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Week of February 10, 2003

    Question:   I'm a 38-year-old male and got a flu shot in my left shoulder 17 days ago. I've had lots of flu shots but when I got this one, it was unbelievably painful! I shrugged it off. It was uncomfortable for the following 5 days or so. Then the discomfort seemed to be somewhat diminishing. But about 6 days ago, the discomfort was back. Each of the last 6 days the pain has been increased significantly...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 59-year-old female. Upon arising each morning, all the fingers on each hand used to be stuck in a claw-like fashion. I could feel them clicking, or snapping, as I opened my hands. Now, only the little finger on the right hand and the middle finger on the left hand are stuck each morning. It is painful to straighten them, but the pain subsides as I continue to use them. What is this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 20-year-old male and I have been taking my body temperature for the last 2 weeks straight and it has averaged 96.2 degrees. The reason why I have been taking my body temperature is because I am always tired, have a stuffed up nose and itchy, watery, red eyes. So I did some research on these symptoms and they indicated that I might have hypothyroidism. I had my blood work done and my doctor said my thyroid levels are fine and to not worry about it. What could be causing my low body temperature and my symptoms? Should I get a second opinion?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer