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Week of December 10, 2001

    Question:   I am 17 years old and carry the Kell antigen. This caused problems during my birth and the first few years of my life. I am interested to know whether the Kell antigen could cause any problems in the next several years of my life.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have what appears to be a mass in my chest, right at my sternum. It is about the size of a half golf ball on the outside and feels like a bowling ball in my chest. I went to my HMO and they said it was swollen and tender from too much rubbing. I am also spitting up blood in the morning, and the HMO said I must have bit my tongue. I looked up my symptoms on the web and came across a term called "mediastinal mass". It describes all my symptoms: difficult breathing, swallowing, chest pain and tightness. I have lost 30 lbs in 3 months. Can you offer any insight into this condition?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am a 73-year-old female and have had CFS/Fibromyalgia/Chemical sensitivities for the past 23 years; severely at first, then moderately and finally well-controlled for about 10 years. Following a bout of severe antibiotic-induced colitis last year which lasted several months, my symptoms returned and persisted and a new one, very suggestive of TIA (still undiagnosed but under investigation) appeared along with them. Is there any known correlation between CFS and TIA or TIA-like symptoms (left facial numbness usually preceded by sharp pains in my head). There is very little help available locally for CFS.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer