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    hi i have a involantary muscle grip now and again of the pelvic floor it is as if i have gripped my muscle; and i haven't. it just happens as if i was doing it deliberately. is it likely i have an infection? i have been diagnosed recently with a dry vagina. could there be a connection?





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    Hi Kate, the involuntary muscle contraction sounds unlikely to be the result of an infection. In the case of Vaginismus, the muscle reflex is often in response to a particular stimulus, usually attempted penetration or the thought of penetration. It could be stress-related too or due to discomfort from the dryness. Here's more info about Vaginismus http://pelvichealthphysio.blogspot.ca/2013/10/vaginismus-muscle-reflex-sex-pain.html.

    im a 30 year old male, ive noticed over the past 4-5 years that my left chest muscle has rather quickly out grew my right chest muscle, i have done weight training in the past to try an even it out, but all that seems to happen is that the left one will benefit more than the right one, sometimes there is a bit of discomfort in the left chest muscle when im doin my day to day things, even in work whilst im working what ever im doing it feels like all the energy im using seems to be directed into the left side , im very confused about this as i just want to have a normal looking chest, can any1 help me?





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    i have had a deep pore on my back on my right shoulder blade for years that inflames every couple of months and any discharge (that i feel comes from VERY DEEP within the muscle) as one would expect, really smells but my question also relates to terrible head/neck muscle pain /migraine i also get relating to this same muscle /shoulder /neck- for which i pay privately to have regular physio, manipulation and massage to help relive the tension. might the deep pore inflammation be causing the muscle to tighten /spasm ? i also have a permanent spot? i am not sure what it is at the base of the skull… .that gets very tender and swells in association with the muscle/neck pain my GP dismissed me when i even mentioned that the smelling deep pore was an embarrassing re occurring problem to me and that i felt anxious that it would erupt or smell when i was undergoing physio or even if i had a massage etc several massage therapists have commented on it and that too makes me anxious and embarrassed this has been going on for at least 4 years… i just feel that the inflammation / infection from the pore and the swelling on the base of my skull and the resulting pain /migraine from the muscle from my shoulder to the neck/head are linked in some way. the GP has given me diazepam to help relieve the tension that causes the pain but i wonder if the inflamed pore is at the root of the cause





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    How do i know if I have ADD/ADHD? I dont know if i have it or is just me being pure lazy, i kick my self up the backside because i can't complete things. went to 6form droppedo out because i was always late and never in, Went to college dropped out and always late but i enojoyed the course but stil.... Is it because i lack willpower? Ive made a appointment with a doctor soon but i can't help feeling its just me lack of will power





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    I am 18 and was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 8. It sounds like a posibility and I can relate to it because I was expelled from school in year 10 (age 15) and since then have had to sort myself out pretty much. I've been on loads of different dosages and medications and have got the right one for me now. Everyones different with it as I have a friend who's also 18 who has had ADHD diagnosed since he was about 14 and he takes no medication as he learnt to control it better. See someone, take advice and see how you feel

    I can relate to you on this one. Im a 25 year old female and has recently just be diagnoised with Adult ADHD. Reading your comment I noticed you saying you droped out of education few times, A few years back i was the same, Just about managed to get through college, however I had two atempts of going to University and only lasted two months. I always felt different like there was a blanklet covering me. I battled with depression for few years and that was when I did my own research. ( what the internet is good at) I researched ADHD and i was surprised that all the symtoms of it i have and have had all my life! I managed to get my doctor to refer me and now my life is on track with the help of different kinds of therpy and medication. hope this is some help.

    i am 30 yrs old and have a total lack of libido i have been to my doctor and she sent me to a sex therapist who i seen for 3mts and after we finished our meetings she sent me back to my doctor who then told me that there was nothing else she can do for me i have been with my partner for 8yrs and this is getting really affected by my lack of libido and i dont know where else to turn for help





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    Im 17 and used to be really big I have lost alot of weight and now I have excess skin and its horrible what can I do ? I also get stomach pain and my stomach swells and the muscle bulges and the muscle sticks out when I have spasms what is this im fed up of putting up with it i have no apetite and everytime i eat im either sick or my stomach bloats with terrible pains?





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    what surgery or prosthesis are there for poland syndrome? I have had my back muscle brought forward over my left pectoral chest muscle, but it still it so much smaller. My shoulder too has no shape. Surely there is something out there to help. Even a shoudler bracce or something to give the appearance that my left side is more or less equal to my right. Please advise as it really realy upsets me and ive tried asking GPs but they do not know what to suggests





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    Following childbirth my girlfriend has experienced vaginal damage. Tearing with muscle and nerve damage. Sexual stimulation in not painful but lacking. Tried physio but PC muscle and nerve damaged. I want to support her, what advice treatments are available. i.e. creams to increase sensitivity or operations. I'd really appreciate your help. thanks





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    During birth I was given an episiotomy yet still had a third degree tear. I was taken to surgery and have follow up appointments with the GP, Physio, midwives, and Gynagology. So far (7wks) the stitches are healing however the damage to the muscle is already done and I cannot feel anything inside. I am getting better at controlling my urine however the Physio said I could not have treatment unless I regain some muscle control first. I am so worried about e long term damage, whether ill be able to carry anger child, give birth, the risk of prolapse etc. the doctor is confident I will be able to carry anger child as its early days however the Physio said there's a risk of prolapse if my muscle doesn't improve significantly. Has anyone else gone though this. I'm struggling to sleep as I can't stop reliving it, I don't see how I could have an episiotomy and still tear so badly.





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    I have had one of these on and off for years but in the last year or so it has been pretty much permanent. I went to see a doctor who diagnosed anal fissure and prescribed me lactulose. I tried drinking the stuff (it was a powder you mix with water) but it was so vile, I can drink far more fluids without it. I'm not particularly constipated, and am quite regular. When the doctor examined me apparently my muscle wasn't spasmed or anything, it was relaxed. All the treatment seems to be to soften your stools or to cut your muscle. I'm used to living with this condition (painful as it can be), and don't particularly fancy surgery with the associated risks of incontinence, so my question is, what are the risks if I don't treat this? Thanks.





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    Hope this isn't too late. I had the same problem as you for exactly the same time. Also had piles at the same time. Here is my solution, day one take 2 Dulcoease together and use Scheriproct ointment inside to shrink the piles. Also that day and every day after take 3 Dulcoease a day (separate times), drink 4 cups of water more than normal per day, eat 2 or 3 satsumas a day, have weetabix for breakfast,and drink fruit juice (fresh orange) at least twice a day. Then when passing stool only clean with soft toilet paper and wet toilet paper NOT babywipes. Once the anus is clean and dry apply Savlon. It stopped ripping after 2 days, and I'm about 7days into this and it's working brilliantly. No pain or no bleeding. I will keep this up for a few weeks yet to make sure it has definitely healed.

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    Not at all. It is likely that you would have problems joining the military if your hand/arm was also affected. If, like me, you simply lack a pectoral muscle (or a fully developed pectoral muscle) then you'll be fine.

    My 4 year old son was diagnosed with PS. He is missing all or part of his right pectoral muscle and we've recently noticed some lack of strength in his upper body. Has anyone else experienced this lack of strength? Does Physical therapy help with this?





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    Hi my son is 14 months old and we are currently waiting to find out if he has PS. Was this something quickly diagnosed for your son. Thanks x

    Yes, the diagnosis was pretty quick. We originally only noticed the small hand size (on the right side only) and some webbing between his fingers so the doctor first called it something else. When he was 18 months and went back for another check up, we had also noticed the difference in his chest on the right side. These symptoms were really all he needed to make the diagnosis. He said he could tell by looking at him that his pectoral muscle was missing. We haven't had any sort of scan to see which muscles are there or aren't there...but wondering if it'd be helpful to find that out? Hope you get some answers soon! What tests are they doing that are taking a while?

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    i also have this, im 15. although my mum had found out the name of my "problem" she couldn't find any treatment for me appart from the webbing on my small right hand which i got an opperation to use to make my fingers look longer or something.. I have a small right hand and lack most muscle to do with my right side from hip up. i can notice my left being the faster grower aswell. it really has kicked my confidence as i always were a few more layers going outside and i wear gloves, so it brakes up the outline (medical advice believe it or not) Not many of my friends have noticed and im scared to tell them im just going to keep it a secret for now. But the filling of my right chest muscle made me feel alottt better and im looking forward to seeing what can be done for me. Thanks





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    hi, im 22 years old and have had problems with my knees for two years now. their constantley clicking when i bend them and i have trouble bending down to the point i have trouble getting back up. i had to stop running as it hurt so much. i saw doctor after doctor and had x rays and knee specialists and had physio on them. ive had excuses from growing pains to lack of muscle. i worked on buliding my muscle up and that seemed to work until i started running again and im back to sqaure one. i just want an answer or at east know whats wrong.





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    That's normal, especially if you are carrying a little extra weight. Because of its location and lack of underlying muscle you can't really exercise it the only way really is to reduce overall body fat. But only do this if you are overweight and make sure you do it in a healthy way.

    Hi I'm 14. I've not been diagnosed with PS but I think it could be what I have...I have a missing pec muscle on my left hand side. It's so embarassing trying to shop for underwear. I have been refered to the hospital because of the missing pec muscle. They gave me a prostithis because i'mto young to have any surgery. My mum heard about this procedure where you have fat cells or stem cells from your thigh in where the pec muscle should be and then you grow a pec muscle....does anyone know where you can have this done and how much it costs?





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    i'm 26 and was born missing my left pec. It sucks cuz people are so cruel when it comes to something they don't understand. Missing out on swimming, nobody has seen me with my shirt off except my doctors. It didnt stop me from joining the army though. When i was younger i remember my mother telling me about that surgery, but we never got around to it, most likely due to the costs.

    Hello, i am 32 years old and i suffer from a wekness of muscle in my left shoulder, around the deltoid area. i am not sure whether this is from birth or if it happenned as a teenager. Either way i have tried everything including seeing top muscle and nerve specialists, had many different scans and for the past 18 months i have been using a machine that is very much like one of those electric shock muscle stimulating machines that is supposed to stimulate the nerves to build the muscle but it doesn't seem to be working. I saw the episode with Paul with Poland's syndrome and wondered whether i could have something like that in my shoulder? Please can you help? many thanks Richard





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    Hi I have split the muscle in my right butt muscle/cheek. This happened almost 2 years ago now and is still very painful to this day, I have been to the doctors but they say nothing can be done since I have actually split the muscle in half.. Is this true or is there some way I can help it repair? Thanks





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    i am a female who was born with high imperforate anus which means i lack the muscles to control my bowels so i had a colostomy done when born but was reversed at 1 year old and no amount of toilet training helped as the muscles are not there, although i was under hospital consultants they did not do much for me apart from enema's to try keep me clean, it was and is a very embarrasing issue as i suffered with this till i was 16 then i got told about a new op which was a ceocostomy, in which a gastrostomy buttom was inserted into my cecum, (large intestine) and i put saline and kleanprep through to keep my bowel clear and prevent accidents which means i do not have to wear pads and it has been a good solution and is less noticeable than a colostomy, so may be worth asking your surgeon about this procedure especially if you lack complete muscle control like i do.

    Where does it hurt? In your pelvis or in your scrotum above the testicles. Does it help the pain to cradle your testicles and gently pull them away from your body. There is a muscle that goes from the testicle into the groin called the cremaster muscle. It's the muscle responsible for pulling the testes up against the body when why they disappear in cold water. Sometimes with ejaculation, especially of you are ejaculating a lot, like 2-3 times in 20mins, this muscle cramps and it really, really hurts. Try only ejaculating once and see if you get the same pain. BTW it is also likely that it is this muscle that is responsible for 'blue balls' the pain that comes from getting excited over and over and never coming and then you are in pain. Good luck, I think it likely that you are enduring the suffering that most 14 yr old boys experience. Don't worry it will go away by the time your are 45 :)

    Well done on the lowering of you cholesterol! I wouldn't do any exercise that builds muscle as muscle weights more than fat so doing certain exercises may mean you gain weight but you would be gaining muscle weight. Cardio workouts are the best for weight lost :) keep up the good work, youl get there x

    Hi Angie As we get older, urinary incontinence is extremely common with childbirth, menopause and simply the aging process all going contributing to the loss of muscle strength. Like any muscle in the body, it's a case of "use it or lose it" and lack of exercise within the pelvic floor muscles can certainly contribute to incontinence. Traditional "kegel exercises" (squeeze and release) are often recommended and in theory, these should work. However, many women find that it is difficult to stick to a regime which will be effective as you would realistically have to do thousands of repetitions over a period of several months to see a significant change. In addition, many women leave it a long time before taking action and their muscles are so weak that they cannot even tense the muscles correctly to start with. Electronic pelvic toners are becoming very popular and represent a no-effort way to tone up the muscles and cure incontinence.Of course, you still need to be motivated to actually "use" the device but this is just for a few minutes daily and you have the reassurance that you are doing the proper type of pelvic muscle squeezes, at the proper intensity for the right length of time. You can see a range of effective pelvic toners at http://kegel8reviews.com Two highly recommended devices are the Kegel8 range and Athena Pelvic Muscle Trainer. Hope this has helped.

    Hi Emma BMI simply calculates the space you take up as a being. It doesn't distinguish between muscle and fat, if you can get one of those tests where theres calipers that 'pinch an inch' (ur doctor will know the test), they can tell if they are pinching fat,skin or muscle then a calculation is done with the results and hey presto, u get a good indication of ur fat to muscle ratio! good luck!

    hi i am a 39 old male i have been diagnosed with chronic fatiuge syndrome in 1992 since coming back from the first gulf war the symtons have stayed the same extreme tiredness rash around one eye red in colour never feel refreshed in morning muscle aches stomach aches lack of concentration recently dizzyness and very thirsty





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    I am a woman of 62 and I am a GP Practice Nurse. I have not felt 100% for about 15-20 years, I always thought that it was HRT that I needed but when I tried several types they did nothing for me. I sincerely believe that it is Testosterone that I need. I am not interested in this hormone for increased libido although that would be nice as I have not had even an inkling of any libido at all for a very long time. My main interest is the way that I feel generally despite addressing any medical problems that I do have. Tired, no energy, depressed, lack of motivation, aches and muscle pain, lack of concentration and just general well being and also, despite herculean efforts both with exercise and healthy eating the weight does not come off. I have to eat 900 calories a day or less to lose weight and I exercise vigorously daily to no avail. It is a miserable existence and no way to live. I have tried to discuss this with my GP but he treats me as though I am slightly stupid because evidently I should expect to feel like this at my age. I have tried to find a specialist to get referred to but I can only find men's specialists. Where can I get some genuine informed expert advice?





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    After watching tonight's programme, I can now give my 57 year old partner the medical term for his condition (Poland's Syndrome) when he comes in from work later. He has always been embarassed about his lack of chest muscle. (He was born with BOTH hands webbed and shortened fingers). In past times, one just had to put up with certain conditions and he has never asked a doctor about it. Thank you for producing such an informative programme. We could have done with this years ago!





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    I have facial parayis. I had it since birth. The lower left of my mouth does not move when i smile. the rest of my face is ok. I spent my whole life with lack of confidence because of this. I went to specialist and i now have botox injected on my good side to weaken the muscle so my mouth is symmetrical. Its not perfect but made some improvement, it was enough to gain me lots of confidence :)





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    I had exactly the same problem, it was explained to me that the muscle was weak so I couldn't feel it or clench it to exercise it. You need a stim machine, it is like slendertone for the vagina, it makes the muscles contract, stimulates blood flow and encourages regrowth of damaged nerves (lack of sensation after childbirth)I got a Kegel8 and it is amazing, I felt different within weeks, they are not paying me, but I want to tell as many women as possible so they don't waste time suffering like I did.





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    C4 is wrong to say PS is mainly cosmetic (maybe for the man in question) but for a woman it does affect you psycologically and it can affect you physically if you lack certain muscles. I am female and aged 60. I was 52 before I found out my birth condition had a name. I was born without a right breast and major pectoral muscle. I played competitive tennis until 10 years ago until my affected shoulder got arthritic. I chose not to have an implant as in my case i would have needed large skin grafts etc etc. to fill the gap. I have been happily married for 40 years but no children as I found out it could be hereditary. When one shoulder is smaller than the other my biggest gripe is the lack of decent clothes as these days they are all backless strapless frontless you know what I mean and seethrough fabric. Drives me to tears. Plus I pay £250 for each bra to be made as M&S haven't got a clue what a special bra needs to be. I can never relate to breast cancer victims as PS is not life threatening. I feel God will not be cruel to give me Breast cancer on the other side - hope so anyway





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    Hi Bridget, I was saddened to read of your limiting life choices due to the information you have been given, tho it was good to learn that you found a supportive life partner. I beleive our young lives were distressing mainly because of the times we grew up in. I am approaching 50 and as a female went through personal hell as a teen due to my pronounced PS as I thought I was alone. Body image is so important when you're younger. Now, I am slightly more accepting, though I'm still very reticent to tell people my condition and being female dress it up as something not so personal. I have had several surgeries as my body shape has altered over the years, but I have been increasingly pleased with the results. I am a mother of 5 [girls & boys, now grown up] apart from some slightly bent fingers they all seem to be free of any major PS issues. I too was diagnosed very late [by chance after a car accident] and it was a the best thing that happened to me as now I know what I have is not life limiting or life threatening, and I am not a 'one-off freak' as I had thought for many years. One thing that has come to light in my quest for knowledge about 'why me?' is a potential link with 3rd or more generational descendents of hereditory syphilis [which was reputedly common in up to 10% of the population in the early 20th century] and I would be interested to know if the medical profession has looked into this in any great depth. I did contact 'Jimmys' [Leeds] but no reply to date.

    I was told it wasnt hereditary! Apparently it is something that happens on the 41st day of pregnancy!

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    does this loss of muscle affect upper body strength, is the muscle missing and thus will never develop or just undersized





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