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Week of September 17, 2001

    Question:   A few years ago I had skinned my shin and foot playing volleyball while on vacation in Mexico. Occasionally I would get pain in the area which I had injured. Lately it has been chronic. I am active in sports, but while I am engaged in physical activity the pain subsides. It is not until I am relaxed that it becomes bothersome. Any thoughts? An infection wouldn't take three years to manifest itself...would it?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 22-month-old son has severe trouble sleeping at night, it's like he can't breath. X-rays showed he had enlarged adenoids, the doctor wants to operate and remove them. Are there any troubles we should expect to see as he grows up due to the adenoid removal, i.e., hay fever, or colds...?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My husband suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and although he works full-time commuting 4 hours per day, his energy resources are limited. He has noticed that he becomes increasingly short of breath (dyspnic) on exertion. Someone that mentioned Singulair might be helpful. Is Singulair a steroid, what is its mechanism in the body, and is it for asthmatics only?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer