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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My husband is having dizzy spells and heart pounding resonating in his ears. He has had a catoroid test and nothing showed up but this is getting more often. Also has trouble sleeping. Any suggestions?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.XXX
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   I have few questions for you
Doctor :   What is the age, height and weight of yoru husband?
User :   He is 82 and weight is 170 lbs. He is also diabetic - type 2 on oral insulin
Doctor :   Since when is the problem
Doctor :   How did it initially start?
User :   His current problem has been about three weeks. No pattern - sometimes just standing with no other movement
Doctor :   Does he feel dizzy on movement / sudden movements
User :   Sometimes he does and other times he is performing a simple chore and nothing happens.
Doctor :   Is the ECHO / ECG cardiac evaluation done?
User :   Yes both and nothing shows anything abnormal
Doctor :   Ok good, is the ENT consult done?
User :   What is the "ENT"?
Doctor :   Otorhinolaryngologist
Doctor :   Ear examination
User :   No ear examination done
Doctor :   What is his Blood pressure?
Doctor :   Is the blood sugar under control?
Doctor :   What is the pulse rate, any idea?
User :   Blood pressure is great and blood sugar under control. No idea of pulse rate
Doctor :   Ok, I have to say, most often it is age related
Doctor :   because of degenerative changes in the Inner ear
Doctor :   2) Heart supply dimnishes
User :   What do you recommend?
Doctor :   I recommend, ear examination
Doctor :   Check if he is getting breathless, chest pain
Doctor :   Ask him to move slowly from one position to other
Doctor :   I hope his vision is good
User :   No chest pain or breathless. His vision is good
Doctor :   Ok, did you check for blood sugar while dizzy?
Doctor :   I need some more time to help you better
Doctor :   Can you be patient
User :   He has checked that and said it was ok
Doctor :   may I know the level of blood sugar?
Doctor :   when dizzy
Doctor :   Did he complains of neck pain or headache?
Doctor :   Tingling in the arms or numbness in the arms?
User :   I do not know this - I've checked his log and cannot tell. No complaint of neck pain or headache or tingling. Please explain what to look for with the blood sugar levels and I can monitor him.
Doctor :   What is blood sugar in mmol/ lt
Doctor :   The number
Doctor :   written there
User :   The last i see is 136 prior to his taking his medication
Doctor :   Ok it is measured in mg / dl
Doctor :   units , is it not?
User :   Sorry I do not know.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I think you should not worry about it
Doctor :   If the frequency is more and the episodes of dizzyness are prolonged and severe, then you can see him at ER
Doctor :   Otherwise a check with Ear specialist shall do
User :   If anything shows up, is there a remedy
Doctor :   These symptoms are very common
Doctor :   in old age
Doctor :   lifestyle modifications are important
User :   Thank you. I will ask his primary card physician for a referral. Thank you again
Doctor :   1) Slow movements
Doctor :   from bed
Doctor :   Slow movements of head
Doctor :   2) Moving in well lit areas
Doctor :   3) Using a stick is preferable
Doctor :   He should make sure he should not fall down
Doctor :   That is the best thing he can do right now to prevent further injury
Doctor :   as healing delays
User :   Thank you.
Doctor :   Anytbhing else I can help you with?
Doctor :   Get back to me if you need more help
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
User :   No thats all.
Doctor :   and I shall help you with the best of abilities
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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