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My mother is exhibiting symptoms of depression, eating

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My mother is exhibiting symptoms of depression, eating disorder and short term memory loss. She has lost weight and experiences dizziness, wobbly legs and faintness. She has lost interest in all things. She had to go to emergency for flank pain and test results for blood, urine and ct scan found no concerns. Where do we go for help; her primary has said she is depressed and treating her with low dosage antidepressant. She is 81 years old.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for your question.

Can you please let me know what kind of blood tests has she had done?

Did she have her thyroid looked into?

Did she have a vitamin B12 test done?

Do you have the test reports with you that you could send to me on here?

Please let me know.

Regards

Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 9 months ago.

Hello

You asked where your mother can go for help.

The best avenue would be for her to see a geriatric specialist

In the US, these are the most adeptly trained doctors for This situations and are usually internists with a fellowship in geriatrics.

Many things in the elderly are neglected by primary care doctors.

Geriatricians get to the bottom of the problem.

This can be

depression

dementia [early to mid]

electrolyte imbalance or nutrient deficiency

thyroid disease

and other problems. {Other specialists that might be useful, psychiatry and/or neurology}

I am a double board certified US doctor.

Find me, Dr. Thomas, any time.

Please click a positive rating on the rating scale at the top of this answer page.

Come back as needed.

Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 9 months ago.

Hello

You asked where your mother can go for help.

The best avenue would be for her to see a geriatric specialist

In the US, these are the most adeptly trained doctors for this situation and are usually internists with a fellowship in geriatrics.

Many things in the elderly are neglected by primary care doctors.

Geriatricians get to the bottom of the problem.

This can be

depression

dementia [early to mid]

electrolyte imbalance or nutrient deficiency

thyroid disease

and other problems. {Other specialists that might be useful, psychiatry and/or neurology}

I am a double board certified US doctor.

Find me, Dr. Thomas, any time.

Please click a positive rating on the rating scale at the top of this answer page.

Come back as needed.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 8 months ago.

Please answer the questions that I have posted above so that I can help you out in a better way with your concerns.

Kindest regards

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