Episodes Of Confusion/Disorientation

What Causes Confusion Or Disorientation?

Confusion or disorientation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose confusion or disorientation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "confusion or disorientation" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Magnesium Need
  • Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Mercury Toxicity

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
being very easily irritated
reduced mental clarity
history of many broken bones
moderate epigastric pain
possible Alzheimer's disease
not keeping mind active
hoarse voice
severe hallucinations
back-of-neck lymph node problems
recent body hair loss
preauricular node problems
having trouble concentrating
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of confusion or disorientation:
Cause Probability Status
Hypoglycemia 98% Confirm
Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences 22% Unlikely
Magnesium Need 18% Unlikely
Alzheimer's Disease 1% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 0% Ruled out
Sarcoidosis 0% Ruled out
Hyperparathyroidism 0% Ruled out
Epstein-Barr Virus 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual mental conditions/symptoms, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from episodes of confusion or disorientation?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally
→ Often
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no confusion/disorientation, occasional confusion/disorientation or frequent confusion/disorientation, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Dehydration

Dehydration reduces blood flow to the brain and therefore also the amount of oxygen that it receives, which can cause confusion.

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