How do you know if you have Alzheimers?

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MARTANSENOR
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   Posted 12/10/2016 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 57, I watched my mom die of Alzheimers 13 years ago at 85.

I have some very scary memory moments, how do you know if those are normal and just being an old dude or if you are showing signs of what is to come with something like Alzheimers?


Brian

msOuchie
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   Posted 12/11/2016 1:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brian:

I'm sorry that your Mom had Alzheimers and that you had to go through the sad and frustrating experiences of Alzheimers/Dementia.

Both of my parents had/have Azheimers/Dementia and my Dad died years ago. Not because of it but from complications of severe RA. My Mom is in a Home now with Alzheimers/Dementia and we were visiting with her yesterday. We were happy to see each other but we could see a decline in her mental state.

I recently turned 58, so I was concerned about me also because of my parents plight plus I was having symptoms that at least half of middle aged people do experience. I felt mine were more than the norm, so I asked my Dr. to refer me to a Neurologist for testing which he did. I needed to know the answer and get things rolling, if it was the case.

People in their late 40's and early 50's have been dxd. with Alzheimers/Dementia. On the other hand, forgetting a person's name, where we put the keys, going into a room and forgetting what we wanted then remembering it shortly after, can be quite normal. Our brains are aging after all. There are things that can cause us memory loss and other symptoms like medications, for example. That's why testing needs to be done by a Specialist.

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Diagnosing Alzheimer's: How Alzheimer's is diagnosed

To diagnose Alzheimer's dementia, doctors conduct tests to assess memory impairment and other thinking skills, judge functional abilities, and identify behavior changes. They also perform a series of tests to rule out other possible causes of impairment.
By Mayo Clinic Staff

To diagnose Alzheimer's dementia, doctors evaluate your signs and symptoms and conduct several tests.

An accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia is an important first step to ensure you have appropriate treatment, care, family education and plans for the future.
Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia

Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia include:

Memory impairment, such as difficulty remembering events
Difficulty concentrating, planning or problem-solving
Problems finishing daily tasks at home or at work
Confusion with location or passage of time
Having visual or space difficulties, such as not understanding distance in driving, getting lost or misplacing items
Language problems, such as word-finding problems or reduced vocabulary in speech or writing
Using poor judgment in decisions
Withdrawal from work events or social engagements
Changes in mood, such as depression or other behavior and personality changes

Alzheimer's dementia can affect several aspects of your daily life.

When warning signs of Alzheimer's dementia appear, it's important that you get a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers/art-20048075

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Post Edited (msOuchie) : 12/11/2016 1:31:41 AM (GMT-7)


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/11/2016 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
That is a really nice reply by msOuchie.

As she mentioned, it is the common and rountine tasks that seem to slip out minds as we age... "Did I take my daily low dose asprin....Did I feed the cat etc?

I'm almost 62 and both parents have Alzheimers/Dementia that started in their early 80's. I asked my GP about this a couple years ago... He asked me if I had ever driven anywhere and couldn't find my way home... Luckily I said no...so we ended the conversation and he simply told me I'm just getting old.

MARTANSENOR
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   Posted 12/11/2016 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
The List is a little scary being every one of those things has happened, but during my whole life!

Big events, forgetting (10-15 years later) that I got up on stage and sung a song to my wife on our 5th wedding anniversary (we just had our 25th) creeped me out!

I guess I need to get to my doctor and have the testing done to be sure.

The straw that broke the camels back to get me to post this was a day or so ago when I saw that a guy I was chatting with on facebook lived in a town that sounded familiar very familiar but I didn't know where it was. I looked it up on a map and it made sense but the wrong sense. A little later I asked my wife and she told me where it was and it was a city I had spent a lot of time in as my ex-sister-in-law lived there and I passed through it with those memories popping up every time on a regular basis to visit my older children and grandkids regularly over the years. At least a few times a year passing through this town with fond memories of it.

To be staring at a map two days ago not knowing where and what this town was seriously creeped me out.

Brian

msOuchie
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   Posted 12/11/2016 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Certainly, if something is especially concerning to you, that is reason enough to get these tests done. Whether to rule out Alzheimers/Dementia or to start treatment to delay progression.

From my experience, the Neurologist asked me if I suffer from any other conditions/diseases like depression, insomnia, etc which can affect the mind. If I've had any head injuries or was on medications, etc. Most of the practical questions are elementary school age type. He also gave me a basic physical. I required an MRI since I banged my head about 4 years ago which required 7 stitches. Not sure if everyone gets that.

I made a list of my medications, conditions and the things that I had experienced that I didn't think a normal person my age should have experienced mentally, as you have mentioned in your case. They do appreciate these lists since it makes the questioning easier for both of you.


Thank you for your comment Steve!! :)
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - Dry Eye - other stuff

Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indocid - long acting Morphine - short acting Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - MTX(injectable) - Folic Acid -
Tears Naturelle II - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D - other

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 12/11/2016 11:07:23 PM (GMT-7)


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/12/2016 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I also had one of those creeped me out moments that I mentioned to my GP... I couldn't remember the street number of my house... I knew the name of the street but not the number.

The good news that my GP reminded me of was the fact that I knew I could look at some of the mail two feet in front of me and get the number... And he reminded me I had told him I'm a very early morning type of person and that the forgetfulness had happened shortly before bedtime.

I've also woken up in the morning and BOOM - "BLUE" was the color of my second car...that I couldn't remember from the night before.

Don't get me started on names... My best friend has reached the point where he automatically tells me the name of the bartender on Friday night shocked

MARTANSENOR
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   Posted 12/12/2016 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I do have some anxiety issues where my head gets merky swimming around through over full with things. That wasn't happening at the time I don't think but that does happen. But again, I have to wonder if that is a mixture of Alzheimer like issues and anxiety?

Brian

MARTANSENOR
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   Posted 12/12/2016 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
On that note, my anxiety issues have brought on a lot of "physical" health problems that ended up being nothing. Every few years there is something else that I think is real that ends up being an anxiety issue.

Could this be another one? I know this is a question for my doctor, but well we are chatting....:D

Brian

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   Posted 9/3/2017 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Steve n Dallas

You jus made me laugh out loud

they say to avoid it you must eat anything with coconut / coconut oil and Olives
I won't be scared for a disease that doesn't have a proper medication..Fear in my life is some thing in the past..i will never be running to the ER everytime my heart start poundind fast..If God is with me who can be against me.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 10/10/2017 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently became aware of gene testing in this area!

It seems a friend of a friend had 2 parents and an uncle with Early Onset Alzheimer's and when she asked her Dr about it (at the young age of 32), she was sent to have some gene testing done. In her case, she DOES have the gene, and she was told she will definitely have Early Onset Alzheimer's.

Y'all heard about that?

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 10/12/2017 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Sixty Minutes has done a couple of shows about a large area somewhere that has a HUGE number of Early Onset Alzheimer's people.

They have been using the area for tests since it is such a unique situation... And they've been testing everyone....

The six million dollar question is -> "Do you really want to know" since there is nothing that can be done??
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