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Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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How should I deal with cognitive impairment (fibro fog) caused by fibromyalgia?

How should I deal with cognitive impairment (fibro fog) caused by fibromyalgia?

Better sleep: #fibromyalgia "fibro fog" ; cognitive impairment, imo, caused by non-restorative sleep. My hypothesis is refreshing sleep improves cognition. Many soporific medications ; medicinal cannabis (use only in state where authorized) exist. The three meds approved for fibromyalgia do not enhance sleep, but do diminish pain. Opiate medications reduce pain, relax mind, induce sleep. ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment (fibro fog) from fibromyalgia?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment (fibro fog) from fibromyalgia?

Several options: I have had patients do well with either stimulant drugs (adderall) or with nuvigil. Use of either of these is "off label". ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Sometimes: Anxiety can lower one's ability to focus and concentrate, and thus can also lead to some forgetfulness or distractibility. Still, (with the exception of temporary panic attacks, if any) most anxiety usually does not impair cognitive functions as much as some other mental health difficulties. This can be improved with psychotherapy and/or medication treatments. ...Read more

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During what blood levels does lead start to cause cognitive impairment in adults?

During what blood levels does lead start to cause cognitive impairment in adults?

A-hi10ug/dl, C-5ug/dl: Elevated lead in the body can be detected by the presence of changes in blood cells visible with a microscope and dense lines in the bones of children on X-ray, main tool for dx. Is the blood lead level. When blood lead levels are recorded, the results indicate lead is circulating within the blood stream, not the amt. Being stored in the body.[2] Elevated lead in the body can be detected by the presence of changes in blood cells visible with a microscope and dense lines in the bones of children seen on X-ray, but the main tool for diagnosis is measurement of the blood lead level. When blood lead levels are recorded, the results indicate how much lead is circulating within the blood stream, not the amount being stored in the body.[2] There are two units for reporting blood lead level, either micrograms per deciliter (µg/dl), or micrograms per 100 grams (µg/100 g) of whole blood, which are numerically equivalent. The Centers for Disease Control (US) has set the standard elevated blood lead level for adults to be 10 (µg/dl) of the whole blood. For children the number is set much lower at 5 (µg/dl) of blood as of 2012[3] down from a previous 10 (µg/dl).[4] Children are especially prone to the health effects of lead and, as a result, blood lead levels must be set lower and closely monitored if contamination is possible.[2] The major treatments are removal of the source of lead and chelation therapy (administration of agents that bind lead so it can be excreted). ...Read more

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How to prevent cognitive impairment caused by benzodiapines?

Dose dependent: Many patients do not experience significant side effects from benzo's, but drowsiness, dizziness, and cognitive blunting do occur in many. Try to start at very low dose and slowly increase amount as your tolerance develops. If one drug causes problems, a different one may be better handled. Work closely with your doc. ...Read more

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What can cause cognitive impairment?

What can cause cognitive impairment?

Alzheimers: Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically. An estimated 5.1 million. Americans aged 65 years or older may currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known formof cognitive impairment; this number may rise to13.2 mill in 2025. ...Read more

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Could medication cause cognitive impairment?

Yes: Many medications can cause cognitive impairment.Please see the two links below for lists and discussions.: www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/408593_5 www. Drugs. Com/condition/mild-cognitive-impairment. Html drugs (by generic name) associated with mild cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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What will cause most cognitive impairment after 50?

What will cause most cognitive impairment after 50?

Many Factors: There are many risk factors, including age, stroke, family history of cognitive impairment, education level, brain injury, exposure to pesticides or toxins, alcohol dependence, smoking, physical inactivity, and chronic conditions such as parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet and a regular exercise program can decrease the risk of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my cognitive impairment at 60?

Lots of reasons: Cognitive impairment is due to many issues, chief of which is poor health. This can be manifest by poor nutrition & lack of exercise. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption & illicit substance use increase risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & heart disease are all associated w/cognitive impairment. Infections & some medications can push some over the line if their health is iffy. ...Read more

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Are there any significant cognitive impairment that you believe is caused by the disease?

Which disease?: Sorry, but what disease do you have in mind as potentially causing cognitive impairment? Without knowing the name of the disease, I really cannot give you an answer. ...Read more

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Could hypertension cause cognitive impairment?

Could hypertension cause cognitive impairment?

Hypertension: Yes, severe (malignant) hypertension can cause encephalopathy (confusion and impairment) due to cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) often from rapidly increasing blood pressure or long standing high blood pressure. It can also cause strokes. ...Read more

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If people don't get told in the icu that they may end up with cognitive impairment from delirium, how are they ever going to find out what caused it?

If people don't get told in the icu that they may end up with cognitive impairment from delirium, how are they ever going to find out what caused it?

Good question: Having previously experienced delirium, I can only say that it was a horrifying experience. I now have great empathy for those who go through it. In the facility that I was in it was only brought under control when I asked in the midst of the delirium for a psychiatric consultation. Most people would not have the awareness that psychiatrists treat delirium. I was fortunate enough to have one of the country's leading experts in delirium available to bring it to a quick end. Both families and patients need to be educated about delirium. It is very poorly done in most facilities around the country. I agree with the implications of your comment. ...Read more

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Can being on ritalin (methylphenidate) for 20 years cause cognitive impairment and changes in personality? I have these symptoms but stopped my meds 2.5 yrs ago.

Can being on ritalin (methylphenidate) for 20 years cause cognitive impairment and changes in personality? I have these symptoms but stopped my meds 2.5 yrs ago.

No relationship: The Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not responsible for your current issues, and indeed, you need to have this evaluated by your physician. One possible answer is a sleep disorder, but other issues should be assessed. ...Read more

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What questions can I ask doctors or tests I can have done while in the hospital to rule out causes for severe cognitive impairment?

What questions can I ask doctors or tests I can have done while in the hospital to rule out causes for severe cognitive impairment?

Best Medicine: The best approach is to fully disclose every single thing that they ask of you. Their job, not yours, is to figure our the causes of your problem. They know their job very well. It is your job to tell them if you do not understand what or why they are doing certain things or tests; to ask for explanation if you do not understand what they are asking of you or telling you. ...Read more

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Can SSRI, SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Can SSRI, SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Great Question: This is a great question, and a really important one, because these medications are used to treat conditions that can come back over and over if medication is stopped (like major depression, or panic attacks). So far, so good--long term studies with SSRI's that have been on the market for many years seem to indicate they are safe long term. See your prescriber to discuss your memory concerns. ...Read more

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What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?

What cause a 17 yr. To be in "perpetual dream state", severe memory and cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, react different to meds, all overnite?

Bipolar disorder can: Have sudden shifts and comorbidities, but what you are describing sounds more like possibly a medication side effect. I don't know what you are taking, but if you are on Depakote you need an ammonia level, if you are on lithium you need a lithium level, if you are on an antipsychotic you need a. Blood sugar level, and if you are doing street drugs or drinking you must immediatelystop. I recommend you go to the er now and get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can low testosterone cause cognitive impairment, especially memory and focus. If yes, does trt completely fix this. Or just improve it a bit.

Can low testosterone cause cognitive impairment, especially memory and focus. If yes, does trt completely fix this. Or just improve it a bit.

See answer: Studies show an association between low testosterone (LT) levels and subsequent incidence of Alzheimers disease, and suggest testosterone is neuronal protective. Some studies show LT has a negative effect on cognition, but these studies haven't controlled for other confounding hormonal changes. There is suggestive but not conclusive evidence that giving T to people with LT increases cognition. ...Read more

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Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Absolutely: Contact your pcp for referral for a sleep study, or polysomnogram. There are many possible causes of sleep fragmentation, and a disruption in the amount of any state of sleep can cause memory, concentration and mood disruption. In my practice, we deal primarily with obstructive sleep apnea. The patients report your symptoms and fatigue; the bed partners also suffer (from the noise!). Get checked! ...Read more

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Cognitive Impairment (Definition)

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