Patient Comments: Encephalopathy - Diagnosis


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Comment from: workingman, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I had toxic metabolic encephalopathy due to 2 medications for chronic pain. I was in the hospital a week. I cannot remember any meal I ate, the nurses, doctors, the IVs or blood tests, the MRI or the CT. I was taken from a small hospital to a much larger one with a lot more help and can't remember going there. Also I was sent to a TCU (transitional care unit) after discharge from the hospital. I needed help with walking, speech, and writing for 2 weeks. I was then on home care for 3 months and still have some weakness in one leg.

Comment from: Frustrated, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 10

My dad recently had a TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) procedure done and one of the side effects was him developing hepatic encephalopathy. He does have medication induced cirrhosis of the liver and had portal hypertension which in turn gave us the only option of this procedure. He has good days and really bad days. He is currently taking lactulose 3 times a day, and if needed sometimes more but still has bad days. It is so hard to see someone go through this awful struggle with memory and loss of hope. We keep positive and celebrate the good days.

Comment from: spipkin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

My encephalopathy was caused by a reaction due to medication for chronic pain.


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