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Topic : 07/11 What’s Up, Doc?

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Created on : Thursday, July 05, 2007, 02:34:20 pm
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Have you ever wanted to talk to your doctor about pressing medical concerns, but were too afraid to speak up? Today, four physicians with four different specialties return to bust medical myths and teach you things you never knew about your body. First up, 45-year-old Pamela has a paralyzing fear of physicians. She was diagnosed with a terminal lung disease six years ago and hasn't set foot in a doctor's office since. Find out what happens when Dr. Phil creates a makeshift exam room backstage! Then, Denise and her husband, Steve, have been trying to get pregnant for three years. Steve says he’s tired of sex being a business deal, but Denise desperately wants a baby. Should she keep trying to conceive or just move on with her life? And, having four kids wreaked havoc on Casey's body, and now she wants cosmetic surgery. Her husband, Jonathan, says a tummy tuck is too expensive, and thinks Casey can get in shape by doing more sit-ups. See Dr. Phil’s surprise for her! Plus, a couple who say their 9- and 15-year-old sons are still not potty trained! Tell us what you think!

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July 8, 2007, 4:40 pm CDT

Confused you with someone else! Sorry

Quote From: housewife52

You'd better gird your loins, Rebecca we tend to tell it like we see it on these boards. Like you say, "Everyone is different." That means everyone has a different opinion. It may not be one you agree with, but that's just the way it is. Personally I'm thinking maybe the 2 boys are just messy in the bathroom. Maybe they can't aim straight ? Maybe they don't raise the lid? Maybe they make a mess and don't clean it up? Who knows, we'll just have to wait and see. Meanwhile try to chill, all of our opinions are not sweet and kind, but we are entitled to them. Dontcha think?
July 8, 2007, 7:42 pm CDT

07/11 What’s Up, Doc?

I really hope that they don't spring an exam on that woman, I realize for the show waivers must be signed, and I don't think the Doc would do anything without her express permission, but still just springing this on a fearful person could make matters worse, personally, I only go to a Doctor if ABSOLUTLY necessary (meaning I have to be REALLY sick or in pain, and I don't have to pay for Doctor's visists, but I have to be DRAGGED kicking and screaming ) so she's not the only one.

Ummm, sit ups don't do anything for excess skin, it will tone the abs for sure, but excess skin isn't muscle, it's her body, and I hope her husband has come to realize that he needs to be sensitive to her body image, and if she can pay for it, then her body, her choice, though any surgery will affect both partners during recovery time, it should be discussed and BOTH should put their feelings on the table, I'm curious if he is maybe scared of potential after effects of the surgery ?

As for the two boys not being toilet trained (when referring to a 9 and 15 year old, "Potty Training" sounds rather patronizing I think) there is a lot any of can and have said.  I work with a 15 year old boy who still wets his bed, and belive me if he dosen't shower in the morning we all know it.  There are physical reasons for this, his MEDS being the biggest reason, so I wonder if maybe there is a physical reason for this behavior, it does seem like a foreign thing to me that these boys tolerate being wet and smelling of urine at their ages, but if there is no problem with the boys, then I would wonder what the problem was with the parents, this one is a wait and see for sure.

July 8, 2007, 9:32 pm CDT

how to be up front with my doctor asking questions

I watch a show where they introduced a new machine that could scan your heart better than the machines they have available now. Im afraid to ask my doctor to give me a refferal to see a cardiologist that has this new machine. I have mytrol-valve prolasp in which the flap on my heart valve does not open and close properly blood constantly flows through. I was told I will have to have a valve replacement at the age of 40 Im 33 now.I hate when doctors tell you that your illness is common and there are a lot  of women who has this but yet it was so hard for them to find out what was wrong with me in the begining.  
July 9, 2007, 1:26 am CDT

Ambivalent feelings about unablecouples to get preg

My ambivalencey is based on two factors -- one the cost, which I suppose in the USA is peoples' own business if they want to go broke having a child (here it is covered by the local equivalent of the Social Security System at the taxpayers' expense for unlimited tries).


The other is more personal. I was born with a birth defect and had to deal with a lot of physical, psychological and social pain. But at a certain stage I learned to live with it, pick myself up and continue my life. It is still there and cannot ever be taken away.


One can't go through one's entire life whining about what cannot be.

July 9, 2007, 4:50 am CDT

Wrong diagnosis

Nearly a yr ago I found out dr.'s in CA diagnosed me wrong thus put me on a medicine for the last 6 yrs.  I found out I was also on another wrong  medicine following a full hysterectomy, that was 11 yrs worth wrong med.  I lost 70 lbs in 2-3 months due to toppling effects. It took between 9-12 months to figure out what was going on and how to fix it.  After seeing 12 different dr.'s, second opinions and numerous tests, we figured out what happened from start to finish.  So to those of you that are scared of dr.s, just remember to be scared of those dr.'s that did you wrong and find the good dr.'s that will do you right.  Just like relationships, you go through some rough ones to weed them out to find the good/right one.


July 9, 2007, 5:38 am CDT

No potty trained

If this is true that two boys, 9 and 15 aren't potty trained, then their parents need a good kick in the butt.  That is just flat out disgusting!
July 9, 2007, 8:03 am CDT

07/11 What’s Up, Doc?

Quote From: wendy1968

If this is true that two boys, 9 and 15 aren't potty trained, then their parents need a good kick in the butt.  That is just flat out disgusting!

I have to agree.  Now, if they have some kind of mental or physical issue that prevents them from being potty trained, then that's different.  If it's just pure laziness on the parents' part, then I am certainly glad they are getting some help from Dr. Phil.


My son is seven years old, and I can tell you that I am relieved that he has been potty trained for years!  The days of changing diapers are long gone!


Honestly, most of the problems I see with children these days are due to bad parenting.  Manners, for instance, are another thing I think parents are forgetting to teach their children.

July 9, 2007, 9:24 am CDT

Love these shows!

I love when Dr. Phil brings in other doctors to help people.  I've been watching his show for years and these are among my favorites.


I know it happens often that people are afraid to go to the doctor.  I'm terrified of the dentist.  Mostly because they always HURT ME, but I still go.  Of course it sounds like she was seeing a quack if someone told her she was terminal six years ago. I hope Dr. Phil has some ideas for her to work through her anxiety.  People should try and see their doctor at least every couple of years even when they're not sick, that way they have a baseline if something goes wrong.


How sad for the couple trying to have a baby.  I can't say I feel too bad for the husband...he doesn't like sex being a "business deal" but whatever.  He's doing better than lots of guys out there.  The poor woman.  Luckily I never had a problem conceiving but have suffered miscarriages.  It's an awful thing to feel like your dream will never be fufilled. 


I'm anxious to see what the doc has to say about the woman with four kids.  I also have a pregnancy-stretched body and have often wondered what to do about it.  I know Dr Phil isn't much for a bunch of cosmetic surgery so I wonder what the suprise is?  Maybe her husband isn't as big a jerk as he sounds...maybe he's worried about her undergoing the surgery and maybe they don't have the money for it.  I don't know their situation (yet) but maybe she's selfish for asking him when they have a bunch of kids to feed!


I'm very interested to see the story on the couple with the un-potty-trained sons.  Like some others said, I'm sure they didn't go on national television to embarass themeselves or their kids.  I'm sure they wouldn't have gone on the show if the doc didn't have something in mind to help them out. 


Thanks Dr. Phil for giving us such an exciting show to look forward to!

July 9, 2007, 10:00 am CDT

Feeling your pain

Quote From: ecterrell

Dear Dr. Phil, I don't know how many times I wrote a letter and here I am again. I'm 36 years old with 2 beautiful daughters. I have a chronic back pains. Couple years ago the Dr.s finelly decide to sent me to get MRI after visits,medications and x-rays wasn't enoughed. MRI show

that I have 3 buldging disc on L3/4/5. The pain from my lower back and all the way down to my legs was very cripling. On top of getting the news of  the x-rays of my sacliac joint shows

a degenerative arthritis was even more frustrating. I can't feel my foot and I have hard time walking. Fatigue, numbness and tingling and pain. Driving was very difficult not only I fall as

sleep but too many times I almost hit other vehicles because I can't feel if I'm pushing the gas pedals hard enoughed. And  my doctor at that time I don't feel she was supportived at all. She won't take me off work even after I told her I can't move my neck. So my Chiroprac

tor took me off work caused she knows I'm struggling. My Doctor she sent my disability papers back to me she said she won't fill them out. So I decided to change doctors which is my husbands doctor but at the same office. After 7 years of pain, medications, therapy, dr's

appointments, Neurologist, Rheumatologist, Pain management Dr., orthopaedic now referred to a surgeon and gone to see a second opinion dr. I feel like back to square one.

I am diagnosed with fibromyalgia which kind of make since as far as the muscle pains. Dr.

Phil, can a sprain muscle thats not healed and injured over and over caused this problem I have now? Cause there's not part in my muscle that doesn't hurt. And my Doctor now is so

worried about my abnormal liver test, so i go every month to get blood test hoping that it just

the medications I'm taking and it might be from a nerve in my back causing it. So I went to see the Gastroenterologist the other day so his sending me to get more blood test and get x-ray for my intestine and after that I have to make an appointment to his office to get some

kind of rectal test. Is that neccesary Dr. Phil.So what's next. This Doctor's I feel that they just

need to listen to my concerns rather than thinking I'm just whinin. Like I really want to spend

every penny I don't have to see a doctor and pay for medicine. For a couple of years I went part time so I spend 1 paycheck for medications only and the other for my car, do this doctor's think I enjoy going to they're office or what. I have not live a normal life since this

pain started Dr. Phil. I used to be able to bend backwards and pick up a toothpick and touch

ed my heel. I was very active person. I cook, clean the house, clean the pool, mow the grass,

iron, get up at 5:00 in the morning to dig weeds, care for my daughter, work fulltime, do laun

dry, rake leaves, climb trees, climb mountain, gardening everything you could think of I do.

Now I'll be darn if I can make to work and work without taking pain killers and the rest of me

dications. I feel like I lived through the medications. When my Rheumatologist prescribed me

with tylenol 3 I was am able to get up and clean a little bit, cook, laundry but nothing big. My car gets dirty who cares, right? I do. Dr. Phil should I go get the surgery even 3 doctor's already told me I probably will get releif but not better because of fibromylgia. I can't take it any more. What should I do? Please tell me. I can't affored to lose my job, I'm already losing my house, I'm not looking to lose anything else. I'm all my childrens got.


I am feeling your pain. Both of my sisters have been diagnoses with fibromyalgia and I with myofascial pain syndrome--both autoimmune disorders. I also am plagued with a bulged disc in the lower back and cervial disc problems. AND, you are right, you get passed from one specialist to another until they send you back to your GP with a pat on the back. Luckily, I have a very good general practioner who also treats my sisters. The thing is this--the medical profession can't get together to conform a concensus on what fibromyalgia is let alone how to treat it. Then you throw in other medical problems and it's hands off!  I am hopeful we will see patients with autoimmune disorders treated with more respect and interest in the medical community. But, in the meantime, what are we to do?
July 9, 2007, 2:26 pm CDT

Please be more understanding!!

For children to be 9 and 15 years old and not be potty trained has got to be a medical reason!!!  I mean come on, does anybody really think that children this old would deliberately not be potty trained out of laziness?I'm sure these kids face alot of ridicule and teasing at school. Why are people so judgemental? Look up encopresis!!! It's a real medical diagnosis. They've probably not been diagnosed because the parents are too embarrassed to ask the doctor because they're afraid they'll get the same reaction as some of the people on this board are giving them!!!
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