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Week of July 29, 2002

    Question:   I am in full agreement with my surgeon's decision for laminectomy to relieve the typical debilitating symptoms I have rather suddenly begun to experience, but I fear for my future capabilities. I have played racquetball three or four times a week for over 20 years, so I am otherwise physically fit. I am 74 and had just been retired two weeks when these symptoms began and my dreams of continuing my active life and lots of golf are being shattered...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   Is there any known connection between temporal lobe epilepsy and progressive deafness?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer


    Question:   I was just asked by a pharmacist if I had my enzyme levels checked. No one had asked me this before and I have been taking Serzone for 7 years now. He said that Serzone has been reported to cause serious liver damage in some patients...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer