Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness - Preparing For Your Appointment To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
What are your symptoms?
When did they begin? Did they
begin suddenly or come on gradually? Do your symptoms fluctuate or
come and go? Do you have other symptoms with the confusion,
memory loss, or decreased alertness? Have you had these symptoms
before? If so, what was the diagnosis? When and how were your symptoms
treated? Are you on a special diet? What do you eat for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner? Have you had any recent head
injuries? What prescription or nonprescription medicines do you
take? Bring a complete list of all your medicines to your
appointment. Do you often feel extremely sleepy during the
day? Have you or another family member ever had a mental health
problem, such as
depression or an
anxiety disorder? Have any of your family
members been diagnosed with a disease that causes confusion or memory loss,
Alzheimer's disease or
Huntington's disease? Have you been ill or
hospitalized recently? Have you recently traveled outside of the
United States? How much alcohol do you drink? How often? When did
you have your last drink? Do you use any illegal drugs? If so,
which ones? How often? When did you last use drugs? Do you swallow, inhale, or
inject the drugs? Do you have any
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Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 31, 2013
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