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Alziemers and recommended councelling by a psychiatrist - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My wife started taking insulin for type 2 diabetes about 16 months ago. Since then, she's developed a severe dementia, often forgetting what she's heard within a few minutes of hearing it. She'll be 60 in a month. She has two master's degrees, yet she can't learn to use a TV remote. She's had 2 MRIs, an EEG, and numerous blood tests, all for naught. Our HMO is , and until now we've had no reason to complain, but seems to be making no progress toward a cure. What's our best next move?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   it seems your wife could be having alziemers
Doctor :   has she been examined by a psychitrist or a physician
Doctor :   are u there ?
User :   She's been examined by her primary health-care provider (2 MRIs), by a neurologist (EEG), and by a neurological consulting physician who gave her a battery of tests. At its conclusion, he agreed with me that there must be a physical cause.
Doctor :   what do u mean by a physical ?
User :   As opposed to anything psychological. Wouldn't the aforementioned tests have turned up Alzheimer's?
Doctor :   usually yes
Doctor :   but earlier findings can be missed on a MRI
Doctor :   ALZEIMERS can be assessed by a physical examinetion and taking an elaborate psychiatric counselling
Doctor :   and history taking
User :   Every time we make an appointment, it's 2 to 3 months away!
Doctor :   you mean to say a appointment with a psychiatrist ?
User :   No, an appointment at . A psychiatrist has never been suggested.
Doctor :   i would defintely ask for an evaluation by a psychiatrist
Doctor :   this will help to get a answer to her status and prper treatment
User :   The battery of tests I mentioned were probably administered by a doctor with similar, if not identical, credentials, and he thinks there's a physical cause of my wife's problems. "There's an answer out there," he said.
Doctor :   in that case the answer should have been already found
Doctor :   by all the test done so far
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