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Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

Wednesday 27th May 2009, 8pm Channel 4

First up is Maria, who came to the clinic with a potentially life threatening weight problem. Although very young, Maria’s health was deteriorating so rapidly that a gastric band operation was carried out. Having reduced her stomach to the size of a walnut, Maria returned to the clinic to reveal that she had dropped over 4 stone in just 10 weeks. 8 months later, and Maria had dropped a further 4 stone, and been able to start work in a local hair salon.

Obesity

53-year-old Christopher came to the clinic with a painful problem with his penis. Following a years treatment by a dermatologist, Christopher returned to the clinic with some good news for Dr Christian. Having been diagnosed with an atopic dermatitis, Christopher has responded well to treatment and now has ‘a normal penis’.

We next catch up with Emma, who had suffered for over a decade with facial hair growth. Following 6 rounds of lazer treatment on the problem hairs, Emma is finally feeling like a women again, with her confidence massively boosted.

Problem Penis

In our first series we met Margaret, who was suffering from a prolapsed vagina. Extensive surgery was required to rebuild her vaginal wall, and following the operations success, Margaret returned to the clinic to share how things were progressing. With her life back on track, Margaret is now able to exercise and do all the things her prolapse had denied her.

Next up, Dr Dawn meets up with a patient that she first saw in the clinic in Magaluf. Marissa suffered with acne on her face and forehead, and despite 9-months of antibiotic treatment, she is still suffering from the dreaded spots. Dr Dawn suggest a course of photopneumatic therapy, where a lazer and a vacuum are used to loosen and extract dirt and excess oil from the skin. Following three courses of treatment, Marissa was feeling a lot happier.

Spray tan

Many people think that sunbathing is a cure for acne, but too much sun can be extremely dangerous, and in our Teenage Bodies series we investigated a growing problem of ‘tanorexia’ which had led 16-year-old Sammy Jo to spend far too much time on the sunbeds. On a revisit to the clinic, Sammy Jo has revealed her addiction has now switched to the bottle – but fortunately it’s a bottle of spray tan.

26 year-old David came to the clinic with a massive amount of excess skin that was leftover from his overweight teenage years. David underwent surgery to remove his man boobs, and the results have left him with not only a flat chest, but a new lease of life. After the success of this operation, David is considering the next stage of removal of his excess stomach skin as well…

Botox

And finally there was Charlotte, who at only 19 was suffering from an extreme case of excessive sweating. With other treatments not working, Charlotte was sent for a painful series of botox injections. 6-months on, the initial treatment has worn off, leaving Charlotte with a return trip to the clinic. Fortunately, the treatment works again, leaving Charlotte sweat free to pursue her dream of becoming cabin crew…

The EB team would like to thank:

Ms Angelica Kavouni, Cosmetic Surgeon, Cosmetic Solutions
Ruth Elizabeth Walts, Dermatologist Sk:n Clinic
Mr Raj Persad, Bristol Urology Associates
The Pathology Department at the Royal Bolton Hospital
The Nuffield Hospital, Cheltenham
Film Birmingham

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Hi, I had recently tried Penis Exercises or jelqing to increase the size of my penis. I had however done it wrong and developed something called peyroines disease and had to go in for medical attention. I am grateful to the medical community for making me feel normal again. The problems mentioned here can leave people with very low confidence and it is like a new lease on life when you can get it fixed.





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myhusband has the same problem and wont go to doctor although he was in hospital afew months back for a hernia operation and told mem it will sort irsmself out now the hernia is heald his penis is shorter and bends towards his abdomim intercourse is diffifcult and sometimes painfull please help

i have been diogensed with epelespy for 2 weeks now but the thing is i have beenon my period for 2 months not i constantly bleed and a fishy odour is alway. i dont know what to do





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When I was younger I used to suffer really badly with excessive sweating, a problem recently aired on the show. I eventually found an antiperspirant called Anhydrol Forte, that works brilliantly to control underarm sweating. Why is this never mentioned by doctors? The poor girl on the programme had Botox injections that looked really painful, and I was even offered surgery to control the sweating. Anhydrol Forte used to be prescription only, but is now available from online chemists. I can't understand why it is not more widely acknowledged by the medical profession. It seriously does work!





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I am also using Anhydrol Forte after suffering from Hyperhidrosis for many years. I am so surprised about the lack of knowledge of this amazing product. It only costs £5 compared to £250+ for the botox injections and it works pretty well. I don't remember how I came across it although there was nothing on the NHS website nor Embarrassing Bodies. I wish more people knew about this!

when i urinate and shake off any remaining urine and i think i am finished and come away some more urine trickles out.The top of my foreskin gets moist and becomes inflamed and red i have had this for quite some time and my doctor told he i would have to live with it, as any cream he gave he gave me did not work.This is very uncomfortable and can be very sore at times with a burning sensation





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I have just been reading the advertisement for your programme in my TV magazine about David Frew. I burst into tears, I have been suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa since i was 16, i am 42. I have the same problem as David but on my vagina. i cannot tell you the pain, smell, itching i go through on a daily basis and i have had 12 operations there now, not one has worked. I dont have sex at all anymore as i feel like a mutant. Nobody has ever been able to help, Doctors just perscribe antibiotics which now have little effect. If you could please give me a name or number of someone who could possibly help me i would be eternaly grateful. up untill today i have felt very alone about this adn for the first time in all these years i dont feel as much as a freak. thank you





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Hi my name is Joanne and I'm 34 and have recently been diagnosed with hydradenitis supurativa after nearly 20 years of suffering with this disease. I know that you have featured this disease before and I know that there is a man on next weeks episode with a severe case of this disease. Although mine is not so severe yet, i know that as its a progressive disease that chances are it will become more severe. I have spoken to numerous GP's about advice but they don't seem to know anything at all. We HS sufferers all seem to have this problem. Nobody can help us. We have to rely on HS websites to find out how to treat ourselves. I asked if I could get botox in my armpits to help with the HS and the hyper hidrosis which accompanies this disease and she said I would only be offered this if I hsd been diagnosed with hyper hydrosis by itself which I did about 10 years ago, but she just dismisses my disorders as folliclitis. I feel like I'm hitting my head against a brick wall. Can you offer me any advice? you are my last hope to be able to get any help at all.





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i have had hs now for about 10 yrs although i dont suffer with hyper hidrosis infact i rarely sweat at all. although HS has been recognised for around 200 yrs nothing seems to be known about it. I was researching it on the internet to help my mum understand it more and on a USA doctors site (sorry i dont remember with one) it barely mentioned that some studies showed vitamin A could help. hey i tried everything and vit A good for you what harm i thought.Well what can i say it worked for me 1 a day for about 2 weeks before i noted change so try it stick with . for me it didnt get rid of it but it eased the systoms remarkably i no longer get them in my armpits at all but i was mainly affected in groin even here the improvement is so good i can sit comfortably for the first time and although i still get flare ups they are no where near as bad.Stress can make it worse to learn relaxation technics. i found this helpfull in my case too. i hope i have given you some hope and wish you well.

I have suffered from this for years before a doctor gave me a diagnosis, it does get better with age I am now nearly 38 and have suffered with this since I was 21. I have take Lymacyclene for a number of years and now I only get one or two flare ups a month. It is painfull and in my opinion it should be on the list as a disability as I have spent many a day off work over the years due to absecess on my thighs, groin and arm pits. Thanks to this programme more people are aware of this illness, it is horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

i'm 28, i have 3 children the youngest being 16 months old, there is only 18 months between him and his sister and he was born weighing 9lb 5oz. This has left me with alot of excess skin that makes me so self concious to the point that its havin an affect on my relationship as i was quite confident before i had my children. I have heard that the nhs can offer cosmetic surgery for this but i dont know were to go although my gp is a nice man i cant bring my self to tell him how my belly makes me feel and there r no female drs that i would feel comforatable talking to. please can you help.





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I just wanted to mention that I have been a sufferer of excessive sweating for 30 years. I was offered botox injections about 10 years ago but I also have a fear of injections. Recently a product called Certain Dri - a 72 hour Roll on protection for excessive sweating was mentioned to me. I have been using this for a month now and from the first night of using it, its absolutely fantastic and I'm able to wear the tops I want to without hiding. It was a discovered by my sister-in-law and the distributor is DSE Healthcare Solutions.





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My hands are always sweating, I am constantly leaving marks on school tables and paper can sometimes start disintegrating in my hands. My underarms can also get quite bad, I use 'extra extra dry' anti-perpesprint but still sweat and start to smell. My feet are completely wet when they are in footwear. It can get at times very embarassing. I just want to know do I actually have that Hyperhydrosis thing? Could you email back?





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Hi, I regularly attend my gym who are constantly promoting their sunbeds. I find this irresponsible in that on the one hand they are promoting health through fitness and on the other selling a facility which as you have highlighted in your recent programming as very dangerous





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