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    I am 42 and have a lot of missing and loose teeth, including posts coming away from the roots. My earliest memory of the dentist was him asking "How often do you brush your teeth?" and my honest reply was "When my mam buys toothpaste." My other memory was when the drill bit came off and the lamp went off at the same time. I have a real fear of dentist and cannot eat for 48 hours before an appointment due to loose stool and nervousness and even 20mg diazepam still has me trying to bite the dentists arm (another memory). Are there any options to improve my oral health, the only option I have been given was a full set of dentures :( I work in Forensic Mental Health and my mouth looks and smells like my patients who have injected drugs for many years.





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    Sounds like you have a lot of issues going on in relation to dentistry. I am a dentist and believe it or not most of us are very sympathetic and understanding when it comes to people being anxious about treatment, for whatever reason. Try to find a dentist who you like and trust - we are all individual and have different approaches, so just find someone you think you'll get on with. If you really find treatment difficult there are options such as sedation, either by gas or a drip in the back of your hand, which works really well for some people. On the other hand, a sympathetic, understanding approach from your dentist can make a huge difference. With regard to your oral health, sometimes it's not possible to save all of your teeth and the best option is to take them out. Obviously I can't give you a detailed opinion on the options available as I haven't examined you but do try to find a dentist you like and talk to them about your concerns and what makes you anxious about treatment.

    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 My doctor thinks I might have fibromyaliga but another doctor thinks it could be parkinsons. As symptoms are very close together could it be parkinsons? list of symptoms weakness down left side tremors in right side temors in legs at night time headaches difficulty with finding words when speaking memory loss widespread muscle pain unable to sleep I had been on lyrica and amitriptyline for a while they gave some relief but quickly it ended. I have now been taken off all meds and symptoms have flared back up fulln time. Any help would be great? Thanks Anna





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    i have hot flushes very bad on and off all day.i get too hot then have to remove clothes.then i get too cold and have to put my cardigan on.it feels so uncomfortable.i cant sleep at night for them.i have awful memory loss.i feel old and useless.feel like ive lost control.what over the counter vitamins and whats a good menopause tablet i could try.anyone can you help,im getting desperate.dont want to try hrt.help.i also suffer from ibs,arthritis in the neck and other parts of body.i am overweigh too.i weigh 13stone just over.i use to be 9stone 9 when i was a teen.im now 51.i cant do much walking like i used to ,to lose weigh,as i have lower back pain and under my left foot pain if i walk too much.i cant get the energy or enthusiasm up to lose weigh and with hot flushes when im working cleaning,i get worse hot flushes.i feel terrible and cant stand it.i have to sit down.can u help.thanks tina from liverpool.





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    hi Ive had quite severe weight loss blood in my stools constant fatigue, always tired, sweating constantly, bad backache and im still eating exactly what i used to eat. i have had blood tests done and colonoscopy's and endoscopy's and they have all came back normal and im at a loss as to what it could be any help would be appreciated ty.





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    hey i suffer from ulcerative colitis and i had all them symptoms when i first got diagnosed but it did take a while for the doctors to pick it up, could be something else but on a similar line but you seriously need to go back to doctors and explain and demand something more to be done as its not nice feeling like that!! ..

    Is masterbating bad for you because i have heard that it can cause weakness of memory and bladder as well as lower back problems. Is this true as i kind of do it a lot but would like to stop if it is bad for me Thanks





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    I masturbate a lot, usually 2-3 times a day. I've had lower back pain for a while now. My semen sometimes has a yellow tint as well, and i don't seem to produce much, although this could be down to me doing it alot. Im 16 as well, and i hit puberty fairly late, if that means anything.

    No and no. There is no longer any doubt among doctors and therapists that the supposed negative effects of masturbation are false. It is a perfectly normal and healthy form of sexual expression. Ninety-five percent of men begin to masturbate at puberty, and many continue to do so throughout life without negative consequences. Masturbation only becomes a problem if it becomes a substitute for other forms of sexual activity. It is important however to masturbate in a way that will help you learn how to control ejaculation so that when you do have a partner premature ejaculation will not be an issue.

    Hi i been toilet 10 to 15 time day .its very loss motion.i went doctor they did put camera in my back and checked two year ago then they find some pulp which they cleared but my loss motion not stop doctor doing nothing about it.please help me i am sorry. Worry about it





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    I am obese and have a BMI over 40. I am 28yrs, mum of 2 kids and i am 128kg. I try laser weight loss to burn fat which didn't work at all. I been gym also, no weight loss. I been to my gp and propose me Xenical and even this no work. I want to know which operation I have to do to take all the excess fat out my body ?





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    I am a 19 year old male my symptoms for nearly the past year is that i have hair loss and hair thinning but it is accompanied by a daily itch on my scalp especially on the top of my scalp and sometime it intensifies so much causes me to feel very depressed and whenever i try to relive the itch it pains. Also when my scalp is itching my scalp appears red ton the whole top of my scalp. i have been to my doctor, a dermotologist and a qualified tricologist at the institute of tricology and they all say different things to me. my dermotologist say's i have folliculitus and androgennic Alopecia but the ticologist say's that i do NOT have male pattern baldness as i am also have thinning and hair loss on the sides of my scalp and on the back but says that i have telegon effluviam. This is all well an said but they don't seem to deal with the scalp pain and tenderness that i am going through. On another note whenever there an itch there is hair loss as well, i also seem to be losing hair from my eye brows and eye lashes and my eyes seem to always itch and sting whenever i try touch them after i have touched my hair. I have also been told that my hair seems to look very crimpled as well whereby it looks unhealthy and that some hair are easily broken if thats any help. on another note when looking at my hair strands as one does when being worried about hair loss my hair is noticibly thinner near the root tip then the top og the hair strand is this normal?





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    6yrs ago I sufferred a sudden hearing loss to 1 ear to which no cause could be found I have tinnitus in that ear but total loss of any other hearing therefore no aid can be used . My main problem is I cannot distinguish where sounds come from and am very wary of going out alone. A couple of weeks ago I had the same sensation in my good ear as when I lost my hearing in the other. I do have other medical conditions one that has affected my eyes and lungs . Would I be elligible for the operation that is featured on tonights show .





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    I would like to know more about the mental and emotional problems connected with the menopause - for instance loss of confidence, connected with loss of mental agility, memory loss etc. Is there anything I can be prescribed? I was told by my GP that HRT can only be given for two years, and she will not continue to prescribe this although it did help





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    hi i found out i had pcos when i was 13 i am now 20.. i have been to my g.p many of times about getting my hormone level checked because of the way i am felling i have had these symptoms for years : fatigue , anxiety , weight loss , mood swings , memory loss , anger , low self esteem , panic attacks .. he has tried me on many tables ( the pill ) but it does not help me feel any better in my self or regulate my periods .... please help me and put me in the right direction thanks





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    I had been taking HRT for a number of years and when I reached 55, my doctor said it was not advisable to continue any longer and gradually reduced the dosage over 3 months until I stopped taking it. I am now 58 and still get frequent hot flushes and sweats, have complete loss of libido and have vaginal dryness. In addition I have short-term memory loss and poor concentration. Is there anything that can be taken or used, to ease me through this part of menopause?





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    im 44 and have been having terrible sweats for about 6 months now. id change your doctor for a female.. i also have the other signs, you mention, along with short term memory loss..feel like im going mad.....

    Hey all, I have pmdd, i started getting it when i was 13, as the years passed it has gotten worse i am 23 now, i get mine on the day before i start bleeding and can feel it coming, get pains on the ovary side that is affecting me and can say my symptoms are extremely bad pain all over my body (i grew up with boys fighting WWF wrestling all the time so its like some one stabbing me constantly) depression, anxiety, panic attacks, one minute of laughing (so i am extremely happy) and the next minute i am crying (and extremely upset, like someone has died) at times a feel a dark cloud enter my mind for a while and then suddenly leave during this time im am extremely upset to the point i lash out dont no what i am saying, and numb with unhappiness, feel hopeless, attack my self confidence and esteem, i get disorientated and have phases of memory loss. during the other two weeks of the month i am a happy normal student trying to build up my confidence and esteem until my next period!! :) hope this helps some one, i also feel my memory is deteorating to the point now that every body says i've a terrible memory, like i just watched the soaps and i could not tell you what happend, maybe one story line but thats it!!





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    i have just read this and i no exactly how you feel i suffer from this condition even tho the doctors havent diagnosed this or even no what it is. i am a 25 and have sufferd ever since i started my periods at 14 my relationships with people infact my whole life went down hill from their. i tried to take my life a few times when i was a teenager no body understood neither did i how i could feel so extremly low.iv been with my partner now for 7 years only just lol and we both no when its coming and when it gets bad he will leave me for a few days till the normal siobhan is back i have also been infertile for 6 years and have just found out i pcos i dont no if this is linked to it their is no information out their from experts just the poor storys from the sufferers

    I had 3 embolisation and sadly 2 resulted in glued-in / stuck catheters leading to loss of 30% of vision and memory and recall issues due to nerve damage in / by blood vessels. I'm glad someone has had a good result and that the glue worked - well done Caro





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    ive also tried propanolol,gabapentin,and botox every three months in my neck,these have all failed,my uncle has ms,im waiting for blood culture results to come back,and i also have short term memory loss,i was recently medically retired as a mental health nurse,more please on dbs.x

    Age 14, I have ADHD, OCD and partly ODD. Does short term memory loss take a part in any of these at all? I often am in classes where the teacher explains something, i feel like I'm paying full attention but like 10 seconds later i completely forget. It bugs me when i read books, i forget what happened from the last paragraph sometimes.





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    My son of 16 has suffered with cold hands and feet for about 3 yrs now. He says they are not sore but turn white when you touch them. He also battles with memory and based on the above suffers using Gingko Biloba as a recommendation .Gingko is used primarily for memory and I am wondering if their is any correlation with Gingko ,concentration and Raynauds. I'd be interested to hear your views





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    Hi ALl I am sat here in tears as I know how you all feel. I had severe uneven breasts and had surgery 5 years ago to rectify this. I am now a 32 D. My left breast was a size D and my right an A but the A was also not formed. It was the most emotional thing I have ever been through - I thought I was prepared emotionally for the op but I wasn't. I felt not worthy, I felt so vain, I was scared. The results were life changing - I finally felt like a girl and not a freak. Its still an emotional struggle and the Bikini/Bra shopping experience is still not fun - and its strange having one implant and one real breast but they are even and the memory of a young girl struggling with everyday hormones age 13 stuffing my bra with cotton wool age 15 buying my first chicken fillet is not a distant memory but a faded memory. I am so grateful for what I have and I urge all of you out there to have the operation if your unevenness is severe go to your doctor.





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    I am currently going through with the stressful symptoms of menopause. I am 49. I have hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, memory loss, impatience. It's all about acceptance. I have a good support from my partner, he just laughs when I tell him I am feeling those symptoms. I hope they go away very soon and feel the same for all of you who are suffering the same. At the moment I am not taking any medication for that and I hope not to take them in the future. I work as a care and sometimes when I have to bend to help those people to get dressed I feel I am going to explote with the hot flushes.





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    Hi I hope you can help me. Sometimes I feel spaced out and a rapid loss of memory. I have had 11 lots of blood taken and they all came back all clear. I also sent a urine sample away and that was clear too. I spoke to my aunty and she has the same symptoms and has had them for 4 years now. When I feel out of it if someone asks me to get them something then I sit and stare and try process what they said but I can't. When I have these episodes I lose my appetite and don't understand people very well. When I do get the episodes I feel really dizzy like being extremely drunk but I don't stumble or fall at all. I hope you can help me.





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    First of all stomach acid and heartburn etc can burn your throat lining so be aware and take gaviscon or antacid tablets to keep heartburn at bay, I'm not at all sure what is causing your sore throat, but I suffered chronic sore throats and several bouts of tonsilitus for 4 years and received no help from docs they prescribed spray to dry my sinus because I also had constant mucous (post nasal drip) well now I have slight memory loss so they decided to run blood tests and it turned out that I am very deficient in vitamin D, when I googled vit D deficiency causes and symptoms the cause can be pregnancy's close together which I had (3 months break) I have 1 dc 5 and 1 dc 4. Because vit D stores are used a lot during pregnancy, also the symptom of Vit D deficiency is the body mimics dairy allergy i.e. mucous accumilation and sore throat which is what I decided I must have but looking back I don't suppose I would suddendly aquire a dairy allergy at 40. Your comment has similarities to my case so I thought it may help you to know, I am now taking vit d plus calcium to help absorption from boots 1 tablet daily and within 3 days my sore throat and constant mucous has gone and my memory seems better so I'm happy, check with your doctor or midwife before trying vit D if you think thats right for you just with you being pregnant although I doubt it will do harm, on the other hand if you are deficient in vit D it could have consequences for developing baby. good luck

    Hi, I am 38 years old and have been suffering from candida for a while now. I have been to the doctors and have drawn a blank it seems that it is not a recognised condition and therefore no actual treatment for it. I suffer from depression and am on pills for it. I have a white furry tongue all of the time with a horrible taste in my mouth, a hormone in-balance which has produced spots and hair growth on my chin, always tired and grumpy mood swings. Memory loss, joint pain, headaches and even had to leave a job due to stess around learning new things. I have gained weight when I hardly eat anything. I am so fed up please can you offer some practical advice. Do I really have to self medicate?





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    Hi, I am 57yo and I have had diverticulitis for some years. I am also partly disabled and am starting to show some memory loss. The worst thing is, I keep soiling myself. One time my bowels completely emptied out on to the floor. I only just got my pants off in time. I have never seen so much in one place at one time. Thank God I wasn't in a public place. I worry as to the embarrassment it would cause me if it were to happen. I don't think I would be able to face leaving the house again. The tablets I'm on don't seem to work. I also worry about the future, especially with all this talk about Nursing Homes. I don't want to be a burden to my family either. I would be grateful for any suggestions from anyone who have had some kind of successfulness. Thank you, and God bless all of you who are also suffering.





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    I am now in my eight year of the menopause, (my mother went through 12 years of it) I will go mad. I have insomnia, anxiety, memory loss, impatience,and the hot flushes are absolutely horrendous, I get them every 5-10 minutes all over not just face and neck but right down my whole body and it lasts for ages, its such an intense heat and at night time its worse. I have severe vagina dryness and having sex is very sore and haven't had sex for a very long time, my husband had to move into the spare room as I cannot sleep with him anymore due to the hot flushes. I have tried everything from Health Shops, Acupuncture, Phyto Soya nothing works. I cannot go on HRT. I work full time and I'm just exhausted, please, please can anybody help.





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    I am currently watching my Mum go through the stressful symptoms of menopause. She is 54. She has hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, memory loss, impatience, and she finds it difficult to go into town alone. I believe the stress caused by the menopause is mainly caused by society's complete lack of understanding and honoring of this natural cycle. Women going through this need support from their families and work collegues. They should not try to suppress their symptoms with drugs, but allow space in their lives to nuture themselves. Do not that push yourself to carry on as you always have. Take plenty of breaks, work at a slower pace, ask for help at home. It's all about acceptance. Seeing my Mum go through her cycle has taught me these things.





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    I totally agree! I had a severe bout of anxiety/depression 2 years ago and looking back have no doubt it was the onset of the menopause. Through that I've learned to change the way I do things, mainly now because of the sweating. Do a bit and rest a bit is the only way for me! Apart from the sweating, lack of libido is the worst thing for me. There's a great forum that I use called Menopause Matters http://www.menopausematters.co.uk/forum/index.php with wonderful discussions and posts from like-minded ladies.

    I absolutely agree , wise words from a younger woman. I suffered dreadfully ,however took HRT to relive the symptoms [ especially hot flushes and sleeplessness] as they were hugely embarassing and 'not seen' in the workplace or in day to day life, or if they were they were ridiculed...[ poor old girl]. I now have to come off HRT and feel very aprehensive about it. Shameful really ...after so many of us women have honoured and nutured others.

    I have had IC now for 13 years. I was fortunate to have received a diagnosis rather quickly so I got on the right treatment. First I will say is that finding a good Dr. Is very important. I am on 3 medications for my IC; Elmiron (this does the most), amitriptalin, and hydroxazine. The Elmiron is taken 3x daily and until you have been on it a long time, taking it exactly the right way is very important. The other thing I do is drink only water and a TON of it. I always have water with me and make sure I am hydrated. I immediately start to notice a difference if I am not drinking enough. I stay away with citrus, acidity, caffeine and aspertame as those are my triggers. I think because of all this I can live a fairly normal life. I am married with two kids and was only diagnosed with this after our daughter was born. It's hard on my husband but he is patient and understanding and in order to have intimacy, we have to take several precautions. First, both of us have to shower before and I have to shower after as well. With that said, I have very few issues. My Dr, gives me pain meds for the breakthrough pain and for when I get, what I call, an attack. Without them, I don't know where I would be. I have recently begun to have more problems and that is caused by an experiment I did on my medication. My memory is horrible and after researching, I found it to be caused, maybe, by one of my meds. I decides to experiment and found it helped with my memory but set me back with my IC. I have decided that having a poor memory is not as bad as having these issues with my bladder. The memory issue is a royal pain but one I am going to live with to maintain normalcy in my bladder. About two years ago I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is another autoimmune disease. I have enough pain in my life, I don't need more so the memory issue I will live with. My boss, is very understanding, "thank you, God", but I am my worst enemy, everyone else is forgiving. Anyway, I hope u find relief. Be patient and try everything. Stress and anger wil make things worse too so try and eliminate those from your life as much as possible, too. I know, that's funny, but really, it makes a difference. Hang in there. I will pray that u find relief. 🌺

    I am a 67 year old woman and suffered migraines since my thirties. I had a remission from this, for many years, after treatment by an acupunturist. In the last 3 years I have suffered dizziness with headaches and have been diagnosed by a Neuro-otologist with a migraine variant balance disorder. A recent attack involved tinnitus in my left ear, dizziness,flashing lights, hot and cold sweats and vomiting. My specialist has now prescribed Gabepentin for me - but I am nervous of taking this due to the possibility of severe side effects, including memory loss. Please could you advise any other way to overcome this problem? I am returning to an Acupunturist but would I be a candidate for the Epley Manoeuvre?





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    If you live anywhere near London I would go and see DrSurenthiran, who is very experienced in dealing with MVBD.

    It is my understanding i have this condition but it only came to light 10 years ago when i was 30 and having problems on my course especially the techniqual aspects of it,i was told by psycologist that i was Dyslexic but i dont necesarily write backwards,sometimes make spelling errors but this is due to my memory,i have short term memory problems and my organization skills are very bad,i like routine and i dont like change but recently applying for jobs for people with learning difficulties as really bought this to light more recently as i find following instructions quite hard. i have looked for this report but mislaid it as i wanted to see if it mentioned Dyspraxia as i have difficult,especially job descriptions,not knowing where to start,or worry if i forget to do something





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    I know what your going through I've had dyspraxia for 17 years of my life always forgetting things, bieng clumsy and struggling with Writing and Some Spelling its torture, I only got diagnosed when I started college. When I was in school I was Often getting called Stupid and teachers didnt know how to handle it. But it's getting better not totally cured If my lectures say somthing for me to do ill do it right away so I dont forget or write it down.I struggle with getting my words out as well recently.

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