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Episode Guide

Episode 2 - London

Wednesday 10th February 2010, 9pm on Channel 4

This week’s Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town!

endometriosis

But first Rebecca comes to talk to Dr Pixie about the severe pain she gets whenever she tries to insert a tampon or have sex. Dr Pixie performs an examination to check the cervix and ovaries but finds everything to be in order so sends Rebecca to see a gynaecologist. Mr Tyrone Carpenter soon finds Endometriosis around Rebecca’s womb, ovaries and bowel. Subsequently Rebecca undergoes surgery to literally cut the Endometriosis out. 6 weeks later Rebecca returns to Dr Pixie and, although the healing process is a long one, notes a marked improvement in her sex life.

Take an extended look at Rebecca’s operation here >

Night Terrors

Josh is driving his wife Emma mad with his nocturnal antics. In discussion with Dr Dawn he talks of night terrors that are making him tired in the day and edging him ever closer to being kicked out of the marital bed. Emma reports that Josh talks, sits up, and jumps about in the middle of the night whilst still completely asleep; furthermore Josh has no recollection of events the morning after. Dr Dawn sends him to a sleep lab to monitor his brain waves as well as installing a camera in his bedroom to capture any late night antics. Having gathered the evidence they were looking for Dr Dawn suggests some anger management classes as Josh seems hesitant to go on medication. Whilst at first dubious, the anger management sessions soon prove successful with various emotional breakthroughs. After 6 sessions of anger management Josh and wife Emma returned to chat with Dr Dawn both noting a vast improvement with the situation.

Dr Dawn and Dr Christian took to the hectic streets of London to raise awareness of stress. Prolonged stress can severely affect your health so Embarrassing Bodies went to talk to city professionals to find out just how much they actually knew about the condition. Within minutes Dr Dawn had diagnosed a case of Shingles and a nasty cold sore.

Stress

Meanwhile, Dr Christian gathers a group of stressed out workers to explain key symptoms of stress and gets them to undergo testing for stress related hormone Cortisol with some surprising results. Dr Christian also gets a visit in the truck from London bus driver Anthony who’s having problems performing in the bedroom. Dr Christian outlines some of the reasons for erectile dysfunction, stress being a very common one – and sends Anthony off to his GP to have a general check up.

sagging breasts

24 year old Gina came to Dr Pixie in search of help for her sagging breasts that she says resemble those of an 80 year old. Her breasts aren’t the only things that are down as Gina’s confidence is clearly low because of her unsightly boobs. Dr Pixie has a look at the offending organs and does indeed note stretched, sagging, excess skin which is quite unusual for a woman of Gina’s age but she also notes that it is really a cosmetic issue with no real option other than surgery – that would leave scars. Gina opts to go under the knife for a breast uplift (Mastopexy) where 4 inches of skin are removed. Gina then returns to show off the results to Dr Pixie. Noting vast improvements in both breasts and self esteem Gina eases Dr Pixie’s reservations saying she was pleased with the results and the grueling process she had to go through to get them was worth it.

Take an extended look at Gina’s operation here >

arthritis

Embarrassing Bodies new strand ‘Living With’ aims to shed light on a different chronic condition each week. In this second instalment Arthritis is put under the spotlight as we meet Nicky who suffers from a form of the condition called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. The EB camera’s follow Nicky around seeing how she overcomes her arthritis in daily situations as well as allowing Nicky to talk frankly about the condition and how she still manages to live life to the fullest despite it.

Next into Dr Pixie’s office is April who’s been suffering from unsightly thread veins for ten years. Dr Pixie sends April to see vascular specialist Mr Constantinos Kyriakides, who carries out a course of micro injection schlerotherapy to which we see some instantaneous results leaving April a tad emotional. However in the process it is discovered that April’s veins in her left leg are not working as they should and April undergoes further procedures under local anaesthetic to seal a leaking vein and pull out some small visible ones. 9 weeks later April returns to visit Dr Pixie to show off her new legs that are a marked improvement enabling April to finally go out in a skirt after ten long years.

Take an extended look at April’s operation here >

Malassezia

Businesswoman Stephanie dropped into the mobile clinic to seek advice on an unsightly pigmentation that has sent her back rather patchy. Dr Christian diagnoses Malassezia Fur Fur, a common fungus that grows on the surface of the skin which affects the production of melanin in the body. Dr Christian recommends an anti-fungal body scrub that should kill the fungus and restore Stephanie’s skin to its former glory with repeated use.

mouth ulcer

19 Year old Kimberley gets constant mouth ulcers which are a normal occurrence but not in such high quantities. Dr Christian swabs Kimberley’s mouth for testing, predicting the herpes virus, but also checking for more severe underlying conditions. When all tests come back clear Recurrent Abscess Ulcers are diagnosed and anti-inflammatory tablets are diagnosed. Weeks later a happy Kimberley’s notes that she’s only had two ulcers in recent weeks compared with the 8 or 9 she had grown used to in a similar time frame.

The EB Team would also like to thank:

The Birmingham Heartlands Sleep Clinic, NHS
Anger Planet
Cosmetic Solutions
BMI Hospital Fitzroy Square
BMI The Harbour Hospital, Poole
The Private Clinic
Mind
Time to Change
Young Minds
Endometriosis UK
The Royal London Hospital
Salimetrics
“007 Breasts”:http://www.007b.com/
Matt Bristow

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I have been trying to contact the show for the last 3 years and have had no reply. I really need help with two parts of my body. My breast that are down to my stomach, and my stomach that looks like ah 23yr old in ah 90 year old body. I feel so ashamed of my self and I'm in neeed of there help I'm from london and all I really wanna do is be seen by one oof the professionals I can't live like this NO MORE pleeeeeaaaaasssseeeeee





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i am 16 and i wake up in the night or dont go to sleep and wait till the syimtom hit me.i sometimes shiver and my temperature gose hot and cold and i always feel sick but i would never be sick. do you know what it could be??





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My partner and I have been trying to concieve for 4 years without success, we were referred to a fertility specialist who told us he has only 4 million sperm per millilitre and low sperm morphology, is there any supplement or treatment that can help as we cant afford ivf and we have been told that's our only hope





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Ivf but they say eat fish n that n take well man tablets but I Dow think it work

We both lost a bit of weight by eating better and started taking supplements... We now have a beautiful 2 year old daughter, we are absolutely over the moon, I have to keep pinching myself to make sure she's real 😊😊😊

Can you please tell me what medication Josh was prescribed for his night terrors.





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where and wat do i ask for when im lookin into goin to chech if my sperm count is ok, im 21 years old, an im abit worrid i might not be able to have kids...





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Hi. Im kimberley who a few of you have commented about askin what the tablets were called that i got given. There called "Colchicine" which i take twice a day. Hope this helps!! I do still get them though, but has helped as don't get as many or isnt as painful.





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My 9 yr old daughter also gets horrendous recurring apthous mouth ulcers and is often unable to eat properly. All tests have come back normal. What anti inflammatory tablets was Kimberley prescribed? Also, they don't make adcortyl in orabase anymore which was the only thing that gave her any relief. Is there anything else out there that can help, we are desperate?





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i really would like to know what the anti inflametory was called that kimberly was given as tretment for her mouth lcers? and are they available without perscription





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I am 16 and sometimes when I am walking or going up and down stairs my knees start to ache as if the bones are rubbing together. Do you know what this could be? Thanks x





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