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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi there,
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   My mom is 85 years old. She is in good shape however this morning she got up and was very dizzy, weak and felt nauseauous. She was able to get to the bathroom with my help but still feels sick to her stomach. I have made sure she is drinking water., Her meds are femara 2.5mg, semvastin 20mg amlodipine 2.5 mgs, centrum, ecotrim 81mg and ventrum once a day. I gave her her bp med this am thinking maybe her bp was low that is why she is dizzy. She can sit up with my help but has no energy to get up.
User :   She has no fever, no numbness no pressure in her chest breathing is regular. She has had her aortic replaced like ten years ago.
Doctor :   is this the first time this has happened?
User :   Yes
User :   She had fried fish last night and never eats fried food?
Doctor :   ok
User :   So what do you think? does she n eed to go to the hospital. Should I wait and see how she does. Do you have any response to her symptoms as to what this might be?
Doctor :   has she taken all her medications today?
User :   Yes other than her femara
Doctor :   ok let me tell you few things
Doctor :   that will help as i too am suspecting thet her blood pressure drop can be the reason for her dizziness
Doctor :   first make sure she is drinking lots of water
User :   What will help? By her taking her pb meds? I gave her that this am at 10:30 and she still feels this way. Yes I am makings sure she drinks alot of water. Any danger signs dizziness and nauseau?
Doctor :   Beetroot juice is beneficial for those suffering from low blood pressure. So, have a cup of raw beetroot juice two times a day.
Doctor :   Foods rich in proteins, vitamin C and vitamin B are effective in treating low blood pressure
User :   I meant I gave her her blood pressure meds. Can it be something else as it hasn't changed things 5 hours ago
Doctor :   is she still not able to stand up on her own ?
User :   No she feels week and wants to lay down. She was able to stand up and get to the bathroom with me holding onto her but when we got back she wanted to lay down again. Very weak
Doctor :   let her rest for sometime and keep on giving the fluids.
Doctor :   wait for one to two hour and then see if you find any change
User :   At what point should I worry if her symptoms change? What if she remains with the same symptoms for the next 10 hours?
Doctor :   if not then she would have to be taken to the hospital.
Doctor :   dont wait 10 hours
Doctor :   see it it 2 hours
Doctor :   she should improve by rest if its the BP cause
User :   Ok Thank you. I will asses then. Any idea of what you think it could be that would require hospitaization
Doctor :   otherwise needs to be taken to the hospital
Doctor :   it doesnt look like anything serious
Doctor :   but we should not take any chances
Doctor :   esp at this age
User :   Thank you for your help. This is my first time doing this and it is amazing to be able to have this service. Thank you.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   thanks
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