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Everyone runs a high temperature after a surgery. It is part of the body's normal healing response. But infections after surgery can also cause a high temperature. The temperature caused by infection is not normal. It is the signal that the infection needs to be treated. In the case of total joint replacement surgeries, infections after the surgery are very serious. Doctors must watch any high temperature closely and run lots of tests to be sure there is no infection. It would be very useful for doctors to know what body temperatures are normal for patients who have had joint replacement surgery. These authors have taken a step toward understanding the way body temperature fluctuates after joint replacement. They studied the records of 88 patients who had a total hip replacement (THR) without any major problems. Temperatures were taken the old-fashioned way, using mercury thermometers under the tongue, because it is considered the most accurate method. Results showed the expected chan...
Heat sensitivity is a popular topic in the summer months, especially when you have multiple sclerosis. It has been a popular topic on my mind as of late with temperatures reaching 103°F with heat index values between 110°F and 115°F.
What is heat index?
The heat index, or “apparent temperature,” is a measure of how hot is truly feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature. The National Weather Service will issue a heat advisory when the heat index is expected to exceed 105° to 110°F (depending on local climate) for at least two consecutive days. We have been experiencing “stupid heat” on the East Coast.
My fiance loves the heat, whereas I am not a big fan. Probably even worse than sheer heat is the humidity. When it is humid my mind and body take a serious downturn. I begin to have trouble walking straight. Then I get cranky as I have trouble thinkin...
Hi Ginger, You said you went into DKA once because you were outside in the winter and the cold messed up your insulin. How cold does it have to be for that to happen? I snowboard a lot, but I was only diagnosed last March so I’m kinda worried about my pump. -Dan Hey Dan, Great question, because this is really important if you’re a snowboarder! When I was out in the cold that night stringing Christmas lights, my biggest mistake was that the insulin pump was only protected by the thin material in the pocket of my pants. I didn’t have it inside my coat or surrounded by snow pants – so of course, after being outside for longer than I planned to be, the zero degree weather killed the potency of my insulin. If I could go back in time, I would have done either of two different things: 1. At the very least, tuck my pump inside my jacket where it’s next to my body and therefore keeping much, much warmer from my body heat. or 2. I could have temporarily disconnected from ...
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