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How Long Time Can Live Without Pooping
Hard to predict!: If one starts out normal, by the end of 1 week of no pooping, bad things should start to happen. Maybe severe abdominal pains. Maybe liquid poop will leak out the anus. Then liquid poop may come up as vomiting (looks very scary). If only leaking liquid poop, and not vomiting it, he could go on for a long time if he is able to eat, maybe months. If he can't eat, maybe by week 4 he will start dying. ...Read more
Three minute@warm te: At normal warm surrounding three minutes, but there are exceptions with very low temaratures when body goes into low metabolism and the need for oxygen is diminished in hypothermic state.Examples are drowning in cold water when people are known to survive over an hour, some people can hold theiir breath for ten minutes under waterwithout passing out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably 16 hours: Normal humans can probably go about 16 hours without sleep before their brains and bodies start having unusual symptoms. If forced to stay awake, people can probably make it to 36 hours before extreme sleepiness sets in, but they will be acting a bit strangely. It is hard to imagine one making it past 48 hours without training and conditioning to purposely stay up longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Starvation: A starving person who is of normal weight to start and drinks fluids with some sodium and potassium can live 45-60 days without solid food, but may be comatose for the last days. Any additional sources of calories like sugars prolong survival--indeed some patients with anorexia live many months on the edge of starvation, and may ultimately die of heart rhythm problems. ...Read more
How long can you live without thyroxine after a thyroidectomy? How long does it take to become unwell?
Hypothyroidism: That is complex. A baby born without a thyroid can have life long severe consequences if treatment is delayed or discontinued. An elderly or compromised person might die because their body can't withstand the additional problem of hypothyroidism. If it is you, otherwise healthy, thyroid was removed you might go a while feeling hypothyroid before you were severely ill. Monitor! take medicine! ...Read more
It is often quoted: As three days without water and three weeks without food. But remember, this is quite variable depending on you underlying health and environment. As in some cases it could be much longer or shorter. ...Read more
Many years: In the days before effective treatment, the average time from infection to an aids diagnosis was 10 years. Some people progressed much faster than that, and some much slower. Everyone should get tested, so that they don't find out they're hiv-infected by getting diagnosed with aids. ...Read more
Constipation: Constipation is defined as a bowel movement < 3x per week. Constipation is NOT necessarily dangerous but abnormal and may require treatment. It is difficult to answer your question because healthy people will eventually have a bowel movement without complications or adverse effects. ...Read more
Life on dialysis: It is not possible to give you an definite answer. Patients on dialysis live shorter than the age-matched controls not on dialysis. A dialysis patient's life span is dependent on the patient's age at the start of dialysis and the co-morbid conditions the patient has, such as diabetes. You should ask your nephrologist (n) for an answer to your question as the n knows you the best. Good luck. ...Read more
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