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Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: My mother in law had a stroke 4 years ago.. Currently she is suffering from headaches, fatigue (sleeping most of the day) and she hears music that is not there. It is dibilating her life. I am looking for possible causes to direct her to the appropriate Dr.
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I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

It is a little unclear since when those symptoms have actually started. If present since the past stroke then perhaps you may need to search no further, fatigue, chronic headache, depression are common consequences of stroke, depending on affected area even hallucinations.

If symptoms have appeared later then some more searching would be necessary. Among neurological causes to be considered main ones would be stroke, tumor or dementia. For that purpose repeat brain imaging should be considered.
Among other causes metabolic alterations, hormonal or nutritional deficiencies should be considered. Those can be excluded through some routine blood tests which can be ordered by your primary physician, tests like blood count, glucose, liver and kidney function, electrolyte panel, thyroid function, vitamin B12 levels.

So I would start with those cheap blood tests from your physician and if those result normal should be referred to a neurologist for a neurological exam for other neurological signs and possibly brain imaging.

I remain at yourr disposal for other questions.
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