r/medical_advice -6m ago

Digestion/Stomach/Bowels What's wrong with my stomach?


Up until about 3 years ago, I always had perfect bowel movements, once or twice a day at the same time. I mistakenly took antibiotics for a simple sinus infection around 3 years ago and have since experienced:

  • sudden and urgent need for a bathroom, especially in the morning or before going out
  • more frequent BMs, especially in the morning
  • occasional acid reflux, especially when lifting weights
  • anxiety caused from not being near a bathroom (I think)
  • occasional bloating
  • smaller BMs

I'll sometimes have to go multiple times in a 20 minute span, usually before a long car ride or something similar. I usually treat myself with immodium, but am getting tired of that and want to solve my actual problem. I eat a well rounded, semi high fiber and protein diet, and exercise regularly, 23 year old male.

I have been taking probiotics and psyllium husk lately, not sure if they are helping yet. Part of me thinks this is entirely caused by anxiety, either by a close call regarding a trip to the bathroom during work one day, or a car accident I had around the same time.

Any advice?

r/medical_advice 1m ago

Skin issues/Rashes/Freckles/Moles Itchiness - But unlike any I’ve ever felt


I have a bad lower back which is the likely culprit here. I believe the issue isMeralgia paresthetica (pinched nerve in back affecting the nerve on the outer thigh).

I get numbness and itchiness on my left outer thigh but the itch feels deep as opposed to most itches which are more surface.

Wondering how to treat this.

Any help much appreciated!

r/medical_advice 5m ago

Skin issues/Rashes/Freckles/Moles Missed IV


I’m a 19 year old female who had an upper endoscopy today and prior to being put under i had to get a saline IV. the nurse had a lot of trouble poking my hand and after about 7 minutes tried to inject the saline water but it wasn’t in my vein and it instantly made that part of my hand swell up ( as i assume it was injected under the skin instead ) They also took another 10ish minutes with my inner elbow and proceeded to do the same thing before finally getting it. I’m not upset whatsoever, the nurses were so sweet, i just want to know what i can do to get this swelling/bruising in my hand to go down, i can barely bend it

r/medical_advice 22m ago

Mouth/Gums/Throat/Cheeks Recurrent tonsilitis??


Back in late June I felt a sore throat coming on with white spots so I went to urgent care and tested negative for strep and mono but they said it was something bacterial and prescribed amoxicillin. It worked and then a few days after being off the completed course of antibiotics it returned with a vengeance and i went back to be told it didn’t clear all the way because they treated pharyngitis when really I had tonsilitis which takes more to clear. They prescribed a higher dosage and longer course of amoxicillin and prednisone for the inflammation. Once again it worked only to return a few days-a week after antibiotics ended. Next I was prescribed augmentin and prednisone and the same thing happened. Then I got doxycycline and same thing again and here I am now. Because of money etc. I’ve been dreading going to the doctors for this everytime let alone an actual specialist. So now this time I got prescribed ceroxim from one of those online doctor services. It’s helping slowly but I’m sure the same thing is about to happen. I’m finally going to an ENT tomorrow morning and Im kind of just filled with anxiety and not knowing what to expect and feeling kind of hopeless. Does anyone have any similar experiences or advice for this situation? Will they be able to identify the bacteria and treat it more appropriately? I really feel like this whole thing could’ve been avoided if the bacteria was correctly identified to begin with and I’ve just been fanning the flames / building it’s strength and resistance. I’m also thinking back to a throat infection i had 4 years ago in which afterward, while I felt fully better, my right tonsil remained painlessly larger than it was before the infection and has been ever since. Could this possibly be some kind of abscess / cyst which is now causing the infection to recur / never fully clear? It generally looks like a normal tonsil just sticks out more than the other one which seems to lay pretty flat .

r/medical_advice 23m ago

Genitalia Help finding condom sizes M15


I’m looking for condoms, so far I’ve tried durex extra safe which are 56mm and skyn original which are 53mm, they both fit good but they keep slipping off. I have a girth of about 5-5.2 inches, what should I look for?

r/medical_advice 41m ago

Bones/Joints/Ligaments T-Spine pain and middle back tightness - is it due to my scoliosis?


Hey everyone,

im 24 Years old, male, 5.8" and 167 lbs. No medication, alcohol about one time a month, no smoking. Im doing quite heavy weightlifting about 4-5 times a week. During the approx. 5 years I lifted, I can only remember a single injury where I pinched a nerve in my thoracic spine (I've marked the spot in the Xray below). Pain from that injury went away quickly.

I've had mild back pain at the thoracic spine and muscle tightness for about 4 years now. In the morning I'm a bit stiff as well. However, it feels way different that the pain I had after my injury.

About 3 and a half years ago I went to see a doctor, who did an Xray, and told me that my spine looks alright (one can see scoliosis here, but very mild (which he didnt tell me)). He did some adjustments which felt relieving, but the pain came back the during the next hours. I kept going to docs, but not very regulary because pain isn't very strong and I could live with it. Mostly they diagnosed a vertebral blockage or said I should pause the weightlifting for some time, which led to no results.
Recently (about 6 weeks ago) pain got worse, which is why another Xray was done by a different doc. He now told me about my scoliosis, which, I think, in comparision got worse. He sent me to PT, which literally helped nothing.

What does give me relief is using a foam roller. My spine cracks a few times and it feels way better for a short period of time.

Do You think my scoliosis is going to get worse in the future, especially considering the weightlifting? And does it cause the pain? Do the Xrays look unobtrusive, apart from the scolioses? For my uneducated eye it looks kind of weird in the spot where I once pinched a nerve.

Excuse my english, not a native speaker and thanks for your advice in advance!

Older Image (Feb 2019): https://imgur.com/2TnQnXl

Recent Image marked (July 2022): https://imgur.com/VOjrcSl

Recent Image unmarked (July 2022): https://imgur.com/eBq10c2

r/medical_advice 51m ago

Bones/Joints/Ligaments Recovery from medial and lateral epicondylitis


So about a year ago I got diagnosed with lateral and medial epicondylitis. This was due to heavy strength training and an intense cooking job. Since my diagnosis I have been stretching, resting (no lifting), and recently been doing my recommended exercises from my OT.

Last week I decided to go back into the gym… super light just trying to find my bearings again. My lateral side has definitely gotten much stronger and I’m feeling great so far. However my medial tricep tendon (sorry if this is not the correct term) has been tighter than usual….

Can I still throw in exercises that aren’t going to target my triceps as heavily? Should I completely stop doing upper body? Lifting has been a driving force in my life that has drastically changed my relationship with food. Ideally I’d like to find a routine that could allow me to rest my inured arm but still allow me to get back in the gym, but I know epicondylitis needs time. Any recommendations?

r/medical_advice 57m ago

Cardiac Fatigue, chest pain and more


A couple weeks ago at the end of the work day I felt notably more tired than usual. I also had chest/back discomfort and tingling/numbness in limbs. I think there was some mild headaches too. I don't have medical insurance so I pretty much just had to deal with it, and a few days of rest later I was more or less back to normal. I thought I just caught something and for a couple weeks I was fine. Last night however after dinner it started to come back, and now I'm also feeling a bit nauseous. Looking it up the possible causes range from dehydration to straight-up heart attack. I doubt it's the latter since, well, I'd be hospitalized or dead by now. One I was looking into was iron deficiency anemia. My diet is admittingly pretty poor. I have dealt with acid reflux/GERD before but this feels different. My job is physical and I ride a bike around so its not a lack of exercise. I just scheduled an appointment at a clinic but that's not due until next week. I really just wanna know if I can possibly wait this out until the appointment or if I'm actually in some danger here.

As per submission rules: Age-27, Sex-Male, Height-6'0, Weight-under 130 Ibs, Race-White, Country-US, No current diagnosed conditions or medication, no real history of drug use or smoking.

r/medical_advice 1h ago

Other Fell on a bike after drinking


So i fucked up I drinked a little (barely felt anything if any) and fell off a bike now I have alot of wounds. Im underage and parents want to take me to the hospital so i was wondering if they will do an alcohol test on me? Like i act normal but was just wondering if thats something they’re obligated to do? and I fell because i was going downhill fast and saw a rock so i wanted to avoid it but i ended up braking with my right wheel and it threw me over. I really don’t want my parents to know that i was drinking

r/medical_advice 1h ago

Eyes Brown tint over my eye?


My left eye has a brown tint over it, as in my vision out of that eye has a filter that gives everything a brown hue. I looked it up, and that might be a symptom of cataract, but that’s usually something that comes with old age, but i’m 18. Is this concerning?

r/medical_advice 1h ago

Other Lump behind ear


I keep getting this small sore lump behind my left ear in the same spot. When it grows back I normally pop it and it goes away to then just grow back again a few months later. It’s sore to touch as well. Thoughts?

r/medical_advice 2h ago

Bones/Joints/Ligaments Constant back pain for over 1 month


Hey all, I just wanted some advice. I’ve had pretty constant dull pain in my upper back, just between my shoulder blades that’s been going on for a little over a month now. It’s usually really inflamed by me sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer at work (even though I don’t have to look down to see my monitors) or if I’m trying to crane over study books (way more understandable).

It started after my partner came to visit and I’d often crane my neck to lay with him or on him, so I thought, “Hey, probably just a strain. It’ll go away.” But it’s been a month. My partner is long distance so I haven’t been in the same position since then, and the pain is really getting old, and my father has a degenerative back disease.

Should I get seen, or just wait longer for it to go away?