Elderly Father and Diagnosis
Hello Everyone, I joined here after searching for help for my elderly father, 75yo. He went to the ER about a month ago having numb fingers and toes, losing sensation in his hands and not being able to recognize objects with touch, but able to recognize pain. Often times his hands and feet get cold and he needs massage and movement to keep good blood flow. He's very weak when he gets up from sitting position and cannot walk long due to muscle weakness. He has said that his condition started developing a month prior and slowly progressws to getting worse and now is just Ina state of ok and bad days.
It has been a log journey so far and I feel that we're not even close to getting a diagnosis to be able to even start treatment. He has history of mini stroke which he got surgery for carotid artery stent. He has had blood tests including B12, blood sediment, carotid artery. The Drs rule out anything to do with his carotid, vitamin deficiency, inflammation or arthritis as all blood tests have come back normal. I feel like it is pointing to something neurological but can't be sure.
My question here is, if the length of time to get a diagnosis, is this usual? I'm very scared that if his condition goes untreated it will get worse and that he will become bedridden and I'm searching for advice on maybe what paths I can take to help him. I feel that he may have neuropathy, but after having read posts here it seems like a hard diagnosis to reach and I somewhat feel helpless to help my father get some type of relief. Is it something I just need to be patient with the doctors or is there something I can mention that can push the diagnosis path along quicker. I feel I need alot of energy to push and I'm not sure if this is the right path to follow. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.