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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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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, February 23, 2024

alzheimers news-get the diagnosis right


it is important to get the diagnosis right

kris kristopherson the singer songwriter actor was diagnosed with alzheimers and was placed on namenda and exelon
exelon is an aricept like medication in a patch you wear

later since he started having different symptoms and was not getting better he was diagnosed with lymes disease
he was placed on antibiotics and other lymes meds and has improved but has been left with various neurological and  muscular issues

he was having some arrhythmias and his cardiologist who was trained in a lyme disease area in the northeast united states thought he might have lymes disease
she was right

now in 2024 kris kristopherson would have be accurately diagnosed
he would have had labs memory testing mri and either a spinal tap for amyloid and tau or an amyloid pet scan that would have told his doctors he didnt have alzheimers
they would have gone in another direction in his diagnosis

he would have been spared the diagnosis and the unnecessary treatment with anti alzheimers meds
read his journey in this article 

soon in the next 5 years a blood test will be available for alzheimers biomarkers that will be as accurate as the spinal fluid tests and the amyloid pet scan
a simple blood test will tell you this is not alzheimers or probably is alzheimers
if negative you may need to look elsewhere for another cause of your symptoms

other causes i have seen in folks who has reached out to me are depression medications alcohol or drug addiction old head injuries strokes sleep apnea anxiety to name a few

in 2024 you should be able to rule out or rule in alzheimers as a cause of your memory loss

the organicgreen doctor

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