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I was in a medically induced coma for 2 to weeks. What could be the extense of the damage? I feel out of fucus and hyperactive.

I was in a medically induced coma for 2 to weeks. What could be the extense of the damage? I feel out of fucus and hyperactive.

It is more likely: That the reason you were placed in a coma is more detrimental than the coma itself. Without the full clinical history it is impossible to advise you. Discuss your concerns with your health care providers who have your full medical history. ...Read more

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...Read more


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Can you explain if it's possible to self induce a coma?

Can you explain if it's possible to self induce a coma?

Yes, you can: By taking overdose of medications, but otherwise, you can't in a normally healthy person. ...Read more

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Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Usually not: There have been studies of barbiturate induced coma and hypothermia in many stroke patients. Outcomes have been mixed or disappointing, and still the best approach is acute t-pa, given in the emergency dept. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Sedated: People on life support are normally either not awake or they are given medicine to remain calm- this reduces blood pressure and demand on the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

A lot of information: acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
end stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more

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What level does your blood sugar have to be at to induce diabetic coma?

What level does your blood sugar have to be at to induce diabetic coma?

Highly Variable: Many factors involved with "diabetic coma". Dehydration, as well as overall health are important factors.
In the type ii person with diabetes, it is usually in the 1, 000 range; for the person with type I diabetes it is dependant more on the level of blood ph. The more acidotic the blood, the higher the likelihoodd of complications including coma. Hypoglemia may cause coma as well. ...Read more

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Can doctors induce coma to stop advanced cervical cancer?

Can doctors induce coma to stop advanced cervical cancer?

Unfortunately, no.: Inducing a coma would have no effect on the progression of cancer, regardless of its organ of origin. ...Read more

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My mother went to the hospital to have fluid drained from her lungs is it comon for the drs to medically induce you in a coma?

Cases differ: It is unlikely that the only problem is just fluids on the lungs, there is more, and doctors deal with what they face at the time when they deal with a case. Your mother's condition warranted a specific measure according to the doctors' judgement at that moment, trust your doctors and their judgement they definitely want the best for your mother, wish you all the best ...Read more

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If someone has a head injury and has been put into an induced coma, how long can that person remain in that state?

If someone has a head injury and has been put into an induced coma, how long can that person remain in that state?

Depends on cause: Following head injury there can be seizures, brain swelling, severe agitation, broken bones, etc. Some patients are put into coma in order to allow healing of body parts, some for control of seizures, some for control of brain swelling, and some to assist nursing management. Monitoring of brain pressure and eeg may indicate the coma can be reversed, or healing of body parts may take longer. ...Read more

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How long can a person stay in a medically induced coma?

As long as needed: The coma used in medical situations is due to risk of injury while fighting a ventilator, or supporting a dire condition.
When the medical situation is stable, sedation is reversed.
It is a preventive treatment to improve outcomes, but has risks in managing nutrition and loss of strength for the duration of bed rest. Ask questions of the doctors and nurses and maintain hope. ...Read more

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How are people taken out of a medically induced coma? How long is the coma? And is family allowed to be in room when the coma is finished? Thank you.

As long as it needs: People put into medically induced comas are left in them as long as they need maximal brain rest. Depending on the reason, this may be hours or it can be weeks - in rare cases even longer. They are "taken out" by gradually reducing the medications used to induce the coma. This too can take hours, days or longer. They just don't stop them and the person "pops up" awake, so you really can't be there ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of coming out of a week long medically induced coma? Should stiff limbs be expected?

There are a: Substantial number of symptoms that incudle stiff joints, disorientation, headache, blurred vision, hunger or nausea, etc. Good news is those problems at least pass. Those associated with the reason for the induced coma may or may not depending upon the problem. ...Read more

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Hello. Someone has brain damage of some level and is put in a medically induced coma. Why and for how long? Is it to ease them into death peacefully?

Hello. Someone has brain damage of some level and is put in a medically induced coma. Why and for how long? Is it to ease them into death peacefully?

No: Medically induced coma is to let the brain cool off shutting down its metabolism so it can heal faster, the duration is patient specific dependent on the cause and degree of injury ...Read more

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How long does it take to wake from a medically induced coma? There may still be some infection after a septic shock episode.

Depends: Depends on how badly the organs have failed during the septic shock episode - particularly kidneys and liver that clear medicines from the body. So it may be immediate or delayed up to several days. If it doesn't happen when expected, further work-up is warranted to rule out a stroke or other problems that may have happened during the coma. ...Read more

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My son as been in a induced coma due to a head injury he has his eyes open moving his eyes around but can't focus or speak how long before he wakes?

My son as been in a induced coma due to a head injury he has his eyes open moving his eyes around but can't focus or speak how long before he wakes?

Ask his doctors: It is just not possible for someone who doesn't know the intimate details of the injury and his response to treatment to answer this question.
Guidelines exist to provide prognostic information in traumatic head injuries and his doctors can use such tools to give you some idea of what to expect and what hopes are reasonable. Young people often do remarkably well but each case is unique. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get over a brain injury and 2 brain surgeries? The father of my child was struck in the head and had to have two brain surgeries and I wanted to know how long before they take him out of the medical induced coma and how lo

How long does it usually take to get over a brain injury and 2 brain surgeries? The father of my child was struck in the head and had to have two brain surgeries and I wanted to know how long before they take him out of the medical induced coma and how lo

Talk to MD: This is often a case where they will be following the scans of the brain before they make a decision. The best course is to get a frank and open discussion between the family and the doctors. If you have questions you need to seek answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are 4 breaths per minute normal for someone in an induced coma?

No: Assuming the patient is on a respirator, breathing rate should be 10-12/min to start, then adjusted depending on the oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels. ...Read more

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How does a medically induced coma help someone suffering phenomia? Been told they won't likely survive, is there any hope?

I'm sorry but...: I am unable to answer your question based upon your age. You could have another family member or parent repose the question for you if you'd like or talk with the doctor taking care of the person you are obviously concerned about. Best of luck to you and your friend/loved one. ...Read more

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What happens to someone in a coma and how long do comas last? How long are patients kept on life support?

Life support: People can stay on life support for as long as desired. This usually depends on the family's wishes are in rare cases it may be spelled out in a living will. A coma can last any length of time. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be having a stroke to go into a coma?

How long do you have to be having a stroke to go into a coma?

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

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How long can a person be in coma from an overdose of oxycontin?

How long can a person be in coma from an overdose of oxycontin?

3-4 days: 3-4 days. Also depends how much damage to liver or other organs occured due to toxic effects of oxycontin. ...Read more

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How long is too long for a person to be in a coma and fully recover?

Coma time: No great work has been done. The amount of time is less important than the brain that is left to recover. ...Read more

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My friend is in coma since 1 week after cutting his threads when he wakes they say he will loose his memory, what will he forget? And for how long?

My friend is in coma since 1 week after cutting his threads when he wakes they say he will loose his memory, what will he forget? And for how long?

Uncertain: I am not sure what "cutting his threads" mean, but what someone is like after waking up from a coma is pretty variable, and only time will tell what his deficits are. ...Read more

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Hypothetically, you eat 3500 over BMR on Sun, go into a coma Monday, TPN at BMR 1 month. How long for that 3500 to appear as a pound of fat, typically?

Probably never: It's a good question with no good answer. Fortunately our bodies are not calculators and a one time indulgence even well over what's needed would probably not change anything except glycogen stores with a small weight gain initially. Habitual overeating causes weight gain over time and it is rarely 100% fat gain. Our metabolism constantly adjusts to try and maintain so there isn't one answer. ...Read more

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How long can a person be in a coma for?

How long can a person be in a coma for?

Coma: If one is going to recover from coma it may last days to weeks. If recovery is not going to occur, people move from coma to a persistent vegetative state which may last indefinitely. ...Read more

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How long can somebody survive in a coma?

No definite answer: I am sure there are anecdotal stories of people being in coma for years and waking up from it, but those are few "miracle" instances. The longer the coma, the poorer the prognosis for survival is. ...Read more

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Can a medically induced coma cause false memory?

Never researched: As far as I know this has never been researched. ...Read more