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My Mother's Health concerns

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 30, 2007
  • 05:06 PM

My Mother is 81 years old. She has had health problems, as far as mobility, for quite a few years. She is now in a wheelchair and cannot stand because her blood pressure drops so drastically. For years she complained of dizziness, weakness, fatigue and lack of balance. The doctors did all kinds of tests when she was in her 70's, CT, MRI, blood tests.....ruling out MS or any other debilitating disease. But, over the years, she just got weaker and weaker. We always blamed it on the fact that she didn't do anything, so she wasn't using her muscles, which attributed to the weakness. About 3 months ago she was hospitalized with a kidney stone. About a week later she was taken to the hospital and they found the extreme fluctuating blood pressure. They did tests and could find no reason, so they blame it on neurological problems. She has taken anti depressents for years. Valium for 20 years, then they changed her over to Xanex, for the last 25 years. When she was younger, the doctor would give her B12 shots and she would feel very good when she got them. They quit that years ago, and she has gone downhill from that point. Her last visit to the hospital, we asked them if she could have B12 shots, and they said that she could. They started giving her one the day she left the hospital. Her appetite returned, she had more strength and stamina, her eyes didn't bother her as much and she didn't complain of a headache(which she has for years). The last time she was hospitalized, she was taken in extremely confused and agitated. They thought she had a stroke. She couldn't speak (which lasted only a day)....They did all the tests and found no evidence of a stroke. We are all very confused. Her heart is good, her ciruculation is good, but her blood pressure still fluctuated extremely, however, it has been more stable over the last couple of weeks. She just complained of not having any appetite last Wednesday. Thursday she got her B12 shot, and by Saturday was eating normally again. The Dr. said her B12 levels were not that low (I don't know what it was), but they approved giving her injections. They started once a month, but we have talked them into every 2 weeks, since they help her. I believe that her speech is better, I know her appetite is better, and I'm hoping she will get a little stronger....but, I would like to know what your opinion on this is. Will it help her Blood Pressure?

Thanks so much for this information website...
DB

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  • I work in dialysis, and our patients have a problem keeping their bp up during treatment. We have to give them something with a high salt content, anything. Lipton cup of soup (chicken noodle) seems to be the "drug" of choice. They tolerate it well, and it is quick to make. She may even be a little dehydrated if her appetite isn't good. Your electrolytes get messed up when this happens. How is her potassium level?Good luck!
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  • Thank you for the information. I am going to contact the Dr. and see if I can find out what her potassium level is. She used to take a potassium supplement, years ago, and she felt good when taking it. Thanks Again!
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  • You are more than welcome! I only wish I had more info. Does your mother take any diuretics such as lasix? These particular drugs ( water pills) can play havoc on potassium levels. Best of luck! keep me posted.
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