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    Hi I'm Jess (age 21) and my Mum is obese. She has been obese for as long as I can remember. There is no reason for her weight, other than she eats too much and does little exercise. Her laziness and attitude to diet is driving me crazy. She is suffering from lots of health problems- joint problems, breathing problems. She even started snoring a few years ago, to the point where I can't even sleep in the same house as her. We went to disney this year- and I couldn't enjoy myself as her seatbelt wouldn't fasten on the plane and she struggled to fit on the rides. What can I do to help. When I say anything I just get attitude from her. Thanks





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    Hi Jess. I'm really sorry for your situation and the unfortunate thing is that as much as we can want people to change, they must want it too to do it fully themselves. Does your mum know how much you worry about her? Try and explain this to her without giving her a lecture, as I'm sure she is already beating herself up about her weight. I'm sure she wants to change but may not know how. Why don't you dry and get involved with her weight loss? the 2 of you could go to zumba class which could be really fun. Or ye could join weight watchers together. Whether you need to lose weight or not the healthy recipes will still benefit you. I hope this helps.x

    I regularly get a taste of ammonia in the back of my throat (3-5 times a week - anytime) - I have had tonsil problems for years, in that they are permanently enlarged, I have breathing problems and snore loudly. I also suffer from heartburn quite often, although not so much lately, so I am wondering if these problems could be related. I have found recently that the taste comes after I have gulped down a drink but it is very irregular. My partner says he can't smell it but the taste for me is really pungent and overpowering. I can even feel it in the back of my nose. There is no pain associated but the regularity of this problem has become a cause of concern. It started about 4 months ago.





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    you need to get your tonsils removed through surgery, it's possible they may have some sort of infection which isn't tonsillitus. the important thing to know is that the tonsils are a part of the body that are not needed for anything, they're basically useless. all they do is get infected, getting them removed will be beneficial to you, a lot of children get them remeoved when they're young if they have suffered from tonsilitus more than twice, and will probably solve your problem! it's a scary thought but theres nothing to be affraid of trust me! good luck

    My husband is 51 & snores to the point were I end up sleeping in the front room. He is under the epping hospital & we are waiting to hear back with an appointment for a sleep clinic but what can i do in the mean time to help him with his snoring & breathing cos he stop breathing evry now & then with frightens the hell out of me





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    My husband and I have had separate bedrooms for 10 years, since the last child left home. Both of us snored and I got fed up with him blaming me for his poor sleep. BUT I was diagnosed with sleep apnoea 4 years ago and now sleep with a Constant Positive Airway machine. It has changed my life. I now sleep all through the night, 7 hours and a most important effect is that I no longer have bad dreams. This is because the apnoea woke me up in REM sleep, when I was having complicated dreams but actually struggling to breathe. This is so amazing to me. I worry about my husband too, he still sleeps badly but I don't think it sounds as bad as yours since he only snores after drinking lager beer (Stella is the worst !) He refuses to ask to go to sleep clinic. If it is sleep apnoea, the machine will change (and prolong) his life. In the meantime; NO BEER or any alcohol. (This will help with weight loss, I assume he is overweight!) The nose strips or a little device which sits in his nostrils & keeps them more open may help. Best wishes, Jacky

    Dont let them cut out he uvula (dangler) without going through the side effects (sneezing fits being unable to contain a sneeze

    Breathing problems through my left nasal passage, constantly feels like my nostril isnt large enough and blocked, keep cleaning it and keep making it sore :(





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    I have always suffered with my sinuses, my whole life. Excessive congestion from it and problems breathing through it. Last year I visited the doctor and he picked up on the fact there was a hole in my nose, since then my problems with it have worsened, I forever have sinititus an it affects my ears an throat. Its really bad as I can't really breath through it, it's worse of a morning an it takes me literally about 15 mins of a morning to blow it an it's always just blood. It's only now that my gp is referring me to ENT clinic, just wondering what sort procedures they will offer me.





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    Basically don't expect anything, if its big it wont fix and you will suffer always as you are. I have a top ENT specialist and he cannot fix it, he tried but if its big it wont respond.

    I am 17 and i have been having a few problems with my ears i have been gettin bad neck ache, headaches, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach, breathing difficulties and aching muscles in my arms and legs, tiredness and sore ears and it feels like liquid is coming out of my ears but i do not have a fever i do not know what is causing this. Is this an ear infection or is it something worse? xx





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    on the 9th March 2011,i suffered a ventricular fibrillation at home.my wife was told that i had 50/50 chances of survival and even if i did there was a strong possibility of brain damage,after having spent 4 days in ICU.I recovered and was transferred to normal ward. i noticed i was having problems breathing and after 6 months it was discivered that my vocal chordes had been dislodged and the only option i had was tracheotomy which i have done in september last year 2010. This is not effected my voice at all and is still the same .specialist in nottingham hospital adviced me that he could stich one side of the chord and that may work. is there any specialist that you know can sort problem as the doctors in birmingham cannot do anything about this and that i will have to keep the tracheotomy is there anyway to sort this out as my job involves supervising 45 staff and attend many meeting and this has really effect my performance and my confidance at work.





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    Earlier in the year I was diagnosed with a “huge” nasal septal perforation. I had a nasal septal button fitted that was 28mm diameter with a centre core of 6mm diameter, it was fitted complete at this size. I was told this is what is normally used but usually cut down to fit. I was also told due to not having much cartilage left at the base of my nose where nostril openings are, that it may not be successful. When I went for a follow up appointment I was sure the button had moved. The ENT doctor said it had and I thought he was going to adjust it but he rather just pulled it out. He went on to say nothing more can be done. I wonder if anyone could offer any advice on getting a solution, if anyone knows of any doctors or techniques available via the NHS within the UK that could help me? BACKGROUND: I have had continued problems with my nose for over 10 years, with repeated GP visits. Around 4.5 years ago, I was admitted to hospital with chest pains (centre and below left ribcage). I was diagnosed with Pneumonia and Pleuracy. After leaving hospital, I also developed shingles and continued to have the pain/ discomfort in centre of chest, got increased issues with reflux and had increasing problems breathing... I was finally diagnosed with Asthma in January of this year and appear to be responding to the symbicort medication but unfortunately the problems caused by the septal perforation aggravate my Asthma and make life quite miserable – after being relatively symptom free for a month, those issues are now more heightened and it has confirmed the perforation is the reason I feel continually weak and tired... If anyone can offer any help or advice I would appreciate. I am going back for second opinion but am hoping a specialist of nasal surgery or someone who has had similar issues but got them resolved may be able to comment? Thanks in advance





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    I dont have any anwers but I wanted to say that now I dont feel alone. I didnt kno this is a common condition. Iv had my nose problems for 5yrs and recently developed a hole. Five years ago my nose started scabbing evertime I blew it. The scabs wouldnt blow out so I had to use my finger. So embarrassing. My dr said to use saline nose spray to keep it moist. Im wondering if the saline made my cartridge thin?

    "So embarrassing. My dr said to use saline nose spray to keep it moist. Im wondering if the saline made my cartridge thin?" Get over the embarrassment and stop picking your nose with your finger (trauma is a common cause and finger picking is one of those)... a little embarrassment is a small price to pay to not end up in the situation I am in... Look up nasal septal perforation via google... lots of info... I am not sure about saline solution making worse? I used it for years after seeing an ENT 'specialist' I now have a "HUGE" hole but I also used to clean my nose with wet wipes... Tbh I do not remember having a septum, so don't know when this dates to for me and can't confirm issues with saline... Various Rhinitis nasal sprays can cause or contribute to a septal perforation... I am not sure with regards the "nasal douche" if it is to keep moist? as salt tends to draw out moisture? I though it was to fight infection? Whilst it is not a long term solution Naseptin has proved someway helpful, as it does also soften scabs and helps them to come out when blowing nose and also consequently helps reduce amount of force used in trying to dislodge, which has to be better... I think it also has antiseptic qualities... the first week I used it was amazing it cleared out all top of my nose, which I guess was sinuses and sinusitis as I have since learned... Dependant on size of hole it may be worth pursuing ENT to get checked if any medical reason for erosion and consideration of the fitting of a septal button... This should also help improve any symptoms you may have relating to the perforation. The button should also help with scab formation as it settles... My advice is to question as much as you feel necessary... Surprisingly after over 10 years of struggling the onus has been put on me by my gp this very day and apparently I should have found out more etc... So ask until you are satisfied and ask again to be sure... Research as much as you can and do not be bullied by a GP who has little or no knowledge or experience in the subject matter... Seems long winded and maybe over cautious but I have since had pneumonia, pleurisy, developed asthma and it severely restricted my life :( and is immiserating... so on that note please stop picking with finger as you are risking further problems that you would live to regret... If you can't find any help, I did find petroleum jelly and the vics version useful as they also soften inside nose scabs and "crusting" as the doctors call it. the vics can help give sense of easier breathing to at night... the ENT i saw said was ok although I get impression he wasn't as convinced with vics in nose... but no reason to not put under nostrils... and apply naseptin or vaseline carefully with a qtip internally... Think about how it affects you and discuss those with your doctor as reasons for a potential referal? Good luck!

    I have had a hole in my septum now for 13 years due to facial injury in a car accident it. It has got bigger over the years and last year I finally had a septum button fitted, this only lasted two months and came out. Went back to see consultant who said he would fit another one and this was final as he said there was nothing more they could do for me. I went back to my GP and asked to be referred to someone else for a second opinion. The consultant took one look and referred me to a someone else for surgery. Don't give in ask to be referred.

    is it normal for 22 month old boy to snore he has been doing it since he was bout 6 month old i have asked his doctor and all he says is that his breathing and chest is fine but he seems to be getting louder.





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    Hi all, I am really fed up with not getting anywhere. I have been suffering with problem periods for at least 2 years now. I suffer with the most horrendous pain to the point that it has put me in hospital. I did suffer with very heavy bleeding too. This has calmed down since having the coil fitted but the pain hasnt lessened. The pain is left hand side at the pit of my stomach. When I get the pain I cannot do anything. I cant straighten up, walk nothing. Even going for a wee I have to breath through this. I was admitted to hospital after collapsing and was kept in for 4 days on antibiotics (drip) etc. My bloods were all over the place. I have not had a proper scan, but when I was fitted with the coil I had a biopsy taken from my womb. no problems were found. This Pain I cant handle, I have had 6 children all completely natural, no pain relief just through breathing technique. So clearly I am not just being a wimp. I am truely in such pain I live in fear of my next period. Can I get a scan or laporoscopy to see what is wrong with me. The only options I have now been told I can have injections to fake menopause or full Hysterectomy. Please someone help me





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    hi,i had the same problem with the pains and i could not stand up straight i went to the doctors about it and they gave me these tablet's for the pain now and time i get the pain it goe's i would recommend you ask your g.p for these tablet's they are called mefenamic acid tabelt's they help with mine.

    Hi, I have been on these tablets for 2 years now with very little benefit. I have now got to take them and some other tablets too

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    ive got funnel chest worse than the women in teh picture , i read up on it after last weeks programme and read about it giving you breathing problems . last year i had quite bad breathing problems but thought i possibly has astma ut now believe it could have been that ?





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    I had dizzy spells/balance problems for more than 3 months. Dr sent me to a breathing clinic. It worked. Sounds stupid but due to continual stress I had got into the habit of breathing from my reserve tank (for want of a better expression). Concentrated on breathing from lower - instead of sucking in tummy & inhaling high in my chest - plus took a week off to relax - & all good. Sometimes there's a simple remedy! xox





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    Hey, i also have pectus excavatum and if i were you i would go and see a doctor about yours, especially as it seems to be giving you breathing problems. They'll probably give you a breathing test to see whether it is definitely your PE causing your breathing difficulties and then work out the best method of treating your PE,if it needs or you definitely want it to be treated, such as the surgery (the nuss procedure) like i'm getting or i believe there is another way of treating it called the ravitch procedure, i hope this helped (:

    i think that you should try a looser siz bra and if it doesnt feel right try your normal or tighter one! then what you should do is get a doctors impointment and ask if there is any way they can help you but you should only do that if youve got breathing problems or back pain especialy when you cant sleep well, breathing problems, back pains and also if your breasts are really hurting you but thats my main advice to give to you!:)

    i am 38 years old and weight in a horrible 22 stone and have trouble breathing some times i have tried so hard to lose the fat but no joy i sweat a lot and was told buy my wife that my chest look like breast speaking to the GP has not helped and for the past year ive being having bad breathing problems seeing hospital doctors they say lose some body fat it so hard to go to the gym when you cant breath propley if possible can you help i dont want to get any bigger and die at 38.





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    I THINK I HAVE A ALLERGY PROBLEM IVE BEEN SUFFERING WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS OVER A YEAR NOW I WAS TOLD IT WAS ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION , THEN I WAS TOLD IT WAS ASTHMA AND I GOT WORSE WEN TAKING INHALERS WENT BACK TO MY OLD DOCTOR AFTER A YEAR AWAY AND HE RAN SOME TESTS AND SAID I DIDNT HAVE ASTHMA OR DEPRESSION AND SLOWLY TOOK ME OFF MY INHALERS AND ANTIDEPRESANTS THAT WERE MAKING ME ILL, IVE HAD REVERSIBILITY TEST DONE AND SENT FOR A TREADMILL TEST FOR MY HEART THEY SAY IT WAS OK NOW IAM LLOKING TO SEE IF ITS ALLERGY RELATED WITH FOODS.IAM STILL HAVING BREATHING PROBLEMS AND I DONT KNOW WAT TO DO NEXT CAN ANYONE HELP ME BECAUSE IAM SO LOW NOW I DONT HAVE ANY FURTHER AWNSERS ON WATS GOING ON. COULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO MEET ONE OF UR DOCTORS TO CHECK ME OVER AS IAM NOW AT THE LOWEST IVE EVER FELT, PLEASE HELP ME





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    wine can make you a bit breathless, stress, have they checked your throid? weight gain? or mayb it happens after you have eaten siomething keep a eye on it hope that helps, don't feel low it will get sorted, hope that helps.xx

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    Hi This used to happen to me also. I had to stop the Botox because of the severity of the side effects. I still have swallowing problems and have to have thick and easy powder in fluids and oxygen for breathing problems, so please think carefully about having anymore. I know what you are going through and you are in my thoughts. Take care

    Hi Alicia, I am not a doctor so I can only comment on my own experience and offer a suggestion. I use to suffer from severe night sweating and would wake up having to change the bed clothes and often more than once. This went on for years but I never spoke to my GP about it. When I reached my late thirties I started to have other problems at night where I realised I would stop breathing in my sleep. When I woke up I sometimes found I still couldn't breath and often became very close to passing out before I finally managed to start again. This was so worrying I went to the doctor who did tests, mri scans and finally sent me to a sleep clinic. In just one night I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. This is condition where you basically stop breathing in your sleep (which is normal) but the bodies reflex that should cause you to restart you breathing again doesn't always work. During the test it was found that when I stopped breathing the oxygen levels in my blood dropped significantly and I guess my body use to get very stressed. The solution for the breathing problem was to put me on a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) that basically blows air into my lungs through a mask I wear at night. Not only did this mean I didn't stop breathing but I also found the sweating stopped. On occasions when I cannot use the machine I find I sweat heavily again. The other benefit is that use to wake up with headaches, I use to feel awful and was constantly tired. All this has gone and I don't wake up at all! It takes a bit of getting use to wearing but worth it. It may be a trip to the sleep clinic for a night tests where they will monitor your breathing might show you have a similar problem and this is the root cause of your sweating. It certainly stopped mine. Your GP can refer you if he things its worth looking at. If you have a partner has he noticed you stop breathing for prolonged periods which might be an indication? Hope this helps and I wish you luck

    i have this condition to such an extent that my chest caves in below not only in the centre but right across it directly underneath my breasts. the bottom of my ribcage protrudes some way out and gives me a very strange profile. both of my parents have it (although to a much lesser degree) and not had any breathing or heart problems so I had not thought it was an issue, but now realise it could be the cause of other problems i have had.





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    i am a 45 year old lady and have a size breast of 38k and i have been to my doctors number of times who will not support me in a reduction i am getting back problems breathing problems and i cry every time i take my bra off as they hurt so much. i get sores under my breast and they smell please please HELP me to some one to listen to me





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    My partner is 31 and he had like a hole on his chest. At night time so many times I heard that he "hold" or not breathing for about a minute. Should I send him to the doctor? Please help I'm really worried about him when he stop breathing !!! Think you





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    hello i have ahernia this is my second one. now the surgon at the hoispital has discharged me. the reason for this is because of my breathing.plus i need to lose weight but i have thyroyed problems.i am 63 years old.





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    OMG What a difference, what size did you manage to achieve? I am considering having it done, I am 36J, and have considerable back and neck pain, as well as having breathing problems due to the weight on my chest when I lay down.

    My friend U should really change the gear of your car and shift it back to neutral and then start from there onwards but U need to stay there for a while and be still n stable... Just like U cant see the reflection of the Sun in wavering water it has to be still for a clearer view... In other words it all starts when we feel overwhelmed by problems n resist by saying OMG what the hell? why should I deal with it, instead of accepting the inevitable.... just try n learn to stay calm, its very hard, its like the total opposite of what u are now, but it ll definitely change tyhe whole scenario... U can also start some Yoga breathing exercises coz while in problem or during the period of severe headaches its the breathing cycle that gets upset and we tend to breathe less oxygen and also almost stop to exhale Carbondioxide fully... talking thru experience, its best goodluck

    I have very swollen tonsils. I have had tonsil stones a few times and they have left holes in my tonsils. recently i have had very bad breath and a horrible taste in my mouth. i have tried different mouthwashes and toothpastes but nothing seems to work. my tonsils are causing me problems with breathing and swallowing at times. i went to the doctor, and she didnt even listen to me and all she prescribed was penicillin. is there anything I can do or try to alieviate my problems. Thanks





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    I had this and my GP referred me to the hospital who removed my tonsils you need to go back to Gp and request referral explain it is effecting your self esteem and confidence hope this helps

    Hi do you mean you also suffered from bad breath even though you had a perfectly good oral hygeine and the tonsil removal soled ths for you. please i need to know because i suffer the same thing.

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    hi drpixie i am 35 year old lady i can not speak to my follow salvation army women i have a problem i have yellow dischange on my bra it ir embarressing and i do have a capa machine for my breathing i stop breathing at while i am a sleep and i worried i found yollow discharge in my knicker it is embarrrassing too





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    I suffer from Rosecea and have been to the doctor. Went on a course of Antibiotics for a short while. Also a cream called Duac (once a day). The redness has reduced significantly and skin is much smoother. Much more confidence. Also do daily breathing exercises to help reduce nerves that cause blushing. Breathing in through the nose slowly and exhaling through the mouth a few times a day really helps.





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    i think you should read this : http://www.reverta.com/blog/rosacea/digestive-problems-associated-with-rosacea/

    After going through all above statements I feel that most of us are constipated, but not having a bowel movement for 6 to 7 weeks or so is a serious problem. In most cases it is related to stress/anxiety/highly sensitive people who worry a lot in such conditions deep breathing can help a lot done for 20 minutes shallow, but deep breathing, also relaxing helps a lot. Put on some meditation or calming/relaxing music and do deep breathing and see over a week or two and this should work for you, if not I would suggest use of natural ayurvedic products like Sonamukhi powder along with Triphala churna(powder) these are easily available in India where I reside and also available abroad. Also please note these are my recommendations/advice to all, most importantly I am NOT a doctor. Queries/suggestions are all welcome please email me.





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    Hi I weight 16 stones and physical problems like arthritis and breathing problem and scared that I most likely to get diabetes in my early thirty's as it runs in the family I have been trying with healthy eating and the gym as I still go but I am finding it so hard. I need help





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    I'm 17 years old, my brother suffers with sunken chest he is 21. He had problems with breathing as his is severe, I then noticed I also had sunken chest when I was 14 but not as severe. I have had no problems and I would just like to know if the condition can get worse as you age, as I only noticed it during puberty. Also are there any exercises to improve the appearance or any ways to improve the look without surgery?





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