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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 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
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
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
Yes: A coma is a very serious condition associated with head injury and a certain percentage of people do not survive, however many people do survive and even recover to a great degree. The longer the coma the less complete the recovery. Even short comas of a few days can cause long term thinking problems but with rehabilitation there is potential for improvement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trauma: Deep sedation (medically induced coma) can be used to treat continuous epileptic seizures, or severe traumatic brain injury. The brain injury could be due to spontaneous bleeding in the brain. The idea is to reduce the brain's need for oxygen or eliminate abnormal brain activity. ...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
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