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What Is The Quality Of Life After Having A Lung Removed
It depends: It depends on the patient's preoperative lung function that is measured by pulmonary function tests (pft) and ventilation/perfusions scans. Based on the tests drs can predict postoperative function. If below a certain number, then there may be risk of complications and poor quality of life. Talk to a boarded thoracic surgeon before having a pneumonectomy (whole lung removed). ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Improved for most: For most patients, quality of life improves substantially, and patients resume activities that they enjoy. There are many precautions such as avoiding open soil, medication monitoring and frequent visits to your physician, as they monitor for infections and signs of rejection. ...Read more
How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing my mom's quality of life.
Oncologist: I am very sorry that your mom is terribly ill. I hope she can recover from the side effects and have a better quality of life soon. The prognosis for stage IV lung cancer is poor. However, several factors are involved on a particular patient response to a given chemotherapy agent. Your oncologist can tell you the numbers for the protocol she is on. Work on her nutritionandenjoy your times together. ...Read more
My father has 49% lung function due to congestive heart failure. He is 72 and diabetic. What can be predicted about his quality of life and care need?
Ok if self control: Needs to control fluid intake within 1500 ml = 50 ounces total per 24 hours including all types of fluids even those included in food moisture e.g. Stew. Also, salt restriction under 2000 mg salt per day. Salt rich food include bread & rolls, cured & processed meat, pizza, pickles, chips, fast food. If did that and took his meds, will do fine. Daily weights are big, call doc if off 6 lbs either way. ...Read more
For 1yr I have felt tired, short of breath, pain in chest/back on mid/right, migraines, sore joints, leg swelling/left leg. Every test in the world done but no answers. What should I do? No quality of life.
Symptoms: I am sorry to hear about your struggle. Unfortunately, you're not alone. In that case, psychological issues should be ruled out (stress, depression, etc.). Also, strange as it is, I believe that there may be some toxic substances you are exposed to in the food you eat especially if it is full of preservatives, additives, gmos, etc. It may be worthwhile to go more organic. ...Read more
I have had a decrease in quality of life since having a ACTH secreting tumor removed from my pituitary gland at age 31. Is this normal?
It could be but: This will depend on the endocrine evaluation by your endocrinologist. There are a variety of reasons why you might be feeling this way. A big part of this is how you are being supplemented since the surgical removal of the pituitary gland. ...Read more
I believe U r: Referring to lung nodules ;not polyps (which generally occur in GI tract). We don't remove benign lung nodules ;just do serial observation with chest xray, ct scan. For the ones we suspect to be cancerous, we do biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of cancer ;possibly remove them if it's a single lesion.http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/benign-lung-tumors-and-noduleshttp://www.rightdiagnosis.com/medical/b. ...Read more
Can my wife life a full life good quality life with restrictive lung disease. She's 27 doesn't smoke. Eats well 5'4 133 lbs and has lupus. Both scared?
She's got you!: No doubt, this will not be an easy life but it can be of good quality and by some definitions even full. Being scared is fair. Try to find a supportive therapy. The various lupus fdtns might have referral lists for family groups, couple therapists, etc. With support you both might have a very wonderful experience learning and loving. Duration may not be a good measure of "full". My very best 2u2. ...Read more
What is the quality of life after an ascending aortic repair and can this only be down with open surgery?
Usually good: patients usually live a normal life after aortic root repair. this has to be done by an experienced thoracic surgeon that does many of these per year at a large center. ...Read more
Varies.: Liver disease is complex, varied and fluctuates, meaning that no one persons experience of liver disease is the same as anothers. Your experience of liver problems may vary from day to day. Treat every day in as positive a manner as you can. Talk to others in your situation. Above all, don't beat yourself up... Look forward, not back. ...Read more
Depends : If you define higher quality of life as crusing thru it with minimal worry about your health & few contacts with doctors, I guess you can say it does. Of course that philosophy may tempt you to adopt bad habits that will do more harm than t1dm & lead to premature death. Well controlled dm patients often lead very enriching lives with an appreciation for the health they strive to maintain. ...Read more
Understand disease: Neurodegenerative d/o featuring milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations, delusional thoughts), excessive sleepiness, depression/anxiety/apathy, & rbd. Rbd = rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more
Considering I must have one or the other, is the quality of life considered better having an ileostomy or a colostomy?
Colostomy better: In terms of ease of management the colostomy is probably better. The cautionary note, however, is that it depends on why you're getting the surgery. If removing all the colon saves you from ongoing surveillance and possible surgery later in life that may be preferable. Also, — are there fertility ramifications? I would definitely sit down with the surgeon, take notes, and carefully explore pros & cons. ...Read more
Not always: In some cases, it is meant to prevent occasional pauses in conduction, which can occur very rarely. Sometimes they are put in to prevent the first such event, when the likelihood it will occur seems likely, and the patient may never notice a difference! If someone is fainting often, or feeling very lethargic/weak from low heart rates, the pacemaker may have a drastic impact on quality of life. ...Read more
Can you tell me about an esophagectomy because of high grade dysplasia and how is quality of life after it?
Not bad: Make significant number of patients with HGD have cancer when the resected esophgus is examined pathologically. Resection is the gold standard for treatment and 5 year survival approaches 100%. Quality of life is influenced by the resection technique and skill/experience of the surgeon. Choose a center that has extensive experience and good outcomes. ...Read more
Are GAD medications treating or need to be taken all my life? Do they have side effects on the quality of life?
Not a good idea: To take any anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication for life, unless medical or psychological conditions are severe enough to warrant. This is a medical and psychological judgment call, and is rare. The usual time these meds are taken is 6 months, and then re-assessed, thinned or stopped--with supervision. If Sx's return, meds are usually re-started, usually for longer, but not for life. ...Read more
What kind of life expectancy will a child diagnosed with lupus have? Also, what will be the quality of life in the mid to end stage?
See lung doc: One's pulmonologist can assess pre-op. Usually one's lung function will be measured with a pulmonary function test, to see if a person can even undergo lung surgery and if so, how much. The important thing is to follow one's doc's advice who knows you best, and to treat the underlying reason for the surgery. There will be decrease in quality. The Best wishes and god bless. Tough decision to make. ...Read more
Everything does: All of our experiences affect our lives. It depends on the care provided in the foster home, how long the child was there, and most importantly — how the child views the experience. Living in a foster home isn't ideal but happens when a home environment isn't safe or nurturing for a child. Children who live in foster homes often go on to be happy and healthy throughout their lives. ...Read more
Stg 4 ovarian cancer which has spread to, among other areas, liver and peritoneum. Just completed her 3rd rnd of chemo prior to a surgical consult. The questions: what is the likely quality of life after a surgical debulking? What would you say is the 2 &
Better: Stage IV ovarian cancer is an advanced stage IV addition beyond peritoneal cavity with 15.5 % of 5 yr life expectancy. Debulking of the tumor will reduce the tumor burden on host during chemo, will have better quality of life, obstructive symptoms will be relived, will enable to push to 15.5 % group. Ofcourse stage ii has much better prognosis. ...Read more
QOL: Quality of life means different things to different people. Essentially it is that constellation of life activities, physical and mental health, relationships, self-worth and happiness for an individual. Different individuals have differing perceptions of what constitutes an acceptable or pleasing qol. ...Read more
Information needed: Quality of life is different for everyone and liver disease has a broad spectrum. Much more information is necessary to be able to give a reasonable answer. What kind of liver disease and how bad? Is this due to a virus or due to an injury of some type or due to a poor lifestyle choice? To give you a good answer, more would need to be known. ...Read more
Hard of hearing: If you're constantly asking people to repeat themselves or to speak up or if you have difficulty understanding religious leader during worship or actors/actresses in movies/plays or if you can't enjoy live music at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, then hearing aid might improve your quality of life. Only you can decide if hearing impairment has affected your quality of life enough to need assistance. ...Read more
Depends: I don't think there is one definition for quality of life. Every patient and family look at different things. And the same goes for the doctor. The important thing is to try to figure out what the patient wants or would want. Then try not to insert your own feelings into it. I try to ask the family and myself what would the patient want and then try to honor that. ...Read more
Aerobic, arm/depends: There are 2 separate questions here, both great! Exercise is recommended for lung patients, with an emphasis on aerobic conditioning but also upper body weight training--which helps when short of breath. For fibrosis, chances of "removal" or cure depends on the cause. If no cause is known, less chance for resolution. See a pulmonologist (lung specialist) for evaluation. ...Read more
Quality of life means different things to different people. Essentially it is that constellation of life activities, physical and mental health, relationships, self worth and happiness for an individuals. Different individuals have differing perceptions of what constitutes an ...Read more
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