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Old 01-07-20, 10:54 AM
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Cluster headache, like virtually everything else in neurology, has been treated with steroids...
Guess what I'm asking is if it's possible to have some kind of long-term sinus issue that would have some symptoms (coughing, messed up tear production), but not others (headaches, nasal congestion)?

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We have a new PA in our practice (first time) who is giving out steroids fairly liberally. I may need to rein her in.
How can I get an appointment? She would love me.
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We have a new PA in our practice (first time) who is giving out steroids fairly liberally. I may need to rein her in. She gave them to a patient of mine, along with some antibiotics for a URI, and the poor guy developed a bad case of candidal balananitis. That was NOT pleasant. It's a yeast infection of the head of his penis/foreskin. Not posting pics. Nope. Not gonna do it.
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How can I get an appointment? She would love me.
We don't do tele-medicine, although apparently that is the FUTURE of medicine. So you would have to come in for an appointment. I am thinking it may be too far.
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A few months ago I was seeing a PA at the witch doctor clinic. I was a new-to-him patient. We were discussing what I was taking and my symptoms.

He says, "Well, there's always prednisone."
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We have a new PA in our practice (first time) who is giving out steroids fairly liberally. I may need to rein her in. She gave them to a patient of mine, along with some antibiotics for a URI, and the poor guy developed a bad case of candidal balananitis. That was NOT pleasant. It's a yeast infection of the head of his penis/foreskin. Not posting pics. Nope. Not gonna do it.
But you took them.
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We don't do tele-medicine, although apparently that is the FUTURE of medicine. So you would have to come in for an appointment. I am thinking it may be too far.
My brother, the ER doc, just took a job as Medical Director of a direct-to-consumer, app-based, medicine company. You sign up and get 24-7 medical advice, prescriptions, etc. via your phone. They have docs, licensed all over, situated in funky time zones, manning the computers. I think they're paying him a billion dollars a year.
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Dang Bill. Hope it goes OK.
Ditto.
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But you took them.
Not happy about it. But seems very few physicians going into primary care. The future of primary care is not only tele-medicine but also NP's/PA's.
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Oh great, just what we need. A nuisance winter storm is coming. And then temps dip overnight. I am ascared that my ride tomorrow may not happen. Phooey.
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I have no medical issues to report.
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Where are you from, WF? Had Brooklyn become entirely gentrified by the time you moved there? I have a postdoc from Brooklyn and he supervised a post-bac from Minnesota for a couple of years. The poor guy was terrorized by the piss-taking for the first few months.
From MN.

No, but it was on the way. We first lived in Prospect Heights, which was nicely diverse but starting a lot of spill-over from Park Slope at the time (2003). After a couple years of renting there, we found a condo in neighboring Crown Heights - that was a world away, though less than a 10 minute walk. By the time we left there, it was getting to be a pretty trendy area and, though we didn't move, we were back within Prospect Heights - it was a more marketable neighborhood and the borders has expanded to include us again.

A couple years after moving back to MN, we went back to the old neighborhood while we were in town for a friend's wedding. It was shocking how much it had changed. Lots of white kids ambling between new and numerous nightlife spots. Hell, they'd even taken down the bullet-proof glass at my bodega!

Oh, and the piss-taking suited me just fine.
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Not happy about it. But seems very few physicians going into primary care. The future of primary care is not only tele-medicine but also NP's/PA's.
I meant the pics you arenīt going to post.
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But you took them.
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I meant the pics you arenīt going to post.
Oh no. I did NOT take them. But I am sure there are stock images online. Not going to even show them. Not pretty. Trust me.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Fed Ex better watch their step, unless they want out of the freight business altogether. My wheel arrived in Denver on Saturday night, so I guess since it didn't really need to be here by Tuesday, which was it's scheduled day of delivery, it sat for three days.

On another note, Reynolds warranty is strong sauce.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.

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Urgent care referred me to the ER because of neurological concerns. Itís a zoo, closest thing I've ever seen to 3rd world conditions here. Ive been here 3 hours, havenít seen a doctor yet. I would leave except Iím waiting for cat-scan results. People keep coming in, nobodyís leaving. Out.
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Urgent care referred me to the ER because of neurological concerns. Itís a zoo, closest thing I've ever seen to 3rd world conditions here. Ive been here 3 hours, havenít seen a doctor yet. I would leave except Iím waiting for cat-scan results. People keep coming in, nobodyís leaving. Out.
Oh, man, Billy. Iím so sorry. All that plus a terrible headache. I hope the concerns are misplaced.

PM if you want to talk by phone, FWIW.
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Urgent care referred me to the ER because of neurological concerns. Itís a zoo, closest thing I've ever seen to 3rd world conditions here. Ive been here 3 hours, havenít seen a doctor yet. I would leave except Iím waiting for cat-scan results. People keep coming in, nobodyís leaving. Out.
Man oh man. Remember there are a bunch of us here for you. Ditto what MoAlpha said, but I'm so awkward on the phone I might just make it worse.
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Urgent care referred me to the ER because of neurological concerns. Itís a zoo, closest thing I've ever seen to 3rd world conditions here. Ive been here 3 hours, havenít seen a doctor yet. I would leave except Iím waiting for cat-scan results. People keep coming in, nobodyís leaving. Out.
Ugh. I suspect it's all a false alarm, fingers crossed you get reasonably prompt resolution.

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I left.

Let me explain, the term “it was insane“ is routinely overused in society, but that ER was nothing short of that, totally insane. I had to keep looking around me to make sure I wasn’t in a third world country or something. I notified the triage nurse that I was leaving and while discussing she conceded this was an unusually bad day. The PA agreed. The cat-scan technician did also. I wanted to take a picture of the place but that would have been immoral, there were sick people lined up everywhere, standing room only. I couldn’t take it anymore, I was suffering too much and the people coming in were sicker than me, crying and moaning and you name it. I would have been there til 10 o’clock.

I’ll take my chances and see a neurologist Thursday or so. I’ll alternate Tylenol and Ibu as needed til then. If I’m lucky it may even go away as it usually does for the rest of the year.
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Sounds like a good decision under the circumstances, but man that sucks. It can't have been helping your headache either with all of that chaos and stress around you.

Do please keep us posted.
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