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My mother-in-law is in the hospital with Pulmonary Embolisms from DVT.

Seems playing cards ( Hand and Foot ) for a very longtime is responsible for throwing clots into her lungs.(Pulmonary Embolism) It was a little mysterious for a few minutes as the doctor almost accused her of lying about being on a recent long trip in an airplane or bus w'ever. My wife actually offered the card-playing idea knowing she plays a lot with friends at her senior center and, since my MIL is also kinda short, the doctor said that sitting for an extended period with her feet just dangling is what led to the clots. She is not otherwise bed-ridden or overly sedentary for her age. She doesn't take warfarin but was on aspirin therapy.

weird.

probably a good idea for folks, perhaps just older folks or those with 'compromised' heart/blood vessels, to get up from their chairs occasionally during long gaming sessions, and/or take some aspirin!
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It's good for everyone to get up and move around. I work a desk job and get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or so
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RiderPestilence wrote:
It's good for everyone to get up and move around. I work a desk job and get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour or so
Seconded, you should never sit around for prolonged periods.
 
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"Sitting is the new smoking."

I saw that somewhere.

Where I work some stations are actually at standing height so you can do work while standing.
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It's really sad how much I want one of those standing desks, or more optimally one of the desks that lower and raise from sitting to standing
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I want a desk I can use lying down.
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I want a desk I can use lying down.


You might want to reconsider. People die lying down all the time.
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I've a had a lot of enjoyable times being mostly horizontal so, it's worth the risk.

But. I'm staying out of hospitals. LOTS of people dying there!
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That's why we always drink plenty of beer. It forces you to get up and use the restroom often. It's just healthy.
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Pretty common for teens who play a lot of video games. There is usually a story about someone getting a P.E. when the new World of Warcraft expansion comes out.
 
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Donkler wrote:
That's why we always drink plenty of beer. It forces you to get up and use the restroom often. It's just healthy.


Taking notes for my wife...."drinking lots of beer, honey, for my health"..."grab me another while you're up, unless you want me to keel over".

This could be handy.
 
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Fair idea, that long gaming sessions can lead to DVT/PEs, but so can any extended sedentary activity (sitting on the couch watching TV, for instance). To prevent this, just get up about once an hour and walk around for 5 minutes. Doing squats is even better.

Your mother-in-law should get a cancer work-up, however. It is unusual for someone to get a DVT from sitting down too long, even someone old. DVT/PE is MUCH more common in patients with cancer, especially among patients on aspirin, and is often the first sign that leads to the discovery. The work-up should include colonoscopy, chest xray, breast exam, skin exam, bloodwork, and CT scan, MRI or PET scan if possible.

Also if your mother-in-law goes home on blood-thinners (coumadin, warfarin, lovenox, plavix, or otherwise) then you have to be REALLY careful about her falling down - old people die every day falling, hitting their head, and bleeding inside their skull while on these drugs. If she is unsteady on her feet, she needs to be watched constantly, remove loose rugs and stairs from her home, etc.

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thefishman wrote:
Fair idea, that long gaming sessions can lead to DVT/PEs, but so can any extended sedentary activity (sitting on the couch watching TV, for instance). To prevent this, just get up about once an hour and walk around for 5 minutes. Doing squats is even better.

Your mother-in-law should get a cancer work-up, however. It is unusual for someone to get a DVT from sitting down too long, even someone old. DVT/PE is MUCH more common in patients with cancer, especially among patients on aspirin, and is often the first sign that leads to the discovery. The work-up should include colonoscopy, chest xray, breast exam, skin exam, bloodwork, and CT scan, MRI or PET scan if possible.

Also if your mother-in-law goes home on blood-thinners (coumadin, warfarin, lovenox, plavix, or otherwise) then you have to be REALLY careful about her falling down - old people die every day falling, hitting their head, and bleeding inside their skull while on these drugs. If she is unsteady on her feet, she needs to be watched constantly, remove loose rugs and stairs from her home, etc.

Dr. Fish, MD



Thanx, she does have a history of 'unsteadiness'/clumsiness.
 
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Pretty common for teens who play a lot of video games. There is usually a story about someone getting a P.E. when the new World of Warcraft expansion comes out.


Common in the sense that being hit by a meteorite is common.
 
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I recently converted my work desk to a standing desk with the help of a shelf and some cardboard boxes for my keyboard/mouse. My legs get pretty sore by the end of the day, but I do find I feel a LOT better after eight hours of work. I also try and get up in gaming sessions. Sitting for that long just starts locking my whole body up after a certain amount of time.
 
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Small note - standing in place is not as bad as sitting, but still confers risk of DVT or venous insufficiency (varicose veins, leg ulcers). The key is to walk around or at least flex the legs every hour or so.
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thefishman wrote:
Small note - standing in place is not as bad as sitting, but still confers risk of DVT or venous insufficiency (varicose veins, leg ulcers). The key is to walk around or at least flex the legs every hour or so.


I tend to listen to funky techno and dance. Gets weird looks from co-workers walking by, but keeps me healthy! cool
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AtomicReaction wrote:
I recently converted my work desk to a standing desk with the help of a shelf and some cardboard boxes for my keyboard/mouse. My legs get pretty sore by the end of the day, but I do find I feel a LOT better after eight hours of work. I also try and get up in gaming sessions. Sitting for that long just starts locking my whole body up after a certain amount of time.



My back would completely fail me after about 30 minutes of that. Wait till you get old.
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Rastak wrote:
AtomicReaction wrote:
I recently converted my work desk to a standing desk with the help of a shelf and some cardboard boxes for my keyboard/mouse. My legs get pretty sore by the end of the day, but I do find I feel a LOT better after eight hours of work. I also try and get up in gaming sessions. Sitting for that long just starts locking my whole body up after a certain amount of time.



My back would completely fail me after about 30 minutes of that. Wait till you get old.


Depends how old you mean. The guy I got the recommendation from is late 40s, so he still seems to be enjoying it. That being said, I doubt I will make it much past 50 anyways
 
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Rastak wrote:
AtomicReaction wrote:
I recently converted my work desk to a standing desk with the help of a shelf and some cardboard boxes for my keyboard/mouse. My legs get pretty sore by the end of the day, but I do find I feel a LOT better after eight hours of work. I also try and get up in gaming sessions. Sitting for that long just starts locking my whole body up after a certain amount of time.



My back would completely fail me after about 30 minutes of that. Wait till you get old.


yep, I do find standing is OK for a while, but i also have bad feet and even with orthotics, I find I need to give my lower extremities a break once in a while. Otherwise though, I think it's a good idea to walk around/stretch on occasion.
 
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