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Can hallucinations be part of mini-strokes? Diabetic aunt seeing zebras at night. She's 70 yrs old.

Can hallucinations be part of mini-strokes? Diabetic aunt seeing zebras at night. She's 70 yrs old.

Possibly: In Alzheimers, there is loss of brain tissue. Depending on where the tissue is lost, it can have different affects. However, this is not usual in Alzheimer's. Has your aunt had an evaluation by a specialist in brain diseases (neurologist)? This specialist is better equipped than a psychologist to make this diagnosis. Same is true for mini-strokes. ...Read more

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Are hallucinations sign of Alzheimers? 70 yr old aunt seeing zebras at night. Psychologist is stumped. Aunt refusing to go for testing.

Are hallucinations sign of Alzheimers? 70 yr old aunt seeing zebras at night. Psychologist is stumped. Aunt refusing to go for testing.

Possibly: In Alzheimers, there is loss of brain tissue. Depending on where the tissue is lost, it can have different affects. However, this is not usual in Alzheimer's. Has your aunt had an evaluation by a specialist in brain diseases (neurologist)? This specialist is better equipped than a psychologist to make this diagnosis. Same is true for mini-strokes. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between alopecia totalis or diabetes and hallucinations? 70yr old aunt seeing zebras (animal) at night. Psychologist is stumped.

Is there a connection between alopecia totalis or diabetes and hallucinations? 70yr old aunt seeing zebras (animal) at night. Psychologist is stumped.

Hallucinations: I am very surprised that your aunt was not helped by the Psychologist.
A clinic visit to a Psychiatrist would be in order. ...Read more

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My aunt has hallucinated at night time. She says she sees zebras-the animal, not just stripes. Has happened 3x. Could this be mini strokes? Diabetic.

My aunt has hallucinated at night time. She says she sees zebras-the animal, not just stripes. Has happened 3x. Could this be mini strokes? Diabetic.

No: Hallucinations are not symptoms of strokes. Also: visual hallucinations are not psychiatric. This is usually due to intoxication. Carefully review her meds. An overdose of ipratropium is the only thing you list that might be causal. Is she possibly getting into something else? ...Read more

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Could a broken furnace cause visual hallucinations? My aunt thought she saw a zebra on her bed that reached from bed to ceiling. Blames it on furnace.

Could a broken furnace cause visual hallucinations? My aunt thought she saw a zebra on her bed that reached from bed to ceiling. Blames it on furnace.

Yes the gas: Can cause your eyes to weaken and water.
If she continues to see things, take her to a psychiatrist, clinic to be assessed for mental illness. ...Read more

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9 year old seeing dead aunt can describe her in full detail never met or saw what she had on when she died how do we approach this scenario?

9 year old seeing dead aunt can describe her in full detail never met or saw what she had on when she died how do we approach this scenario?

I know it is an: Inexplicable phenomenon that I've encountered 3 times in children in 38 years of practice. I "knew" when 1 patient & 1 family friend passed away thousands of miles from where I was at the time. I was right both times. Please ask your pediatrician for referral to a child psychologist to determine the intensity of affect or feelings the child has about this "knowledge" to determine treatment. ...Read more

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I have just stopped my aunts 5mg dose of Aricept (donepezil) after 3 weeks of being on this drug. How long can I expect to see residual effects?

I have just stopped my aunts 5mg dose of Aricept (donepezil) after 3 weeks of being on this drug. How long can I expect to see residual effects?

A few days: Aricept has a half-life of about 96 hrs, so it may take 5-7 days to get out of the system. However, do not give up in future as their are other meds that do help memory, and you can get a better outcome. Consider, the Exelon (rivastigmine) patch, minimal if any adverse events. ...Read more

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3 mth old recently crying when seeing ppl other than parents. Aunt & Grandmom see her every week and she was fine before, but now cries hard. Normal?

3 mth old recently crying when seeing ppl other than parents. Aunt & Grandmom see her every week and she was fine before, but now cries hard. Normal?

Baby crying w others: While most infants develop separation anxiety, between 1-2 yrs, it develops slowly, from 4-7 months, when babies develop a sense of object permanence, learning that things and people exist even when they're out of sight.
Either your baby is an early leaner or having crying episodes due to colic which is coinciding with other people's presence. Check his temp and call his PMD if this continues, ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but I hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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My paternal relatives (grandma & aunt) including my father passed away beause of different cancers. What tests can I take to see If I'm ok.

My paternal relatives (grandma & aunt) including my father passed away beause of different cancers. What tests can I take to see If I'm ok.

No general test: There are no tests that would pick up cancer in general. You should consult your doctor for a baseline examination and follow the recommended preventive measures.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can any of the medications my aunt is on cause total hair loss (even eyebrows)? Please see attached medication list.

Can any of the medications my aunt is on cause total hair loss (even eyebrows)? Please see attached medication list.

No: I am not aware of these as side effects. She may have been exposed or taken something else to cause these problems. She also could have developed an undetected thyroid condition. This is easily tested for occurance. ...Read more

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My great aunt has clear fluid leaking from her legs and her legs are red. Could she just prop them up and see how it does?

My great aunt has clear fluid leaking from her legs and her legs are red. Could she just prop them up and see how it does?

Propping helps: But I would be concerned about a skin infection called cellulitis. That would require antibiotics. See a physician For a prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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My aunt has schizophrenia it's really hard to deal with and she's a real pain to be around. Her doctor recommended she see someone who performs brain mapping or is knowledgeable in brain mapping techniques. I'm unclear as to what this really means. Can so

My aunt has schizophrenia it's really hard to deal with and she's a real pain to be around. Her doctor recommended she see someone who performs brain mapping or is knowledgeable in brain mapping techniques. I'm unclear as to what this really means. Can so

Neurobiofeedback/EEG: Brain Mapping is a way of looking at how different areas of the brain function and communicate. How effectively are different areas of the brain doing their job. Multiple Modalities: brain health (EEG), brain processing speed (Evoke Potentials), heart health (EKG), mental health (neuropsychology). ...Read more

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My aunt wears glasses but she still has vision trouble, could an eyelid lift help? I wonder if my aunt’s drooping eyelids are starting to interfere with her ability to see clearly. She is in her 70s, but I am concerned that the procedure may cause more se

My aunt wears glasses but she still has vision trouble, could an eyelid lift help? I wonder if my aunt’s drooping eyelids are starting to interfere with her ability to see clearly. She is in her 70s, but I am concerned that the procedure may cause more se

Take a look at her: There are many reasons for lowered vision which her ophthalmologist can discover. Drooping lids can interfere with vision if they fall over the lash line. Does she need to lift her head up to see, or can you see the pupil from a straight on gaze. If there is obstruction, then lifting the lids will clear the vision (try taping them up). Otherwise there is another issue. ...Read more

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I had my period on april 24 and im still bleeding, do I have to see a dactor? My two aunts have cancer, im scared to go to the doctor, im not ready to hear a bad news.

I had my period on april 24 and im still bleeding, do I have to see a dactor? My two aunts have cancer, im scared to go to the doctor, im not ready to hear a bad news.

Pap test: Cervical cancer is highly preventable and treatable at early stages. The pap test (smear) is recommended for all females between thes of 21 and 65 get screened. If normal it may not be required for upto 3 years. Hpv testing can also be performed. Would reccommend that you go in to see your gynecologist, discuss your symptoms, and undergo appropriate exam and tests. Visit the cdc. Gov website. ...Read more

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What would be the best way to predict ovulation? I've been trying to conceive for 7 months with no luck : (I am becoming fusturated by this. I've used the calendar method and the kit and every moth aunt flow comes : (I have gone back to see how many time

What would be the best way to predict ovulation? I've been trying to conceive for 7 months with no luck : (I am becoming fusturated by this. I've used the calendar method and the kit and every moth aunt flow comes : (I have gone back to see how many time

Infertility: Infertility is not diagnosed until one year of trying to conceive without success. At this point an infertility work up can be done on yourself and your husband. For him it would be a simple semen analysis to look at the quantity and quality of the sperm. For you it would entail hormone testing, std testing, pelvic exam, and likely a pelvic ultrasound.
You are not considered infertile yet, so for now I would suggest you continue using ovulation kits to try to an predict your ovulation date, and most importantly try to relax. Sometimes merely stress and anxiety about getting pregnant is the reason you can't.] achieve it. Focus on other things in your life; help others that need it, immerse yourself in work or a project. I think this will help.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Hi there dr my brother who is  53 lives with my 88 year old aunty the problem is he has been taken to the mental health ward he is seeing things ?

Hi there dr my brother who is  53 lives with my 88 year old aunty the problem is he has been taken to the mental health ward he is seeing things ?

Visual hallucination: "seeing things" isn't always a psychiatric problem, esp if it's a new symptom. Other causes of visual hallucinations include poisoning (incldg alcohol), seizures, metabolic abnormalities, and others. When a caretaker like your brother falls ill, there can be two victims: your aunt is at risk too. Ask the hospital if they have services to help your aunt in your brother's absence. Good luck. ...Read more

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Aunt with MS should I get tested?

Aunt with MS should I get tested?

Remote risk: Ms is not a true genetic disorder, and really expresses genetic susceptibility, not destiny. The actual statistical risk with your aunt's situation is truly close to nil regarding you. Unless you have experienced neurological issues, such as numbness, loss of vision, incoordination, weakness, you are likely not in need of any testing. Since you seem worried, discuss all of this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have plasmacytoma? My aunt wants to know.

What does it mean to have plasmacytoma? My aunt wants to know.

Blood malignancy: Plasmacytoma is a solid malignant tumor caused by plasma cells (one type of white cells) coming from the bone marrow. It may affect the bone directly or soft tissue outside the bone. Blood testing, xray and bone marrow biopsy may be necessary to stage the disease and to be sure it's not affect other parts of bone marrow, if it does, it's called multiple myeloma with solid plasmacytoma. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have recovery setback? My aunt wants to know.

What does it mean to have recovery setback? My aunt wants to know.

Recovery Setback: During any course of psychotherapy, one can only work on a finite number of problems. A 'setback" can mean problems not addressed the first time around. It can also mean an internal or external overwhelming stress has pushed the limits of adaptation and "time to go back the the drawing board". ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my aunt is allergic to something, what are the chances I am, too?

Can you tell me if my aunt is allergic to something, what are the chances I am, too?

Can't tell: Allergy inheritance doesn't follow Mendelian genetic laws, it is just a genetic tendency, generally speaking as regards parents, if one parent has allergies the the offspring stands a 30% chance, if both, it becomes a 60% chance, but again a "chance", many patients become allergic de novo without any family history. In your case you may or may not develop any allergies at all ...Read more

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My aunt's recently had a baby. Any tips on how to keep the baby healthy throughout its initial growing years?

My aunt's recently had a baby. Any tips on how to keep the baby healthy throughout its initial growing years?

Yes: Make sure that your Aunts have the child immunized. They are new at this. Children have a wonderful way of communicating discomfort. If they are smiling and playing they are almost certainly fine. There are plenty of books on child development. Get them one or more. ...Read more

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My 2 Year Old Fell At My Aunt House. Everytime When Someone Goes To Pick Her Up She Bend Her body to The Left Like It Hurts??

My 2 Year Old Fell At My Aunt House. Everytime When Someone Goes To Pick Her Up She Bend Her body to The Left Like It Hurts??

Fall: Make sure she can walk that there is no limp
if she can sit and walk and can move all 4 limbs she can be watched.
but if any thing is painful she needs to be checked for a hairline fracture and she needs to be checkrd ...Read more

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Any drugs for antihypertension? My aunt wants me to send her that kind of medication though she did just take her own bp=140/102mmhg.

Any drugs for antihypertension? My aunt wants me to send her that kind of medication though she did just take her own bp=140/102mmhg.

Medicating family: Wow. Please read this very carefully. Your aunt's doctor should be deciding what medication or other treatments are best for her. There are over 100 different choices to choose from and they carry some significant side effects. A trained expert who knows the full health history of your aunt should be deciding this treatment choice. This is very serious. ...Read more

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If tested for lymphoma previously and came up negative before due to having an aunt pass because of it could you still have a chance to develop it?

If tested for lymphoma previously and came up negative before due to having an aunt pass because of it could you still have a chance to develop it?

Why do you ask?: You're 23 years old. Your risk for lymphoma is very low; the highest risk is Hodgkin's which is usually curable nowadays. A person can develop lymphoma at any age, but it's not very likely. If you have fever, weight loss, or night sweats, look for some other case -- TB, endocarditis, other possible causes. ...Read more

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I lost my aunt 4 years back. It still bothers me. I tried everything to make myself feel better. Now I feel hopeless. Nothing makes me happy. Pls Help?

I lost my aunt 4 years back. It still bothers me. I tried everything to make myself feel better. Now I feel hopeless. Nothing makes me happy. Pls Help?

Depression: You appear to have an ongoing reactive depression. usually bereavement anxiety and depression dissipates over time, but 4 years is quite long, so you need to see a specialist to get treated professionally. You are not alone as this is very common. Therapy and medications can both be effective. Do please see the Psychiatrist who specializes in this condition. Get well soon. ...Read more

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If an aunt has cancer what aremy risks?

If an aunt has cancer what aremy risks?

Impossible to answer: What cancer did she have? Did she have high risk habits (like smoking)? How old when she had it? Anyone else in the family with cancer? How big is the family? Is there a gender predominance? Any shared exposures (they all lived with an in-house smoker, for example). Talk to your doc about this concern and see if you need to be evaluated by a genetics specialist. ...Read more

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Are there ways to inherit huntington's disease from grandparents, two uncles and two aunts?

Are there ways to inherit huntington's disease from grandparents, two uncles and two aunts?

Inherited frm parent: Huntington disease (hd) is an autosomal dominant disease. An affected individual has two genes. Usually one of them has the huntington gene and one does not (although it is possible to have the hd gene on both, that would be very unusual). If the offspring gets the chromosome with the hd gene he/she will get hd. Otherwise the offspring will not get hd. A parent has to have the disease. ...Read more

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Can a person get lupus from an aunt or uncle?

Can a person get lupus from an aunt or uncle?

Not contagious: Since rheumatologic disease has a genetic component, you should be tested to determine if you do have one. This us is not contagious like a cold ...Read more

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What is meant by aunt flow because I have no clue?

What is meant by aunt flow because I have no clue?

Check your spelling: That's not a medical term. I suspect you heard it wrong. Please check and come back and try again. ...Read more

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