Dementia

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person's daily functioning. Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by various diseases or conditions.

Questions and answers on "Dementia"

Hi I take care of my 88 yr old mother who had a UTI , they gave her cipro, but had to take her back to the er, the next dr said cipro wouldn't work so he pesrcribed Bactrim , which she had a bad reaction to not sleeping , confused, shaking, sorry she has Dementia, I stoped giving the Bactrim but im afraid she still has the UTI, is there another drug she can use

doctor1 MD

Hi
I presume an urine culture and sensitivity test has been done to help the doctor prescribe the correct antibiotic. It will not be possible for me to suggest the correct antiobiotic without that test report.
The side effects could be due to the UTI itself and not due to Bactrim.
Having this in...

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If you have dementia and have a big intake of sugar at one sitting can it lead to aggressive behaviour? I have a family member who brings a whole packet of biscuits and large bag of lollies to his nursing home that he can devour in one sitting. Later he seems to become quite aggressive? Or is this just normal behaviour for dementia patients?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Large intake of sugar has been linked to aggressive behavior in both children and adults. There have been many studies to confirm this but results are inconclusive. In my view, since you have clearly noticed a temporal relationship between sugar intake and aggressive behavior, it will make...

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Hello,
My name is XXXXX.
My 82 yr old mother has dementia and is in a hospital now. She is on an IV drip to maintain her fluids. She seems to be more coherent when she is on the drip. I was wondering if some of her issue could be an electrolyte imbalance or deficiency. Mio has a "fit" version that contains electrolytes. Would there be any harm in giving her electrolytes on a regular basis? Could an electrolyte imbalance be preventing her from being more coherent given that she does have dementia?
Thank You!

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
she may have delirium

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Dementia is the loss of the ability to think, remember, understand and respond appropriately and carry out day to day activities.

Alzheimer's is just one of the causes of dementia.

Dehydration and...

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I had an MRI of my brain done because of a diagnosis of dementia. I'm 69 and have CLL. The findings say 1. no acute intracranial abnormality, 2. atrophy, 3. Chronic microvascular ischemic disease. The doctor then said it confirmed I had dementia, but didnt tell me anything more specific. I called back and the nurse said consult a neurologist this isnt out specility. I want to know if this indicates i have alzhemiers or not?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for your query.

The above MRI scan report indicates the presence of age related atrophy (degeneration of the brain) and chronic ,minor blood vessel disease.Both the above conditions can cause dementia due to loss of neurons and their supporting cells.Such a condition is seen in many...

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Hi My mom is 80 yrs old and she is in a nursing home. She has dementia and alzheimer. She drank a lot for many years. She is getting angry, nervous, halucinating sometimes and she sometimes doesn't know my name. She can not comprehend she is the mother and I am the daughter. I visit and take care of her every day at the nursing home. She is on tranzone at night. Now they want to put her on Seroquel 12.5. I research this medicine and it said don't give to older adults with dementia. She really doesn't want to walk. Most of her days she is angry. What can she take to take the edge off. I don't want her to be sleeping all day like some of the patients are. Can you help me.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

I agree with you that use of antipsychotic agents like Seroquel in patients with dementia is associated with an increased risk of death. But since she has severe dementia and also has developed psychotic symptoms because of which she is angry and hallucinates, medications other than...

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What is a safe sleep medicine for an 85 yr. old woman recovering from pelvic fracture, and showing signs of medication and/or trauma induced dementia - not sleeping day or night, except for occasional short naps. She has never been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
I would suggest trying Temazepam in a low dose to start with. You will need to know her weight before prescribing. Often 10mg is a suitable dose.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger

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Hello, My mother has dementia from a stroke she suffered during a 12 hour heart surgery to build a mitro valvle on a conduit. for over two weeks she has had swelling in her feet ankles and legs with a red rash. I have to break up her metaprolol so she can swallow it. Her cardiologist upped her furosemide 5 days ago from 20mg to 40mg, but the swelling and rash are still there. I have tried to keep her feet elevated, but with her dementia it is a challenge. Her doctor has not seen her yet...Is this possibly heart related?

doctor1 MD

HI
Thank for asking to HCM
I can understand your worry, look dementia can be considered age related right now until and unless proved, it could be due to surgery but the chances of this is very unlikely because the surgical team taking extra care for blood supply towards the brain and they left...

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Yes, I am worried sick about my sister; her doctor said that she has dementia but her short term memory is getting worse all time; she is forgetting how to cook for one thing; she had company over the weekend; theyleft to run into town and she forgot that they would be back and went to bed. she rremembers things that happened years ago when she was a child. Her doctor hasn't perscribed any medicine for alhermiers and her husband is just satting there waiting. she is 83 years old what should we do?

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for the query to H.C M. Forum.
83 years old, memory weak.
Old age in itself is a disease .
SENILE DEGENERATION is a type of disorder in which as age advance patient's memory diminishes.
This is natural process.
Bharamhi is an ayurvedic drug which increases the memory.
I have tried...

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My husband has recently been diagnosed with dementia and is in an assisted living facility (discharged from hospital one week ago to the facility.) I believe he is in the middle stages, memory difficulties, some disinhibition, okay with ADL s, definite personality change. He is 75 years old. How can I estimate life expectancy? I am absorbing emotional realities, but also must plan financially.

doctor1 MD

Hello.
I feel sorry for your husband for having suffered from a illness which has not yet been defeated by the medical sciences. I understand that he is quite old (75 yrs)and also had to be hospitalized for his dementia and is living in an assisted living facility. He will most probably live for...

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Recent questions on  Dementia

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My story is a difficult one, I went through a rough patch last year, Myself and my wife was looking to buy a new house and we battled to find one for 9 months, whilst staying with my folks. This made me a bit depressed so went out a lot with my friends and drank a lot of whiskey and smoking cigarettes. We then finally got the house we wanted, me being very excited, went out with friends and got horribly drunk and smoked a half a packed of menthol cigarettes. The next morning i was very sick, with a huge hangover, this carried on for 2 weeks. I was urinating like a racing horse. I also felt that my kidneys were very tender, I went to the doctor and she gave me a cortisone injection. Then i went to a doctor and he told me I had crystals in my kidneys and that it would go away. I have to drink a lot of water and drink citro soda to flush my kidneys clean. I also used to drink allergex antihistamine which was a sedative drug. The doctor told me this makes people drowsy and that I should rather use Loratadine because it is not a sedative drug. When I started using this drug i made me feel very funny but I thought it would be a side affect, after a weeks use of this medication i stated getting panic attacks. This then made my brain felt like it was making waves like the ocean, also a feeling of being drunk and I new something was not right in my brain. I then went out with my wife to her companies year end function and had one glass of Champaign and two shooters. The following eve i got another pannic attack. I went to bed and slept, i woke up at 3 in the morning and it felt as if my brain was running like a V8 Engine. and at a high frequency pitch. I then walked in the house feeling very restless I could not stand i could not sit still. This continued for 3 days, then I admitted myself into hospital. I was diagnosed with psychomotor epilepsy (TLE) ( The psychiatrist told me my brain frequencies are out of synch) . I was then put on Alprazolam medication and zyprexa and epilim. This didn’t make me feel very good my sight wasn’t good and dint feel myself. As soon as people came near me I wanted to hurt them stab them with a knife if I was eating. And my vision was not good as if I was in a dream state. I then went back to the doctor saying that I stopped taking the eplim, she then changed the medicine to tegratol and seroquel. The seroquel was a total brain dysfunctional, So I stopped taking the seroquel medication and only drank the tegratol. I could do nothing at work my brains memory and concentration was of that of a gold fish ( with the seroquel). I then went to neurologist for another scan and he said there is no more brain problem and that there is no more epilepsy. The doctor took me off the Alprazolam and I woke up at three in the morning. I then admitted myself into hospital where they pumped all medication out of my body, and then they gave me urbanol, 75mg of lamotrigine, 2 tabs camcolit and etamien to sleep. I then went back to sphyciatrist and she gave me Epilim again, I again didn’t drink it, cause it made my brain feel funny. I then decided i wanted to go to a sleep clinic where there was another neurologist, he told me I had an illness and that it was not epilepsy. He then send me to another psychiatrist. I am now on 100 mg of lamotrigine, 100mg malipoxin (trazodone), and clonazepam (Rivotril)



I still have weird feelings in my brain, which is only related to extreme anxiety. There are periods during the day that I feel horribly drunk (Intoxicated feeling) as if I had a whole bottle of whiskey and feel as if the brain cells are burning. I have heached over my two frontal lobes, headaches on the side of my head. I get lots of cold sweats, I stress a lot on how I feel, which I know is not good for the anxiety, My body is sore in the morning as if I have flue, and also periods during the course of the day I Have feeling as if something is eating my brain. I also had brain fog symptoms, somptoms of my brain being squeezed, as if it is dehydrated. My brain doesn’t feel clear, as if the brain power is suppressed. I also have a feeling of having a hang over sometimes. My brain feels like water moving in the ocean.

I have read a lot on the internet on diseases like dementia and other mental illnesses. But I think I have severe anxiety which was caused by the alcohol. Im still concerned that I have brain damage

I am not an alcoholic, I only drink with my friends, And I don’t smoke during the day. I only had 5 hard party sessions in 2 months. I don’t have any cravings besides for sweets (Sugar)



Could the cigarette smoking together with the alcohol cause temporary seizures? I am so worried about brain damage, or is the anxiety making me feel stupid with not good memory and concentration. I had one MRI and two EEG scans. I am so paranoid and worried about my health. It feels like a live in a dream. Should I go for any other brain scans? Like a PET CAT, MEG scan?

I think the anxiety is also physically killing me.

I have now also gone for acupuncture sessions. As the doctor in our church which specialises in Chinese medicine says my central nervous system is going up and down. Every doctor has something else to say and it is freaking me out.



Please help

Eon

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My82-year old husband has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia apparently as a result of taking warfarin for AF. I have recently heard about coconut oil as helping dementia; is it safe to take this remedy with warfarin and should we find an alternative to warfarin because of the continuing damage it is doing?

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My father aged 87 years is bed ridden from past a week and now is diagnosed that he has Dementia, gait problem,slowness and urinary incontinance.CT Brain impression shows mild cerebral NeuroParenchymal atrophy.In the view of ventriculo-sulcal disproportion possible NPH(Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus)Please advice whether to go for surgery lumber puncture or any other medication.

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Is microvascular leukoencephalopathy progressive? My mother had an MRI done in 2007 showing white matter disease, subcortical atrophy and small vessel disease. Over the past 6-7 years she had been falling in the house and I noticed after the falling she had been experiencing some forgetfulness. She has been to a neurologist about 5 years ago and he had given her a mini-mental state test, and sent her for neuropsych testing. She also suffers from renal insufficiency due to hypertension (she is in Stage 3). She was in stage 4 but a nephrologist has her in stage 3 due to the right medications. Her mother had died from uremic poisoning over 50 years ago (no dialysis then). Anyway, the neurologist based on his examinations and testing feels that she is in a mild to moderate stage of alzheimer. Her cardiologist told me that she has microvascular leukoencepahlopaty (she also has hardenining of the arteries). Her primary care physician feels that her dementia is microvascular (AKA vascular due to small vessel disease; she also has diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, hypothyroidism, cholesterol.) She was a smoker, but stopped about 17 years ago. She also has perepheral artery disease. She is on many medications including aricept and namenda. She also experiences parkinson-like tremors. She had a eeg showing a slows of speech language done about 4 years ago. Based on what I have told you is this dementia of a vascular origin, or is it a mixed dementia? She is currently 86 years old and resides in a nursing home. I know I witnessed while she was at home some forgetfulness like leaving a stove on, poor hygiene, moods swings (verbally and hitting). Also, she would have auditory & visual hallucinations (hearing music, talking to imaginary people). I thought at this point she would be better in a facility where she is exposed to people her age and mind stimulation would be more available than staying at home with a home health aide. She had a sister who had passed away last year at 83 years old from alzheimer. Could both sisters have the same thing? I know her sister had hypertension and atrial fib.

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I would like to try Huperzine A for my husband who has early onset dementia . Have you ever suggested this supplement safely to anyone before?

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What is involved in testing for Alzheimer's?

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Currently taking Zonegram for migraines, lexapro for mild depression and cymbalta for mild depression a anxiety . along with adderall for years i have been complaining of not being able to find words, and forgetfullness. I was tested about 1 year...

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