My dad has always had issues with back and knee pain. He was recently discharged from the hospital and is now in a nursing home rehab because he cannot walk. He has been using a walker for a few years now and has been slow getting around, but could always walk around the house. Now he cannot even take two steps and with the help of others. Therapists have little hope for a full recovery and are telling us that he may stay like this. It has been two weeks.
Dad says that he has no strength in his legs. He stands there and cannot move his legs to walk. He ends up falling. But when he lays in bed, he can move them and do his rehab exercise without any help or difficulty.
We have been told that this is from all the medications he is taking. Pain meds, high blood pressure, etc... We are also being told that it is due to his age and medical condition, COPD, asthma, diabetes, etc.. This has happened before when he has had pneumonia. He comes out of it weak, but eventually, after rehab, is back to walking like he did before.
Therapists have little hope for a full recovery. I am not satisfied with the answers they give us. If it is meds, then how about changing them around? If it is muscles or nerve issues, then what exactly is the prognosis?
Is anyone else going through something similar? Thanks for any help or advice.