What are the tests to be done to treat completely deteriorated health? - Online Doctor Chats
My mother is in a nursing home for rehab, she was discharged from the hospital not strong enough to come home. Upon entry in hospital they found thyroid med should be increased from 75 to 100, her magnesium was low, which seems to be an ongoing problem, her electrolytes were diminished. I went to se her yesterday and she is like a zombie, I spoke w nurses this morning and they said her blood work is good. I believe her thyroid has been so bad for so long, it is killing her. I don't know what to recommend they do as far as testing and getting her the care she needs to get back on track. Can you help me with recommendations.
Are you collecting your thought
I have read your query
What do you suggest
Thyroid can be easily ruled out with a blood test
Was the blood test done?
I've read the basic thyroid test can show normal so there are more tests than the basic. Yes it was it showed normal
Does she have swollen thyroid gland?
I don't know
Swollen eyes are a symptom of goiter
It may present with normal thyroid hormones
Just the size of thyroid gland is increased
I want to request they do more than the basic test to get proper medication before she stops talking
further tests are done if something comes up on these tests
She does not have swollen eyes though. They are constantly watering
What does that do
Antibodies attack the gland and reduce the formation of thyroid hormone
for example anti-tpo antibpdies
A proper work-up is needed to find the diagnosis
Can a person's health deteriorate so rapidly, well an elderly person. I'm feeling they are just looking at it as old age. I don't think she's ever had a thorough thyroid investigation. She just stares ahead and if I ask her if she is ok she says yes. So unresponsive
It seems like gRAVES ophthalmopathy
What is that?
Graves ophthalmopathy happens due to hyperthyroidism
when the thyroid hormones are in excess
I'm confused, they increased the med because blood work indicated deficiency
From your description it seems that she was hypothyroid and her hormone dose was increased
I think a visit to an ophthalmologist should also help
I'm not a doctor,, I'm just desperate to help my mother. She is still young but just a shell it seems. The eye issue has been ongoing she has seen various doctors for that, even had tubes put in
It can also some swelling behind the eyes for some other reason
So all of the symptoms, severe itchiness years ago, never diagnosed
itching can just be from dry skin
Loss of hearing and weakness may be age related
This itchiness was non stop,saw dermatologist, used all kinds of tropical, and even some meds, I believe
I think for itching on skin she may take cleaner water to drink as it may be fungal infection
Have you knowledge of elderly people failing due to thyroid.
What would you do for your mother if you were me
Not just elderly even young people detriorate on thyroid
Unless some lifestyle changes take place
She does not have stickiness now
I understood the nature of the problem she is facing
She always ate well, does not take many medications.
What do you suggest, the above tests and seeing if thyroid is enlarged
Since protein deficiency may also give the look of protruding eyes
She does not have protruding eyes.
Any more suggestions before I go
Actually in this case it may just be low diet
You need to check on her regularly and se what she is eating
She needs to take a complete diet
A balanced diet is a must
Related questions you may be interested in
Recent questions on