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Week of June 10, 2002

    Question:   For the last two months the head of my penis (on the left) has been extremely sensitive. In the beginning I felt an uncomfortable urge to pee feeling but that feeling has mostly gone away. My doctor thought maybe I have a urethral irritation but the medication for that didn't cure it...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 40 years old and I am considering having a partial hysterectomy. Would this change my sexual hormones as it would if I had gotten a full hysterectomy or would my sexual desire stay the same?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I suffered a pulmonary embolism (PE) three weeks ago which required emergency hospitalization for five days. The source is still unknown. My pulmonary doctor wants a CT scan in six weeks to see if the clot is still there. In the meantime, my primary care doctor has me on 5 mg Coumadin/daily. The pulmonary doctor advised against any exercise for months, while my primary care doctor wrote out a permission to participate in vigorous activities immediately. I have jogged 6 miles/day for 15 years. Everything I read says exercise is important post PE. What should I do?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer