Neuro-psych exam was a bear

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Butterflake
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   Posted 3/4/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone.  My rheumy and neurologist convinced me to take a neuro-psych exam to test my cognitive function (or the lack thereof).  The exam was last Thursday and lasted from 9:00-3:30 with a 30 minute break.  The doc told me that if I got tired I could reschedule some of the testing, but I have enough medical appts and really didn't want to come back.  Anyway, the exam was a ***** and I was completely exhausted.  I had trouble on lots of the short term memory tests, but could recall info I learned years ago. My analytical ability is also shot. The last test of the day, which I failed, was a flip chart that consisted of clock hands on a page with no numbers and I had tell her what time it was.  Gee, and it sounds so simple...I guess I shouldn't have studied chemistry extensively in college. Love, Butterflake
Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: CellCept plaquenil methotrexate prednisone prozac celebrex lisinopril actos lipitor nexeum seroquel arthritis tylenol multi vitamin C calcium/D flaxseed oil  PRN: ambien neurontin promethazine xanax
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna
 


Lynnwood
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   Posted 3/4/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Flake, :-)

Don't feel bad about it -- it certainly isn't anything you set out to do badly on -- it's lupus taking over the body.

I was in really bad shape like that, the Dr suggested such a test, but before we could get it scheduled he decided to try Cellcept. The Cellcept worked like a wonder drug and within 2 weeks my brain was functioning better. I took Cellcept for about a year, then tapered it back over 2-3 months -- now it's been 5-6 months without it. My brain is almost as good as it was pre-lupus (except the fatigue, of course).

I see you are already on quite a mix of meds -- I hope they kick in soon so that you can tell time again! Cheers,

Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum

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Harmony
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   Posted 3/4/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry! You must be wiped out. At least you know you could study chemistry at one time and that it's just this DD. I can relate. I started working on my disability application this weekend, and if there is anything that could make my wafer-thin self-esteem any lower, that would be it. I already know I can't think straight for more than about 30 minutes, that I need a nap about every 2 1/2 hours, and can't work, but for the application, obviously, you have to state just how incapacitated you really are, and I had never really put it into words before. I know what a sad state I am in, but something about the application, just finished me off. I just had never realized that my comprehension lasts for 30 min (rather than just knowing I get spacy) and that I can't walk more than a block, and etc., etc. I hadn't thought of these things in such concrete terms before. Oh well, one day at a time, or one hour at a time -- depending on the day! LOL Don't you wish we could go out and get our mushy brains sloshed together! And take a taxi home, because I can't drive anymore!

Butterflake
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   Posted 3/4/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Guys. Lynnwood, I'm counting on the Cellcept doing extraordinary things.  Harmony, I'd love to take a taxi, meet somewhere, and laugh about our common "interests," but how would we know it was time to go home? devil    Love, Butterflake
Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: CellCept plaquenil methotrexate prednisone prozac celebrex lisinopril actos lipitor nexeum seroquel arthritis tylenol multi vitamin C calcium/D flaxseed oil  PRN: ambien neurontin promethazine xanax
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna
 


Harmony
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   Posted 3/4/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Butterflake: After the bartender cuts me off, which would probably be about half a beer! That would be a short visit. Maybe we better meet at the coffee shop instead.
Love,
Harmony

Butterflake
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   Posted 3/4/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, right Harmony...I'm supposed to remember which Starbucks you wanted me to meet you?  Love, Butterflake

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: CellCept plaquenil methotrexate prednisone prozac celebrex lisinopril actos lipitor nexeum seroquel arthritis tylenol multi vitamin C calcium/D flaxseed oil  PRN: ambien neurontin promethazine xanax
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna
 


Harmony
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   Posted 3/4/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
The one on the corner of course! LOL

Okay, good point, forget it. How 'bout I invite everybody over to my place for a party. Come as you are, bunny slippers and flannel jammies allowed. See ya soon!
Love, Harmony

Butterflake
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   Posted 3/4/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Man!  You've been looking in my window!

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea (use a CPAP), hypertension, IBS
Tx: CellCept plaquenil methotrexate prednisone prozac celebrex lisinopril actos lipitor nexeum seroquel arthritis tylenol multi vitamin C calcium/D flaxseed oil  PRN: ambien neurontin promethazine xanax
             Better living through chemistry :D    Donna
 

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