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19yo Uni Student, Australia Symp. Present Since 7 yo, but

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19yo Uni Student, Australia
Symp. Present Since 7 yo, but significantly worse from 12/13yo.
Difficulty focusing. I "zone out". I speak fast, stumble over sentences. Terrible at articulating thoughts. Often dont understand speech. Either I zone out, and stare but cant hear, or I hear but it sounds like different language. Very stoic- I never feel happy, excited etc. No close friends, and dont feel need. Head always feels fuzzy/foggy, and the backs of my eyes feel heavy. Cant follow directions/remember names/faces. Sometimes dont recognise familiar surroundings like kitchen, it takes a few secs to register. Cant focus to write or read. Dont understand anything until due day, then mind feels clear and I see intricate connections and understand it so well that i write 3x over word limit and must cut. HD or D level writing. Can't multitask or hand in 2 papers on same day. Vivid imagination. Shaky muscles, muscle spasms, electrical twinges in arms and fingers.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  California Pediatric Neurologist replied 4 years ago.
Hello,
The first diagnosis that needs to be looked at is epilepsy, which is a disorder of recurrent seizures. a seizure is an electrical storm of the brain that can cause convulsions or fits, but also staring spells and moments of confusion. A routine 30 minute EEG is a test that can look at whether or not a person has the potential to have seizures. that would be the first step.
Other possibilities would be much rarer. Intermittent confusion can be seen in people who have frequent migraine headaches. But in the absence of the typical headache, just confusion or a foggy feeling would be rare.
Endocrine disorders like an underactive thyroid, or poor regulation of blood sugar could also cause intermittent confusion.
Checking your brain with an MRI can look at a picture of the brain and make sure that there is nothing wrong with the structure of the brain. Rare problems with the blood vessels of the brain can cause intermittent confusion with stroke-like episodes, though this is extremely unlikely at your age.
Other things that would be important would be to test your cognitive abilities with a neuropsychologist or an educational psychologist. They would run tests to look for the possibility of learning disabilities ( which could make learning difficult in someone who is otherwise intelligent)
Finally considering all possibilities, psychiatric or emotional problems such as depression can lead to intermittent confusion.
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Experience: 4 years experience, board certified in pediatrics, neurology, and clinical neurophysiology
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