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Friend had legionnaires in the 80's. Has exp. Periods o fever, chills nausea every yr for 24 yrs. Cbc is normal. Last episode only 4 mo from last. Sudden onset, fever, chills-confusion. Tests neg.

Friend had legionnaires in the 80's. Has exp. Periods o fever, chills nausea every yr for 24 yrs. Cbc is normal. Last episode only 4 mo from last. Sudden onset, fever, chills-confusion. Tests neg.

What is the question: In order to diagnose this would not only need full set of medical records, but a full history from your friend and a physical exam. Have him seen by an infectious diseases expert. Hope this clears up soon. ...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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I sometimes have sudden onset testicular pain and tenderness that last only for 5-10 minutes and testicle draws up. But ultrasound normal. Confused?

I sometimes have sudden onset testicular pain and tenderness that last only for 5-10 minutes and testicle draws up. But ultrasound normal. Confused?

Cremaster muscle: This attaches to testicle ; contraction will pull up testicle ; tend to cause twisting of spermatic cord like intermittent testis torsion. Ultrasound, when not in pain, will always be normal. Can be corrected by surgical division of cremaster muscle ;/or scrotal fixation of testis. U can check yourself by twisting affected testicle round ; round like closing book ;c if this exactly duplicates pain. ...Read more

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What disease produces an onset of confusion and memory loss in a middle-aged person?

What disease produces an onset of confusion and memory loss in a middle-aged person?

Could be: Early onset dementia. See a doctor or neuropsychologist for evaluation. They can set you on a track for a full diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a fall which was a serious hit on the forehead cause early onset of dementia. I was 62 when I fell and am now 65. I now have major confusion an.

Can a fall which was a serious hit on the forehead cause early onset of dementia. I was 62 when I fell and am now 65. I now have major confusion an.

Lately there have: Been literature (medical) that is relating trauma to the head with dementia (-multiple head traumas with football players etc.) see a neurologist or your pcp. ...Read more

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My wife exhibits signs of possible early onset dementia (confusion, agitation, unsteady balanve, slurred speech). How can we get an accurate diagnosis?

My wife exhibits signs of possible early onset dementia (confusion, agitation, unsteady balanve, slurred speech). How can we get an accurate diagnosis?

Neurological Disorde: I understand your concern for your wife!
unsteady balance and slurred speech generally are not due to early onset dementia.
Alcohol use can cause unsteady balance and slurred speech.
Please see a neurologist for the diagnosis and treatment of your wife's condition. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, nausea (severity: mild), dizziness (better by: rest), confusion, cloudy or blurred vision (time frame: gradual onset)...

I am experiencing fatigue, nausea (severity: mild), dizziness (better by: rest), confusion, cloudy or blurred vision (time frame: gradual onset)...

There are many: Possibilities for the symptoms you describe. This cannot be narrowed down over the internet. You need to see a health care provider for a thorough history, physical examination, blood work and probably some testing. Diabetes is at the top of the list and you don't want to leave that untreated if you have it. ...Read more

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What can you do for confusion?

What can you do for confusion?

What?: We all suffer confusion at times. Stress, lack of sleep, too much to drink, too many medications all can cause confusion. Progressive memory problems may be serious. If more straight forward causes are not evident, a thorough neurological or psychological evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of confusion bad?

Are the symptoms of confusion bad?

Yes.: Anything that alters the mental state is not normal and may herald a potentially severe problem. ...Read more

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Describe the features of confusion.?

Lack of Alertness: Confusion usually refers to a state in which people lack a full level of alertness or awareness of what is going on. Sometimes, it can include disorganized thoughts and difficulty completing tasks. Memory may also be affected. It is important to know that "confusion" is a very general term and can occur for many different reasons. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have confusion?

Could it be something bad if I have confusion?

YES!!: Confusion can be associated with any number of problems affecting your brain, many of which are porentially fatal. ...Read more

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My wife has confusion and is writing backwards?

My wife has confusion and is writing backwards?

Immediate evaluation: If the confusion and writing abnormality is an abrupt change from her norm, you should take your wife to the hospital for an evaluation. This is especially true if your wife is healthy and not taking medications. The sooner she is seen and evaluated the sooner you will know what is causing her symptoms and the sooner she can be treated. What you describe is distinctly abnormal and needs attention. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting confusion?

Let me list them: The people how use alcohol, some medications for Parkinson's disease, diuretics, tricycles, tetracyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines. The elderly and especially those with pre-existing dementia, vitamin d deficiencies. The people how have (epilepsy, heat stroke or hypothermia, shock or head injury, infection, psychosis or poisoning, stroke. ...Read more

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Do lots of people develop confusion, or is it unusual?

Lots: Confusion is common. Transient confusion can occur from intoxication, drug abuse, head injuries, or acute illness among others. Chronic confusion is more serious and needs proper diagnosis and treatment. Even transient confusion if not from a clearly identifiable cause needs evaluation as it may be a signal that something serious is going on. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody over 65 years to get confusion?

How common is it for somebody over 65 years to get confusion?

Confusion: Not too common but acute causes most rule out low sodium, delirium from drugs, medicines or alcohol, or intracraneal pathology (stroke, tumors)but it may well be due to alzheimer's (dementia) disease or other dementia. ...Read more

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I often get this feeling of confusion. What could this possibly be?

I often get this feeling of confusion. What could this possibly be?

Confusion: Your confusion could be caused by a medical condition so please consult with your primary care physician. If you are cleared medically and the confusion persists consult a mental health professional who can help uncover the causes and help develop ways of clarifying your thinking. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What condition causes confusion between left and right, and east and west?

What condition causes confusion between left and right, and east and west?

More info please: Please resend & restate your question. For example, is this about confusion, or balance? Thanks ...Read more

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Waking up in the middle of the night thinking its morning. What causes this confusion?

Waking up in the middle of the night thinking its morning. What causes this confusion?

Sleep disorder: Various sleep disorders could be considered including shift work disorder, circadian sleep disorder, awakening due to sleep apnea, or paroxysmal leg movements in sleep, etc. Might benefit from sleep study. Another explanation involves panic reactions and depression. Sort all of this out. ...Read more

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My cousin says she has a problem with confusion. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My cousin says she has a problem with confusion. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Confusion: If this is an obvious sudden episode pt needs evaluation with labs, ct of brain or mri. If this is normal and the confusion is recurrent or frequent may be early dementia alzheimer's type. There is some genetic predisposition to personalities where may be normal in families to be forgetful at times if there are no other signs of significant dementia. ...Read more

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Does risperidon cause confusion? And can I stop taking it? How long does it take to get out of my system?

Could: But will suggest you call the prescriber and explain the symptoms. Stopping Risperdal should be guided by the psychiatrist and usually involve slow tapering ...Read more

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How long can someone go without eating before they start getting confused? How noticeable is the confusion?

Are: You running a torture camp? Hydration will keep you alive more several days, the body will start consuming itself during starvation, fat first then muscle. ...Read more

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My memory has really gotten bad lately, some confusion, can't think of names or words, I'm 52, should I worry?

My memory has really gotten bad lately, some confusion, can't think of names or words, I'm 52, should I worry?

Start by seeing: Your doctor. Testing by a neuropsychologist will provide specific areas where you may have challenges and strategies to deal w/them. Peace and good health. This can simply be from stress, fatigue, or a bit of age-associated memory loss. Don't rush to a self-diagnosis of Alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Suspected TIA. Confusion, visual impairment, issues with speech. Admitted for testing but inconclusive. Common?

Suspected TIA. Confusion, visual impairment, issues with speech. Admitted for testing but inconclusive. Common?

Any recommendations: Usually hospital work ups need out patient follow up. When do you go back to the doctors? They may have more information, labs that have returned since you left the ER/hospital.
It is not common to have TIA symptoms. So follow up with the doctor for complete care. ...Read more

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Is confusion associated with a.D.D.?

ADD/ ADHD: Yes; attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity is a common problem. 10% school kids has this, 65% continue in adulthood.
Short attention span, impulsivity, hyperactivity, forgotfulness, confusion, leads to poor school performance. The kid gets into trouble with peers, teachers, which leads to anger, fights, behavior problems.
Many adults seek medical help due to this problem. ...Read more

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What is mental confusion symptom of?

What is mental confusion symptom of?

Several disorders: Mental confusion is a symptom of multiple different mental disorders from substance abuse to dementia. It can be related to a disturbance of consciousness, memory, or other cognitive deficits. A mental health provider can make a diagnosis after full evaluation. ...Read more

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Is confusion a symptom of 'jet lag'?

Is confusion a symptom of 'jet lag'?

Can be: Jet lag results when your body clock is out of synch with your current time zone. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, sometimes nausea. Feeling a little "fuzzy" could be expected. ...Read more