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Neuro Psych Test results
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 9:27 PM
Joined: 4/15/2012
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Well, I finally got a written copy of this years Neuro testing. I had no decline in any area and a slight increase in my visual testing. The {diagnosis is cognitive impairment with memory disturbance, when I asked the Dr what that meant he said it's not dementia but it is something if I HAVE to put a name on it we will go with MCI. This confuses me. My Psych wants to put me on Nameda and my Neuroligist says NO. any input on this whole deal would be helpful.
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:27 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
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You should consider getting a second opinion. Look for a neurologist or gerontologist that specializes in alzheimer's/dementia, even if your current neurologist considers himself/herself to be a specialist.  It's very important to start meds in the early stages. Contact your local Alz. Assn. chapter to see if they have a list of doctors you could choose from.
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 8:00 AM
Joined: 4/15/2012
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My Neurologist in Milwaukee (my second opinion) agrees with the Neuro Psych. With test results at border line average in all areas except visual spatial see see's no need at this time. I'm in that sit and wait mode. Meanwhile I practice the 5 guiding principals. I started zumba, and curves and upped my brain exercise time. I watch what I eat and started on green tea L-thiene and cimminon vitamins, this is in addition to my omega three and deplin ( folic acid)

Mimi S.
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 8:22 AM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7027

Hi FFWife,


Everything I have read recently agrees with your doctors. 


It is when you are at the other end of MCI, that the disagreement comes as exactly at what point to begin meds.


It sounds as though are on an excellent regime and just continue.


And now, that you can relax about that, what are you doing to make yourself more content with your life?

Lane Simonian
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:01 AM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5137

Aricept treats one symptom of Alzheimer's disease early (the breakdown of acetylcholine) and Namenda treats one symptom of Alzheimer's disease from the middle to late states (the activation of the NMDA receptor).  That is probably why your doctors don't agree on whether to use Namenda for mild cognitive impairment. Your neurologist is probably basing his or her decision on recent studies summarized in the link below. 



Memantine may still have a limited usefulness in the treatment of mild cognitive impairment by acting as an antioxidant.  The cinnamon vitamin and green tea theanine are also antioxidants and they prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine and thus are of considerable help.  Does the cinnamon vitamin say the source of the cinnamon?  Cassia cinnamon contains a compound known as coumarin which can damage the liver if taken in large quantities.  Cinnamon vitamins containing true/Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum vera/Cinnamomum zeylanicum) don't contain coumarin and are just as effective in helping to treat mild cognitive impairment as Cassia cinnamon.  One of the best ways to deliver antioxidants to the brain is through aromatherapy.  You can read more about this on several threads on the Spouse or Partner Caregiver forum.  As Mimi said, you are doing the right things.
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 5:25 PM
Joined: 4/15/2012
Posts: 247

I hope to never be on the "other" side not for a long time at least. My son is getting married next year and his bride to be has no parents so I 'm standing in as her Mom/wedding coordinator I have so many balls in the air I hope I can keep it all straight. I want to be able to enjoy the wedding and not have moved further into the MCI  scale.


I'm teaching tia chi at the Senior center and work with special olympics. My days are very full and I like it this way!

Iris L.
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 7:50 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18342

ffwife, you seem to be doing well, if you can be a wedding planner and mother of both groom and the bride! 


Just for the record, my diagnosis is cognitive impairment nos (not otherwise specified0 and I was prescribed Exelon patch by the neurologist and Namenda by a geriatrician.  They are both helping me.

I follow Best Practices. I have done brain exercises from PositScience for the past three weeks.  I can tell they are making a difference.

I am beginning aromatherapy.


I believe it is very important to treat co-morbid depression and anxiety and also to treat chronic pain.

Iris L.

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 9:39 PM
Joined: 1/3/2012
Posts: 189

I was started on both the above meds when I got MCI. I beleave now, this is when Alzheimers Meds are first given. MCI is part of Alzheimers, but not all MCI leads to Alzheimers. In my case it lead to Dementia, with 70% posable EOAD; one year after MCI. MCI is the first step.
Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015 9:43 PM
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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015 9:49 PM
Joined: 10/31/2015
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Excluding Ceylon cinnamon/ true cinnamon all others are considered as Cassia cinnamon or its varieties. It contains 1200 times more coumarin content than Ceylon cinnamon.

80-90% Ceylon cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka. It is a rare spice due to low production. Some Sri Lankan website sells true cinnamon online. As example;