My mom is 93 years old. She had a seizure about 2 years ago and has been taking Keppra ever since. She is also taking Lysinopril for high blood pressure, Lasix for swollen ankles, and Potassium pills. Over the last few months she has been dealing with confusion, anger and diarrhea. Her doctor cut her Keppra dosage in half 3 mos. ago and stopped her daily baby aspirin as well. She was better for awhile, especially in the 'anger' dept., but is now showing heightened signs of confusion and anxiety (her diarrhea problem has been constant with her). Her doctor just recently cut her Lysinopril dosage in half and has hopes of getting her off completely; her b/p has not been high for quite a few years and it is almost too low now for her age. Doctor would also like her to get off Keppra completely in the near future as well. She has been through many doctor visits, lab tests, ECG recently too and is fed up, wanting no more testing... I agree with her Doctor's philosophy of fewer drugs in the elder years... Life is difficult enough with all the changes she is facing.
My question is this: Mom has an appt with a Neurologist next week. My siblings and I are torn with whether to go through with this appt or not. Would that mean more tests? (MRI, EEG??) and more medications? What kind of help can a neurologist offer that my mom's primary care doctor isn't able to? Thanks for your help!!