The Doctors: After the Show

The Doctors step off the stage and into the audience to answer impromptu health questions from their fans! Learn tips and treatments for stomachaches, backaches, circulation problems and more! Plus, the best ways to soothe itchy, burning eyes!

Surprise Eye Exam

The Doctors’ executive producer, Patty Ciano, has been experiencing itchy, burning eyes after putting in her contact lenses. The Doctors call in ophthalmologist Dr. Kerry Assil to give Patty a surprise eye exam and consultation!

Dietary Tips to Combat Stomach Problems
Joy, 27, credits The Doctors for helping her overcome three eating disorders; however, as a result of her eating disorders, she now suffers from recurring problems in her upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. “In the last two years, I’ve been diagnosed with ulcers, diverticulitis, adhesions [and] lesions in my stomach lining. If I don’t stick to a very strict diet and exercise, I get bedridden sick,” she says.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez explains the hazards of not eating enough throughout the day. “[The GI tract] needs something in there because it’s producing very toxic substances to help digest your food. So, when you spend a lot of time on an empty stomach, you’re going to have the acid and the bile in your intestines with nothing to neutralize it,” he says.

While eating regularly is important, certain foods are known to exacerbate symptoms related to GI disorders. Learn which foods to avoid.

Diagnosing a Mysterious Facial Blemish
Twenty-seven-year-old Esther has been living with a mysterious red mark on her lower lip for roughly four years. "I thought it was a pimple, but I tried to pop it, and that was four years ago, and it still hasn't gone away," she says.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon examines Esther to provide a diagnosis. Plus, learn other unusual skin conditions that merit a visit to the doctor’s office.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears assists Dr. Ordon in performing an excisional biopsy to determine whether Esther's mysterious facial blemish is cancerous or benign.

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Tips to Increase Circulation
Alexandria works two jobs and spends the majority of her days standing for long periods of time. As a result, she suffers from frequent lower back pain, as well as numbness and tingling in her lower extremities.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Ian Smith demonstrates quick and easy exercises to help alleviate lower back pain and increase circulation.

Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy
Linn, 51, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2008. "My legs get very heavy when my blood sugar levels are high, and my biggest fear is to face amputation," she says.

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy, a condition where irreversible nerve damage occurs — typically in the hands and feet — and may require an amputation. Statistics show that approximately half of all diabetics will develop some form of peripheral neuropathy with varying degrees of severity. Other causes of the condition include physical trauma to the area, infections and metabolic disorders.

“When you start talking about peripheral neuropathy in a diabetic patient, you're talking about long-term blood glucose control," explains ER physician Dr. Travis Stork. Learn tips for managing blood glucose levels to avoid a dangerous or deadly side effect.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Edwin, 32, is a graphic designer who is constantly performing repetitive hand movements on his computer. Several months ago, he developed throbbing pain in his hand, accompanied by joint stiffness and numbness in his fingertips. Edwin suspects he has carpal tunnel syndrome and wants to alleviate the pain without undergoing surgery.

The Doctors stress the importance of a proper diagnosis, as symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can also be similar to other conditions, such as tendonitis or an inflamed radial nerve. Learn the primary causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and see simple tests that can help determine the source of pain.

Embarrassing Conditions "Down There"
The Doctors answer private questions about private parts!

An audience member, who wishes to remain anonymous, suffers from painful boils on her inner thighs and around her panty line. Learn tips for treating and preventing the embarrassing condition.

The Doctors’ props master, Robert, has been experiencing occasional erectile dysfunction and decreased libido. Clinical sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross provides consultation to help diagnose the cause.