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What are the complications if a person has nephrotic syndrome and gets cancer?


My wife has nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disease) and the doctor, due to recent blood test findings, believes she has cancer. Are there any complications that could come from having the syndrome and having to now fight cancer.
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This is a dillematic situation - so far that I can say. Kidney cancer is a rare type of cancer. To treat cancer, doctor would suggest chemo/radiation/surgery... depends on the stage.

Does the disease affect both kidneys or only one? All chemo drugs are very strong, I'm afraid cannot be applied to your wife, given that her kidney is the one who has problem.

However, I believe that your doctor will know the best of her condition, hence can determine best treatment (maybe kidney transplantation?). '

In the mean time, it's important that your wife change to a healthy lifestyle, healthy food and enough rest. Good luck.  (+ info)

What are the odds to having a down syndrome baby with 2 ultrasound abnormalities?


I went in for my ultrasound at 19 wks and found out the baby has echoing in the heart ventricles and a cyst at base of brain. Individually, they would not be concerned, but because 2 abnormalities are present I need to go in for a level 2 ultrasound. What are my odds for having a down syndrome baby at 30 with these abnormalities being present?
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I am 34 and had 2 abnormalities on my son's ultrasound. He had an echogenci foci (white spot on the heart) and a dilated kidney. He is a perfect 3 month old. 2 abnormalities is not unusual at all. Try not to worry. I know that's hard because I've been there.  (+ info)

How can I make my friend with asperger syndrome feel better about herself?


My best friend has asperger syndrome and she usually tells me how crappy she is. I always try to make her feel better about herself, but nothing seems to work. Help please?
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This is tough, as she already has low self-esteem. see if you can find some story of a person who overcame the very problem she has, as she needs a goal to aim for  (+ info)

What are the best treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?


I have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist. The doctor told me that its not severe enough for surgery, but it still bothers me a lot. Are there any at home treatments or remedies to help with the discomfort?
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There are as usual no useful 'home remedies'. You give little detail I am afraid Stephanie, so I can only be very general. I assume that you are not currently pregnant, (one cause of carpal tunnel.) Others include hypothyroidism, which must be excluded by blood testing, weight gain and fluid retention.

Other than exercise and physio surgery is generally the only other option though all the possible causes need to be excluded first.  (+ info)

What is the difference between chondromalacia and patellafemoral syndrome?


I have been diagnosed with patellafemoral syndrome, but was wondering what the difference is between these two?

Also, I have been doing physical therapy for about 5 weeks now, and adamently doing my exercises at home. We started the bike and treadmill during my sessions, but had to stop both times due to pain. Has anyone else experienced this? Why am I not getting better?
Also, if anyone can give me any excercise ideas... I am 20 and a college student with access to a great gym and rec facility. What should I avoid, besides running? (Bikes and ellipticals even hurt worse than running...) What kind of machines can I use and shouldn't I use? How can I get a cardio workout without straining my knees?
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Patellafemoral syndrome refers to pain that occurs due to misarticulation of the patella....this can be caused by a tight quadiceps, weak quadriceps, abnormal angle between the hip and knee, poor foot alignment, as well as a number of other things.

Chondromalacia patella refers to changes on the underside of the patella, causing it to "soften." Chondromalacia patella is usually caused by patellafemoral syndrome...chronic misarticulation causes these changes.

This is not a no pain no gain situation...as painful exercises may only further exaccerbate your condition. Once chondromalalica patella occurs, it usually takes a couple months for the majority of the pain to go away, but could take up to 3-6 months of continuing the home exercise program.

It requires a delicate balance between doing too much and doing too little. Different treatment option in physical therapy include: stretching/strengthening of deficiant muscle groups, addressing any foot anomalies, bracing or taping techniques, etc. All of these would best be discussed with your PT since he or she has completed the evaluation.  (+ info)

What percentage of individuals with Autism or Asperger syndrome get married?


I have Asperger syndrome. But I was wondering out of curiosity, it seems as if most "normal" people eventually get married at some point in their lives. This may not necessarily be true of autistic individuals, so does anybody have statistics?
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I don't think there's a specific statistic, but it is known that many people with Aspergers do get married. I know a few who have. Aspergers only creates a delay in understanding social cues, it doesn't make a person unable to have good relationships.  (+ info)

How can you tell if someone has Munchausen Syndrome?


I have a friend who is constantly complaining about irrational things, she always thinks that she's sick and the only thing she will talk about (besides the complaining) are her doctors. Is it possible that she has Munchausen Syndrome?
I forgot to add that she deliberately causes harm to herself and tries to makes people think it's from some sort of physical ailment. She's always diagnosing herself with random diseases or conditions.
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Munchausens isn't necessarily making someone else ill - if you make someone else ill, it's actually munchausens by proxy. I did a bit of research a while back because I'm convinced this girl displays symptoms of it - she's always in and out of hospital for something, but oddly enough seems fine the rest of the time. Plus she's a renowned liar anyway.
Your friend needs help, but are you positive that she doesn't have any of things she says she does? I wouldn't say abandon her - she's obviously troubled and needs your support. It could be Munchausens, but it could be something less complex like depression or an anxiety disorder. Obviously only a doctor would be able to assess her properly.  (+ info)

How long would Guillain–Barré syndrome take to show up in someone after an injection?


How long would Guillain–Barré syndrome take to show up in someone after an injection?
So lets say someone got a swine flu shot, and they contracted GB syndrome, would they be able to be diagnosed right away? or would GB take a while to take effect?
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Guillain-Barré syndrome is rare. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after a person has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally, surgery or vaccinations (any vaccinations) will trigger the syndrome. It can develop over the course of hours or days, or it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks. Most people, however, recover from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, although some continue to have some degree of weakness.  (+ info)

How do they determine Down Syndrome while pregnant?


I just seen a question on here about the blood test they offer you to take. My doctor asked me if I wanted to do it but I asked her for some time to think about it. But how exactly do they determine a baby having down syndrome? And what causes a child to have down syndrome?

Sorry if it seems like a stupid question but this is my first child and I am really curious.
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there are 2 ways.

the first calculates the probabilty of down. an ultrasound is done at 13weeks which measures the nuchal translucency (thickness) of the babys neck, this along with a blood test and family history, calculates a probability of downs.

the second, give a clear yes or no answer. its called amniocentesis. a needle is passed into the amniotic sac and a sample of fluid is taken, tested and gives a resulted of the chromosomes, downs is identified by 1 extra chromosome to a 'normal' sample. this test is fairly invasive, and carries a 1% chance of miscarriage.  (+ info)

What happens when two down syndrome people have a baby?


I know downs syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome 21, I want to know if when two people with downs syndrome have a baby if the extra chromosome match up and the baby doesn't have it or has special abilities or something.
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The first of the X-men is born.  (+ info)

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