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What is the damage being an alcoholic does to your organs?

What is the damage being an alcoholic does to your organs?

Bad for many organs: Alcohol is a chemical toxin that directly damages the cells of most organs. Most notably, cell loss in the brain causes memory, vision, and coordination problems. The heart can enlarge and fail to pump properly. The liver can fail to clear toxins, remove cellular waste, and make enough proteins to help blood clot. The gastrointestinal system can fail to absorb nutrients, causing malnourishment. ...Read more

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What exactly is the process of treatment if you're in an accident that leads to you to lose your memory?

What exactly is the process of treatment if you're in an accident that leads to you to lose your memory?

?head trauma: Trauma could cause a brain injury, tbi, and/or post-traumatic stress, ptsd, and this needs evaluation. Would suggest psychologist or psychiatrist or neurologist to initiate screening, and possible neuro-psychological testing to define. Therapy is based on the diagnosis and specific limitations. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the damage does heroin do to the liver?

What is the damage does heroin do to the liver?

HepatitisB& C common: Amongst heroin users, hepatitis b & c are common due to sharing needles. Untreated, these viruses can slowly kill the liver -> cirrhosis/liver failure/liver cancer. Heroin is cut with other toxic substances, and these substances can affect a number of organs including liver, lungs (talc lung). Heroin is dangerous, and should not be used by anyone. Anyone addicted can seek help from his/her doctor. ...Read more

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What is survical cancer ? To whom it affect male or female or both. What organs affected by this and what is the remedy to avoid this cancer.

What is survical cancer ? To whom it affect male or female or both. What organs affected by this and what is the remedy to avoid this cancer.

Cervical Cancer?: Cancer of the cervix occurs in women only and is a cancer of the genital tract. This cancer is often associated with hpv infections, but not always. Symptoms include pelvic pain with or without intercourse and vaginal bleeding. ...Read more

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Does thorozine cause damage to your central nervous system and if so is there anything to possibly reverse the damage done? My brother is very shaky.

Does thorozine cause damage to your central nervous system and if so is there anything to possibly reverse the damage done? My brother is very shaky.

It can: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) can cause sedation as well as movement problems -- some of which can become permanent. Doctors monitor patients on such medications and reduce doses to the smallest effective, to avoid such long-term results. Also certain medications can ameliorate some of these problems, at least acutely. Using alternative antipsychotics @ lowest possible effective dose may be even better solution. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if the brain stem is the only part of the brain functioning, can someone ever recover?

Could you tell me if the brain stem is the only part of the brain functioning, can someone ever recover?

No, not likely: The upper brain(cerebral cortex) is what gives us the ability to think and be rational. If that part is nonfunctional, then a person is left in a vegetative state which is no good life and we should let nature take its own course and not support him/her artificially. ...Read more

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What happens if a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what happens to it?

What happens if a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what happens to it?

It Involutes: A damaged or dysfunctional spleen can gradually be resorbed by the body. This process is called involution. Sometimes a small remnant of the spleen will remain but it is not large enough or has enough blood flow to perform its job. ...Read more

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Is it possible to know whether your kidney is damaged?

Is it possible to know whether your kidney is damaged?

Yes: You have to get checked by your doctor. The doctor can perform a blood test or urine test to determine whether your kidneys have damage to them. ...Read more

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If it significant damage don't to my liver what can be done to save it, or what are the chances of continue on living with it That way?

If it significant damage don't to my liver what can be done to save it, or what are the chances of continue on living with it   That way?

Appropriate concern: ...but what do you mean by "significant damage" (e.g. fibrosis, trauma, instrumentation, etc.) and from what (e.g. alcohol, drugs, viral, etc.)? Without this context we can only guess at an answer. However, by way of reassurance, even cirrhotic patients may maintain a compensated function of the liver for a very long time. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to retrain the muscles that control what remains of our nictitating membrane so that it can be used?

Please explain if it is possible to retrain the muscles that control what remains of our nictitating membrane so that it can be used?

Not possible: Humans do not have a nictitating membrane nor even the remnants of a nictitating membrane. So no amount of muscle training can cause any change in an absent structure. ...Read more

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If a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what has actually happened to it?

If a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what has actually happened to it?

Loss of function: If your doctors are concerned enough to put you on life long antibiotics because of splenic dysfunction, then something relatively catastrophic happened to it. Was it splenic rupture (injury), infarction (blood clot), surgery or other cause the doc might have talked about? The spleen is very important for fighting infection -and is effectively a 'trap' for bacteria that might be circulating. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's factually correct to say that dementia can be cured by obstructing the pathways of the pathogens as it prevents brain damage?

Please advise if it's factually correct to say that dementia can be cured by obstructing the pathways of the pathogens as it prevents brain damage?

Too simplistic: Certainly it cannot be cured, and the story is richer than "pathogens" alone. Pathogens may include the misfolded proteins of dementia (TDP-43, AB42, phos Tau, etc), but there are also the loss of cell repair functions, genetic abnormalities such as with BACE, increased inflammation, and disease spread between cells (prion-like). Its a complex story. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cause damage to the heart from exercising too hard without having a heart attack? If so, what are the implications of this?

Is it possible to cause damage to the heart from exercising too hard without having a heart attack? If so, what are the implications of this?

Restrictive Heart : There is a rare problem seen in ultra marathoners and super high level athletes called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The heart gets so strong, almost "too strong" in a manner such that it actually IMPEDES blood flow into the heart. This is quite rare, here is a link to case study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC482078/ ...Read more

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What if the doctor doing a colonoscopy enters the duodenum by mistake? What is the danger and what does he have to do to correct it?

What if the doctor doing a colonoscopy enters the duodenum by mistake? What is the danger and what does he have to do to correct it?

IMPOSSIBLE: That is IMPOSSIBLE during a COLONOSCOPY.. the SCOPE won't reach that far!!!! You probably had (in addition to the colonoscopy) an UPPER gastrointestinal exam (They are often done in "one sitting" to avoid sedation x2!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How can a stimulatant overdose permanently affect the CNS? Why would the sympathetic system not return to normal? What treatments are best to do so?

How can a stimulatant overdose permanently affect the CNS? Why would the sympathetic system not return to normal? What treatments are best to do so?

Nifedipine: causes increased heart rate as it lowers blood pressure. Pseudoephedrine causes increased heart rate and BP. You indicate you are taking these medications. Your heart rate I would expect to be elevated. Talk to your doctor about the use of these agents and your "failure of the sympathetic nervous system to return to normal" Both agents can increase the risk of stroke too. ...Read more