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How does physical therapy help muscle wasting?

What role does physical therapy have in the condition of wasting where you lose body mass from the loss of tissue, muslce fat, etc? Why must people who have wasting syndrome go through physical therapy? Any information would be appreciated?

To be a bit more precise, physical therapy addresses the funcitonal limitations that occur as a result of muscle wasting. Specifically, if you have the problem that you cannot stand up without the use of your arms, it is the job the the physical therapist to:
A: Identify the level of impairment and quantify it objectively
B: Determine which muscles are contributing to the deficiency (or loss of coordination, or spasticity, etc.)
C: Develop a treatment plan to address that deficit
D: Implement that treatment program
E: Reassess at a later time to see if correcting the impairment has lead to an increase in function.

In this case, a program of progressive resistive exercise is probably indicated. This increases the amount of connective tissue that allows for proper functioning of the muscle at the cellular level. It may also result in "neuralization" or increasing the amount of nerve branches to allow the brain to more effectively communicate with the muscle. The goal, of PT, however is independence. If what you need to do can be done safely by yourself or in the gym setting (ie, if you have no FUNCTIONAL deficits) the PT can instruct you on which exercises to do or refer you to a personal trainer.

In conclusion, the PT addresses the functional impairments that accompany the condition. It is also the job of the PT to determine when it is appropriate to progress your program. It is not the job of the physical therapist to "watch you exercise" in a routine that can be done in the home or with a personal trainer. That would be a waste of your money!!  (+ info)

I have a friend with irretable bowel syndrome, and she is awaiting to go in hospital for tests?

Whenever she eats, her stomach expanse like she is four or five month pregnant, the Doctors have said its just IBS,but i read in a magazine that there is a condition that causes a lifelong muscle wasting condition in the intestines & the wall of the stomach lining.But i am not sure to mention it to her.
Does anyone know what else it could be based on the symptoms as she is in a lot of pain.

If it's IBS, that is certainly not going to cause lifelong muscle wasting, etc. I have had IBS for years and it means that when my stomach bothers me, I have to stay away from certain foods for a while. There is a wonderful book I recommend called something like "what you can eat if you have IBS" and it tells you what kind of foods aggravate your stomach if you have IBS so you can avoid or limit them. It really is no big deal so if it's IBS, she will be fine. Also, many people develop an allergy to milk as they age and have to either avoid lactose or drink lactose free milk and dairy products instead. Again, no big deal - they sell the stuff in the store right next to the regular milk and it tastes the same.  (+ info)

What is the life expectancy of someone with AIDs who already has wasting syndrome and is not taking antivirals?

I have a family member that is 36 and I believe that she has AIDs. She did have intercourse with a guy that we recently found out died with AIDs. The relationship was a 7 year relationship that ended 8 years ago. Since 3/08, she has become confused, weak, forgetful, has lost 100 lbs (use to weigh 200 now weighs <100 lbs). She denies taking any medications due to not having insurance and also has numbness and tingling down both legs. She has 4 kids that do NOT live with her and I am wondering about how long she has left if she does have AIDs. The kids are 16,14,10,&8, they are very scared and confused. I am wondering if she will possibly be gone by Christmas. It won't be a good year if so. Please help if you can!

She should go get tested! She can do that for free! If she has aids and not HIV+ a doctor or the people in the center can probably advice her better about how long she will live, how can she fight it, how much money will she need to spend, and if there is a program to help her pay the expenses (even without health insurance). Don't just sit and wait for her to die... Intervention time!  (+ info)

If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, do you use all your eggs quicker and go through menopause?

If every month each ovary has multiple follicles that are "semi-maturing" but not fully to ovulate, doesn't it seem like every month you are wasting tons of eggs?? Only serious answers please.. It just makes sense to me, if every month you have 10-15 follicles on an ovary, then you are going to waste them all and go through menopause quicker??

That's not exactly right. Instead of the ovary ovulating like it should once a month and the egg travelling down the fallopian tube and out, in pcos sufferers, the egg doesn't. It stays on the ovary. If this happens every month, it builds up and is what we know as pcos. You don't lose 10-15 eggs per month. It is hard to conceive because the eggs don't mature properly and descend down the fallopian tubes. So in answer to your question, no you don't go through menopause quicker.  (+ info)

Has anyone suffered from Post Abortion Stress Syndrome? What did you do to help?

I VERY regretfully had an abortion this past winter. And three months later (as I was eventually expecting) I got really depressed. Then it changed into getting angry at almost anything. Picking fights with my boyfriend about nothing. I also, seemed to acquire a new found fear of bugs.
I kept all of my bad feelings about what happened to myself for so long...I didn't talk about it (I thought it'd upset my boyfriend too much- cause despite what people will think it's not something we really wanted to do - and I don't need to explain why we did) it's like they're all exploding at once now in an angry form.
This is not the kind of person I am. I don't want to be angry and irrational about everything. I don't want to hurt my boyfriend with my emotional mess.
I heard all of these are symptoms related to P.A.S.S. And I was wondering what others, if they had it, did to help them through it.

I don't need anyone to tell me how horrible I am, either. So don't waste your time.


what u need to remember is that it was not a bad decision to have the abortion - you are still a good person!

but you knew it wasn't your time to start a family. you didn't kill anything - you simple stopped a process. the government is very regulative about things like this, so know that you are NOT murderer. u just knew what you had to do and you did it. don't regret it, just don't use this option often. it was a mistake that happened and needed to be taken care of, and you were woman enough to take care of it.

as for your depression, everyone feels blue once in a while. but you cannot let yourself think too much on the abortion! u will overanalyze things and that will not help you get out of your funk.
don't tell people about your abortion because they wil judge you. do not talk freely about it because it is nothing to be boastful about.
DO WRITE in a journal. DO JOIN group. DO TAKE ATHLETICS that will help you focus on you, your appreance, your body, and your health. these are all tricks to help make you a better person sooner than later.
please use this advice. it's always hard to go through an ordeal that laters leaves you asking "what if" but asking that question rarely makes you feel better about anything.  (+ info)

How am i supposed to live a normal life if I suffer from ME (or chronic fatigue syndrome as its commonly known

ive been suffering from ME since i can remember. At 25 ive never been close to settling. I havent got the stamina to hold down a normal job and have had loads of jobs since leaving school. Ive been to counsillors, GPs, even a chronic fatigue clinic. None have helped. Im on Anti-depressents which helps a little, but it doesnt help my concentration or memory. I darent talk to any one about it cause i think people will just think im being lazy but its not that at all, i genuinely dont have the energy to do anything half of the time. Its embarrassing, and although ive hidden it well all my life, people are just starting to think im a waste of space. How can i live a normal life when i feel like this?

I don't think it's you. It's probably the low-level jobs you've worked in the past that make you think you have ME. Have you ever noticed that the higher-paying jobs are always the ones with the least amount of work and stress involved?  (+ info)

What is the name of the syndrome that the person may appear to have facial characteristics of down's syndrome?

I previously watched a documentary about sufferers of a syndrome whose facial features appeared to be down's syndrome but it wasn't down's syndrome. The grow to be quite large adults and have special needs. Does anyone know the name of this condition?

Klinefelter syndrome  (+ info)

Are there different types of Down syndrome and what areas of the body does Down syndrome affect? ?

Also, are there any significant statistics related to Down syndrome? Has Down syndrome received any recent attention from the media? Are there any famous people that have Down syndrome.
Answer as many of the above questions as possible.

There are three types of Down syndrome, garden variety Trisomy 21, mosaicism and translocation.

Read more at:

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome (English, Spanish, French)

There is a slide show that also incorporates videos of the featured 'More Alike than Different' cast at the National Down Syndrome Congress website:


And great information at the National Down Syndrome Society website:
Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

You might also enjoy

Margaret's Guide to Down Syndrome

For bios of actors with Down syndrome, see:

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene


DS in Arts and Media


Michael Johnson


Sujeet Desai

Down Syndrome Links at the Family Village website

Check out this recent New York Times article:

The DNA Age: Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus

Have fun with your research!
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What is so bad about having down syndrome?

I think people are a lot colder than they want you to believe. Too many pregnancies prediagnosed with down syndrome are terminated! Doctors tell people that their kid will be like some animal and people believe them. I've met my share of people with down syndrome, and they all seem pretty human to me. On top of that, they were all decent folks, which is a lot more than I can say for the general population. And how does knowing that unborn children are purged because of down syndrome affect those who were born and have down syndrome?

WOW!! I'm so glad that there are other people who's lives have been touched as mine has. See when I was 28 I gave birth to twin girls and one of them was born with Mosaic down syndrome. Of course, I didn't know much about it til now....and yes I was shocked. They are 14 months old now, and such a blessing as well as my two boys. My daughter is about 4 months behind in her milestones, but she is always so happy! Out of all my kids she is the easiest to handle.

It's always nice to have other people, who see that they are more alike, then different from the rest of us.  (+ info)

What is the syndrome called when you cannot feel physical pain?

I remember watching a show a long time ago, and this one little girl was born with a syndrome where she could never feel pain. If she fell on the floor and cut her knee, she wouldn't cry, whereas most children would.

What is this called? Is it a syndrome? Is it a medical condition? I just want to know what it's called, and I can do the research on it.

It is for a story I am writing but I don't entirely know what it is.

It's called "congenital insensitivity to pain"  (+ info)

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