Geriatricians can help aging patients navigate multiple ailments
from Medical Xpress
For months, Teresa Christensen's 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn't sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked. "Doctor, can't we do some further tests?" Teresa Christensen remembered asking. "I felt that he was looking through my mother instead of looking at her." Referred to a wound clinic, Genevieve was diagnosed with a venous ulcer, resulting from poor circulation in her legs.
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