My mother recently had a minor stroke. It wasn't caused by a blockage, but by too many toxins in her blood, which I've never heard of happening. She has Type 2 diabetes, is grossly overweight and her liver is not functioning properly. The stroke affected her left side, but not her speech. She waited almost a week before going to the doctor. Immediately after the stroke, she had use of her left arm and leg, but not too much control. She has been in physical therapy for the past 20 days, but is getting worse, instead of either remaining stable or improving. She is left-handed, refuses to even use her right hand (won't feed herself or perform any personal hygiene) and is not cooperating with her therapists. She does everything she can to get out of her therapy sessions, including defacating all over the equipment (claiming that the stroke has caused her to lose the ability to control her bodily functions). She has been so unpleasant to the staff, that no one wants to be in charge of her care and is doing everything she can think of so they'll just release her. I need to know if its possible that the toxins in her brain would cause this deterioration or if its psychological. My mother has always been a bit of a hypochondriac, exaggerating her symptoms or making stuff up to gain sympathy, so it's hard to know if things are as bad as she's making out, or if she's faking. When I talk to the therapists, they all say that there is no physiological reason for her deterioration, since they have been monitoring the toxins in her blood and there hasn't been any new event to cause her regression. My dad says she's just given up on herself, but also believes that her worsening condition is because of the toxins in her blood, not because she's mental. If anyone knows how toxins, specifically ammonia, in the blood can affect motor functions, reasoning skills, etc. please let me know. I've tried to find info online with no luck. Thanks.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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