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Dr. Phil, MD, Board Certified Physician
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Hello Doctor. I would like to ask a question on behalf of my father if that is okay. He is in poor health but we are not too sure what the situation is. We know that he has emphysema, cellulitis and diabetes from a ruptured pancreas many years ago, but he is also in great psychical pain. When I ask 'what kind of pain' he says that it feels like many pins and stabbing at his whole body. He recently had a chest x-ray which was fine and a blood test. I wanted to ask your opinion, if there is anything I should do or get checked?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Phil, MD :

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi I'm Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil, MD :

Can I ask your first name?

Customer:

Simon

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi Simon

Dr. Phil, MD :

nice to meet you

Customer:

Hi, you too

Dr. Phil, MD :

what has he had checked so far?

Dr. Phil, MD :

and can you list his medicines too?

Customer:

He had a chest x-ray recently, I'm not sure too much else. He is in a bad way. umm..he takes quite a lot of things...I think for diabetes is the main one and he is on oxygen

Dr. Phil, MD :

Okay

Dr. Phil, MD :

many times infection can cause this

Dr. Phil, MD :

So I would look for infection first.

Dr. Phil, MD :

1)blood cultures

Dr. Phil, MD :

2)urine infection

Customer:

he takes water tablets, he had a blood test which they said wasn't great but was probably from his swollen legs?

Dr. Phil, MD :

I see

Dr. Phil, MD :

probably heart failure

Dr. Phil, MD :

this is common and causes swollen legs and will show up in the blood

Dr. Phil, MD :

I would consider depression as well

Dr. Phil, MD :

depression can commonly cause pain

Customer:

ok, I have suggested he may need antidepressants because of the chest problems? heart failure sounds very bad! should I get him a scan on the heart maybe?

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes an echocardiogram

Dr. Phil, MD :

and I agree with antidepressants

Customer:

ok, I will push for both of these things. thanks so much. Is there anything else I should do?

Dr. Phil, MD :

you're welcome

Dr. Phil, MD :

no that's it for now

Dr. Phil, MD :

just keep searching too

Dr. Phil, MD :

sometimes it takes a while

Customer:

perfect thanks for your time. Ok I will keep trying things. thanks again.

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