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is cpr recommended with patients having spinal fracture?


is it okay to perform cpr if the patient has spinal fracture?
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What is spinal anesthetic and how does it work?


I'm wondering as I'm getting surgery tomorrow on my leg, and decided to go with a spinal instead of a nerve block. I'm wonder what it consists of, how much it hurts, what are the biggest risks.

I choose this instead of the nerve block due to having severe nausea last time with it and minor nerve problems (numbness going on about 5 months now).

Thank you so much for any help!
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This is also called an epidural block. They will have you sit on the bedside and lean your upper body over the bed table although some do it with you in a fetal position on the bed. They numb the area they will put the spinal needle,a catheter tube that is inside the needle and place the needle into the epidural space (the area between the spine and outer covering). It usually takes only a few minutes. It's the same thing that pregnant women get before child birth. When the surgery is over,you will be numb and tingling in your legs and will have to stay flat in bed until you are told it is OK to raise your head. If you get up too soon you can have a major headache. The best thing is you want have any pain from the surgery until your feeling returns. Depending on how major the surgery is,sometimes they leave the catheter in so they can medicate you or hook you to a pump so you can medicate yourself with a pain medication (not the same medication they used to numb you in the first place)It will be a timed pump so you can't over medicate yourself.
The risks: Headache,someone not experienced in doing epidurals and putting the needle too deep causing nerve damage (not likely).Good luck tomorrow  (+ info)

How do I lose 30 pounds to prepare for spinal fusion?


I cannot exercise because of extreme 10+ level pain. Spinal stenosis, degenerative disks full spinal involvement. I am not active by choice, but I am asking how to lose weight to prepare for three level spinal fusion. What can a person like me do to lose the weight without the ability to exercise?
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Through a calorie-reduced diet it's very possible to lose weight without exercise at all. Eat 1200-1500 calories, making sure to get 5-10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day (and try to keep it down to 4-6 servings of grains per day), and cutting out the obviously bad-for-you things like junk food, candy, fast food, convenience foods and you can lose 10lbs per month (with potentially more in the first month if you're retaining water due to a diet high in salt and processed foods).

I lost most of my weight through diet alone - the first 65lbs only through diet before adding walking. So I know it's possible. Good luck with getting where you need to be for the fusion surgery.  (+ info)

What should my daughter expect during and after a spinal tap?


My daughter is having a MRI and a Spinal Tap tomorrow. I heard that the spinal taps are painful, but how painful and I was wondering if she can expect a headache? How bad will it be? How long does she have to stay at the hospital after the tap? Thank you!
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If your daughter gets a headache after the spinal tap, report it immediately. The headaches can become so severe that she will throw up from just moving herself into a different position. There is no way to treat the headaches except for a blood patch (which is where they put blood in to replace the cerebrospinal fluid). No amount of painkillers with help with the headache. So watch for drainage around the site and if she starts experiencing a headache, take her back to the hospital. Usually it's an in and out procedure like a surgery.  (+ info)

Is there any known homeopathic treatment for spinal tumors? Even to just reduce the size of one?


The tumor resides between the C1 and C2 vertibrae, in the center of the spinal cord. It is extremely slow growing and not causing any physical issues yet.
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If your tumor is benign, you should go to your doctor immediately to have it removed or else (because its growing in an awkward place) it will be too late to remove it when it grows larger (may damage the adjacent nerves).........
Anyways here are some other obtions for you + Homeopathic remedies & websites that you can scroll through to find out more...
p:s Had it been god forbid Malignant, you would have known what to do by now!!

All the best..  (+ info)

Is a Dynatron sts machine avaliable with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?


My girlfriend has RSD. After many surgerys doctors decided to go with a spinal cord stimulator for her arms and legs. Her legs seem to be in much better pain-free atmosphere, her arms are extremely in chronic pain. She is on oxymorphone and oxycontin to control the pain but we are hoping for an alternative method. I have read about a dynatron sts machine for nerve pain. Would this be a solution considering she already has a spinal cord stimulator?
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Hi. Your girlfriend should have no problem at all using this type of unit in conjunction with her spinal cord stimulator as they are stimulating different nerves at different levels. In any case, if the STS gave her some relief in her arms but somehow caused interference, she could turn her spinal stimulator off for short periods to use the SCS on her arms. I have CRPS/RSD in my legs and arms - I have a spinal cord stimulator (and an intrathecal drug pump) and have used something similar to the STS (though with no success).

My only concern with the STS would be whether she would tolerate it the patches that are used to adhere the electrodes to the skin. I had some problems from a sensitivity perspective, despite the fact that I do a lot of desensitisation work every day. The big worry however was that the adhesive on the electrode patches caused my skin to ulcerate, producing wounds that took many months to heal.

As you are looking at alternatives, or at least adjunctive to medication (I know how she feels - I take so many tablets that I feel as though I'd rattle if you shook me!)

Anyway, I hope that answers your question and really hope that she can try the STS system with  (+ info)

How can i tell if my stress fractures are healed?


Sustained stress fractures during bct. Has been roughly eight weeks since. How do I know if it's safe to run on them again? There is still slight pain if I jog, but walking is no problem. Is this just residual pain? Is any pain at all at this point normal?
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What is the incubation period of bacterial spinal menigitis?


I have a neighbor that is in school and she needs help on an assignment. She needs to know when you get spinal menigitis how long does it actually take before the symptoms take place. Please help me on this it will really help me and my neighbor . Thanks sooo much.
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningitis/DS00118

this report from the Mayo Clinic may help u. they always have the best medical advice.  (+ info)

How long is average recovery time after a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis?


My doctor told me today that if I got the procedure done in June, I would not be able to attend my fall semester of college, because the recovery time would be about six months. But I do know another girl who had spinal fusion, and she was back in school right on time after her surgery in June. If it helps at all, I have an S shaped curve, with the preeminent curve measuring almost 50 degrees.
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Hey, okay so firstly all surgeries are different because well we all have different consultants but i doubt that you'd be off school for 6 months. I had my operation for a 100 degree curve on the 21st of February and i went back 5 weeks after the surgery. the average of going back to school or work is 6-8 weeks so no idea where 6 months came from. After 3 months you will be practically back to normal. During the 3 months you cant bend or twist etc but at 3 months you can do mostly everything except physical contact sports, theme parks the obvious things. :) Hope i helped. xx  (+ info)

What part of your spinal cord would you have to damage to die?


What parts of the spinal cord tell the heart to beat and the lungs to breath so if you damaged it you would die pretty suddenly?
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The spinal cord is a long, thin, tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that extends from the brain (the medulla specifically). The brain and spinal cord together make up the central nervous system.
The spinal cord itself doesn't regulate the respiratory or cardiac centers,they are located in the brain.
Infections in the spinal cord fluid can travel to the brain and affect these areas.Trauma to the brain would cause deterioration(due to lack of blood supply) to these areas and eventually death.  (+ info)

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