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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 18, 2006
  • 07:24 PM

hi i am 41 years old and just been told i have cerebral atrophy i was also told by a gp that this is a rare condition in anyone under the age of 60 as a truck driver i am scared of loosing my licence as it is my livlyhood could someone please let me know what happens

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  • Hi. I don't have an actual answer, but I see that so far no one has given you one, and while I also have questions, I think I may be of some help now and as I get my questions answered with my following plan. I just found out yesterday that I have atrophy, after reviewing an old CT report that I got my hands on from 2001. The doctor at that time never even mentioned it to me!:mad: ! I had had the CT scan done for frequent and severe migraines, and once again, this a.m., I went to another specialist for the same reason (migraines), bringing the old CT scan & report for viewing. I asked this specialist what is the significance of the atrophy. He was very noncommital. He said everyone gets atrophy as they age (but at age 44, like me?). I feel that if it was mentioned in the report, then it is not normal, or it would have said that it was normal amount of atrophy for my age. I feel that my specialist, as good as he is with migraines and certain neurological disorders, obviously did not have an answer, or he would have given me one. If it helps you any, I'll tell you what I'm going to do to figure this all out: I am going to research this as much as I can, and I'll wait for the MRI that the doctor wants me to schedule, find out those results, and then, if no answers from the MRI, I will find out which doctor in my community (Milwaukee) can possibly help answer my questions as to how serious the atrophy is. Other than terrible migraines and great fatigue/sleep problems (which may all be related), my only issues possibly related to the brain are difficulties remembering my words at times, or using one word instead of the other (ie., saying Tuesday instead of Friday, etc.), and this is probably related to my fatigue and lack of sleep issues. I'm wondering, are YOU having any problems in the area of memory, speech, motor function/weakness, vision? Those seem to be the biggest areas that they watch for. Or, are you having any other problems that concern you re: the brain? How did they find your cerebral atrophy in the first place? Lastly, maybe it will help you to know that seeing as I first had the diagnosis of atrophy in 2001 (even though I did not know it), and every one of the symptoms that I had then I still have today to the same degree. So, symptomatically, I have not worsened. Maybe you won't either? If you want, I can let you know what the MRI shows in comparison to the CT scan, if they can compare an MRI to a CT. I don't know. Maybe comparing atrophy on two different types of scans is like comparing apples to oranges. I will find out the answer to that as well. I hope this helped you at least a bit.
    Lauren 3 Replies
    • October 2, 2006
    • 06:01 PM
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  • Hi. I don't have an actual answer, but I see that so far no one has given you one, and while I also have questions, I think I may be of some help now and as I get my questions answered with my following plan. I just found out yesterday that I have atrophy, after reviewing an old CT report that I got my hands on from 2001. The doctor at that time never even mentioned it to me!! I had had the CT scan done for frequent and severe migraines, and once again, this a.m., I went to another specialist for the same reason (migraines), bringing the old CT scan & report for viewing. I asked this specialist what is the significance of the atrophy. He was very noncommital. He said everyone gets atrophy as they age (but at age 44, like me?). I feel that if it was mentioned in the report, then it is not normal, or it would have said that it was normal amount of atrophy for my age. I feel that my specialist, as good as he is with migraines and certain neurological disorders, obviously did not have an answer, or he would have given me one. If it helps you any, I'll tell you what I'm going to do to figure this all out: I am going to research this as much as I can, and I'll wait for the MRI that the doctor wants me to schedule, find out those results, and then, if no answers from the MRI, I will find out which doctor in my community (Milwaukee) can possibly help answer my questions as to how serious the atrophy is. Other than terrible migraines and great fatigue/sleep problems (which may all be related), my only issues possibly related to the brain are difficulties remembering my words at times, or using one word instead of the other (ie., saying Tuesday instead of Friday, etc.), and this is probably related to my fatigue and lack of sleep issues. I'm wondering, are YOU having any problems in the area of memory, speech, motor function/weakness, vision? Those seem to be the biggest areas that they watch for. Or, are you having any other problems that concern you re: the brain? How did they find your cerebral atrophy in the first place? Lastly, maybe it will help you to know that seeing as I first had the diagnosis of atrophy in 2001 (even though I did not know it), and every one of the symptoms that I had then I still have today to the same degree. So, symptomatically, I have not worsened. Maybe you won't either? If you want, I can let you know what the MRI shows in comparison to the CT scan, if they can compare an MRI to a CT. I don't know. Maybe comparing atrophy on two different types of scans is like comparing apples to oranges. I will find out the answer to that as well. I hope this helped you at least a bit.
    Lauren 3 Replies
    • October 2, 2006
    • 06:12 PM
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  • Hi. I don't have an actual answer, but I see that so far no one has given you one, and while I also have questions, I think I may be of some help now and as I get my questions answered with my following plan. I just found out yesterday that I have atrophy, after reviewing an old CT report that I got my hands on from 2001. The doctor at that time never even mentioned it to me!! I had had the CT scan done for frequent and severe migraines, and once again, this a.m., I went to another specialist for the same reason (migraines), bringing the old CT scan & report for viewing. I asked this specialist what is the significance of the atrophy. He was very noncommital. He said everyone gets atrophy as they age (but at age 44, like me?). I feel that if it was mentioned in the report, then it is not normal, or it would have said that it was normal amount of atrophy for my age. I feel that my specialist, as good as he is with migraines and certain neurological disorders, obviously did not have an answer, or he would have given me one. If it helps you any, I'll tell you what I'm going to do to figure this all out: I am going to research this as much as I can, and I'll wait for the MRI that the doctor wants me to schedule, find out those results, and then, if no answers from the MRI, I will find out which doctor in my community (Milwaukee) can possibly help answer my questions as to how serious the atrophy is. Other than terrible migraines and great fatigue/sleep problems (which may all be related), my only issues possibly related to the brain are difficulties remembering my words at times, or using one word instead of the other (ie., saying Tuesday instead of Friday, etc.), and this is probably related to my fatigue and lack of sleep issues. I'm wondering, are YOU having any problems in the area of memory, speech, motor function/weakness, vision? Those seem to be the biggest areas that they watch for. Or, are you having any other problems that concern you re: the brain? How did they find your cerebral atrophy in the first place? Lastly, maybe it will help you to know that seeing as I first had the diagnosis of atrophy in 2001 (even though I did not know it), and every one of the symptoms that I had then I still have today to the same degree. So, symptomatically, I have not worsened. Maybe you won't either? If you want, I can let you know what the MRI shows in comparison to the CT scan, if they can compare an MRI to a CT. I don't know. Maybe comparing atrophy on two different types of scans is like comparing apples to oranges. I will find out the answer to that as well. I hope this helped you at least a bit.
    Lauren 3 Replies
    • October 2, 2006
    • 06:35 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with cerabellar Ataxia and ended up going on Disability had to quit driving a truck it is scary not walking anymore I wish I hadnot depended on my wife but at least I'm alive to see it I went to China for stemcell theropy anddd now wish I hadn't spent the money I'm hoping that Oboma's plan works before I die and the insurance pays
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