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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   okay, my mom got a cramp in her leg and in an attempt to avoid it she made a sudden movement with her leg and it seems like she got a muscle strain. Due to the strain she couldnt walk and began using a walker, now after 2 days she is complaining of back pain, arm pain and her other leg is also starting to hurt to the point where she is becoming more immobile. when she walks with the walker she seems to push down on it
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   I am Dr....
User :   hello
User :   did you get a chance to see what my initial inquiry was?
Doctor :   I am reading it
Doctor :   What is her age?
User :   45
User :   45
Doctor :   Any other medical problems?
Doctor :   Diabetes, Blood pressure
User :   anemia and she has blood pressure issues
Doctor :   Wat medicines she is taking now?
User :   mucsle relaxers and pain meds
Doctor :   Did she see a Doctor?\
Doctor :   Any improvement?
User :   yes
User :   and no it seems to be getting worse
User :   ever since she has begun using the walker
Doctor :   Did you check if she is using the walker correctly
User :   well thats the thing she seems to push down on it
Doctor :   Actually a Orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist shall help her from her present problem
User :   oh
User :   she might need surgery
User :   ?
Doctor :   That can be determined only after proper evaluation, physically , some tests and diagnosis
User :   do u believe that misusing the walker is making it worse?
Doctor :   It can be
Doctor :   Actually I think you guys have to see an Orthopedic surgeon for a specific diagnosis
User :   could that explain her arms hurting and her back hurting
Doctor :   I do not know if you already met them
User :   no we havn't
User :   we have not been referred
Doctor :   Is there some family history of similar problems i
Doctor :   like her father or sisters or mother
User :   no it just happened out of all out of the blue
Doctor :   Suddenly??
Doctor :   or over a period of time
Doctor :   What is your primary physician's opinion
User :   just after getting the cramp she was perfectly normal before no back pain or anything
User :   when we went to see the doctor she wasnt as bad as she is now
Doctor :   I am little surprised if she is on walker and not yet referred for Orthopedic's opinion
User :   she got the walker on her own
Doctor :   Ok so you are not following thoroughly
Doctor :   with your primary too
Doctor :   I think she is very young and needs to be more vigilant for her future care
User :   we did go a couple of days ago but she borrowed the walker
Doctor :   She has lot of life to go ahead
Doctor :   and she should not be debilitated at this age
Doctor :   I suggest to meet your regular physician first
Doctor :   and get a referral to your doctor
Doctor :   She is more lenient in choosing her health
Doctor :   For the pains, you can use OTC pain killer, hot showers
Doctor :   and some rubifacients available over the counter
Doctor :   but they only provide temporary relief
Doctor :   and do not provide solution for actual cause of the problme
User :   oh well go see the doctor again then
User :   thank you
Doctor :   I hope you followed
User :   for your advice
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