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Week of March 4, 2002

    Question:   I was cleaning with bleach and began to have a hard time breathing. I went outside and got some fresh air. I was wondering if fumes from bleach can cause permanent injury to the lungs? I'm still having problems breathing. Should I go to the doctor or will this resolve itself in a few days?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My mother is 51 and has suffered severe cramps from a young age. She gets them everywhere (i.e., calves, thighs, neck, toes, back, chest) and has recently experienced cramping in the process of a yawn. She has tried diet changes, calcium supplements etc. She has seen the doctor numerous times, been to the hospital for tests where they injected dye into her veins determining that her circulation was fine. I would say on average, she gets cramps 5 nights a week, sometimes several times a night...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My dentist wants to do some testing for temporomandibular joint (TMJ)--can you tell me what it is, what can be done to treat it, what causes it?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer