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See below: Do you mean Atorvastatin which is a cholesterol drug. On rare occasions it has been linked to rhabdomyolysis and can cause a myopathy that resolves with discontinuation of the drug. A study recently suggested increased risk for diabetes. The best thing to do is to discuss with your doctor the risk and benefits as he knows you best. ...Read more
Not life threatening: Yes usually present for life but can be managed with medication. Consult your GYN ...Read more
Many: The main types of life threatening injuries sustained during car accidents include head injuries, chest traumas, or abdominal traumas. Always wear your seat-belt when driving and do not use your cell phone while driving. ...Read more
Maybe: Depends on the age and the nature of the event. If child is too young to remember then doubtful they would appreciate health more as a teen. Many parents become overprotective a s result of such an event early on and that can lead to other issues later...The child may be more reckless as a teen. Big question with many possibilites. ...Read more
At what level can a low crit be life threatening? I know there are other factors but I'm curious about crit. How much pints can you lose before death?
Depends: It all depends. The threshold to transfuse varies depending on the situation. If you lose a lot of blood fast like in a car accident, then you may need to be transfused sooner, but if you lost blood slowly over years, your body may have adjusted and you may not need a transfusion. There are other factors as well. ...Read more
Is it possible that someone can have a very serious disease even life threatening yet have no physical symptoms. Thus having it go untreated for a length of time and eventually dying?
Possible but rare: Occasionally this does happen with certain cancers, but generally speaking life threatening diseases present with physical symptoms early on. ...Read more
Zero to bad!: 25% of us have a pfo and obviously most of us do fine. However I operated on a young lady yesterday (for a related condition) who was in severe congestive heart failure, mostly resolved by closing her pfo. Closure (if deemed necessary by a cardiologist) can often be achieved with catheter-based technology (amplatzer plug) rather than open-heart surgery. ...Read more
Please seek care.: Bulimia is a type of eating disorder whereby people will eat and then take measures to purge what they've eaten by either vomiting or taking laxatives. Eating disorders tend to be associated with body dysmorphia (concerns about body image) and can be very unhealthy. Your body chemistry can be altered and that can even affect your heart! ...Read more
It Can Be: 90% of the time, pancreatitis is mild and self-limiting. If severe, people are at-risk at 3 different times: early on, factors are released into the body that can depress many organs' function--if chronically ill, this can be dangerous; middle phase problems arise from pancreatic necrosis, sometimes requiring surgery; late phase problems tend to be infectious in origin, often following surgery. ...Read more
Most of the time no: Hypoglycemia is just the blood sugar dropping down below normal limits. Most of the time this causes symptoms and can be taken care of rapidly. There may be a rare instance in which the blood sugar becomes very low and the person is unaware for many reasons, mainly due to being very ill, etc. Under these rare circunstances it may be life-threatening. ...Read more
Yes: Osteoporosis put you at risk for hip and spine fractures which can be debilitating and possibly life threatening. Fortunately we have many medications that can successfully treat this. Make sure your house is well lit, minimize loose rugs or clutters to decrease chance of falling. Healthy diet, weight bearing exercises, take the med. ...Read more
Not life threatening: BUT a lot of chemicals in most paper that should not be ingested regularly or in large quantities. Bleaching agents, sizing agents, chalk, and finishing agents, to name a few. Specialty papers (toilet or facial tissue included) can contain perfumes, softening agents, dyes and other pigments. While there is some caloric value to cellulose, it is best to stick with food. ...Read more
Not unless severe: And no access to other foods for an extended period of time. Food allergies; however, can be deadly fast, as my own family got to deal with on christmas eve with a peanut allergy. :p nuts, seafood, latex, and hymenoptera stings are some of the most deadly allergies that require an Epipen (epinephrine) close by at all times. Immunocap blood testing can help identify foods (or other antigens) to avoid. ...Read more
Who needs an expert?: You don't need a doctoral-level expert to list murder (a factor in the majority), suicide (a factor in maybe half), liver failure (a really nasty way to go), auto wrecks, household accidents, Wernicke-Korsakoff (imagine not being able to move your eyes ever again), pancreatitis (survivors get severe pain for decades), child abuse, ruptured esophagus from the heaves. .. More. Don't abuse it. ...Read more
No: This is common for many, if not most, folks from time to time. Depending on all the variables of how your body's working, straining at stool can push the blood out of your chest, diminishing return to the heart. The brief increase in blood pressure may also stretch the carotid sinus and slow your heart a bit. Your system will survive far greater stresses. ...Read more
Eagles Syndrome: Elongation or inflammation related to the styloid process or stylohyoid ligament can result in chronic pain at the base of the skull/back of the throat. Management starts with anti-inflammatory medications and may in some cases progress to surgery where indicated. I do not know of any life threatening problems. ...Read more
What can be done if medication prescribed does not work. How serious is this issue is it life threatening?
Return to prescriber: It is not possible to answer or even guess at your question without more information. But you must have a physician, and sometimes the first medicine for a problem does not work. So go back, explain this, and ask what else might work. Also ask about your fear that whatever it is might be life threatening. Good luck! ...Read more