Trump’s Behavior and Gait Continue to Raise Real Medical Questions

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I try to be careful engaging the internet rumors that often fly about Trump’s behavior or posture and what the symptoms may mean from a medical perspective. Some of the commentary out there can only be described as clueless, irresponsible, and perhaps just mean-spirited. On the other hand, this is one of the oldest men to ever hold the office and one of the most secretive. He lives an unhealthy lifestyle, has always had drug accusations swirling around him, and has a family history that is peppered with issues.

He has earned some probing questions.

The net is lit about Trump’s strange gait, most recently seen last night when Trump attended an otherwise perfect football game.

 

All I see is an old, increasingly obese man unable to really move well, nothing medically meaningful.

But, then again, I don’t have the background to evaluate it, perhaps some of these people do and are accurate.

There might be some truth to the “stands curved” thing, he does have an extremely odd stance.

Or he might be compensating for putting on a massive amount of weight over the last few years.

But many people do believe that dementia is playing a role, and it would explain more than just his gait.

The rumors about a possible minor stroke taking him to Walter Reed a couple months ago always come around again during these instances. The Walter Reed visit has never been sufficiently explained. It also comes after slurring his way through an important speech last Thursday.

Of course, the fact that some think it is dementia while others think that Trump suffered a minor stroke just reinforces the fact that we don’t know, and cannot know without a complete medical review. Not even a physician examining Trump could make a real diagnosis without seeing the medications and other substances Trump might ingest. Via Rawstory:

Many observers perceived Trump as sniffling extensively and having difficulty articulating words during that speech, and suggested that his pupils appeared to be dilated. This was taken as more evidence that this obese, 73-year-old man does lines of Adderall all day to remain conscious, or is heavily tranquilized by his handlers to manage him, or perhaps both. (Those observations would indeed tend to pull in different directions, drug-speculation-wise, although that’s hardly the biggest flaw in this whole zone of online paranoia-slash-overconfidence.)

I tend to discount the Adderall rumors quite a bit. I don’t doubt that Trump is often on Adderall. I just believe that the man might have the most severe case of ADHD ever and perhaps it is the only thing that sort of keeps him functioning much of the time. Of course, he also has the addictive appetite for “more” in everything else, so it’s entirely possible that Trump is abusing the Adderall more than using it to a clinical end.

Regardless, this is what happens when all trust is lost, and when a man continues to do and say things that make very little sense. Throw in a family history of dementia and substance abuse, and there are real reasons for questions. Since there is near no hope for real answers, speculation is all that is left.

Setting aside all speculation, we can be sure that the only way we’re getting rid of him as president is through the impeachment process or the ballot box. The 25th Amendment won’t be a viable option, ever, unless he is truly incapacitated.

We will have to get him out on our own.

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Peace, y’all

Jason

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23 Comments on "Trump’s Behavior and Gait Continue to Raise Real Medical Questions"

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Inkdreamer
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Jason, I read somewhere that he wears lifts in his shoes. That would account for his tipped-forward standing posture, but not the awkward gait.

CAZ
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Someone described it a though he were the front of a centaur. There’s a joke in there somewhere.

p j evans
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That’s usually used to describe people who have their rear end sticking way out.

Liz
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I don’t really see much difference in the walk. It could have been a stroke, but if that’s what happened, it was indeed minor. It could be dementia. It could be substance abuse. It could be that he’s just a tired old man who has arthritis. Or it could be his imaginary bone spurs acting up.

Lone Wolf
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Put a call out for Dr. Theodor Morell…

Bareshark
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Details aside, the general consensus on the state of Trump’s health is pretty much agreed upon: he’s abused his body with too much food, too little exercise and possibly too many drugs, said abuse is catching up with him along with the stress and he’s never going to get any better. As to details, we’ll just have to wait on the autopsy.

p j evans
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And also age catching up with him – though his self-image seems to be stuck at age 22.

Linda
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Listen to the experts on this one!!! They are credible!!

anastasjoy
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I’ve heard too much wild speculation to take any of it seriously. My favorite comment/explanation on the Twitter thread you linked to was “Dude, he has bone spurs.”

Pogoatty
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On the other hand, Keith Richards is a perfect example of overindulgence in drugs resulting in a fairly well preserved body. Still plays a mean guitar too. And all that at age 775. Lol!!

Bareshark
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Well, the thing to remember about Keith is that he was a functional junkie who came to know his body’s limits. Also, his profession is a lot tougher than anything Trump ever tried with an infamously high casualty rate, as Keith himself noted.

Pogoatty
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True that it has a infamously high casualty rate from overdoses but a lot of plane crashes for some reason as well. That part has always been a bit puzzling. As for Trump, I don’t know that he could ever have handled even one third of a tour that most of these bands do.

Concinnity
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Also Keith plays at least one game of tennis every day.

itsazoo20
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um, not being picky, but in one of the tweets, front temporal. It’s frontotemporal. Re the gait: actually could be many things, including a failing hip; the excess weight would exacerbate the problem; or, as some have written, it also does look mighty like one of the effects of a minor stroke. But regardless of what is causing the gait problem, the slurring of words issue, all the sniffling and sniffing, and the volatile and toxically mean statements he makes, this guy has his finger on the red button and all of us still in possession of our minds and… Read more »
p j evans
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I wonder sometimes if he has neuropathy in his feet.