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Should I be worried about frequent fainting episodes?

Dear Stephanie I am sorry to hear of your symptoms. Fainting as you have found out by now has many causes though the vast majority are benign. But, it appears that you have already had a thorough clinical examination and investigations as you list MRI and heart screening amongst them. However it wou...
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Do I need a measles booster jab if I'm travelling overseas?

Hi, I understand there may be concerns about measles given the recent outbreak in Taiwan and Japan. However, if you have received 2 doses of measles vaccine when you were a child, then you are considered as immune and will not require a booster. 2 doses of the MMR vaccine grant life-long protection ...
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THE COMPLETE LIST OF RESOURCES TO HELP SOMEONE IN SINGAPORE WITH DEPRESSION (2018)

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Posted on Fri Apr 20 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

It's time to end the stigma. My name is Darren Toh, and today I will be guiding you through all the avenues from which you can seek help in Singapore if you feel that you are suffering from Depression (or other mental illnesses).

Before we begin though, there is something I need to point out.

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What should I do next if my back hurts when I bend forward?

Dear Zai Zai Thank you for your question - it’s certainly a common problem that we see in clinic! It sounds from what you have said that there is a potential overlap of pain generators - it could be your back and equally it could be your hip! Often, it can be difficult to differentiate one from the ...
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WILL RUNNING HURT YOUR KNEES? (HINT: IT WON'T)

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Posted on Wed Apr 18 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Time and time again, whether you are a seasoned marathoner or the neophyte jogger, you've probably heard this: Running too much will hurt your knees.

As a physiotherapist who runs frequently, I'd be a millionaire if I was given a quarter everytime I was asked, "Physio, will running damage my knees?" or being told, "You're a physio, you should know that running will damage your knees!"

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When do I need to see a neurologist for a prolonged headache?

Thank you for getting in touch to share your headaches. Headache is extremely common. It will be difficult to diagnose anything without seeing you in person. Headache is one of those conditions where there is no specific "Test" that can 100% diagnose your headache. Doctors come to a reasonable best ...
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Is it compulsory for a doctor to tell you the side effects of prescribed medications in Singapore?

Dear JieChun, Thank you for your interesting question. There are many sources of information about medication side effects: 1. The prescriber 2. The information leaflet with the medication 3. The internet 4. Word of mouth Often, most prescribers will inform you of common side effects of medications ...
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Should I seek help for my neck strain?

Hi Desmond Thank you for your question and I can assure that you are not alone! Increased use of computers and smart devices in our lives have meant that neck pain is going to be a huge problem in the not too distant future. In the past, neck pain was typically after an accident or from torticollis,...
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Will switching contraceptive pills help with heavy spotting between periods?

Dear Esther Thanks for your question. It may be helpful if we explore some of the causes for this intermittent bleeding - sometimes termed as "breakthrough bleeding". If the pill is not taken on a daily / regular basis, the temporary drop in the level of hormones can lead to intermittent bleeding. I...
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What should I do if I am unable to gain weight despite a good diet and exercise?

Dear Benjamin Thank you for your question. I have answered one question on weight gain similar to this in the past and it contains quite a bit of detail that might be useful to your situation. To start with your problem, it might be useful to consult either a Dietitian, a Sports Medicine Physician o...
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CAN YOUR DOCTOR FORCIBLY HOSPITALISE YOU IN IMH? (YES, THEY CAN)

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Posted on Fri Apr 13 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hello everyone, I am Darren Toh. I have written for DoctorxDentist in the past about depression and mental illnesses, you can read about them here:

A Depressed Patient’s Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 1 (SGH and Mt Elizabeth Hospital)

A Depressed Patient's Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 2 (IMH General Ward)

A Depressed Patient's Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 3 (IMH Mood Disorder Unit)

Today, I'm going to talk about something very interesting that I'm certain has crossed everyones' minds: INVOLUNTARY HOSPITALISATION

I'll be breaking down the legal mumbo-jumbo for everyone so that you can have a better understanding of what rights the patient has when it comes to the law.

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How can I get a discreet paternity test in Singapore?

Hi Esther, Yes, it is not possible for you to be blood type B, if your parents are both blood type O. This is due to the manner in which your blood type is "passed on" from your parents. An Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first described how traits are passed on from one generation to another in 1...
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When should I be worried about unintentional weight loss?

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for your question. We generally define clinically important weight loss as over 5% of body weight over 6 to 12 months. It is possible that the stress from your last semester at university may have contributed, but if you have been eating and exercising as per normal and still ...
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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN'T GIVE YOUR CHILD A SMARTPHONE

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Posted on Sun Apr 08 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

With 7 out of 10 children in Singapore owning one, smartphones seem to be the new-age pacifiers. This is why it might not be the best idea!

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A DEPRESSED PATIENT'S JOURNEY THROUGH SINGAPORE'S HOSPITALS PART 3 (IMH MOOD DISORDER UNIT)

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Posted on Fri Mar 30 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

What's wrong with hospital food?

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A DEPRESSED PATIENT'S JOURNEY THROUGH SINGAPORE'S HOSPITALS PART 2 (IMH GENERAL WARD)

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Posted on Tue Mar 13 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Continued from A Depressed Patient’s Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 1 (SGH and Mt Elizabeth Hospital)

I have to begin this by saying you are not allowed to use your phone while warded in IMH. They get a zero out of five star rating for this.

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HOW TO TREAT A FROZEN SHOULDER

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Posted on Mon Mar 05 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Many of my patients can't recall just when it started. However, they'll always be able to tell me about the sudden episodes of shooting pain, which makes them wish their arm was no longer attached.

Read on to find out how you can recover more quickly from a frozen shoulder! 

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7 THINGS SINGAPOREANS MUST KNOW ABOUT PREDIABETES

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Posted on Tue Feb 20 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

By 2035, 1 in 4 Singaporeans will be prediabetic. It’s time we get acquainted with prediabetes, the precursor of diabetes. 

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HOW TO GET RID OF RUNNING PAIN, ACCORDING TO A SPORT MEDICINE DOCTOR (SHIN SPLINTS, BE GONE!)

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Posted on Wed Jan 17 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Me: So when do you get your pain?

Patient: When I'm running!

Me: So how does that affect your training?

Patient: I CAN’T RUN!

With so many running events taking place in Singapore over varying distances, there's a running challenge to suit everyone’s level of fitness and training. However, running should be fun, and NOT something that's associated with discomfort.

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A DEPRESSED PATIENT’S JOURNEY THROUGH SINGAPORE'S HOSPITALS PART 1 (SGH AND MT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL)

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Posted on Tue Jan 09 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hello everyone, it’s me, Darren Toh. I suffer from severe depression, and previously wrote about my experience with Electroconvulsive Therapy here. Being renowned for having a refined taste for only the best psychiatric services in Singapore, I'm here today to present my review of 4 different Psychiatric facilities in Singapore:

  • The Psych Ward of Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • The Psych Ward of Mount Elizabeth Hospital (MEH)
  • The General Ward of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
  • The Mood Disorder Unit (MDU) of IMH.
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When should I be worried about unintentional weight loss?

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for your question. We generally define clinically important weight loss as over 5% of body weight over 6 to 12 months. It is possible that the stress from your last semester at university may have contributed, but if you have been eating and exercising as per normal and still ...
2 Doctor Answers
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Should I seek help for my neck strain?

Hi Desmond Thank you for your question and I can assure that you are not alone! Increased use of computers and smart devices in our lives have meant that neck pain is going to be a huge problem in the not too distant future. In the past, neck pain was typically after an accident or from torticollis,...
2 Doctor Answers
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Do I need a measles booster jab if I'm travelling overseas?

Hi, I understand there may be concerns about measles given the recent outbreak in Taiwan and Japan. However, if you have received 2 doses of measles vaccine when you were a child, then you are considered as immune and will not require a booster. 2 doses of the MMR vaccine grant life-long protection ...
1 Doctor Answer
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What should I do if I am unable to gain weight despite a good diet and exercise?

Dear Benjamin Thank you for your question. I have answered one question on weight gain similar to this in the past and it contains quite a bit of detail that might be useful to your situation. To start with your problem, it might be useful to consult either a Dietitian, a Sports Medicine Physician o...
2 Doctor Answers
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How can I get a discreet paternity test in Singapore?

Hi Esther, Yes, it is not possible for you to be blood type B, if your parents are both blood type O. This is due to the manner in which your blood type is "passed on" from your parents. An Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel first described how traits are passed on from one generation to another in 1...
1 Doctor Answer
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When do I need to see a neurologist for a prolonged headache?

Thank you for getting in touch to share your headaches. Headache is extremely common. It will be difficult to diagnose anything without seeing you in person. Headache is one of those conditions where there is no specific "Test" that can 100% diagnose your headache. Doctors come to a reasonable best ...
1 Doctor Answer
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Should I be worried about frequent fainting episodes?

Dear Stephanie I am sorry to hear of your symptoms. Fainting as you have found out by now has many causes though the vast majority are benign. But, it appears that you have already had a thorough clinical examination and investigations as you list MRI and heart screening amongst them. However it wou...
1 Doctor Answer
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What should I do next if my back hurts when I bend forward?

Dear Zai Zai Thank you for your question - it’s certainly a common problem that we see in clinic! It sounds from what you have said that there is a potential overlap of pain generators - it could be your back and equally it could be your hip! Often, it can be difficult to differentiate one from the ...
2 Doctor Answers
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Is it compulsory for a doctor to tell you the side effects of prescribed medications in Singapore?

Dear JieChun, Thank you for your interesting question. There are many sources of information about medication side effects: 1. The prescriber 2. The information leaflet with the medication 3. The internet 4. Word of mouth Often, most prescribers will inform you of common side effects of medications ...
1 Doctor Answer
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Will switching contraceptive pills help with heavy spotting between periods?

Dear Esther Thanks for your question. It may be helpful if we explore some of the causes for this intermittent bleeding - sometimes termed as "breakthrough bleeding". If the pill is not taken on a daily / regular basis, the temporary drop in the level of hormones can lead to intermittent bleeding. I...
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