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How can I help my brother who has had a stroke and is in a nursing home?

How can I help my brother who has had a stroke and is in a nursing home?

Support: Recovering from a stroke can be a challenging journey with a gtreat impact on the psyche of the patient. Your best bet is to be there for your brother during his recovery and find joy in small steps. Keeping things in perspective and being an anchor for him during a time where he feels lost, would be of great value to him. ...Read more

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How can I get great abs in a month, as a mother who recently had a child?

How can I get great abs in a month, as a mother who recently had a child?

No quick fix: If there was an easy way to accomplish this, everybody would be doing it and know about it. ...Read more

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I have a daughter with a severe eating disorder. How do I find her the right help. She has been in counceling also hospitalized my daughter is 20 years old. She has given up hope that anyone can help her with this problem. You seem to talk a lot about ho

I have a daughter with a severe eating disorder. How do I find her the right help.  She has been in counceling also hospitalized my daughter is 20 years old. She has given up hope that anyone can help her with this problem. You seem to talk a lot about ho

Mutual support helps: Your daughter might consider attending a meeting of overeaters anonymous, even if she is anorexic or bulimic. You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous (coda). ...Read more

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My 27 year old daughter has a very bad case of lymphedema. What can I do to help her cope with her condition?

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My 27 year old daughter has a very bad case of lymphedema. What can I do to help her cope with her condition?

See a specialist: Lymphedema nurse specialists can be unbelievably helpful in providing emotional support and counseling, education about skin care, and also in providing treatment for lymphedema with massage and wrapping techniques. Even chronic, massively swollen limbs can see dramatic results with non-invasive limb reduction techniques. ...Read more

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My fiancé and i are trying to have a bby he has had a stroke in 2001 I have a son already is it possible for stroke patients to conceive?

My fiancé and i are trying to have a bby he has had a stroke in 2001 I have a son already is it possible for stroke patients to conceive?

Probably : Male reproductive organs may suffer negative consequences after a stroke and it depends on the nature of the stroke. Some people with mild to moderate strokes can make a full recovery with only subtle symptoms noted. In-vitro fertilization is also an option. Sexual intercourse can cause excitement & lead to transient increase in blood pressure. Discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i get polio if I do a manicure on someone who is 67 and has had it most of her life?

Can i get polio if I do a manicure on someone who is 67 and has had it most of her life?

No: Polio is a long term problem, but is only contageous long before it develops. The problem occurs weeks/months after a viral illness, that produces contageous particles in the poo. That illness and the contageous period stops within weeks, often before the first signs of paralysis occur.Neither you or anybody around you are at risk providing a service to this lady. ...Read more

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My son is 14 has bad anger issues need to find a good psychitrist for me and all my four children to work as a whole I am a young mother of four the oldest 14 i was with their father 15 yrs but he is active in our lives with his girlfriend i was in rehabs

My son is 14 has bad anger issues need to find a good psychitrist for me and all my four children to work as a whole I am a young mother of four the oldest 14 i was with their father 15 yrs but he is active in our lives with his girlfriend i was in rehabs

Ask your doc: A really good place to start is to ask your doctor who there is locally. Another option is to contact your insurance carrier and find out who they cover in your area. Even if you are on a medical card in your state, there is a number to call to help refer you to specialists, and for many states, they have specific case workers if your child needs mental health help to get you linked with someone. ...Read more

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When my daughter was born she had a stroke in me they gave her a reservoir and it not used i need to find someone that will remove it causes seizures?

When my daughter was born she had a stroke in me they gave her a reservoir and it not used i need to find someone that will remove it causes seizures?

Pediatric neurolo-: Gists & neurosurgeons like those at primary children's in slc would need to review your daughter's medical records, including copies of all mri's of the brain & eeg's ( not just the reports), head & body growth charts, results of genetic & other lab tests, developmental/academic testing & progress reports, then evaluate her themselves to determine the benefits vs. Risks of brain surgery. ...Read more

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My friend has a hole in her liver due to getting kicked by a horse.. Will she have to have surgery?

My friend has a hole in her liver due to getting kicked by a horse.. Will she have to have surgery?

Trauma: To the liver is either self limited (not requiring surgery), or quite dramatic and life threatening requiring immediate intervention to stop the bleeding. It all depends on what you mean by " a hole". ...Read more

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My mom who has been in hosp for 29 days now has copd, CHF and is a diabetic.. She's having a heart catherterzation tomorrow. What are the risk? Should I be there for this?

My mom who has been in hosp for 29 days now has copd, CHF and is a diabetic.. She's having a heart catherterzation tomorrow. What are the risk? Should I be there for this?

Yes, : You should be there for this if it is possible. Your mom sounds pretty sick and no doubt could use the support. Heart catheterizations are very common but do carry some risk, especially when the person having it done is sick to begin with. ...Read more

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My boyfriend of two years has what you might call a type a personality, along with a history of depression. How do I help him when he's in a funk?

My boyfriend of two years has what you might call a type a personality, along with a history of depression. How do I help him when he's in a funk?

Depression & Stress: Make sure your boyfriend is doing everything he can to stay healthy: regular exercise, good eating habits, sleep and relaxation. If he has experienced moderate to severe depression he may need antidepressants, particularly if feeling too low. Type a personalities tend to have a hard time relaxing. Make sure he learns to relax on a regular basis to manage stress and avoid burnout. ...Read more

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How do I effectively treat a cold that has racked my family for a week?

How do I effectively treat a cold that has racked my family for a week?

Not much to do: There is an old joke in medicine: if nothing is done for a cold, it lasts a week, but with intensive treatment it goes away in 7 days. All you can do is try to avoid transmitting to family members who don't yet have it (lots of hand washing, alcohol gel, etc); and use aspirin, decongestants, etc to help control symptoms. Don't waste money on anything else. Good luck! ...Read more

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If my test for MRSA in my nose is positive, should I visit a friend and stay at her house when she just had surgery and has a wound that is healing?

If my test for MRSA in my nose is positive, should I visit a friend and stay at her house when she just had surgery and has a wound that is healing?

MRSA: You can visit your friend as long as you do not touch her or the wound. Staph is seldom transmitted casually. You do not say why you were being tested, but attempts to rid yourself of this colonization can be done using Mupirocin ointment (Bactoban) and bathing solely with a Chlorhexidine containing soap, since if your nose is colonized your skin surface will almost invariably be as well. ...Read more

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Please help! I am having surgery in less then a month and i'm scared of the pain i'll be in. I have a one year old daughter, will i be able to take care of her?

Please help! I am having surgery in less then a month and i'm scared of the pain i'll be in. I have a one year old daughter, will i be able to take care of her?

Please help: What kind of surgery? Please be more specific so that we can help you. Also, ask the doctor who is doing the surgery or his nurse for what follow up care you will need and to be specific of what kind of pain/side effects and limitations you will have and how long, so that you can plan on family or friends help you after surgery with babysitting/cooking and taking care of you and your daughter. ...Read more

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Both my mom and my aunt has a MS and I've done some research and I have a lot of symptoms how would I go about getting tested or talking to my doctor?

Both my mom and my aunt has a MS and I've done some research and I have a lot of symptoms how would I go about getting tested or talking to my doctor?

Earlytreatment vital: in the last few years the treatment of MS has advanced dramatically in just the last few years.It is now certain that the earliest you receive treatment after a diagnosis, the better your chances of long-term remission and outcome. Ask your PCP for a referral to a neurologist knowledgeable in MS. Check out www.nationalmssociety.org ...Read more