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Week of November 12, 2001

    Question:   I have a 12-year-old grandson who was born with club feet. They were remedied with surgery. Now, I have a granddaughter who has a tendon problem and cannot straighten her legs. At 17 months she is walking on her knees. She has been taken to the doctor, but I would like to know if there is any connection between the two. We were told that club feet are hereditary, but no one else in the family has them.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   Can neuropathy be one of the effects of Lipitor? I have taken 10 mg of this drug for 8-10 years. I now have neuropathy of both feet. My neurologist questioned the length of time I had been on this drug. I am 72 years old. I was surprised that I had this problem as well as carotid artery disease. This problem has gotten to the point that I will have surgery this month on the right side. I will undergo an arteriogram on the day prior to the surgery. Also if they find that the last heart catherization shows signs of an increase in the disease, I will undergo another catherization.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I had a head injury in July, 1998. I hit my head on the windshield and I now have what my doctor calls "Post Concussion Syndrome". I have headaches, seizures, and really bad problems with dizziness and motion sickness to the point that I get sick and throw up. Out of these problems, I have the hardest time with the motion sickness...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer