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Doctor insights on: Painful Terminal Diseases

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I'm just wondering, if you had a painful terminal disease what would you do?

I'm just wondering, if you had a painful terminal disease what would you do?

Ask for support: I would ask my doctor(s) for palliative or hospice care depending on how much time i had left. ...Read more

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Explain bechett disease is it terminal?

Explain bechett disease is it terminal?

Rarely: Behçet’s disease is likely a vasculitis problem that results in ulcers, typically in or around mucous membranes (like the mouth). Prognosis has greatly improved in the last decade or two with more severe disease in those with eye symptoms and most severe in those with central nervous system symptoms. ...Read more

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Is chronic thrombolic a terminal disease?

Unlikely.: Unclear what the actual diagnosis that was provided. However most diseases with the name 'chronic' are likely not terminal as in a prognosis of months. If talking about chronic thromboembolism that leads to pulmonary hypertension then need to discuss with your lung doctor. As with most diseases, it depends on the cause and is the cause reversible or controllable or not. ...Read more

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Is addison's disease painful?

Is addison's disease painful?

Not physically: Addison's is often diagnosed late, after months or years of simply not feeling well. Physical pain is likely to be late from muscle cramps from sodium wasting. But having no energy, swinging moods, nausea, weight loss, and being told you have mental health issues hurts in its own way. ...Read more

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Is reactive airways a terminal disease?

Is reactive airways a terminal disease?

No: There are different severity of reactive airway diseases. So the answer would be no. ...Read more

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What are some common diseases that are terminal?

Most can be: Common diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure) all can be terminal without proper care, management, and close follow-up. In some cases other more classically terminal diseases can be considered 'chronic' with lifelong active treatments. ...Read more

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Is impetigo a painful disease?

Is impetigo a painful disease?

Yes: The infected areas are swollen and usually open/ blistered - and that swelling/ infection irritates the pain nerve receptors... The pain is usually best treated by #1 - treat the infection - topical / oral antibiotics, warm wet clean compresses can soothe, and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. ...Read more

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Is chronic thromboembolism a terminal disease?

Unlikely.: Unclear what the actual diagnosis that was provided. However most diseases with the name 'chronic' are likely not terminal as in a prognosis of months. If talking about chronic thromboembolism that leads to pulmonary hypertension then need to discuss with your lung doctor. As with most diseases, it depends on the cause and is the cause reversible or controllable or not. ...Read more

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Is it hard to tell a patient they have a terminal disease?

Is it hard to tell a patient they have a terminal disease?

No. Bad: News conversations have to be done by a doctor or team that knows the patient and family and care abouth them enough to tell the truth. Being honest includes choices and consequnces. Futile care, hospice and continued involvement are part of the conversation. ...Read more

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Are there any terminal diseases that has little to no symptoms?

Are there any terminal diseases that has little to no symptoms?

Will likely occur: Some diseases are termed "silent killers" like hypertension (or diabetes or high cholesterol) when undiagnosed and before serious symptoms have developed. However for most diseases considered terminal or have progressed to a terminal stage, then even if asymptomatic for a long time, eventually some symptoms occur such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and so on. ...Read more

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I seem to have symptoms of addison's disease, and my husband wants me tested. How painful is it, and is it covered by his tricare prime insurance?

I seem to have symptoms of addison's disease, and my husband wants me tested. How painful is it, and is it covered by his tricare prime insurance?

Blood test: Talk to your primary care about this and see if he/she agrees that you should be tested for addison's disease. The workup for this involved blood testing and possible a test called acth stim test. The pain involved in all of this is just pain from the needle poke for blood tests. Insurance coverage varies but again similar to other blood tests. ...Read more

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The question is not about me I understand that an acute transformation of overlap myeloproliferative/myelodyplastictiy disorder is the terminal phase of the disorder But what is a blastic transformation of the disorder? Is it the same thing as an ac?

Acute vs blastic?: In the chronic and dysplastic hematologic malignancies that you mention (CMML and MDS), the term "acute" transformation means an evolution to acute leukemia. This is defined as more than 20% "blast" cells microscopically. Therefore acute and blastic transformation are the same thing. ...Read more

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Is hemophilia a terminal disease?

Is hemophilia a terminal disease?

NO: The HIV epidemic affected many hemophiliacs but those that survived through that time and those diagnosed after the HIV epidemic was fully realized have an opportunity to have their disease effectively managed. ...Read more

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I just found out that one of my good friends has chron's disease. Is it considered a terminal disease?

No: Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease of unknown cause. It can often be put into a state of remission (no symptoms) by medication. Untreated, it can be very debilitating, possibly causing malnutrition. But it is very rarely fatal. ...Read more

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Is a disease that is only treated as "pain management" often terminal?

No: There are many other conditions that a pain specialist can help with, including chronic back pain and complex regional pain syndrome. ...Read more

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Whats this mean? No dr to see, ordered b/c painful breathe. Multiple bilat noncalc pulm nod 3-4mm. Favors granulomatous process (disease wrote above)

Inconclusive.: Small pulmonary nodules can be lots of things. Old granulomatous disease from a prior infection is most common. If you could provide the radiologist with old studies that would be extremely helpful. If not then follow up imaging is important. ...Read more

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What are examples of terminal heart diseases?

What are examples of terminal heart diseases?

Heart disease: Any heart disease if its caused enough damage to seriously impair the supply of blood at adequate pressure to the body can be 'terminal'. Extensive myocardial infarction with resultant refractory congestive heart failure can be terminal, likewise dilated cardiomyopathy causing similar refractory congestive failure and multiorgan failure. The answer is more complicated than the above tho' ...Read more