Posted 2/6/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -6)
Hello everyone, I'm newby to this forum & would like some advice about my father who is 76 years old (I am his daughter, aged 30). I'll tell you the story as briefly as I can. During November, he passed a flu after which he began having chest and bone pains. We went to the hospital 3 times, visited his cardiologist many many times, made a lot of tests, everything was found to be normal. His heart is ok (NB: he had a heart attack 12 years ago & had an open heart surgery & never had problems of that kind ever since). Since November, he changed a lot : he seems to be panicking about all kinds of things, can't sleep well, complains about hot flashes, he is hyperactive (cannot sit just about anywhere) & is extremely nervous and insecure. Additionally, he cannot stand heat sources (fireplace, sun, stove). The thyroid test was negative. His physician now prescribed him a medicine called "Ebixa 10" which alleviates the Alzheimer disease's symptoms. My father has not been diagnosed with Alzheimer, so when I asked the doctor why he gave him that medicine, he answered that my father might be at the 1st stage of this disease & that this medicine will help his brain work better. I must also tell you that he seems to have developed some phobias, for example he avoids some foods because of the fear of choking. My mother is very concerned & I'm really worrying about them both. If you have experience with situations like the one described above or if you are a healthcare professional, please do give me some advice. Could my father be suffering from the Alzheimer disease? What can we do to make him feel better? Is there anything else we should perhaps check? Thank you!