Since the inception of iCardin, an exclusive online medical consultation platform, we have covered quite a few common and uncommon chronic disorder cases. We wish to share with our readers a summary of how we have helped our patients and to be more informative. We have kept the complete anonymity of our patients and have ensured that no sensitive information or names related to the cases are disclosed. If you feel that you can relate to these cases or you are in a dilemma about approaching us for remote medical consultation, maybe this will help you gain the trust in iCardin’s care and support system.
A 47-year-old female patient had a sudden fall one morning without any preceding events and had been unconscious since then. On admission in the hospital, she was diagnosed as a case of Cerebral Haemorrhage and is now on ventilator support. The family members of the patient approached us to know about the prognosis of the disease and the treatment options available for her.
What did we suggest?
Since the patient was unconscious & admitted in the ICU, the patient could not be seen in person or online. But the medical reports of her condition shared by the family were amply explanatory & showed cerebral haemorrhage with midline shift. This midline shift of the brain occurs due to the pressure of blood that gets collected in the cavity due to the haemorrhage. The prognosis of the disease was not very uplifting, as the patient may have to face a life long effect of this brain damage. She may not become completely normal as before even after she gets cured and might face some or the other after-effects due to this condition.
Having said so, our expert specialist recommended the possible treatment options for cerebral haemorrhage. In this particular case, it can be Craniotomy (where a part of the bone of the scalp is removed to release the pressure created by blood) or External Ventricular Drain (EVD, where a catheter is inserted in one of the brain ventricles to drain the accumulated fluid inside the brain). Both are considered to be life-saving procedures that can improve the prognosis of the patient to a good extent and should be done after performing a CT brain to choose the best possible one as per the patient’s condition.
We wish her a speedy recovery!
A 31-year old new mother was experiencing dizziness along with constant shaky head & neck movements, since post-delivery. This had taken a toll on her overall health & also her confidence. She was unable to take care of her baby properly due to the constant fear that she may drop the baby due to her spinning condition. This also severely affected her day-to-day activities. She had been diagnosed as a case of Vertigo (by her physician) and was under treatment for the same but there’s no visible improvement. This is when she approached us for a second opinion to know more about a cure for her condition.
How did we help?
When the patient was seen by our specialist and as per the medical history and records provided, we realized that the movement of the head was associated with headache & vomiting. Diagnostic tests were recommended and the results were normal. We could ascertain that the patient was misdiagnosed as a case of Vertigo and was treated incorrectly. This case was a typical example of Mal De Debarquement Syndrome, which is associated with Post Partum depression. Our specialist prescribed new medications for the patient and moved her to mind relaxants & beta-blockers. The new combination of drugs not only helped in reducing the spinning movement but also helped her gain confidence as a new mother. A second opinion changed her life!
A 58-year-old male was experiencing numbness, excruciating pain & sensitivity to cold in his legs for months and mentioned that an effective treatment for this issue was never done. He had a prior history of Diabetes and Hypertension. He had been prescribed Vitamin B12 for improving nerve health but that alone did not solve his issue, so he turned to us for a solution to help reduce the pain.
What did we suggest?
When the case was studied by our neurologist and after examining the patient, it was found that the Neuropathy (i.e. numbness in the limbs) could be due to the long-standing issue of diabetes and hypertension, as a few anti-hypertension drugs may lead to this particular side effect. Even though it is not possible to regenerate the damaged neurons, we can always delay and stop further damage with proper and targeted medication. After taking the detailed history of the patient, he was prescribed a medication named Gabapentin, which is the first-line drug in treating chronic nerve pain. Within a week’s time, our patient got back to us with feedback that the pain had reduced considerably. He’s also been advised to continue taking Vitamin B12 which otherwise helps with the neuron health (strictly under expert’s guidance).
A 28years old male had developed numbness in the ring finger & little finger of the right hand. Initially, it was just the little finger that was nub, but with the course of time, the ring finger had also got affected. He was also loosing his grip strength. Since his initial consultation with a Neurologist & a Skin Specialist was unsatisfactory, he approached us for an online second opinion to help with a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan.
How did we help?
After our consultant neurologist virtually examined the patient & went through all his diagnostic reports, it was found that this was the case of Tordy Ulnar Nerve Palsy (Right side), which basically happens due to long-standing wrong posture of hand (mostly an occupational disease). He was previously prescribed steroids in view of being diagnosed with a possible Hansen’s disease. But when our expert studied the case properly, the possibility of Hansen’s disease was ruled out. The only solution recommended for Tordy Ulnar Nerve condition is an Ulnar nerve decompression or transposition (surgical intervention), which will prevent the otherwise increase in symptoms & weakness.
A 15-year-old girl complained about having continuous headaches since almost 5 months. She experienced throbbing pain and was finding it difficult to concentrate in her academics. She wanted help in getting rid of the pain and wanted to know if this headache was in anyway related to phonophobia or photophobia.
How did we help?
On examining the patient & studying her medical history, it was found that she had Frontal Headache, which was diagnosed as Muscle Contraction Headache. After taking a note of her daily activities & lifestyle, it was clear that the cause of headache was muscular contraction that happens due to excessive use of mobile or laptop without maintaining proper eye to device distance. She was prescribed a combination of mind relaxant, painkillers and multivitamins. Along with this, she was also advised with some hacks to follow in her day-to-day life to help get rid of this issue and feel better. This combination of medicine & simple hacks worked wonder for this teenager and the parents got their girl active again within a week!
We shall be sharing more cases soon! For any medical concerns feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org , WhatsApp or call on +91 8010139903 to book an appointment with our specialist.