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Week of December 1, 2003

    Question:   I have Meniere's Syndrome and have several questions. Is it possible, while having attacks, to run a low-grade fever? Why is Meniere's misdiagnosed as inner ear infection with flu symptoms? What is the difference between vestibular neuronitis and Meniere's? Are upper respiratory problems related to Meniere's, since it has to do with ears and drainage?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My 10-year-old son has walked on his toes since he began walking. He does not have any neurological problems. My husband and father-in-law also toe walk, but not to the extent of my son. I was told that the only thing that would correct this is heel cord lengthening surgery. My orthopedist said physical therapy and braces would not help him, that he would toe walk as soon as he stopped therapy and using the braces. What is your opinion on this matter? What are the problems that can occur from the surgery?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer