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Can a person who is paralyzed from the chest down still have sex or have children?

Can a person who is paralyzed from the chest down still have sex or have children?

Sort of, and yes: Paraplegics have little or no sensation during sexual activity. Both men and women can have leg spasms, which make body positioning challenging. Men usually no longer have any or adequate erections. Fertility in paraplegic women is not changed. With a paraplegic man, there are special ways to collect sperm, which doctors can then put into his wife to create a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


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I just met a friend who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a bad accident, and I was wondering why can he still feel the use of his penis?

I just met a friend who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a bad accident, and I was wondering why can he still feel the use of his penis?

Partial cord injury: He probably damaged the motor nerves traveling in the spinal cord but spared the same extent of damage to the sensory nerves in the spinal cord. The motor and sensory nerves are in different "tracts" in the spinal cord. He has what we would call a partial spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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I have a paralyzed vocal cord but why do I have to go for a cat scan and a chest xray?

I have a paralyzed vocal cord but why do I have to go for a cat scan and a chest xray?

Laryngeal nerve: The nerve to the vocal cord loops from the brain down into the chest, and back up to the larynx. (For that reason, its name the recurrent laryngeal nerve.) Therefore, vocal cord paralysis sometimes is caused by problems in the chest. These are normal tests in this situation. ...Read more

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How could a lung become paralyzed?

How could a lung become paralyzed?

Diaphragm: The diaphragm can become paralyzed if it's nerve supply, the phrenic nerve, is injured. A diaphragm plication may be needed to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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I get charlie horses under my ribs that are almost paralyzing any time I twist or am physical for a few years now. What do I do to prevent?

I get charlie horses under my ribs that are almost paralyzing any time I twist or am physical for a few years now. What do I do to prevent?

Find cause first: You do not give your age but from your description two likely causes would be electrolyte imbalances causing muscles having the most use at the time to spasm or you have a problem with your back around thoracic vertebra 12 causing a nerve to be pinched. When being physical drink the likes of Gator Aid with electrolytes and glucose if not diabetic. Get back x-rayed. See MD specializing in athletes. ...Read more

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I need help. I have been in an abusive marriage for 18 years, my only sister is dying of breast cancer. I am paralyzed with depression. Isolated. Help?

I need help. I have been in an abusive marriage for 18 years, my only sister is dying of breast cancer. I am paralyzed with depression. Isolated. Help?

Scary situation: This is a very unstable situation for you, and I'm concerned that your sister has been your main support. I agree with my colleague about first getting out of danger yourself. Please consult this web site for info: http://www. Helpguide. Org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_causes_effects. Htm the hotline is available 24/7, and they can connect you with local resources for help. ...Read more

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I just tptook 40 mg and still having chest pain and bp us high 168 over 120. Laying Down. How long till it goes diwn?

I just tptook 40 mg and still having chest pain and bp us high 168 over 120. Laying Down. How long till it goes diwn?

Depends: Not sure what medicine you took and different meds will take longer to work. If you have been having chest pain associated with an elevated blood pressure that is not a symptom you should be managing yourself at home. You should be evaluated in the emergency room to determine if the pain is related to damage to the heart muscle. ...Read more

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I lay down and on getting up, I developed chest pain with serious headache, please what could be the cause. Have taken anergestic tablet still painf?

I lay down and on getting up, I developed chest pain with serious headache, please what could be the cause. Have taken anergestic tablet still painf?

Vertigo headache: You are having very distressing symptoms. Many possibilities. Time to call your doctor to determine the cause and give you proper treatment. ...Read more

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Had rib and chest pains it has now passed. My ribs only hurt now depending on the position which I lie down. Should I still visit a doctor?

Had rib and chest pains it has now passed. My ribs only hurt now depending on the position which I lie down. Should I still visit a doctor?

Depends: Depends on your risk factors, and if there are other symptoms (shortness of breath, fever, how severe the pain was, family history etc). Based on your age, the most likely problem is inflammation in your rib cage, so if you feel normal (with the exception of lying on the affected site) then it is probably safe to monitor your symptoms. If symptoms worsen or fail to resolve, see your Dr! ...Read more

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I had a tripple bypass op 2 years ago and still suffer with the scar down my chest how long will it take to fully disappear?

I had a tripple bypass op 2 years ago and still suffer with the scar down my chest how long will it take to fully disappear?

This scar: a problem: All scars go through a process of maturation that can take up to a year. Initially, surgical scars look good but may get more prominent, redder and itchier at 6-8 weeks, when their blood flow peaks. They will start to fade after that. If the scar is in the center of the sternum, it will tend to stay prominent for a long time. Scars never completely disappear. ...Read more

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Done w/diclofen for left shoulder still in pain. Today something pop in shoulder now simply moving it up or down or across chest hurts.

Done w/diclofen for left shoulder still in pain. Today something pop in shoulder now simply moving it up or down or across chest hurts.

Rotator cuff: Probably impingement but an exam by the doctor who prescribed your med will be able to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Had a pill get stuck on the way down 14 hrs ago. Still feel like something is in chest and back like indigestion. Burps. What could this feeling be?

Had a pill get stuck on the way down 14 hrs ago. Still feel like something is in chest and back like indigestion. Burps. What could this feeling be?

Esophageal ulcer: Certain pills can cause ulcers in the esophagus if they get stuck. Drink plenty of water with pills. It might help to take antacids or an over-the-counter GERD medicine like omeprazole or famotidine. It should heal in a week or so. If you can’t eat or are vomiting you need to go to your doctor or the ER. ...Read more

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My strong arm has no strength I started working out and evrything was going ok till one day I felt a sharp pain run down from the back of my neck to the front of my chest after a few days of pain and still working out the pain went away but now my strong

My strong arm has no strength I started working out and evrything was going ok till one day I felt a sharp pain run down from the back of my neck to the front of my chest after a few days of pain and still working out the pain went away but now my strong

It: It sounds like you may have an irritated nerve accounting for your weakness. A nerve may be pinched in your neck due to a disc problem or bone spur. However, the pain in the front of your chest is not the typical pattern for a pinched nerve in the neck. If you have on-going chest pain or shortness of breath, you should be evaluated immediately for a cardiac problem.

The neck pain and arm weakness make more sense anatomically. You should see a physician who can evaluate this and make recommendations for further testing (such as and mri) and further treatment (such as physical therapy). Until the cause of this is clarified and until the source of chest pain is identified, I am hesitant to recommend any home treatment. ...Read more

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I had my asthma flare up after a few days of hard exercise. 10 days ago and my chest is still tight. Saw dr. Can asthma take this long to calm down?

I had my asthma flare up after a few days of hard exercise. 10 days ago and my chest is still tight. Saw dr. Can asthma take this long to calm down?

Not typical: This is not a typical description of an uncomplicated asthma flare induced by exercise. Are you having any of the other symptoms of asthma? There are certainly many conditions that can cause chest tightness and mimic asthma. A measurement of lung function can be useful here but to answer your question directly, yes an asthma flare can certainly last this long. ...Read more

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Had productive cough that is better now. Still have pain in right side of chest I feel with movement, breathing and laying down & not getting better.

Chest pain and cough: First, as you might imagine, stop smoking. Second, an upper respiratory infection may affect the lung tissue itself, but also the covering of the lung--pleura. If that gets inflamed it may be one focal are of the chest and is usually associated with even the movement of breathing or other movement. It's treated with Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) and should go away. If not, a chest x-ray and exam is in order. ...Read more

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Just got over a cold. I had for about a week. My voice is still raspy but only when I lay down and my chest hurts when I talk. Still a side effect?

Just got over a cold. I had for about a week. My voice is still raspy but only when I lay down and my chest hurts when I talk. Still a side effect?

Uri: Sounds like you are not 'over' the problem yet, the symptoms suggest there is still inflammation in your respiratory tract. Your doctor can check to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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After sex, I have pain in middle of chest when sit down and I feel in all chest and upper back when standup, All the ECG, Effort & Echo are normal.

Consider: Sex and anxiety therapy especially if pain occurs with sex only and in the setting of negative cardiac risk, young age and negative cardiac examination and work up. ...Read more

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I have tried anti depressants and anxiety meds but it doesn't help because I still have intense tension on right side of head down to my chest and arm?

I have tried anti depressants and anxiety meds but it doesn't help because I still have intense tension on right side of head down to my chest and arm?

Partial treatment: Please understand that medications alone are not sufficient treatment for anxiety problems. Psychotherapy is an essential component, especially to learn ways of dealing with your thoughts about symptoms you have. If you have not had a good evaluation for your physical symptoms, please do that also. ...Read more

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I had an unprocted sex 3 days later I had rashes on my face n chest, 2 weeks later I'm down with a sorethroat, can it be a symptom of HIV?

I had an unprocted sex 3 days later I had rashes on my face n chest, 2 weeks later I'm down with a sorethroat, can it be a symptom of HIV?

Probably not: HIV takes time to alter your immune system. These would not be apparent in this short amount of time. However I would see a physician to find out what is causing these symptom. In all likelihood its a simple virus not HIV ...Read more

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Chest pain going into back both sides. Worse lying down on back. Hard to breathe. Sx better on stomach but still bad. R side worse than left. Ideas?

Chest pain going into back both sides. Worse lying down on back. Hard to breathe. Sx better on stomach but still bad. R side worse than left. Ideas?

Please get some help: Chest pain is nothing to ignore! The potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Your doctor will be concerned about accompanying fever, blood with coughing, vomiting, shortness or breath, difficulty reclining, tenderness. Get checked now please. ...Read more

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I've had the flu for a week and I'm still run down with a cough. At night I'm coughing more and that my chest is a bit tight. Is it nearing the end?

I've had the flu for a week and I'm still run down with a cough. At night I'm coughing more and that my chest is a bit tight. Is it nearing the end?

Cough from the flu: Can last up to a month. Make sure you are doing everything you can to reduce goo dripping into your lungs. Use a humidifier in the bedroom 24/7, keep doors closed, especially when heat is on all the time. Use saline nasal spray as often as needed-at least before bed. Use steroid nasal spray if you have one: fluticasone, omnaris, nasonex (mometasone). Steamy showers breathing through your nose will help too. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath while lying down, has progressed over a week to intermittent chest pain and hollow feeling in chest with sob still. Ekg was fine?

Shortness of breath while lying down, has progressed over a week to intermittent chest pain and hollow feeling in chest with sob still. Ekg was fine?

Shortness of breath: There are multiple possibilities for what you describe. You should go see your doctor and be evaluated. The doctor will order what tests are indicated, if any. Be sure the doc explains what's going on to you. ...Read more

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Habit of eating and laying down. Pain in chest for month. Started taking acid reflux meds 2 days ago helps a little, still there is this heart attack?

Reflux pain: This is reflux pain and not a heart attack. You've identified one major factor; lying down immediately after eating. Other lifestyle factors include smoking, obesity, and certain foods like fatty or fried food, tomato sauce, chocolate and garlic. Alcohol is a risk as well. Given the response to antacids, you may want to try an over-the-counter medication like Zantac (ranitidine) or Axid. ...Read more