Mini stroke in elderly

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Avatar n tn Bacterial pneumonia secondary to aspiration of food into the trachea is a leading cause of mortality in stroke disabled elderly in nursing homes.
Avatar n tn My 86 year old mother just came out of the hospital on Friday after being in for ten days due to a "mini-stroke" (TIA). It was the fifth one she has had since suffering a major stroke in 2007. Tonight she started bleeding; not heavy but enough to saturate her Depends underwear. I have noticed some very light spotting in the past, but only about once a month. The cause of this is puzzling me. I guess the doctor needs to be seen. Any advice?
Avatar n tn She has chronic edema in both lower legs, and is now using comp stockings, and has NOT been active or walking at all for more than that year. Does the impression #1 mean she's had a mini-stroke, or has MS, or that there is something progressive that's responsible for her heavy, weak leg/foot? Is there a treatment for what she has and if so, is this something that's worsen? HISTORY: Patient with slowly progressive leftsided weakness.
Avatar n tn I have read all the elderly care books and none deal with the very elderly stroke-damaged in a clear-cut manner. I insist on meals being attractively presented, for example. Meticulous track of fluid intake and bowel movements, for example. If the aides are not grilled on a daily basis they tend to go off in their own direction. Usually the wrong one. Every day I ausculate her lung fields, anterior and posterior four quadrants, and check dorsalis pedis pulses. This you can learn to do.
Avatar n tn During my fifth month of pregnancy I did have something like a mini stroke while I was driving. I spent a week in the hospital and was immediately put on bed rest. He was born 2 weeks early by a planned c-section and was born not breathing. He was under weight and still has health problems like asthma, allergies, and an immunity defense abnormality. My body suffered as well. They were unsure if I could even carry this baby full term, let alone deliver.
Avatar n tn The neurosurgeon did not offer much hope for us to survive the stroke nor in her recovery. She has already beat the odds. My mom was in ICU for 3 weeks and step-down 1 week and in rehab hospital for two months now. I have come to learn the dr.'s don't like or really now prognosis on recovery because everyone recovers differently. I have been told over and over again they don't know why some gain more function than others. My mom pulled out her breathing tube which she had for 2.
Avatar n tn Some days he gets very mean and other days he is as sweet as can be... When we ask his doctor about the changes in his mood, he says that it is very common for stroke patients to have those extreme changes.
455605 tn?1206054665 The head rushes is what started everything in 1992. Experienced them again in 94 and 96. 2002 saw them escalate to the point I became disabled. In 2006 I was diagnosed with Alzheimers. I was put on meds that almost killed me. I experienced rapid weight loss, became weak and feeble, horrible head rushes, loss of balance, loss of motor skills, horrible nightmares, inability to sleep, inability to think clearly. Those are the main ones I can think of.
Avatar n tn My mother recently suffered an acute stroke after a mini-stroke two weeks earlier. While at the hospital the neurologist told our family that had they known she had atrial fibrillation in her first mini-stroke, they would have prescribed coumadin and the acute stroke would likely have been prevented. I was told by a geriatric nurse practitioner friend that they should have done the Holter EKG rather than the short EKG as it would have detected the atrial fibrillation.
Avatar n tn Hi Dear Stroke, dementia, and alzheimers disease occur in elderly individuals. There have been many studies conducted to ascertain a correlation between stroke and alzheimers disease. Some studies have found a positive correlation while others have found no corelation. It is still a matter of debate and cannot be conclusively said if stroke/depression are linked to Alzheimer's disease or not. Best.
Avatar n tn If things have worsened in the past few weeks I'd arrange a consultation right away to make sure there wasn't a mini stroke or any other concern that can happen among the elderly. Follow up with a specialist.
2186126 tn?1384961026 I went from feeding her once in the morning and once in the evening to 3 smaller meals throughout the day. Another thing is the thirst, it's insatiable. She would drink constantly. They shed, she would get lil white mole looking things everywhere. Then she started getting really weak. She would go out to potty, but I'd have to help her down the steps (I'm not going to let her stumble and risk falling) and I'd help her back up.
Avatar f tn Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden, severe headache with no known cause Take action in an emergency. Not all the warning signs occur in every stroke. Don't ignore signs of stroke, even if they go away! Check the time. When did the first warning sign or symptom start?
Avatar m tn The authors conclude that inadequate vitamin D is associated with cognitive impairment in elderly women and that vitamin D supplements may improve or maintain cognitive function. Two Studies, Similar Conclusion The second report, by investigators led by Jennifer Buell, PhD, from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and released November 25, came to a similar conclusion. The researchers also conducted a cross-sectional study — this one of more than 300 men and women.
Avatar f tn Reglan (metoclopromadine) is a very cheap medication, unfortunately, it is also metabolized in the kidneys, so a too high dose results in toxic levels in the blood. My husband and I discovered that completely bypassing the GI tract by using reglan injections worked much better in the end. Chica didn't get the extra pyramidal side effects (extreme restlessness, shaking and trembling) from the reglan injections that she got from the oral meds.
Avatar m tn Any kind of chest pain, shortness of breath and numbness should be followe up in the ER asap. It couild be heart related or mean you are having a mini stroke. All these can be related to anxiety as well. I am not worried about your blood pressure. Despite the fluctuations it is within normal limits. Do you take BP meds? or any other kinds of meds? Is it possible the back pain could be a muscle strain? Try ibuprofen and/or tylenol and see if there is any improvement.
Avatar n tn And of course, the omnipresent prognosis issue. I understand that TIA in elderly especially indicates a much higher risk of a major stroke, but what are the main risk factors that can be used to predict prognosis? Thank you in advance for your help in providing such valuable information.
Avatar n tn Sometimes it seems that it comes on later in the afternoon almost routine and then it sometimes happens out of the blue in the morning. I try to change my underwear twice a day and don't wear any underwear at nigh for bed. I'm not sure what triggers this...I know about 2.5 years ago I got a really nasty vaginal infection..Then it was treated and I've been tested for STD's all negative. I sometimes wonder if it came from the boyfriend at that time.
Avatar n tn I don't have allergies of any kind and I'm in excellent health and I can learn to live with the smell of fresh baked bread in my nostrils.. I mean it could be owrse.. still I think I should get someone to check this out especially as I read about Phantom smells being a possible side efect of brain tumors...
Avatar n tn Long story short, my stepfathers history, summorized(he's the one who would need placement); 1. 30 Years of Type 2 Diabetes that's resulted in 'Extreme' Diabetic Neuropathy in the legs/Muscle Waste 2. Severe Spinal Stenosis that has resulted in doubling the trouble with use of legs/DRAMATICALLY increasing the risk of falls/dramatically increasing frequency of urination, up to 25 times in a 24 hour period--12 times during the night, will not wear a catheter..
Avatar m tn Urinary tract infections can cause confusion in the elderly. Make sure he drinks plenty of water so he does not become dehydrated because dehydration too can cause problems. Does he have other health problems, like diabetes? Or on blood pressure mediction? Keep a record of when these attacks happen to see if there is pattern to it. My granny used to get "attacks" every month, it turned out they were blood surges in the brain (like mini strokes).
333672 tn?1273796389 I could be wrong but i didnt think 70 is thought to be particularly old in Japan, so old age might not be such an issues as it is in other countries. It sounds to me like he had a mini stroke or TIA, it definitely sounds like something neurological has happened because of his out of charactor behaviors since this event.
Avatar f tn Some respond differently than others. Pain medications can cause severe mentation changes in anyone, let alone the elderly. No one can tell you if haldol or ativan is bad for your dad. Some have a paradoxical response (opposite) to the action the drug is to have on an individual. you have to realize that as we age, some individuals function at home, in their routine just fine.Take them out of their familiar environment and you have a confused and frightened individual.
Avatar f tn Common causes of constipation are • not enough fiber in the diet • lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly) • medications • milk • irritable bowel syndrome • changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel • abuse of laxatives • ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement • dehydration • specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common) • problems with the colon and rectum • problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation) You need to s
378497 tn?1232147185 The literature seems to be fairly clear on the fact that any such changes would be *secondary to* atherosclerosis or hypertension, both of which would presumably then be present in a patient's history. In other words, a patient without a history of atherosclerosis or hypertension who smokes shouldn't have their white matter lesions attributed to smoking, especially and specifically in the context of a presentation with neurological symptoms/deficits.
Avatar n tn it causes temporary loss of vision in one eye for up to a few hours. it may be complete loss or only partial , but it is in one eye. it is usually seen in the elderly who are hypertensive, diabetic or have high cholesterol. it really is a warning that a patient is at risk for a stroke, that may involve other parts of the brain, not just the eye. it requires a thorough evaluation by an internist, working with an ophthalmologist.
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Avatar n tn My wife was at an endocrinology appt. for a pituitary follow up and when the Doctor looked at an MRI taken 3 months ago, he happened to mention that there were 20-30 white matter lesions which might be indicitive of MS, but "probably not", and if my wife was "his sister" he would tell her not to worry as it was unlikely to be so. This MRI study made comparisons to a prior MRI from 2003 which showed these lesions as well.
Avatar m tn I am a volunteer and visit elderly people that family members have pushed to the curb in their golden years. They are still human, no matter what the age or shape, and they have emotional needs. At 94, if she wants to take aspirin, so be it. Back when she was a child an aspirin was the "cure all" drug. Just love her and let her know you are there for her. She might secretly be trying to get out of everyone's way......Sad, so, so sad.
1035252 tn?1427231433 Which I dont think the Mini pill is. Because the pill I was on I believe was a mini pill. Only because, the combined pill can cause a Stroke with people who suffer from constant and sevre headaches and migraines. I am sorry I don't know anymore about your question. I just know do not take the combined pill or anything that will give off both Hormones.