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Week of November 27, 2000

    Question:   Usually during the week before my menstrual cycle I get a tenderness under my left armpit. There is no sign of any kind of lump and there is no throbbing pain, just irritableness. Is this caused by the hormone changes?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   I am 66 years old and have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis. From all that I have read on this topic, I don't seem to have the symptoms. I do have severe pain in the back of my right thigh when I am active, but I don't experience much pain when I sit or lie down. I could stay in a recliner or on a bed and probably not have to take pain medication. What is your take on this?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   My 24-year-old daughter was diagnosed with viral encephalitis after she was found in a coma. Some 4 months ago after 1 week in the ICU on a respirator and 2 weeks in the hospital, she was released. However, she continues to be in a very poor condition and has been readmitted to a different hospital where they have done an MRI scan and a lumber puncture. The doctors say they have found something wrong with the white blood cells. They also said something is showing on the MRI scan that is worrying them. When we ask what the problem is, we just get told the results are inconclusive. Please, what are the likely implications of the above?    Dr. Shiller's Answer