We are so overwhelmed with the responses to the first segment of our medical cases; we just couldn’t wait to share more with you!
Understanding and acknowledging the impact that these cases could bring amongst people not only helps us cater to more patients in a better way but also keep us motivated to spread the right kind of awareness about chronic diseases and disorders. We believe that there’s always another way and that there’s always care and support available from the right doctors and systems that can help you keep faith along with improving health outcomes.
A 50-year old female patient with a prior history of hypertension, diabetes & thyroid (over 10+ years), had a sudden fall and lost consciousness for a short period of time. She was immediately hospitalized and was being treated for her head injury. Her brain MRI report showed a 3mm right frontal temporoparietal acute subdural haemorrhage. Her daughter reached out to us with doubts regarding the need of a surgical intervention, whether it would be the only solution to treat a fall or were there any alternative treatment options such as oral medications that could be less severe and help with the recovery process for her mother.
What did we suggest?
Even though the patient was hospitalized, she was extremely co-operative and open to a chat with our specialist over a video call. Post examination, our doctor mentioned that she showed no signs of amnesia and had no orientation issues due to the head injury. On receiving the detailed medical history from our patient and her daughter, it was found that the fall happened due to Diabetic Dysautonomia causing syncope (since the patient was a long standing diabetic). In such a case our doctor recommended some immediate lifestyle modifications along with medicines that were ongoing. Useful tips regarding body postures and how to handle or prevent a Sycopal episode in future were also suggested.
She has been following the advice diligently and has made great progress so far in recovering from her condition.
A 28-year-old male had been experiencing seizures since the last five years. The frequency of the seizure was once in three months, often accompanied with a tongue bite during the seizure episodes. He had been under medication for this but wasn’t very happy with the result. He was unsure about his current treatment plan and reached out to us for knowing more about what alternative options did he have to avoid the recurrence of these seizures.
How did we help?
Our patient was diagnosed as a case of Epilepsy and our expert confirmed the same after analysing his medical reports and understanding the details of his episodic events. His CT report showed a Granuloma, which was the probable cause of the seizures that he was experiencing. On further study, the doctor mentioned that the patient’s aura (an indication right before the seizure) was the urge to urinate. This was something that the patient was not aware about. The medications prescribed earlier to the patient were fine and did not need any modifications. Doctor prescribed additional multivitamins to help better the physical health of our patient. Along with this, few useful tips were suggested to help our patient recognize his aura before the seizure would occur and how best he can prevent and tackle them.
He is grateful for this as he has managed to handle it better than before and we are happy to have made a difference!
A soldier, from the chilly camps of Ladakh, had been experiencing frequent headaches for months, especially at the back of his head. It had become unbearable and was severely hampering his routine and work. He reached out to us for a solution on how to get better and rid of the headaches.
What did we suggest?
We spoke to our patient regarding his medical history and his current work patterns. Being a soldier on the frontlines meant that there was no steady work time or regular sleep or balanced food intake. This irregularity seemed to have build hyperacidity in the patient. To add to this there was also the problem of being posted on a higher altitude that meant reduced levels of oxygen. All these factors could be attributed to his persistent headache. In this case there was no ‘one’ clear solution that could be provided due to the unalterable and rigorous work regimes. So, our doctor asked our soldier to follow the medication regime and basic exercises to help him cope up with his headache.
This seemed to have made his life a tad bit better!
A concerned uncle of two nephews aged 14 and 5 respectively, approached us regarding the “intellectual disability” of the children. The kids were unable to express themselves or speak like normal kids could and were also unable to walk properly due to their disability. He wanted to know more about the development of children and if there were alternate treatment options that could help the kids lead a better life.
How did we help?
On studying the case thoroughly, few things were clearly identified – the two siblings and their mother had a normal delivery in a proper hospital setup (no trauma, or induced medications etc). Both the boys showed proper developmental milestones upto 1 year of age and then there was a significant developmental delay observed. This was deduced to be a case of mental retardation with Cerebral Palsy. Since both siblings were suffering from the same condition, genetic study could be performed to determine if the defect runs in the family. There is no treatment available that can completely cure the disease, but only symptomatic treatment from our doctor so as to improve the current condition of the boys & help them cope up on a day-to-day basis. The advice given also included on how to take care in communicating with the kids and not isolating them due to their disability.
We wish them more strength!
A 65-year-old male was having breathing issues and needed ‘Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy’ very frequently. He could not sit idle without oxygen support for more than half an hour and would often begin to develop apnoea. He was diagnosed as a case of Diaphragm Palsy and his daughter reached out us to know more about this condition.
After our consultant neurologist virtually examined the patient over a video call & went through all his diagnostic reports, it was observed that it was not only a case of Diaphragm Palsy but the diaphragm failed to move properly while breathing too. There was a gait problem with the patient along with apnoea. We could positively deduce that this was a quite unusual case of Myopathy with involvement of Respiratory Muscles. Our doctor advised to undergo couple of more diagnostic tests that would help in diagnosing our patient more accurately. Our patient is currently being treated symptomatically with oxygen support and we are trying our best to help him and his daughter attain some peace of mind.
We have kept the complete anonymity of our patients and have ensured that no sensitive information or names related to the cases are disclosed. We shall be sharing more cases soon and thank you all for putting a good word out!
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