Bed rest

What is Bed rest?

Bed rest is a medical treatment in which a person lies in bed for most of some period of time to gain health benefits. Bed rest refers to voluntarily lying in bed as a treatment, and not being confined to bed because of a health impairment which restricts a person from leaving the bed. The practice is still commonly used for an array of conditions although a 1999 systematic review found no benefits in any of the 17 conditions for which it had been prescribed.

Bed rest is especially used when prescribed or chosen. Even though most patients in hospitals spend most of their time in the hospital beds, bed rest more often refers to an extended period of recumbence at home. In the United States of America, nearly 20% of pregnant women have some degree of restricted activity prescribed at some point during pregnancy despite the growing volume of data showing it to be dangerous, causing some experts to call its use "unethical".

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hii i m 29.this is my first pregnancy.i was 13.4 weeks+-1week.i have done a scan where it was written developing placenta is anterior, reaching upto the OS and small fibroid is seen in anterior wall,measuring approx.20mm. dr. says to me one month bed rest so my qus is will there be any complication for me and my baby.due to this.it is possible to have normal delivary?

doctor1 MD

Hallow madam,

I have read your report provided by you and have understood the concern.

The implantation of products of conception takes place usually in the upper segment of uterus. In your case it seems to have happened in the lower part.

However, as the pregnancy grows, the lower segment of the...

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my wife is 14thweek 4 days preganent since she was 11thweek 3 dyas one day heaviy bleeindg came it gone than every day 8-10 drops comes in a wholeday we are worried and dr said to take rest and more over after one injection it has stopped for more than 24 hours from yestrrday what we can do now baby is fine growing great

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Yes as your doctor advised,complete bed rest is a must,get a sonography done to know the babys health and continue with the injections prescribed by your doctor,it would help support the pregnancy.
More over few things you need to take care is avoid lifting any weight,complete bed rest and avoid...

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I m 32 weeks pregnamt. Igot some brown blood spots followed by red bleeding in my panty in 30 weeks. Doc admited me for 5 days and dischargd me saying to take complete bed rest. Now agn after 15 days i got same problem. Mine ws low lying placenta in 20 weeks. Now its 29 mms away frm int os. Wt cld be the cause. Can i complete my full time of pregnancy. Plz help. INDU

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Hi Indu,

Yes, you can complete your full term of pregnancy.

There is a low lying placenta in you, and now it is in a better position. You are almost reaching full term.

Take complete bed rest and stay calm.

All the best.

Regards,

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hi doctor good morning. my wife has 9 weeks pregnancy now. Recently she observed stains coming in urine. we went and consult a doctor. Doctor advised to take scan first. we do scan and showed scan report to doctor. doctor told that there is bleeding internally around the baby, so take complete bed rest. Does this will happen any serious to my wife and baby? In scan report shows baby having heart beat..

Please clarify my problem..as we are worrying about the same...

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for writing to us.
Your wife scan report shows bleeding around your baby, this bleeding is because of placental bleeding(placenta previa or abruptio placental).
This bleeding may absorb after sometimes by itself so don't worry go for repeat ultrasonography after sometimes.
Take...

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Hello sir, my mother met with an accident and broken her pelvic bone (pubic bone) she is under bed rest since last two weeks, a local doctor had suggest a abdominal belt with metallic support, we had tried to put it but she is having discomfort with the metallic stips... Kindly suggest us whether we can use another abdominal belts without metallic support...she is diabetic and 60 years old...

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There really are no supports or braces that can be used to help her with her pain which will improve over the next 6-8 weeks. she should be on regular analgesia and would find using a walking frame to mobilise and reduce the amount if weight being taken through the injured side will help.

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i have taken two times hucog 5000 injection.now 2months completed pregnency. watz my pbm is last 3 days white fluid should be changed red colour(blood) but not flow heavy. i consult my doctor and c told hucog injection 5000 take.immediately i can put injection. but still little blood is c wat can i do for next step? will this affect my baby? i am a complete bed rest.pls clarify me

doctor1 MD

Hi,
I understood your concern.
- You are pregnant. Were advised Inj. hucog 5000 units- to support the fetus & maintain pregnancy. The bleeding you had was due to giving a break in injection . So there was low HCG ,threatening abortion.That's why the blood was red.
- This type of bleeding can...

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Good Afternoon Dr. on dt 28/02/2011 my wife checked blood test, blood test is postively ( Range 168 ). after 28 feb Dr advised to take bed rest (due to 0n dt. 25th litle bite bleeding )on dt. 07.03.2011 we checked sonograpy but did not see anything. sir can my wife still pregrency Thanks (Pawar )

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Hi dear, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns. Such low levels of beta hCG are present in very early pregnancy, and hence is not visible in ultrasound.
I would suggest her to get a transvaginal ultrasound as it can detect early pregnancy as early as 4-5 weeks, to confirm...

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My daughter had a laparoscopic hysterectomy without ovary removal two weeks ago and she s telling me her doctor on her follow up visit did a vaginal exam and she told me that the doctor told her she had ripped some of her stitches and to be on bed rest for two days followed by four weeks of not being able to do anything including taking care of her two kids. Wouldn t they have done an ultrasound or something else if it was this severe?

doctor1 MD

Dear Mam,
two weeks of her surgery, most of the healing part has already done. If there is no associated symptom, like abdominal pain, swelling, redness, ulceration or any discharge from the site; it is not a matter of concern. take bed rest and avoid stress because it may weaken the scar and...

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Hello Doctor,

In my 12 weeks scan, I have been diagnosed with posterior placenta grade 0 covering the internal OS. I've been advised to take bed rest. My Doctor said the chances of it moving is minimum as it is completely covering the OS. Should I be on complete bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy? Please advise.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
The chances of the placenta moving into the upper segment are very good. There are four grades from I to IV. Grade I is the milder variety while grade IV is the most complicated variety. Diagnosis is not made so early, so please relax and follow up with repeat sonograms to see the ascent of...

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Good Morning, I was put on bed rest yesterday with low amiotic fluid, only 5cm and told to drink lots of water. I have been doing as told however I have noticed a major decrease in fetal movement. There is still some but not like before. Is this normal?

doctor1 MD

Hello, get a non stress test done and see for fetal response to the same
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3 Months before I was affected by jaundice. (Total bilirubin:2.3mg/dL direct 1.2mg/dL). As per a doctors advice, i am taking only Oil-less,Salt-less,mostly fat-less foods. I took only 7 days rest as i want to step into my first job(at starting state of jaundice). After that no bed rest, nearly 8hours/day i was sitting in-front of systems. Bilirubin level is going up and down for last 1 month. Now Bilirubin level is about 1.4mg/dL-Total(0.6mg/dL-Direct). In my testing report, it was mentioned that 1.1mg/dL -Total and 0.5mg/dL-Direct as normal. Is it true that it will take about 4.1/2 months to come to normal?. As medicine I am taking only LIV52 syrup only. How long it will take for bilirubin to come to normal? Now there is no disturbance in my body. I want to know whether i am in normal recovery or any problem with my bilirubin levels. My last 3 reports:
Total(mg/dL) Direct(mg/dL)
15-Oct 1.4 0.6
25-Sept 1.7 0.6
11-sept 1.9 0.5
24-Aug 2.0 0.7
As per Lab: <1.1mg/dL<0.5mg/dL as Normal
Suggest some foods that i can take without any problem.

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Dear Sir or Madam: Six years ago, my chronic constipation, which had been an issue for years, became my smallest health problem after an AVM on my brain ruptured during a workout, causing a large, brain hemorrhage. After surviving an emergency crainiotomy, my stomach problems became worse as the required bed rest slowed my bowel function. It was at this point that the muscles in my face, hands, and feet began to wither. More recently, this muscle deterioration has become generalized to the point where my elbows, my knees, and my spine all protrude now. As time goes by, it is become increasingly difficult to keep my body warm. The cold lingers on my body. Having consulted several gastroenterologists, neurologists, and a rheumotologist and having undergone multiple internal investigations, including a full-body MRI, it seems that no one has an explanation for my withering muscles or deteriorating health. Interestingly, despite their obvious deterioration, my muscles remain strong; my blood-work is normal; and my eyes are bright. On the other hand, the deterioration in my shin muscles is making walking more difficult. Plainly, any advice you have would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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Hi Doctor,My relative Mr Asim Roychowdhury, age 42 was having back pain for the past 6 months or so. As he was working in a private firm and no chance to take a leave he used to go the office regularly. One day I saw that his face changed black and I adviced him to go for a checkup. A local doctor after seeing him adviced him to do a X-Ray of DL Spine. After the report of X Ray came he adviced to do MRI and many blood tests. All the report came and doctor told us that he is having tuberculosis. He gave ATD medicine for 6 months and adviced to take complete bed rest.My question is, is his treatment going right. What is our next step we should carry.Thanks

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Hi Doctor, My husband's Bilirubin is 23 and SGOT 423 and SGPT is 313. He has been diagnosed with Hepatitis E. Inspite of taking Ursocol 450 the numbers are not improving. He is on an oil free diet and bed rest for 40 days. What is your advise in order for him to become well. Thank you

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