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My mom had a subarachnoid hemorrhage..fell, fractured skull with 3 brain bleeds almost a year ago. Lately, she's been complaining of pain in both hips/legs and some significant confusion.. like driving our normal route home and she all of a sudden thinks she's never been this way. Kind of freaked me out a bit. She goes back to her neurologist in a few weeks.. just wondering if anyone has experienced this themselves or with a loved one?

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I would contact your GP first and get her checked out for a urinary tract infection. UTIs can cause confusion in older people and do not always present with the same symptoms as younger people.

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Jennifer, you really ought to contact your mum's doctor. There could be many reasons for her symptoms. 

It is so easy to blame the SAH for other occurrences when that is not always the case. 

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Hi Jennifer,

 

I agree with both Susan's and Super Mario's replies.

 

UTI's/kidney infection can cause the problems that your Mom is experiencing....confusion as well.  Defintely get her a Docs appointment as it's something that can possibly be easily fixed with a course of antibiotics. A lot of the elderly don't drink enough fluids which can lead to a UTI because of dehydration ... so make sure that she keeps hydrated in the meanwhile. 

 

I had a UTI a couple of years ago .... I'm 58 and thought that I was going a bit doolally with it .... it was sorted with some antibiotics.

 

 

https://www.uhs.nhs.uk/Media/UHS-website-2019/Patientinformation/Generalmedicine/Urinary-tract-infection-patient-information.pdf

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It would also be worth having a review of her medications - has she started something new recently?

 

My dear old mam was hypersensitive to lots of drugs and antidepressants in particular would cause confusion/delusions.

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