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Week of January 10, 2000

Question:   About two months ago, I injured my right shoulder blade. It feels like a muscular knot that won't go away. I have been taking 3 or 4 Motrin 800mg for two weeks with no relief. Now the pain has travelled down the outside of my right arm. I have no medical insurance and am out of work. Is there anything that will ease or eliminate this pain?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

Question:   Several months ago, I began experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain. I have been seen by my primary physician, my gynecologist and a gastroenterologist. One of the tests showed several polyps located in the large intestine and stomach. These were removed, but I still have some abdominal pain. My gynecologist has checked for cancer, but found none. She put me on birth control, which has slowed the bleeding, but now my periods are more frequent (about every 16-19 days) and last longer (about 8-9 days). My gynecologist has recommended a hysterectomy. I'm not sure I want a hysterectomy, but I don't think I can tolerate the stomach pain and the frequent bleeding much longer. Do you have any suggestions?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

Question:   About a year and a half ago, I developed an acute sensitivity to smells (including chemicals, perfumes, car exhaust and other environmental toxins). My reactions include: tasting the chemical, tachycardia and agitation or anxiousness. If I remove myself from the odors, the symptoms disappear. It was suggested I go on a Candida diet, which I have been on for over a year. Presently, I cannot go off this diet without my orifices and scalp itching. In addition I have become extremely sensitive and itchy if I eat the following vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and beets. I have not eaten sweets with refined sugar for 20 years. Also, 6 months ago I developed an intermittent pain under my left rib cage and a feeling of my insides vibrating. I have been tested for parasites with negative results. Is there a possibility that I might have an enzyme deficiency and how does one go about testing for that?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

Question:   I am a 31-year-old male. I have recently noticed a bald spot developing on my right cheek. It started out very small but is now 2 cm in diameter. Another spot is developing on my left cheek. Is this reason for concern and what is it attributed to?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

Question:   I am a 35 and have been experiencing shakiness in my hands, tingling in my left leg, minor vision disturbances, periodic minor dizziness, and I also seem to have a little trouble saying what I mean to say. This started a few months ago and none of the problems are major, but I am concerned that they may get worse. What could they indicate?    Dr. Shiller's Answer