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1831414 tn?1318862548

Cognitive decline in a 26 year old

Health history
For the past 2 years sudden symptoms have begun and continued to progress. They began with severe fatigue and slight depression suddenly for no reason or change in lifestyle pace. My body was well conditioned to my pace. Then my joints started to feel stiffened and slowed movements or reaction time. Then the stiffness hit my neck and was worse than any stiff neck I ever had. This lasted for 1 year and half. The drs did blood work extensively including Lyme disease and autoimmune diseases like lupus or ms and brain mris and ct scans but all were normal.
Then my vision started to get blurry which I wasn't alarmed because I have had migraine history. But these vision changes were more doubling with heavy weakened eyelids that were difficult to keep open and focusing problems Then the last stage was neurological symptoms of mild dementia beginning. Having trouble with memory, slowly getting confused in familiar places and struggling to recognize people and objects, accompanied by extreme insonmia and newly developed anxiety attacks, which create fainting. The drs have reassess and redid the MRI if brain neck and spine and EEG with more blood work and a nueropsch test for memory with reasoning questions, I scored average which to me wasn't impressive for a honor graduate in college. I also have bruising that develops for no reason and rashes that come and go. The drs tested the blood for enceophalopathies which are brain disfunction diseases but all normal results with anemia tests also normal. I really don't know where to go from here my career has taken a huge loss and had to leave my job due to these horrifying symptoms. I have never traveled out of country and need advice on how to get answers from this point.    
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Avatar universal
Meningitis is the first thing that occurred to me, on account of one of your early major symptoms was a stiff neck, THE indicator of that disease.  Your scans and bloodwork should have shown this, but it couldn't hurt to ask the docs to check for that again.

You might want to get a lumbar puncture, if you haven't had one already, it confirms a diagnosis of MS.  I know what you mean about being an honor student and then winding up with an average score on memory.  I do not have MS, rather I have confusion from pain after a car wreck tore up my back.  And I still recall when I made a career change to nursing, and a professor said I was doing pretty good to be reading at a 10th-grade level.  Mind you, I graduated university and did graduate work, was an editor on newspapers for years.  But for me, it was pain that drove me to this confused state.

In addition to the LP, I would also suggest you visit a specialist in rare diseases.  Apparently what is happening to you is not the usual stuff.  Those docs think out of the box, they get all the people who nobody else can figure out.  One other consideration is if you are taking ANY medication, particularly when all this began, have the prescribing doc review side effects and change if needed.  Hope this helps.
1740498 tn?1328966185
I'm so sorry this is happening to you. How scary and confusing.

Meningitis was the first thing that occurred to me as well, also because of the stiff neck. But the other symptoms.. eh. I don't know.

Lupus was the next thing that occurred to me, because of the rashes and joint pains. Those are NOT symptoms of MS. You should also see a rheumatologist.

Please update us when you get some answers.
1831414 tn?1318862548
Thankyou both so much. I have an appt on this week and some pre med friends of mine have suggested me to be checked for Wilson disease a inheited disorder? I have a high bilirubin on bloodwork which is a liver problem. I dont know if this is connected in any way but worth a try. Will post after drs appt. Thanks again for your help.
Avatar universal
Just checking on the " DRUG....Adverse Reactions.....area".
You didn't by chance ever take " WELLBUTRIN"........for depression?
It can cause all.......adverse reactions you've described....YES,and DEATH!

Wellbutrin destroys brain neurons in the 1 )   Temporal Lobe: Memory, Judgment,90%.....after taking for a while....neuron degeration continues...causing "Mild Cognitive Impairment"...the early " ONSET  of
ALZHEIMERS  DISEASE                      2 )  Parietal Lobe:  Balance,
Spacial Awarenes, Coordination

MRI  would show atrophy in the Temporal and Parietal Lobe......but only after significant "neuron atrophy".....you can have " Symptoms almost
immediately after taking "Wellbutrin".....it takes ....? diff....amt of time....
the " HIGH  TOXICITY  OF  WELLBUTRIN......CAUSES ....ADVERSE  EFFECTS:   GRAND MAL SEIZURES ( ONLY  ADVERSE  REACTION WARNED IN "THE PRESCRIPTION GUIDE"....BY "GLAXOSMITHKLINE"; THE DRUG MARKETER  /" BIOVAIL" IS DRUG MAN........

**** A  " NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL  TEST "......GIVEN by a; neuropsychologist..........can diagnose " Mild Cognitive Impairment "

*****  WELLBUTRIN.....HAS   BEEN  ON  THE   MARKET  FOR  23  YEARS........"EVERYONE".....HAS   HIDDEN  THE " DEADLY!!!!
ADVERSE  REACTIONS!!!!!  : Cardiac Arrest, Status Epileptus (series of
Grand Mal Seizures....can die ), Sudden Death Syndrome, Mild Cognitive
Impairment ( early onset Alzheimers Disease .....90 % is degenerative
even if the "Wellbutrin Drug is Stopped".....and the person dies in 9 to 12
years...., Wellbutrin Withdrawal Syndrome:   Poor Coordination, Falling
Daily.......

I had a Toxic Reaction to Wellbutrin XL 300 mg BID: ( I had taken Well SR
150 mg BID for 15 months) Took Well XL 300 mg for only....10 days
The 10th day I had 4 Grand Mal Sizures; 1 1/2 hours apart.........

To Learn about "Wellbutrin" Google: (    Wellbutrin: Mild Cognitive
  Impairment; Alzheimer's Disease  )  ...you'll pull up 4,000 plus pages
of articles on Wellbutrin ; written by the "WORLDS  top neurologists"...
  articles from major "Brain Institutes" in the US, / Australia. etc

e-mail me if you need more infor. can get from this " on-line site "
I hope this does not apply to you.........however.......after being "homebound" for 6 years........just doing better......my research....probably after 23 yrs on market; highest selling drug and highest MONEY  MAKING  DRUG.....EVERY   DAY  SOMEONE  DIES  
FROM   " WELLBUTRIN.....OR   BUPROPRION  HYDROCHLORIDE"...
SINCE  1985....PUT ON MARKET AND HAD A " EPIDEMIC  OF GRAND
MAL SEIZURES.....THEY YANKED IT OFF THE MARKET FOR "FOUR
YEARS".......I'M GOING TO JOIN THIS WEBB SITE.........? YOU CAN GET MY E-MAIL ADDRESS FROM THEM........OR ANYONE ELSE
  WHO KNOWS OF SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD A " WELLBUTRIN
INDUCED ADVERSE  REACTION / NEUROLOGICAL ILLNESS,ETC
PSSS.........THERE ARE " CLASS-ACTION  SUITS "....VS "WELLBUTRIN"........IF MOTHER......TOOK "WELLBUTRIN"
WHILE  PREGNANT....THE BABY...." DUE TO THE WELL. "HIGH-TOXICITY"......THE BABY'S  NEUROLOGICAL /  HAD " BRAIN DAMAGE"
.....DESTROYING THE "TEMPORAL LOBES".....BRAIN NEURONS......IF
MOTHER HAD A " HIGH TOXICITY" OF WELLBUTRIN..........THE 'EMBRYO....WOULD HAVE SUFFERED NINE
MONTHS OF " NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE"......VERY POSSIBLE
HAVING "SEIZURES BEFORE BORN!!!!"    THAT CHILD WAS FOUND
TO HAVE " LEARNING  DISABILITIES " FROM THE " WELLBUTRIN".....
****THIS HAPPENED TO A FRIEND , OF A FRIEND....SHE WAS THE
MOTHER....ON WELLBUTRIN.......HAVING " NO IDEA".....NO WARNINGS FROM THE PHARMACEUTICAL CO, DRUG MANU/ OR
THE FDA......WHO WERE  ALL AWARE  OF THE EFFECTS....CAUSED
BY WELLBUTRIN'S " HIGH TOXICITY"............*****DON'T FORGET TO
GOOGLE............WELLBUTRIN:MILDCOGNITIVEIMPAIRMENT, ALHEIMERS'S DISEASE.......PULL UP THE THOUSANDS OF MEDICAL
ARTICLES ABOUT "WELLBUTRIN'S"  ADVERSE REACTIONS
PHYLLIS  CUMMINGS
843-225-8217 FAX
I'M GOING TO SELECT A "LAW FIRM" SOON TO REPRESENT ME AND
THE...." MILLIONS....OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT
THEIR " DEAD BRAIN NEURONS....IN THE TEMPORAL AND PARIETAL
lOBES......AND THEY MAY HAVE " ALZHEIMERS'S DISEASE"!!!! AND
ARE NOT AWARE OF IT...........ESPECIALLY WITH  " EARLY ONSET:
ALZHEIMER'S......WHICH CAN OCCUR AT ANY AGE....( MILD COGNITIVE  IMPAIRMENT /( MCI).....A " NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TEST" DIAGNOSES (MCI).....GIVEN BY A NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST!
GOOD LUCK, AND GOD BLESS YOU
PHYLLIS
PSSS   I WAS " HOMEBOUND FOR 6 YEARS AFTER THE 4 GRAND
MAL SEIZURES......( WELLBUTRIN  WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME ) THE LAST YEAR....SEPT. 2009 TO dEC 2010......WHEN I FELL........MY ARMS AND HANDS WOULD GO COMPLETELY LIMP.....THESE ARE FALLS......THAT ARE...ONCE YOU LOSE BALANCE......YOU FALL HARD; STRAIGHT TO THE GROUND, FORWARDS, BACKWARDS,....UNABLE TO GRAB SOMETHING, OR PLACE MY ARMS/HANDS DOWN IN FRONT OF MY FACE BEFORE HITTING A TILE
FLOOR, OR CEMENT.......I HAD ADDITIONAL BRAIN CONTUSIONS....
THE NEUROLOGISTS......I TOOK A " NERVE CONDUCTION TEST"...
RESULTS WERE FINE......NOTHING WRONG.....I'M SCARED IT WAS BECAUSE ADDITIONAL " BRAIN ATROPHY" HAD BEGUN........(BRAIN
ATROPHY CAN STOP........THEN BEGIN AGAIN.....
Avatar universal
SUNSET, don't hold back, tell us what you know.  :)
1831414 tn?1318862548
I have never taken that drug but thankyou for the warning.
1831414 tn?1318862548
thanks so much I am so baffled. my vision is getting increasingly blurry which is hard becasue the migraines I have had since I was young are interfering with my diagnosis. I thought chronic  menigitis as well but my Infectious disease dr  has advised I would have a higher fever and it wouldnt have lasted this long. Thanks for your help nontheless.
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