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Posted by JOE on November 22, 2000 at 14:55:54:

In Reply to: Re: Alzheimer's Disease posted by Carol on April 11, 2000 at 03:07:49:

: Just for the record memory loss & dementia can occur from low-thyroid which is common in menopausal women, so be sure to check the thyroid board and have her tested....it is easily treated, but not so easy to find docs that will test and diagnose properly.
: Be sure to see about.com/thyroid also....maybe this is not her problem at all, but my mom had all the hypothyroid symptoms and was never diagnosed...died of "alzheimers". I also had all the symptoms and severe memory loss, and "normal" levels, but not normal for me! Now I am on med and am getting well. It is worth it to check it out! Do your research first though to avoid frustaration and unecessary misdiagnosis.

MESSAGE FROM JOE: AS I READ YOUR MESSAGE AND AM AWARE OF HYPOTHYROID SYMPTOMS AND ALL OF THIS WAS CHECKED ON MY WIFE. MY WIFE PASSED AWAY 4 MONTHS AGO AT THE AGE OF 56 YEARS OLD. HER FAMILY IT IS EARLY ONSET AND FROM BIRTH TO DEATH THE AVERAGE AGE IS, 46.6 YEARS OLD. FROM THE TIME ONSET TO DEATH FROM AD IN HER FAMILY, BEING GENETIC FAMIAL, IS 2 TO 7 YEARS. MY WIFE WAS NUMBER 72 TO GO IN HER FAMILY AND THE STUDY ON HER FAMILY HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 1942. AS THERE IS HOPE ON THE HORIZON OF VACCINE 1792 AND I WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HELP STOP THIS MIND ROBBING DISEASE. AD DOES NOT KNOW AGE. YES, I MISS HER AFTER 35 YEARS OF BEING MARRIED AND SPENDING THE FIRST HOLIDAY BY MYSELF. AS I'AM THANKFUL THAT MY WIFE IS NOT IN ANY MORE PAIN AND SHE DOES NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH AD, BUT ALL OF USE NEED TO MAKE A STAND FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS AND HELP OTHERS SO THEY CAN GET THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND FIND SOME COMFORT, IF THERE IS ANY. JOE

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