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Diagnosis Alzheimers but could it be Parkinsons?
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:10 AM
Joined: 7/1/2018
Posts: 1

My husband is in the early stages of dementia, probably due to Alzheimers.  He got his diagnosis in fall of 2018, but had been showing signs and going through testing for about 2 years prior.  

He started experiencing jerky, involuntary movements of his legs during the night within the last 6 months or so,  and now I am wondering if this is a sign of Parkinsons and not Alzheimers.  The bad dreams he was having we concluded was due to the aricept he was taking at night.  The dreams have lessened since switching to the morning admin of aricept, but the involuntary movements and thrashing continue.

Also possible.......venous insufficiency or restless leg syndrome???

Mimi S.
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7035

Welcome to our world, MFournier, I'm so glad you found our site.

Does you husband see a neurologist who specializes in dementia? Please call the office and discuss your cpcerns. The tremors should be checked out. It is possible to have both diseasesconcurrently.

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:46 PM
Joined: 2/5/2016
Posts: 71

My husband has Alzheimer"s with Parkinson  symptoms .  Ask your doctor about it.  I was surprised to know that a person could have both.  Keep asking questions.


Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:55 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18357

Sure. Could also be Lewy Body. If possible pull in a movement specialist for an opinion.