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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Confusion In The Elderly

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Confusion (Definition)

Confusion = bewilderment. Term is ...Read more


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What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

What can cause sudden onset of short and long term memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Small blood clots: As we get older we notice that we tend to forget things and it gets more difficult to do some of the things that we used to do. Much of this is a natural aging process but is caused by the lack of blood and oxygen to various parts of the brain. Very small blood clots and pieces of cholesterol plaques make their way to the brain and cut off the blood supply in very small vessels. More.... ...Read more

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Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

No: Remeron (mirtazapine) actually calms down the anxiety that usually is associated with dementia (memory loss) and increases the appetite. Usually we have to tell the elderly to eat more protein and this medication usually make people get the munchies. ...Read more

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Why might confusion occur in an elderly person taking a hot bath?

Only when bathing?: I'm not aware of anything medical to explain why anyone, regardless of age, would become confused only when taking a hot bath, assuming that they don't become confused using more tepid water or when not bathing. My guess is that there's an underlying condition, perhaps dementia, that's exacerbated by misunderstanding or fear of bathing. Try a bird bath instead. You know, sponge bath. Or shower. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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What are the negative affects of taking tramadol in my elderly mother. Confusion? No recollection of the day. Odd behavior. No answer from drs.

What are the negative affects of taking tramadol in my elderly mother. Confusion? No recollection of the day. Odd behavior. No answer from drs.

Possible: One cannot predict the effect of a particular drug with certainty and older people are more vulnerable if you stop the medication and the side effects stop and restart with resumption of the drug they must be related!? ...Read more

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Can anything be done to help an elderly person who's wetting the bed profusely at night? She is very confused?

Can anything be done to help an elderly person who's wetting the bed profusely at night? She is very confused?

Provide diapers: Check if she does not have an urinary tract infection and decrease fluid intake at night. However, most likely you will need to get to wear adult diapers. ...Read more

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How can one spend good, quality time with an elderly parent who is confused and not communicating?

How can one spend good, quality time with an elderly parent who is confused and not communicating?

Just be there: Quality is in the eye of the beholder (or recipient), not giver. Just sitting with them, or watching tv together or helping with their daily activities as they will allow you, can be very positive for them, even if they lack the ability to communicate that to you. ...Read more

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What to consider when planning discharge for elderly person with repaired hip and maybe confused?

Post acute care: Get the proper support for the elder- physical therapy (home of post acute facility), home health aide? . It all depends on the extent of the confusion and prior functionality. Your doctor shoudl help with the care plan. Assistance with a geriatic car manager may also help you find the resources you need ...Read more

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What does it mean if an elderly parent is clammy, cold, unsettled, confused and pale?

What does it mean if an elderly parent is clammy, cold, unsettled, confused and pale?

Emergency evaluation: These symptoms sound very worrisome to me -- like someone ill and delirious, possibly toxic, infected, or having a medication side effect of some kind. Please don't wait until the next primary care doctor appointment time on this one -- get your parent to the er. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Suddenly, my elderly mother is confused, cannot manage toileting, no short term memory, sleeps excessively. Why?

Sudden confusion: The symptoms you describe could represent delirium due to an acute medical problem. It is also possible that there is an underlying dementia or other brain illness. It sounds like an evaluation by your mom's doctor is in order. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

No: It's never normal for a person to be confused and talking gibberish. The question is why, and it usually takes a medical examination to find out. Kidney failure or fever from infection can cause delirium, but there are many other possible causes too. If it's a new problem, the person should see a doctor right away. If it's not new, it may be due to a permanent disability such as stroke. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm so sick of this mental confusion?

See details: Have the issue evaluated. There be an underlying medical issue causing this problem. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about confusion and headache?

How much should I worry about confusion and headache?

Worry much: Confusion and headaches are very bothersome neurologically.
You need to see your dr. Quickly or go to the er for evaluation.
These are serious symptoms and urgency is important.
Get an eval asap! ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have confusion and headache?

Could it be something bad if I have confusion and headache?

Yes: Get to an emergency room for evaluation right away. There are many potential causes for your symptoms and some are very serious and should be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What can I take instead of adderll which will help me stay awake with less confusion?

What can I take instead of adderll which will help me stay awake with less confusion?

ADHD: Adult deficit hyperactivity disorder can be treated with many types of medications. But the disease is often over diagnosed. If you truly have it I am sure your doctor will help you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have confusion a lot because of stress, is there anything I can do to help?

What to do if I have confusion a lot because of stress, is there anything I can do to help?

Stress: Daily exercise can definitely help, also eat a plant based diet and make sure you get enough sleep every night. Positive relationships are very important, confide in your friends when you fee stressed, and try using the anti anxiety app for daily support. My best. ...Read more

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Help, grandmother just passed away and im in a state of confusion. How do I accept this fact?

Help, grandmother just passed away and im in a state of confusion. How do I accept this fact?

Believe she lives on: Your grandmother's body has died. Her spirit or soul has not. She continues to love you as she always has. Talk to her, tell her how much you love and miss her. She will hear you. Ask her to find a way to get a message to you that she is around. Spirit people can often find a way. Maybe your priest or minister can offer some comfort. ...Read more

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What could be my condition if I was hit in the head last week and now I am experiencing speech loss / confusion?

What could be my condition if I was hit in the head last week and now I am experiencing speech loss / confusion?

Immediate Evaluation: If you experienced some type of head injury and are experiencing this problems a week later, it is important for you to get evaluated immediately to make sure you are not experiencing difficulties that would require immediate treatment. I don't want to alarm you with the possibilities, but I strongly urge you to be seen in an emergency setting right now. ...Read more

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Three is much confusion b/t the dx'd of pots and ans disorders which I know are not one and the same. Can you please clarify?

Three is much confusion b/t the dx'd of pots and ans disorders which I know are not one and the same. Can you please clarify?

No confusion: Pots is a specific form of ANS disorder manifesting in a constellation of symptoms and by abnormal postural heart rate changes. The confusion lies in the underlying cause. Recently I have found chronic mycoplasma infection in several of my pots patients. ...Read more

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I wake up and deal with confusion and unclear thinking every single day, now I am starting to get some minor headaches from time to time.

Need more info: You could be suffering from sleep apnea, or have side effects from medications, or a whole host of other things that require a careful history and physical evaluation to determine. Go see you doctor. ...Read more

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Are quick changes in mood, shifts in personality, identity confusion, and feeling distant from reality something I should be really concerned about?

Are quick changes in mood, shifts in personality, identity confusion, and feeling distant from reality something I should be really concerned about?

You sound concerned: About these symptoms and should consider consulting with a psychologist or psychiatrist to figure out what is happening. There could be varied reasons for them. Talking about what is happening with a professional is the best way to figure it out. ...Read more

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I started a new pill pack on a Thursday, took pill Friday, forgot Saturday, started a new pill pack Sunday to avoid confusion. Did not use back up?

I started a new pill pack on a Thursday, took pill Friday, forgot Saturday, started a new pill pack Sunday to avoid confusion. Did not use back up?

Confusion: Confusion for sure. Are you referring to birth control or some other drug? If it's birth control and you had intercourse on the day you forgot to take your pill then yes, you are at risk and although I am glad you restarted another pack the very next day, I would still be very careful and mindful when the timing for your next period comes around...if it's late, take a pregnancy test to be sure. ...Read more

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I've been really health conscious recently to the point where it is impacting me physically (appetite loss, confusion, etc) What can I do to stop it?

I've been really health conscious recently to the point where it is impacting me physically (appetite loss, confusion, etc) What can I do to stop it?

Psychiatric Eval: Your being "health conscious" is now the opposite and unhealthy. This sounds possibly like OCD or a related disorder and you are in one of the right age categories. This is something that should be discussed with a good psychiatrist and therapist. Good luck, stay healthy, but remember to enjoy life and appreciate all of the wonders out there and don't worry about what you can not control. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have confusion with headaches? I wake up and don't know who or where I am and have a tedneacy to yell out the word momma I don't know why

A few thots: Rarely, migraine sufferers can experience "dysphrenia hemicrania transitoria", a period of confusion lasting several minutes, but you may be experiencing nocturnal seizures with A.M. Postictal confusion. Cannot fully discard sleep disorder either. Have a local neurologist evaluate this. ...Read more