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Doctor insights on: List Of Terminally Ill Diseases

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How do I deal with a terminal illness?

How do I deal with a terminal illness?

Mortality: It is best to have a good support group of friends and family to help. There are several very good books that have been written to help people through the various stages of mortality. Additionally, professional counseling is always a good idea. If you are referring to dealing with the physical pain and discomfort sometimes accompanying terminal illness then that is a different story. God bless. ...Read more

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Does a child have to be terminally ill to do make-a-wish?

Does a child have to be terminally ill to do make-a-wish?

Not sure: I have done make a wish personally for some of my patient's families. Sadly, each were terminal. I have seen children being treated to their dream events with disabilities. I am not sure if they were make a wish. ...Read more

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How do I tell terminally ill person to never give up its a wonderful life?

How do I tell terminally ill person to never give up its a wonderful life?

You decide: Since I enjoy good physical and mental health, I have never felt it was my business to force my upbeat attitude onto someone who doesn't. I don't think this is what you mean, either. Experience has taught me that at the end, cool kindness, real physical help, being nonjudgmental, listening, doing what you can to make closure possible / prepare for what may be next are far more helpful. Cheers. ...Read more

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Does having a "strong will to live" decrease someone's probability of dying from a terminal illness?

Does having a "strong will to live" decrease someone's probability of dying from a terminal illness?

Yes: Studies have demonstrated that mental life traits such as sociability, religious belief, exercise, diet, etc. Do help the genes you got.
I am assuming this ''will' fits you well and is not a forced layer.
Live long & prosper. Keep your joy at a good level. ...Read more

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Terminal illness and husband self destructing, emotionally hurting 3 teenage daughters. Advice please, I'm desperate?

Terminal illness and husband self destructing, emotionally hurting 3 teenage daughters. Advice please, I'm desperate?

In tough spot!: Consider seeing an acupuncturist and chinese medicine practitioner for the one with the terminal illness. It is amazing what can happen. The girls and father need counseling! he may be hurting so badly that he is taking it out on those he loves and does not see the damage he is causing. Our prayers are with you. Talk to your church pastor if you go and have one... ...Read more

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I'm so anxious about being told I have Barretts. Feel like I have a terminal illness and it's only a matter of time. Please help! ?

I'm so anxious about being told I have Barretts. Feel like I have a terminal illness and it's only a matter of time. Please help! ?

Not true: This related to the acid reflux you have into your esophagus. There is treatment if you have not been taking this. You will need surveillance for this however you are not dying so : Watch what you eat, stop smoking if you do, reduce or stop the alcohol, reduce the caffeine and follow the docs instruction.
Best wishes ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I think I suffer from axiety but I alway worry that I have a terminal illness as well. I often mistake my axiety for other illnesses?

I'm 16 and I think I suffer from axiety but I alway worry that I have a terminal illness as well. I often mistake my axiety for other illnesses?

Anxiety/Imagination: Http://youtu. Be/kyjdekjiaog
check out this video.... One of the best discussions on worry, anxiety, and stress. Your brain can turn anxiety into calmness but you might need a good counselor to help you. ...Read more

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Is hydrocephalus a terminal illness?

Is hydrocephalus a terminal illness?

No: There are a variety of conditions that can occur with hydrocephalus from severe to not noticeable at all. Depending on the type and severity, a surgical procedure referred to as a vp shunt can be placed. This allows the extra fluid to be reabsorbed from the abdominal area. This has been very successful although complications with infections can crop up. ...Read more

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Could morphine cause a terminally ill person to die sooner?

Could morphine cause a terminally ill person to die sooner?

That is possible.: If a person is given large amounts of morphine it could cause marked respiratory depression which may lead to death. ...Read more

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Is suction recommended for terminally ill and bed-ridden patients?

Is suction recommended for terminally ill and bed-ridden patients?

Depends: There are many ways of managing secretions in the terminally ill. Most good hospice companies are well prepared to manage all symptoms. Suction is one option, but it's not always the best. ...Read more

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How long does terminally ill person have morphine stay in the system?

Depends: It depends on the form it is given as (iv, oral, extended release oral) as well as the kidney function of the patient.

For immediate release morphine the half life (time for body to clear half) is 2-4 hours. With normal kidney function that means the parent drug (not metabolite) is gone in 8-16 hours) if the kidneys are working. Longer to much longer if they are not. ...Read more

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What are the ways one can commit suicide painlessly if terminally ill.?

What are the ways one can commit suicide painlessly if terminally ill.?

State laws: Some states, notably oregon and washington have laws on physician assisted suicide. Healthtap is not a proper forum to dispense advice on this topic. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if morphine can cause death in a terminally ill person?

Complex question: An overdose of morphine can cause death in anyone, not just the terminally ill. Morphine is often used to ease the suffering and pain of the terminally ill. It is not unusual for someone who is terminally ill to finally be comfortable and at peace with their pain medicine and they pass. This does not mean the morphine was the cause of their death. ...Read more

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Can untested drugs be used on terminally ill patients as a last resort?

Depends on age: It depends on age and overall health of the patient.
Life is mortal.
Learn to accept death with dignity ...Read more

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Can you tell me if morphine can cause a terminally ill person to die sooner?

Can you tell me if morphine can cause a terminally ill person to die sooner?

It can. Super rare.: Principle of Double effect.
the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral;
the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself;
the good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm.
It rarely happens. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why aids is no longer a terminal illness in the united states?

Can you please explain why aids is no longer a terminal illness in the united states?

Because of HAART: Hiv/aids is no longer felt to be a terminal illness if detected early enough and if a person takes highly active antiretroviral therapy, or haart. People with HIV can now live close to a normal lifespan if they take care of themselves and continue haart, which will help to restore their damaged immune system. However, there are still a few people who die from hiv/aids if disease is too advanced. ...Read more

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Please explain why is pneumonia considered a blessing of a peaceful death for one with a terminal illness?

Please explain why is pneumonia considered a blessing of a peaceful death for one with a terminal illness?

Stops suffering: If patient is suffering with chronic illness, a superimiposed pneumonia sometimes leads to death shortly after onset of infection. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of prescribed heroin for terminally-ill patients?

Heroin: Heroin does not come under the usefulness of medicines, approved in our country.

There are other medicines we use to comfort the last moments of life.
Heroin as such, has no medical use in our country. ...Read more

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WHat do doctors do for patients who are terminally ill and dying?

Terminally ill: Physicians help to keep them comfortable while allowing them to die with dignity. ...Read more

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Is hoping that I am run over by a car or have terminal illness even though I don't engage in destructive behavior a sign of mental illness?

Is hoping that I am run over by a car or have terminal illness even though I don't engage in destructive behavior a sign of mental illness?

Please, get help: These thoughts you're having could well indicate depression or other mental condition that will worsen without help. They are not indicative of health, for sure. You're hoping for things that will kill you sooner rather than later. Please see your doctor or a psychiatrist immediately for evaluation, so that you can start receiving help. Or call suicide lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255. ...Read more

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Could it be that bad to smoke crack if you have a terminal illness?

Could it be that bad to smoke crack if you have a terminal illness?

I don't encourage: Self- destructive behavior whether there is a terminal illness or not. Take care. ...Read more

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Are you considered to be 'terminally ill' when diagnosed with juvenile diabetes?

Are you considered to be 'terminally ill' when diagnosed with juvenile diabetes?

No: Absolutely not! Examples of many successful people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at various ages are abound, just google and you will be surprised! ...Read more

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When morphine is given to someone with a terminal illness, does it speed up the dying process?

No.: No, as long as it's given at the proper dosage. Extremely high doses can cause respiratory depression (i.e. Decreased breathing function), but at palliative doses, it is simply that: palliation. (note from 30 years in practice md: palliative narcotics are for many dying patients the ideal intervention to unrelenting pain, allowing them to relax or sleep and to carry on with normal dying.). ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is morphine use on terminally ill patients considered euthanasia?

No. Double Effect.: Principle of Double Effect:
1. the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral;
2. the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself;
3. the good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm. ...Read more

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How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

Cancer and survival: There are many metabolic things that happen as we begin the last stage of our lives. There are factors that are produced that result in cachexia, which essentially does not allow nutrients to be processed. At the same time, with lack of nutrition the body redistributes nutrients to just essential life-maintaining functions, thereby decreasing the amount of calories needed to survive. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if morphine use on terminally ill patients is considered euthanasia?

Can someone tell me if morphine use on terminally ill patients is considered euthanasia?

No. Double Effect.: Principle of Double Effect:
1. the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral;
2. the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself;
3. the good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm. ...Read more

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What is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?

What is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?

Concrete offers: Make specific offers, like "i'm bringing a meal over this week; what night is best? " offer to update their friends via email/phone so they can spend time with their dying loved one. Mow their lawn, take their dog for a walk, pick up groceries or dry-cleaning, do the laundry...And just be available as a friend. ...Read more