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Do I have NPH or Essential tremor?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2006
  • 06:25 PM

I have the classic symptoms of NPH, gait disturbance, incontinent,
mental confusion, inability to stand from sitting position, freezing,double vision, multiple head trauma sensation of severe cranial pressure headache. symtoms fit almost word for word with
printed diaganoses.
Been in neurologists care treated for parkinsons. no results with PD meds also counter diagnosed with essential tremor , those meds have not worked either . was partially sedated with valium during mri symptoms totally disappered
every time they use something in the benzodiazapine family to stop the pain and spasms all symptoms vanish
can anyone help me? tnman1952@netscape.com

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  • It sounds like you have all of the classic symptoms of NPH. My mother was misdiagnosed by over 2o physicians including 2 neurologists and a neurosurgeon. We finally took her to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and they diagnosed her within days after a year of suffering. She went in a wheelchair wearing a diaper and walked out. Have you had an MRI of the brain? Look for enlarged ventricles of the brain. Even slight enlargement can make the difference. The best diagnostic test for this is a spinal tap where they draw off about 30cc of spinal fluid. They video tape your walking prior to the tap, immediately after the tap and over the next few days. You can tell immediately that turning is far easier right after the tap. This will help to tell if a shunt would be a good treatment for your problem. After the tap my mother could turn far easier when walking. She improved over the next 24 hours and then started the decline again as the spinal fluid started to build up again in the ventricles of the brain. The treatment was the insertion of a shunt into the ventricle of the brain (about a 40 minute procedure). She was immediately better. When she went back for her 8 week checkup, she brought her golf clubs and played golf. It is really a miracle and such a crime that it is so commonly misdiagnosed. Her Neurologist was Dr. Chabola and Neurosurgeon was Reimer. Hope this is helpful to you. You can email me at ann@juniemoonies.com if more questions.
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    • November 4, 2006
    • 01:35 PM
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