conditions/diseases that show similar symptoms as alzheimer's?

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happygirl8
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   Posted 9/3/2004 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My father was first diagnosed with alzheimer's, but has now been told that he doesn't have the disease, but the doctor does not know what it is. Does anyone know of any other conditions or diseases that can have similiar symptoms?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 9/10/2004 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   

was it the family dr.or neurologist who saw him??

A neurologist is who tests for ad...................



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happygirl8
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   Posted 9/15/2004 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
He has seen both.

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   Posted 9/15/2004 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Pernisous Anemia,also an out of whack thyroid.........
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happygirl8
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   Posted 9/17/2004 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I did some research on that and these are the symptoms associated with it:
* shortness of breath
* fatigue
* pallor
* rapid heart rate
* loss of appetite
* diarrhea
* tingling and numbness of hands and feet
* sore mouth
* unsteady gait, especially in the dark
* tongue problems
* smell, impaired
* gums, bleeding
* positive Babinski's reflex
* loss of deep tendon reflexes
* personality changes, "megaloblastic madness"


My dad's symptoms are a little different. They include mostly confusion and forgetfulness

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   Posted 9/19/2004 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
What about seizure activity? I have simple partial seizures that don't cause blackouts or convulsions, just memory loss, gait unsteadiness, vertigo, loss of smell or taste.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
Hebrews 11:1


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 9/20/2004 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh,yes all that too,in some people,not all.............

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happygirl8
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   Posted 9/30/2004 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
He has never had any seizures.
ginny said...
What about seizure activity? I have simple partial seizures that don't cause blackouts or convulsions, just memory loss, gait unsteadiness, vertigo, loss of smell or taste.



SnowyLynne
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   Posted 10/1/2004 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Not all who have Alzheimer's have seizures,maybe 5% do........
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   Posted 1/12/2005 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't appreciate at smart Alect,do you?
There are approx,50 diseases that can cause dementia.
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   Posted 1/13/2005 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
For wide consumption, Lynne lives with the disease and is also a retired health professional. I hope folks who didn't know that will bear it in mind.

For the OP:
I would suggest having your father dx'd by a specialist in the dementing diseases. This is a sometimes arduous process of tests, interviews and the taking of a family geneological medical history. In our case, the process took about 3 months and a little over 100 hours of tests and intervews. The final dx was vascular dementia.

My mom is also hypothyrodic and changes in her thryroid meds definitely has improved her condition.

One question: Does your father routinely make new memory? Can he learn a new task?

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