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Spinal cord muscular atrophy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
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how can i help you?
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please proceed with your query
User :   i am 23 yr old suffering from a problem called spinal cord muscular atrophy..i knw it cant be cured...but my question is how can i reduce my weight as i am finding it difficult to maintain
User :   i am completely on wheel chair since i was 7 yrs
Doctor :  
ok
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what is your current weight and height?
User :   hmm i dont know exactly...but approx. 70 kgs and height approx 5'3 or 5'4
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ok
User :   i am finding it very diffcult 2 do my daily work
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your BMI is 27
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which shows you are overweight
User :   wht is tht?
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it is body mass index
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to find out if you are underweight, normal or obese
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people with BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight, while those with BMI of 30 and above are considered obese. Those with BMI of 18.5 or less are considered underweight.
Doctor :   what are the activities that you are able to do?
User :   okk so wht is to be done..bcoz i dunt eat much i dont have breakfast..i only hv a proper lunch like 2-3 rotis and a bowl of vegetable with less oil n then at evening i hv some snacks but that is very little
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are you on any physiotherapy now?
User :   i can type..i can write..i can sit for more than 12-14 hrs
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ok
User :   no i hv done all possible treaments..did physiotheraphy for almost 5-6 yrs
User :   but it was tightening my muscles so i stopped
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ok
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what is your weight gain in one month?
User :   like my legs cant be straight the knee muscles hv been tightened
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is the weight loss advised by your doctor?
User :   approx 2-3 kgs this is wht i feel..and i am ready to anything 2 reduce weight so tht i can live happily
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did the doctor advised you to stop physiotherapy?
User :   no not advised by any doctor but i perrsonally feel its difficult
User :   no not advised
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what about physiotherapy? it will help you to keep your muscles supple, if you stop, then it will result in more tightening
User :   oh ok
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so i would suggest you to check with your doctor about weight loss, how much weight you should lose?
User :   but is it advisable to start again after so much years
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and also ask for correct physiotherapy measures that will help you in resolving the tightness in muscles
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you can take help of physiatrist before starting physiotherapy, tell all the concerns
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as the treatment of your condition involves these things like
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physical exercise
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supportive devices like wheel chair etc
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and surgery for spinal deformity
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so you will need to continue physiotherapy and exercises to keep your muscles supple and also
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have some exercises that will help you to come out of sedentary lifestyle
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Have you followed what I said?
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are you there?
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are you there?
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