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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My mother 90 years, mobile to the extent that she can carry on her own activities, otherwise on bed, recently started to hear sounds not existing, as though, someone has found, where she is hiding, calling her names, fore warning of an attack on her and so on. Initially, we stopped all medicine except Pio 30, that has not helped, she continues to believe that she hears voices troubling her. As she can be moved or taken to a hospital, I need help
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Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I suspect some electrolyte imbalance which can cause such issues
User :   what can we do to avoid this kind of hallucinations
Doctor :   low Sodium, and acidosis can cause such issues
Doctor :   also undiagnosed Urinary infection could be also be a reason
Doctor :   there is nothing much, to do at this age, as reduced immunity, will predispose them to infections
Doctor :   Or else, stress, and depression could be a factor.
User :   any solutions
Doctor :   she needs evaluation, and a few blood tests, to rule out electrolyte imbalance, etc
User :   she can't be taken to a hospital
Doctor :   why is that ?
User :   she can't move beyond a few steps on her own
Doctor :   In that case, i would suggest you get a home based nurse, to take care of her
Doctor :   also clinics can arrange to get blood work collection from home
User :   we have one, who takes care of her hygeine
Doctor :   you will also need her to be seen by a doctor, to know her mental status.
Doctor :   and evaluate her complete state presently
User :   Psychatrists don't visit homes, I wish someone is kind to do that
Doctor :   It is very hard, to get such services in India
Doctor :   LET me try and help you
User :   that will be of great help doctor
Doctor :   i will give you some info on you email ID
User :   I am grateful
Doctor :   AND let you know, how to go ahead
Doctor :   sure
User :   bye sir
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