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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
the neuro psych my doc wants me to goto.wont take my insurance: ( ..
Who said you are facing dementia? I agree with your friend, you have many factors in your life that could be affecting your memory, cognition, and overall functioning. A knowledgeable PCP could help you begin your evaluation by testing for common nutritional and hormonal problems and other medical problems, and reviewing your current medications for cognitive side effects. Are you going through menopause or perimenopause? Grief can cause these symptoms, also. Your friend's yelling won't help the situation. Keep reading the diagnostic information in the main alz.org page. Write down all the symptoms that you are experiencing, along with all the prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking. There is a checklist to take to the doctor.
http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_doctors_visit_checklist.aspYou can call your local chapter and ask if they can direct you to an Alzheimer's Disease Research Center or another neurologist who accepts Medicaid. They are around. Then you can take your medical records from your PCP. In fact, your PCP may be able to refer you to a knowlegeable dementia neurologist.
Im a little confused too.. but ill try to explain. I have been having symptoms..I think I listed them already.. ifyou want to.. actually i may again cause Ive though of more... just today as Ive read this site...but Ive been having alot of memory problems..Im already on disabilit, have been for yrs for several reasons. plus I go to the doc alot. but in the last 6? weeks some memory stuff has gotten alot worse. I wanted to go to my family doc, but just didnt have time or energy(I will be seeing her soon). But I had an appt with my as I call him my headache doc- Ive been getting migrains for yrs and yrs. he is helping with them.. actually they have gotten worse latly too. But I realized that when I couldnt go see my family doc....that I had an appt with my headache doc and that he is a neurologist..I felt that he was the kind of doc I needed to see any way, and that when I saw him for my headaches-I just bring up my other symptoms too. as we talked he asked alot of questions and then said he wanted to send me for a neuropsych evaluation. I asked why and what was he looking for.. and he said dementia. He is also senting me for a ct scan to look for tumors. he was going to send me for labs but my family doc had already ordered those for other reasons. She does every three months. Im do again tommorrow.-well monday morning. but he looked up the old(3 months back) labs and noticed that my blood hemoglobin and hremocrite was very low..would explain why Im dso tired.. but thats not his area- he asked me to talk to my family doc about that... I promised i will.. I see her next week. I also just found out.. I have a 9 mm something in my breast, so we are doing tests for that too this week. could be nothing.. or not.we'll see... so He my neurologist is just trying to figure out hat is wrong- if anything.. my thought is have the tests.... it will ease my mib=nd.. to have an expert look into it..yes it could be the stress of dan dying, or just normal aging...but he is concerned enought , so I want to let them ck me out..I do live in a college town and live near some very good hospitals.. so ..they should be able to find somebody with good expertise that takes medicaid.. does get frustrateing sometimes. because.. the case workers at dhs(the state) dont realise how hard it is sometimes to get doctors to take medicaid...but thats another soap box...my point is I shouldnt have to settle.. and get a bad doc just to find someone whowill take my insurance.I havre alot of good doctors all but one takes medicaid.(I started seeing herbefore I got insrance)..
here are the symptoms Ive noticed
I wonder if these are caused by my present medication(im on about 30 meds a day) or age..its so
weird.. like Ill lose the word but come up with one in the
“neighborhood” of the word-example ..walking Toki, my dog, down Marsh rd,
we walk past a bus stop.. try to say the word out loud, it comes out bus
station (its NOT a bus station!). Or recently I said I was going to put my unfinished dinner
in the vacuum! I knew what I meant..just couldn’t say it right. Not
quite the right words...not saying this is serious ..just happens a
lot, lately especial..I turned 50 on the 15th. Other word
memory problems but like I said.. just irritating. Ive been calling billboards, commersals for years. And segments on shows like "60 minutes" , articals... cant get the word for it right but im in the ball park.
One other thing I’ve
been having trouble with.. well first it was forgetting if I took my
meds.. so I put them in those boxes-so Id know if Id taken them. Then
a couple of weeks ago I was setting up my boxes for the week and I
noticed they didn’t close right.. I cked and Id put too many of
some drugs in them. That scared me..if I hadnt notice I could have died from the over dose! so now I have someone help me..
we do it together.....once there in ..I’m OK. Another thing I do
is discribe the thing when I cant say the words..example, the big box that you
put things in to make them cold..(frig).. that one Ive been doing
for I dont know how long.. with other things too..always losing words..I start using
my hands to discribe things because I cant get the word out. Other
times Im fine. My biggest complaint about it is maybe be it nothing
but it just seems to have gotten so much worse so fast, just
I am grieving my husbands resent death. I wonder if that
is the problem? Dan died from kidney failure 8 months ago- Im devestated..
I expected dr masih to just say it was old age or meds or stress.. but he didnt.. so.. now I just want to get it cked out just to be safe.
Does any of this make sense? I hope Ive explained better.
Sorry my typing is so bad..always has been.. I have actually tried to go back and fix typos.. but i know I havent caught them all. you wouldnt know im a very smart lady.. just cant spell or type.
sorry this goit so long but I hope it makes more sense now.
Since Dan died yes I live alone but I have friends that I see everyday and who help me and I them. plus Im approved for an aide through medicaid-tenporarily dont have one.. need to find a new one...the state will pay for that...good ones are hard to find.. dont need any boduy all the time.. but to help with some stuff..I am physically handdicapped too. I have a service dog and a cat. my babys. yes I cook for myself-not a problem at this point. .. just..I have a question.. if I call them, the alz people what will they say or do.. Ive very shy.. new stituations a hard.. can you give me any idea what they can and might do?
thankyou for all,
Violet, the people who answer the Help Line will listen to what you have to say about what is going on with you, then give you information and guidance. Make sure you have paper and pen handy to take notes.
Ask for referals for highly qualified doctors who may be able to diagnose you. Are you on Medicaid? Let the person on the Help Line know.
thankyou miriam, Im on medicare/medicaid. I will call the alz number and see if they know good neuropsych's in my area or wherever(there really should be-I dont live in the "sticks"! plus I lve within 15? or less min of a major univercity, Michiain State Univercity or for that matter an hour or so from university of michigan , also a major university and ann arbor a little farther that is also super good..in other words there should be a nuero psych who is good and takes my insurance. : ))