Posted 3/6/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -7)
I wondered if anyone can give me some answers on this. Were at a total loss now and not sure if the doctor is just fobbing us off!
My mum is 82 years old. In December last year my mum became very poorly. She had a terrible pain in her shoulder and neck... a feeling of doom, nausea, shortness of breath, cold sweats and dizziness.
She was taken into hospital and her blood pressure was 225... through the roof!! and she had a slow heart rate. The doctor checked her blood. He thought that maybe one of her tablets she was taking..(and she takes alot for other ailments) were now in need of a change. Her blood came back fine. So they xrayed her and told her they thought she had a viral infection.
Since then my mother has been so ill. She has been to her doctor several times now and has been told there is nothing they can do because she has 'post viral fatigue'
but these symptons have been going on 14 weeks now.
Pain in shoulders and neck
Very red flushed face that comes and goes.
So tired but unable to sleep
feels like she cant put one foot in front of the other at times, limbs just dont seem to want to work.
whilst walking a short distance.. has to stop several times or even sit.
My sister and I are so very worried. sometimes we feel like our mum is so fed up of this she is going to give up. How much can a 82 years old lady take?
Our mum was such an active lady and now she feels so helpless. These past few days she has lost her appitite.
sometimes she can go three days of feeling... not totally better but much much better and then she can go five feeling awful again.
Does this sound like post viral fatigue or are the doctors making excuses?
I have to admit.. I am worried that the doctors are putting it down to old age and it is a matter of time. is it?
any advice or anyone with something that seems similar would help