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Old 01-16-2013, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Again we learn the importance of 2nd opinion or even 3rd.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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It's very sad that people assume that forgetfulness and even dementia are a normal part of aging. For what my humble opinion is worth, anyone having cognitive changes should be seen by a neurologist. And it's very sad that the doctor that the person was seeing originally did not refer the person to a neurologist for evaluation.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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OOOOOOhhhhh please! A few years ago at the ripe age of 55 with no past cognitive issues I was in an accident. I was flown to the main island where the big hospital is (Oahu). There it was found that I couldn't tell them my name; I couldn't tell them anything, I didn't even know my own name. They did MRI, psych interns camped outside my hospital room door, etc... After the back surgery in which I never signed a consent for it was determined I had Alzheimers Dementia and encephalopathy. The MRI was normal BTW. For 10 months I was treated like an invalid and horrible, absolutely tragic circumstances arose from all it that changed my life forever. It was when my mom finally found me and I talked to her on the phone is when my memory came back.

That was a couple years ago and I'm just now starting to get my head above water. The legal complications, the physical complications are astounding. Because it was assumed I was a vegetable I was not afforded the standard of care that should have been.

When I looked through the MR I found that the tech from when they did the MRI in the hospital wrote in his notes that I had told him that I lost my memory...I had a rare case of amnesia that a second grader could have diagnosed.

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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some instances of cognitive decline could very well be medication related or nutritional problems such as low B12 levels--particularly in the elderly--so yes obviously 2nd opinions are useful in getting a clearer diagnosis
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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When I looked through the MR I found that the tech from when they did the MRI in the hospital wrote in his notes that I had told him that I lost my memory...I had a rare case of amnesia that a second grader could have diagnosed.

Always insist on a second opinion.
Just out of curiosity were you on statins at the time? I've heard of rare cases where statins caused what you're talking about and in my family every single person who has taken them has suffered some form of memory loss while they were on them. A couple of years ago I thought my aunt was getting Alzheimer's but now she is back to herself again and she said she dropped all of her meds.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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No statins but a lot of stress. There is a warning of possible memory loss when taking statins. Do a search...there is a lot of info about it. Apparently it's been known but only recently have drug companies put the warning on their statins that they could cause memory loss. People taking statins need to weigh the consequences of taking the med or not. The degree of memory loss is individual and therefore needs to be considered against the possibility of what could happen. Could there be memory loss and if so how much, could there be a cardiac concerns and if so how much, could there be another way to lower my cholesterol, ect..



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