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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
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Friday, September 2, 2016

alzheimers news-any ideas


Alzheimer's Texas

recently i contacted the neurologist i see at university of texas southwestern
i said
im ready
i want my amyvid pet scan
the amyvid pet scan will show if i have accumulated in my brain
any beta amyloid
the bad stuff seen in alzheimers disease

if it is negative
i dont have alzheimers disease
i plan to stop my aricept (donepezil)
move happily forward

if it is positive
well thats what i expect it to be
based on
my family history of alzheimers
my abnormal memory tests
although they are back to normal
my abnormal spinal fluids level of beta amyloid
my positive apoe4 apoe4 gene

im better
maybe from the aricept (donepezil)
maybe from my healthy living
i will move forward with a more aggressive plan for
the near future
my window just got smaller

as i called the radiology center to schedule the amyvid scan
they said could you wait
we will call you back

i got a phone call
the alzheimers disease center at the university of texas southwestern
is about to get approval in the next month or two
to start the
ideas study
sponsored by medicare the alzheimers association the american college
of radiology and the two drug companies that make the scan stuff they
shut up your veins to highlight the bad beta amyoid

for right now i am on hold
waiting to see if the study gets going
if it doesnt
i will do it privately before the year is up

i like doing it as part of the study since others can benefit
from my results
it will save me $5,000

so the ideas study 
a $100 million dollar study
will pay for about 20,000 scans
referring physicians have to be study certified
neurologists psychiatrists gerontologists
the centers that do it are usually at major research centers

my neurologist will be a participant
the alzheimers center at utsw will be a participate
now im just waiting

the purpose of the study is to see if using the amyvid pet scan
in clinical practice can be helpful in managing someones care

my scan will be used to decide if i continue aricept (donepezil)
it has side effects
if the scan is positive i need to stay on it
if the scan is negative i can stop it

my older brother may have alzheimers disease
he got better like i did
on aricept and healthy living
does he have alzheimers
the scan would more definitively answer that question

my younger brother early on when he had symptoms
does he have alzheimers or is it something else
a scan might have told the family early on
yes he does
plans could be made

of course
whatcha gonna do about if its positive
if you have it

do all those healthy thing we all should be doing
take aricept (donepezil)
i know the side effects like leg cramps are a pain in the

thanks for all the emails and messages about the article that was
on the news feeds about the aducanamab study
where people got better taking it
their amyvid pet scans showed improvement
when they took it

thats the study i want to also get in
it also soon will be starting up at the alzheimers disease center
at utsw
click on the link theres a video story on my wife and me

a new potentially life changing drug treatment for those of us
who have or soon will have
alzheimers disease

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