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Personality change

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rek999 Thu 01-Aug-13 20:26:57

I'm worried about my father and thought I'd see if anyone could help. He's in his 60s and his personality seems to have changed. He used to be very get up and go but now he is quite spaced out and it seems like he is not quite with it. His driving has become erratic and he also sleeps a lot more than before, he used to get up quite early but this has been replaced by lie-ins. He's been to hospital for checks but we have to wait a while for any results. I'm always cautious about diagnosing online but I've got an issue at home at the moment too so want some information or hunches really. Any help appreciated x

Dackyduddles Fri 02-Aug-13 08:10:37

He's not had any current medication changes?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 02-Aug-13 14:47:41

Sorry OP you must be so worried.

It could be a myriad of things but if you think he poses a danger to himself or others driving, can he persuaded not to get behind the wheel until the results come back?

rek999 Mon 05-Aug-13 23:18:16

Thanks for the replies - he was given some painkillers for a back injury a week or so ago. He's not driving thankfully. A load of tests have come back reporting no problems but there is clearly something wrong. Hopefully we'll get to the bottom of it soon

timidviper Mon 05-Aug-13 23:19:46

Painkillers can make you drowsy and dopey. Could it be that?

Gruntfuttocks Mon 05-Aug-13 23:23:05

All the symptoms you have described could certainly be caused by strong painkillers, and pain itself can have quite a few of the same effects!
Wait and see what the test results show, but trust your instincts, and if he is still not right, keep pushing for answers and ask for a referral if you can't get to the bottom of it. People don't just suddenly change for no reason. Hope it's sorted soon. What does your Dad make of it all?

digerd Tue 06-Aug-13 07:19:15

If this began at the time he started taking the painkillers it would seem to be them. Perhaps he is taking more than the dose prescribed?

rek999 Tue 06-Aug-13 07:48:45

Thanks all - I will check the painkillers and dosage. In typical fashion my Dad thinks all is fine and, although I'm sure is aware, fails to acknowledge he is unwell.

digerd Tue 06-Aug-13 09:22:28

Typical of many men, I'm afraid, bless them. Caused by their massive doses of testosterone . Mind you we do have a male neighbour of 69 who is a bit of an 'old woman' and we old womnen are fed up of his tales of woe grin. Rather have men be like your dad smile

Hope he's soon back to his old, lovely self, especially with the driving.

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