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My adult son had a grand mal seizure. Tumor?

My adult son had a grand mal seizure. Tumor?

Possible: Rare but possible. His doctor will surely take this possibility into account. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me a list of don't do's after chiari 1 decomposition surgery 6 mon ago or does it depend on surgeon?As heavy lifting, riding breaking horses, motorcycle riding, flying, high altitudes, jet skiing snow skiing, mountain climbing or do you ju

Can anyone give me a list of don't do's after chiari 1 decomposition surgery 6 mon ago or does it depend on surgeon?As heavy lifting, riding breaking horses, motorcycle riding, flying, high altitudes, jet skiing snow skiing, mountain climbing or do you ju

Talk to Your Surgeon: I wouldn't take it lightly because the consequences can be serious. In general, it depends on how successful the procedure was, how you've healed, etc. Only your surgeon can tell you after examining you. ...Read more

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Aren't aarp programs just grand schemes to rip off people?

Aren't aarp programs just grand schemes to rip off people?

AARP: Aarp has strong connections to insurance programs selling policies and other things which no doubt make them significant income. They are an occasionally effective lobby for some issues. The cost to 'belong' is cheap and this reflects their ability to get you on their list to sell products. Some are probably fairly priced given current market conditions but some are certainly 'rip-offs'. ...Read more

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My grand son who is two just recently gets scared when he hears loud noises like lawn owners, motorcycle ect?

My grand son who is two just recently gets scared when he hears loud noises like lawn owners, motorcycle ect?

Sensory Processing: This is called "sensory defensiveness" & we all have a degree of it (e.g. Nails on a blackboard) but he needs to be seen by a development specialist if there are any associated problems (delayed or loss of speech, excessive anxiety, preferring to play by himself, avoiding eye contact, etc.). If there are no other issues, it can be treated by an "occupational therapist" who works with kids. ...Read more

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Have grand mal Epilepsy, have many seizures. Am I damaging my brain each time I have one?

Have grand mal Epilepsy, have many seizures. Am I damaging my brain each time I have one?

NEED CONTROL: Each seizure, especially generalized event, does cause temporary metabolic change in area of involvement, and repetitive uncontrolled seizures can produce mirror foci, and spread of epileptiform areas. You may very well have more than one variety of seizure at this point. Perplexed as to what medications are being employed, and why you are out of control. Can we help via a Concierge visit? ...Read more

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Niece found on floor unconscious&foaming at mouth.She was glassy-eyed&kept passing out afterwards.911 called.Prognosis?Scared.My uncle died of seizure

Niece found on floor unconscious&foaming at mouth.She was glassy-eyed&kept passing out afterwards.911 called.Prognosis?Scared.My uncle died of seizure

Do not be scared: I can understand your fear in seeing your niece in this state, especially given the family history of death in your uncle. It is important to know the cause of the seizures, hence get your niece diagnosed and treated. Seizures are usually scary to watch, but are eminently treatable. With the right care and treatment, your niece will very likely do well and have the seizures controlled. ...Read more

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Woke at 4am 2day with hallucination of sister that moved across country months ago. She Turned out wearing same outfit I hallucinated today. Normal?

Woke at 4am 2day with hallucination of sister that moved across country months ago. She Turned out wearing same outfit I hallucinated today. Normal?

Paranormal: Wow, what a coincidence! There have been stories of twins over the years that seem to be able to communicate "telepathically", and we don't really know how they do it. That is a remarkable story, but not truly a medical issue. There may be other websites better equipped to offer insight. ...Read more

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Can hallucinations be part of mini-strokes? Diabetic aunt seeing zebras at night. She's 70 yrs old.

Can hallucinations be part of mini-strokes? Diabetic aunt seeing zebras at night. She's 70 yrs old.

Possibly: In Alzheimers, there is loss of brain tissue. Depending on where the tissue is lost, it can have different affects. However, this is not usual in Alzheimer's. Has your aunt had an evaluation by a specialist in brain diseases (neurologist)? This specialist is better equipped than a psychologist to make this diagnosis. Same is true for mini-strokes. ...Read more

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Met a 70 yr old m had a Bike accident in Thailand toe cut and looks black he has diabetis flys Europe hospital tomorrow treatment two 6hr Flight OK?

Met a  70 yr old m had a Bike accident in Thailand
toe cut and looks black he has diabetis 
flys Europe hospital tomorrow treatment
two 6hr Flight OK?

Could be bruise. Not: There is more going on here than meets the eye. Based on the description of the incident, the toe's vascular status has been compromised. This could either be by the trauma, an underlying vascular disease or both. His sugar control more than likely has influenced the gravity of the wound. The most effective time to begin treatment is immediately post injury, not after tissue death begins. ...Read more

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Shootings on nearby campus yesterday, tornado on cousin's campus today. How do I prepare my teen for disasters?

Shootings on nearby campus yesterday, tornado on cousin's campus today. How do I prepare my teen for disasters?

Counseling: You may want to have an open discussion about fears and how to approach challenges in life. Listen to your teen's concerns and provide insight and guidance for how to manage those specific concerns ...Read more

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New grandbaby born july 29has spina bifida has movement in hips knees lot of fluid on brain.Shunt today.L4membrane .Surgery on july 30..Prognos?

New grandbaby born  july 29has spina bifida has  movement  in hips knees lot  of fluid on brain.Shunt  today.L4membrane .Surgery  on july  30..Prognos?

Spina bifida: If the child has movement in the knees that is a good sign, the fluid in the brain definitely needs a shunt. If you have a spina bifida clinic in your region best to get the child register for follow up at some point as this is a life long treatment process. ...Read more

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Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4 21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4  21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Yes: All of the necessary conditions are there for PTSD and there is effective treatment available for you. Please see a counselor to start on the road to recovery from these awful experiences. You deserve to feel better. ...Read more

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11month old had a febrile convulsion last night, he went limp and lifeless. Could this develop into epilepsy?

Febrile seizures: 2-7% of children with febrile seizures will go on to develop epilepsy with afebrile seizures, the risk being higher with complicated febrile convulsions. http://patient.info/doctor/febrile-convulsions ...Read more

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I had this deeply disturbing dream about doing something extremely bizarre. I drove my beloved car into a river by accident and it died. Meaning...?

Dreams r not logical: Dreams frequently can be illogical and even bizarre. There is no simple way to interpret a dream. If disturbing dreams persist you might want to talk with a therapist. ...Read more

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Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Absolutely not: You're right to be concerned: Phenytoin can promote osteoporosis through its effect on calcium metabolism. (Not great for the liver, either.) Get completely reevaluated. Either you need to stay on a seizure med or you don't. If you don't, great. If you do, there are newer-generation anticonvulsants with much lower long-term risks. ...Read more

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Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Maybe: Other potential causes are dust mites and mold. Allergy testing may be helpful. ...Read more

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I seizured two stokes , then i seizured two grand mal seizures, the a dr. Put me up the psych ward. ?

I seizured two stokes , then i seizured two grand mal seizures, the a dr. Put me up the psych ward. ?

Sounds odd: If you truly had 2 strokes and 2 grand mal seizures, being admitted to a psychiatric unit sounds very odd. The more usual option would be a neurological consult and possible admission to neurology. If the seizures result from alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal, psychiatric admission might be an eventual option. ...Read more

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I had roundworm as kid, was it because I went barefoot, played in uncovered sandbox, or kissed my mouser cat?

I had roundworm as kid, was it because I went barefoot, played in uncovered sandbox, or kissed my mouser cat?

No: You get hookworms (not roundworms) from going barefoot in a sandbox or elsewhere that's infested. You'd don't get worms from your cat (they're species specific). You get round worms from eating contaminated food. Kids put their hands in their mouth and don't always wash their hands before eating so they're especially susceptible. ...Read more

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Can I begin having seizures from playing video games?

Can I begin having seizures from playing video games?

Possible/not probabl: If your seizures can be triggered by rapidly flashing lights, this is a possibility but it is very rare. ...Read more

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How dangerous is yersinia pestis when you go hiking on vacations?

How dangerous is yersinia pestis when you go hiking on vacations?

Depends where u are : The risk depends on whether you are in an endemic area and if you are, the highest risk time is when a die off of the rodent reservoir occurs producing a lot of hungry infected fleas. ...Read more

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Should i go hiking if I have an unstable gait?

Should i go hiking if I have an unstable gait?

If level ground: Just sort of common sense, uneven terrain can create a greater risk of falling and injury. Maybe, use assistive device or hold onto a companion until you stabilize. Prepare for your hike by getting some gait rehabilitation with a good physical therapist. ...Read more

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Can you offer some tips on how to make hiking a safe fitness activity?

Can you offer some tips on how to make hiking a safe fitness activity?

Plan and pace: Plan your hiking in advance, determine how much you can handle in one hike, the amount of elevation, the terrain, and the distance. Also were comfortable hiking shoes. ...Read more

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What is an optimal workout for health that includes walking/jogging/hiking and weight training? I am a 25 year old male.

What is an optimal workout for health that includes walking/jogging/hiking and weight training?  I am a 25 year old male.

Exercise: You're off to a good start by incorporating cardio activities with weight bearing exercises. The best solution is to pick activities that you enjoy. This way you will do them consistently. Also, listen to your body and incorporate rest days into your routine. New studies have shown that a balanced diet is just as important as exercise, so make sure that you're eating healthy foods as well! ...Read more

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I wore 25% Deet for 2 weeks while hiking in Central America. This was a month ago. If I had negative side effects, would they have shown up by now?

I wore 25% Deet for 2 weeks while hiking in Central America. This was a month ago. If I had negative side effects, would they have shown up by now?

Don't worry: High concentration DEET insect repellent can be alarming - the spray melts some plastics including BPA free water bottles - but if you have been fine for a month after returning from your trip you are not having a reaction to the DEET. ...Read more

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walking with 10kg hiking backpack for month averaging 30 miles a day for 5 days a week, but back shoulder are in mega pain, how can I manage the pain?

 walking with 10kg hiking backpack for month averaging 30 miles a day for 5 days a week, but back shoulder are in mega pain, how can I manage the pain?

Take breaks: As they say, No Pain, No Gain! If you are trying to reach a milestone, you may need to endure some discomfort. But you should minimize the pain by shedding as much weight from your backpack as possible, take frequent breaks, use heating pads and NSAIDs as indicated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is hiking for two hours with 16 pounds in my backpack ok?

Is hiking for two hours with 16 pounds in my backpack ok?

If you are : Conditioned ; healthy enough for this level of exertion - that would usually be fine. ...Read more

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How do I go from sea-level to sky high? I live at sea-level and am going to be hiking in colorado. What can I do to avoid altitude sickness?

How do I go from sea-level to sky high? I live at sea-level and am going to be hiking in colorado.  What can I do to avoid altitude sickness?

Diamox (acetazolamide).: If you are going to colorado in a short period of time to do some hiking you might see your physician to see if you are a candidate to use diamox, (acetazolamide) a medication which can prevent you from getting mountain sickness (altitude sickness). Have a good trip. ...Read more

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Will i be able to go hiking tomorrow after my food poisining sunday night ? Cus i know i'm suppose to be resting after all the sickness i had

Will i be able to go hiking tomorrow after my food poisining sunday night ? Cus i know i'm suppose to be resting after all the sickness i had

I guess so: Food poisoning also known as gastroenteritis, and usually caused by food infected with toxic organisms, but once you clear that food infected and started feeling better, you can resume all your normal activities. You can go hiking with no problems but you may wanna avoid outside food or drinks. ...Read more

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After a day of biking or hiking I have two distinctive bulges in my groin but no discomfort from them. After resting they go away? What next?

After a day of biking or hiking I have two distinctive bulges in my groin but no discomfort from them.  After resting they go away?  What next?

See your doctor: You may have hernias. Hernias develop when intestines bulge through weak areas in the abdominal wall. They can be painless and commonly "reduce"/resolve with laying down. You should try to see if you can get in with your doctor after hiking/biking so s/he can see the bulges. Here's a link to more info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/inguinal-hernia/ds00364. ...Read more

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My knee makes a loud crunching noise when hiking uphill; minor achyness above the knee after a long hike. Pretty hard fall 3-4 years ago. What's up?

My knee makes a loud crunching noise when hiking uphill; minor achyness above the knee after a long hike.  Pretty hard fall 3-4 years ago.  What's up?

Patellofemoral pain: Sounds like patellofemoral pain syndrome. You could try nsaids, quadriceps (vmo) strengthening with terminal knee extension exercises and hamstring stretching. ...Read more

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I went hiking and my eyes were swollen when i reached the mountains peak. Why?

I went hiking and my eyes were swollen when i reached the mountains peak. Why?

Allergic Response: A rapid onset of swollen eyes is often due to an allergic response to an environmental allergy. Eyes can get puffy, red, itchy, and teary after being exposed to allergens. There are over-the-counter allergy drops that can help if this happens often. ...Read more

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I like hiking in caves. My parents are upset about bats and stuff. What can I do?

I like hiking in caves. My parents are upset about bats and stuff. What can I do?

Low risk: Most bat bites occur from bats in houses, barns, etc. The risks of spelunking are considerable but related to the structure of the cave, falling, flooding, getting stuck in narrow crevices, etc. You should always take precautions, never go alone, state a plan to those on the surface, and use proper equipment. ...Read more

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I went hiking in the woods and i got a rash the following day. Just when i think they've healed more have popped up, why?

I went hiking in the woods and i got a rash the following day. Just when i think they've healed more have popped up, why?

Contact allergy: You may have developed a contact allergy to a plant you brushed against, and it may spread further if your rash is itchy and you are scratching it. Use a topical steroid to calm it down. ...Read more