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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Shes 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 person’s experience of liver disease is the same as another’s. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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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