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What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

Dysthymia: And if it's really grim, depression. Before your self-diagnose mental illness, there are some entities to rule out, including medication effect, hypothyroidism, and porphyria. Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a mental issue or slowness that can cause a speech impediment, such as not being able to form words?

More info needed: That is a very general question. It depends on many factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the nature of the symptoms, medications being taken, and many others. However, it is safe to say that the development of such a symptom where it previously did not exist warrants an evaluation with a primary care physician. Read more

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Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Could be either/both: There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and depression/anxiety. Many psychiatrists and primary care doctors will check thyroid blood tests before considering treating the mood issue. If thyroid is dysfunctional then treating the thyroid condition might improve or alleviate the depression/anxiety. 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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Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Either!: Skill and speed at reading certainly depends on practice! Every improves with practice, even with learning disorders. However if you have a learning disorder, see a specialist to find out what kind, then you can be given effective methods to make learning easier. When trying to read faster, pick a subject that you like! It is often easier to get more enjoyment from non-fiction/jokes first Read more

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Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Yes it can: These are definitely possible side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). A more complete list can be found at the following website:
http://www. Rxlist. Com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center. Htm

Now, riddle me this....I'm curious as to why you chose tag words of "below average IQ." Read more

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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Not likely: Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel. Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well! Read more

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On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

Depends: Usually hypothyroid has accompanying labs done. While your dose maybe within range you might need to ask your physician to consider an increase as clinically you are not feeling as good as expected.
I usually treat the patient, the labs are guidelines and I would refer you back to whom ever prescribed the med. Need more information as well to consider additional medical diagnosis. Read more

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Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" she's not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" she's not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Get another opinion: Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as an adjunct to antidepressant meds. It is not a drug to treat fatigue per se unless the doctor is fairly certain that the fatigue is due to major uncontrolled depression. Read more

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Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Critique: Trivastal, a newer Dopamine agonist, is not available in the usa, but might be a choice. Sifrol, pramipexole, is likely your safest and best starting drug. There is no role for lioresal, (baclofen) and Artane is literally "poison" and is not used in the usa. Choose the doc who recommended sifrol. Read more

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I m 21 year old having headaches nausea heaviness in eyes slowness in hand feet movement fatigue shortness in breath panic condition racing heart????

I m 21 year old having headaches nausea heaviness in eyes slowness in hand feet movement fatigue shortness in breath panic condition racing heart????

Anxiety: You have symptoms of Anxiety /panic disorder. You should see your physician for a trial of some prescription anxiolytics or a referral to psych if this is a chronic problem, affecting your overall well being. In the meantime, learn some relaxation techniques to feel better! Read more

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What can be done to slow the progression of MS and/or attenuate symptoms?

What can be done to slow the progression of MS and/or attenuate symptoms?

MS medications: Suggest if diagnosis of MS is confirmed, that the afflicted individual start a potent medication such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya immediately, and follow low fat, low salt diet, do aerobic exercise, supplement Vitamin D, and avoid cigarette smoking. These approaches can stabilize about 75-80% of pts for perhaps several years. If a relapse were to occur, get treated with steroids or ACTH. Read more

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Is there any way to slow the progression of hep c?

Is there any way to slow the progression of hep c?

Treatment: There are effective treatments available for hcv that can cure 60-85% of patients with hepatitis c. If treatment is not an option, avoid or severely restrict alcohol, eat a healthy well balanced diet and talk to your doctor about all medications and their effect on the liver. Other considerations include milk thistle and vitamin E but that is not recommended yet. Read more

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Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

Couldn't hurt: I am of the belief that exercise (especially yoga) is benefical; but unfortunately there is no cure to date. There are studies and trials being constantly done; and hopefully there will be a cure. Have hope...Stephen hawkins (famous astrophysicist) was diagnosed in his 20's and is still alive to date. Read more

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What can I do to stop or slow the progression of presbyopia?

What can I do to stop or slow the progression of presbyopia?

Nothing: Presbyopia is the natural loss of accommodation or the ability to autofocus on objects at near (up close). There is no way to prevent or slow this process. Sorry. Read more

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Is there any way to slow down the progression of huntington's chorea?

Is there any way to slow down the progression of huntington's chorea?

Nothing proven: Coenzyme q 10 does help in mice in several studies. The small dose and used early in the disease helped more than the larger in a recent study: (mol cell neuroscience. Feb 2012). If it works in humans is unknown or what dose should be used. Talk to your neurologist, about recommended dose or even enrolling in a study at answer that question. Read more

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