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Thread: Friend is 4 years post / In hospital "out of his mind"

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    Friend is 4 years post / In hospital "out of his mind"

    I have friend who is 4 years post (C4/imcomplete) who has just been hospital and is "out of his mind". He's shouting out crazy sentences, won't respond to family, and says he can't swallow. He has no infections and a clear CAT scan.

    The doctors are stumped and have given up. His family is freaking out.

    Any ideas or direction is greatly appreciated.
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    Greg

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    Senior Member CapnGimp's Avatar
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    review his meds history closely for interacting drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapnGimp
    review his meds history closely for interacting drugs
    Agreed.

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    medications and also did he eat anything that might interact with them?
    CKF

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    I'm no doctor, but I understand that sometimes a trauma can spike a bipolar disorder, hanging around that was previously quiet and harmlessly sitting on a gene somewhere.

    Have they been seen by a psychiatrist? I'm sure the doctors would have already thought of that .. and their medicine has been reviewed.
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    Baclofen stopped suddenly?

    What is his blood sodium (Na+)? Low sodium (hyponatremia) is fairly common in those with high level SCI and can cause pretty serious delirium.

    I assume he is not a heavy drinker or drug user and in withdrawal from his drug of choice?

    Has he been seen by a good neurologist? Normal thyroid function tests?

    (KLD)

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    I know how he feels, I'm suffering some severe memory loss and it's not getting a whole lot better. Check his blood sugar. I accidentally took a bunch of my mom's blood sugar medicine because it looked like my Percocet and ever since then, I've been having severe memory problems.
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    Thanks...I'll pass these ideas on.

    Thanks...I'll pass these ideas on.
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    Greg

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    Amitryptyline, brand name Elavil can whack you out with no other drugs in your system..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Pendleton
    Amitryptyline, brand name Elavil can whack you out with no other drugs in your system..
    I could be wrong but I don't think it is used for antidepressant purposes anymore. I use a minimal dose for neuro pain.

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