How much does one pay for Holter monitor/tests in India? Similarly what are the costs of cardiac event monitors which can do continuous monitoring for 2-4 weeks period?
I can answer one of the two questions you have. From my experience for diagnostic purposes doctors ask for a 24 hour Holter. In Delhi through a reputed Cardiologists clinic costs anything between INR 2500-4000. I am guessing that it'll be quite troublesome to get one in a government hospital.Costly or not depends on what we are comparing it to and a patients income level. But for a middle class person it's costly, for a upper middle class it's peanuts. The device was small like a Sony Walkman, came with a carrying case that went around the shoulder like a sling bag under the shirt (Diagonally). Not too in-convenient to move around in. Of-course, bathing was a issue during the 24 hour period. When you go get the device they put a few electrodes around on the body. They may shave off some body hair if needed.Not painful though. No frequent visit to the doc's office. Once to get the device and another time to give back the device. If you plan it over the weekend, it's not bad at all. My dad just wasn't comfortable wearing the device and going to work. So maybe some social stigma attached to it or maybe it was just dad. Of-course the whole purpose of it is to monitor your heart while you are living your day regularly.Edit: take a peek at CureQue - Compare Diagnostics for comparing prices and discovering medical diagnostic labs in your neighborhood (Delhi NCR only)
What kind of a drug is Lyrica? Is it an NSAID? Active ingredients?
as stated above it is an anti seizure medication and it is used to treat neuropathy which is nerve pain ; but it is also the first drug on the market that has been specifically indicated to treat fibromyalgia. It is not an NSAID.
How dangerous would Smarties Candies be for a type two diabetic?
smarties are almost pure sugar. Pure sugar raises blood sugar very fast. Eating one smartie (one tablet, not one roll), will raise blood sugar a tiny bit very fast (just a few points) Eating 3 ROLLS of smarties will raise blood sugar VERY HIGH very fast. It isn't the food that is bad or good, it is the amount of it you eat, and when you eat it. If you want to know how smarties really affect you, when your blood sugar is under 100, eat a serving size of smarties (check the package for how many that is and how much carb is in it). Don't eat or drink anything else with it. Then, test your blood sugar again in another 1-2 hours. You will then know exactly how much one serving of smarties raises your blood sugar and will be able to make a decision if you want to continue to eat them and when they are appropriate. For example, I love chocolate. I will occationally (once or twice a month) eat a mini-milky way bar. It has about 5 grams of carb each, and raises my sugar about 20 points. I would only eat it if my sugar was already under 100, and I would never eat it if my blood sugar is over 120. I would never eat a full size milky way bar. I would only eat one mini, unless I was willing to take an extra insulin shot to cover the extra carbs. This is my choice, not a rule all diabetics must follow. Candy isn't "dangerous", but the amout you eat and when you eat it makes a big difference as to if it will hurt your health or not.
Is the Insulin Pump worth getting?
I'm a long time pump user (type 1, just like you). I'm going to answer these in the order you asked them. 1. Pumps have sport guard cases that can protect it during sports. However, it's recommended that during contact sports you take it off. 2. Pumps can be disconnected without removing the infusion set. The sets have a "tail"...a few inches of tubing that comes from the actual cannula that's in your abdomen. The pump can easily disconnect from a juncture. 3. Pumps have belt clips that just clip to the waist of whatever you're wearing. They are about the size of a pager so it shouldn't get in the way. They look like pagers (mine is often mistaken for one). You can tuck the tubing into a pocket or under the waist of your clothes. That's what I do. 4. Some pumps are waterproof, others are water resistant and others can survive an accidental dunk. When I shower, I disconnect my pump while I'm in there. Mine is not water proof. I disconnect it to swim or shower. 5. As for wearing the pump at school, make sure the school knows that it is a pump and not a pager. Many schools do not allow students to carry cells or pagers with them while in class. 6. You will have to check your sugar even more frequently...about 6-8 times a day. You will have to be very vigilant about your sugar levels. 7. If you get a pump, you will have to attend a pump training course to learn how to use it. I strongly suggest that one or BOTH of your parents go with you. The company of whatever pump you choose will provide you with information on the class. 8. The infusion set should be changed every 3 days. It really doesn't hurt...you can get an injector device that just shoots it in. The needle will be removed...only the plastic cannula stays in your skin. It will take a few tries to get the hang of it. 9. Sleeping with a pump takes a little getting used to. You can clip it to your PJs or undewear or just put it next to you in the bed (that's what I do). If there is anything else I can help you with, feel free to email me through Y Answers. If you have any other questions or whatever, I'll get back to you. Good luck with whatever you decide. EMT