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All About Recovering From a Coma

Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

A coma is a terrible condition. It is life-threatening for many people and puts relatives under severe stress. And what a joy it is when a person finally recovers from a coma.

Coming out of a coma is a challenging prospect. But it’s tough to imagine coming out of a coma. It is physically and emotionally draining for both the patient and their family. Unfortunately, there are too many cases where people go into comas unexpectedly. They disrupt their lives in ways no one could have predicted. 

Recovery from a coma requires taking steps to regain consciousness, relearning skills, and understanding how the person’s body was affected by this traumatic event. 

In this blog, we will briefly discuss what a coma is and its causes. Also, we will learn what happens after a coma. Well, stay tuned and read on soon.

 

What Is a Coma?

A coma is a state of profound loss of consciousness. In this case, the patient is unresponsive to his surroundings. He is unable to perform any voluntary movements or functions. 

Coma has been around since ancient Greece. In ancient Greek, the word translates to sweet sleep. But it is not a dream, much less a sweet one. But it was, is, and will be. It is eternal and full of mysteries on the verge of mysticism.

Many people ask themselves, is there no brain activity in a coma? The answer is yes. In a coma, the brain stops functioning, no new messages or signals get sent, and no reactions occur. It means no physical reactions, no emotional reactions. And, of course, there needs to be more understanding of what is happening around the patient.

But there have been cases where brain activity in a coma has been present. The brains of coma patients may still be active, and doctors can use this activity to estimate the chances of recovery, say scientists from Columbia University. Scientists published the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Common Causes of Coma

coma patient

A coma is a state of loss of consciousness. But what causes a coma? A variety of medical conditions and injuries can cause it. Common causes of coma include:

  • Head or brain trauma;
  • Stroke;
  • Taking certain medications and drugs;
  • Severe infections;
  • High or low body temperature;
  • Abnormal blood sugar levels;
  • Impaired liver or kidney function;
  • Exposure to certain kinds of radiation. 

While in a coma, patients receive supportive care with regular assessment of vital signs. Patients receive hydration, nutrition, and monitoring for any neurological changes.

 

It is vital to seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms occur. If signs state a medical condition leading to a coma, you are better off reassured. Timely diagnosis and treatment will help cut any long-term effects. And you’ll increase the likelihood of a full recovery.

 

Recovering after a Coma

Many people wonder what happens after a coma. Recovery from a coma is a long and often complex process. Brain damage can range from mild to severe. Thus, it is difficult for us to predict recovery time as well as the severity of the effects. 

It usually takes several months for people to come out of a coma. During this time, they regain consciousness and respond to what is happening. After another short period, the person can fully recover their cognitive abilities. 

During this period, the family must be prepared to provide emotional support. And doctors will guide the necessary medical recovery. The body may also need physical rehabilitation therapy. It will restore the strength and reflexes lost during this time. 

Recovery from a coma can sometimes be discouraging. But with proper care and support, patients can make significant progress. And very soon, patients will be able to return to everyday life.

 

What You Can Do as a Visitor

For many coma survivors, the recovery period can be a difficult and uncertain time. It is important to remember that full recovery is possible! And, there are steps you, as a visitor, can take. In this way, you can help the patient on their journey. 

Above all, it is important to show kindness and compassion by patiently listening to the patient. Understanding how the person may feel and provide emotional support is beneficial during this period. 

visitor to coma patient

It is also beneficial to help them adjust to their new environment. You can gently remind them of what has changed since they were sick. 

Finally, getting them involved in active activities. It is worth doing both indoors and outdoors. It can be the key to overall improvement.

Visiting loved ones who have experienced comas can be an advantageous experience. It will have a good impact on both the patient and the visitor. If you are supporting someone during this difficult time, consider these strategies part of your approach.

 

Bottom Line

Recovering from a coma is no easy feat, but you can do it with dedication and hard work. The most important thing is to remember that no situation is hopeless; you can achieve anything with just one breath at a time.

Lone Star Neurology Clinic is here to help those who have experienced comas and need recovery. We provide assessments and treatments that are tailored to the individual’s needs. We recognize this is a trying time for patients and their families. That is why our medical specialists will be there with you every step of the way. With proper care and support, full recovery from a coma is possible. Contact us today to learn more about your coma recovery options! 

 

FAQs 

  • What happens after a coma?

Recovery can be long and cannot always predict. After a coma, patients often need to relearn basic skills such as walking, talking, and eating. They may also have to undergo physical therapy and other rehabilitative treatments.

  • What is an unconscious patient?

An unconscious patient has no brain activity at all. It means the absence of reaction to usual stimuli. Coma can be caused by trauma, stroke, infection, or other medical conditions.

  • Does the brain heal itself in a coma?

In some cases, the brain can heal itself while in a coma. But this process is not guaranteed, and you cannot always predict recovery. The severity of the injury will determine whether healing will occur during a coma. 

  • What are the chances of waking up from a coma?

The chances of waking up from a coma vary based on the cause and severity of the injury. In some cases, there may be a full recovery. But in others, there may be no improvement or further brain damage. It is crucial to seek medical advice if you think someone may be in a coma.

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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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