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    My husband has suffered with severe pain in his right leg for the last 7 yr which he has been told he has nerve damage and muscle wastage. He has had numeral scans and has been told he has to live with it as nothing can be done. He is in extreme pain at all times as he can't,sit,walk or lay down. I feel so frustrated as no.one seems to help. He is on very strong meds, morphine etc, etc. We just don't know where to turn. Any advise would been really appreciated





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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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    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.

    hi firstly im 18 so this is really bothering me as you iamgine any erectile problems are bad enough anyway without being so young, however to explain when i have an erection, the penis itself is hardish, but when i tense for example when masturbating or what you would do when penetrating, i can only hold it for a short time and even when its being held by some muscle or something its as though the muscle is very weak as when lying down it doesnt hold the penis up vertically and when stood up slight pressure pushing down on the penis just causes it to lower even though im tensing it, i cant beieve its erectile dysfuncction, im really too young for that, what else could it be. plus im too embarrassed to go to the GP thanks.





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    Ihave suffered from low Testosterone levels for a while now and I have some really rotten feelings which accompany it.. I have sleep problems, anxiety issues , low sex drive ( virtually non-existent ) I am currently on 5mg of Testogel daily but so far I have had no real improvements. I have muscle wastage, aching limbs and " burning" sensations in my lower legs, groin and feet !! I am on meds for high blood pressure, and I also take Tylex for the pain I suffer. I really am getting pretty down lately, and I feel that I am ruining my dear wife's life.. I would love to get some relief





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    I've got really bad pain in my left knee, I've got muscle wastage due to not using the knee properly and I've had the knee drained, a cortisone injection, hydrotherapy, key hole surgery and manipulation done and I'm still in pain every day. I went on holiday in June and fell and now have a minor fracture and oedema in the bone. I'm getting severely depressed as I can't exercise due to the pain and anti inflammatory tablets haven't done anything. I was told I had bursitis in the sac at the top of the knee, I was going to try something called osmo patches as I'm desperate, but the axsain cream sounds good too, I also looked into research about Epsom salts being good for pain etc. please help me

    I am 38 and only just been diagnosed. Was told suspected polio as a child as got deformed foot, muscle wastage in left leg and can't wriggle toes. I have had two children and 6 weeks after the last I fell and landed on my lower spine. I have gradually started to get worsening symptoms with my bladder and bowel which I put down to kids and fall but turns out I have Spina Bifida Occulta with fatty terminal filum, tethered cord and arachnoid cyst in my spinal cavity. I have been told it's not worthy of a consultation yet symptoms are deteriorating. I want to know if there is anything I can do to minimise damage. I understand I should never of had a spinal during my labour and this could've worsened the conditions. I just want to do the best I can for my condition and want some advice.





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    Dear Sir, I have all the symptoms of Ulnar Nerve entrapment, and Hospital electra tests state the problem is in the (funny bone) elbow region . The Neurologist surgeon dismisses my belief that my problem stems from my lower c7 neck. I explained that for years I have had neck pain and spasms down my arm like cramp. I have had this tingling numbness sensation in the classic two fingers now for 10mths, and my age is 76. surgeon has offered me surgery ( 9 inch incision with general anaesthetic) but is quite pessimistic regards complete satisfaction, and even stating " It may stop it getting worse with muscle wastage & two claw fingers " I would really appreciate your opinion on me having the operation or maybe some other alternative.





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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.

    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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    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 again, I just watched your doctor's video and was interested in what she said about Meso therapy for stretchmarks. This involves injecting high concentrations of amino acids into the stretchmarks to help promote new cell growth. As it happens, I've recently been taking protein supplements as part of an advanced weight-training programme to counter muscle wastage caused by malnutrition. Soya isolate protein powder, much like the whey powders used by body builders, contains high levels of essential amino acids. I've been recommended I consume 1gm of protein for every pound of body weight to repair my damaged muscle tissue (that's a wapping 140gm of protein a day for someone who weighs 10 stone), and after 1 month, I'm seeing good results so far. You do have to do this in conjunction with regular exercise, however, and it's best to consult a qualified gym instructor to get the right combination of dietary advice and an exercise programme catered to your precise needs. But, combined with the effects of using a derma-roller at home, the amino acids in protein supplements may well have speeded up my skin's recovery process around the scar tissue and helped my stretchmarks to fade away. I have also noticed that my skin has become as smooth as silk since I started packing high levels of soluble proteins into my diet. Hope all this helps, anyhow. I just wish I'd had access to all this advice when I was an overweight teenager with a tendancy to crash diet!





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    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!

    This is exactly what I am dealing with... Did you get any answers??? It's like I am using the muscle that pushes a baby out instead of using the muscle to push poop out. Like my brain is confused.

    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 had a accident some years ago and I lost a muscle in my left eye. Sadly my vision is becoming impared now. I would like to know if muscle implant is available.

    Hi John. You are completely normal. Ejaculation is a involuntary nerve driven response to stimulation. The actual muscle responsible is the bulbospongiosus muscle. It is responsible for getting your guys out of the gate so to speak. Im not sure there is much you can do to strengthen it but rest assured the way you are ejaculating now s normal. You may practice stopping your flow of urine when using the bathroom. Start to urinate then stop yourself. Continue doing this until your bladder is empty. Also research the above muscle. Hope this helps. Take care

    Hi, i'm 13 years old and still a virgin. Ive looked in the mirror at my vagina and it looks like theres muscle coming out and there are little holes in the muscle. it doesnt hurt at all. When i feel it i cant get my finger through the little hole. please help me! am i normal?





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    that sounds very much like your hymen, which is very normal and is nothing to worry about

    Hi my name is Gemma, i just read your comment about your son having a muscle transfer! my daughter has just turned 9 i have been told but her doctors that a muscle was out of the question because of her age! would be great if you could get in contact with me, i could really do with some advice and as your going through it or have been through it it would be greatly appreciated!

    I am 15 and have Poland Syndrome, I have been bullied all my life for it and every day noone lets me forget it. People make fun of my one chest muscle and my hand, and recenty I have tried gaining muscle. The muscle on my right arm is almost 2 times smaller than the muscle on my left. I honestly hate my body and the only way for my to live with this is by making the jokes first, by being a comedian about myself so that people feel comfortable around me. I wish I had been normal sometimes but then I realize that I wouldn't be who I am today if I didn't have this problem, I wouldnt be as good at art as I am because I am right handed and yes I use my small hand to draw, I wouldn't have more compassion for others because I wouldnt of had to be bullied all my life and beaten up every day. In a way this is a miracle which helped me build character, at least that's what my parents say. But every time I look in the mirror I feel disgusting I want to be better but I can't.





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    What a amazing person you are.. I read your story and didnt even know about this even exsisted..you have not only taught me some thing, but in the way you turn it around and found your way of handling it.. Yes,it is thru adversity, that the best of within us, is brought to the surface.. so many others will never know how strong they really are..Eli, your parents are wrong your not a miracle, but a incredible person..I mean that i really do.... Eli, once you leave the juvenile arena of school, you will find the bullying etc, will stop.. the school arena can be and i strongly believe the cruelist arena, as they have no understanding of what they are really doing.. When you enter University and into the adult world, it is different.. Eli, please dont be down on yourself, thru your words alone, I saw such a beautiful person, a person that would make a great friend to someone as the beauty with in you in so more mature, far beyond your years.. Wait, school finishes, when you can get away from the immaturity and the insecurity of children, things get better. you still will get the glances, but its because they dont understand not because they think any less of you.. TRUE. Think of you always now,you are incredible Eli. You take care...m (australia)

    Hello im 33 and have Poland syndrome, a year ago i started working out thinking i could correct my imbalance and now have permanent pain in my shoulder muscle as though it is carrying the stress of the pectoral muscle that is missing. Has anyone else had thus problem?





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    Hello, I am 22 and in the U.S. military. Sometimes after working out I get nasty pains on my wrists, back, chest, and arms. The only way that I have compensated for this is by using less weight on my right side (which is the side that is not developed)

    I meant my left side. I don't know why I put right.

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    I recently went to gyn and she said I may have Vaginismus (involuntary muscle tightening that causes painful or no sex). She prescribed Amitriptyline Hydrochloride to act as a muscle relaxer and recommended the dilator kits. I plan to try soon, but I thought I'd let you know to be about to research these. Good luck!

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