Hey Worried - I know what it is like to be a medical professional and want to "fix it." There are some things one cannot fix no matter what they try. While it is good to be hypervigilant in overseeing your mother's care, if she is commenting about
micromanaging, then it is likely you might be obsessing a bit much. [Not trying to be too harsh here.].
You have presented a very thorough medical history. We are not doctors but sometimes can pick up some things regarding GI issues. I would think that your mother's atrial fib is more a factor of her age rather than her disease. She is of the age where people develop this. I thnk it's great that they were most interested in stabilizing the heart issues first as that is what should have been done.
When you talk about
joint pain you are including her ribs. That is not usually an area involved in typical Crohn's arthritis issues. With her heart irregularities, I would think that she is likely experiencing periods of SOB which could lead to deeper than normal inspirations equaling unusual [for her] chest expansions. You being a cardiac nurse can correct me on that.
If you don't feel her joint issues are being addressed appropriately, what about
taking her to a rheumatologist for an evaluation?
Keep posting - we do care. sorry I can't be of more help.
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