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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ?
Doctor :   Hi.
User :   who am i talking too
Doctor :   Please proceed with query.
User :   hello there very very worried about my dad as he has artritis in his hip and when he is standing or sitting then it cramps up and dont know why
Doctor :   Ok may i know his age.
User :   and this is he worsed its been
User :   he is 63
Doctor :   Since when he has this problem?
User :   and he had prostate cancer and he had surgery november 8 th last year
User :   he had it since we moved and we moved to this house about 2 weeks ago
Doctor :   Ok but i think these two are not related.
User :   and thos has been the worsed its been
User :   u sure
Doctor :   Is he on any medications?
Doctor :   Yes sure,
User :   he is on diebex nexum, javiena, crestor and blood pressure meds
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   hope he dont nee a hip replacement
Doctor :   It depends on the joint integrity.
User :   and we try and rub it with voltran
Doctor :   Is his joint very much destroyed as seen on X ray?
User :   i have to go and get tea and talk to you when i get back
User :   no it wasnt
Doctor :   Ok sure.
User :   be back soon
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User :   you there
Doctor :   Hi.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   who is this
User :   oh ok
User :   what where we up to
User :   about my dad hip
Doctor :   Please proceed with more details.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   this is the first time it has cramped up with sitting and staning and when it cramps he has to sit down fast
User :   i have tried rubbing it with voltran
Doctor :   Ok Arthritis is quite a common problem as age advances.
User :   will voltran work at all
Doctor :   Is it does relieve pain.
User :   sorri
Doctor :   It is analgesic, used to relieve pain.
User :   would that help as used it 3 times on his hip
User :   its at the back or the hip
User :   as he is holding thw lower part of his back near his bum
Doctor :   yes definitely it will help
User :   why hasnt it helped so far
Doctor :   That can be due muscular pain of back.
Doctor :   It takes time to act.
Doctor :   If pain is severe it might be of little help.
User :   he says it could be muscular pain as its in the joints
User :   he says it cramps bad
Doctor :   Cramps can be prevented by giving calcium suppliments.
Doctor :   Ask him to take lot of water and good nutrition.
User :   h drinks heaps of milk about 2 litres a day
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Milk is good nutrition.
User :   he drinks alot of milk
Doctor :   Ok, that is fine ask him to not to lift heavy weight, not to do heavy physical work.
User :   he dont
Doctor :   Ask him to do muscle relaxing exercises.
User :   how long b4 he stopps cramping up in the hip and muscule
Doctor :   Physiotherapy should also help.
User :   how long b4 the cramping and soreness will go
Doctor :   It takes time may be a month or so.
User :   really
User :   he is in pain
User :   u dont think he will need hip replacement
Doctor :   It will come down for sure.
Doctor :   I do not think so, it is the last option to be considered.
User :   oh ok
User :   and another question
Doctor :   Sure
User :   the other day we had a licenced electricain here putting new lights in our house and we have this sheetng inside the house that used to be a carport and the electrain drilled into this sheets and we aint sure if its asbestso or not and he wasnt sure and he drilled into it and not sure if it was asbestso and we are still living in the house with the dust if it was or is asbestso
Doctor :   Well living asbestos dust is not good.
Doctor :   Long term exposure may actually cause problems.
User :   my son is playing in the room that he drilled but not sure if it has asbestso in it
User :   will we be affected with the abestso dust that is arount th house now
User :   as not sure if thre is asbestso in the walls or not
Doctor :   If you are sure of asbestos then do not allow your children's to play there.
User :   we aint sure if it is asbestso sheeting or not
Doctor :   Yes everybody can get affected if that dust stays for long time like a year or so.
User :   how long can the dust hang around for
Doctor :   Please confirm with your building consructor.
User :   this house was bulit in 1980
Doctor :   Usually it will be blown away by wind.
User :   i opened the windows today and left them open for a few hours
Doctor :   It may cause problems only on continued fresh exposure
User :   what it we inhale some fibers
Doctor :   That is fine.
Doctor :   Some fibers usually do not cause any damage.
User :   what does asbestso dust look like
Doctor :   It looks like any other dust.
User :   but u cant get them out of ur lungs once there there
User :   when was abestso last used
Doctor :   No it is difficult, but you can always avoid it.
User :   so will it be fine to vacaum the rooms wit the dust there
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   so wont need a mask on
Doctor :   Usually not unless there is heavy dust.
User :   it wouldnt be heavy dust
Doctor :   Then that should be fine.
User :   he drilled a few holes in the lounge room and in te toy room that was a carport but closed it in
Doctor :   That should not be a problem as wind blows it away.
User :   u sure the wind would blow it away
Doctor :   Yes sure.
User :   have u ver been exposed to asbestso
Doctor :   I do not think so.
User :   what do abestso sheets look like
Doctor :   I do not have exact idea.
User :   oh ok
User :   so my dads hip will get better
Doctor :   Yes sure.
Doctor :   Is there anything I may assist you.
User :   no thats it
User :   thanks heaps
User :   hello there
Doctor :   Hi
User :   who this
User :   worried about the affected from asbestso
User :   i was talking to a lady thats a psychic and she says that she dont see any asbestso in the house at all
User :   could they be right
Doctor :   Do not worry as it needs long exposure
Doctor :   May be
User :   whats maybe
User :   do u belive that stuff
Doctor :   Not exactly but I am sure you need not worry about asbestosis.
User :   why not worry if u are not sure
User :   hello u there
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   wy dont u thik i will get asbestsosis
Doctor :   I am sure you are out of danger.
User :   how ae we out of danger when we are still living in the house with the dust around
Doctor :   There should be long exposure to develop may be for years.
User :   so how long should the expose be
Doctor :   Is it the asbestos dust?
Doctor :   For many years.
User :   yes as the guy drilled holes so it would be the dust
User :   and firbers
Doctor :   Drilling once would not be problem because that dust would be blown away.
User :   how would it have been blowen away when we didnt have any doors or windows open at the time
User :   when he drilled the holes
Doctor :   Over a period of time it would have blown away.
User :   i am sore down below my breast and not sure if thats from breathing in alot of asbestso or if it was from hammering starpickets in wth a very heavy starpicket hammer
User :   its sore in the ribs and lung area just under my breasts
Doctor :   Did you get it examined by the doctor.
User :   no
User :   could it be from asbestso
Doctor :   Please visit doctor and get it examined.
Doctor :   May not be,
User :   now i am worried
User :   what could be wrong
User :   what you mean may not be
Doctor :   It could be either due to trauma or infection.
User :   i was hammerig in starpickets when me and my dad where doing a fence
Doctor :   May not be from asbestos.
User :   and it was a very heavy hammer
User :   so it could be from asbestso
User :   is that what u are sayng
Doctor :   No not related to asbestos.
User :   so can the asbestso dust make me sore under the breast
User :   why cant t be related to asbestso
Doctor :   No it will affect lungs over a period of time.
User :   why did sumone die from asbestso in a period of like 3 months
Doctor :   It is unusual to die in 3 months to die from asbestos.
User :   why
User :   why did he die then
User :   it was a storie that i had read
Doctor :   May be due to other causes.
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   I may have to close the chat window as you are not responding.
User :   what other causes as they did a biposy
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