, so it will be contagious for as long as the eye is red. This can be a week or 10 days. Just use good hand hygiene. It would be good to get rid of READ MORE
Pink eye is most times viral, so it will be contagious for as long as the eye is red. This can be a week or 10 days. Just use good hand hygiene. It would be good to get rid of the makeup just in case it was a bacterial infection.

Is shingles contagious?

Shingles is only contagious when there are blisters. Keep it covered and that should be fine. There is a very small risk to pregnant women of getting chicken pox from shingles, READ MORE
Shingles is only contagious when there are blisters. Keep it covered and that should be fine. There is a very small risk to pregnant women of getting chicken pox from shingles, so try to avoid being close to pregnant women, if you still have blisters.