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I am so sorry that your mother is showing these troubling symptoms.
Have any of the physicians discussed early onset Alzheimer's Disorder?
my aunt is a nurse in the mental health feild and she has discussed with us that it could be a possability
whats the best way for them to diagnose early onset alzhiemers
It seems that she has some signs of it.
is the ct scan a good way to diagnose that?
People with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s often speak repetitively, lose things and seem generally forgetful. They can get lost travelling to familiar places and may have increased difficulty performing daily tasks.
she had a ct scan which went well. is tht not to diagnose tumours and alzhiemers?
CT really is not effective.
Current diagnosis of Alzheimer's relies largely on documenting mental decline. This is happening because of slow brain damage.
so what would you suggest is the best way to treat or better diagnose the problem?
CT scans often can reveal certain changes that are characteristic of later stage Alzheimer's disease such as a reduction in the size of the brain (atrophy), broader indentations in the tissues, and enlargement of the fluid-filled chambers (cerebral ventricles). However, it does hot help in early diagnosis.
There are some medications that can ease the symptoms and perhaps slow the decline. Diagnosis is by observation and documentation of the symptoms and tracking their decline.
Okay thanks. so what is your suggestion as to the next step?
There are some medications that are used to inhibit memory decline. They are:
cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne, Cognex) and Namenda.
These medications are used to treat the cognitive symptoms: memory loss, confusion, and problems with thinking and reasoning which are characteristic of Alzheimer's.
okay thanks. i just have one last question. IS there a chance that it could possably be something else, something less long term and treatable, I understand you dont know the full situation but in passed experinces has it turned out to be something else?
It might be another form of dementia and there are some that are more benign. This will have to be left up to her neurologist and medical team to discuss and assess.
Okay thanks alot
I wish great blessings for your mother and family.