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Just to make you all feel even worse I failed an altzeimers test last Friday. You've all been beaten by someone who has trouble remembering his own name, ha ha ha.Actually, that's not very funny, really!
What should someone with symptoms of vascular dementia do?The first step is to visit the GP as soon as possible. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chance of treatment to slow the progression of the disease. The GP will need to find out about the person's symptoms, medical history, current health and lifestyle.Unless another cause can be found for the symptoms, the doctor should refer the patient to a specialist for cognitive tests to assess their attention, planning and thinking speed. The specialist may carry out brain scans to help make a diagnosis. Investigations should also aim to identify conditions that may be contributing to the progression of vascular dementia. These conditions include high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes and high cholesterol.It is often helpful if a close friend or family member comes to the first GP appointment. They may be able to describe subtle changes that the patient themselves has not noticed.If the patient has any family history of vascular dementia, or related conditions* (such as heart problems), they should mention this to the GP.
Hypothyroidism may also be worth investigation: if the level of thyroid hormone in your blood is too low it can cause (reversible) cognitive dysfunction . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism#Less_common_symptoms
Thanks KarenAlso I've had a message from RD who saidQuote from: RDHypothyroidism may also be worth investigation: if the level of thyroid hormone in your blood is too low it can cause (reversible) cognitive dysfunction . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism#Less_common_symptoms"Reversible". Now there's an attractive word. If it was human it would probably have big boobies and a pretty smile!Thanks RD.I'll keep the forum posted about what happens. If I have got some sort of dementia (and I still think I probably haven't) it would be interesting to have a single thread which acts as a diary to show deterioration. It might start with me being articulate and coherent and finish at some scary place that it's probably best not to think about yet.
Ahhh, thats interesting RD. Not very reasuring but interesting all the same.
That was a good site you linked to. The Alzheimers Society. The description of vascular dementia rang worryingly true. I've got a feeling I might be seeing more of that site in the future.Apparently symptoms [can*] include:"epileptic seizures, periods of acute confusion, hallucinations (seeing things that do not exist), delusions (believing things that are not true), walking about and getting lost, physical or verbal aggression, restlessness and incontinence."
My wife says if I become incontinent she's kicking me out.
The good thing is that you still remember me! [^]
Can a person with dementia still drive?A diagnosis of dementia is not in itself necessarily a reason to stop driving. What matters, from both a legal and a practical point of view, is whether or not an individual is still able to drive safely.For experienced drivers, driving may seem to be a largely automatic activity. In fact, driving is a complicated task that requires a split-second combination of complex thought processes and manual skills. To drive, a person needs to be able to: * make sense of and respond to everything they see * 'read the road' * follow road signs * anticipate and react quickly to the actions of other road users * take appropriate action to avoid accidents * remember where they are going.Many people with dementia retain learned skills and are able to drive safely for some time after diagnosis. However, as dementia progresses it has serious effects on memory, perception and the ability to perform even simple tasks. People with dementia will, therefore, eventually lose the ability to drive. The stage at which this happens will be different for each person with dementia.What if someone is unsure of their ability to drive?If someone with a diagnosis of dementia is unsure of their ability to continue driving, they can take a driving assessment. To do this, they need to apply directly to an assessment centre, and pay a fee. For details of assessment centres, see 'Useful organisations' at the end of this sheet.An assessment is not like a driving test. It is an overall assessment of the impact that the dementia is having on a person's driving performance and safety, and it makes some allowances for the bad habits that drivers get into.Giving up drivingMany people with dementia choose to stop driving because they begin to find it stressful or they lose confidence. A person should consider stopping driving if: * they feel less confident or more irritated when they drive * they feel confused if there are roadworks, for example, on a familiar route * they feel worried about having an accident.A person who feels like this will need support and understanding from their carer and family members. They may feel bad about stopping driving if they are accustomed to being independent, or if they have always driven their partner or family around. However, it is better to travel safely on public transport than risk an accident in a car. If the person with dementia decides to stop driving, they should return their licence to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) − see 'Useful organisations'.Continuing to driveIf someone receives a diagnosis of dementia and wants to continue to drive, they must, by law, inform the DVLA. Notification of the diagnosis should be sent with the person's full name, address, date of birth and the driver number on the driving licence, if known, to the Drivers Medical Group (see 'Useful organisations').The DVLA will send the person a questionnaire that seeks permission for the DVLA to obtain medical reports from the person's GP and/or specialists. Once the person returns this questionnaire, the DVLA will contact their consultant (or, if no consultant details are provided, their GP). Based on the medical information it receives, it will make a decision as to whether the person can continue to drive. The DVLA may also ask the person to take a driving assessment.A person with a diagnosis of dementia would be breaking the law if they did not tell the DVLA about their diagnosis, and could be fined up to £1,000. If a person with dementia does not inform the DVLA about their diagnosis and continues to drive against advice from their doctor, the doctor may inform the DVLA if he or she feels that public safety or road safety would be at risk. Other people, such as family members, neighbours or police officers, may also contact the DVLA in writing and ask it to carry out a medical investigation if they are concerned about a person's fitness to drive.A person with a diagnosis of dementia must also immediately inform their car insurance company. If they do not, their policy may become invalid. It is a criminal offence to drive without at least third party cover.
I havenít got dementia. I havenít. I havenít. I havenít.I havenít.Iíve just got a bad memory and I get a little confused at roundabouts. Just wait and see when I get the blood test results.
Ö does that mean that dementia is now completely ruled out?
He said the tests were negative for Ö Vascular dementia - which is a raspberry and a ďnah nah na-nah nahĒ to RD
The fact that Iíve had these memory problems all my adult life
Organic brain syndrome can also have a chronic cause with chronic exposure to a toxin.
It seems that I have oversimplified your problem (or the "solution" for it). I apologise for that.
I note you work with chemicals. Chemical exposure, (and of course prescribed or "street" drugs), can cause cognitive impairment Ö
... typically Iíll bubble off about 4 litres of methanol probably twice each week
I wonder if thereís any way to test for methanol poisoning.
Thirty per cent of the ingested dose is excreted unchanged by the respiratory tract. The kidney excretes less than 5% of unchanged methanol. Formate is detectable in the urine from 4 to 10 days after a single exposure (Baselt, 1982a). Urine formate excretion >70 mg/24 hours confirms the diagnosis of methanol intoxication (Bozza-Marrubini et al., l987). This compares with an average urinary formate concentration of 2 to 30 mg/L in non-exposed subjects (Baselt, 1982a; Shaller & Triebig, 1985).
I have plenty of spiders living in the garage.