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Has complains about joint and back pain. Is it due to old-age? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Morning
User:good morning
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hi Doctor , need some advice regarding my fathere
Doctor:Please proceed with your query.
User:his age is around 77 yrs and is usually in good health
User:recently he has complained about joint and back pain
User:he as requested for some tonics which could help him
User:the pain appears to be related to old age
Doctor:May I know which joints he is having pain in?
User:and back
Doctor:Ok. May I know his weight?
User:on the heavy side....I would think around over 80 kg
Doctor:Ok. Let me brief you regarding the conditions which may be present.
Doctor:The most common cause of back and joint pain in elderly are due to degenerative changes.
Doctor:Degenerative changes in the sense, the bone cells and cartilage cells start wearing out with age.
Doctor:This may cause rough surfaces in the joints.
Doctor:And that causes pain.
Doctor:Degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis etc can happen in the elderly.
User:i remember that he said that the pain is more in the mornings after waking up
Doctor:Ok. That gives an impression of degenerative changes.
Doctor:I can suggest you temporary measures to get relief.
Doctor:1. Tab. Calpol 650mg (Paracetamol) thrice daily to reduce pain.
Doctor:2. Tab. Shelcal 500 mg ( Calcium Supplements) twice daily
Doctor:These are temporary measures.
User:there are times when the pain is not severe
Doctor:He will need to consult an orthopaedic surgeon for a proper evaluation, diagnosi and treatment.
User:should he therefore take the tabs only when the pain is more - esp the Calpol?
Doctor:Yes. He can take Calpol when the pain is more.
User:i guess then that he can take Shelcal on a regular basis
Doctor:Shelcal can be taken regularly for a period of 2 weeks to 3 weeks.
Doctor:Hope I had been able to clear your doubts.
Doctor:Do you have any other concerns on which I can help you?
User:I have another query which is related to mental problems related to my cousin sister.. should I continue or will someone else address the query?
Doctor:You can continue.
User:my cousin has a very long history of mental illness
User:after she completed her 8-9th standard
Doctor:May I know what specific disorder she is having?
User:docs say its schizophrenia
User:he is constantly depressed
User:had attemted suicide several times ago
User:there are patterns to her moods
User:during some times she can get very violent
User:she imagines that she is some saint, etc...sometimes the devil ,etc
User:we have tried lot of treatmen
User:ECT (shock therapy) many years ago
User:she had visited several docs
Doctor:I assume she is on medications.
User:and is currently on medinines
User:do not have the names currently
Doctor:Thats fine.
User:wanted to know if there is some kind of a good place where she can be kept in a rehabilation centre
User:its gets rather difficult to handle for the family
Doctor:There are certain things to remember in managing a psychiatric disorder.
User:guess she needs a change of environment and something to keep busy
Doctor:Firstly, medicines does not cure the disorder. It just prevents the aggrevation.
User:she has not been able to study ever since....and is not working...forgot to mention that she is now 40 yrs old
Doctor:Yes, keeping busy may help. But for that she needs to have a proper thought process.
User:the family had once tried to keep he at JJ hosp, but this is not what they would like
User:given the atmosphere there
Doctor:Let me give you some small guidance which I feel might help to take decisions.
User:wanted some decent place where she would get gentle care along with therapy
Doctor:Ok. One of our customer care executives will assist you further in finding a good place for her treatment.
Doctor:Important measures for psychiatric treatment should include, medication, psychotherapy and counselling.
Doctor:It should help her condition to improve.
Doctor:You will get a call from our customer care executive for the details of place for her treatment.
Doctor:May I know exactly where your cousin is staying?
Doctor:Malad is in which place?
User:western side
Doctor:Ok. You will soon get details of the rehab centres.
User:ok ..will someone call me?
Doctor:Is there anything else I could help you on?
Doctor:Yes. One of our executives will be giving you a call.
User:my cell number is 0000
User:many thanks for your help
Doctor:Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor:Let me know if you have any health related queries.
Doctor:Wish you a very Happy New Year.
User:no thank you
User:happy new to you too
Doctor:and Welcome.
Doctor:Have a nice day.
User:bye you too
Doctor:Bye for now.
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