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What are the consequences of staying in a wheelchair too long?

What are the consequences of staying in a wheelchair too long?

Many: It would depend on why you are in a wheelchair, what your overall health is and your nutritional status. Being in a wheelchair is goin to cause muscle not used to become weaker and weaker. You may begin to experience breakdown of skin and underlying tissues. You may develop pressure ulcers, pressure neuropathy and general debility. Be as active as your can and keep in touch with your pcp. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from being a wheelchair too long?

How can I relieve pain from being a wheelchair too long?

Change positions: If you are having pain from sitting too much in the wheelchair, it could be that the wheelchair does not give you proper support or that the cushion you are using is not supportive enough. Like all of us however, sometimes you just need to get out of the chair for a while and lie down if possible. Sometimes if people do this in the middle of the day, they can then catch a second wind. ...Read more

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For a spinal cord injury, would you need to be in a wheelchair? If so, how long?

For a spinal cord injury, would you need to be in a wheelchair? If so, how long?

Can't tell, ask doc: It is impossible to even guess without more information about the nature of the injury, its severity, and which part of the spine was injured. The doctors provide the patient's care are by far the best to answer this. ...Read more

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This aged, disabled person, a consequence of a catastrophic cerebral event, or “stroke“, has been relegated to a wheelchair …in a nursing facility. Having objected to placement in that facility it has falsely alleged this disabled person is “..Incapacit

This aged, disabled person, a consequence of a catastrophic cerebral event, or “stroke“,  has been relegated to a wheelchair …in a nursing facility.  Having objected to placement in that facility it has falsely alleged this disabled person is “..Incapacit

This : This appears to be primarily a legal matter and i suggest to contact an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area. Since the issue of capacity of that individual has been raised, it may be helpful to obtain an opinion of a geriatric psychiatrist as to the nature of that individual's disability. Oftentimes a stroke could significantly affect the person's speech and hence the ability to communicate while leaving the ability to think, reason and make informed decisions intact. Distinguishing between these possibilities could be important in planning future care for this individual. ...Read more

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Dr b miller. Wheelchair came after disuse osteoporosis it occurred from delayed surgery need to use cuz right leg can no longer bear all the weight.

Dr b miller. Wheelchair came after disuse osteoporosis it occurred from delayed surgery need to use cuz right leg can no longer bear all the weight.

Graduated program: I think a good way to regain your ability to walk again is get up on crutches and put 25% of your weight on your leg for a week, 50% for the next week, then 75% the third week and finally 100% the fourth week. This regimen will get you the ability to get back on your feet in a month. ...Read more

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Im a repair tech and work on power and manual wheelchairs. My hands hurt and cramp up not long after i work and use tools...also swollen in morn.

Im a repair tech and work on power and manual wheelchairs. My hands hurt and cramp up not long after i work and use tools...also swollen in morn.

See specialist: See your family MD and get referral to a hand surgeon for diagnosis. Cramping and swelling can be two different things at work. At your age you should not wait and see, but rather get to MD and figure this one out. May be neurologic, vascular, muscular,or orthopedic. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Is dad dying? Dx7yrs parkinsons lewy body's.sleeping mo see t of day even while being fed pureed food.in Wheelchair 2 yrs.no longer talks.prognosis?

Is dad dying? Dx7yrs parkinsons lewy body's.sleeping mo see t of day even while being fed pureed food.in Wheelchair 2 yrs.no longer talks.prognosis?

Talk to dad's doctor: Unfortunately it sounds like your dad has had progression of his disease to a more advanced stage. Typically patients become non-ambulatory, have difficulty swallowing or clearing their airway. They often develop pneumonia. Of course your dad's doctor will have a better understanding based on your dad's case. You could use support during this time. You might consider a support group. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of holding your bladder for too long?

What are the consequences of holding your bladder for too long?

UTIs or overstretch: Easy for bacteria to reach a female's bladder, witholding urination allows bacteria enough time to multiply & cause cystitis. Witholding urination can also result in thickening of bladder detrusor muscle eventually leading to voiding dysfunction or overactive bladder. In some cases bladder stretches more & more until muscle can't contract efficiently causing partial or complete urinary retention. ...Read more

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Are there any long consequences to ivh if it is caught early?

Are there any long consequences to ivh if it is caught early?

Yes: Neurodevelopmental problems like cerebral palsy (mild, moderate or severe), delay in cognitive, speech, fine motor and gross motor areas, mental challenge etc, can result with 35 to 66 % of infants that had grade iii ivh and 90% of grade IV ivh. 10% of infants with birth weight of less than 3 lbs can have problems with co-ordination, muscle stiffness etc because of bleeding into the cerebellum. ...Read more

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