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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   Hi Good morning
User :   Sorry for the delayed response , However I would like to get some information as my mother is not feeling well due to orthritis
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I wanted to explore the option I have regarding the possible treatment
User :   Yesterday she visited a general physician complaining of swelling and pain in the joint
User :   but the physician said my mom is just fine
Doctor :   ok
User :   However we can notice a swelling in joints ,
User :   and also my mom is a diagnoised for orthritis and the earlier physician had confirmed the same
User :   of late she is complaining of lot of pain and swelling , So I want to know my options '[
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Which joints are invloved?
Doctor :   How long is she be suffering from it?
Doctor :   Hello XXXXXXXX
User :   its been almost 5 years
Doctor :   Does she have fever etc
User :   its mainly in ankle and back pain
User :   no
User :   and the swelling in joints ( hands and Legs ) are evident once she takes food and opts for some sleep
Doctor :   Does she have stiffness in the joints
User :   yes she does
Doctor :   Is the stiff ness more early in the morning when she gets up from the bed
User :   and the swelling in the legs are too much to ignore
User :   yes , but she does lot of household work which is contributing to the pain
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What is her age
User :   55
Doctor :   Is she over weight?
User :   No , about average however i dont know her exact weight
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you tell me the exact diagnosis the doctor made with the cause
Doctor :   Is it something lik Osteoarthritis
User :   well i might need some time to tell you exactly what it is
Doctor :   no issues
Doctor :   take your time
User :   I wantd to know , what should be my next step
Doctor :   Please get back when yoiu have every thing in detail about the diagnosis , medicines she is using, treatments earlier taken
User :   Ok
Doctor :   Is she advised
Doctor :   long-term home exercise program
Doctor :   or physical therpy program
Doctor :   These are the most important
Doctor :   part of the Osteoarthritis
User :   yeah she is advised of physical therapy program
User :   but we have moved from Mysore to bangalore , so she had to discontinue physical therapy
Doctor :   Did she continue with the physiotherapist
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me tell you how it goes now
User :   one thing i can remember , she was advised of not carrying lot of weight
User :   and washing heavy clothes , as the bones around her neck is eroding
Doctor :   She should be first assessed the stage of osteoarthritis with the physical examination and Xrays, Her complete medical history and other illness?
Doctor :   Then the treatment options go thus
Doctor :   With the physical therpy from the physio
Doctor :   and then longterm home exercise program
User :   ok
Doctor :   If the pain does nt subside the other interventions are needed
Doctor :   She needs immediate attention
User :   ok
Doctor :   as of yoiur history says
Doctor :   to remian pain free
Doctor :   and continue good quality life
Doctor :   It is correct that she should not sit down
Doctor :   and carry wts
Doctor :   do not climb stairs
User :   she can sit down , but should not carry wts
User :   and doctor has advised evening walking , but she complains of pain even while walking
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Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   sure
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Doctor :   you can come back
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