Alzheimer’s is perhaps the most frightening disease known, but there is hope for the millions of sufferers of this horrible disease.
Concerns with memory loss
There are many medical problems associated with memory loss, and its symptoms. Most of these can be easily treated by simply changing a medication, or lifestyle. A few of the most common problems are;
- Depression or Stress: This is one of the most common problems related to memory loss. In most stress related cases, a simple lifestyle change can make all of the difference. Depression can be alleviated by seeing a professional and getting the proper treatment, either through lifestyle change, or medication.
- Thyroid problems: One of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism is memory loss. Your physician should test for this malady before starting treatment for Alzheimer’s.
- Medication: Patients can have many side effects from medication, and you should tell your physician when experiencing memory loss. It is surprising how many medications have this side effect, and frightened patients, can be misdiagnosed as having dementia, or Alzheimer’s, if a new physician is not alerted to the patient taking this medication.
Although there are many other physical, or mental, related malady’s that can bring on memory loss, your physician can determine most problems by asking the right questions and performing some simple tests.
Where to seek treatment
Seeking treatment should begin with your family physician. Most of us do not have regular checkups with our family doctor, and when we do, we seldom feel that we have time to do more than answer basic questions during the checkup. Your doctor is there for you. At the first sign of memory loss it is imperative that your doctor is alerted to this change and begins testing for early onset of Alzheimer’s. There are many reasons for memory loss other than Alzheimer’s but it better to be safe than sorry, because early detection, is the best way to slow the progression of this disease. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist, who has access to current treatments, and clinical studies, related to the disease.
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are many treatments now available to alleviate the symptoms, and prolong functionality. Research has made great strides, and new medications are found every day, to increase the quality of life, for those with this disease. There are many support centers available for patients with Alzheimer’s ranging from home care to nursing facilities all over the world, to aid in maintaining independence, and alerting patients to new procedures, as they become available.