Berto Lopez, MD
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Location and Office HoursBerto Lopez MD PA
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
- BlueCross Blue Shield of Florida
- CarePlus Health Plans
- Coventry Health Care
- Healthy Palm Beaches
- Simply Healthcare
- United Healthcare
- Vista Health Plan
- Columbia Hospital
- St Mary's Medical Center & Children's Hospital
- Wellington Regional Medical Center
- West Palm Hospital
What is a urogynecologist?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredA urogynecologist is a gynecologist or a urologist with a subspecialty in diseases and conditions that affect the urinary structures in women.
How often does a healthy young woman need a check-up?
Howard LeWine, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredDuring your 20s, you should have a routine preventive care visit every two years. There are two main reasons why you need an actual office visit:
- Blood pressure check
- Pelvic exam with a Pap smear
Plus, when you have an office visit every two years, your doctor can review your family medical history, diet, exercise habits and use of tobacco and alcohol.
Doctors often screen for depression during a routine checkup by asking:
- Have you been feeling sad or hopeless?
- Have you noticed a loss of interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy?
You may feel fine. But a routine checkup gives you a chance to ask medical questions not worthy of a separate appointment.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What causes pain in my breast?
Deanna Attai, MD, Surgery, answered
Breast pain is extremely common; the medical term for breast pain is mastalgia or mastodynia. The pain is often cyclic, which means that it occurs in relation to (often just before) the menstrual cycle, and is often related to changes in the level of estrogen and progesterone. The pains are at times severe, and most commonly occur in the upper outer breast and may also extend to the nipple or underarm. Usually the pains resolve after the menstrual period begins.
Non-cyclic mastalgia refers to pains which are not related to the menstrual period. Often, only one breast will have pain, and it may be localized to a single pinpoint area. The pains may be fairly constant and “aching” in nature, or may be sharp, burning, or stabbing in character. Evaluation to rule out a specific mass or cyst is indicated, but most times, the pains are not related to any specific lesion (including cancer), and often resolve over time. Pulled chest wall muscles, pinched nerves, or costochrondritis (inflammation of the cartilage of the ribcage) may also cause pain which appears to originate in the breasts.
Careful history and examination can usually rule out a significant cause of the pain. Often, a mammogram or ultrasound will be done to ensure that there is no mass or other specific lesion causing the pain. If no specific abnormality is found, simple maneuvers such as reducing intake of caffeine, salt, and tobacco, wearing a supportive bra, and using over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen during the premenstrual period will help to control symptoms. Vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, and Evening Primrose Oil have also shown benefit in some patients in treating persistent pain, but none has been proven effective in placebo-controlled clinical trials. For more severe cases, hormonal agents may also be indicated. Persistent pains or pains associated with any mass or lump require evaluation by a physician.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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