What are the symptoms of Dementia?
- 30 Jul 2012 by auntof3sjb
- 1 August 2012
- menopausal disorders, dementia
I am in menopause. 46. Blood tests just confirmed it. I am forgetting things, trouble remembering things, had to do a procedure at work yesterday that I've done a hundred times and I COULDN'T REMEMBER HOW TO DO IT!
I had to think for 2 minutes. I still don't know if i did it right! What do I do?
Just review the procedure as when you were first trained on it. If you start forgetting where you live, then I would be concerned. OK? Hope this helps.
Dear Auntof3sjb, brain fog, can come with menopause, not everyone gets it though. Discuss this with the dr who diagnosed the menopause, hormone replacement therapy helps, but there may be reasonsfor you not to take HRT. For example, those who have had family members diagnosed with estrogen fueled breast cancer, will probably not be offered HRT. I was able to take it and I had that brain fog, i had it in peripause. I am not sure what meds they can give you, but do call your dr. I think this passes in many as the hormones level out instead of fluctuating. Patti
High levels of stress can cause forgetfulness too. If you begin to forget things like the name of a close family member, where you live, things that you should know like the back of your hand then you might worry more. If forgetfulness is causing problems then it is a good idea to mention them to a Dr. There are certain memory tests that they can do to check what kind and to what degree your memory loss is. Forgetfulness like you describe can be many things, stress, hormone changes, "fibro fog", low blood sugar, all kinds of different causes. Since it seems troublesome to you, you should talk to your Dr.
Hello auntof3sjb - I have MCI and I'm not talking about telecommunications. It is referred to as "mild cognitive impairment". And, there are tests to determine to what degree, if any, of impairment is involved. My test was done by a psychoneurologist and it took about 1/2 day to do the test. The cost to do this was out-of-pocket and I did it any way. It was about $250.00. Menopause had nothing to do with my condition and it has been more than frustrating for me. If you don't know a psychiatrist... you could talk with your PCP regarding this type of test. There won't be any more guessing about it... for that I am thankful. It hasn't gotten worse, I don't think... I am always forgetting things. I have had the issues associated with this condition for about 15 years. The onset was after ECTs (series of shock therapy).
For Dementia, you could get a proper diagnosis and deal with it then if you have it. Just because you are forgetful or can't remember something that you have been known to do for years... doesn't mean you have dementia. Stress affects us all differently and so do hormonal changes. You could also have your thyroid checked to make sure nothing is going on there. There are many symptoms of hypothyroidism which could look like symptoms of dementia. Before you give yourself more "stress", why not talk with a professional and get a straight and direct answer for your concerns. Only when you know what it is can you really begin to handle it.
Hi, i know how you feel regarding the memory - it can be really scary hey! I have memory problems for different reasons, but my mum went through the same kind of thing you are when she went through menopause years ago. She tried HRT but couldn't get on with it. She spoke to her doctor about it and she gave her the names of some websites that you can use to try to improve you memory - to see if it worked first of all. Two good ones are 'Lumosity' & 'Repairyouragingbrain', i can't cut and past the links sorry. It may be something to look into first to see if you need a bit of a kick start in the memory department? I know how concerning it is, but as already mentioned, being stressed about it can also make the memory worse (not that you can help worrying!). Hopefully between you and your doctor you can find a way to improve your memory.
Awwwwww... What a nice bunch of girls I have on here. You guys are AWESOME! I had mentioned to my OBGYN about the forgetfulness and other things, and like I said, the blood tests confirmed menopause. NOT peri, meno. She gave me hormone pills (Jintli), just started them yesterday, so we'll see what happens. Boy, how women stick together on here! :) I like it! Sometimes I still think about cancelling this subscription to here, but after this, I don't think I will. :) Even my sister said, "Everything you described to me is the symptoms I had." She said, "Don't overdramatize it." But I said, "When their is $$$ involved, it freaked me out! SIlently... I feel alot better. Everything associated with meno is a 100% horror! Mood swings, depression, tiredness, Stiffness, dryness, dry skin, peeing alot ( I guess) and other things. I have to keep my doctors straight! I hve the best OBGYN.
Saw her for the first time ( met her, actually) last Friday and she was awesome! Thanks, guys! Meds will take about 2-3 months to work, she said. So, I 'll be a raving maniac until then. Ha. Ha.
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