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    Common characteristics include facial and ear abnormalities, breathing problems, deafness, heart, lung, kidney and eye health issues, feeding problems and spinal and rib abnormalities. Read more →

    Hi I have had long standing anaemia, lung problems, heart problems all unexplained. my toe nails have suddenly all died. The nails are all brittle and sort of built up. I have tried nail infection stuff for over 6 months but still remain the same. Any advice please?





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    Does having any of the medical procedures help to improve lung capacity? My 16 year old son has PE and he is struggling to achieve what he wants to achieve in his GCSE PE at school. We have just been to the doctors who have told him that his lung capacity is over 85% so I don't think he is going to be referred for any further treatment. He is VERY frustrated.





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    hi i was wanting an answer i have benn to several doctors and none of them can give me an answer! i am a 21 year old female, and in july 2010 i got swine flu and amonia and ended up in a coma for 3 weeks on a heart and lung bypass machine to keep me alive, i lost a 9 week old baby due to lung failure and all the drugs they gave me and one drug they gave me which is on trial here in australia for swine flu, i did have alot of trauma from this and suffer bad dreams about it all the time and still brings me to tears to this day even thinking about what i went through, and about a month after out of hospital i started loosing my hair rapidly, i stopped loosing it after a week and it went very thin at the top, and the bottom layer is very ratty. my vitamin E was low and we thought it was that but we got it up and still nothing! i have tried a few shampoos and natural remedies but none seem to work or help, the doctors here dont no what to do. i cant do anything with my hair, i cant put it up as it hurts to put it up, i cant straighten or dye it as it will just fall out, i am stuck and need help!





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    When i get sharp pains in my chest or when it feels like my right lung has popped i get a red itchy rash all over my chest what is it?





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    What is the findings of an irritating soar throat with phlegm coming out fron the throat?does it have a connection to the lung desease?if not,what is the common cause of it,specially when its persistent?and what is the medication for it?





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    My little sister is 21 and has cf. She is on the lung transplant list at the moment. As her big brother of 23 is there anyway of me swapping one of my lungs for one of hers ?. I love her to bits and have seen her been such a happy and lively girl when she was young, now she is always on oxygen. she has as well as cf, diabetes, asthma, bones are thin and so much more, but stills smiles.





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    My question is somewhere between snoring, sleep apnoea, overweight and choking... Even when I was not overweight I occassionally had choking problems - especially when eating soft or stodgy bread or chicken breast. At the moment approximately every 2-3 months I will have an episode where wake up automatically because I am not able to breathe. I sleep on my stomach, and the only way I can describe the choking/coughing is its as if my lung has collapsed and it won't take in any air. At the time it is really scary and I panic trying to throw myself against a chair or something as a kind of heimlich manoeuvre. Somehow I manage to cough out a little, breathe out a little, and then I can start taking in air. In parallel my snoring has gotten louder (always snored a little bit, even when thin). I am having more choking episodes more easily. I am minus the 4 back teeth before the wisdom teeth, and I still have my tonsils if this makes any difference. Is all of this weight related, and do I have sleep apnoea?





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    hello i hope u may b able to help me! i have breast cancer grade 3 had chemo because i have secorardy lung cancer then had my breast off now on chemo tablets. i have t/n/b/c. i wont to live and not die is there any think at all that might help me or keep it at bay.i am age 47 and need to find some think to live. i would like embarrassing bodies doctor to read this but because i am not very good on the net well very new to it can any one forwarded this to them so they can get back to me . please. thank u. xx





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    hello my dad have just been took he has lung cancer but he is in so much pain i just dont not what to do i cant stop crying because i cant help him for the pain the hosptail has not got back to him from he had the test witch is very poor of then for someone who has cancer

    I am in the same boat! I am 20 years old and my boobs are different size, I was born at 26 weeks and my right lung calasped three times meaning an operation but I have a scar under my right boob and another to the side of my right boob, thought out puberty I put on quite a bit of weight, I'm currently a 38F but I can see the scar has made a difference in size compared to my left boob, unsure of what to do?





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    i have had severe chest pain now for several months, I have been on the heart monitor that was clear, i had chest xray of my chest wich showed two grey patches on my left lung, my doctor sent me for pysio on my chest wich made this pain worse i went back to him and he told me there was nothing more he could do and to basically go away and live with it i have had no pain relief from them what so ever is this normal?





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    I know how it feels to hurt in the chest area.I am asthamatic and i have pains in my lungs like that it hurts for days on in. if you smoke quit now or it will not quit.I would guess that its your lungs also.if you use any breathing meds they can also hurt you.like advair for instance.I hurt like hell if i use it.hope this helps your condition good luck

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    My son is 6 and i have queried this twice with my GP. He states it is purely a cosmetic issue and will not refer him for further examination. However as his mum I feel that he should be checked out with regard to identifying any associated/potential problems i.e lung capacity,displacement of organs and potential posture problems. Am i right to be so concerned or just over-protective?

    I have spina bifida and hydrocephalus and have also never been told that i could have heart or lung problems reading this is the first time i have ever heard it.

    The link between gum disease and lung disease is usually only a problem if there is already a lung disease problem. If you feel you are not getting the treatment you need from a general dentist then a visit to a periodontal specialist is the next step. Good cleaning, stopping smoking and eating right is the best start.

    I've been on oxygen 24/7 for the past 3 years after my body began rejecting my double lung transplant. I can't use a water humidifier because of how high my oxygen has to be. So my nose is forever dry and I constantly pick at it. Recently I've noticed I have a hole to where I can stick a finger in each nostril and touch fingers. It doesn't bother me, I just know its there. Is this dangerous? Should I be worried? I obviously can't stop the oxygen use until I'm able to have my second lung transplant.





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    my daughter is 5 and has spina bifida and hydrochelaus,i also have never been told that she could have heart and lung problems. you never mentioned most people with spina bifida have bladder and bowel problems and a lot have hydochelaus aswell. it would have been better if u wanted to inform people of what spina bifida is , you should do a longer more in depth program because it would be great if people were more aware of what spina bifida is.





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    Hi, i have ss, and suffer with many side effects rom this horrid illness, including dry eyes mouth, dry skin, raynards bladder disorder, gusto problems, chronic nasal disorder weight lost, ear problems acid reflux and the list goes on and on. I also had copd,calapsed lung, i do find it hard to live with but five years on on, i just about manage day at a time. I also.find people just dont understand how this illness can affect day to day living, i hope you find peace and understanding, with your s.s. im still looking for mine,

    Hi there, have the surgery I would fight every inch of the way. I am now 43 and I went through hell at school with Poland syndrome I was completely flat on my right side and I developed early so it was a nigh mare. I am still only finding things out about my body and the further i investigate with further problems I am now having with my shoulder the more I find is missing or very withered away muscles. My lung is also small on the righ so have had to deal with reccuring chest problems . I am still battling on and will keep trying different consultants until I know all about my body. We have the right to know and be treated just because they haven't heard of these rare things doesn't give them the right to judge and say we can't be funded for surgery etc. Good luck to all out there. Don't give up Tracy.

    I was diagnosed with Hyperhyrdosis about 8 years ago and my dr advised me that other than botox injections (as i had tried the driclor deoderants etc and have sensitive skin so couldnt continue use) my only other option was to go into hospital and have operation to sever my sweat glands - involved deflating one lung cutting the nerves and reinflating lung and doing the same on the other side - was in pain a lot for the first few weeks - now i dont sweat much at all under arms - but down side is that there is a high risk of you starting to sweat in other areas - eg back, groin, feet etc etc - which as a female is a bit of a pain - however as it doesnt happen that often i can live with it - just a bit of a nightmare when exercising or on holiday somewhere warm !!





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    I am 63 yrs old am 16.stone 10 have a lot of health problems like high b p asthma and a secondary breast cancer in my right lung that's not operable on medication to prolong my life I've tried lots of diets but can't keep it up then weight goes back on I got funding once for gastric band but after one appointment to see a surgeon never got to see him again I really do need. Help to get weight off to help me live a lot longer if had the cancer over 18months and I am very well please Help





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    What's lung worm??

    Sounds like you might have lung worm....

    Hi,i,m a 48 year old woman and have a few health problems including a previous DVT And P.E.;most recently i was diagnosed with Aspergillosis and was put on steriods and anti fungal medication for 6 months which appear to have worked as on my last lung scan the cavity had shrunk significantly. I am still having pain though especially when i breathe in but it is now under my armpit and shoots across the top of my breast:i noticed tonight that i have a huge bulging vein running through my breast which just seems to have popped up from nowhere.Any advice would be welcome as to what this pain could be and if the bulging vein is anything to be concerned about.Thank you





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    hey im Dan and im 15 years old and i have had funnel chest since i was born. It caused me a lot of problems because my chest was so bad my lung capacity was decreased to a 1/3 of what is should have been and i had a lot of heart problems as well . I also suffered from a lot of chest pain so much so i was on pain killers every day for 6 months then i got sent to alder hays cardeotherasic pedeactric surgens and the operation they offered me was the nuss procedure which consists of having 1 or 2 metal bars put under the sternum and rib cage to form a "normal" looking chest they told me it would be very painful after but they would get rid of it with loads of pain killers . so i have surgery on february the 17th 2010. the operation went well but my chest was so bad the surgen had to make another cut in the centre of my chest and actually pull my sternum up so he could fit the metal bars under my sternum . the operation took 2 and a half hours and they put me on ketamine fentanol morphine and i also had an epidural . i was in hospital for 2 weeks and i went home with paracetamol and some tramadol and that was it all my problems were gone i have some chest pain but they said that should go with time but i can breathe normally mu hearts fine and i only have 5 6cm cuts for anyone considering surgery i would totally recomend it although it hurt it hanged my quality of life im not embarrassed to take my top of any more its just so much better .





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    Hey Dan. I have the same condition, pectus escavatum, (PE) and without going over all the details I am finally having the surgery. Here's a brief rundown of what I had to do: Initially my GP told me if I had corrective surgery it would be cosmetic and I would have to pay for it. I told him that it wasn't just cosmetic - it effected my psychological, and physiological well-being, as it effected my self-esteem and I experienced pain and shortness of breath when exercising. After insisting that my GP refer me to a specialist I was given an appointment to see a cardiothoracic surgeon. In seeing her she evaluated the severity of my condition i.e. was my condition severe enough to benifit from corrective surgery? She told me my PE was "moderate" and I would benefit from haiving the procedure. If your condition is assesed as "mild" the surgeon may try to discourage you from having the procedure, as the surgery may result in very little difference. It also depends on which procedure they recommend - Ravitch or Nuss. (However, given the fact that you are so young my research into the surgery has shown that even if you have a mild abnormality, the bones are still so soft that surgery could be very benefitial.) In any event, if you're like me, I would rather a surgeon tell me yes or no, than for my GP to keep fobbing me off telling me it's all in my head or it's "cosmetic". Just be persistant. After initially seeing my GP I telephoned him to ask what had happened with my referral. He said the surgeon wasn't happy to see me as "this is cosmetic". However, after the telephone conversation I wrote to my doctor and really stressed how upsetting my condition was and how it effects me and said I still wanted him to arrange for me to a specialist. A couple of weeks later I got an appointment. Just be persistant! For anyone considering having this type of procedure I would recommend that you research it at length on the internet or library. It is important that you are aware of the severity of the procedure and possible complications, as well as the pain. It will also stand to you when being considered as a candidate when talking to your GP or surgeon if you can show that you understand the procedure and the possible complications. Didn't I start this message by saying I wasn't going to go over all the details? Hmmm... Good luck to you all.

    My Mum has been ill for over 3 years now and i am so afraid she is going to die. My mum lost 7 stone and was never taken seriously by her GP, she had several blood test done which came back with nothing wrong. He asked her to see 5 counsellors and 3 psychiatrists before he would consider further treatment. Mum was even admitted into the local mental health hospital, she was so weak and frail. The whole family knew that there was something wrong and demanded that she was investigated. She was then referred to different specialists, ENT a scan on her stomach and a brain scan. She was advised by her GP to cancel her next appointment as they thought what was wrong with my mum was psychological, even though this had been dismissed previously. My dad who was with her at the time said that they were going to the appointment and it’s just as well, as my mum was diagnosed with lung cancer almost two years later. That was October 2008 and had a full lung removed 6th November 2008. My mum is still seriously ill and cries everyday because she is now so distressed and in lots of pain, she said she feels so ill she thinks that she is going to die. My mum thinks either something has gone wrong with the operation, something wrong with the other lung, or what was wrong with her is still undiagnosed from three years before. My mum has never received any follow up treatment as they said she was too ill, she has had one chest xray, they said everything went well and that the pain in her back s from the other lung moving over. Mums symptoms are the same as three years ago which are: She can’t tolerate any medication, every time she moves her head to the left or down she almost blacks out (several times a day), constant throbbing in her chest, constant nausea, constant burping, tremors, feels cold all the time but quite often will be dripping with sweat. She has no coordination and regularly trips or falls, she has lost her body hair, has a pain in back where the lung was removed. She has been prescribed Kapake and Zopiclone by her GP, x2 at night, in the last year he has prescribed x2 daily also. She has been to A&E several times, they take her stats and send her home saying she need to contact her GP. Last visit to A&E was last Thursday; they said she had blood in her urine and give her antibiotics. Mum changed her GP last week also, she went to see her on Friday explained what had happened, the GP told her to stop the antibiotics and give her medication for sickness and indigestion. The family have watched her get worse by the day and this last week she has been unable to get to get dressed. I have contacted everyone i can think of to help, PALS, local councillor, local MP, Minister of Health and TV GP’s all without any advice of what to do.





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    have had this condition for 45 years the only time I didnt get these boils was when I was having kemo for lung cancer

    You should never smoke on the pill. I did and got a blood clot to my lung that almost killed me. It also caused me migraines. Don't do it even a little bit.

    Hiya everyone. Im writing to you all to offer my advice, from my own personal experience and i hope it helps in some way. I have suffered from this condition also which made my skin diseased alot worse. I tried all types of products, types of t-shirts and washed all the time. I was always so embarrased and would never shake anyones hand. Then it came to a point i got in touch with a surgeon who offered me two choices, botox or an operation. I went for the operation. I had my left side done last June and my right done a couple of days ago. Operation is called Thoracoscopic Sypathectomy. Your under a general anaesthetic. They go in key hole, deflate your lung and cut some of the sweat glands, then inflate your lung again. Your allowed to go home that night or next morning. I noticed the difference right away as soon as i woke up as my hands and armpits were dry. You still sweat but very little. You can still do everything normal after the op and the pain is little. Im so glad i done it as it has changed my life. The operation was the best choice i ever made and its not as scary as it sounds. Go to your doctors and asked about it or look it up online. All the best.





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    Hello I was born with goldenhar now I am 52yrs old ,there wasn't any options for me in 1964 , I had dislocated hips which I had operation 's to rectified my hips , my right ear missing but only had one operation which was unsuccessful ,my right side affect my jaw .my eye I can only see shadows , half a vertebra missing form my spine , right thumb , my skin on my right side forehead is slightly different . But I had a good supportive mother who never gave up on me .my lung was affected due to being premature 6mths , but I have grown up healthly happy and gained confidence , I have never let it stop me doing anything .I work for a living and married with two healthly children with no problems I do look after myself and go to the gym to keep fit .. Good luck to all

    Although we 'sarcies' are greatful that sarcardosis is being brought to light it needs to be shown as a severe life changing disease. I have neuro and lung sarc and take up to 30 tablets a day with no signs of it going away. Please investigate this more x





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    I am 17 years of age and I had the operation for Scoliosis when I was 14. It was detected when I was 13 on holiday in Florida, when my mom noticed my hips were out of shape. After I came back from my holiday I went to my doctors where I was diagnosed with scoliosis and my doctor then recommended me to a specialist. I had several x-rays and a MRI Scan and found out that I had a 60 degree curve at the top of my spine and a 30 degree curve at the bottom, so it looked s-shaped. I was given the choice to have an operation or not, but if I chose not to go through with it I would have had severe back pain and arthritis as a young adult. Going through with the operation was the best decision I made. I have titanium rods half way down my spine and the operation took 8 hours. I had to have my left lung deflated and have 2 ribs broken. I was in intensive care for 3 days and in hospital for a week. Almost immediately after the operation I was encouraged to get out of bed and on my feet as soon as possible which was very painful due to my ribs, which caused me the most discomfort. Overall I had 6 weeks off school and physiotherapy for a couple of months which also helped straighten my spine and to increase my lung capacity back to normal. I have a scar which has faded which I am still self-conscious about but I would definitely recommend the surgery as the benefits far out way the risks.





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  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Piles

    Episode 4 - Hull

    The doctors visit Hull with their breast health roadshow, and deal with cases of piles, putrefying feet and vaginal pain. Read more →

  • TX 4

    Episode 4 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Pixie helps a young man with a six year posterior problem that started with a tiny hair but ended up as a gaping hole. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Night terrors

    Episode 2 - London

    This week's Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town! Read more →

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