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Week of August 25, 2003

    Question:   I've been having some problems lately concerning my extremities falling asleep, even when exercising. Both my arms, especially my right arm, falls asleep while I am sleeping. I am extremely active in weightlifting and cardio running 3 times a week and heavy lifting 5 times a week. Recently my right arm has been falling asleep while jogging in the morning! Can you help me?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 43-year-old-woman who just found out that I have a little disc dehydration at the thoraco-lumbar junction with very slight wedging of D11, due to my old Scheuermann's disease. This was found when I had my MMR done due to back pain in my lower region. Until today I did not know I had the above disease during my school days. I've had no pain or shape change to my back. Can you explain what the above means?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 47-year-old woman recently diagnosed with fourth nerve palsy. My primary symptoms are double vision and eye pain. The physicians I've been seeing told me there is no treatment for this because my case is considered mild (surgery may over correct it). So I have to live with it or wait until it gets worse. Are there any other treatments that you are aware of?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer