marymay73 Asked February 2011

My father has never had any mental health problems, but now he is having unexplained hallucinations. What could this be happening?

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My Father is 73 and has never had any mental health problems. But in September he started to have hallucination regarding our neighbour who live next door. He has had lots of test and nothing has shown up. These hallucination stop October, but have started now mid February. Recent hallucination was that he was convinced the neighbour son had die.Doctors have made it clear that they feel that they have done enough check and are now finish with him.
He does suffer with hernia problems and has been to malaysia. Just wondering if anyone has any experience of this.

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LivingSouth Feb 2011
Ask his doctor to do parasite testing, and also depression can cause hallucinations - also having untreated thyroid disease can cause some mental problems as well.
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marymay73 Feb 2011
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Thank very much for reply. Then check for a UTI, but noting showed up. He has had no change in medication. No operation in 20 years. Only medical problem at present is hernia, which doctor has said is healing good. The reason i mention malaysia was this was one of his stops on way to Australia where he stay for 3 months. When he came home he seem a lot older then when he left. Start sleeping in the day, which he had never done before.
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LME Feb 2011
He could possibly have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Did he possibly have surgery before the hallucinations started? Sometimes anesthesia causes these, and they don't go away? Did he have a change in medications? Sometimes drug interactions may cause problems?
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