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What Can You Do When Someone Is Unconscious And Has A Spinal Injury
Call 911: Call 911. Do not move the person if at all possible. You may need to if leaving them in place places them in danger; or if they are not breathing, lack a pulse (that is they need CPR and you are trained in this). Moving someone with an unstable spine can cause further nerve or spinal cord injury. Emts are trained in how to safely move someone who may have this type of injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean when you have "old blood" in your brain from an hematoma from when you were younger. What is the treatment if its causing headaches?
What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?
Friend is in an induced coma and has a pulmonary hematoma after bad accident. Can you explain what this means?
Difficult: A pulmonary hematoma means that your friend has had internal bleeding, and the blood is pooling either in between the lobes of the lung or in between the lungs and the rib cage. This can be a very dangerous situation, and you should consult your friend's doctors for more details related specifically to his/her case. ...Read more
What would happen if someone were to fall asleep with a bad toothache? Will it affect the brain or body?
Possibly: If you can even get to sleep with a bad toothache you should see a dentist. A toothache could be caused by a number of things. The most common causes are an infected pulp that is still vital and an infected pulp which is non vital. The second variety is the one to be concerned about with your question. Bacteria and their toxins are invading the jawbone and blood stream at this point. Get care now. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When a person has a left side Istemic stroke, how detrimental is it to recovery if they do not get therapy in the first month? Thank you
Pretty bad... get PT: Studies have shown that the sooner after a stroke that you start physical therapy, the better, more, & faster you recover. Waiting a month after a stroke allows muscles to weaken & waste away, so in general, doctors recommend starting range of motion within 1 week, & intense physical therapy within about 2 weeks after a stroke. Talk to your doctor / physiatrist about your condition. ...Read more
What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?
Learn to spot: Dancers keep from getting dizzy by learning to 'spot'. This is a technique where the eyes are focused forward for as long as possible during a spin, then rapidly turning the head to focus in the original spot. Ask her dance teacher to work on this with her, and consider having a visual acuity exam with an optometrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could you tell me what happens if a normal individual sustains brain damage and has children are they handicap?
What do you suggest if my nephew has some sort of brain problem and can someone tell what they might think it is?
Too vague: Brain problem is too vague of a problem. Specific symptoms and detail would be required for any information. Has your nephew been seen by any doctor yet? That is the first step. ...Read more
Recovery: You do not have any way. Basically one has to heal from the process of the surgery and this may take up to 12 months or so. I feel is by 12 months its as good as its going to be. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?
They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more
Yes: A concussion does result in brain damage, but if mild, the damage is so little it is likely unable to be measured/detected. The bigger issue is to protect oneself from another concussion, especially soon after the first. See your doctor about your specific situation. Wear head protection as appropriate depending on your activities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me what you suggest if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?
Possibly: We do know that the elderly have more cognitive issues when infected or if they experience anti-cholinergic medication reactions. Often, the first sign of future dementia is such an event, but not always. Worthwhile getting a cognitive assessment just to clarify future risk issues. ...Read more
What to do if I am disabled from a incomplete spinal cord injury, I was stabbed in the neck, how will I ever trust others?
Trust yourself: Sorry to hear about your story. You do not have to trust everybody, trust yourself, trust your family and friends, trust your docs. Help others affected by trauma by telling your story. ...Read more
If my friend in a coma is now moving his eye balls is that a good sign he is going to wake up? And how to know if he will have brain damage
How high does a fever have to be before a person becomes delirious? What does that entail and what could cause a fever that high?
Partial: While there is control but involuntary cotractions of opposing groups of muscles leads to less than full control. ...Read more
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