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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Acute Intermittent Porphyria

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Are there any good treatments for acute intermittent porphyria?

Are there any good treatments for acute intermittent porphyria?

Avoid triggers: Glucose and hematin work so-so for the acute attacks; the key to managing this treacherous illness (after making the diagnosis) is to learn what triggers the attacks and to avoid it. Sometime as simple as an old-fashioned barbiturate "to relax" can be deadly. Truly undestand the process and life can be enjoyed fully. ...Read more

Dr. Aletha Tippett
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Porphyria (Definition)

Metabolic disorders caused by abnormalities in the synthesis of heme, the portion of hemoglobin which carries the iron inside red blood cells. Symptoms can range from light sensitivity to liver failure to nerve damage to bouts of terrible pain.Special testing is required to ...Read more


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What surgical or alternative (not drugs) treatments are available for chronic paroxysmal hemicrania?

What surgical or alternative (not drugs) treatments are available for chronic paroxysmal hemicrania?

Want surgery?: There is NO surgery that is beneficial. Drugs such as Indocin, (indomethacin) Lithium, even Naproxen might be useful. OTC includes butterbur, feverfew, magnesium, riboflavin, CoQ-10. Did you see a doctor and discuss this? ...Read more

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What are treatments for acute kidney failure?

What are treatments for  acute kidney failure?

Varies with degree: Careful attention to fluid and nutrition may be sufficient for mild cases. Otherwise various forms of dialysis can support the patient until their kidney function recovers. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatment for acute leukaemia?

What are some alternative treatment for acute leukaemia?

None: Please follow the recommended, standard treatment. Before modern medicine, nearly 100% of kids and adults with acute leukemias died within a few weeks to months of being diagnosed. Today, almost all patients get into remission. About 40% of patients with the most aggressive types will be cured with no evidence of leukemia 5 years from diagnosis. Some easier to treat types have 80-90% cute rate. ...Read more

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Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

Many: Intermittent claudication is due to deficient circulation in the legs and hurts because the muscles are starving for oxygen. If you smoke, quitting can immediately provide relief. A drug called Pletal (cilostazol) is helpful for some. Restoring circulation by either using a balloon and stent or operation is the last option but often highly beneficial. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for acute pancreatitis?

What are the treatments for acute pancreatitis?

PANCREATITIS TX: PANCREATITIS which is inflammation of the Pancreas is treated with bowel rest(NPO STATUS) Hydration & Pain control. While being closely monitored the cause needs to be evaluated. IE GALLSTONES/ALCOHOL USAGE/MEDICATION/ANATOMICAL/. Trauma. The cause of the pancreatitis will dictate further options. You need a full exam &plans . CT SCAN OF ABDOMEN AND PELVIS AND CLOSE OBSERVATION. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative therapies for acute cholecystitis?

Are there any alternative therapies for acute cholecystitis?

No: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a safe proven procedure with an experienced surgeon. The complications of gallstone disease are much more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What are the treatments available for acute acalculous?

Surgery best: The definitive treatment of acalculous cholecystitis is cholecystectomy for patients who are able to tolerate surgery. In patients with acalculous cholecystitis who are high-risk surgical candidates (ie, end-stage liver disease), endoscopic gallbladder stent placement has been reported as an effective palliative treatment. ...Read more

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Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Yes: Probably the best-studied use of edta chelation therapy has been for intermittent claudication (peripheral vascular disease). Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for clinical studies and names of physicians in your area who provide this treatment. Chelation therapy improves blood flow throughout the body, and benefits a wide range of ischemic conditions. ...Read more

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Are there different symptoms for acute and chronic pyelonephritis?

Are there different symptoms for acute and chronic pyelonephritis?

Here are some...: Pyelonephritis denotes inflammatory change from bacterial infection (usually extended from infection in bladder) in renal pelvis, calyces, & papillae extending to renal parenchyma. Clinically, in acute stage, patient is sick with fever & backache; in chronic, may be freeof Sx. But there is distinct difference in the image of kidneys between acute & chronic state. More? Ask doc as space is limited. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for fatigue from chronic mononucleosis?

What treatments are available for fatigue from chronic mononucleosis?

No such thing: Chronic fatigue syndrome is not felt to be due to chronic ebv infection or mononucleosis. There's no such thing as chronic mononucleosis. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for severe vomiting?

What are some alternative therapies for severe vomiting?

Need to find cause: First see md to find what the cause may be and treat that. In the meantime, if antiemetics failed, then there is acupressure along the underside of the wrist. If severe, need to address dehydration and see md would be highly recommended. But key is to find what is causing it. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatment options for biliary dyskinesia & chronic cholecystitis? (Symptomatic for 3 mos w/diet changes & pain is progressing.)

Are there alternative treatment options for biliary dyskinesia & chronic cholecystitis? (Symptomatic for 3 mos w/diet changes & pain is progressing.)

Surgery: Laparoacopic cholecystectomy will solve your problem. Unfortunately dietary changes don't always work. This is outpatient surgery. You will most likely feel better right away. ...Read more

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Can herbs cure acute renal failure? Is there any treatment for acute renal failure in herbal medicine?

Can herbs cure acute renal failure? Is there any treatment for acute renal failure in herbal medicine?

The : The short answer here is no. There are many herbal remedies and treatments which have been shown to cause acute renal failure but none that reverse it. Be sure to distinguish acute (rapid in onset and usually with a known cause and therefore sometimes reversible though may require temporary dialysis) from chronic (kidneys damaged beyond repair leading to permanent dialysis). Acute renal failure has many causes; dehydration, trauma, medications, drugs, toxins, infection, and obstruction are some of the more common. Particularly when renal failure is due to toxins, medications, or dehydration, conservative therapy (time, hydration, avoiding nephrotoxins) is the best treatment. There is no quality data to support any herbal therapies for acute renal failure. There is also poor regulation over ingredients and effects of herbal therapies and many are nephrotoxic. Work closely with your doctor to stay hydrated and modify your diet if you are looking for more natural approaches. ...Read more

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Is revlimid (lenalidomide) effective in the use for treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia?

Possibly: We do use it if they have chromosomal changes that predict response. However, not the standard of care. Mainly used if the person is not in the best of shape and looking for alternative, non aggressive options. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is infusion therapy for non responsive chronic migraine a tested, safe and efficacious therapy ? Are the benefits temporary or long lasting ?

Is infusion therapy for non responsive chronic migraine a tested, safe and efficacious therapy ? Are the benefits temporary or long lasting ?

Infusion therapy: If the patient is rebounding, inpatient management or ambulatory infusion treatment may be required. It is safe, evidence based and effective in the majority cases. Major concerns are: comorbid medical illness that may require monitoring and allows only short-term follow-up. I use modified Meyers cocktail for my patients. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for acute stroke?

What are the treatments for acute stroke?

Acute stroke Rx: There are many treatments for acute stroke, including: 1. blood pressure management, when needed 2. blood sugar mgmt when needed 3. IV TPA- tissue plasminogen activator, for many cases 4. aspirin 5. arterial TPA, (alteplase) in select cases 6. thrombosis retrieval, in very select cases 7. later on, cholesterol treatment, anticoagulation for atrial fib, and artery repair may be options ...Read more

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What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease?

What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease?

Once: earlier stages treated with proper ABX, then chronic could be treated like inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for chronic kidney failure?

What are some treatments for chronic kidney failure?

DIALYSIS: Chronic kidney failure means that the kidney function is in the range of less than 10-15% depending on the patients general condition and presence of absence of diabetes. There is no actual treatment that makes the kidneys better. So dialysis needs to be initiated to assist in removing the waste that the failing kidneys could not remove. ...Read more

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