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    i had a fasting blood glucose test recently which came back negative. i'm 26 female and 4ft 11.5 i've always had a high muscle mass being sporty by nature but i had un explained weight gain in junior school of about 1st. when i was 12 i was being tested for non weight related medical conditions and sugar was found in my wee nothing further was done. i was doing about 10 hours exercise a week 15-18 age but my clothes sizes went up as well as gaining muscle. the only time my tummy got smaller was when i was ill for about 5 days christmas before last, consuming 200-600 calories (most food tasted awful) and drinking lots i lost 7lbs and my clothes were baggier. i eat about 1300-1500 calories a day so i don't understand why i'm overweight other than my tummy the only other issue is the backs of my upper arms and inside leg the rest of me is just muscular. my mums been type 1 since age 2 so i'm wondering if i should get retested.





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    Have you had a blood test for Insulin Fasting? If you're carrying excess weight around your middle, but not eating a lot, you could be suffering from Insulin Resistance. Insulin Resistance is the first stages of Diabetes. However, if you have Insulin Resistance your blood glucose test results would be normal....until you become a Diabetic (then blood glucose levels become unstable - which you will have to control with Insulin injections) I speak from experience, I have Insulin Resistance. No one in the UK seems to know about it which is frustrating. Everyone here is focussed on Diabetes. P.S Im from abroad.

    hi thanks for reply yes it was fasting blood glucose test i had nothing to eat after dinner the night before until after the test at 9am so is that the test you mean? is there just one type of test or more than one?

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    i have had a M,R,I done and it shows i have several tiny white matter lesions within both cerebral hemispheres the largest is in the deep white matter of the right frontal lobe and measures 7mm most are located in the deep white matter but there are periventricular lesions adjacent to both lateral ventricular trigones and there are a few subcortical lesions. there is sparing of the temporal lobes. no brainstem or cerebellar lesion. there is a tiny lesion in the left anterior corpus callosum. no mass effect or restricted diffusion. no cerebellopontine angle mass. the fifth,seventh and eighth cranial nerves appear normal with no mass or significant vascular compression. so have i had a strok





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    my sister has been in agony for two years with an impacted colon! no one will help her! the doctors and hospital just keep doing different kinds of scans and fobbing her off with every kind of laxative! she drinks lots of water and eats fruits and fibre but nothing can shift the mass! i do'nt think she would even be able to pass it out because the xray has shown that it is very big! she is in constant pain and cannot get on with her life! she is taking so much time off work that she might get the sack soon! she even said she wants to end her life because she cannot live with the pain much longer! the doctors say that surgery is not an option but she wants to be opened up so the mass can be taken out!! somebody please help her with some advise! she is at the end of her tether!





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    I have a similar problem so thought I might apply for the show I found a pill from Holland and Barret call Ortisan is exellent take 2 at night works by mid morning it gets things moving more reliably than laxatives the doctor gave me.I have had regular colonics against doctors advise but I would rather that than live with the pain and feeling full daily. I found avoiding wheat and swapping rice for cabbage with curry etc really helps as well.I am not wheat intollerant having had that checked.Bizzare but also find tea and swinging on a door to straighten the body helps when I get really bad pains plus suppositries.I hope this might help cos I know what the pain is like having keeled over many a time in pain.

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    Hi I have had weight loss surgery and lost 9 stone 9lb's, however since losing the weight, I now have excess skin on my stomach and due to weight loss on my breasts they are very saggy and to add insult to injury have inverted nipples which seem to have got worse since the weight loss, I am unsure whether or not to apply to my GP as I don't know if the NHS would allow this.





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    hi I have a nephew who has severe all over body sweating all blood tests have come up as clear it is causing him alot of anxiety and loss of self confidence its going on for a year now He also has a type of a Muscular Dystrophy has very poor muscle usage in the arms and legs lately his arms and hands have a mottled appearance on them .I am trying to help him as both his Parents seem to be in denial that there is anything wrong with their son can u please give me some pointers





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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.

    I believe that I have a anal fistula, however, I would describe the small opening to be more just beneath the end of my spine that around my anal opening. I have what seems to be a hard mass above the fistula. This mass can be painfull. If I press it blood and a very pale fluid can come out from the fistula. The amount of blood can be quite a lot. Is this normal with a fistula? I am seeing my GP next week but I am worried that fistulas typically need surgery to heal them. I am worried about the treatment cutting the muscles in the rectum and this leading to an inability to control my bowels. I am only 24 so this could be difficult to live with. I have private medical cover - are there alternative ways to fix fistulas?





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    i had the same thing and had to have an op to put it right ,get it seen to sooner rather than later.

    Thanks, I went to the doctor who put me on anti biotics (that I was allergic to!) and a cream for the cist. He said I actually have three very small openings. He suspects they all lead to this cist which is discharging. The cist seems to have gone down with the cream but the doctor said they would not operate on the openings as thy were so small. Should I just accept this or should some further investigation be done to find our where they lead to?

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    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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    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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    I watched your T/V Programe tonight. The guy talking about this condition described me to a "T". My wife has suggested I visit my G/P over my constant tiredness and falling asleep. I sometimes sweat profusely in bed. I don't have the increase in body fat or loss of muscle mass. But most of the symptoms as described obove. I suffer from some impotency or E/D. Is there anything I can do befor troubling my G/P?





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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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    I'm 21 and have a markedly reduced muscle mass on my right pectoral. The strange thing that i always wondered about was the fact that i am right handed and use my right arm for all sports including a powerful tennis serve yet my underused left side has more muscle. i hadn't heard of Poland syndrome til seeing it on embarrassing bodies but having looked online for more info (which is fairly scarce) i saw that people often have hand crease that join up from left to right on the affected side, which i have, although i don't have webbing, which was also mentioned. Don't think i'm ready to do anything about it, i want to see the true shape of what muscle i have by working out with weights first, which i've been doing for over a year. in that time the left pec has grown easily while the right still lags behind.





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    This is absolutely normal! The hard mass you're feeling is a mixture of muscle and your milk ducts! (you know, to feed babies) Every woman and girl has it and it's nothing to be feared. Talk to your mum about it and she will definitely tell you that her boobs started out exactly the same! Hope this helps! :)

    I'm 16 and i'm not sure what the inside of a vagina should look like. Is there suppost to be anything in there when you look in or should it just be a hole. I have something there, like a mass of muscle, it really hurts if i use a tampon. I have normal periods but it can be quite uncomfortable sometimes when i am on my period. I was bon with skin covering the opening of my vagina and had to have it cut at the hospital, could this have anything to do with it. Please help im really woried but i don't want to tell anyone.





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    I am a 14 year old male, very slim and not much muscle mass. I am now 6 foot tall. over the last 2 months i have terrible deep stretch marks across the middle of my back and at the very base of my back. I thought this was to do with putting on weight but i havent. Is there anything i can do?





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    Hi , I;m due to have an abdominal hysterectomy and a vaginal vault repair in the next few weeks due to a complex mass in my uterus as well as fibroids. I have had prolapse probs for about two years now and to be honest no one was interested till they found this mass on my scan.. has anyone else had this problem ??





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    hi im 17 and have had periods for 4 years now i have had a mass amounts of test medications mefenemic acid traneximic acid been put on 5 types of the combination pill 2 of the POP pill and am now in my 6th month course of the cotraceptive injection. Throughout the 4 years i have had heavy bleeding, bad stomach cramps, sickness, bad skin, headaches the lot i have been tested for everything and all that has come from it is that i have over-ripe eggs. I am getting sick of having ongoing periods for 2mnths at a time on or off of the pills and would like a conclusion. I have been told to wait for them to settle down or try this or that but nothing really seems to work and as i am a very small girl it is making me anaemic from the loss of blood. Im sort of at a loss now and with a-leve exams coming up and an on going period at the moment and i was wondering if you could help.





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    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.

    Hi I am 20 years of age and I have the same problem as stated above. I weigh just under 14 stones I go to the gym regularly and due to this have a good muscle mass. I went to the doctor and I was told that I had lax nipples, with a conical shape to them, he also said I have a very fit feel to my chest so he said it isn't weight related. When it is cold my nipples shrink and look normal, however they are puffy the rest of the time. Is this hormonal or something else? I hate taking my top off in public and even at home. Self confidence has been decreased due to this.





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    I have the symptoms of mood swings, low energy levels, extremely low sex drive, body fat, which no matter how much excercise I do I cannot get rid of, low drive, difficulty in concentration and decrease in muscle mass. As I also suffer from type 2 diabetes, it is difficult to get my GP to look at anything other than the diabetes as a cause of my problems. What is the best thing that I can do? I am 62, previously had good health, very driven (work wise), good sex drive, I am getting very desperate.





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    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,im 19, male and I generally live a healthy lifestyle, eat well, I have a good weight, not over weight or under wieght havnt lost or gained, same with muscle mass doesnt change, but I have started to get strech marks on my arms, they all seen to come from one point and they are gradually getting worse. I dont really know why or what could be wrong, its not to bad I dont mind the marks but the are very red and sore and hurt to be touched so I dont really what to make of them.





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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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    l am 40 now and have been suffering from severe abdominal pain and very heavy periods since l was 16, l have been diagnosed 2years ago having fibroids which according to the gynae they seems very small so no need for surgery but l can feel a massive mass on the left side of my abdomen expecially when my bladder is full in the night it feels very massive, l gone back to my GP but all l have been given is tables to be taken when my period starts, l am worried about this mass because sometimes it is painful walking stright. Any advice please.





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    Linda you need to ask for a second opinion, it took me 2 years of visits to the GP before i finally found one that was sympathetic to my symptoms. I too had severely heavy periods, abdo and back pain so much so I couldnt stand up straight on getting up from a sitting position. Eventually I was diagnosed via scan with large fibroid and offered a total hysterectomy. The surgeon told me after surgery that my fibroids were supperating and turning nasty and my ovaries were attached to my bowel and covered in endometriosis. She was suprised Id not had more issues, although I am only 6months post op it was the best thing i have ever done, just trying to get used to the hormone replacement therapy at moment but at 42 feel like ive got my life back. Dont give up see another doctor, you know yourself how you feel and request seeing a gynaecologist. Good luck

    Hi, I am 46 years old and have suffered from HS from the age of 16. I had my First surgery around the age of 30 and had two bouts of surgery since. My arm pits are much better, but the scar tissue has made my stretching capabilities a lot less. I have also had my groin operated on numerous times as well, but at the moment my bum is just a mass of "boils", i mean a mass. My underpants anr constantly marked my blood as they just constantly bleed. I feel sorry for anyone with this disease, as it is embarrasing to lift your arms or wear singlets.





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    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 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 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.

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