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Abnormal Blood Tests
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 2:56 PM
Joined: 2/26/2019
Posts: 16

My neurologist diagnosed me with early onset dementia at my appointment last month. At that time he also scheduled me to have a slew of blood tests performed. I received a phone call from my neurologists office today saying my B2, B12 & Thyroid are off. I have a follow up appointment but not until April 12th. Does anyone know if these blood test results are the primary cause of the memory loss or does it mean I still have dementia and the abnormal blood tests are contributing to it.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 5:22 PM
Joined: 2/26/2019
Posts: 172

Lack of B vitamins and abnormal thyroid can mimic dememtia and contribute to dememtias. I hav a definite early onset dementia diagnosis and my neurologist checked both of those blood tests on me. Both came out OK, but after researchimg brain disorders, almost all can benefit from vitamin B supplementation. I asked my doctor if it was ok for me to take as to not interfere with any of my numerous meds.   He said it was OK, but i could tell ihe thought i was wasting my time and money.  So i chose to try the B vitamin complex as i found that all Bs work together.  The very next day i could tell a difference in my brain fog and energy level.  Needless to say, he is no longer my neurologist, and im still takimg Vit.B.  To me it was worth a shot and i was only out $6 if they didnt help. Needless to say my new neurologist is very supporting of vita.min supplementation. She even suggested i try Gingseng and Ginko. I asked her if both of those would b ok with my 9 other meds, Aricept, and Vit.B. I always ask ALL my doctors bfor i try any Vitamin or supplement! I did try the Ginseng and it did help with mental alertness. I havnt tried the Ginko as i want to hav something to use as my dementia progresses. Now im not sayimg that everyone should try these vitamins and supplments especially without asking ur doctors first.  I know that everyones disease, brain and body are so different!  So what works for one person may not help another! Please just keep that in mind!
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 6:45 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 19098

It is quite possible that you do not have AD.
Mimi S.
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 8:31 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7029

Dear Best Grandma,

What was the process used for your diagnosis? From your library, ask for any book by Doraiswamy and Gwyther.  compare with the process outlined in Doraiswamy and Gwyther; the only procedure i would have faith in. Was your neurologist a specialist in the diagnosis of dementia. The complete blood tests are a part of the procedure and diagnosis should, in my opinion, not be given until all test components are in. I would certainly want to have a consult with a neurologist who sees dementia patients as a significant part of his/her practice.

A call to your local chapter should get you some local names. Call our help line: 1-800-272-3900 and ask for the# of the local office. Call there during normal business hours and even then be sure you are speaking with the local office. National picks up after a certain # of rings.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 9:18 PM
Joined: 2/26/2019
Posts: 16

I had a 8 hour neurophysiology exam & an eeg. My neurologist said I had dementia & was ordering the blood tests. I will check out the literature you mentioned and do further research and possibly get a second opinion from another neurologist.
Iris L.
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 10:00 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 16649

Yes.  When I was a medical student I treated a patient with dementia and vitamin B12 deficiency who showed dramatic response after B12 injection.  A diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease should only be made after all medical causes of dementia have been discovered and treated. If treated successfully in time, medical causes of dementia may be reversible.


 Iris L.

Michael Ellenbogen
Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:50 AM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 3500

This may be good news for you. 

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:14 AM
Joined: 9/12/2013
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I had weird experience with B12 last year - my husband was "out of it" and getting worse, dangerous. Found out it was B12 level so low he could hardly function. We suspect it was from an anesthetic response for dental work he had had done, called "B12 collapse" I think. He could barely speak and got him the liquid B12 sublingual complex at drug store and he recovered rapidly in some respects, he is still recovering.

A month later I went to visit someone who was tripping, slurring etc and turned out he was also low B12 from bleeding (blood thinners). Gave him same B12 complex, told his doctor's office, 3 weeks later he was hauling wood for fires and speaking normally.



 My friend became increasingly tired over 4 month period until she could barely walk. She worked for a group of radiologists who sent her to a specialist who found she had really low iron and gave her IV infusions every week. 3 years later she was still unable to function, went to a holistic doctor who told her she needed vitamin C to absorb the iron, $3 for big supply, now teaching a dance exercise class for seniors.

always feel free to question authority, I hope you improve and get good news. Thanks for sharing this, could be important to many people. I just started taking same B12 complex liquid after flu and shingles and was able to call post office yesterday to ask to have my mail delivered again at my house (they blocked me cause of snow).

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:55 PM
Joined: 2/26/2019
Posts: 16

Thank you everyone for your responses. I know have hope that I don't have dementia. If it turns out I do I will handle that @ a later date but @ lest for the next couple weeks until I see my neurologist I am going to tell myself that I don't have it so that I can ward off the anxiety. I of course will come back here and post the end result after all the testing is completed.