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A 45-year-old female asked about a 74-year-old female:

My 74yo mom has periph neur. i am her caregiver. falls often. she doesn't remember her odd behavior and next day is fine. has brain atrophy. why?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Many: Some atrophy normal but can be worsened by meds, toxicity , poor diet, illness and more.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Complicated: The first issue to address in an aged patient with pain is whether medication effects explain intermittent motor and cognitive derangements. A problem of this complexity requires the wisdom of a doctor. She might be developing a psychiatric illness or senility of old age.

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