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Have swollen belly, wheezing, fatigue. Had stroke earlier. Taking many medication. What to do?


My name is Jenny, I am 35 years old. I am with my grandmother who is 88 years old. She had a stroke almost 2 years old. She reecently became ill this past week. Her symptoms were: swollen belly, wheezing, iron build up, very fatigue, along with a few other things. The hospital sent her home with more medication. She seems to be getting worse and we are not sure on what to do. Please help!! Give us some guidance on what to do. It would be greatly appreciated!

Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hello Jenny ! The agegroup of your grandmother demands prompt and detailed investigatgions on her swollen belly.
You have not mentioned whether she is ambulatory or bed ridden post stroke. In bed ridden patients, we have to exclude fecal impaction, which may give rise to abdominal swelling. WHeezing is due to her respiratory infection/allergy which needs to be taken care of by a medicine specialist.
Apart from this, you have to think of a chronic urinary tract infection in non-ambulatory patients, which has to be taken care of.
If the above are excluded, then consult a medical specialist, who may advise her for a complete evaluation of her kidney function, liver function and cardio vascular status all of which may give rise to swollen belly and the last one can give rise to weezing as well.
She may also need an ultrasound abdomen to exclude accumulation of fluid in the belly/or any space occupying lesion. So, withuot any delay take her to a specialist clinic for clinical evaluation and treatment. We all wish her an early recovery.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Veera Raghava Rao Buddha.'s  Response
Hi Jenny, welcome to Health care magic forum.
Thanks for calling H.C.M.Forum.
Your grand mother is 88 yrs. had stroke 2 years back, now she had swollen belly, wheezing, iron buildup, and fatigue etc.
Since 2 years she had stroke and due to developement of degeneration of the brain and autonomous nervous system, there may be lessening of intestinal movements, hence having intestinal obstruction . The wheezing may be due to obstruction or an infection in the lungs.
I advise you to consult a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment.
Wishing for a quick and complete recovery.
Best regards.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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