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Week of October 23, 2000

    Question:  Approximately 3 weeks ago I got a burning/stinging pain around my left shoulder blade. For fifteen years I worked as a check out clerk, could the pain possibly be related to carpal tunnel? Previously, both forearm/elbow areas and wrists would bother me. Then the pain moved to my neck, and now to my shoulder area. I have been taking (2) Ibuprofen 800mg and that seems to help.   Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:  I have been on an oral contraceptive for a year and I am sexually active with one person. I have been getting reoccurring bladder infections every 2 to 3 weeks since May. Before then, I had a bladder infection every couple of months. Now I am going crazy... my medication has been doubled, I have taken ALL hygienic precautions, and now I am simply fed up. I WANT to find out if there is any proven correlation between the bladder infections and the pill? What else could be causing this?   Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:  I have been itching for about five days now; mostly on my scalp and arms. There are extremely small "bumps", but I haven't been bitten by anything..just ferocious itching. I have taken benadryl and tylenol for headaches that are accompanying the rash, but no relief. What on earth could it be?   Dr. McLaughlin's Answer