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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 27, 2006
  • 03:22 PM

Hi if you are out there. I am very computer illiterate, but need to investigate a condition called cerebral atrophy. My father has been diagnosed with this condition and has been told that there is nothing that can be done for him.

He is 75 years old, and started off with giddy spells, feelings of disorientation, and has very bad memory recall. His speech is now very slurred, and he complains that his eye sight is affected. He has poor hearing and is realiant on a Hearing Aid. Just recently he has developed what has been diagnosed as exczema. His back and legs are very itchy, and the exzcema on his ankles suppurates. Is this exzcema attributable to his cerebral atrophy, or is a coincidence?

He is experiencing very vivid hallucinations and bad dreams, is this peculiar to this condition?

any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Regards,
Patty

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  • Hi Patty,You might want to try contacting your state Brain Injury Association(BIA) to get resources including medical professionals w/ Geriatric experience and brain dysfunctions and specific neurologic resulting symptoms. Get your dad's General Practiconer involved in this Neurological component of care to manage the team effort of care for best long term advococy benefits, if necessary. Ask for a list of the following: Neurologist, Neuropsychologist for cognitive assestments and memory strategies etc. and quite possibly even the involvement of a Neuropsychiatrist due to the secondary impact this health issue your dad is experiencing and the delicate balance btw. aging -it's effect on one's body and brain chemistry from a endocrinological perspective coupled with his day to day coping abilities with the cerebral atrophy deficits. The National chapter for Brain Injury Assoc. to get your state BIA is http://www.biausa.org/Pages/home.html Best wishes for his improved health. Alicia
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  • Hello Patti, I am a 61 yr old dad and have suffered from migrains for 25 years i have recently been diagnosed with moderate cerebral atrophy with severe white matter lesions. I am not sure what to do and frankly am scared of what my future holds. I am close to retirement and considering applying for disability.My cognitive reflexes are becoming more impaired as this disease progresses and may force me to quit working sooner than planned. I did not understand the full implications of my diagnosis until i accessed this site. I have not told my son about my condition but i admire your courage with your father, i believe faith and family is the only answer, getting old is not for sissies.God bless you. Rancher.
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