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Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Risa, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Risa

    Risa Registered User

    Apr 13, 2015
    483
    Essex
    Hello all :)

    I have been lurking for a little bit but as things are progressing with my Mum's dementia, I feel I need to start interacting now as this forum has already been invaluable in my education so far.

    My Mum has received a phone call saying she will be getting an appointment at the Memory Clinic and the person mentioned an MRI which has upset her. For background info my Mum lives with my Dad who is her main carer but my sister & I are close by & help where we can. Apart from being continent, Mum needs assistance with day to day living & I believe that my Mum is probably moderate to severe now - she can go in & out of each category depending on the sort of day she is having. Mum is currently not on any meds for dementia although she does take an anti depressant for another condition which I think helps with keeping her in a fairly calm state.

    My question is - is the MRI necessary? As she has no short term memory at all, I am worried that a scan will be very distressing for her as she will not be able to understand what is going on & family members won't be with her (she is very clingy to Dad & gets anxious when he is not around, even if it is for a short while). Apart from not getting an exact diagnosis as to what type of dementia she has, is there any benefit to having the scan? Can the Memory Clinic diagnose without her having this?

    Thanks in advance for any advice received :)

    Risa
     
  2. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,855
    Female
    Scotland
    My husband got on fine with the MRI as the staff handled it well. Try not to worry too much as they would almost certainly stop if she were getting upset. She will pick up,on your anxiety so be bright and breezy about it.
     
  3. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,658
    North West
    Hello Risa and welcome to TP.

    I think your fears are justified. You are in a good position to judge how your mum is likely to react. It's probably unnecessary anyway. Now they have these expensive machines they just can't resist using them - 'boys and their toys'.:)
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,035
    Male
    North Manchester
    As well as showing the extent of atrophy of the brain an MRI can to some extent show vascular damage, these results may help with prescribing medication.

    An MRI can also rule out the presence of a tumour, benign or otherwise.
     
  5. Julia B

    Julia B Registered User

    Apr 13, 2015
    80
    hello

    try not to worry, my MIL went for a scan and she fears being out, new people, any changes...but they handled it all so gently, she was in and out so quickly, and whilst we were waiting to go in I talked her through photos on my phone as a distraction. It showed us she hadn't had a stroke and what sort of dementia she has, soit was useful, and bear in mind they do this all the time so are very skilled at handling our fragile loved ones :)
     
  6. Summerheather

    Summerheather Registered User

    Feb 22, 2015
    160
    The scan is able to help tell the Consultant what type of dementia they have and what tablets could work best. My mum is scared of change and everything, but they made it non threatening and were very kind.
     
  7. Risa

    Risa Registered User

    Apr 13, 2015
    483
    Essex
    Thanks everyone

    Thank you for your comments :) If Mum is reassured by the staff then hopefully it could go ahead (we won't push only gently encourage) but if she refuses then we won't pursue it. We think she has had dementia for at least 7 years so not stroke or tumour. Just waiting for the appointment date for the memory clinic now!
     
  8. Jellybean8

    Jellybean8 Registered User

    Jan 12, 2015
    11
    Glasgow
    My Mum had and MRI which didnt pinpoint her exact type of dementia but it gives a useful baseline for later comparison. I would say it is def worth your Mum having this - try to advise her that it doesnt last too long and will help to formulate a treatment plan for her.


     
  9. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,658
    North West
    So your mum will have to be put through another MRI scan at some later date just so that a comparison can be made? I don't really understand that. You will know if and how her condition has deteriorated won't you?
     
  10. BR_ANA

    BR_ANA Registered User

    Jun 27, 2012
    1,084
    Brazil
    On early stage my mom had a MRI. Last October (5 years later first MRI) she didn't wake up for hours. A&E wanted to do an emergency brain surgery. I found the first MRI. It calmed down the hospital medical staff. (Mom waked up and is living on stage 7a-b)

    On intermediary stage my mom needed sedation to go trough a MRI. (She had a bad fall)

    There are some MRI equipment that work on "open field", that she must not be so nervous. If she could understand.

    The sound on a MRI is loud ( I had a neck MRI last year). Now I understand why my mom needed sedation.
     
  11. Not so Rosy

    Not so Rosy Registered User

    Nov 30, 2013
    580
    When Dad had an MRI the staff were very kind. He ate the waiting room out of muffins and cookies and stole all the daily papers.

    I just had to help him into a gown then the nurses took over. Dad snoozed through the whole thing.
     
  12. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,658
    North West
    This thread might be helpful. (post #11 onwards).
     

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