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SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015
may be seasonal
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have some
questions about GERD. I was diag-
nosed 16 years ago and was put on
many medications, but I either got
side effects or they didn’t work. I
made up my mind to watch my diet
carefully. That has worked well
most of the time, but about six
weeks ago I started experiencing
burning and pain again. I tried elim-
inating different foods in my diet,
but it wasn’t working.
I visited my primary care doctor
and he prescribed sucralfate, four
times a day, along with omeprazole
twice a day. I’ve been this treatment
a short time, and see a hint of
improvement. I don’t understand
why I went all these years with little
pain and all of a sudden I feel like
I’m back to square one.
The nurse practitioner in the same
office said they are thinking GERD
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You
might be growing impatient with a
situation that seems to resist efforts to
resolve it. But staying with it raises
the odds that you’ll find a way to a
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)
Travel and kinship are strong in the
Bovine’s aspect this week. This
would be a good time to combine the
two and take a trip to see family mem-
bers for a pre-holiday get-together.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A
colleague could make a request
you’re not comfortable with. If so,
say so. Better to disappoint someone
by sticking with your principles than
disappoint yourself if you don’t.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The
Moon Child’s ability to adapt to life’s
is seasonal, just like allergies, and
that it should go away. I am very
frustrated. I really don’t want to
have surgery. — A.
ANSWER: I can’t tell you why,
but I do see people getting exacerba-
tions that last for a few days or
weeks, and then they go back to
being fine. The nurse practitioner
knew something I didn’t, because I
found evidence that GERD symp-
toms are statistically worse from
October to December. Maybe it has
to do with the foods eaten more
commonly at that time of the year.
That being said, look at any new
medications (many can worsen
GERD); consider weight loss if
yours has gone up; and make sure
you are eating a good three hours
before bed. Alcohol and tobacco are
bad for many things, including
GERD. Finally, sometimes serious
conditions can look like GERD. If
symptoms persist, your primary care
doctor may send you to a gastroen-
terologist for an endoscopy.
The booklet on acid reflux
explains GERD. Readers can obtain
a copy by writing: Dr. Roach — No.
501W, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando,
FL 32803. Enclose a check or
money order (no cash) for $4.75
U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s
printed name and address. Please
allow four weeks for delivery.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 70
years old, and three and a half
months ago, my ENT found a malig-
nant sarcoma at the base of my
tongue on the right side. They also
found a hint of cancer in the lymph
node near the tumor. On Friday I
finish up an eight-week treatment of
radiation and chemotherapy.
My question is what my risk
might be for developing other can-
cers in the future, assuming that this
tumor has been eradicated? — J.K.
ANSWER: Congratulations to
you and your doctor for his dili-
gence, and I hope your recovery
In general, cancers are more com-
mon in people who have had cancer
before. The rate of developing sec-
ond cancers depends on the specific
type. There’s not a lot written about
second cancer after head and neck
sarcoma, but what I found suggests
that the risk is not terribly high. In
general, the younger you are when
you develop the first cancer, the
higher the risk of a second.
ebbs and flows helps you deal with
the changes that you might confront
at work or at home, or both. Things
settle down by the week’s end.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s a
good week for Leos and Leonas to get
some long-outstanding business mat-
ters resolved. Then go ahead and plan
a fun-filled family getaway weekend
with the mate and the cubs.
VIRGO (August 23 to September
22) A possible workplace change
seems promising. If you decide to
look into it, try not to form an opinion
on just a small part of the picture:
Wait for the full image to develop.
LIBRA (September 23 to October
22) A newcomer helps keep things
moving. There might be some bumpy
moments along the way, but at least
you’re heading in the right direction.
You win praise for your choices.
SCORPIO (October 23 to
November 21) You could be pleasant-
ly surprised by how a decision about
one thing opens up an unexpected
new option. Also, assistance on a
project could come from a surprising
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) With more information
to work with, you might now be able
to start the process that could lead to
a major change. Reserve the weekend
for family and friends.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 19) This could be a good time
to begin gathering information that
will help you turn that long-held idea
into something substantive. A person-
al matter might need extra attention.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to
February 18) That new challenge
might carry some surprises. But you
should be able to handle them using
what you already know. That new
supporter should be there to lend
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
Someone might be trying to disguise
his or her true motives. But the per-
ceptive and perspicacious Pisces
should have little or no problem find-
ing the truth in all that foggy rhetoric.
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