Dear Diane, thank you for your question. I'll answer each of your questions
separately. First, your father's sore knee sounds like inflammation caused
by gout, arthritis, or degenerative joint disease. Since the x-ray was
normal, severe arthritis is probably not present. Gout certainly could
be a possibility but fluid would need to be removed from the knee to
determine that. Medications like Motrin that are known as non-steroidal
antiflammatory drugs are used commonly to control the pain and inflammation
and may help your father. But, these drugs can damage the kidneys and
cause bleeding from the stomach so ask your physician before using them.
For the time being, try ice packs wrapped around the knee for 30 mins. 3X/day
and elevation. I would advise you to speak with your physician about
removing fluid from the knee, if possible.
Second, the dizziness may indicated he's dehydrated, possibly from too
high of a dose of diuretic (lasix), or may be a side effect from his
cordarone or digoxin. He may have a slow rhythym disturbance caused by
these medications (which I presume are used to control atrial fibrillation).
This could only be diagnosed by careful assessment by his physician and
a maybe a portable heart monitor to record the heart rhythym when these
spells occur. Again, he should see his physician soon about this problem.
I hope you find this information useful.
Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.
Specific diagnoses and therapies can only be provided by your physician.