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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped.  Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do diabetic people take so long to recover after surgery?

Why do diabetic people take so long to recover after surgery?

Impaired healing: Diabetics generally heal more slowly due to a combination of high blood sugar slowing down the cells the body uses to heal and because they often have decreased circulation particularly in small blood vessels. If you are diabetic and planning to have surgery, it is importan to get with your doctor and work to get your blood sugars under tight control both before and after surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a diabetic to recover from hernia surgery?

How long does it take for a diabetic to recover from hernia surgery?

Depends: There are many types of hernias, and each type is variable in terms of its severity. Some patients and some doctors group all hernias in to a category of a "simple" problem requiring "minor" surgery. Hernia repairs vary in complexity from 30 minute outpatient procedures to 8 hour complex abdominal wall reconstructions. Recovery therefore depends on what type and how severe. ...Read more

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Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Torn rotator cuff surgery & diabetes, how much longer to recover?

Let me explain: Diabetes is a multisystem disorder that affects the wound healing process. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is important as hyperglycaemia has been correlated with impaired wound healing (senior, 2000). In order to optimise wound-healing potential, patients should be encouraged to achieve target levels for glycated haemoglobin and sugar level. ...Read more

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Had surgery for ingrown toenail 8 days ago and the wound still bleeds sometimes. How long it takes to heal in diabetes and why it still bleeds & pain?

Had surgery for ingrown toenail 8 days ago and the wound still bleeds sometimes. How long it takes to heal in diabetes and why it still bleeds & pain?

It should heal soon,: If not have the doc recheck it. An ingrown usually heals just a few days after it's excised. I tell patients to come back if it's not better in 4-5 days. Many times I have to go back and get some smaller pieces because even the smallest piece of debris retained can cause a problem. Diabetes and poor circulation can slow healing but 8 days is a bit much for that. Don't be afraid :) ...Read more

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How long does recovery from diabetic retinopathy laser eye surgery take?

How long does recovery from diabetic retinopathy laser eye surgery take?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by recovery. The changes in vision from the bright light of the laser will recover within minutes. The mild discomfort you may have following panretinal photocoagualtion will go away within a day or two. If you had laser for swelling of the macula and blurred vision, the vision will very slowly improve for many months, up to years form a single treatment. ...Read more

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Which is best, bypass surgery or angioplasty for person above 75 years(7-8 blocks in RCA, DIAG), diabetic & had stroke 2 yr back(not fully recovered)?

Which is best, bypass surgery or angioplasty for person above 75 years(7-8 blocks in RCA, DIAG), diabetic & had stroke 2 yr back(not fully recovered)?

AngioPlasty or CABG: That is normally a question best answered by a cardiac surgeon. As a rule, angioplasty is less invasive but in hardened arteries it may lead to rupture during procedure and eventual surgery. Stents may also work in some situations. With your history of diabetes and stroke, the risks for any surgery are higher than normal. Please seek a second opinion if you have any doubts. Good luck. ...Read more

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Laser eye surgery has been around a long time now. What have studies shown about risks and benefits for diabetics?

Laser eye surgery has been around a long time now. What have studies shown about risks and benefits for diabetics?

Good to go: As long as there is no retinal disease from diabetes, lasik is safe for diabetics, and the fda studies did not limit surgery on patients with that disease. ...Read more