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i was wondering what exactly are the "bends" experienced by sea divers?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Decompression sick: Decompression sickness (dcs) is also called the bends. When a diver descends in the water- pressure increases. As the diver ascends there is less pressure which allows dissolved gas to form bubbles in body tissues. This can cause a variety of different symptoms ; in some cases can lead to death. This is treated in a recompression chamber.
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
It is a colloquial: Term to describe decompression illness when a diver ignores mandatory decompression stops upon rising. Gases that have gone into solution (plasma) while under pressure come out of solution too fast, like opening a can of soda. The mechanism of pain generation is too detailed so suffice it to say the gas bubbles are where they shouldn't be. Google boyle's law for the physics.

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How can I lessen the amount of gas my baby experiences?

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Good burp: Feeding in smaller quantities and burping between feeds will lessen stomach gas which will lead to other types of gas...If you know what i mean. Some people advocate simethicone drops to "break" the air bubbles up, but there is no medical proof that it actually works, but if parents wish to try, i don't discourage them.
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Is it normal to experience prolonged bleeding after cvs?

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No: A cvs does carry a risk of miscarriage so if your bleeding is very heavy or lasting for more than a few days you should see your doctor.
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What will I really experience during the renal ultrasound?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Generally nothing: The technician spreads a gel over the kidney area and uses a ultrasound probe , which generates high frequency sound waves , like a submarine sonar, to bounce of your kidneys and generate a picture.
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Can one experience withdrawal from an anti-biotic?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Antibiotic: No - withdrawal is usually seen with opioid or illicit substance use.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Anyone with experience with someone with histrionic personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Yes: Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals have experience with people who have histrionic personality disorder. Many other physicians encounter and work with them also, but are not the primary ones to treat this problem. Mental health professionals would be best suited to help such a person directly.

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