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Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis: The Signs

  • 12 September, 2017
Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is very grave and is traumatic not only for the sufferer, but also for the families of the patient. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is misdiagnosed. Apparently, 20% of those diagnosed do not really have Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s look a lot like many other disease and sometimes they are just regular symptoms of aging.

The most common reasons for misdiagnosis are:

1)    Side effects of medication. As we get older, we are given a lot more pills (prescription or non-prescription) to maintain our health. All of these medications come with some sort of risk factors. Medications side effects that can commonly be misunderstood as Alzheimer’s symptoms reveal themselves in all forms of medications including; antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, sleeping pills, corticosteroids, cardiovascular drugs, and anticonvulsants.

2)    Alzheimer’s Family. There are many diseases that are related or connect to Alzheimer’s disease. Oftentimes, a patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease that suffers instead from Lewey bodies or Parkinson’s disease.

3)    Preexisting Conditions. A simple blood test can tell a patient whether or not they suffer from a deficiency that might be linked to symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Some of these include vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, tumors or insomnia.

If you suspect that you or a loved one might have been misdiagnosed, be sure to take keen notes on behaviors and symptoms. This kind of information can help doctors to make informed decisions on whether or not a mistake was made.

If you still aren’t receiving the answers that you need, patients can request a PET scan which can easily show Alzheimer’s in the brain.

 

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