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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXX
User :   we were talking before...I'm the 60 year old "losing her mind" woman..and we got cut off
Doctor :   Yes I Remember
Doctor :   Did u meet ur Primary over this issue
Doctor :   U may require HRT
Doctor :   Hormine replacement therapy
Doctor :   *hormone
User :   I did when I first noticed it about a year ago...and he said it was stress, of which I do have much. Could HRT be causing this kind of memory confusion?
Doctor :   No insufficient dosages may
User :   ...he doesn't know about the non existent hormone levels...
Doctor :   The primary should know the problem tha you have
Doctor :   I think you should better let him know
User :   Should I see a dementia specialist first...would there be any point? Everything I've read says there's not much that can be done.
Doctor :   A Neurologist evaluation can come with more ideas
Doctor :   Dementia can be positively treated at early stages
Doctor :   and prolonged and you can still lead a quality life
User :   Since my doctor won't refer one, I'll just have to find one on my own.
Doctor :   Why do not he refer?
User :   He believes it's all stress related..
Doctor :   So he feels that you do not have memory loss.
User :   He believes it's memory loss...but he thinks it's caused by anxiety and's not dementia. That with meditation, exercise, etc. it would diminish. And, that some memory loss is normal.
Doctor :   Ok, following his advice would you try to have exercise and good diet
Doctor :   Did you really do it religiously?
User :   No...haven't exercised on a regular basis, but have tried to improve my diet.
Doctor :   Exercise is really effective
Doctor :   Believe in you doctor and me, try it out for atleast two to 3 months
Doctor :   As read by you, even though it is dementia, the medicines can help you to certain extent by the proven way is by having active lifestyle
Doctor :   Do you stay alone?
User :   I'm divorced...moved to XXXfor this job and have had a hard time making friends. I've tried getting out more 'cuz I was pretty much staying by myself.
Doctor :   Making friends is a good idea and you have to go ahead with it
Doctor :   Let them tell you if you are really forgetting few things
Doctor :   Do you miss the route to your office or home?
Doctor :   Do you have hard time finding your spectacles kind of stuff daily?
User :   ...I've thought of asking people at work if they've noticed, but obviously afraid of what they would think. No, I've never gotten lost...and I compensated for losing my glassess by keeping them in the same place every day.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Dementia typically occurs after 65 yrs of age
Doctor :   and you should not presume these and live
Doctor :   You should live a positive life and think you are disease free
Doctor :   Moreover dementia is not only about forgetfullness, but inability to learn new things and unable to judge even the simplest things
Doctor :   about*
User :   Well, I just enrolled in an online degree program to get a masters in mental health was challenging at first to get my thoughts organized...I hadn't realized I had gotten out of the habit of really studying and concentrating...but I'm getting a B in one class and an A in still able to learn.
Doctor :   Perfec
Doctor :   perfect
Doctor :   It is learnt or said that Self-reported memory loss in elderly patients who function normally is often caused by aging or depression rather than by dementia.
User :   That's interesting...sounds like what my doctor is saying as well.
Doctor :   Here I would not say that you have depression, but a slight temporary phase where you are still taking time
Doctor :   to settle down with your new place, job and friends
Doctor :   Learn to move together, take real joy in life by speaking to some one else atleast over phone, doing your favorite jobs ( music, exercise, cooking etc ) or stuff can make you more younger
Doctor :   or feel younger
User :   Yeah, it is alot to deal with...and worrying about my memory is just making it worse. Thanks...I feel better. Buy.
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