Various causes of abdominal pain include, but are not limited to, indigestion after eating, gallstones and gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis), pregnancy, gas, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), appendicitis, ulcers, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pancreatitis.
Schedule an appointment at West Houston Internal Medicine to determine the cause of the pain and accurately prescribe treatment for your abdominal pain.
Feeling sad or low on occasion is normal, but if you’ve lost interest in activities you once enjoyed or you’re having difficulty sleeping, eating, or getting through your day, you may be suffering from depression. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe is highly experienced in managing the distressing symptoms of depression and can help you get your life back on track. Make an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more about treatments for depression.
Diabetes can cause blindness, stroke, amputation or worse if left untreated, and as diabetes progresses, your risks for serious problems increase, and more and more complications will affect your body. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to confirm diabetes and provides effective treatments to control your diabetes. She can design a treatment plan to reduce risk and complications, thus keeping your body healthy.
If you have difficulty breathing during activities or you start wheezing around cigarette smoke or other allergens, you may have asthma. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to confirm asthma and provides effective treatments for preventing asthma attacks. Don’t let asthma control your life. Learn more about managing the symptoms of asthma by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
It’s normal to experience anxiety at times, especially in stressful situations. But if your anxiety seems overwhelming and difficult to control, you may have an anxiety disorder. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe is experienced in diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders to help you feel better and prevent anxiety from disrupting your life. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about effective anxiety treatments.
If you find it hard to focus on the task at hand or experience frequent restlessness that impacts the quality of your life, you may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe is skilled in diagnosing the symptoms of ADHD in children and adults. She also offers effective treatments to help restore your quality of life. To learn more about ADHD treatments, book an appointment online or by phone.
Insomnia is a common sleep problem that makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep. If your lack of sleep is negatively impacting your life, Dr. Karen Thampoe offers effective solutions for treating chronic insomnia at West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas. To get the rest you need, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office..
High Blood Pressure
Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it. Having routine medical exams at West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, allows Dr. Karen Thampoe to check and monitor your blood pressure to ensure it stays in a healthy range. If you experience problems with your blood pressure level, Dr. Thampoe offers effective solutions to keep it under control. Schedule an examination online or by calling the office for more information.
Fatigue can be a symptom of many illnesses, such as infections or psychological disorders.
Dr. Karen Thampoe is chronic fatigue specialist who can design a treatment plan improve the symptoms and treat the underlying condition. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Thampoe offers effective treatment options Contact us to schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.
Dr. Karen Thampoe at West Houston Internal Medicine can accurately assess the symptoms and prescribe treatments to effectively treat hypothyroidism.
Lower Back Pain
Low back pain is caused by injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain). Common causes include improper lifting, poor posture, lack of regular exercise, fracture, ruptured disk, or arthritis.
Often, the only symptom is pain in the lower back.
Most low back pain goes away on its own in two to four weeks. Physical therapy and pain relievers can help. A few cases may require surgery.
Visit West Houston Internal Medicine and Dr, Karen Thampoe can determine what i causing your lower back pain and prescribe the most effective treatment plan.
URI (Upper Respiratory Infections)
Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits, and the most commonly diagnosed illnedss that results in sick days from work and school.
Most upper respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses, and can happen at any time during year, but are most common in the fall and winter season.
Symptoms include cough, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever,
scratchy or sore throat, and nasal breathing.
West Houston Internal Medicine can diagnose the cause and prescribe treatments, and as with any virus, recommends regular hand-washing, covering the face (nose and mouth) when sneezing/coughing, avoiding touching the face, social distancing.
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Upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) definition and facts
Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits.
Upper respiratory infections are the most common illness resulting in missed work or school.
Upper respiratory tract infections can happen at any time, but are most common in the fall and winter.
The vast majority of upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and are self-limited.
Symptoms of upper respiratory infection include
scratchy or sore throat, and
Migraines are the third most common illness in the world. If you experience these debilitating headaches and find it difficult to get relief, Dr. Karen Thampoe provides a customized treatment plan to resolve your migraines and help to prevent new ones from occurring. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Thampoe offers effective treatment options for managing your migraine pain, including Botox®. To learn more about migraine treatments, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
These include annual examinations as recommended, as well as DOT/CDL physicals, Immigration physicals, and School physcials for participation in certain work training programs or high school or college athletic programs
A routine physical examination ensures that you stay in good health. A physical can also be a preventive step. It allows you to catch up on vaccinations or detect a serious condition, like cancer or diabetes, before it causes problems. During a routine physical, your doctor can also check vitals, including weight, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Updated Health History
This may include questions about your job and relationships, medications, allergies, supplements, or any recent surgeries.
This includes blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate.
Your doctor will review your appearance for signs of any potential conditions, checking the parts of your body that could visually indicate any existing health issues.
Arms, Legs, Hands, Feet
Speech and Walking
As the physical exam continues, the doctor will use tools to look in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat, and listen to your heart and lungs.
The physical exam includes:
Touching, or “palpating,” parts of your body (like your abdomen) to feel for abnormalities
Checking skin, hair, and nails
Possibly examining your genitalia and rectum
Testing your motor functions and reflexes
To complete the physical, your doctor may draw blood for several laboratory tests. These can include a complete blood count and a complete metabolic, or chemistry panel.
The panel tests your blood plasma and can indicate any issues that exist in your kidneys, liver, blood chemistry, and immune system. This helps detect irregularities in your body that might indicate a larger problem.
Your doctor may request a diabetes screen and a thyroid screen. If you have an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, or stroke, they may also request a lipid panel (cholesterol test).
Rash is not a specific diagnosis. Instead it refers to any sort of inflammation and/or discoloration that distorts the skin’s normal appearance. Common rashes include eczema, poison ivy, hives, and athlete’s foot. Infections that cause rashes may be fungal, bacterial, parasitic, or viral.
Dr, Karen Thampoe at West Houston Internal Medicine can assess the symptoms, determine the source and assign the proper treatment for your skin rash.
Overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you are pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child.
Excess weight may increase the risk for many health problems, including
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Heart disease and strokes
Certain types of cancer
Fatty liver disease
Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)
The symptoms of pneumonia can leave you feeling weak with fever and shortness of breath, especially if you already have a compromised immune system. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia symptoms to restore your health. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about treatment options for pneumonia.
UTI Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections are in the lower urinary tract, which includes the bladder and the urethra.
Women are at greater risk of developing urinary tract infections. If limited to the bladder, it can be painful, but if treated can avoid more serious complications if the UTI spreads to the kidneys.
Dr Karen Thampoe at West Houston Internal Medicine can treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics, but can also help diagnose other conditions and prescribe steps to reduce your chances of getting a UTI.
Some men have low testosterone levels. This is called Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TD) or Low Testosterone (Low-T). Deficiency means that the body does not have enough of a needed substance. Syndrome is a group of symptoms that, together, suggest a disease or health condition.
The American Urology Association (AUA) identifies low blood testosterone (Low-T) as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). These symptoms or conditions may accompany Low-T:
Low sex drive
Reduced lean muscle mass
There are many other possible reasons for these symptoms, such as: opioid use, some congenital conditions (medical conditions you are born with), loss of or harm to the testicles, diabetes, and obesity (being overweight). See Dr. Karen Thampoe at West Houston Internal Medicine if you have any of these symptoms.
You may require testosterone therapy (TT) if you have Low-T. Most men with Low-T (no matter what the cause) will be treated if they have both symptoms of Low-T and blood tests showing Low-T levels.