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What Is The Significance Of Kussmaul Respirations In Ketoacidosis?

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Kussmaul Breathing, Cheyne-stokes Respiration & Biot's Respiration Terms

Technical Terms for Respiration There are several weird-sounding terms related to respiration that seem harder to understand than they really are. Actually, their definitions may vary just a bit depending on setting: academic or practical. These are Kussmaul's respiration, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, and Biot's (or Bee-oh's) respiration. It all sounds kind of technical and a bit out there, but, by the end of this lesson, you'll be a pro at explaining what these are. Kussmaul's Respiration There are different medical conditions that can affect the acid/base balance in your body, meaning your body can become more acidic or basic. When a person is acidotic, that is to say they are undergoing a pathological process (known as acidosis) that leads to acidemia, an abnormally low pH of the blood, they may experience Kussmaul's respiration. Kussmaul's respiration, as German physician Adolph Kussmaul himself described, is technically deep, slow, and labored breathing, which we now know is in response to severe acidemia stemming from metabolic acidosis. However, nowadays, it is sometimes used to describe rapid and shallow breathing patterns in cases of less severe acidemia as well. Why does th Continue reading >>

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  1. charmingstylist

    So... I was diagnosed at 16 after an ultrasound showing 1 cyst and blood test showing elevated testosterone, and only one period a year.
    I Was on birth control but decided it wasn't for me.
    Now 22, My doctor basically told me all of the treatment options for PCOS and I did some blood tests later on..
    I did a 2 hour glucose test, cholesterol and testosterone.
    After all that, I was prescribed provera (10 mg, 5 days, no refills), I was told my test results on the phone and the only red flag was my testosterone was elevated and a "see ya next year for your annual papsmear bye" lol
    I'm no doctor obviously but how would a 2 hour glucose test determine if I should be on metformin or not....?
    I also don't understand how just one month of provera is "just fine" for a whole YEAR?!
    This whole thing has me a bit annoyed to be honest.

  2. relaxicab

    Metformin is a drug used primarily for diabetes. Women with PCOS often (although not always) have something called insulin resistance. The 2 hour glucose test is looking for IR. If your tests came back in the normal ranges, your Dr won't prescribe it. I know it's frustrating but if you don't have the insulin issues, Metformin won't work very well for you, anyway.
    There's many pcos-ers out there on Met that shouldn't be and it's doing more damage than good.
    Have you looked into the benefits of Inositol? If not, do so, it'll change your life.

  3. mel-25

    I would be frustrated too! Ok, I'm skinny, have never had high or even borderline glucose levels (I took a 1-hour glucose test), and I still have insulin issues. You know how I know? Because I started taking inositol, whose only job is to help your body become more sensitive to insulin (it's been shown to have the same effectiveness in Metformin in clinical studies), and in 24 days it brought on my period after 5 months of not having one.
    There is so much misunderstanding about the insulin stuff. Just because you don't show insulin resistance in your tests doesn't mean you're not more sensitive to normal levels of insulin, or that your body handles insulin efficiently. I would try inositol. Glad you're being proactive and looking out for yourself!

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