Reasons to go for Early Diagnosis

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in my opinion the three major reasons to go for early diagnosis (or diagnosis at any stage) are

  1. There are several sources of dementia SYMPTOMS which can be resolved or arrested without further progress (if caught early enough).
  2. Imperative to find out if Lewy Body dementia is in the mix (because majority of dementia brains, at point of autopsy, had more than one type of progressive dementia).
  3. Diagnosis suggests research for insight on dementia symptoms and strategies, which allow the person to live a better quality of life (and with DIAGNOSIS, the care-partners can often access alternate care for their own doctor appointments, trips to grocery, meditation time, and other forms of self-care).

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Mayo Clinic lists these as some common dementia symptoms.

Cognitive changes

  • Memory loss, which is usually noticed by someone else
  • Difficulty communicating or finding words
  • Difficulty with visual and spatial abilities, such as getting lost while driving
  • Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving
  • Difficulty handling complex tasks
  • Difficulty with planning and organizing
  • Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
  • Confusion and disorientation

Psychological changes

  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations

(above at >> https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352013 ).

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Some Reversible Causes of Dementia SYMPTOMS include  (there may be some roll-over on these, because with my own dementia symptoms i cannot remember all the factors for each term).

  • Infections and immune-disorders
  • Alcohol or substance-use disorder
  • Metabolic problems and endocrine abnormalities
  • Tumors
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Subdural hematomas, (blood clots beneath the outer covering of the brain)
  • Side-effects from medications, or combination of medications
  • Normal-pressure hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain
  • Low levels of thyroid hormones, called hypothyroidism
  • Low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia
  • HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND)

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