AZ at 54 yrs of age?

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   Posted 7/24/2011 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.  I'm a somewhat regular over on the prostate cancer forum, but am checking in here for some words after the awful conversation I've just had with my best buddy and college roommate.
his 54 yr old wife has had vision problems for about 18 months.  The neurologist they last saw said she was positive that the cognitive deterioration she has experienced  is AZ.  She has very low energy, all her adrenaline is depleted within an hour of awakening.  She can't process any visual stimuli and will get lost out of the house if her "guide" is more than 5 feet away. Her memory is still ok, but degrading.
Has anybody anywhere seen symptoms like this for a patient so young?  The optimist in me says that she is suffering from something yet to be properly diagnosed.  They live in central PA and do not have easy access to top-notch doc's or hospitals.
Thoughts?  Comments?  Anything?


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   Posted 7/24/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Has she had her vitamins and minerals checked in blood work? It's possible she might be deficient. I have heard of AZ striking someone in their 40's so the 50's isn't too far of a reach albeit rare. If she hasn't had her blood checked lately, they should start there. If everything comes out okay, she can go in for cognitive testing to determine if she does have AZ.
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   Posted 8/7/2011 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
has she ben checked for lyme by a tick borne specialist or lyme specialist.
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   Posted 2/2/2012 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately it is possible. My mom was 53 when we first noticed signs of dementia. It took nearly two years for her to be officially diagnosed. She's now 55 and getting worse. Definitely tell your friend to get a second opinion though. There could be tons of different reasons as to why she's acting the way she is. I hope for his sake and hers that it's not dementia/alz.
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