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What causes inability to walk? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Apr-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Elderly Problems
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Practicing since : 2009
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Doctor:hi, how can I help you?
User:my father age 87yaers he is unable walk with confidence.he is always lying on the bed .is their any medication please
Doctor:What happens when he tries to walk?
User:he does not have any balance on the legs.
Doctor:Ok. Does he have any neurological issues?
User:he had last years he was hospitalised for 5days due iodine shortage in the body
Doctor:Ok. Any injuries or bone or joint issues?
Doctor:Does he have any chronic medical conditions that are being treated currently?
User:no injury pls
Doctor:OK. Then He needs to be seen by a general physician and worked up.
Doctor:he also needs x-rays of the lower limbs to rule out any defects
Doctor:Finally, you must realize that he is 87 years old
User:can we engage physio therapist.
Doctor:and that he might not be able to be very active
User:any medication for him
Doctor:That is a fine idea. But before you do that, take him to a general doctor and make sure his blood work and joints are all normal
Doctor:Then a physical therapist is a fine idea
Doctor:No, there is no medication that you can give in this instance until we know what is going on
User:ok thank you very much doctor
Doctor:I wish I could help more
Doctor:when he gets his blood work, be sure to come back and we can discuss the results
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