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Help for my brother

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 5, 2006
  • 10:04 PM

My brother has been in and out of the hospital numerous times over the last two years and things appear to be going from bad to worse. He had back surgery initially two years ago. Immediately after the surgery his back pain escalated to where it was almost unbearable. After a couple of months of constant doctor visits, his surgeon re-admitted him into the hospital, opened him up and a screw literally fell onto the operating room floor. They replaced the screw and sent him home to recuperate. Not too long after the second back surgery, he began experiencing tremendous pain in his legs, as well as, swelling. He was then diagnosed with a blod clot in one of his legs and was placed on medication for treatment, as well as, beginning weekly blood tests.

The pain in his legs increased and he was diagnosed with RLS and was told there was no cure.

In June my brother almost died due to his intestines getting wrapped around scar tissue caused by his back surgeries. He was in the hospital for almost two months (he had two back-to-back operations on his intestines as a result).

Most recently (three weeks ago), he fainted and was in the hospital for two days. His blood pressure had dropped significantly, he was dehydrated and they concluded he was having an adverse affect from one (out of two) of his blood pressure medications. They replaced one of the medications and indicated he should be okay. Bottom line, he is not okay. He is now having trouble walking or standing without the use of a walker. His hands and legs will shake uncontrollably from time to time. We are at our wits end. I can not even begin to know how my brother is coping with all of this. We have a doctor's appointment scheduled for this Wednesday and would appreciate any advice you may have regarding tests, specialists, etc. we should fight for.

My brother is only 45 years old and up until two years ago was the most physically fit person I know. He worked out daily, watched what he ate and drank, has never smoked. He did everything right! What can I do to help him?

Sign me,

Desperate and scared

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