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Person Coma Hear
Likely yes!: I can answer this from personal experience. I spent months in an ICU on a ventilator and I was in a coma for part of that time. I heard a lot more than anyone imagined! Believe me, I could write a soap opera. Always assume that someone in a coma can hear you. Talk to the person as if they can, and put your mouth close to their ear. Don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so! ...Read more
It depends: There are many forms of coma. With light coma the patient can be aware and remember everything that occurs around him. In deeper forms they may be aware but do not remember. In very deep forms there is no awareness or memory. It is very difficult for even highly trained observers to judge the level of coma. No specfic test is definitive. Assume they are aware until proven otherwise. ...Read more
No: In true coma there is no recognition of anything in the environment. Sometimes people who have been in a coma remember conversations, but many times these never occurred. Dreams and other neurologic functions can cause false memories. However, it's a good idea to always act as if the person can hear what you say. When coming out of a coma some conversations may be remembered. ...Read more
Can you explain if it's true that when someone is in a coma, they can hear things, but can't respond?
It can be true: Coma is a state where people do not respond to the environment. There are several causes of coma. It can be induced by medications, can be caused by trauma, infection as exemple of a few. Depending on of the depth of the coma or the cause and where the lesion is the patient might be able to hear but not respond. ...Read more
My head feels cold inside, I get electric shock, I hear a ringing sound, my hands get sweaty and I feel as if I'm going to have a stroke or go in coma?
Coma: "Tired" and "alert" refer to normal daily circadian rhythms relating to sleep and waking states. A coma is a different state, with brain dysfunction caused by many things (infection, low oxygen, toxins, continued seizures, medications and others. When the coma is resolved, the brain will return, slowly, to the normal waking and sleeping rhythms. The transition out of coma is more or less slow. ...Read more
3-4 days: 3-4 days. Also, depends on how much damage to liver or other organs occured due to toxic effects of oxycontin. ...Read more
Coma time: No great work has been done. The amount of time is less important than the brain that is left to recover. ...Read more
Lack of oxygen: Being shot in the chest will seriously compromise your ability to breathe. Hypoxia or anoxia may have taken place, resulting in brain damage. Another reason is that there may have been a great loss of blood, causing lack of blood to the brain resulting in brain damage. It is common for both mechanisms to co exist. ...Read more
Can one person without being in a coma have abnormal posturing? What are the causes of this symptom? Thanks.
Yes!! : Abnormal posturing can occur in a large variety of conditions from psychiatric states (e.g. Catatonic schizophrenia) to organic conditions including drug reaction, cerebral palsy, extrapyramidal disorders (such as chorea, parkinson's disease, hemi ballismus dystonia's etc) the list is not exhaustive! ...Read more
What determines if a dying person slips into several hours of coma before death, or if a dying person is delirious before death?
Can an alive body confuse us as it is dead? Is a person having coma looks same like a dead one, which points of appearance distinct coma and death.
Tests to consider: Usually we pronounce some one dead if they do not respond to painful stimuli (rubbing chest with knuckles) no spontaneous respirations, no pulse and no audible heart tones and pupils are fixed and non responsive to light. In addition, you can also look at a EKG or heart monitor to see if there is electrical activity of the heart. If all else fails we perform a EEG to look at brain wave activity ...Read more
I am having very active person and I am a vegetarian. I was in a coma a year ago for wo weeks but I can't seem to get the weight back any suggestions?
Eat more carbs: If you are a vegetarian, and you can't gain weight, you can try eating more carbs. Breads, pastas, polenta, rice, etc, will help you gain weight. I'm not sure that the coma a year ago plays into your weight situation but if you had a head injury, you need to have someone help you heal it so that you can feel as good as possible. ...Read more
Treatment of coma: Is largely supportive in addition to treating the cause of the coma. The chances for recovery depend on the cause of the coma, whether the problem can be corrected, and the duration of the coma. People in comas likely require an intensive care unit and may often require full life support until their situation improves. ...Read more
Duration of coma: Coma itself is not a progressive disorder. It is induced by an underlying condition. Unless there a progression of the cause of coma, the coma will not cause additional changes. Caring for someone in coma, care must be taken for appropriate nutrition, oxygenation, skin to avoid ulceration and monitor for infection, since persons in coma may have compromised immune systems. ...Read more
As long as needed: The coma used in medical situations is due to risk of injury while fighting a ventilator, or supporting a dire condition. When the medical situation is stable, sedation is reversed. It is a preventive treatment to improve outcomes, but has risks in managing nutrition and loss of strength for the duration of bed rest. Ask questions of the doctors and nurses and maintain hope. ...Read more
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