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Is There An Alarm To Warn Me I Might Be Slipping Into A Diabetic Coma
Yes: You are probably referring to low blood sugar episodes. Warning signs ususally begin wiht a sense of "jitter" or "shakiness" and a feeling of hunger and irritability. One usually becomes sweaty. This can progress to mild confusion (drunkiness characteristics) and progressing to frank confusion, slurred speech, seizure and coma. Know your body and your diabetes. Get diabetic educaton. See pcp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if a man is deemed not stable mentally, and put into a hospital, what would happen to the bar that he owns?
That is more: of a legal question than a medical issue. If someone is incapacitated and incapable of managing their affairs, power of attorney may be granted to a relative, business partner, or other individual to act in their best interests. ...Read more
Why might a mid-sleep wake up and snack be a result of a psychiatric disorder & not a biological issue? Anxiety was suggested, why that over another cause? What else might be happening? Thanks.
No separation: There's not really a separation between "psychiatric" and "biological, " because psychiatric conditions have biological aspects. Also other medical problems that most people think have no associated psychiatric symptoms, at least have emotional responses. Waking up and snacking, if extreme, could be part of binge eating. I've also known people who did this when sleepwalking, a parasomnia. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have psoriasis and medi-cal won't even let me see a dermatologist. Is there a loop hole to that i don't know about? Because i'm on medi-cal is there a free clinic somewhere that i can be treated for this? If i can't be seen by a doctor are there any hom
In the meanwhile ...: While you are trying to see a dermatologist, is there a reason that your primary can't start you on some sort of therapy, at least topically? Have you already tried topical therapy, like corticosteroids? I can understand how a primary care doctors may be less interested to prescribe phototherapy, oral therapy and/or biologics. Milder forms of psoriasis can be treated topically. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a doctor recommend that somebody stop driving? My father-in-law recently lost consciousness while driving. If not for the quick reaction of his wife, they would have plowed into a power line. This occurred on a holiday, or he likely would have struck
This : This is an excellent question. It piqued my interest, since this very subject came up in the risk management department of one of my hospitals. To answer your question the way you asked it, absolutely, his doctor most certainly can "recommend" that he surrender his divers license. What he can't do is notify the dmv about him, as this would constitute a breach of patient confidentiality. Unless dad gives his doctor written permission to discuss his medical condition with the state of california, his doctor is prohibited from notifying the state of a potentially dangerous situation, for both dad and the public. Personally, i would like to see an exception made whereby a doctor has the ability to make such a notification if it involves public safety. So far, there is no such exception. If dad is able to pass the dmv tests, then the state of california has made its decision. (the corollary to this is if dad were to injure someone while driving, the injured party is unable to sue his doctor for not reporting this.) keep in mind, dad's doctor may have the best ability to diagnose and treat his medical conditions, but doctors are not trained or qualified to determine who is able to drive. Clearly, the best thing for you to do is to try your best to persuade dad to stop driving. Many old people feel that driving gives them a sense of independence, and are unwilling to give that up. You will need a compelling argument, presented in a kind, concerned way, that he'd be most apt to agree with. Perhaps offering to be available to drive him where he likes or needs to go without exception would be a helpful start? I've attached a link about this, that also contains related information, showing how much money can be saved by giving up one's drivers license. I wish you luck. ...Read more
Beta-blockers: Beta-blockers like Propranolol are often used by performers and public speakers to prevent stage fright. They work not by calming or sedating you, but by preventing your heart rate from speeding up, which often starts the stage fright reaction. The danger is that if you take too high a dose, your blood pressure could drop and you might faint...Worse than stage fright! try it at home first. ...Read more
What to do if I have epilepsy that is 100% controlled with medication and a recent surgery, will this prevent me from becoming a helicopter pilot?
I need methohexital for surgery so they can induce seizures while asleep... Is there a high likelihood of it causing me to vomit like other anesthetic?
What happens if I ever got into an accident which would lead to an amputation, will I be able to take that limb home?
Good question. ..: ..it would have 2 B sent 2 pathology first, after that I would assume U would have 2 have it released 2 a funeral parlor. Then state law may require it 2 B buried or cremated. I kno in the State of Wisconsin, only physicians R allowed to posses human body parts, even a skeleton if is human. I suppose a lawyer could help U better then an MD. ...Read more
Would you be able to see damage to spinal cord if there was any from a bad fall 4 years ago on a current MRI if so what would it look like what wd I c?
It depends: how severe the damage was. If it was minor trauma to the cord, it might look normal. If it was more severe, at this point, you might see abnormal thinning of the cord, abnormal bright signal on T2 weighted imaging within the cord(myelomalacia), or a fluid collection within the cord(syrinx). ...Read more
Is there anything that can be done if i need to skip a dialysis session to keep from feeling i'll?
My mom is in induced coma with ARDS should she not make it could they pull her out of the coma to say good bye?
Speak with Doctor: Unfortunately giving an answer long-distance is rather difficult in such a case. The best (and in my opinion the only) person who can answer that question is her primary doctor or anesthesiologist. I think it really depends on the severity of her situation as to what the risk of complication might be in bringing her out and then trying to re-induce. All the best to you all in this difficult time. ...Read more
What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?
Learn to spot: Dancers keep from getting dizzy by learning to 'spot'. This is a technique where the eyes are focused forward for as long as possible during a spin, then rapidly turning the head to focus in the original spot. Ask her dance teacher to work on this with her, and consider having a visual acuity exam with an optometrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A dementia pt may show separation anxiety when friend gets ready to leave. Would this be a reason for the friend to be prevented from visiting?
Separation anxiety: People with dementia need companionship and love just like anyone else. How upset does this person become? Is s/he being treated well and loved by others than the friend who visits? Losing one's ability to remember and process daily events is frightening -- it may not be just "separation anxiety" going on. Mental health consultation can be done in nursing homes, and this may be needed here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer