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Dear Dr Nina: My wife says I should give up five-a-side after two injuries, but I love the kickaround with the lads

I'm a reasonably active 40-year-old dad but in the past four years, while playing five-a-side at the weekends, I have torn my Achilles tendon not once, but twice. On both occasions it was excruciatingly painful and I spent many weeks on crutches in recovery. I suppose that after the first tear, the tendon must have weakened and I'm not sure if it is now really weak. My wife says I should give up the five-a-side and stick to low-impact exercise like cycling, but I really love the weekend kickaround with the lads and don't want to give it up. Do you have any advice?

  • Published on Aug 07 2018

Dear Dr Nina: Lung disease makes it hard for me to breathe

I'm a 70-year-old woman. I've been having breathing trouble lately and have been diagnosed with COPD. I've found this very distressing and I haven't smoked for over 25 years. My doctor has given me a prescription for a bronchodilator and a corticosteroid, both of which I'm using, and they have helped. But is there anything else I could be doing to help improve my breathing? And how much exercise should I be taking?

  • Published on Jul 31 2018

Dear Dr Nina: Does mum need rehab after hip replacement

My 74-year-old mother is going into hospital next month to have a hip replacement operation. Unfortunately I'll have to be overseas for work for a month at around the same time, so I won't be able to help out. Her GP wants her to go into a rehab home for a spell after the operation, as he says she won't be able to manage on her own. But my mother is stubborn and is digging her heels in, saying she'll cope with the help of her neighbours. How can I make her see sense? What can she expect in the aftermath of the hip operation? She's in excellent health otherwise.

  • Published on Jul 24 2018

Dear Dr Nina: I'm worried about my CervicalCheck results

I have had three colposcopies / Letz procedures through CervicalCheck programmes over the past 12 years. I was tested for HPV in the last procedure, and it came back negative. A couple of months ago, I paid for a smear test through my GP, as I was not happy with the waiting period under the CervicalCheck programme. The results showed that the sample wasn't adequate enough for the test, and I was told I had to wait another three months before I could have another smear done. In the intervening period, the stories emerged of the problems with the CervicalCheck system, and this has set me worrying again. Am I now entitled to go back to my GP and ask for a free smear test, or do I again have to pay for the GP appointment and the smear? And given my history, should I be looking to be vaccinated against HPV or is it too late?

  • Published on Jul 17 2018

Dear Dr Nina: My daughter's broken arm has healed - but she's still suffering

Q: My 10-year-old daughter broke her arm playing football last year. It was a bad fall where another girl pushed her - accidentally, probably - but there was a lot of drama around it as the other girl's mother made a big deal about it and my daughter ended up having to answer questions from the coaches about how it happened and was she being bullied. She wore a cast for two months and the doctors were pleased by how well the break had healed and that was that. However, these days she frequently complains now about pain in her arm and she even has said that she doesn't want to do sports at school because it hurts. Is it possible that the arm is still sore or is this all in her head?

  • Published on Jul 03 2018

Dear Dr Nina: I'm suffering with reflux but can I treat it myself?

Q: Years ago I was treated for a stomach ulcer and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) brought on by a hiatus hernia. I managed the condition by eating well and avoiding alcohol since then. But now, stress, poor sleeping, eating on the go and lots of coffee has brought it back. I have a burning pain in the centre of my ribcage, feel bloated and can only eat small amounts at a time. Since last suffering from the condition, drugs like Motilium are available over the counter. I was hoping to avoid going to my GP, and just to treat myself until the pain subsides. However, I've heard that GORD can cause oesophageal cancer in later life if not treated properly. Should I be taking the problem more seriously?

  • Published on Jun 26 2018

Dear Dr Nina: Is the pain in my face from tooth ache or head cold?

Q: I've had a bad cold with an extremely blocked nose for the past week or so, but that's cleared up now. But since it's cleared up I've developed a lot of pain in my face and most particularly on the right hand side, which feels a lot like dental pain. The pain is worse when I'm lying down or leaning forward. I'm trying to figure out if the pain is from my teeth or if it's got something to do with the cold? Should I see a dentist or is this one for the doctor?

  • Published on Jun 19 2018

Dear Dr Nina: Severe hay fever is spoiling my summer, and antihistamines don't help

I've been suffering in the good weather from horrific hay fever. I never had it growing up but it came on in my mid-twenties. I'm now nearly 40 and every day in the summer I wake up with a scratchy throat and spend the day sneezing and rubbing my eyes. It can get really miserable. I work as a cleaner and the chemicals I use set it off as well, but I don't want to open the window because of the pollen! I have used antihistamines in the past but I have found that they don't really help. Please help.

  • Published on Jun 12 2018

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