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Supine Leg Exercises For The Elderly
A nerve disorder-yes: It is a very difficult to treat disorder which causes large muscle groups to twitch spontaneously. .. Usually the legs, usually at night. The difficulty is that the most effective medications are apt to cause tolerance to develop. .. They are very helpful at first, but eventually the twitching returns with a vengeance. It is more common with increasing age, but it can affect even young people. ...Read more
Can be poor veins: A common change as people get older is for the blood vessels in the legs to get weaker and often damaged. Poor vein function (varicose veins, venous insufficiency) can cause swelling, and blood pooling. Gravity makes it worse. Sometimes vessels leak blood which can make the skin look red or brownish. Prevent weak veins by staying active, stretching the legs, and putting them up when sitting. ...Read more
1st find cause: Before discussing treatment options, we always need to figure out cause of problem. Swollen legs could be due to blood clot, kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure or just venous insufficiency (vein failure). Each cause requires different approach. So it's best to take patient to see Family Doc (or Geriatrician if elderly) for complete evaluation then treatment as appropriate. ...Read more
Stasis: Common cause may be stasis dermatitis brought on by weak veins in the legs. Fluid builds up in legs and cause inflammation and redness. This may respond to cortisone creams and compression hose. Other causes may include a skin infection (cellulitis)- best to be checked by your doctor. ...Read more
How to clean desiten off the skin? My elderly client is having a sores in her between legs & I put desiten but its hard to remove it from the skin.
Wash with water!: Desetin or zinc oxide is kind of sticky and is hard to remove, even though it is a good barrier cream. Washing with water and soap will get rid of it. I advise patients to choose petroleum jelly in its place. In your case, the sores between legs could be fungal infection, which may need medical attention. Please have the patient checked by the doctor as prescription medications may be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Often when I move my back (left leg in supine position), even slightly, I feel and hear a "pop" from my sacrum. What would cause this? Need 4 concern?
With pain?: Can't say for certain but need to consider the the differential - fracture but you had an MRI of something? Tendon, ligament or muscle pull. It is also important to know if this occurs with raising your leg forward as well as backwards. It sounds like something is slipping. Also is the area that pops tender and can you feel as well as hear the pop. You say you can not bear weight - why? ...Read more
Desk job kills me. Feel almost elderly at work (in 30s dealing w/ctd).Spine hurts, shooting leg pains. Get up atleast 1x/hr. Great when active. How 2 deal?
Keep moving: Two things to consider. First, consider further testing to ensure see if the back and leg pain you have may be more than just related to your connective tissue disease. For example, a disc herniation is a very treatable condition and could be diagnosed on an mri. Finally, although it is not simple, find a way to keep moving even while at work. Good luck! ...Read more
I can feel a strong pulse in both legs 2-3" above my ankles while lying in a supine position. What could be causing this? It's doesn't seem right...
Not sure but that: Is usually not a problem. And s trong pulses are good in young people, or young athletes especially. If you see veins starting to pop out, that would not be normal. Or cold feet compared to the ankles, or pain or blue coloring on the skin. Those are symptoms of arterial occlusion and/or blockage. But do not worry and monitor it for those symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They can.. ..: Supinated feet means the forefoot is turning inward ; the bottom of the foot is trying 2 face the ceiling. If this is a fixed deformity, ; not correctable by orthotics, ur external or eversion muscles 2 the forefoot r being taxed during gait ; r over worked, become fatigued, ; the shin splints would b in the outer side of the shin. C a ankle/ specialist 4 possible surgical correction. ...Read more
Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?
Femur lateral condyle bruise after patellar dislocation. Can't bend leg past 45 degrees in supine position. But can bend it upto 100 while sitting? Why: (
MRI: Obtian and orhtopedic consultation: you may have scar tissue or debris form the injury in the joint, possibly fluid. Nonetheless, obtain an immediate orthopedic consultation. ...Read more
Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?
Yes: Yes, if your doctor prescribed it for you. He/she already factored in all of your problems and medications you are currently on with any new medication recommended. ...Read more
We visit an elderly man bedridden after a hip fracture. He complains of pain in his legs. Is it thrombophlebitis i?
Throbophlebitis is not that painful
he needs a complete examination by an experienced orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
Elderly female with no feeling in legs, hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath, is there any diagnosis for this? Has had pain behind one ear, on going. Some swelling of the feet, better with elevation. Also has a cough that comes with blood and
Your: Your constellation of symptoms are very concerning. You really need to see your physicain soon for a thorough evaluation and testing. Some of your symptoms are suggestive of heart failure. Please don't delay getting checked out, it could be dangerous. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Feels like hamstring larger than the other. When sitting or in supine it feels like the hamstring drives into the seat more than the smaller ham.????
Trauma to Hamstring: The larger hamstring was likely sprained, which is Doc Talk for torn hamstring. They can be torn in the muscle or the muscle can tear away from the tendon. It is usually a partial tear and will heal. Even a complete tear usually heals in 6 to 12 weeks. Hamstrings are slightly weaker after healing but usually only top athletes notice. Google stretching exercises as tight hamstrings can be permanent ...Read more