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Old 01-04-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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which doctor to see

My husband (69) has some memories problem.
He also started to do things much slower then before, for ex. Walking)
Now is a new thing he falls asleep all the time.
Our family doctor recommends going to a general geriatric doctor, I am thinking to see a Nero geriatric doctor, what do you recommend?

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Old 01-04-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: which doctor to see

Both a neurogeriatric and a general geriatric doctor could make a diagnosis and get him on any medicines that may help him.

I hope it doesn't turn out to be dementia, but it is good to rule out various causes. Many other things can cause forgetfulness and general slowing down, including the march of time (!) but it is always best to get a professional opinion. Good luck.

I wish you safety in all the trouble going on right now in your country.



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I personally would opt for a neurogeriatric doctor just because of the experience we had with my mother-in-law. I chose a geriatric family doctor for her, figuring I was getting her just the kind of care she needed. He barely looked at the records I had on her from her former doctor from another state. He stood in front of her smiling and bobbing his head, listened to her heart and lungs and examined nothing else, when I told him she had complained about her right eye bothering her, he examined her left eye, he berated me because I don't use Target pharmacy due to being disabled myself and not wanting to get her out of the car, go stand in line, and get her back to the car during Target's hours when I could go through the local drive through pharmacy any time of the day or night, and when I asked about her dementia, he was not able to confirm or assess it. He sent us instead to a neuropsychologist. I got the feeling that he liked working with the elderly because they didn't know good care from poor care!

When I switched to my own family doctor for her, he spent time actually examining her and did far more than I could even have hoped for. He adjusted her meds, showed me some things I could do for her, had me get a blood pressure cuff and calibrated it for me, and on and on. A good family doctor that you trust is, in my opinion, just fine. For more intensive evaluation of dementia, go with a specialist like a neurogeriatric or a neuropsychologist.

Maybe my experience was out of the norm. I hope so!

I wish you both the best as you try to figure out what's going on.


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Old 01-04-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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Re: which doctor to see

Mom's primary referred her to a neuro, and then we got a 2nd opinion from another Neuro which is her current Neuro.

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Re: which doctor to see

Weisertt, welcome to the board. I had a very different experience in that the Mom's family doctor was clueless about Mom's dementia even after she was diagnosed. We had her diagnosed at a Memory Assessment Research Service that specializes in dementia diagnosis. There was a geriatric neurologist as well as several other doctor's on staff that make the diagnosis as a team. Then she was moved to a Geriatric Physician who specializes in dementia.

The best thing to do is to find a doctor that you are comfortable with, that takes the time to review the history and listen to what you have to say. There are bad apples in every specialty! It is always best to get more than one opinion of such a life altering diagnosis. Be sure that they do a complete physical and rule out all other causes before then settle on a diagnosis.

I do hope you find a proper diagnosis and a doctor that you trust and also wish you safety.

Love, deb

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