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When you die from alcohol poising do you feel pain leading up to the death or are you unconscious the whole time?
Wanting to Die: It is very difficult to die from alcohol poisoning. And the hangover is not pretty. If you feel badly enough that you are planning on harming yourself I am so happy that you have reached out here. I can promise you that not one of the physicians here would want to help you hurt yourself and not one of the physicians here would have any message other than that help is available. ...Read more
How come Withdrawal reflex do not function in case of people who self harm/cut themselves?i guess it should stop them from causing any serious damage?
Overrride the reflex: The withdrawal reflex (like many) can be voluntarily overridden. Conscious override lets you hold on to hot objects, etc. People who cut themselves can indeed seriously damage themselves to the point of death or permanent damage. These people need help so that they can work through these feelings and not cause further harm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are things that happen when you starve yourself? I heard your hair can fall out and stuff. Is it true?
Starvation: In a 'normal' environment an average human body can go without 3 days of water and 7 to 10 days food after which most people can possibly die. ...Read more
Can you only get Ebola if you touched their infected blood or liquid? Can you get it from touching their arm because of sweat? I'm just interested
Ebola transmission: Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, tears, blood, saliva, breast milk, semen, vomit, urine and stool. The virus can gain entry via cuts/ abrasions of skin, nose, mouth, eyes or any open wound. Dry Ebola can last a few hours on a > ...Read more
Can you tell me if someone were to die from sufficating and you performed cpr on them immideatly after they died could you bring them back to life?
Is it possible to die through the nocebo effect if someone keeps thinking that they are going to die soon ?
Yes: Our thoughts and beliefs have a very powerful effect on health. Just as placebos have been shown to be strong enough to cure cancer, nocebos can apparently be fatal at times. How healthy we think we are may affect our health as strongly as how healthy we really are! see http://www.Theatlantic.Com/health/archive/2011/09/the-dark-side-of-the-placebo-effect-when-intense-belief-kills/245065/. ...Read more
Yes some do: People with severe end-stage kidney failure require either kidney transplant or dialysis. Presently average life expectancy with dialysis is about 5 years from onset. Prognosis after successful kidney transplant is much better & longer. Living related transplanted kidneys, by & large, do better that cadaveric kidneys. Thus some people on dialysis may face death if they can't receive transplant. ...Read more
How do I recover from laxative abuse? What are some things I can take to get away from this seriously dangerous addiction? Any advice is welcomed!
Laxative abuse: Wonderful question and excellent goal. Please do this under the care of your doctor who may refer you to a gastroenterologist. The bacteria in your gut impacts mood, immunity, etc. so it is very important that it be balanced. You can do it. A mental health pro may be helpful to evaluate for eating disorder. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Yes - but not by: Your garden variety switching with a green limb from your back yard. Flagellation (whipping) has been used through out history as a form of torture or punishment. Individuals may have been whipped hundreds of times. The part of the body whipped, force of the whipping, number of lashes & what they were whipped w (i.e., whips with metal spikes) were determinants of how badly the victim was injured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I get over my fear of brain cancer? I'm just so scared and not wanting to try or pursue anything in life bc i don't think it will even matter
Health fears: Having health anxiety is not uncommon, but i wonder how brain cancer has become your focus? And, how is avoiding living your life (not trying or pursuing anything) related to this? Your presence on the planet does matter, no matter how long you're here. I see that you're on some zoloft, (sertraline) and are in "behavior therapy." hoping you'll work with your therapist on these issues specifically! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Still serious: Aids is still the same disease, but there are better meds to keep it under control. People who are hiv+ without full-blown aids can be asymptomatic. However, we are seeing more long-term problems: new cancers from the depressed immune system, kidney problems, etc. This is still a terrible disease, and we can't stop being vigilant in terms of education and preventive measures, exp. Safe sex. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Extremely rare: Mortality from epstein-=barr virus infection is exceptionally uncommon and results from complications, such as rupture of the enlarged spleen, secondary bacterial infection, inappropriate management with antibiotics resulting in other infections, etc. There are, however, mononucleosis-like illnesses that can be quite severe at times. Make sure of the diagnosis by seeing a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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