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Lost weight, back pain, temporary reddish forehead, legs stiff, hard, done bone scan. Healing time?

My father has lost a great deal of weight. He is 77 years old. He does not eat. He has back pain and has lost a lot of his muscle in his legs and arms. He has a reddish/purple forehead which comes and goes. He has a hard time walking. His legs are very stiff and cannot hardly bend them. He is now at Cleveland Clinic where they are doing a bone scan and a variety of test.
Asked On : Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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A sudden loss in weight can cause a weakness, electrolyte imbalance causing all the symptoms. The stiffness in the legs could be related to muscle cramps. taking muscle relaxants will help.
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Dr. Praveen Tayal ,
Answered: Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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