self diagnosed, is it possible in the beginning?

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   Posted 3/6/2013 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible for a person to realize that they are not taking care of bill paying, or not taking care of personal hygiene. Is it possible to know about them, but not doing anything regardless of knowing? I am talking about myself. My family can see these things too, and it doesnt matter to me that they do. I just dont care. I am so worried sometimes about what lies ahead in this situation. Will I suddenly not know LOTS of things? My husband is not a caretaker at all. However I should add that for over a year he has taken care of all grocery buying. I dont leave my house except to doctor, and he is always with me. I am confused right this minute. I dont know why I would even share this, except I want to know is it common for a person to know these things and diagnose themselves????

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   Posted 3/6/2013 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you started any new medications recently? When my Mom started showing signs of dementia, she was a very avid computer user, especially with email. She started saying she was having trouble with the computer, and had people come out to fix it. When they couldn't find anything, she said they didn't know what the problem was. She would laugh and say it was probably the "user." Actually, she was correct...that is when I really started noticing. She started getting lost in the car. My Dad helped hide her confusion, but then one day she had some problems from not eating, and it landed her in the hospital. She wouldn never let me near the bills, and I'm certain it was because I would find out about her confusion. Sure enough, I found late bills (not common at all for my Mom!) and unpaid bills. Then she started forgetting how to cook. Simple tasks like grooming and getting dressed were very cumbersome.
I think you  should get a thorough check up from your doctor, and talk about the issues you are dealing with. Maybe it's a new medication or maybe you have something such as a Urinary Tract Infection which if not treated, can cause memory issues. So please, get checked and let a professional start helping you work through your symptoms to find the true cause. Take care and keep us updated.

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   Posted 3/6/2013 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for responding Lonie. I agree with what you say. I see a new RA next week and am having nerve block in my back friday by my neuro. doctor. I appreciate your responding.....Cathy
I am 61 years young. I have neuropathy in both feet and hands. I have spinal stenosis and arthritis in my back. I am bipolar and with panic attacks. I cannot walk. I choose to stay home all the time. I love living in the country. Its very peaceful.

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   Posted 3/13/2013 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
What tests do you get to find out if you have early Alz?
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