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Week of October 2, 2000

    Question:  A week ago, I was running and I had to stop short on a wet surface which caused me to slip and fall onto my left wrist. The initial pain seemed like a normal jam but I had it X-rayed anyway and the results were negative, and I was told it was just a sprain. The next day the pain was much worse and supination was (and still is) painful. Being involved in sports my whole life, I don't mind the pain too much. What bothers me most is that when I attempt to supinate, my wrist/lower arm creates an audible click seemingly in the region below my thumb, where the hand and the arm meet. Is the pain linked to this click? If so, is it part of the sprain? Will it disappear as the pain disappears? Could it be something more serious?    Dr. Ganiat's Answer

    Question:  Is there another way besides a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer? Can you give me information about this procedure?    Dr. Ganiat's Answer

    Question:  For many years I have taken Fiorinal for headaches. My new primary care physician does not think I should take it. I did not take it on a daily basis but when I got a killer headache, it was the only thing that helped. I don't like codeine products because of the constipation problems. If I don't take the Fiorinal when I get a headache, I end up taking tons of OTC meds. Any suggestions?    Dr. Ganiat's Answer