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SheTiger68
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Today I have an appointment with a neuropsychologist, which my new neurologist set me up with. It's to test me for memory and congnitive problems. Apparently, the testing for adults can take upwards of 4 hours. Has anyone else had to go through something like this? I'm kind of nervous about what kind of memory testing can take 4 hours.
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Shannon


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   Posted 12/16/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shannon,
My mom had a test done with a neuropsychologist, about five years ago, so I don't really remember much, sorry, but I do remember that it did take about 3 hours. We were not allowed to stay in the room with her for most of the test, but I do remember her telling us that some of the test was reading short stories, and then having to remember certain parts of the story when the neuro asked questions. It's really a whole conglomeration of different types of tests. This probably doesn't help you at all...I hope it all goes very well for you,
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled

 


libertykitty
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm actually scheduled for the same testing on December 23rd. I was told it was like "a very long IQ test." It'd be nice if you could let me know what to expect after your appointment!

I have two neurologists. One of them thinks I have ADHD and prescribed Adderall which I haven't taken, and the other one thinks I have Post-Concussive Syndrome (I had a bad concussion last January, a month after developing fibro symptoms), plus my rheumatologist thinks it's just that I'm depressed, so hopefully the neuropsychologist will be able to tell me who's right and get me going on some kind of treatment.
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008.
No meds right now, just Vitamin D and fish oil supplements and ibuprofen for headaches.


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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitty,

Try the adderall, I think that you will like it.

Good luck,

Hugs, Karen
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SheTiger68
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was down there for several hours, and had to take several different tests. The first was just a general quiz, asking me who the last 3 presidents were, the date, the city I live in, my mother's first name, so on. The other stuff was harder. One test was to pick out what was missing from a row of stuff (like it might show 3 shapes, a triangle, circle and hexagon, and the answers below would be a number, a picture of a bird, or another shape, like a square. Obviously, the square was part of the sequence). The more we did, the harder it got. Another test was for the tester to call out a set of numbers, like 6, 12, 44, and I was to recite them back in order. The more we did, the more numbers she added. Then she did the same with letters of the alphabet, and I had to recite them back in alphabetical order. Then she would mix the numbers and letters together, and I had to recite them back, in numeric AND alphabetic order (like 6, R, 14, B, 2, L, which I would have to read back as 2, 6, 14 and B, L and R-not easy!). Plus, she read a list of 12 words, and I had to recite them back in no particular order. I never got all 12, no matter how times she read the list.
There were a LOT more tests, too many to explain in detail. But she said I did okay. It was just frustrating the more we did, and I wound up getting a headache. THat's almost 4 hours of my life I won't get back, lol!
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Shannon


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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Shannon, you must have done well...just to see you writing it all down here!!! I got a headache just reading what you went through! I hope all turns out well for you,
take good care,
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled

 


CathyA
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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Did they say how you did?
I did this test about 4 years ago. I really thought something was wrong with my brain. I still do. I think I have a learning disability or something. But since I'm older, there isn't much interest in helping me figure it out.

I did okay on all the tests.......except one. I wish I could remember what it was about. I think it involved geometric designs, and trying to figure out patterns. I just could NOT get it!! She kept saying "you're making this harder than it needs to be". Well DUH!!! Maybe I just don't GET it! It was almost like a code that I was supposed to decifer, and I just couldn't.
I was really hoping to figure out what my problem is. I have major problems reading and comprehending. Anyhow..........they told me the only problem I have is that I was depressed. That depressed me. haha

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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have. I could not believe the result. I tested above the 90% cognitively.
Ha ha ha hah


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SheTiger68
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   Posted 12/18/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Though I felt like a complete failure on most of the tests, the doc said I did pretty well, and that no one gets it 100% right. The one I scored lowest on was where I had to name as many animals as I could in one minute, and I could only think of six! She said that might mean I had a bad experience with an animal at a very young age or might have blocked it. Which makes sense, because I'm overweight and when asked to name fruits and vegetables, I managed to name 34 in one minute, lol!
What she told me is that the human brain is designed to hold so much information in a variety of functions (the math part of your brain one amount, the art part another amount, higher reasoning another, and so on) and that if too much information is heaped into it, information can start to get jumbled and in some cases, eliminated to make room for the new information. Or, in the case of repressed memories, as new information and experiences arrive, the old information fights for it's space, too, and pushes into areas of the brain it doesn't belong in, allowing old memories to surface. So, I have to undergo "spring cleaning", as she put it, with a psychologist, to find those memories and repressed emotions, deal with them, and make room in my head. She told me it's probably going to be an ugly process, and just like spring cleaning of your home, it may get dirty and wear me out. But until I bring it to the forefront and confront my demons, I'm going to continue to have memory and cognitive problems.
Live, Love, Laugh. We only get to ride this ride once!
 
Shannon

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