Bed Rest

Best rest is when a patient spends most of his day in bed to cure an illness. It is recommended to be on bed rest during high-risk pregnancies, severe back pain, deep vein thrombosis, and after surgery. Prolonged periods of bed rest can cause muscle atrophy, arterial constriction, and bed sores.

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Can you interpret my typhoid report?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient has stomach ache and weakness. I have the patient's Widal test report. Please help me with the typhoid report. Thanks in advance.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The Widal test is positive (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The treatment prescribed by the doctor is very accurate for typhoid. My advise is complete bed rest and plenty of liquid. For example tea, coffee, juice and sack are suggested. Avoid solid food, ...  Read Full »

Is it safe to fly when I am 23 weeks pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor,I had my second anomaly scan at 18 weeks and the reports showed the impression that the placenta is at posterior wall mid and lower part grade I. The lower margin of the placenta is 3 cm away from internal os. Also, there is a breech presentation. What does it mean? The doctor told me t...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi Khare

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Breech presentation at this gestational age has no significance. The placenta is 3 cm from os means that it is slightly in the lower segment. No need to take bed rest. Just avoid jerky traveling. It is not life-threatening. There is a slightly increased risk of blee...  Read Full »

How to treat low blood pressure after c-section?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a C-section a week ago and got out of surgery with low blood pressure and kept it low for a few days. Now, after getting out of the hospital, I still feel the same pressure on my chest. Also, I feel a horrible pounding headache. It is so hard and I feel the heartbeats vividly. I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu


Answer: Hi, Welcome to As said by you, a cesarean section has been done for you a week ago and during the operation, your BP was on the lower side. I would like to tell you that amount and volume of blood in a mother increases significantly during pregnancy to support the nutritional need of...  Read Full »

Please tell me the dos and don'ts after cervical cerclage.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 110 days pregnant. When we took scan in the 13th week, the report showed that the uterus is open. They said it as cervical incompetence and immediately advised operation for cervical suturing treatment. I need a second opinion regarding this. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the ultrasound shows your cervix is open, then you need to follow the doctor's advice and get the stitching done. Otherwise, there is a very high chance of losing the pregnancy. It is a minor short procedure done under anesthesia and you will need to be admitted for on...  Read Full »

Is it safe to have 2.9 cm of cervix length at 16 weeks? Do I need cerclage or bed rest?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I am 16 weeks pregnant now. My cervix is closed measuring 2.9 cm. I have heard that the length is short for me. What should be the average length of the cervix at 16 weeks? My doctor prescribed me Progesterone suppository. She has not advised me for bed rest or cerclag...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharmila Naik

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Cervical length should be around 3.5 cm to 4 cm at 16 weeks. But some women do not have problems in pregnancy throughout the weeks even at 2.5 cm length. On ultrasound, we need to have a full bladder (means control of urination) to measure the exact length of the cervix...  Read Full »

I have conceived after trying for five years. Should I be on bed rest?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 34 year old female in the seventh week of pregnancy. I have conceived five years after we started trying for a baby. My blood, urine, and ultrasound test results are normal. But, my doctor has advised me a complete bed rest till the 12th week. Could you please comment? Is bed r...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? There is a big misconception in the minds of many patients and sadly some doctors too, that rest is going to help pregnancy a lot. Let me explain. I do not see any risk factors in you. The age of 34 years is not too high. We do advise complete bed re...  Read Full »

I am suffering from fever, headache and cold since yesterday.

Query: Hello doctor, I have fever, headache, and cold from yesterday night. I took Paracetamol. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ayesha Naveed

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are most probably suffering from common cold and flu. The headache is due to sinusitis. I suggest you try taking the following: Tablet Panadol Extra (Paracetamol and Caffeine) after every 8 hours for three days. Tablet Fexet-D (Fexofenadine and Pseudoephe...  Read Full »

I have a pain on the right side of the thigh after a fall. How can it be treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a fall recently. The doctor gave me a painkiller injection on my buttocks. Now, I have developed a pain on the right side of the thigh. There is pain only when I touch it, and there is a pain in the place where the injection was given.  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You had a history of fall. So, you are having a musculoskeletal pain problem. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Ibuprofen can be taken for five days. A hot compress can be applied. Avoid movements that cause pain. Take rest. If there is no improvement, then...  Read Full »

My grandma is on bed rest. Her lower back is red and painful. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother suffered a fall in the bathroom one month back. She is 91 now. Following the fall, she developed a vertebral compression fracture. She has been on bed rest for the last few weeks and now developed redness and pain in the lower back area. Kindly advice on treatment includin...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

General Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After reviewing your attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is a grade 2 bed sore. Prevent further damage by turning the side of the patient every two hours from side to side. This is to be done only after approval of spine specialist as she...  Read Full »

My whole body aches after visiting the amusement park. How can I get better?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female. Two days ago, I went to an amusement park. Yesterday, it felt more or less like my body ached, but I still went to my spinning class in the evening. Today, when I tried to get up in the morning, I struggled with lower back pain, and my arms hurt. It hurts to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sarah M Alhennawy

Nutritionist, Physiotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to  Regarding your explanation, your complaint seems to be general muscle fatigue, muscle spasm, and weakness. This is likely due to the amusement park visit. Take a warm bath and try to relax. Lie on the bed at a position you feel comfortable with. If you can, do simple...  Read Full »

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