Hi. I am trying to get help for my mother. She had a severe electrolyte imbalance due to diuretics the doctors gave her for a swollen knee (she was waiting for surgery) She went for her pre surgery phsyical. She told them she was exhausted, having trouble thinking straight, felt sick all over. To my surprise they did not blood work. They changed her pain meds which did not help at all. The day of knee surgery the doctor refused to operate due to her condition and had her go to the ER. She was hospitalized and treated for the electrolyte imbalance they discovered while doing blood work. This has been over a month ago. Her levels of sodium, potassium, blood calcium, etc are back to normal but she is not. The mental confusion is gone but nothing else. Two weeks ago she successfully went through knee surgery, is going to therapy for that and doing very well in that aspect. She is 80. She normally volunteers five hours a day now she is interested in nothing. She is so tired that she can't be interested. She just feels sick all over, like someone starting to get a flu or stomach virus but of course that isn't the problem. The doctors are not giving her any answers. They do not even seem to know the long term effects of having an electrolyte imbalance (if there are any) NOR what to do to help her.
Is there a certain type of physician that would deal with this? IF so, I will find one and get her an appointment. We are both at our wits end. I feel so helpless.
Anyone who knows anything about this and would be willing to share , I would appreciate it so much.