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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens? Or only if they drink too much?

Do a lot of people get delirium tremens? Or only if they drink too much?

DTs: Delerium tremens, is severe alcohol withdrawal, and can be deadly so it is treated with strong withdrawal medications in the intensive care units. The patient has severe confusion, is often very agitated, has shaking, and may have seizures. If a person drinks a lot daily, has done this for years, and then abruptly stops drinking, can go into dts. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Delirium (Definition)

We believe delirium occurs when the brain cannot maintain its normal activities when overwhelmed by metabolic demands or other variables which exceed the brain's capacity to compensate for. Brains with less reserve capacity are particularly vulnerable. Not entirely unlike acute heart failure. See my last textbook chapter for more reading in the appi textbook ...Read more


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Do lots of people get narcotic overdose, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get narcotic overdose, or is it unusual?

From abuse: Narcotic overdose is typically a problem only when the drugs are abused, i.e. Not taken as prescribed. If you are taking drugs prescribed to someone else (or not prescribed at all) or taking more than prescribed, you are running a risk of overdose. The best bet is to take them as prescribed and only if prescribed. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get alcohol poisoning, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get alcohol poisoning, or is it unusual?

Too many: Alcohol poisoning is particularly common among young adults. About 50, 000 people in us are diagnosed with alcohol poisoning every year and over 150, 000 college students have some alcohol related illness yearly. See: www.Bacchusnetwork.Org/alcohol-poisoning.Html for more info. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get pancreatitis, or is it unusual?

Acute pancreatitis: The reported annual incidence of acute pancreatitis has been as high as 35 per 100, 000 population, with gallstones and chronic ethanol abuse accounting for about 3/4 of patients in the United States. Accurate assessment of the incidence and mortality of acute pancreatitis is difficult, as mild pancreatitis may be subclinical and deaths may occur before diagnosis in severe cases. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get prostatectomy, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get prostatectomy, or is it unusual?

Lots: Treatment of prostate cancer should be tailored to the patient. There is no right and a few wrongs. Prostatectomy is good if you have >10 years to live and are comfortable with the risks vs benefits. For more info @thepeedoc www.Peedoc. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get laryngitis, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get laryngitis, or is it unusual?

Common: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the lining of the voicebox (the larynx) and occurs as a residual effect of colds and other upper respiratory infections (which are common) but can also occur from overuse (lengthy singing or yelling loudly like at a sports game) and rarely from growths on the larynx. Your otolaryngologist can evaluate this and give you the best remedy. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get orchitis, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get orchitis, or is it unusual?

Not common by itself: Mumps orchitis is probably best known form. Now fortunately rare due to childhood vaccinations. Epididymo-orchitis is not unusual and due to either bacteria traveling from the urinary tract, or due to a viral infection. Traumatic orchitis can also result from a blow or injury to the testes. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get croup, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get croup, or is it unusual?

Fair number: In North America, incidence peaks in the second year of life, at 5-6 cases per 100 children.Croup is most common pediatric illness that causes acute stridor, accounting for approximately 15% of clinic and emergency department visits for pediatric respiratory tract infections. Primarily disease of infants and toddlers, with a peak incidence from age 6 months to 36 months (3 years) in US. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get gestational diabetes, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get gestational diabetes, or is it unusual?

Pregnancy diabetes: Abnormal maternal glucose regulation occurs in 3-10% of pregnancies. In 2-4% of pregnancies it is severe enough to be considered diabetes. Only 1.5-2% of white women develop gestational diabetes mellitus, whereas native americans from the southwestern United States may have rates as high as 15%. In hispanic, black, and asian populations, the incidence is 5-8%. This is pretty common. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get obesity, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get obesity, or is it unusual?

Obesity is common: First of all obesity isn't contagious.Obesity is a true medical condition resulting from behavioral, environmental and genetic factors.More than 1/3 of americans are obese.When you include those that are overweight along with individuals that are obese and morbidly obese, this represents about 65% of americans.This is a true epidemic that has actually doubled over the past 20 years. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get asthma, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get asthma, or is it unusual?

Asthma: More then 30 million people in usa alone have asthma. More that 6 million are children. It is one the most common and chronic illnesses. 5, 000 people die yearly from asthma attacks. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens?

Alcoholics: Chronic alcoholics develop delirium tremens during the withdrawal process. It is a serious illness and needs to be treated as an emergency. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get respiratory failure, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get respiratory failure, or is it unusual?

Not unusual...: There are lots of reasons for respiratory failure and some of them are rather common so respiratory failure itself is not all that uncommon, unfortunately! ...Read more

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Do lots of people get night sweats, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get night sweats, or is it unusual?

Very non specific: If you go to be bed in hot room with heavy cloth, you get night sweats---but usually symptom of hormanal changes, obstructive apnea, among others, like infections, medications--ask your doctor--. ...Read more

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During colonoscopy prep, how can you drink so much fluid during such a short period of time and not suffer from water intoxication?

During colonoscopy prep, how can you drink so much fluid during such a short period of time and not suffer from water intoxication?

Drink slowly: drink slowly the liquid as tolerated. Some preparations are "low volume" (2 liters or less) and easier to tolerate, and may be the preferred prep if you are concerned about getting full. You will not get intoxicated with water! ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cough syncope, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get cough syncope, or is it unusual?

Not uncommon: Violent coughing can trigger cardio-depressive reflexes that can functionally slow the heart rate, but also because of the high pressures in the chest cavity produced by the fits of coughing, impair blood return to the heart. All this can combine to drop th cardiac output and blood pressure, resulting in faintness or overt (but very transient) loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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I'm bipolar. Is it common for a person to act and feel drunk when they drink soda or lemonade ?

I'm bipolar. Is it common for a person  to act and feel drunk  when they drink soda or lemonade ?

No, it is not: But if your beverages contain aspartame, then it is quite possible that you have an aspartame sensitivity and should be avoiding it. Best wishes. ...Read more