I used to get mails from patients asking about their problems. I usually reply them via mail itself. But some mails deserve special attention. here is one like that. With the permission of the sender, I am publishing it here.
Dear Doctor: I am Michael from N. Carolina. I am going to have a surgery next month. I have some doubts regarding anesthesia, which I fear to ask the medical team. The questions are:
- Will it be very severe to bear the pain?
- Will it cause any side effects?
- How long it will take to relieve from the effects of anesthesia
- Can anesthesia fail and make me suffer the whole pain the surgery may give?
Your question seems incomplete, as it doesn’t contain any details of the surgery you are going to have. Anyway, I think you need a complete awareness about the topic. Many people asked me similar questions about anesthesia and some fear to ask because they simply don’t know how to ask medical questions to a doctor. Awareness about what is going to happen in the operation theater will help you to reduce stress and tension.
By the way, severe pains, side effects or reactions caused by anesthesia are extremely rare. And that extremely rare condition is called malignant hyperthermia. It is an inherited disorder. In this condition, the patient will react abnormally to anesthetics causing severe or fatal reactions. Fortunately, this occurs only in extreme rarity. Certain general drugs used in anesthesia react with some proteins in muscle cells which cause abnormal muscle contraction. This muscle contraction keeps on going and produces heat.
Symptoms of this condition are characterized by painful muscles, abnormal rise of body temperature, flushing of skin, abnormal heart beat and uncontrollable breath. Urine of the patient may change brown or dark brown in color due to the color of protein in the damaged cells. Blood pressure may go down and patient develops confusion and nausea. These symptoms are seen within an hour after medication. Mostly it is treated according to symptoms.
It is necessary to make sure that you are not prone to malignant hyperthermia, before undergoing any surgery which require general anesthesia. But it is not practical to do confirmatory tests on everyone who require simple general anesthesia. So, what we do is to give a small dose of this drug to the patient. Moreover, the doctor (or the aesthete) will be ready with a dose of drug called dantrolene. It is also called dantrium. Dantrolene is an antidote used against general anesthesia. It is a muscle relaxant and pain killer. With a timely treatment, severity of hyperthermia can be suppressed. However it can take from 24 hours to a few days for a complete recovery. In some rare cases where prompt antidote was not given, respiratory failures and kidney failures occurred.
Apart from this, anesthesia doesn’t cause severe pain or post-surgery difficulties. If you have any family history of malignant hyperthermia, let you doctor know about that. However, you should be tested before giving the full dose of anesthesia.
Side effects and pre-effects of anesthesia are mostly psychological. Some people tend to fear anesthesia without any cause. Some keep on asking medical questions to doctors about it, just to get themselves out of fear. Sometimes, overdose of certain drugs can prove fatal. In recommended doses, anesthesia is absolutely safe and effective. You need not worry about long term effects of it because you are not going to use it on a daily basis. It is better to consult with your medical team before going for the surgery, to get doubts cleared well. It is because they might be more knowledgeable about the current medical conditions of your body. They may know far better about your medical history and habits.
There are numerous guides out over internet about how to eat, what to do and how to take care of yourself, during the time of pregnancy and delivery. But it seems there are a very few number of guides on how to get pregnant fast, as fast as you need it. Beyond your sexual life, there are various factors out there which make you pregnant. Some of these factors include, but not limited to
- Food you consume
- your physical fitness
- Your state of mind
Your diet is also responsible for making you pregnant in time. A balanced and healthy diet can overcome ill effects caused by unbalanced foods and may help you re-balance the system. Content of anti-oxidants, omega oils in fishes such a s salmon or omega fatty acids in general will help. Because these fatty acids have a good role in assisting the process of getting pregnant.
Poppy seeds, which are their fruits can help in this process very well. In the same time, papaya will reduce chances of getting pregnant. Foods which are rich in fiber, proteins etc can aid the process and boost the process. Vegetables like spinach are great for body, and can work wonders in body.
Another important factor is exercise. Exercise will help maintain proper functioning of body muscles, which in turn help the process of getting pregnant. It will stimulate your lymph glands and also help in eliminating harmful toxins from your body. Water plays a major role in keeping proper functioning of body. Drinking plenty of water will also help dilute and eliminate toxins from body. Use these principles to get pregnant sooner.
Health is defined as the state of nutritional, functional, metabolic conditions of a body. It is not just a state of ill-free condition. Good health refers to proper functioning and ill-free state of a body. For a person to be said as healthy or of good health, he must be free from diseases, injuries and pains too. It is said that a healthy soul lives in a healthy body. That means, we can be mentally free and happy, only if our body is free of pains and is physically well. So, it is really important to make our self free of diseases and to maintain good health.
There is a proverb saying that health is wealth itself. That means that, if you are healthy, you can achieve wealth by doing some or other kind of work. That is true word by word. Health is the base of happy living. So, for a quality life, preservation of health is absolutely necessary. How can we preserve a healthy life? It can be done only by maintaining healthy lifestyle practices and by proper and regular exercise. Exercise is something absolutely necessary for making and keeping body fit and perfect. Exercise improves health and boosts metabolism. So, you can burn out your extra calories by doing proper exercises. That in turn helps improving overall health and fitness.
We can see that health spas and massage centres are coming up day by day. What is the reason behind? Nothing but people are more concerned about their health, now-a-days.
Pregnancy is a gift of god. It is told that a pregnant lady is an embodiment of god itself. Getting pregnant is something like a boon or gifting. Every married couple wish to have a child at the earliest or a little later. Pregnancy being a boon is a much awaited gift for many couples.
Birth control steps adapted by many couples usually turned to a condition where no pregnancy is happening after that. So, it is advised to take enough medication, if you are not getting pregnant after using such birth control pills or medicines. It will take a while for your body to react and adapt itself to produce enough hormones and to balance itself on birth control, to get pregnant. So, it is better to pre plan pregnancy and stop contraceptive pills and medicines whcih are taken internally. Otherwise, even if you get pregnant, there may be chances that the baby may have to suffer side-effects of the pills or drugs you have taken before.
What steps are required to increase chances of getting pregnant? I am not guiding you through dates in menstrual cycles, which you may be aware of. You can increase chances of getting pregnant fast by consuming required nutrients, prenatal nutrient containing foods and so on. Minimizing consumption of alcohol, caffeine etc, will also help speeding up the process. If it is not working well, you may have to wait for a couple of months or three.
How can we preserve a healthy life? It can be done only by maintaining healthy lifestyle practices and by proper and regular exercise. Exercise is something absolutely necessary for making and keeping body fit and perfect. Exercise improves health and boosts metabolism. So, you can burn out your extra calories by doing proper exercises. That in turn helps improving overall health and fitness.
We can see that health spas and massage centres are coming up day by day. What is the reason behind? Nothing but people are more concerned about their health, now-a-days. Gyms are soaring their heights and growth, in the sense of economies. Gyms and health clubs alone cannot do anything with health. Health is a matter of union with these factors combined.
- Family and environment
- Mental health
- Physical fitness
- Proper nutrition
If any of these goes out of the way, total health control is gone. So, be aware of what you need about health. Physical fitness alone cannot build up a sound and healthy person. If you lack in fine arts, better go for a study in that too. Click here to read what Guardian.uk says about physical fitness and health.
Are you ready for getting pregnant? Sorry guys, this is a post entirely for girls. Ok, then, am I a little bit awkward? No, I meant what I asked. pregnancy needs special care from the day 1 till delivery and after that too. So, before getting conceived, be prepared for becoming a mother, mentally and physically. Here is a list or checklist on checking whether you are ready to get pregnant or not.
- Are you physically fit for getting pregnant?
- Are the medical checkups over for you and are you fit in those?
- What about your mental preparations?
- What is the financial situation in family?
- Is the family and environment ready to receive a baby?
- Are you addicted to any drugs? If yes quit it before getting pregnant
If this checklist is answered by you satisfactorily to yourself, you may go on with the conceiving process. Also, stop consuming contraceptive pills or medicines taken internally, prior to getting ready for pregnancy. For that better consult with your gynecologist, in advance.