Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms--and What to Do Next

Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms--and What to Do Next

by Christopher Kelly M.D., Marc Eisenberg M.D.


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Featured on CBS This Morning, Men’s Health, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, and The Dr. Oz Show

Two top doctors present a comprehensive, light-hearted guide for the hypochondriac in all of us.

Christopher Kelly, MD, and Marc Eisenberg, MD, FACC, are both highly accomplished physicians and health experts from UNC Health and Columbia University Medical Center. In Am I Dying?!, Dr. Kelly and Dr. Eisenberg walk you through common symptoms and medical myths to provide a helpful, conversational guide on what to do when you experience symptoms – offering advice on whether to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment, or go to the hospital.

Most new symptoms turn out to be minor. Most likely, a stuffy nose isn’t a sign of cancer. But sometimes a headache isn’t just a temporary nuisance and could be a sign of a serious condition. The internet can offer a wealth of data, but it can also be a source of harmful misinformation. So if you have a new symptom, how worried should you be?

This down-to-earth, humorous symptom guide covers over forty different symptoms, organized into eight body areas – including head/neck, chest/back, belly, skin, and more. Some examples include:

·         Belly: When is bloating a sign of a serious problem? Why do some people feel nauseated all the time?

·         Lady Parts:  How often do you really need a mammogram? When is a lump likely to be serious?

·         Bathroom Trouble: Why do some people pee so often (and can a bladder explode from holding it)? 

Packed with practical information and organized in a fun, easy-to-access format, Am I Dying?! is a perfect gift, medical resource, and must-have addition to your home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062847607
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 208,291
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER KELLY, M.D., M.S., is a senior clinical fellow at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He served as intern, resident, and chief resident at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he is currently completing his cardiology fellowship. He lives in New York City.

Marc Eisenberg, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an associate professor of medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and an attending physician at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he lives and works as a clinical cardiologist in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Head and Neck

Headache 3

Fatigue 11

Insomnia 18

Quick Consult: Sleep Medications 24

Dizziness 27

Forgetfulness 34

Quick Consult: Do Crosswords Prevent Dementia? 38

Head Injury 41

Red or Painful Eyes 45

Hearing Loss and Ear Pain 53

Lump in Your Neck 61

Sore Throat 66

Quick Consult: A Flu Good Tips 68

Part 2 Chest and Back

Chest Pain 77

Fast or Irregular Heartbeat 82

Quick Consult: Slow Heartbeat 86

Shortness of Breath 91

Cough 98

Back Pain 104

Quick Consult: Pain Pills 110

Part 3 Belly

Belly Pain 117

Unintended Weight Loss 131

Quick Consult: Unintended Weight Gain 134

Bloating and Gas 138

Quick Consult: Should You Take Probiotics? 140

Nausea and Vomiting 146

Part 4 Lady Parts

Lump in Your Breast 157

Quick Consult: How Often Do You Need a Mammogram? 159

Nipple Discharge 161

Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge 166

Quick Consult: Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse 168

Part 5 Gentleman Parts

Blood in Semen 177

Lump on Your Testicle 181

Quick Consult: Testicular Pain 183

Erectile Dysfunction 185

Quick Consult: You Just Can't Contain Yourself 189

Part 6 Bathroom Trouble

Blood in Your Urine 195

Quick Consult: Foul-Smelling Urine 200

Pain with Urination 203

Quick Consult: Should You Drink Cranberry Juice to Prevent UTIs? 207

Frequent Urination 208

Quick Consult: When the Tap Turns Off 210

Quick Consult: Can Your Bladder Explode from Holding Your Pee? 214

Diarrhea 215

Constipation 221

Quick Consult: You're Just Cleansing Your Wallet 224

Blood in Your Stool 227

Quick Consult: Your Colon's Hollywood Moment 232

Part 7 Arms and Legs

Leg Pain and Cramps 237

Swollen Feet 243

Tremor 247

Joint and Muscle Pain 252

Part 8 Skin and Hair

Excessive Sweating 265

Quick Consult: A Nagging Fever 268

Itchy Skin and Rash 273

Hair Loss 284

Quick Consult: Hair in a (Pill) Bottle 286

Excessive Bleeding or Bruising 291

Quick Consult: Your Blood Clots Too Easily 298

Postscript: Turns Out You're Fine 303

For Further Reading 307

Special Thanks 309

Index 311

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