Anxiety

Anxiety Specialist

Anxiety disorders or symptoms are very common, affecting nearly 40 million adults in the US. During your office visit to her Houston, Texas-area office, Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley will review your symptoms with you and discuss potential treatment options to manage anxiety and help you find relief.


Anxiety Q & A

What should I do if I feel like I’m having a panic attack?

If you feel you’re experiencing some of the symptoms associated with a panic attack, such as sweating, chest pain or strong or irregular heartbeats, schedule an appointment with Dr. Medley. A panic attack can feel like you’re having a heart attack. If you feel your symptoms are serious, ask to see the doctor as soon as possible. When you visit Dr. Medley for the first time, she’ll ask you about your medical history and about any triggers that make you feel anxious. Of course, if you’re suffering from severe chest pains during a panic attack, or you’re having trouble breathing, you may be in a life-threatening situation and should call 911 immediately.

Can medication help with anxiety?

Like any medical condition, Dr. Medley first assesses your medical history and makes a diagnosis. There are several types of anxiety patients can suffer from, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), so it’s important to identify the cause of your symptoms before discussing drug therapy.

Dr. Medley is an internist, but she also encourages patients to consider integrative care that combines conventional treatment with alternative holistic remedies, so you have some options. The type of treatment you will receive largely depends on the type of disorder and symptoms you’re experiencing.

How does Dr. Medley treat anxiety?

Dr. Medley has been a licensed, practicing physician for nearly 25 years, and understands the signs and symptoms of anxiety. More importantly, she has experience helping patients overcome their fears and live happy, anxiety-free lives. Dr. Medley can recommend conventional treatment, alternative holistic treatments, or a combination of both to stop your anxiety symptoms.

If you think you’re suffering from anxiety, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice is currently welcoming new patients.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations Specialist

A simple vaccine can help you prevent and even fight diseases. Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley, an internist, provides immunizations from her practice in the Houston, Texas area. She strongly believes in preventive care and is uniquely qualified to administer vaccinations at any time.


Vaccinations Q & A

Do I still need immunizations as an adult?

While most children get age-appropriate immunizations before they can start school, many adults are susceptible to diseases, too, and vaccinations can help. Consider flu shots, shots to prevent shingles in older adults, and immunizations required to travel to foreign countries. While eating right and exercising regularly are great ways to stay healthy, vaccinations are essential for keeping you free from certain diseases.

During a consultation, Dr. Medley will ask questions about your medical history and your lifestyle so she can recommend the immunizations you need. You need vaccinations not only to protect yourself but to be part of the solution to create a healthier community.

Why does my travel agent say I need to have shots?

To get into some countries outside of the United States, you might need to prove that you’ve been immunized for diseases, such as yellow fever, typhoid, meningitis, malaria, or hepatitis A. Dr. Medley follows the immunization guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of State for country-specific vaccinations to keep you healthy during your travels.

Should I schedule an appointment with Dr. Medley before going on my trip?

It’s important to discuss travel plans with your doctor before leaving on your trip. Dr. Medley may also recommend that you receive a physical exam to ensure you’re healthy enough to travel to certain climates. Patients with certain health conditions may not be able to endure the stress of traveling for long periods of time. Whether you’re going on vacation or traveling for business, Dr. Medley can ensure you’re properly vaccinated for your trip and give you copies of your records to prove it. She will also discuss any potential hazards you may face while abroad.

Call or schedule an appointment online if you have upcoming travel plans and have questions about the appropriate immunizations.

STD Testing

STD Testing Specialist

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you think you might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD), the first step is to get tested. Internist Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley offers confidential STD testing at her Houston, Texas practice, in addition to counseling on reducing your exposure to STDs and practicing safe sex.


STD Testing Q & A

I’m concerned I have an STD. What’s next?

The first step should be to make an appointment with Dr. Medley to get tested. And you can feel comfortable at her Houston, Texas area practice that testing will be done with the utmost sensitivity to your patient privacy. All health information is strictly confidential.

If I haven’t been sexually active in a while, why should I get tested?

Nearly 20 million adults in the US contract an STD each year, and many of those don’t display symptoms. Some of the most common STDs are:

  • Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Genital Herpes

Diseases like HPV, for example, often show no symptoms in the patient, but could lead to health issues like genital warts or cervical cancer later. Even if you haven’t had a sexual partner for a period of time, and you’ve never had an STD test before, you should still get tested just to be on the safe side.

If you want to get tested for STDs, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.

What are the treatment options for STDs?

It depends on the of STD. Some, such as chlamydia, can be treated with antibiotics, while others, like genital warts, may require you to manage and prevent outbreaks in the future. You must be tested before Dr. Medley can treat you for an STD. When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Medley will ask questions about your sexual and medical history before determining the appropriate test and treatment plan. Remember that self-diagnosis is never wise, so let Dr. Medley complete the right STD tests to find out exactly which, if any, you might have.

Can my partner and I both get tested for STDs?

Of course. Both of you can make an appointment to get tested. But remember, Dr. Medley adheres to doctor-patient confidentiality, so she’ll give you your test results separately.

Common Cold

Common Cold Specialist

Common colds, which are typically the result of a virus, can be very disruptive and easily spread. Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley, an internist practicing in Houston, Texas, can help patients identify and treat symptoms, as well as offer advice for preventing infections in the future.


Common Cold Q & A

How do you treat a common cold?

First, Dr. Medley will complete an evaluation to get a better understanding of your symptoms, which may include:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing

If you’ve been taking prescription or over-the-counter medicine (including any vitamins, supplements or herbs) give Dr. Medley a detailed list of everything you’ve taken the last couple of days to relieve your symptoms. Because she also uses alternative holistic remedies for some conditions, Dr. Medley needs to make sure that whatever you’ve taken will not have a negative interaction with what she recommends. It’s also helpful to share when symptoms began, so she can get a better sense of how long they’ve persisted.

How can alternative holistic medicine help my cold?

Dr. Medley uses conventional medicine to treat some conditions and diseases, but she also knows the benefits of alternative holistic medicine. Holistic medicine treats the whole person. Alternative holistic treatments might include using essential oils or natural remedies, such as a neti pot or ginger root, for clearing up congestion and stuffiness from a cold. Dr. Medley strives to provide patients with a holistic approach so that they achieve an optimal level of health and wellness.

The cold medicine you pick up at the drugstore might clear your nasal passages for a few hours. But, after it wears off, you either have to take more of the medicine or deal with the discomfort of a stuffy nose and phlegmy cough. As a doctor who knows many natural treatments for ailments, Dr. Medley can determine what’s best for your symptoms: conventional medicine or an alternative holistic treatment.

If you’re suffering from a common cold, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice in Houston, Texas is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.

Immediate Care

Urgent Care Specialist

Illnesses like the flu or food poisoning don’t always wait to happen during regular business hours. Should unexpected illness happen to you, Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley offers urgent care services at her practice in Houston, Texas in addition to her normal office hours. If you feel you’re not quite sick enough to go to the emergency room, but you need medical attention right away, call Dr. Medley’s office for urgent care services or a same day appointment.


Urgent Care Q & A

What is considered “urgent care?”

If you are too ill to wait until Dr. Medley’s regular office hours, but not sick enough to go to the emergency room, you might benefit from an urgent care visit. Health issues like excessive bleeding from a laceration, a sprained ankle, persistent diarrhea, ear pain, sore throat, intense abdominal pain or a high fever with flu-like symptoms are treated during urgent care visits. Just call Dr. Medley’s office and, if you’re sick after business hours, book an online appointment or follow the prompts on the voicemail to reach Dr. Medley.

Can I follow medical advice I get online?

The internet is a wonderful tool, but it’s not a substitute for treatment by a qualified internist like Dr. Medley. Patient care and safety are her top priorities. Once she gets your urgent message, Dr. Medley will immediately call you back to ask questions about your symptoms. If you start treating yourself and taking medication without your doctor’s help, there’s a chance you could complicate your recovery.

How soon will Dr. Medley see me when I call to schedule an urgent care appointment?

That depends on the day and time you call to schedule your appointment. If it’s during office hours, Dr. Medley’s staff may be able to accommodate you in between patients and will make every effort to do so. If you call after the office is closed, please follow the prompts to reach the doctor. If you think you may be having a medical emergency, chances are that you’re having one so don’t think twice and go to your closest emergency room to seek care immediately.

If you’re suffering from a non-life threatening medical condition, then call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.

Physical Exam

Physical Exam Specialist

A physical exam is a great way to connect with your provider and an important step in preventive health care. Even if you and your family members don’t need physical exams for job or school reasons, have internist Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley perform a complete physical exam or checkup at her Houston, Texas area practice to make sure you’re in good health.


Physical Exam Q & A

Do I need a physical exam if I am in good health?

Many doctors recommend an annual physical exam to ensure you’re in good health, and to detect any early warning signs of health conditions before they become serious. Dr. Medley can give you a complete physical and recommend preventive measures you should take to make sure that you stay healthy. Despite knowing you’re in good health, there are parts of your body that you can’t monitor. Only a doctor or licensed medical professional can order blood tests, do cholesterol screenings, review images from mammograms, and look at how your body is working internally. Dr. Medley will also review your medical history with you, and recommend any lifestyle changes or preventive measures that could help improve your overall health.

What should I expect at an annual physical exam?

Some things Dr. Medley looks at are typical for a complete physical, such as listening to your heart and lungs, checking your reflexes, and inspecting your body for abnormalities, such as skin irregularities. Depending on factors like your age and medical history, she might recommend several tests to ensure you’re in good health.

What kind of blood tests does Dr. Medley give?

The specific blood tests she’ll give you depend on several factors like results from a previous physical exam and your medical history, but could include blood sugar, cholesterol, kidney, and liver function tests. Just a couple of things that Dr. Medley may want to look at are white blood cell count to see how well your immune system is working, or red blood cell count to measure the rate that oxygen travels from your lungs through your body.

Will Dr. Medley share my test results with another doctor I’m seeing?

With your written permission, your medical records can be sent to another doctor to coordinate care efforts. Ask which forms you need to sign to authorize your medical records to be transferred or shared with another doctor.

Diabetes

Diabetes Specialist

While different kinds of diabetes can be controlled with medication and a modified lifestyle, internist Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley can advise you on how to manage the disease. Visit her at her Houston, Texas area practice to learn more about the variety of methods, such as diet and lifestyle choices, medication or alternative forms of healing, that can help patients with diabetes live healthy lives.


Diabetes Q & A

What are the different kinds of diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that’s often characterized by how the body manages the hormone insulin and processes food for energy. There are 3 main kinds of diabetes, including:

  • Gestational diabetes: Affects pregnant women
  • Type 2 diabetes: The most common type, which primarily affects adults and is often the result of genetics, lifestyle choices, such as being overweight, physical activity and diet.
  • Type 1 diabetes: Most common in people under the age of 20, but can happen at any age.

Does my risk of diabetes increase if my parents have it?

Yes, it can. The only way to know for sure, though, is to see Dr. Medley for a health exam to determine whether you have diabetes. One of the signs a patient has diabetes is the presence of high levels of blood sugar. Dr. Medley may also conduct tests, such as a fasting glucose test or a hemoglobin A1C to test a patient’s blood sugar levels. The good news is that diabetes is often treatable with medication, lifestyle changes or a combination of both.

What does pre-diabetes mean?

Having prediabetes doesn’t always mean you’re going to get diabetes. It means that you’re on the verge of diabetes and that you can prevent diabetes with the proper diet and lifestyle changes that keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range. Some doctors call prediabetes a warning, meaning that if you start doing things that increase your blood sugar levels, you could be in jeopardy of developing diabetes.

Can I prevent diabetes with lifestyle changes?

That’s an excellent plan, but it won’t guarantee that you’ll never get diabetes, especially if people in your family have it. Let Dr. Medley test you for diabetes and give you a doctor-approved plan for reducing your risk factors. Early detection and proper treatment of diabetes greatly decreases the risk of developing any complications.

If you think you may have diabetes or need help managing it, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley at her Houston practice. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.

Asthma

Asthma Specialist

Asthma not only makes it difficult to breathe but sometimes it feels like a heavy weight is sitting on your chest. Dr. Hansa Bhakti Medley, an internist practicing in Houston, Texas can help patients of all ages to diagnose asthma symptoms and develop a plan to manage asthma.


Asthma Q & A

How do you diagnose asthma?

Dr. Medley can help you diagnose your condition. Be sure to keep a record of when you have difficulty breathing, and the times and places you’ve experienced symptoms like chest tightness or wheezing. During your appointment, be prepared to share your medical history and how your activity level has changed over time. If you have asthma, Dr. Medley won’t be able to cure it, but she can make it possible for you to manage it effectively with strategies like lifestyle changes and or medication, such as an inhaler. If you think you may be suffering from asthma, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Medley. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.

How can you manage asthma in the workplace?

When you come to Dr. Medley’s office, she’ll examine you and ask questions about your medical history and working conditions, to get a better sense of the potentially problematic substances you may encounter. People who experience breathing problems at work — such as tightness in the chest or wheezing — might have occupational asthma. Symptoms can be exacerbated especially if a patient is exposed to harmful gases, fumes from chemicals, excessive dust or other substances.

How does Dr. Medley treat asthma?

There’s no way to cure asthma, but there certainly are ways to control the condition with things like lifestyle changes, maintaining a healthy weight or even using an inhaler. Dr. Medley can develop a plan to manage your asthma. If you experience occasional shortness of breath, keep a journal of your symptoms and when they occur. Share the journal with Dr. Medley, so she can determine if there are any triggers that make breathing more difficult for you.

If you can’t breathe or believe they’re having an asthma attack, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.