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Week of November 6, 2000

    Question:  I have been treated for panic disorder. I would like to know if panic attacks and strokes could possibly have the same kind of symptoms? Here is a list of my symptoms: 1. I have numbness on my left side leg, arm, and face; 2. Dizziness; 3. Pains in the back of the head; 4. Blurry vision. My doctor says these are a part of my panic attacks and that I don't need to see a neurologist even though there is family history of strokes at a early age. If you could clarify that panic attacks and strokes have the same symptoms, it would help to ease my mind.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:  Recently, there are spots on my face where I cannot grow facial hair. It's so smooth that it feels like hair NEVER used to grow there. What could cause this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:  I am a 31-year-old woman whom has recently experienced severely bad breath. I am in great oral health and have not recently had any sinus infections. Please tell me what tests I should have my family physician run to rule out cancer, kidney disease or liver disease. Also, is there anything else that I might be concerned about?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer