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  • What Causes a Coma? A coma can be caused by a variety of things. The most often cause of coma is severe head injury. Other causes are: consumption of a very large amount of alcohol (toxic or metabolic coma), diabetes, morphine, shock or hemorrage. Treatment varies depending on the cause. Overall, in coma cases, damage to the brain's "thinking, and life support centers" have occured. When damage has occured, bleeding in the brain, swelling and congestion of the damaged tissue is pressent. In extreme cases, brain swelling is so great that portions of the brain must be forcible squeezed out of the skull. This dead or "dying" tissue is then surgically removed. An alternative to squeezing portions of the brain out of the skull is to saw off the skull and place it in a cold storage to better accommodate the swollen brain. What happens during a coma? There are different stages of a coma. Most people believe that a person in a coma is in a deep sleep. This is not entirely true. Some stages of coma resemble a deep sleep but not all. The progress of coma is measured by the patient's increasing awareness of external stimuli. There are many levels of coma which the patient will pass through as functionality increases. Depending on the stage, a person in a coma may make movements, sounds and experience agitation. Coma patients may also have reflex activities that mimic conscious activities. Sometimes, coma patients must be restrained to prohibit them from removing tubes and IVs. http://www.mamashealth.com/coma.asp
  • From what I know, comas can be caused from car accidents, or medically induced comas, I know there are more causes for comas but these two I can only think of right now. And in comas it raries, your mind can be awake as to you can hear what people are saying, and sometimes but rarely you can blink, I think.
  • i was in a coma for 6 weeks, i had a severe tramatic head injury. When i came out of a coma it wasn't like i had a dream or any thing. At first i think i was awake for mabye a minute or two but thats it, its hard to remember, it was five years ago. i do remember having to learn to walk again. i remembered how to talk but my vocal cords didn't work. so i had to take speech therapy to 'wake' them up, which happened about a month and a half after i first came out of coma. i'm sorry , i don't remember anything from being in the coma. a coma is a time that your body shuts down and heals itself from major trama, so i'm glad to say, i don't remember a thing. but the people that were around you while you are a vegtable will NEVER forget. i wish i could know what they saw and experienced but they will not tell me so it must of been scary. but i'm here and fine now, but i'll never forget were i've been.
  • I was in a medically induced coma to be placed on a ventilator and feeding tube due to a combination of anorexia and pneumonia my lungs had filled with fluid literally causing me to drowned. I remember conversations that took place around me; I even thought I actively participated in the conversations. My aunt was flabbergasted when I brought up a conversation between herself and my mother while I was intubated and she informed me that I had not participated in the conversation like I had thought but it was so real to me. I also explained some of the things that I saw during my intubations and my aunt confirmed that they corresponded with real surroundings just distorted to a point. Most of the time it was hell in that coma, I was not in a good place, I kept trying to tell my family to save me but no one would. It was almost eight years ago and as I type this for all to read remembering is still scary and painful.
  • Coma is a state of unconsciousness whereby a patient cannot react with the surrounding environment. The patient cannot be wakened with outside physical or auditory stimulation. The inability to waken differentiates coma from sleep. Patients can have different levels of unconsciousness and unresponsiveness depending upon how much or how little of the brain is functioning. The Glasgow Coma Scale The Glasgow Coma Scale was developed to provide health-caregivers a simple way of measuring the depth of coma based upon observations of eye opening, speech, and movement. Patients in the deepest level of coma: * do not respond with any body movement to pain, * do not have any speech, and * do not open their eyes. Those in lighter comas may offer some response, to the point they may even seem wake, yet meet the criteria of coma because they do not respond to their environment. Generally, coma is commonly a result of trauma, bleeding and/or swelling affecting the brain. Inadequate oxygen or blood sugar (glucose) and various poisons can also directly injure the brain to cause coma.
  • I was in a coma for 16.5 days. I will be happy to share my experiences on my social site at http://nolandirect.com/beeabuzzin I have found many questions about this experience all throughout the internet so trying to centralize a place for those folks seeking to talk about a coma experience.

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