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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, November 6, 2015

alzheimers news-robins disease

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dementia is an umbrella
under which there are several different types of dementia
the most common is alzheimers disease
then there is vascular dementia mixed dementia frontotemporal dementia
parkinsons dementia
then there is
lewy body dementia

Image result for robin williams
thats the final word on what robin williams had
which explains his behaviors and his death

so many people were logging on the lewy body website
that it crashed this week

i always tell folks when asked that lewy body is the worst
dementia to have

if you have had a loved one who has had alzheimers disease
you know how bad that disease can be
a slow painful drift downwards that speeds up at the end

well i think of lewy body dementia as alzheimers disease
on steroids
its all sped up so that it all happens in a shorter time
think of all the bad things that happens in alzheimers disease
except its all scrunched up together
and happens more powerfully
its all devastating to all involved

at least with alzheimers it gets spread out over a longer
period of time so its not as traumatic
although not pleasant
the symptoms of lewy body can be fast and furious

if you ever talk to a family member whose loved one has had this
they usually start crying and talk about how bad it was

an emotionally traumatic disease that i would wish only on
my worst enemy

in lewy body dementia there is this accumulation of this
protein throughout the brain
alpha synuclein
thats causing all this disruption in the normal activity of the brain

early on in the disease there are movement problems like
parkinsons but then all the bad things start happening

there is variability from day to day on patients alertness and
there are visual hallucinations and delusions
there is acting out sometimes violently their dreams
there is autonomic motor dysfunction with low blood pressure
dizziness and urinary incontinence
there is memory loss that is usually milder than alzheimers

the diagnosis is clinical
based on symptoms
until the patient dies and an autopsy can be done

medications like i take aricept (donepezil) may help some
antipsychotic drugs can make symptoms worse
antidepressants may help the depression
for the rem sleep disorder benzodiazepines like clonazepam
may help

really there is no treatment
there is nothing to do to slow dementia of lewy body down
they usually live less than 8 years after it develops

death is merciful for all involved

its just a bad experience for all those involved
the worse affected is the patients family

rip robin williams

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november 7   bell county in temple
team organicgreendoctor
i will be the honorary chair for this event

tomorrows walk has been moved inside because of the
potential for flooding rain
the walk will occur inside the baylor scott and white research building
next to the pepper creek trail

we are close real close to a treatment or cure
we need your help

the organicgreen doctor

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