Dr. Joshua Wynne
Q. Recently I developed severe pain in my belly and I turned out to have pancreatitis. Just what is it, what causes it, and what can I do to prevent a recurrence? I don't want to go through that kind of pain again.
Q. I recently read in the newspaper about a young former baseball pitcher who died suddenly of natural causes and was found to have an inflammation of his heart. What can you tell me about this condition?
Q. I was in for my annual physical recently, and my doctor recommended I be screened for diabetes and prediabetes. What does that mean and should I do it?
Q. I've gained a lot of weight recently, but I haven't changed my diet or activity. What might be the cause? A. Weight gain is caused by either liquid or solid material accumulating in the body. When fluid accumulates, it typically is because either the kidneys and their associated tubing aren't working correctly and are not eliminating the fluid from the body, or the heart isn't functioning normally and isn't getting the fluid to the kidneys to be eliminated.
Q. We recently traveled to Europe and shortly after returning home my husband developed chest pain. We learned he had a blood clot in his lung. Was this due to some bug that he contracted overseas?
Q. I remember reading a recent article in the newspaper about how different hospitals compare regarding how their patients did. How useful do you think this information is to the average person like me?
Q. Is there any health benefit to taking omega-3 fatty acids? A. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the oil present in fish flesh and in dietary supplement pills. People in countries like Japan have, on average, higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than those in countries like the U.S. Since we have a higher risk of heart disease than people in Japan, it is logical to assume that the higher levels in Japan are protective. And there is some experimental evidence to support this claim.
Q. My wife developed chest pain, and her doctor said she needs a stress test. But the doctor said there are several different types of stress tests we could do, and we wonder which one is the best?
Q. During a routine physical examination, my doctor had my urine examined. She told me that the dipstick evaluation showed some red blood cells, and she ordered a different test. What does that mean?
Q. There has been a lot of attention in the media to the dangers of opioids. A friend of mine was in a terrible accident a while ago and continues to have severe chronic pain that finally has come under control with the use of an opioid medication. How worried should he be about side effects?