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Old 10-12-2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

How do you know if your developing Alzheimer's disease? I am starting to worry something is wrong in my brain. Do these symptoms seem out of the ordinary of normal if you suffer from chronic fatigue (I'm 39)?

Putting a hairbrush in the refrigerator
Trying to open your door with the push button key for your car
Trying to start a car with the wrong key
Forgetting if you take your medication
Unable to balance a checkbook anymore
Spacing out and not remembering doing something, end up somewhere and not remember how (this has only happened to me inside my home)
Have to keep reminder notes to remember things
Missed my doctor appt, got confused about the time, after checking it several times
Unable to read directions for something and comprehend it
Not remembering to stop when a vehicle is turning off the road until you get right up on them and almost wreck
Running stop signs
Running red stop lights and almost wreck
Running stop signs the road worker is holding up to stop
Forgetting to turn the oven off

 
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Re: How do you know if your developing Alzheimer's disease?

Never... some of that list is troublesome. Unable to balance the check book is a key along with the driving issues. You truly need to go see your general physician and ask him to give you a mini mental test... and a referral to a neurologist that specializes in memory issues. There is a good Memory Center in Charlotte and as soon as I track down the name I will let you know.

It is better to know than to worry

How old are you? How long have these troublesome episodes been occurring?

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Re: How do you know if your developing Alzheimer's disease?

I took this test online, TYM (Test Your Memory) test, and scored 25. It said people with alzheimer's scored around 32-40 average so my results were a bit lower than that. I am also having hallucinations and personal hygiene, I really don't do well with (that is due to the fatigue). I have talked to my doctor before, he said my symptoms were probably due to my fatigue but I think some of them are really out there, esp forgetting what to do when driving. I guess it's been like this about 2 years or somewhat less. The hallucinations started maybe spring time. The driving problems just started back in again a couple of months ago. My brother & grandpa have celebral atrophy (grandpa did, he's passed away) but I don't know if that is hereditary.

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Re: How do you know if your developing Alzheimer's disease?

Perhaps you have chronic fatigue syndrome? Ask your Drs about that.

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Re: How do you know if your developing Alzheimer's disease?

It could be any number of things Never, but you truly do need to find the cause because you injure yourself... especially with the driving issues. Doctors love to put it off on fatigue, stress, depression, or other emotional upset. Mom was diagnosed with depression for the first 3 years of her ALZ. But if it is bad enough that it has your concerned then you need to find the real reason. Fine a good neurologist who understands dementia and make an appointment. I am still digging up the name and as soon as I track down my friend I will let you know

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Re: How do you know if your developing Alzheimer's disease?

Well I have MCTD & chronic fatigue 13 years and this hasn't been going on for 13 years. I could believe it was just the fatigue if it wasn't for the driving thing, that to me is stepping beyond normal. I just don't see anything being done, I've had spinal pain over a year and still no mri. How is Alzheimer's diagnosed? Does it need to be through written testing or with a brain scan? I'll talk to my dr about it and see what he thinks though at my next appt. Don't know if I'll have any luck but I'll give it a try.

 
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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Never..I think you need to print out what you wrote to us and take it to your doctor or a neurologist...show them what you showed us. It is important to take care of it sooner than later.

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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Hi,

I know something about Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that is life threatening to the people it affects and unfortunately, this terrible disease can destroy the lives of many more people that those it directly affects.

I think you should consult the Alzheimer's specialist for immediate treatment.
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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

I can't until I see my doctor end of Nov and ask him. With my insurance, I have to get his permission to do anything. If he thinks it's something concerning, he will do something. The only thing he doesn't know is that I recently ran a stop light and a stop sign the road worker had up. And I'm not sure I've told him I put things in the fridge that don't belong there, but he knows the rest, well except for the hallucinations. And if I ever do lose my mind, my family can put me in a nursing home because I wouldn't put a burden like that on any of them.

 
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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Never, if the doctor doesn't know the whole story then how is he going to make a proper diagnosis? I do understand medical referrals for insurance purposes and you can ask for a referral to a Neurologist. First you have to be 100% honest with him about your symptoms. At l least you need to ask him to give you the Mini Mental State Exam. It is a short 30 question quiz that you take which shows deficiencies in different areas of cognition. That could be a starting point to express what you suspect to your doctor. Anything lower than a score of 30 should indicate a trip to the neurologist for evaluation is needed.

Diagnosis is not going to make the disease worse. Under the correct care it can be more manageable for a longer period of time. If you know what you are dealing with then intervention can keep you home longer. DO not let fear keep you from getting the best care for yourself

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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

First I want to put your mind at ease and tell you that I too had some or most of the same symptoms that you wrote and I contracted chronic fatigue after a bout of mononeucleosis in 1991.

However that said, my symptoms had ended up becoming milder over time. I thought I was getting over it but my doctor said it stays in your system forever and all it takes is any amount of stress and a lot of my symptoms comes back.

So yes, take it easy, go see a doctor, get the blood work that can 'read' the level of the illness' toxins.

Hope this will find you soon feeling better.

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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Well the only thing I am stressed over is being in pain and tired every day. That's alot to cope with though. I guess it could be the fatigue, it is extreme with me, if my treatment for MCTD doesn't stop the memory thing, I will ask to see a neurologist. I'm not quite at that age, people develop ALZ when they get old.. I'm still going to talk to my dr about it, cause I can't stop driving, I'll have to go on medication to wake my brain up I guess.

 
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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Neveragain. Hmmmm, not knowing how old you are, please do not go through life with a mis-conception and that is Alzheimer or Dementia is an 'old person' disease.

I am not out to scare you but my mother's symptoms started in her late 40's early 50's. Not the forgetfulness and such but her paranoia and other things

My cousin's husband developed it when he was 55 yrs old and there's been newspaper articles on people younger than this.

Alzeheimer and Dementia and Picks Disease and other things can and do affect areas of the brain and when the brain is involved, it can take on all kinds of symptoms and stuff depending on the area of the brain it involves.

But please do not go through life thinking there's some magic age of say "68' and that you can't get it before then, because you can get it at any time

 
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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Well I only hallucinate in bed. I think it's sleep related but somehow sometimes I'm awake. I've seen a black spider on my arm like 3 different times. I've seen ghosts a couple of times, felt the cold wind of a ghost, had it cuss in my ear, my blankets were being jerked and my cat wasn't there doing it, something kept nudging me last night and I repeadedly kept getting up, like 5 different times, but nothing there, I also caught myself talking out loud and acting out a dream twice, one I actually got out of bed from before waking up.

 
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Re: How do you know if you're developing Alzheimer's disease?

Never... that sounds medication related. Sleep aids can and will do that. Be sure to tell your doctor all of your symptoms.

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