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Re: Medical question

Post by Life on Deck » Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:25 pm

tonieee wrote:That's really bad news. Do you know if they can do anything about it?

It's what Jo dad died of. He got it while working at the power station who's cooling towers they recently demolished at Tinsley, though it was years later before it showed. I don't know much about it but I do know that smoking does increase the risk a lot.

I'll ask Jo if she knows any more about it.
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Re: Medical question

Post by Pablo » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:12 pm

Does anyone know of anyone who has suffered from breast cancer at a relatively young age? My sister in law has just been diagnosed, and she's only 37, the poor thing. Kylie Minogue is the obvious example, although she had it relatively recently, and I'd be interested to hear if anyone knows anybody that's suffered from it and been clear for a few years after.

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Re: Medical question

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:14 pm

My Mum's had it twice, Pablo, and has been clear for about ten years now. But she was in her late forties the last time. Which I suppose isn't that uncommon.

I hope everything goes well for her, anyway.

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Post by linus » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:21 pm

Pablo wrote:Does anyone know of anyone who has suffered from breast cancer at a relatively young age?
that amanda mealing off casualty or is it holby (?), she plays connie anyway, she had breast cancer in her early thirties and had a masectomy

it's been in the papers and ladies magazines and stuff, she may well have written a book

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Re: Medical question

Post by linus » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:24 pm

and that anastascia, I just read... I'm not sure how young she is though

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Re: Medical question

Post by Pablo » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:28 pm

Thank you, gentlemen.

I was only asking really because I've read a couple of things that suggested that being young doesn't really help, and can even be disadvantageous, but I think they were coming at it from the point of view that it was less likely to be detected in relative youngsters because it was less likely that anyone would be looking for it. My sister in law has had scares before so is probably a bit more alert to it than most.

Anastacicaisaia, of course
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Re: Medical question

Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:32 pm

http://www.breakthrough.org.uk/about_br ... _risk.html

http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer ... incidence/

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=575

obviously its routinely screened for in older women, but its still the biggest diagnosed cancer in women under 35..
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Re: Medical question

Post by Pablo » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:06 pm

Some interesting figures there...as usual some alarm, some reassure.

1 in 9 women get it - I knew it was common, but not that common.

I spoke to my brother tonight. Him and his wife are in much better spirits having had a chance to take it in over a few days, and it makes me feel better that they've not just been crushed by the whole thing
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Re: Medical question

Post by Sylvie » Tue May 05, 2009 11:07 am

A very boring question, but does anyone know why my knee would become sore and swollen after being bent? I only notice it when I bend down or have my legs crossed for a long time then straighten my leg out. The pain is kind of just above the knee and sometimes like a burning pain.

It's definitely not a sports injury, unless the time I landed on my kneecaps on the gym floor aged 15 has finally caught up with me.
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Re: Medical question

Post by Pablo » Tue May 05, 2009 10:27 pm

It's probably just a little strain in a tense muscle. You can stretch the knee muscles and the muscles above the knee by standing on one foot, and holding the other foot behind your opposite arse cheek (i.e. if standing on your left foot, hold your right foot behind your left arse cheek with your left hand). If this REALLY hurts don't do it, but with any luck it will bring some relief if held for a minute or two
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Re: Medical question

Post by nanski » Thu May 07, 2009 4:29 pm

it might also be ligaments. at least that's what i was told when my knees were really sore from gardening last year. i was told to take tylenol (or some anti-inflammatory pain killer). the person was an MD, but hasn't practiced in years.
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Re: Medical question

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Sat May 30, 2009 11:30 am

VERRUCA!

i've never, ever had a verruca before, but it seems i've got two right now.

wikipedia teels me they're ridiculously contaigous but doesn't actually tell me what's so bad about them OR what to do about them. i've got blisters on my feet too and they're no toruble either,i know how blisters work and i know not to worry about thgem. am i supposed to worry about verrucas? apprently it's some sort of virus. i just don;t know what to think!
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Post by lynsosaurus » Sat May 30, 2009 1:34 pm

i dunno if you really need to worry about them, but if you're walking about barefoot anywhere (shared bathroom, swimming pool, etc) then other people can get them. you can get stuff in the chemist that you just put on them and it breaks them down. i think you treat them the same way you would corns or calluses on your feet. i've never had any, as far as i'm aware, but i remember kids at school having to wear special socks to go swimming if they had verrucas, heh.

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Re: Medical question

Post by Carys » Sat May 30, 2009 5:17 pm

I think they can be painful after a while, if you're putting pressure on them, although there's no real urgency in treating them - that said, they're easy to catch and if you share a bathroom, you can expect other people you live with to get them.

Definitely don't pumice them or treat them like a callous - this can damage the skin and then they'll spread more. There's lots of over the counter stuff you can get which sort of dissolves them.

A girl I went to school with had a foot covered in verrucas; you couldn't see her skin. It was revolting.

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Re: Medical question

Post by Sylvie » Sun May 31, 2009 11:32 am

nanski wrote:it might also be ligaments. at least that's what i was told when my knees were really sore from gardening last year. i was told to take tylenol (or some anti-inflammatory pain killer). the person was an MD, but hasn't practiced in years.
The doctor thought it might be a ligament too and prescribed some anti-inflammatories. The only trouble was, when I got to the chemist, they said I couldn't take them with the other medication I'm on. After a quick phonecall to the doctor, I ended up with co-codamol. Hmph. My knee is still very sore and swollen. Stupid doctors.
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Re: Medical question

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Sun May 31, 2009 11:58 am

from what i've read, if i treat the cerrucas (they're not bothering me at all at the moment) it's likely that they'll recur, but if i leave them my immune system will sort them out and i'll be less likely to get them in future. apparently they almost always go away in 2years. TWO YEARS!

i'ce raised the shared bathroom issue and i reckon i must've caught mine of this crazy old man my mum looks after. i hate wearing socks, but it looks like i'm gonna have to live a be-socked life for a while.
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Re: Medical question

Post by soft revolution » Sun May 31, 2009 5:38 pm

roundbitsofplastic wrote:from what i've read, if i treat the cerrucas (they're not bothering me at all at the moment) it's likely that they'll recur, but if i leave them my immune system will sort them out and i'll be less likely to get them in future. apparently they almost always go away in 2years. TWO YEARS!

i'ce raised the shared bathroom issue and i reckon i must've caught mine of this crazy old man my mum looks after. i hate wearing socks, but it looks like i'm gonna have to live a be-socked life for a while.
They can spread though. There was an example on that Embarrasing Bodies program where a young girl had go verrucas and her mum hadn't done anything about them and they'd spread to her whole foot.

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They're likely to come back after surgery but there's no mention of other methods. Where did you read that they would? EDIT - oh ok, the site says that treatment is no guarentee that they'd not reoccur. That's not the same as likely reoccurence though.
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Re: Medical question

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun May 31, 2009 5:50 pm

I think I've heard people claim that banana peels work, too (something about potassium).

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Re: Medical question

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Sun May 31, 2009 5:57 pm

what? so i run banana peels on my feet? i get through abotu 5 bananas a week so i coudl easily give that a try, but if my symptoms get worse i'm coming after you!
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Re: Medical question

Post by a layer of chips » Sun May 31, 2009 6:00 pm

knibbles will be able to tell you what to do, Ray. She's a podiatrist. I'll go and get her.

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