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My husband today

(45 Posts)
Mytimewillcome Wed 27-Feb-13 18:46:17

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with him? Today he woke up looking like he hadn't slept for a week. Extremely tired. And then he kept forgetting to eat. When we went out I asked him to get food for our son and he went and then couldn't remember where he left us. He then went for food twice and came back without anything. He is slurring his words. He hasn't really eaten anything today and can't seem to remember anything in the short term at all. He didn't go out last night. Is it drugs related? I don't know as I've never done them. He did them a long time ago but hasn't since before he met me so at least 10 years.

exexpat Wed 27-Feb-13 18:50:20

I would call nhs direct or go straight to A&E. Could be something serious and neurological - slurring words and memory loss can be stroke symptoms.

AngryFeet Wed 27-Feb-13 18:51:24

Yes go to A&E

purplewithred Wed 27-Feb-13 18:51:39

Could be almost anything. What does he say? If you can't get any sense from him I'd be calling the OOH or more likely going up to A&E.

To consider: has he had a fall or accident and hit his head? if he doesn't know are there any bumps on his head? as you say, drugs/drink a possibility? headache? any previous issues with blood pressure/strokes? I would be concerned to be honest.

nocake Wed 27-Feb-13 18:51:51

There are a number of conditions that could cause this. The one that immediately comes to mind is a stroke. Get him to A&E now.

buildingmycorestrength Wed 27-Feb-13 19:15:58

Slurring words is very serious. Go to A&E now. Hope it is nothing but it sounds bad.

gordonpym Wed 27-Feb-13 20:51:24

Another one for A&E. Sounds like a stroke to me

Norem Wed 27-Feb-13 20:55:52

Straight to a and e, stay with him and explain his symptoms.
Make sure they do a full neurological exam.
If you are not satisfied ask to see the consultant on call.
Good luck .

cocolepew Wed 27-Feb-13 20:57:37

Take him or phone an ambulance .

TeamEdward Wed 27-Feb-13 20:59:38

I hope you've not replied to this thread because you're at A&E with DH.

Rosa Wed 27-Feb-13 21:00:03

Agree A&E

Wolfcub Wed 27-Feb-13 21:01:01

you must go to a and e don't delay

MrsWolowitzerables Wed 27-Feb-13 21:01:07

Any news OP?

undercoverhousewife Wed 27-Feb-13 21:01:39

A and E. Could be a diabetic type thingie (technical term). I hope it's all okay.

almostanotherday Wed 27-Feb-13 21:02:05

Hope he is ok and you have got him to A & E.

Mytimewillcome Wed 27-Feb-13 21:08:27

I haven't taken him to A&E because I have looked up the symptoms of a stroke and he only has slurred words. He made dinner and was going to stay and watch telly but I have told him to go to bed. He says he is fine but I think I'll ring NHS direct. He hasn't complained of any pain.

It almost seems like he's taken a sleeping pill and it hasn't worn off. He says that he did take one but as he isn't with it at all today I'm not sure whether I believe him.

Mytimewillcome Wed 27-Feb-13 21:09:17

And he ate his dinner.

Rosa Wed 27-Feb-13 21:17:33

But it is a symptom....... They don't have to have all of them at once

gordonpym Wed 27-Feb-13 21:17:44

You have more than just one symptom (speech) Confusion is another one :
"We all have minor episodes of forgetfulness. We may forget where our keys are, or that we had a doctor’s appointment that slipped our mind. This is nothing to worry about. If you suddenly forget what you are doing, or cannot figure out your location or surroundings, you need to get medical attention right away. You may wonder how you ended up in your current location. Other diseases can cause confusion. It is also a sign of possible mini stroke.

People often dismiss these symptoms because they only last a few minutes. This does not mean that you did not have a mini stroke or that there is nothing to worry about. If symptoms get worse or continue, you could be having a massive stroke." from www.strokeeducation.info/topics/tia.htm.

My FIL suffered a terrible stroke and he had such episodes which we did ignore.
You DH couldn't remember where you were or what he was supposed to do.

MustafaCake Wed 27-Feb-13 21:19:36

A&E immeditely.

This is not normal behaviour and could be something quite serious.

exexpat Wed 27-Feb-13 21:21:35

Please at least call NHS direct, but I have a feeling that if you describe the symptoms as you did in the OP, they will tell you to take him to A&E.

He may not have all the symptoms of a stroke, but slurring words and confusion are symptoms of stroke and of other serious problems in the brain.

It could be nothing, but it is definitely not normal and could be hugely serious.

Makeminealarge Wed 27-Feb-13 21:22:27

I also strongly suggest this could be a TIA (mini stroke). Further examinations will be needed. He may seem fine but if it is a TIA there is a higher risk of a full on stroke in the near future. New confusion and slurring of words are something that should not be ignored. At least call nhs direct.

Matildaduck Wed 27-Feb-13 21:25:08

Better a short trip to hospital then months of caring for a stroke victim ...or worse.

MrsMushroom Wed 27-Feb-13 21:25:08

Not NHS direct...AandE now!

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 27-Feb-13 21:25:18

Please do something.

My dad presented these symptoms for a few weeks and then had a massive seizure and was then in hospital for a month. He has an amyloid protein on the brain.

Please get him checked out.

ApplyYourself Wed 27-Feb-13 21:25:26

Are you mad?

Sorry to be blunt but you need to at least call a DR and explain the symptoms and have them make a decision.

GirlOutNumbered Wed 27-Feb-13 21:28:11

Call NHS direct now. This is not normal behaviour.

Lucyellensmum95 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:33:58

He took a sleeping tablet? im a bit confused? genuinely, not questioning the OP. Just that well, she sounds a bit muddled.

Please call SOMEONE - i dont want to worry you but this could be really serious.

buildingmycorestrength Wed 27-Feb-13 21:42:54

It frightens me that I could be behaving like this and my other half completely fail to take it seriously enough.

Please get it sorted.

piemistress Wed 27-Feb-13 21:50:29

Please phone someone, they would much rather you phoned. Don't diagnose off the internet

ApplyYourself Wed 27-Feb-13 21:53:57

Why would he take a sleeping pill so early? Does he have them to hand? And why on earth would you think this drugs related if he hasn't touched them for a decade? Unless he's Ronnie Woods or something

Genuinely confused

Mytimewillcome Wed 27-Feb-13 21:54:33

He is speaking to an out of hours GP at the moment. I had to force him to as he thinks nothing is wrong.

Lucyellensmum95 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:56:02

Good news, hopefully they will be able to advise, whatever happens he needs to see his doctor

exexpat Wed 27-Feb-13 21:58:28

Hope you are listening in and can talk to GP too if necessary, because if there is something going on, he may not be able to explain clearly - it would be helpful to the doctor if you described what he was like.

lisad123everybodydancenow Wed 27-Feb-13 22:00:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MagentaDeWine Wed 27-Feb-13 22:28:37

What you describe includes so-called "red flag" symptoms like slurring of speech which need urgent/emergency medical assessment.

See the "ACT FAST" website: http://www.nhs.uk/actfast/Pages/stroke.aspx

To be honest if this were my DH I would be taking him down to A&E now for face-to-face assessment; but the out of hours service may well suggest the same as long as the story and symptoms are explained as clearly as you have written here.

It may or may not be stroke but those symptoms need checked out now.

Good luck and thinking of you both.

staverton Wed 27-Feb-13 22:39:23

He is speaking to them? Maybe you should- he might not think there is anything wrong and remember that he forgot stuff !

Lucyellensmum95 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:40:33

Please let us know how your DH is?

TheChaoGoesMu Wed 27-Feb-13 22:43:50

Shit, take him to a and e. Better to be safe than sorry. Its not worth the risk of waiting to see.

WannabeWilloughby Wed 27-Feb-13 22:53:43

Push to get him seen by someone. Im sure once your DH tells the GP his symptoms they will want to see him immediately but if for some crazy reason they dont, take him to a&e. My DH hates doctors and has to be dying before seeing one so I sympathise.

lisad123everybodydancenow Wed 27-Feb-13 23:55:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Mytimewillcome Thu 28-Feb-13 08:27:55

They suggested that he goes for tests for diabetes and thyroid problems. I know about diabetes and it could explain the confusion. Anyway we are going to see our doctor today. He is better today but still very tired. He is not slurring now.

staverton Thu 28-Feb-13 09:17:26

Please go with him and tell dr he was slurring and was confused

digerd Thu 28-Feb-13 09:34:18

OP
You MUST go with him as you know what happened and he does not.

piemistress Sat 02-Mar-13 23:09:25

How is he OP?

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