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Old 10-09-2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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for the last 3 years my husband has been showing signs of alzheimer's. All of our 8 children see the signs. His mother and her brothers and sisters all had it. He forgets, is irrational, has personality changes, I hardly talk to him about anything, he gets explosively mad about once a week then tells me he doesn't know why he acted that way or says such stupid things. He had to take disability from his work as a pastor because parish members were concerned. Yet, his family doctor gave him a series of tests and says there is no sign of anything wrong, and a psycologist also said no sign of alzheimers. I am so frustrated for support and acknowledgement of what i am going through. Evonne

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Old 10-09-2009, 01:50 PM   #2
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Re: Dr. says nothings wrong

i think you need another opinion-maybe a neurologist?

Old 10-09-2009, 03:07 PM   #3
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you do need to go to another doctor. dont wait. put your foot down. tell them you know your husband and you want every kind of test to be done. it could be anything. my husband did similiar things and his turn out to be lung cancer. low sodium can cause confusion. please but please dont live this alone. also a spot on stomach and i kept insisted on it and they said it wasnt nothing. 7 months later it was cancer. take care faye

Old 10-09-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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Re: Dr. says nothings wrong

It may not be Alzheimer's or a related dementia, but there could be other problems .. anything from depression, anxiety attacks, even something as harmless sounding as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome now known to be caused by a virus but for many years considered just laziness. A complete workup in a hospital may bring a conclusion.

My Mom's family doctor, whom she had known for ove 25 years, did not think she had Dementia. It's just old age, he told us. Mom was skilled at joking with him, laughing, pointing out things in his office that she liked. Instead of questioning her on how many children she had and what their names were, and what is today's date, he let himself be distracted by "I love the way your wallpaper picks up the color in the rug."

One day he was away, and his son (and partmer) took over Mom's examination. He asked her 10 questions, also known as the mini mental assessment test. She was asked to count backwards by sevens, recall 3 words from the beginning of the conversation, identify the year and month, the president etc.

Well, she failed it miserably. We came out of that examnation with the diagnosis "Mid stage to late stage Alzheimers" and the advice, "put her in a nursing home." Of course my brother and I had suspected this for 4 years by then, and I lived with her because she was absolutey not able to manage alone. I stayed with her for an extra year before the NH became necessary when she fell and broke her hip.

Good luck, and I hope for your sake that it is something curable.



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My cousin's husband started staring and doing strange things like calling his secretary who was long retired many years and asking her where the keys were for his office. He would call her all hours of the day and night and she called my cousin to ask her to get him to stop.

My cousin took him to the doctors and the doctor said it was nothing more than depression -- then another doctor told her that she needed to have sex more with him! That she was a horrible wife, etc.

It turned out to be Alzheimers. How did they know? well she was visiting her Mother in a nursing home in South Carolina and the bed in the room was empty and her husband actually crawled into it and promptly fell asleep with his thumb in his mouth. A doctor walking by came into the room, saw him there and asked my cousin 'what state of Alzheimer is he in?". She almost fell off the chair!

he told her that it is very close to the time that she needs to consider a nursing home. She came home and a few months later couldn't keep him home safely so she put him in a NH. he died within a year.

there are tests they can run and DGabriel said they can actually show her how her father's brain is starting to get mushy. so yes, there's things they can do.


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Re: Dr. says nothings wrong

And my Mother was misdiagnosed with depression for 3 years. She changed doctors and we still got no diagnosis. I finally took Mom to a Memory Assessment Research Service. She was diagnosed with moderate to sever dementia consistent with ALZ. i later learned that she had scored poorly on the same Mini Mental State Test that Martha mentions but the doctor didn't see the problem! But he was the same one that decided that Mom could drive if she would just try to pay more attention...

There are so many doctor's including psychiatrist and neurologist that have NO clue about dementia related illnesses. You need to find a doctor, geriatric specialist, that deals with the diseases of the elderly. If these symptoms are not dementia, then demand to know what is causing the.

Yes, urinary track infections, various mental conditions such as depressions, and various physical conditions, as well as medication side effects can cause these same symptoms... but you need to know what is causing the behavior. So go find yourself a different doctor!!!

Love, deb

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