Question about brain(?) function

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   Posted 4/27/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I know this is probably a weird question, but have any of you, at one point, had issues with paying attention and feeling drained?

I never really got to thinking about it but seems that other people on my fiancee's side of the family has started noticing it too.
Basically I can't seem to pay attention to things for long periods and that I also can't sit still. This was never a problem before my surgery.
I also have flash backs which can be very vivid and, on some occasions, I will actually hear voices. Sometimes the flash backs will cause me to have an anxiety attack or throw me into a depression mood for a couple of days or even a week.

Needless to say, it has started to concern me plus my fiancee. And I'm not quite sure were to go from this point. My mom told me to see a neurologist, but I'm not sure if that is the best first step. Wouldn't a psychiatric doctor be better?
I know some people with temp ileos need to have their blood checked for correct levels; maybe my blood levels are out of wack?

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   Posted 4/27/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd start by getting a thorough blood screen and ask your doctor to check your thyroid, B-12, and Vitamin D levels along with the regular checks.

If your flashbacks involve your surgery or your illness then this perfectly decribes PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real and can be successfully treated with a short term run of antidepressants. Your regular doctor might be able to help you with that too. PTSD symptoms also include depression. If the voices are not part of the PTSD then a psychiatrist would be a wise choice.


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   Posted 4/27/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
If I am really tired and the CD is flaring I can have a really hard job concentrating and when I was off recently even doing basic arithmatic was a problem. It doesn't help that I am slightly dyslexic, more with words than numbers and it shows up more when I am tired as struggle to get the right words, even basic everyday words. So I tend to then use words like 'thingeys' and 'doofahs' to describe what I am talking about.

I did have nightmares, not flashbacks, after one surgery in 1999. I had an epidural which didn't work and they didn't believe me and so had no pain relief for 6 days after having a panprocolorectomy. I just kept having nightmares that I was being abducted my aliens and they were experimenting on me and these nightmares went on for about 6 months afterwards. Think it was my brain's way of dealing with the pain and also the opiate in the epidural scrambles the brain thought process a bit when on it.

I would get blood checked and make sure all normal first and that's ok the talk to GP and see if they rec ref to psychiatrist.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

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   Posted 4/27/2011 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
b-12 shortages can cause stuff like that, dehydration can cause some crazy stuff too!
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