DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis. Could this be related to my drinking? Can this condition be reversed? DEAR READER: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland that lies behind the stomach. (I’ve put an illustration of the pancreas on my website, AskDoctorK.com.)
DEAR DOCTOR K: I need to have surgery in my abdominal area. My surgeon said he can do it “laparoscopically.” What does that mean?
DEAR DOCTOR K: What can I expect when my son goes through puberty?
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is vascular dementia? Can it be prevented? DEAR READER: The term “dementia” describes a serious impairment of mental function. It may include memory loss, confusion, personality changes and the dwindling ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The second most common is vascular dementia.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve strained a muscle where my hip meets my pelvis. What can I do to relieve the discomfort?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I regularly get terrible migraine headaches. My doctor has prescribed medication, but I still think I should have a brain scan to make sure there’s nothing more serious going on.
The crowd is quiet as T.J. Miles lines up for her sprint into the arena.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have PAD. It sounds like coronary artery disease of the legs. Is the treatment similar too?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I want to go on a diet and am trying to decide between low-fat, low-carb and Mediterranean. What do you think?
DEAR DOCTOR K: My father has Alzheimer’s disease. Is it unsafe for him to drive?
Heart of Hospice is starting a second Hood River bereavement group for adults. Grief support groups are often portrayed as being depressing, boring, or too much to bear. In fact, support groups strive to be dynamic, supportive, and informative. Heart of Hospice offers three bereavement groups for adults.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have never had chickenpox. Do I still need to get a shingles vaccine?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I had bypass surgery last year, and I’ve been on two different statins. But I had severe muscle and joint pain. Do I really need to be on a statin? The side effects are awful for me.
To the editor: I had the privilege to attend the Female and Fabulous Fair at Water’s Edge. What a wonderful event for the women of the community. The “Girl Talks” and the lectures were very informative. Breakfast was yummy. I also had a great massage thanks to Barbara Hicks, wine tasting and a cooking demonstration. All these events were free.
DEAR DOCTOR K: Between my job and kids, I rarely have time to prepare and sit down to a healthy meal. I’ve had my fill of fast food and energy bars. Any suggestions?