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Week of September 18, 2000

    Question:   At the age of 25 I had a partial hystectomy. I had contracted endometriosis, went through the guinea pig stages of trying this pill and that pill, laproscopy, and finally surgery. I heard that a few women in my same situation have become pregnant. I was informed by the women who did become pregnant that the egg attached itself to the lining of their stomach. I do have my ovaries and I can still feel when I ovulate. Is there any possible way I can be implanted with a fertilized egg? What is the possibility for me to carry a child one last time and what procedures would make it possible?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   What is instage renal failure and the difference between instage and kidney failure?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   Is it possible to crack a rib from coughing due to bronchitis? Is this a sign of weak bones? How long does a cracked rib take to heal?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   My mother has a bed sore about as large as a silver dollar. She hasn't been laid on this side for at least two months yet the sore will not heal. It is kept clean and we have tried various ointments per her doctor. Nothing helps. Do you have any ideas?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   I suffer chest pains often. Before the pains, I usually have a crushing feeling to my chest ranging from the feeling of someone giving me a big bear hug to someone sitting on my chest. The pains vary from a tightness that is bearable, to "bites" which can only be explained as being like someone pinches you with tweezers (sharp and quick but quite deep) and "mule kicks." The "mule kicks" vary but feel like someone reaching their hand inside my chest and trying to pull my heart out while squeezing it very tightly. On some occasions, these have been followed by radiating pain up my shoulder and neck and down my arm. When I exercise at all, I get breathless and if continued will lead to a tightness then pain. As the day progresses I just get worn down. When I get the tightness, it usually stays with me until I rest for a while. If I lie down at all, I will be asleep within minutes. What could this be?    Dr. Shiller's Answer