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2008-10-06 12:00:12

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I am an 82-year-old lady who wants to praise the vitamin B-6 that I take daily. A year ago, the fingers of my right hand were numb, and I had a terrible time picking up small objects. My son said a friend had a wrist problem, and, after taking B-6, it went away. I tried it, and my fingers are just fine. I've been clear for over a year now. Dear Reader: Vitamin B-6 is an extremely important water-soluble vitamin required for more than 100 enzymes associated...

2008-09-26 12:00:13

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: My 10-year-old grandson had corrective surgery for Hirschsprung's disease when he was an infant. He has been experiencing fecal leakage since then. He gets quite embarrassed, but he can't keep from having "accidents." I was wondering if Kegel exercises would be of benefit to him. Any help you can offer would be appreciated. Dear Reader: Hirschsprung's disease is a condition of the large intestine. It causes problems with passing stool because of missing...

2008-09-09 12:00:08

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I have suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (diarrhea) for 50 years. It began in my early teens. I have tried everything from the early treatment of eating bland foods to today's adding bulk to my diet through the use of roughage and fiber. I still haven't found relief. Everything I do revolves around IBS, from school in my teens, to jobs, family activities and even everyday routines. I am now in my 60s, and retirement is hopefully not far away. I don't...

2008-08-18 12:00:55

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: My eye specialist recently told me that I need cataract surgery. My reaction was negative because I have always been allergic to anything and everything in or around my eyes. I have never even been able to wear any kind of makeup. I can't wear contact lenses because it was found I was allergic to the lenses themselves. I tried twice but not through this doctor. Dear Reader: A cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens, situated behind the iris and...

2008-08-18 12:00:14

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I took Zelnorm over a year ago, until my doctor said the Food and Drug Administration had taken it off the market and it was no longer available. Since I was suffering from chronic constipation, it was very helpful in regulating my system. I've had nothing but problems now that I'm not using it. I've tried a number of prescription drugs, over-the-counter stool softeners and just about everything I can find. Nothing works like Zelnorm did. I hope there will...

2008-07-25 15:00:27

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 59-year-old female. I am very obese but have no major illnesses and don't smoke or drink. During a recent physical, my physician told me I have a very enlarged heart. He said as long as I don't have any more symptoms, I don't need to worry about it. Could you please explain to me what this means? Dear Reader: Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) can be caused by many things, some beneficial, others life-threatening. There are two types of...

2008-07-21 12:00:20

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: My son was just recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis and is being treated with prednisone. I understand that this is becoming more common in recent years and wondered if you have any information about it. Dear Reader: Sarcoidosis occurs when inflammation causes tiny lumps of cells (granulomas). The granulomas can continue to grow and clump together to form larger lumps or groups of lumps. If many form in an organ, function is affected. Sarcoidosis can...

2008-07-18 09:00:21

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I was scheduled for my yearly physical by my physician recently, but, when I arrived at his office, the receptionist told me that I would be seeing his nurse practitioner. I went into her office, where she did the physical, read my lab reports and made a few suggestions regarding my health. I liked her very much. I would choose to continue with her as my regular health care person but don't know if this is appropriate. Dear Reader: A nurse...

2008-07-14 12:00:21

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 77-year-old female. I suffer every day with pain behind the left side of my breast. I have had an EKG, two stress tests, an echocardiogram, a chest X-ray, a mammogram and a breathing test. All the chest and heart tests were normal, and the mammogram didn't show any signs of cancer. My doctor says the pain is caused by the chest-wall muscle and that perhaps a better bra would help. I do not have a large chest. Please give me your professional opinion:...

2008-07-01 15:00:10

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease. While I've apparently had the condition for a long time, my posture is the same as it has been for many years. In fact, everything is the same. Dear Reader: Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that occurs when nerve cells in a part of the brain die or become impaired. Early symptoms are extremely subtle and vary. Some people might have difficulty getting out of a chair, handwriting...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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