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DR JAMES WRIGHT HEALTH COLUMN No. 563
Sun, 3rd November 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
SORE THROAT

Q: 

I had the camera down my throat and I still suffer attacks of chest discomfort, worse if I hurry. I have been given tablets for a diagnosed stomach ulcer.

A: 

The endoscope may abrade the lining of the food tube, but this quickly heals. Acid regurgitation is possible, but should be much less with acid suppression medication, which will also allow the ulcer to quickly heal. It is often given with anti-helicobacter antibiotics. Maybe a cardiac check is worthwhile, for angina from narrowed arteries to the heart may cause irregular pains in the chest, behind the breast bone, abdomen, chin, shoulders and left arm. Do not delay.

 
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MEMORY

Q: 

Is there a simple way to improve memory.

A: 

Gingko biloba is being discussed in the medical journals as being helpful. Quarter of an aspirin tablet per day marginally thins the blood leading to improved circulation in the brain, and reduced risks of clots which destroy brain and memory cells. Vitamin E, 10 drops of the liquid (Micelle) a day may help some. When trying to remember, try constant verbal repetition. Like, Hello Mr Jones Mr Jones Mr Jones. HRT in older women may help. We all suffer from some degree of memory impairment.

 
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BACK OP

Q: 

I am due to have an operation to chop out a disc for persisting back pain. I have heard a microscope maybe used.

A: 

Microdiscectomy offers excellent results in suitable patients. It requires a small incision, 2 days in hospital, often leaving you free from pain. It gives a greatly magnified picture of the damaged area, often a crunched, bulging or damaged disc causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. This causes local pain often radiating down the leg.

 
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VIRTUALLY YOURS

Q: 

Could you tell me about virtual colonoscope?

A: 

As you pass through an imaging machine, the doctor sees in glowing technicolour each cm of your intestinal system. Any abnormality, such as polyps, cancer, ulcers, and other nasties can be detected, and the spot localised. It can also visualise any other part of the body. However, if surgery is needed (e.g. removal of polyps or cancer), this is another story, requiring active intervention. It is amazing new technology.

 
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THIN SKINNED

Q: 

My husband has very thin skin, and it bleeds if knocked.

A: 

This is common. In time with exposure to the sun, thinning and damage are common. Ideally wash with body warm water, use a non-alkaline soap such as Ego QV Bar (of soap), Cetaphil or Neutrogena. Dab dry with a very soft towel. Do not rub. Apply a moisturiser, sorbelene with glycerine (cheapest), Vitamin A and E cream or paw paw cream. Comfrey cream is also excellent. Avoid irritating clothing.

 
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BELLS PALSY

Q: 

I have had Bells Palsy for some months, and the left lower lips are droopy.

A: 

This means paralysis of a branch of the facial nerve causing drooping of facial muscles on one side. Often eyelids, cheeks and lips droop. Cause is unknown. Some say it is due to a chill, virus or infection. Cortisone is often prescribed short term, some use Vitamin B12. Some physiotherapists specialise in this field, greatly reducing risks of permanent deformity. Do not neglect treatment. Many cure spontaneously.

 
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SPERMS

Q: 

What foods can I eat to improve my sperms?

A: 

A sensible all round diet is recommended, as it is for good health in general. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, (peas, beans, lentils) seeds, nuts, dairy products (low fat), eggs, cereals, shoots, lean meat and fish are included. This gives the body the best chance of functioning normally. Pesticides, herbicides and other poisonous sprays are claimed to reduce fertility, as many medical reports have reported in recent years. Suitably wash or peel food well before eating.

 
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BURNS

Q: 

Is there a natural remedy for painful superficial burns?

A: 

Ideally, placing under cool running water gives rapid relief. Then cover with a light cotton dressing. Do not apply creams, butter, and flour, often used in years past. Aloe Vera is popular. Using a fresh broken leaf letting the inner gel run over the burn may give incredible relief. Apply often, at least 3 times in the first hour, to take away the pain, my herbalist friend says.

 
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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.

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