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Concerned about asbestos exposure,cured of prostate cancer,chances of osteoarthritis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello there
User :   Hi
User :   hey there very very worrid that we have been exposed to abestso when a licenced guy came to put lights i our house
User :   and he drilled into these sheets that looked like they could be asbestso
User :   Ok
User :   and he said he wasnt sure if it was asbestso or not
User :   Ok
User :   Ok
User :   you going to anwser me
User :   ok
User :   what else would you like to know
User :   Yes but I would like to few more things before suggesting you: User :   May I know when were the asbestos sheet placed in your home?
User :   ths house was bulit in 1980
User :   Are you there?
User :   Ok
User :   Was the roof constructed with asbestos sheets since then?
User :   i dont know as we just brough the house
User :   Ok
User :   the carport was closed in and there is like sheets like firbro
User :   just chalky thorat and breathless
User :   Do you have any symptoms?
User :   OK
User :   and is it very danger for our health if we are breathing in the dust and fibers fro it
User :   Ok
User :   and the guy was here for 4 days doing the lights and we are still living in he house
User :   Is this the first episode you are getting exposed to asbestos dust?
User :   i think so
User :   Yes, I understand.
User :   OK
User :   After going through the description provided by you, I feel there is nothing to worry as asbestos produces occupational health disorder in which the asbestos dust gets absorbed in the lungs producing scarring.
User :   But this usually happens due to prolonged exposure.
User :   The factors which increases the risk of asbestos related disease are dose of inhalation, duration, individual risk factors like smoking and pre existing lung disease.
User :   As this is your first exposure and that too from the pre formed asbestos sheets, I feel there is nothing to be worried of.
User :   You can keep all the windows of the home open.
User :   Use a face mask while cleaning the home.
User :   so if we vacaum then can that be harmfull to our health
User :   And clean the home completely to keep your self clear from asbestos dust.
User :   No, it wouldn't be harmful as the vaccum would absorb all the dust but make sure to use a face mask while throwing away the dust from the vaccum cleaner outside the home.
User :   Abestos related disease are seen in people working in asbestos factory producing sheets or related products as they have prolonged exposure.
User :   Did you follow my suggestions?
User :   yes
User :   also another questsion
User :   Please proceed.
User :   my dad is having heaps of troble with his hip as we have recently moved house and he has artirists in his hip and he has to sit down very quickly as his hip cramps up on him and can u tell me why this is. and it aint getting any better
User :   not that we know of
User :   he has arturists
User :   Does your father suffer from any hip related disease?
User :   no
User :   Ok
User :   Is he on any medications for his Arthritis?
User :   he says it cramps and has to sit down very quickly
User :   Ok
User :   Is he on any regular medications?
User :   he has diabeats to
User :   Ok
User :   so he is on nexum, javina, diabex and crestor
User :   yes its fine
User :   OK
User :   its 4
User :   Is his blood sugar levels under control?
User :   hes hip cramps and why
User :   Ok
User :   and he has to sit down very fast
User :   Did he get examined for arthritis in recent past and was any investigations done?
User :   he had to have a ct scan about 12 months ago as he had prostate cancer to check to mak sure the cancer hadnt spread ad then they saw that he had arthrist
User :   Did he get any investigations done for his arthritis condition?
User :   Ok
User :   he had his prostate surgery nov the 8th last year
User :   why would his hip be cramping on him when he is standing up
User :   Ok
User :  
After going through the description provided by you, I feel the pain in the arthritis could be related to osteoarthritis that is age related in which due to deficiency of the calcium produces inflammation and pain or the other cause could be due to prostrate cancer.
User :   so u mean he still has sum cancer and they havent got it all
User :   But as you have mentioned that he is clear of prostrate cancer that then the most common cause would be due to Osteoarthritis.
User :   He needs to get examined by an Orthopedic surgeon and get investigations done like X ray of the hip or CT scan of the hip.
User :   so with osteoarthrisit does artristis cramp up on u
User :   No, as you have mentioned that he is clear of the cancer after the previous investigation so thats rules out the cause.
User :   If the hip joints are degenerated completely then he might require hip joint replacement.
User :   Yes, it can as the joint is inflamed producing pain which can cramp up.
User :   he gets blood tests done every 6 monhs for his prostate cancer
User :   So, please see an Orthopedic surgeon and decide on the further line of treatment.
User :   he gets his PSA Blood test every 3 to 6 months
User :   OK
User :   so what cancer can they find when they do a PSA blood test
User :   Ok
User :   yes it was 0.003
User :   Is the PSA levels under normal range.
User :   PSA is prostrate specific antigen. It is for prostrate cancer and as the levels as mentioned by you is under normal range there is nothing to worry and regular follow up has to be done regularly.
User :   so what test would he need done if he had any other cancers
User :   i am very very worried now that he has more cancer
User :   it was a very very bad cancer that they got out of him
User :   The investigations depends on the symptoms. If he doesn't have any there is no need to worry.
User :   like what symptoms would he have for other cancer
User :   so is 0.003 normal
User :   yes, I understand. But there is no need to worry now as he has undergone surgery and his PSA levels are under normal range so now he is cancer free.
User :   what is the normal range for guys that dont have cancer of the prostate
User :   Yes, its under normal range.
User :   so whats that in digial
User :   The normal range would be under 4 ng/ml.
User :   i am so so worried about his hip as he cramps up and is in pain
User :   very worried
User :   Sorry, I didn't get you.
User :   i dont want it to be cancer in he bones
User :   So, please take him to an Orthopedician and get him investigated.
User :   I understand your concerns and please do not worry.
User :   and take him to Orthopedic surgeon and get investigated.
User :   Did you follow my suggestions?
User :   Are you there?
User :   Are you there?
User :   I need to close this chat window as you are not responding.
User :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   Take care
User :   Bye for now.
User :   hello there
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