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Old 15th September 2016, 10:17   #2506
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I had a root canal done 5-6 years ago. A recent x-ray showed that one of the canals was missed in the original treatment. However, I have never had pain post the RCT. Very rarely, I feel a little sensitivity there. Does the RC need to be redone or is it ok to wait?

Also how come a canal gets missed?
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Hearing Aids, Chennai...
Hi Thad, please do keep updating the thread with your experience. I am looking for a hearing aid for my dad.

The challenge is that it'll have to be really nice, both in functionality and looks, for him to even consider it.

Any inputs are most welcome.
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Hi Thad, please do keep updating the thread with your experience. I am looking for a hearing aid for my dad.
1. HAC, Adyar, Chennai: Brand Hansaton. one at 18k, one at 38k. Not satisfied.
2. Will go to Astra... Brand Starkey.
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The challenge is that it'll have to be really nice, both in functionality and looks, for him to even consider it.
Looks.... they can be completely invisible. Tiny things that fit entirely inside the canal have been available for a long time now. Even behind-the-ear aids are a lot smaller than they used to be. If he is vain about the looks, or doesn't want people to see that he is using an aid/aids, he can easily keep it very much hidden.

I don't want tiny/c-i-c... I'm not bothered about the looks (I'm vain about some things, but not that), and I need to remove them and replace with cotton wool at concerts. Do not want something that disappears beneath a chair or ends its expensive life under a foot.

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I wanted to buy a customisable progressive lens like Zeiss Superb but cannot find an optician whom I can trust to take proper fitting.
i am a first time progressive user as I developed the need early this year. Purchased from Lenskart and has been good for me. My wife is on it since two years and has no issues either. Hers is Lenskart too.
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My mother is diagnosed with Osteoporosis. The doctor has recommended hormone replacement cartridge, Gemtide (generic Tereparadite) for 6 months. The injection costs Rs. 12000 for one month and there are much cheaper alternatives available in the market. The doctor was very keen on selling this and gave me the number of the sales man. When I mentioned to the sales man that cheaper alternatives are available from other brands, he says the quality varies.

She was diagnosed with the same issue 5 years back and was not given hormone replacement therapy. So I suspect if it is really required. Planning to get a second opinion before starting treatment.

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I just got a whatapp video about all the neck pain that can be caused by using the smartphone. That made me wonder, how is the neck position different than reading a book.

I have been reading books at least 2 hours a day since 40 years. Why does smartphone usage affect differently than reading books?
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I just got a whatapp video about all the neck pain that can be caused by using the smartphone. That made me wonder, how is the neck position different than reading a book.

I have been reading books at least 2 hours a day since 40 years. Why does smartphone usage affect differently than reading books?
If you hold the phone up properly, I don't see a problem at all. However, on longer calls, people tend to either hold the phone between the shoulder and ear to free up their hand, or otherwise they tilt their neck to lower their elbow to a more comfortable height (if you're at a desk you can then rest your elbow). These tend to contort the neck, leading to pain.

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This is not about mobile use for calls, but specifically about surfing/texting on smartphone.
OK, this is even easier - texters rest the phone on their chest (when in bed), or their wrists on their chest (when sitting), forcing their neck to look down. If we read books in bed by resting it on our chest, it would have the same effect on our neck.
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It comes down to the fact that phones are smaller than the average paperback, and have a very narrow bezel for gripping it - this forces us to hold it awkwardly to use it. A book has no problem with the ball of a thumb clamping down a corner, a smartphone will take that as a click!

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If you hold the phone up properly, I don't see a problem at all. However, on longer calls, people tend to either hold the phone between the shoulder and ear to free up their hand, or otherwise they tilt their neck to lower their elbow to a more comfortable height (if you're at a desk you can then rest your elbow). These tend to contort the neck, leading to pain.
This is not about mobile use for calls, but specifically about surfing/texting on smartphone.
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I have tinnitus in my ears (majorly in left ear) since 3 years and never seen a specialist doctor? Is it Ok? I used to listen to loud music till 2013 and after that I had continued headaches for 3 months then ringing sound started followed by imbalance that lasted one month.

After that from Jan 2014 i am normal except for ringing sound in ears. Normal occasional headaches like once in a month or two-three months.

I am 26 years old.
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Is it so hard to get spectacles for computer use? i thought it was a standard thing, but I am going through a hard time.

My vision problem is simply presbyopia. I am 64 years old and have been wearing glasses for reading for quite a long time, then, for a few years now, for looking at the computer monitor about one metre in front of me. Recently, I find that, although I could see into the distance, it is all a lot sharper and three-dimensional with distance-vision lenses.

I had a pair of glasses that were my computer lenses. they were also great for looking at shop shelves and stuff, and only a couple of years old. Somehow (never done this before) I managed to make them look as if they had been sandpapered so I went for replacement.

I went to Specsmakers, and told them that I wanted glasses for computer use, with a bifocal sector for looking down at the desk and reading. Is this not something that millions of office workers, especially the older ones, need and get?

Anyway... what they gave me was something quite different: main glass for distance, and bifocal section for not quite as far as the screen. Fail.

(But I learned that I do need distance-vision glasses, and this pair works great for driving, with the lower bifocal section exactly covering the dashboard so fail, yes, but not waste)

I had a long shouting session with the Specsmakers guy (not recommended) who told me that this was what I asked for, and would not listen when I told it was not, Even though he had my written note. Idiot.

Then, still with ideas of a perfect computer lens, I went to the senior eye surgeon I have been seeing occasionally for a decade (I also had an eye infection to get treated).

He did all his tests, we did reading at arm's length, crystal clear down to the smallest N-6 type in his sample book, reading at normal reading distance, all crystal clear. I told my wife that this man is a genius and left the prescription at his spectacles counter with my old frames.

A few days later, I get... a pair of specs with distance vision and a bifocal lower section at something like screen distance. I wait two hours to see the doc to complain.

(and no, the yes,sir no,sir culture senior medical men are still used to in India is not my culture)

He tells me to look at the screen through the lower sectors. I react accordingly (I'm polite: I've know this man a long time) and firmly tell him that will not do. He then tells his dispensing man to give me single vision lenses. Apparently, what he previously diagnosed, for some reason, is not possible now.

So what's so difficult or unusual about my requirement, I wonder?

And, by the way, single-vision lenses should cost me less than bifocals, right?

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My mother is diagnosed with Osteoporosis. The doctor has recommended hormone replacement cartridge, Gemtide (generic Tereparadite) for 6 months. The injection costs Rs. 12000 for one month and there are much cheaper alternatives available in the market. The doctor was very keen on selling this and gave me the number of the sales man. When I mentioned to the sales man that cheaper alternatives are available from other brands, he says the quality varies.

She was diagnosed with the same issue 5 years back and was not given hormone replacement therapy. So I suspect if it is really required. Planning to get a second opinion before starting treatment.
Tereparatide is the only anti osteoporotic available that builds up the bone mass, others only prevent further loss of calcium minerals from bones. It's sold directly (without involving stockist, dealer, sub dealer, pharmacist etc) to keep the cost low. Else u will be paying up 24000/- instead of 12000/- The alternatives are good for nothing. These are hormones not drugs hence cost is high, but it is the best option for osteoporosis.
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Tereparatide is the only anti osteoporotic available that builds up the bone mass, others only prevent further loss of calcium minerals from bones. It's sold directly (without involving stockist, dealer, sub dealer, pharmacist etc) to keep the cost low. Else u will be paying up 24000/- instead of 12000/- The alternatives are good for nothing. These are hormones not drugs hence cost is high, but it is the best option for osteoporosis.
What I meant by alternative is other companies selling the same drug - Teriparatide.

We met a very senior doctor at Manipal hospital and he did not advise going for Tereparatide. According to him, Calcium and vitamin supplements are enough. He has also recommended physio therapy for a week based on X-Ray. Let me see how it goes. Thanks

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Currently my mother's chemotherapy is undergoing for relapsed Hodgkin's Lymphoma in Tata medical centre Kolkata.

Done with 2 cycles of Brentuximab Vedotin and Bendamustine and 1 more cycle to go.

Now that doctors are planning for Allogenic Stem cell Transplantation, I am thinking what best can be done?

Shall I continue with Tata or move further to John Hopkin's Singapore or US?

Since Allogenic Stem Cell Transplantation is a complex process I would prefer to get it done through the best institute possible.

Please help.
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i am a first time progressive user as I developed the need early this year. Purchased from Lenskart and has been good for me. My wife is on it since two years and has no issues either. Hers is Lenskart too.
I wish I could trust online fitting so easily. I have been looking for an optician who knows the technology of the lenses they dispense, and take the fitting accordingly. So far I have not met any I can trust. I am scared of encountering an experience similar to Thad's rant few posts above. It is quite possible. Its like the car sales person who has little indepth knowledge of the car he/she sells. At least they do not sell you the wrong car because we know what we want. Spectacle lenses are different.
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Last week I was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. It so happened when I complained about recurring breathlessness, doctor checked and declared that I am suffering from it. Ecograph of my heart was done and it's perfectly alright. Doctor has put me on beta blockers for few days and the problem of breathlessness seems to reduce to an significant amount. I want to ask to our Doctor member is do I need to take any particular precautions after having been diagnosed with this disorder?

Marfans syndrome needs regular (Yearly echoes). Kindly get your vision test done.Avoid contact sports (Rugby, Boxing). Also get your siblings and children's Echo done. (Pardon me but i don't know your age)

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