Author Archive for dr..gott

Hypertension problems common in the elderly

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 68-year-old woman from Africa. My systolic blood pressure is constantly high, but never above 170 or so. With carvedilol/indapamide, it comes down to about 148-150. My diastolic blood pressure, even without medication, never goes above 70 and is usually in the 60s. I am intrigued by why this is […]

Colonel mustard to the rescue

Dear Dr. Gott: For many years, I have had severe heartburn. I was diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia and was prescribed Nexium. Then I switched to Prilosec because of the exorbitant price of the first drug. I tried to be health conscious and didn’t like taking drugs, so I attempted natural remedies, including calcium […]

Savvy 13-year-old diabetic takes charge

Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 13-year-old diabetic. I have good control of my diabetes, but right around Christmas, I began having unreasonably high blood-sugar readings and I’m still having them now. The lowest sugar I have had since is 140, and the highest is 281. I am not sick. I have no fever and […]

Is medication to blame for insomnia?

Dear Dr. Gott: I not only read but have scrapbooks full of your articles. For more than a year now, I have had insomnia nightly for two or more hours; dry mouth (for which I use Biotene, which helps a little); night sweats that cause me to change my bedclothes every night and sometimes twice; […]

Fibrocystic breast pain can indeed be treated

Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 37-year-old female. I have been told that I have fibrocystic breast tissue (in both breasts). This is an extremely painful condition, but I was told that nothing could be done for it. The pain has gotten so bad that there are days I can hardly stand it. It has […]

Rare disorder has limited treatment options

Dear DR. Gott: About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with NMO, or Devic’s disease. I have a mild case so far. It started with shingles and morphed into the NMO. My left side is numb, with my left hand hypersensitive. The right side of my neck is what bothers me. I […]

Hard to find cause of watery eye

Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 65-year-old female in good health, other than the type 2 diabetes I’ve had since 1992. I have used insulin since 2002, and my diabetes is in good control with an A1C of 6.5. I have had a watery eye for four months now. Initially, I threw away two tubes […]

Cause of eye twitch requires some investigation

Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 58-year-old male. Over the last year, I have developed a twitch or spasm around my left eye. I take hydrochlorothiazide and Accupril for my high blood pressure. Can you tell me what is going on? Dear Reader: Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a diuretic (water pill) that treats hypertension and helps […]

Teen experiences persistent pain and vomiting

Dear Dr. Gott: I have been ill for quite some time, and no one seems able to help me. It’s frustrating that I go to all these specialists and they will give me answers like “I couldn’t find anything, therefore you’re fine and should go to school.” I am 18 now, but when I was […]

To insure or not to insure?

Dear Dr. Gott: I have a 6-year-old daughter. In the past, I decided not to have health insurance for her or myself. This is because we eat healthy and exercise. When we get sick, we eat even healthier and drink lots of tea and get lots of rest instead of going to the doctor. However, […]