How Does Ketoacidosis Cause Confusion

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Symptoms And Detection Of Ketoacidosis

Symptoms These symptoms are due to the ketone poisoning and should never be ignored. As soon as a person begins to vomit or has difficulty breathing, immediate treatment in an emergency room is required to prevent coma and possible death. Early Signs, Symptoms: Late Signs, Symptoms: very tired and sleepy weakness great thirst frequent urination dry skin and tongue leg cramps fruity odor to the breath* upset stomach* nausea* vomiting* shortness of breath sunken eyeballs very high blood sugars rapid pulse rapid breathing low blood pressure unresponsiveness, coma * these are more specific for ketoacidosis than hyperosmolar syndrome Everyone with diabetes needs to know how to recognize and treat ketoacidosis. Ketones travel from the blood into the urine and can be detected in the urine with ketone test strips available at any pharmacy. Ketone strips should always be kept on hand, but stored in a dry area and replaced as soon as they become outdated. Measurement of Ketones in the urine is very important for diabetics with infections or on insulin pump therapy due to the fact it gives more information than glucose tests alone. Check the urine for ketones whenever a blood sugar reading is Continue reading >>

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  1. Twitchster

    So, I recently got discharged from the hospital for being admitted for Diabetic Ketoacidosis.
    My problem is, I don't remember any of the day I was admitted, except for short, sporadic moments of consciousness where I remember yelling, screaming and clawing at what I thought were 'monsters' from Deadspace 2, a game I play. When this was happening, It to me was a dream, did not seem real, except for the 'monsters'. When I came to and was coherent, my father was there and explained to me briefly what I thought I had been dreaming, was me actually yelling and screaming hysterically at the nurses, clawing at them, ripping out my IVs and I had to be restrained. He told me that when I was admitted, my glucose levels were over a thousand and I didn't know that was even possible? I did not recognize him or anyone else for that matter. Basically, I was hallucinating and I barely remember it.
    Now, I've been out for about a week, but the memories of the hallucinations I do have, the nightmares that ensue every night and the many other PTSD related symptoms I have make me wonder; Do you think the elevated levels of my blood could have caused me to have those hallucinations? Maybe, in some weird way the sugar acted as a toxin in my brain and cause me to trip and hallucinate? I don't like not knowing what's going on and I honestly don't have a lot of people that I know in real life I can talk to about this.

  2. DeusXM

    I don't know if it's documented but I'd imagine it's possible. Aside from the elevated BG, in DKA in your blood turns into acid so I'd imagine that would have an impact on your mental state. Then the other side is that DKA is basically starvation - you are severely dehydrated and lacking in body fuel. Hallucinations are commonly associated with starvation so it wouldn't surprise me if they accompanied DKA.

  3. Subby

    It wouldn't surprise me either. The time I came close to DKA I wouldn't say I was hallucinating, but I was delirious and slipping in and out of what I would call an altered state. See a doctor if this goes on. I don't know what they can do, but they might have some good ideas.

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