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How is lead poisoning diagnosed?

How is lead poisoning diagnosed?

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What is a safe lead level as detected by a dmsa - induced

What is a safe lead level as detected by a dmsa - induced urine test?

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I began suffering with numbness and tingling in my feet and

I began suffering with numbness and tingling in my feet and hands over a year ago. I spent several months with a neuro who did an MRI of the brain and cervical spine and it came up clear for MS. We then ran an EMG on the leg that seemed to bother worse than the other and it came back normal. Finally went to another neuro and he immediately ordered an MRI of the lumber spine and found a ruptured disc at L3/L4 and nerve impingement. I've been going for physical therapy since November and my lower back pain, plus the tingling and numbness have all but subsided and I just seem to be left with a heaviness in my legs and an ever-aching right thigh that always feels like it has a horrible knot in it. While the cervical spine scan did not show any abnormalities last April, my PT is now working on my neck since we still don't really have a reason why my hands/arms were going numb as well.Last week I noticed I was retaining a lot of water in my ankles. I soaked in an Epsom salt bath and it seemed to help, but it made way for some irritating (not painful) muscle twitching in my calves. I began taking a magnesium/calcium/zinc supplement and made sure to eat a banana every day. Once this persisted for a week I saw my PCP and she said it is varicose veins. I do have some spider veins on my calves, but nothing bulging above the skin. I started wearing compression socks four days ago and I can't really say I feel an enormous difference, but it is a little easier to fall asleep at night because the twitching seems to be subsiding just a little bit. I don't know how long it should take for the twitching to completely go away. She never gave me any sort of timeline.I am now getting random twitching in my left shoulder, right gluteal muscle and right thigh. I'm starting to doubt her diagnosis (which is horrible to do) and I'm wondering if any of my symptoms, collectively, may lead to something bigger. I just want to feel well again. I am a 41 year old woman with a 3 year old son that I want to run and play with. I feel like I'm losing more and more strength in my legs every day and I don't know where else to turn. Do I go back to my neuro again? Are these symptoms even consistent with something a neurologist would look at? It takes about 6-8 weeks to get in with him, so I don't want to waste all that time if this is something he would refer to another specialist.

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which method for checking for lead poisoning is recommended:

which method for checking for lead poisoning is recommended: urine or blood

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I have been dry sanding a cabinet for a few hours in my driveway.

I have been dry sanding a cabinet for a few hours in my driveway. I didn't think about it until after the fact that it was an antique. I just did a lead test on it and it's positive for lead. What should I do?

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For Dr. Thomas only

For Dr. Thomas only

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Child 9 jaw tremor, lasts 10 secs, coherent and acknowledges

Child 9 jaw tremor, lasts 10 secs, coherent and acknowledges occur acne, sometimes doesn't remember occurrence. Usually occurs after a sleep over where child gets reduced sleep and is overtired. No fever or vomiting, etc. seems normal after nights sleep. Occurs within 2 hrs after falling to sleep

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"I have lead poisoning..my level is 44...I want to see a specialist...what

"I have lead poisoning..my level is 44...I want to see a specialist...what type of doctor specilists in this"

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I recently had a routine office visit with my GP, which included

I recently had a routine office visit with my GP, which included blood work. His office called the other day saying that my "liver was up," and should make an appointment to discuss the results. I am assuming they mean my liver enzymes. I haven't been able to get in to see them and he's a very popular doctor and is booked quite heavily. I am not really concerned as I know elevated enzymes are a frequent finding in blood work.I have been immunized against HepB and I believe I was checked earlier this year for HepC as part of an unrelated battery of tests for employment screening. Also, I have never engaged in risky activities that would have exposed me to infected blood (transfusions, tattoos, etc). I do, however, have a history of elevated triglycerides. My last three lipid panels (over the course of a few years) have shown higher-than-normal levels. I am technically overweight, with a BMI of about 28 and store most of my fat in my belly and trunk area.I am on Cozaar for severe hypertension (100 mg/daily).A couple of days before the test, I had attended a work party where I drank quite heavily. (Probably five or more beers, a vodka cocktail or two).Also...about ten years ago, I had elevated liver enzymes. (the GP at that time immediately took me off my medications, prescribed a rigorous exercise regimen, coupled with a low calorie/fat diet) I lost about 50 pounds and everything returned to normal, including my lipids.I realize there's probably little cause for concern, since this is a common finding on tests, but I'm just checking. Thanks for your time.

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