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Week of September 16 - October 14, 2002

    Question:   I tested positive for lupus. I have joint pain, tremor in my left hand, left side weaker, chest pain, and low blood sugar. My doctor said I don't have lupus because I don't have a rash, but I do get a rash around my neck, chest, back and slightly on my face sometimes, however never when I see my doctor. Can you still have lupus and not have the butterfly rash? If you test positive can it be something else? Do you know of any alternative treatments for lupus?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 41 years old, and in January 2002, I had a tubal ligation and endometrial ablation at the same time. It has now been 6 months since my operation. Ever since I had it done, I do not have the same feeling I use to have when I need to urinate. I don't have the feeling of pressure as much as before, and I am also having problems holding it when I sneeze or cough. I have had a couple of tiny leaks. Can you please tell me what is happening to my bladder, and is this caused from my operation?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I had an injection in my rear that went less than two inches from my spine. It was to go in the upper-outer quadrant. Since then I have been in intense pain, and the nerve causes my gluteal or piriformis muscle to spasm. Without drugs, there have been times I've been on crutches with this because of the chain effect of my muscle spasming...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer