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Old 05-09-2007, 07:30 PM   #1
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My father is having some issues, please help..

Hi, I have a question. My father is 74 this year. For the last 6 months I have noticed that he gets his words mixed up. In the last week it has seemed to get worse. He says things like paper instead of mail, he talks about a subject that makes no sense. He currently does still drive and do mowing, etc. He just had a checkup (ekg included) and all seemed fine, except he complains that he has this burning/hurting in his chest to lower abdomen, he thinks it is heartburn and the doctor prescribed him some medication for it. This happened once before and it got better. Along with that, he has some congestion that is yellow in color and just got off of antibotics 1 week ago. He said he also gets dizzy sometimes. Sometimes this happens if he bends over and sometimes just walking. This morning he got out of breath walking to his garden which is a little ways from the house. Could all of these be related some how? Getting him to go back to a doctor is like pulling teeth. I am really worried about him, I don't know if he is getting ready to have a stroke or this is just onset of alzheimers or if his mind is just fooling him into thinking he has these problems. Any help would be appricated. Thanks
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Re: My father is having some issues, please help..

Two things spring to mind at once. First, Alzheimer's in its earliest stages, second maybe he has atherosclerosis, (hardened artieries) in the brain. This can cause mini-strokes, that he would not even notice, which would interfere with certain activities, depending on what part of the brain they happened in. In either case, there is not really any cure, but he may do well on anti-coagulant or BP medication. See if you can get him to a cardiologist for a proper arterial check up.

 
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Re: My father is having some issues, please help..

Chad,

Go on the ALzheimers board here on the health boards. On the top they have stickies that have the stages of AL.with all the symptoms. You can get a good idea from there if you dad fits into any of these areas. I would take him to a geriatric specialist. Someone who specializes in the health of the older folks. Also, you need to be with him. Write down all the unusual things that you have noticed, keep a log. Be specific. This will give the dr. an idea of the changes that you have noticed in your father. Give him a time line of events.

Both of my parents are suffering from this accursed disease. My mom is in a lock down unit. My father isn't there yet....

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Old 05-11-2007, 07:19 AM   #4
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Re: My father is having some issues, please help..

Hi Chad,
Also make sure that your dad has a blood test, and ask the DR. to check his vitamin B12 level. A lot of people have the exact same symptoms as your dad are b12 deficient. It often looks a lot like alzheimers, but as people age, their bodies do not make enough of intrinsic factor essential in helping the body absorb b12. Please, Please, have this checked, I spent a long time chasing down that alzheimers road, when my dad was just b12 deficient the whole time. It is just a blood test, they should probably check his iron levels at the same time. Go over to the anemia board, you will find a lot of information on b12 deficiency there. The best to you and your family.

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Old 05-11-2007, 10:54 AM   #5
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Re: My father is having some issues, please help..

Thanks for all the answers! I will check into those things. My dad is thinking of going to the er monday because he continues to have chest and arm pain off and on. He is on satolol med and thinks that might be doing it, but, he has taken this med for about 9 years. Thanks again.
Chad

 
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