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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 :   hi am AAAAAAA my mother is not able to stand on her legs. she cannot able to move her legs freely.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   May I know her age?
Doctor :   Since when is she having this problem?
User :   53
User :   since 4 days
Doctor :   Is the weakness seen on both legs or only present on only one side?
User :   on both legs
Doctor :   Does she have back pain?
User :   no
Doctor :   Does she have joint paint(knee joints, ankle joints)/swelling of the joints?
User :   no joint pains and no swelling
Doctor :   Is she having fever?
User :   on first day she got fever
Doctor :   Ok
User :   now she does not has fever
Doctor :   Do you find that her symptoms have been progressing/improving since the last 4 days
Doctor :   Has she had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   she got some shock like in her legs for 3 days
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Does she have history of diabetes/hypertension/any other medical illness in the past?
User :   from yesterday she did not feel shocks while moving her legs
Doctor :   Is she on any regular medications in the past?
User :   she got ill as same way 2 years back. at that time she has pains every where and cant able to move on bed
Doctor :   Is she on any regular medications in the past?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Since I cannot physically examine your mother, I am unable to pinpoint the exact cause for the weakness, however, I shall provide you with the informations that will guide you.
Doctor :   Sudden onset weakness of the lower limbs(legs) can occur due to
Doctor :   1. Back and spine problems
Doctor :   2. Arthritis and joint inflammations
Doctor :   3. Post infections
Doctor :   4. Other medical conditions such as reduced potassium levels or GB syndrome.
Doctor :   Any of these are likely to cause the symptoms of weakness.
User :   she went for ayurveda . from then onwards she slowly recovered and just able to move in house and do work.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Previous history of arthritis and joint pains can flare up during an infective spell
Doctor :   which may have caused the worsening,
User :   ok
Doctor :   If this is the case, then symptoms should be better in a few days with the use of antiinflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen 400mg twice daily after food for 3 - 5 days.
Doctor :   However, few other causes that I mentioned such as spine problems, reduced potassium levels, or GB syndrome need to be treated early.
Doctor :   Hence my suggestions are
User :   ok
Doctor :   1. Use antiinflammatory medications as suggested ( ibuprofen 400mg tablets, twice daily after food
Doctor :   2. Consult a doctor for evaluation
User :   is general physician is sufficient
Doctor :   3. She may need few blood test such as complete blood count, serum electrolytes, serum CPK levels.
Doctor :   If her symptoms are severe, then she may need hospitalisations too.
Doctor :   Yes, you can consult a general physician.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   thank you for your valuable suggestions
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   thats all . thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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