Loss of Function
Signs of loss of function include:
- Confusion or altered behavior, such as the inability to fully wake a person from sleep, or unusually aggressive or combative behavior.
- Dizziness (Reference vertigo Opens New Window) or loss of balance that occurs with nausea or vomiting or that prevents standing or walking.
- Fainting (Reference syncope Opens New Window) or loss of consciousness.
- Headache that is severe and in a specific area without another apparent cause.
- Inability to speak, difficulty speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
- Numbness, loss of all feeling, or inability to move (Reference paralysis Opens New Window) in part or all of one side of the body, such as the face, an arm, or a leg.
- Sudden inability to walk or stand or difficulty walking or standing (Reference ataxia Opens New Window).
- Vision problems, such as double vision or sudden dimness, blurring, or loss of vision in one or both eyes.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 12, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine