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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Overview)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, brain problems, and toxins..


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What is the definition of shock?

What is the definition of shock?

Supply & demand: Shock occurs when blood flow isn't enough to meet the body's energy needs. Usually, the blood pressure and/or output of the heart is low-the tissues of the body don't get enough oxygen due to inadequate blood flow/perfusion. Sometimes, if the energy requirements of the body are high (hypermetabolic), then seemingly normal supply just isn't enough to meet the demand.

Dr. William Walsh
1,221 Doctors shared insights

Shock (Overview)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, brain problems, and toxins..


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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

See below: In response to shock, the body secretes many substances, called cytokines, which may be damaging to the lungs causing an acute inflammatory reaction.

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Are fevers considered a symptom of emotional shock?

Are fevers considered a symptom of emotional shock?

Fever: This would be rather unusual, but not impossible, although I am not at all sure what you mean by "emotional shock". Generally psychiatric conditions in which fever occurs may have underlying organic illnesses as their cause. My advice would be to see an infectious diseases expert if the fever persists.

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What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?

What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?

Response to horror: I agree with dr. Rao about feeling shock, bewilderment, and fear when seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder. The person also often feels helpless -- not able to do anything in the situation. Also, some have dissociative symptoms: numbness, detachment, decreased emotional responsiveness; reduced awareness of surroundings; derealization; depersonalization; sometimes amnesia too.

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What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

Fever and rash: Fever, faint sunburn type rash which may not be noticed, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, severe weakness, in ability to stand up, just feeling very sick.

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Am diagnosed with MS having 2 lesions on spine causing electric shock symptoms up spine into head, could I safely take hypericum to dampen pain.?

Am diagnosed with MS having 2 lesions on spine causing electric shock symptoms up spine into head, could I safely take hypericum to dampen pain.?

Why consider this?: Hypericum is a homeopathic remedy for anxiety and depression, and would have absolutely no effect on a Lhermitte's phenomenon, which you describe. You would likely find better benefits from gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Gralise, or Horizant, all prescription meds which your doctor could provide. Also, make certain that you are taking a potent MS medication, such as one of the orals, or Tysabri (natalizumab).

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How do they test for toxic shock syndrome?

Blood, urine, vaginal: And throat sample. There's no one specific test for toxic shock syndrome. You may need to provide blood and urine samples to test for the presence of a staph or strep infection. Samples from the vagina, cervix and throat may be swabbed for laboratory analysis.

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What are the tests for shock?

What are the tests for shock?

Clinical diagnosis: Low blood pressure, rapid thready pulse, peripheral vasoconstriction, cold clammy skin are usual manifestations of shock. In septic shock the skin may be flushed rather than cold and clammy. No lab tests are needed for this diagnosis.

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I wish to know how do you treat for shock?

What kind of a chock: Please tell me what kind of a chock treatment you want know.

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How long would it take for abdominal trauma to cause shock?

How long would it take for abdominal trauma to cause shock?

Depends: Internal bleeding is a common cause of shock. Depending on exactly what was injured, shock could occur within 5 to 10 minutes, and would certainly be evident within 30 minutes. Symptoms would be increasing abdominal pain, fast weak pulse, sweating, shortness of breath, confusion or loss of consciousness, or agitation. Alcohol or drugs could block some of the symptoms.

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With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

Daily chore..: Sorry to say, but reactive hypoglycemia, which is typically what we experience, is not curable. Proper management includes smaller more frequent meals with as much as 35 grams of fiber for a woman/50 grams of fiber for a man divided evenly amongst the meals, with the intent of smoothening out the release of insulin from the pancreas throughout the day and night.

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Is it uncommon for teenagers to have toxic shock syndrome? Is this treated differently?

No: Any one, regardless of age, can become a victim of toxic shock yndrome related to tampons. The treatment is the sme regardless of age.

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What is the best treatment for shock?

What is the best treatment for shock?

Find the cause.: Shock is a general term that refers to a condition where the body is trying desperately to maintain stability of normal vital signs, but failing. There are several major types of shock, depending on the reason for the condition. Trauma, infection, spinal cord injury, and cardiac failure are some of the more typical reasons. The best treatment differs for each category.

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Are there any shock treatments for gender identity disorder?

Are there any shock treatments for gender identity disorder?

Not specifically: "shock" therapy is not used to treat gender identity disorder. However, it can be useful in treatment-resistant depression and some psychoses. Depression frequently travels along with gender identity disorder, but there are many treatment options before ECT would be considered or used.

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Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Possible: Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective at relieving pain from plantar fasciitis in about 2/3 of patients. It works by stimulating the inflammatory cascade thus causing he body to heal itself. I also believe that stretching, good shoes, and custom orthotics are important in preventing the plantar fasciitis from returning.

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation.

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My daughter was given propofol and sux at the same time and went into anaphalactic shock. How do I know which drug she reacted to for future surgeries?

My daughter was given propofol and sux at the same time and went into anaphalactic shock. How do I know which drug she reacted to for future surgeries?

PROPOFOL & SUX: I would think that the Propofol would be the more dangerous of the two. Succinylcholine (sux) can also cause anaphylaxis, but it's somewhat more prevalent with the propofol. For any future prospective operations, do check with the anesthesiologist.

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