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Can Stress Cause Your Body To Go Into A Coma
Not much: The concept of "stress-induced coma" has been studied in locusts -- but despite some bloggers commenting about themselves, i don't know of any human studies. Locusts can enter comas in response to stress. Neural and muscular systems shut down until the stress is removed. Could be an adaptive strategy to survive extreme environmental conditions. Not sure how that applies to these bloggers. :-). ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Coma what some toxins that could cause someone to go into coma toxins from the inside & out the body?
Lack of oxygen: Being shot in the chest will seriously compromise your ability to breathe. Hypoxia or anoxia may have taken place, resulting in brain damage. Another reason is that there may have been a great loss of blood, causing lack of blood to the brain resulting in brain damage. It is common for both mechanisms to co exist. ...Read more
Yes: But if you are able to write out this question it seems you have recovered. ...Read more
What could be the cause of a person going in and out of a coma multiple times in a day? Thank you.
Dehydration: When sugar levels get so high it leads to dehydration and increase osmolarity of the blood. That means the blood thickens. This draws water and electrolytes out of the organs including the brain. That eventually can lead to coma. The key to treating the patient with high sugar and high osmolarity is fluids and electrolyte replacement followed eventually and gradually by insulin. ...Read more
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Vast number: Of diseases. This can be caused by any neurologic insult, infectious issues, metabolic issues, etc. Coma is a very vague medical term that people don't use often in medical terminology because it does not tell us much. I am sorry i cannot be more direct with an answer, but without more history, i cannot clarify it any further. Again, the list is immense that can cause someone to fall into a coma. ...Read more
Diabetic coma: When blood sugar goes excessively high, diabetics may not be able to metabolize it. There will be a build up of ketones as a result and a shift of the acid-base balance of the body and brain to an acidotic state. The build up sugar and ketones will alter the movement of minerals in and out of the brain cells causing abnormal function leading to coma. ...Read more
Asthma: In order for asthma to cause coma, it had to be a severe attack which involved low oxygen levels in the blood for a period of time. Survival is not usually the concern if the person made it to the hospital on time to be resuscitated. The bigger question often is what degree of function will remain when and if they arouse from this comatose state if the coma is not being artificially created. ...Read more
Can one person without being in a coma have abnormal posturing? What are the causes of this symptom? Thanks.
Yes!! : Abnormal posturing can occur in a large variety of conditions from psychiatric states (e.g. Catatonic schizophrenia) to organic conditions including drug reaction , cerebral palsy, extrapyramidal disorders ( such as chorea, parkinson's disease, hemi ballismus dystonia's etc ) the list is not exhaustive! ...Read more
Can an alive body confuse us as it is dead? is a person having coma looks same like a dead one, which points of appearance distinct coma and death.
Tests to consider: Usually we pronounce some one dead if they do not respond to painful stimuli (rubbing chest with knuckles) no spontaneous respirations, no pulse and no audible heart tones and pupils are fixed and non responsive to light. In addition you can also look at a EKG or heart monitor to see if there is electrical activity of the heart. If all else fails we perform a EEG to look at brain wave activity ...Read more
Traumatic coma: Coma may be caused by an injury to the brain stem due to the back and forth movement of the head and brain . Other causes include the build up of pressure from brain swelling or hemorrhage, causing brain tissue to herniate across fibrous bands separating the different parts of the brain or through the foramen magnum putting pressure on the brain stem centers for breathing and heart rate. ...Read more
Most organisms: Bad stuff if coma occurs with bacterial or tuberculous meningitis, and if fungal infection, may create critical issues. Viral meningitis may have a far more benign course, but NOT always. Coma is a sign of progressive uncontrolled infection, so, early diagnosis and treatment always the wisest approach. ...Read more
Coma : Think of the brain as having a wake and sleep center. When something bad happens to the wake center of the brain, it can no longer do its job to keep the brain awake in the spectrum of maintaining cousiousess. This can be from an anatomic/structural and/or physiological problem. Some of these are reversible and some are unfortunately not. ...Read more
Brain injury: Deep centers of the brain control the ability to react to our environment and control our basic needs. When these deep centers are damaged we lose the ability to react and control. This is described as a state of coma. Brain swelling, brain infection, brain hemorrhage, stroke, trauma, all can result in a state of coma. Recovery depends on the degree of initial damage. ...Read more
Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy. ...Read more
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