From daily dizzy spells to a broken wrist that won’t heal, Dr Jeff answers your health questions

DR JEFF FOSTER is The Sun Sunday’s new GP and is here to help YOU.

dr Jeff, 43, divides his time between working as a GP in Leamington Spa, Warks, and running his H3 Health clinic, the first of its kind in the UK to deal with hormonal issues in both men and women.

dr Jeff Foster is The Sun on Sunday's new GP and is here to help
dr Jeff Foster is The Sun on Sunday’s new GP and is here to help

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Q) MY 73 year old father refuses to go to the doctor because he says he can’t get an appointment. For the past few months, he has had dizzy spells every day. If he gets up after sitting for a long time, he gets dizzy. But he still drives and carries on as normal.

George Warner, York

A) Dizziness and dizziness are very uncomfortable, but they are really a symptom of an underlying medical problem.

Dizziness can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, heart and blood pressure problems, hormonal or blood sugar problems, ear problems, and even diseases related to the brain.

Therefore, it is very important to visit your doctor as he can diagnose where the problem originates.

Despite the NHS being overwhelmed, GP services have a system of triage in place and practice staff are trained to refer patients to the service they need. So he has to call his family doctor’s office.

My greater concern at this point is that your father is driving with an undiagnosed medical condition that may make him unsafe to drive.

The DVLA doesn’t prevent someone from driving if they have a “low-impact medical condition,” but we don’t know the cause of your father’s symptoms.

If his dizziness caused him to suddenly swerve, become disoriented, or lose consciousness, the consequences could be serious.

We always advise that anyone who has a medical symptom or condition that could make them unsafe to drive should not drive until cleared by a doctor.

Q) I AM a woman aged 69 and in October I accidentally fell while gardening and broke my wrist. It was a small crack. I had X-rays and a cast removed in early December but my wrist is still swollen and painful. I hardly need it. Is that normal?

Maureen Miles, Pembroke

A) “Outstretched hands” injuries are one of the most common fractures seen in the emergency room, and usually an immobilization cast is enough for about six weeks to allow the bone to heal — but that doesn’t mean the soft tissue around it around has fully recovered.

It can take several months before the wrist regains full mobility and strength.

Once a cast has been removed and your orthopedist is happy with the healing of the bone, you should be given a rehabilitation and mobilization plan.

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It can take many months to return to normal use, even after a relatively small hiatus.

If you can barely use the wrist and it is painful do not go to the GP but contact the fracture clinic you have been to directly as they should give you a plan to improve. From daily dizzy spells to a broken wrist that won’t heal, Dr Jeff answers your health questions

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