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How to push for a Diagnosis for my mom!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 27, 2007
  • 09:40 PM

:mad: It has been going on 4 years now that I have been trying to find out what is wrong with my now 80 year old mother! It started with her passing out several times. Or perhaps blackouts. She would be totaly foggy afterwards and limp, could not get up off floor, speech slurry, lose control of her bowels. After each series of episodes, her mind seemed to slip more. Finally 2 years ago I quite my job and moved back. Found out she was not going to any medical appt.,s. I was able to get her a pacemaker. Her heart rate before was about 34. She seemed to be stable for a few months, but then had another series of falls, and now everything is falling apart. She is forgetting the names of things, how to read directions on a box. etc., She gets agitited at the smallest tasks, such as trying to open a can. Has simply stopped cooking. She giggles alot at nothing. She takes little shuffling steps when she walks, and is stooped over. She stands up and loses control of her bowels. She does not recognize literally anyone she used to know. She sent $5,000 in cash to the Bahamas to win a lotto contest and swore the brinks truck was at the airport. She still has her driving license, and takes rides to nowhere. Yet when I took her to her Neurologist, she was able to answer questions about what her name is her address and alot of other things. He does not think it is Dementia? All the blood tests came back Ok. I have again called and left a message that I want to take her to UCSF to the Memory Center for more testing because I am getting totally burned out at second guessing just what might happen everyday!!!
Any Help would be appreciated in telling me just what is happening:confused:
Luigi

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  • What does she eat all day? How much water does she drink?With age, people lose their feeling of thirst- that's why elder people "shrink".There is a great book that can help you improve your mom's general wellbeing in a nutshell: Never Be Sick Again, by Raymond Francis, M.Sc.Make sure she does not eat any aspartame or food additives.She probably have problems of deficiency of Vitamin B 12.Inventory her Omega 3 intake.There is so much you can do for her. Doctors are not health managers, even if they give you a diagnosis that might not shed light on the whole picture.I am asking you about her diet because all my grandparents are over 85 and don't have any symptoms of dementia. I know their "secrets". They also live on their own.Later.Eatafruit78.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 10:11 PM
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  • Thanks for your post. My mothers diet is awful. She eats a small bowl of cereal for breakfast One that has sugar in it. At 10 she does eat a banana, then at 11 she eats salami and cheese on rye crisp. Processed cheese, then squirt cheese on crackers, or a hot dog on a bun. Then for dinner it is either soup in a can or one of those microwave dinners, Lunch and dinner are followed by cream eclairs or cookies, crispy creme donuts and whole milk. When I make her healthy food she balks at eating it says it dosen't have any taste, She complains of not tasting things. She was a heavy smoker for over 50 years. I also think nutriition is a huge thing. I have never smoked, and 2 years ago pretty much cut way back on meat, eat tons of vegtables from our garden and organic chicken, my weight dropped,got off blood pressure medicine, cholesteral dropped etc. My mother does drink alot of water during the day. I think I will give it another shot of altering her diet. Her mother lived to 95 with no dementia, she also walked all over San Francisco, bought fresh vegtables daily and cooked naturally, and never smoked.Thabnks again I will try that bookLuigi
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 11:48 PM
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  • You are very welcome.Diet is the huge component here- no doubt.The funny thing is I suspected that her problems are not problems of "age", but problems of toxicity and chemical sensitivities.She is eating something pretty close to straight poison. She is due for a gentle but effective detox.You can make very tasty food that is no junk with spices. Spices are really healthy. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and anti-inflammatory substances.Once you read the book it will go into details, but it mentions the case a bedridden Grandma who was losing touch with their surroundings. After Milk and wheat were eliminated from her diet, the lady was able to get out of bed and make coherent conversation with her family.By the way, different people have different dietary needs, so she might need more protein than you need. But it is the quality of it that matters.Grilled spicy fish with charbroiled veggies and pineapples is always going to be healthier than hot dogs and cheese and crackers.Big hug for you both.Have fun making tasty healthy food!You show the love for your Mom.God Bless.Eatafruit78.ps:Also use the Mercola site, the whfoods and the Beyondhealth site.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 02:01 AM
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  • Did the neurologist get a head CT? It is possible that your mom is having mini strokes whenever she falls and gets bad. you should request one be done if they haven't already. Possibly get more than one - I've seen strokes/hemorrhages not show up on one then show up on a follow up scan (I work in a skilled nursing facility). Another possibilty is a UTI - they greatly affect the elderly in every aspect, especially memory. And it does sound a lot like dementia. Often they slip in and out of confusion, especially if it is a mild form/Alzheimer's. Hope this helps!!
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