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Hypoglycemia? Or are multiple symptoms caused by neurologic

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I've been having odd manifestations for a while, not so bad right now, but they come and go and seem to be getting worse.

I'll be talking to someone and suddenly i'll drop 2 or 3 syllables from what I'm saying. This has happened for a fairly long time, but only occasionally, say when I'm anxious. Then it started happening more, and for a while it was coming on really badly in spells. It would get difficult to keep talking. Something similar with my handwriting--I make a lot of mistakes in my handwriting. I tend to drop letters, even though I'm a good speller and I don't use spellcheck. If I've been writing a lot by hand, the problem diminishes, but it's still there.

Also my memory has always been a little shaky, but there are times when I can't remember the simplest things. Names of really famous actors and musicians, particular words, what I just ordered...

I was convinced it was hypoglycemia, since I tend to get tired after I eat, to the point where I have to avoid eating for a while to focus on my studying.

I talked to my doctor and she didn't seem to think it was hypoglycemia. She said it sounded like some kind of metabolic problem and that I might see a neurologist, but that was just about the time I was moving. I don't know of any neurologists around here and I don't want to spend a lot of money if she was just trying to calm my hypochondria, you know? (I am kind of a hypochondriac.)

Also my libido has been diminishing. I tend to get depressed, but I'm not on antidepressants any more and my mood is more stable than ever.

Any ideas what could be going on here, whether it's likely to be serious, and whether as a fairly poor student I need to find a way to see a neurologist?


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replied October 16th, 2006
Mental Conditions Answer A1617
According to your symptoms (dyslexia or dysarthria, memory problems, diminishing libido, etc.) it doesn’t seem to me that hypoglycemia is an appopriate diagnosis. Hypoglycemia causes more dramatical brain failure (crisis) and manifests with failure of cognition, hallucinations, aggressiveness, psycho-motoric excessiveness, anxiety etc. I am not sure if your problem is neurological or psychiatric. You may need to visit both specialists, a neurologist and a psychiatrist, for a correct diagnosis.
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