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Week of March 10, 2003

    Question:   Our son is having surgery on his leg, the puerperal nerve for meralgia paresthetica. Is this a permanent solution? Does the pain come back? Have you ever heard of anyone doing this where it didn't work?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have been diagnosed with a cracked rib. It has probably been 3 weeks since the pain became noticeable. For a week prior to that there was pain, but not as bad. I am scheduled to play in an amateur golf tournament in Arizona in about 14 days, and I'm not sure whether I will be able to play. It is a four day tournament. Is there anything I can do to prepare or help the healing process or do while playing to eliminate the pain?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I had my son go to the hospital on 3 occasions with spontaneous pneumothorax. The doctors suspect my 6'5", 135 lb. son may have Marfan Syndrome. We had an ultrasound of his heart and had his eyes tested with a slit lamp. Both tests came out normal. My question is, can the complications with his heart and eyes show up later in his life? He is currently 17 years old.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer