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What causes cough and headache after having food? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 20-Oct-2014
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User:hello i'm XXXXXXX
User:i've a query related to health of my mother in law
Doctor:sure, please ask me
Doctor:I am a general and family physician
User:she has some problem in her back
User:whenever she eats anything,same moment she starts coughing
User:also, there is a continous headache pain
User:she consulted a neurosurgeon
User:and he said she has tuberculosis in her cervical
Doctor:sorry about that
User:C5, 6 & 7 has put pressure on veins therefore there has been some pus
User:let me write the exact statement written in her report.
Doctor:are you there?
Doctor:are you there?
User:MR images revealed altered signal intensity involving C5, C6 & C7 vertebrae with associated prevertebral and intraspinal(epidural) soft tissue component, intraspinal soft tissue intensity component caused pressure over thecal sac and spinal cord with focal cord edema/myelopathy suggestive of inflammatory etiology - pott's spine.
User:this has been mentioned in repport
Doctor:yes, it is TB of the spine
Doctor:is she taking anti-tb drugs?
User:i'm telling you the names of drugs, pls correct if it is appropriate
Doctor:are you there?
User:also she has been told not to move a bit and wear that neck strap every time
Doctor:Yes, the medicines are all appropriate
Doctor:and she has been prescribed correctly
Doctor:Yes, let her not mover her neck
Doctor:it can cause fractures
User:is it curable ? is it very serious disease OR if curable then how much tentative time frame we should look for
Doctor:yes, it is curable
Doctor:Takes a minimum of 12 months to recover
Doctor:It is a serious disease
User:one thing i'm observing is drastic weight loss in last 2 months
Doctor:definitely, weight loss is a component of TB anywhere in the body
User:means she'll have to be on bed for next 12 months atleast
Doctor:She must take high protein intake like eggs, pulses, and milk
Doctor:Yes, that is right
User:any other precaution you would like to suggest
Doctor:she must strictly adhere to taking the medicines
Doctor:only the medicines can cure her illness
Doctor:she must not skip it for a day also
Doctor:She must be in complete bed rest
Doctor:high protein diet as suggested earlier
User:can we give her any protein supplement
Doctor:instead of packaged and processed protein supplement, give her natural proteins
Doctor:in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables
Doctor:Pulses and eggs
User:local doc said we'll make the pus dry out through medicines and if it doesn't work out we may go for operation? please validate
Doctor:do not operate unless it is absolutely required
Doctor:Medicines can cure the pus too
Doctor:are you there?
User:actually she's business partner with her husband
User:thus there would be very less moments when she will have to go to banks for some very important formalities thus can we take her to bank with the help of proper precaution
User:please suggest
User:OR it is complete no movement case
Doctor:it is better to avoid any movement for first 3 months of taking the medicines
User:okay Doc...thanks a ton for your valuable time and help
User:talking to you has really yielded huge satisfaction to me now
Doctor:it's my pleasure
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:i was in impression that she has not been diagonosed properly but your validation has wiped all my doubts out
User:no thanks
User:bye takcare
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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