FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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I have diabetes, and I have pain in my feet. What can I do about reducing my diabetic nerve pain?
Talk to us. Diabetic nerve pain (DNP) may be described as stabbing, throbbing, aching or burning pain in your feet, legs arms and hands. Sometimes even a gentle touch can be painful. Sometimes instead of pain you may experience tingling, numbness or even loss of feeling. If you have any of these symptoms it is best to be checked and be treated. Many medications are available that could put your diabetes under control and your mind at ease. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to see us and discuss your concerns.
Why do I feel tingling, burning, or itchiness in the legs or arms?
PAD commonly results from a condition called atherosclerosis, the same disease that causes heart attack and stroke. In atherosclerosis, fatty deposits called plaque start to build up on the inside walls of the arteries (the blood vessels that carry nutrient-rich blood to our bodies). Same plaque can block the blood flow in the peripheral arteries, those that lead to the arms, legs, feet, kidneys, and stomach. The arteries then cannot supply enough blood, and the muscles begin to cramp with walking.
Treatments: Fortunately PAD can be detected through tests. Although PAD is a serious condition that can put you at higher risk of heart attack or stroke, it is easy to detect and it is treatable. Lifestyle changes and medications can go a long way in helping to manage PAD and reduce your risk of more serious complications.
What should I do if I have high blood pressure (Hypertension)?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects many adults and even 10 to 15 percent of the school-age population, according to several studies. Majority of heart diseases are diagnosed and treated by medications and life style changes. Talk to us, together we can plan on treatments and life style changes to put you back on track.
I am a senior and have had knee pain for the past few years and getting worse recently, what do I do?
Severe knee pain can occur in people of all ages for a range of reasons. Knowing the cause of severe knee pain can help a person seek treatment, relieve symptoms, and regain mobility. Several parts help the knee to do its job, including bones, cartilage, muscles. ligaments, tendons—any of these parts are susceptible to disease and injury, which can lead to severe knee pain. Common causes of severe knee pain can be mostly divide into five categories: Trauma, infection, metabolic, degenerative disorders, and connective tissue disorders. However Arthritis is the most common cause of knee pain in the elederly. Osteoarthritis causes degeneration in cartilage and surrounding tissues of the knee. It can produce pain, stiffness, and joint dysfunction. The degenerative condition occurs most commonly as a result of aging. Although there is no cure for this degenerative disease, people can manage the symptoms with gentle exercise and pain relief medications. Severe damage may lead to joint replacement or other forms of surgery. Certain type of injections in the knees can also help with relief of severe knee pain, so please talk to us so that we can help you with relief of knee pain.
How do I know if I have Diabetes?
The symptoms of Diabetes can be very mild. Although symptoms are similar for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes symptoms are especially hard to pinpoint. There are millions of patients who have diabetes who are not aware that they have it. In fact, of the 29 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, 8 million are undiagnosed. However, you don't know just by your symptoms if you have diabetes. You need to see a doctor who can check your blood sugar levels. Those numbers tracked by doctors will reveal if you are living with diabetes. What are the most common symptoms of diabetes? Maybe you have to urinate more often, you feel more thirsty than usual and as you urinate more, you feel more dehydrated – and that makes you want to drink more liquids. Some people also feel hungrier than usual. You may experience unintentional weight loss. While many people want to lose weight, the weight loss that occurs when you have uncontrolled Diabetes is not a healthy weight loss. You may experience occasional blurred vision also. If you are not sure or have any of these symptoms, please come and see us and we can help you to check for Diabetes.
What is cholesterol and why is it bad for me?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that's found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods and your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as egg yolks, meat, and cheese. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood to form plaque. Plaque sticks to the walls of your arteries. This buildup of plaque is known as atherosclerosis and can lead to coronary artery disease where your coronary arteries become narrow or even blocked. There ae differet types of cholesterol , HDL, LDL and VLDL are lipoproteins. They are a combination of fat (lipid) and protein.Different types of lipoproteins have different purposes. HDL Stands for high-density lipoprotein. It is sometimes called "good" cholesterol because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. It is sometimes called "bad" cholesterol because a high LDL level leads to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. VLDL stands for very low-density lipoprotein. Some people also call VLDL a "bad" cholesterol because it too contributes to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. But VLDL and LDL are different; VLDL mainly carries TRIGLYCERIDESand LDL mainly carries cholesteroL. The most common cause of high cholesterol is an unhealthy lifestyle. This can include unhealthy eating habits, such as eating lots of bad fats and eating these fats can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Lack of physical activity, with lots of sitting and little exercise. This lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol. Also Smoking, which lowers HDL cholesterol, especially in women can also raise your LDL cholesterol. Genetics may also cause people to have high cholesterol. For example, familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited form of high cholesterol. Other medical conditions and certain medicines may also cause high cholesterol. If you have large deposits of plaque in your arteries, an area of plaque can rupture (break open). This can cause a blood clot to form on the surface of the plaque. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block blood flow in a coronary artery. If the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle is reduced or blocked, it can cause chest pain/angina or heart attack. Plaque also can build up in other arteries in your body, including the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to your brain and limbs. This can lead to problems such as carotid artery disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high cholesterol. There is are blood tests to measure your cholesterol level. We can help to assess your levels of cholesterol and encourage you to visit us for a check up.
Payment and Insurance-Related Questions
Do you accept uninsured patients?
Yes, We accept uninsured patients and offer great discounts. We see more uninsured patients than many other clinics in the area. We will work with you and have very reasonable rates. Our fees vary and is based on type of visit. If you need tests or lab work, we do them in-house and also have arrangements with other labs for cash paying clients to get special discounts.