Oh my gosh ... you guys are wonderful and I appreciate all of the quick responses. Let's see ... my mom is only 63 years old ... and I am 36. We are going to a licensed psychiatrist ... and I guess he hasn't actually diagnosed her as BP - but thought we should try the Limictal since none of the other drugs have worked. During her hospital stay months ago - they did an MRI of the brain - would that show any signs of alzheimers - or is it a different brain scan they do for that? We mostly insisted on the MRI because we wanted to rule out a brain tumor, which is what my dad died from. The pdoc we are seeing now is the 4th pdoc we've seen. The one in the hospital was OK - but he didn't see patients outside of the hospital. The other 2 were referred to us by him ... one went on maternity leave (she wasn't overly impressive anyhow) and the one that took her place was awful! The pdoc we see now was highly referred and we have to pay out of pocket since he's not covered by moms insurance ... but he just seems "ok" as well. I keep waiting (and hoping) to find someone spectacular who seems to really care about mom and understand that she is nowhere near her normal self at this point.
Her regular general medicine doctor has also been involved and done thyroid testing, blood work, etc ... all of which has come back normal.
A couple of side notes ... we had a huge winter storm last year that knocked the power out for several days. This seemed to really hit mom hard and started what we call her "downward spiral". All of her concerns (the house, finances, etc.) were, in her mind, "catostrophic". My dad left her very well off financially and the house she lives in is worth a ton ... but she is so worried and concerned about money. So really, her concerns aren't "valid". She litterally sits in her house all day and watches TV - and she is one that used to only watch TV for an hour or 2 at the most - and only at bedtime. Her personality is just SO different! She is a huge sports fan - and has actually gone to the last 2 home football (college) games ... but she won't participate in the tailgate partying beforehand like she used to.
I'm just so worried about her and I miss her companionship SO much! And the boys miss their Grammy!
Even tho she's already had the MRI done - do you all still think we should see a Neurologist?
Thank you all SO much!!!! I just feel lost ... and with twin boys - I don't have tons of free time to research everything.
It's me again. I've been reading the posts along with you. I just wanted to encourage you to really take to heart what "Loving Frustrated Wife" is advising you to do. She seems to be hitting a lot of things right on the head.
Just wanted to offer my encouragement. Please keep us updated.