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How Do You Feel In A Coma
Depends on symptoms: If one is admitted due to seizures from a brain tumor, seizures have to be controlled with medication first before it is safe to send one home. A neurosurgeon can decide if surgery needs to be done sooner or later or even if only radiation is needed. If surgery was performed about 4-7 days is required in the hospital perhaps longer if with complications. ...Read more
Uncertain: Of your question. Most stroke patients don't progress to coma. Many patients with coma are not suffering this issue because of stroke. Massive stroke can result in coma immediately or progressively depending on the nature/severity of the stroke (lack of blood to the brain or bleeding in the brain). Bottom line, question is unanswerable. ...Read more
I here people say you don't fall asleep if you may have a concussion because you may die and what I want to know is how does it physically kill you?
Not true: Of course, at some point everyone who has a concussion goes to sleep; and obviously the vast, vast majority do not die. What we are trying to watch out for in all people who have had a head injury, is a declining mental status which could be a sign of a more serious injury than a concussion such as a head bleed, and that could potentially kill you. ...Read more
Temp depressed mood: It depends what is making you depressed and how temporary? Did you do poorly on one assignment at work or school, and usually do well? Then maybe you should not get to down. Maybe you are too demanding everyone has bad times, try to learn from it, even try to get some mentoring at work or counseling. But if this temporary, is for a while a week or two ot more please get an app't with a doctor. ...Read more
Why do people get sleepy after gettinga concussion and why do doctors generally tell you to not go to sleep after a concussion?
Brain swelling: Uncontrollable sleepiness/ grogginess, along with severe nausea are signs that the brain may be swelling or that there may be a bleed within the brain. It is important to frequently assess the injured person for such changes (which requires waking them) in the first 12 hours or so after a head injury since they would signal a need for medical re-evaluation and possibly even surgical intervention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i'm just wondering how long it will take for me to get into ketosis at this rate and what are some signs that I am in ketosis?
Several days: There are urine based (less accurate) and blood based (more accurate but expensive) options. Peter Attia, MD, author of "Eating Academy" blog and partners with Gary Taubes (author of the must read Why We Get Fat) recommends the Precision Ultra from Abbott for the blood based ketone measure. BTNX makes a good urine ketone strip I'v used but there are many options. Both available on amazon ...Read more
What do you recommend if I have a few dried buttons of peyote. How many will it take to get me high, and how many to hallucinate?
Why do you think an: Ethical physician would give you the answer to how you can make yourself crazy? If you are entering this as a religious experience in a native american culture, there are tribal elders who can give you the information about whether you are ready for it and what you should do. If a 40 year old woman wants to get high and hallucinate, my suggestion is to enter counseling and get help. ...Read more
How do you tell between a severe migraine and something worse? When do you get contend enough for Dr/ER?
What to do if i get anxiety from places i've never been to or being in a room full of people I do not know. How can I fix this?
Try to reach beyond: Your comfort zone. Set some simple goals, i.e., to smile and say something at a social gathering to one new person. Practice before hand some possible things to say. Join a social group that does some activity you like, ie, hiking or volleyball. Meet with a therapist to develop some goals and practice. Good luck ; let us know how it goes. ...Read more
Cardio Mix: If you have adipose tissue that you'd like to lose then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more
What is it?: No one can help you without knowing what the problem is. We don't have esp- at least most of us don't. ...Read more
I have serious anxiety when going to the doctor; especially if I have to get a blood test. What can I do or take to make the experience better?
Coma: No one knows for certain. My patients could never tell me exactly. Just like sleeping does not always produce dreams that we remember, the coma may be similar. But unlike sleep.,coma is a disruption of the wake sleep cycle and represents damage to brain tissues. The body is not at rest necessarily during coma, as it is in sleep. ...Read more
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