Worried about dementia

sandy25

Registered User
Nov 30, 2005
54
noelphobic said:
one of the people who I mentioned who used to post here said

I don't know what chance i have of having dementia, maybe a 1 in 100,000 chance or something like that.

I'm not sure what the statistics actually are.Possibly somewhere inbetween the two.
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/TalkingPoint/Discuss/showthread.php?t=3050
Funny how these quotes are very similar isn't it noelphobic.
And I'm even more concerned that there seems to be quite a few people in their 20's positing on this site with concerns about memory problems.
Shame you don't get to find out what the final diagnosis is...
 

Starvinmarvin

Registered User
Oct 22, 2006
15
Wiltshire
Dizziness

About 15 minutes ago i had some really bad dizziness and it really scared me it is only just calming down now, it frightened me, i don't know what started it, it just came from no-where.

Is dizziness a sign of dementia? it honestly scared the life out of me!! it was horrible and i know it can be signs of certain things but hopefully there's no serious cause for it happening :confused:
 
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Starvinmarvin

Registered User
Oct 22, 2006
15
Wiltshire
sandy25 said:
Funny how these quotes are very similar isn't it noelphobic.
And I'm even more concerned that there seems to be quite a few people in their 20's positing on this site with concerns about memory problems.
Shame you don't get to find out what the final diagnosis is...

Sandy,

I didn't like your attitude in your post, i had never heard of this site until recently, i am just someone who is concerned about their health and i've come on here for some advice, i don't like people making horrible comments, i am only on here for some help, i don't want lecture's from people especially when i have done nothing wrong!!
 

Starvinmarvin

Registered User
Oct 22, 2006
15
Wiltshire
My concerns are very geniune, i am on here to get some opinions and advice.

I am worried about my health and the people on here have been very nice to me and have given me some good advice and support.

Hopefully with the help of people on here i can get to the bottom of this problem and put my mind at rest, i don't like being questioned, i don't think it is very nice to say horrible things for no good reason, i would rather if you didn't have something constructive and supportive to say then don't post at all, you wouldn't like it if you were in my position and i had a dig at you for no reason.

Shame on you Sandy!!!
 
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sandy25

Registered User
Nov 30, 2005
54
Ok Starvin Marvin. No lecture intended.

I am genuinely concerned and interested about people my age having memory problems!

So I'm v.interested to know what the cause of yours is, as I think plenty of other people have said to you that there could be 101 causes for your symptoms other than just dementia.

Final point to make is that you could be making it worse by worrying and analysing it. I'm sure a symptom of stress/anxiety may even be memory loss.

Good luck
 

Starvinmarvin

Registered User
Oct 22, 2006
15
Wiltshire
sandy25 said:
Ok Starvin Marvin. No lecture intended.

I am genuinely concerned and interested about people my age having memory problems!

So I'm v.interested to know what the cause of yours is, as I think plenty of other people have said to you that there could be 101 causes for your symptoms other than just dementia.

Final point to make is that you could be making it worse by worrying and analysing it. I'm sure a symptom of stress/anxiety may even be memory loss.

Good luck

Anybody can have memory problems, even people my age, people my age can even develop dementia, obviously it's rare but it has been know to happen so i cannot rule dementia out of being a possible cause of my problems recently.

I would really like to know what the cause of my troubles are so that my mind can be put at rest rather than me worrying about it constantly and thinking the worst.

I know that i could be making it worse by analysing it and focusing on it more and more.

The doctor said to me today that anxiety/stress/depression can be possible causes but there are alot of other causes as well.

I am not just having memory problems, i have other problems as well, sometimes i stumble when talking, when i am typing on the computer i make alot of spelling mistakes and i have to keep going back and correcting them and sometimes i type things that don't make sense, also sometimes i say things that don't make sense.

Also sometimes i get dizzy, i get tired alot of the time, sometimes i cannot get to sleep, my concentration is not brilliant, my awareness is not as good as it used to be, i am not so aware of things.
 

sandy25

Registered User
Nov 30, 2005
54
You've listed about 10 things there, the majority of which I experience sometimes when I'm tired/run down.
And if I think about it too much I think maybe its because my fathers dementia may be hereditary.
But then I'm a complete hypochondriac.

I think the point is don't focus too much on dementia when you don't appear to be ruling out the other possible causes.
 

noelphobic

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Feb 24, 2006
3,452
Liverpool
Goodbye Starvin Marvin - parting is NOT such sweet sorrow!

Starvinmarvin said:
My concerns are very geniune, i am on here to get some opinions and advice.

I am worried about my health and the people on here have been very nice to me and have given me some good advice and support.

Hopefully with the help of people on here i can get to the bottom of this problem and put my mind at rest, i don't like being questioned, i don't think it is very nice to say horrible things for no good reason, i would rather if you didn't have something constructive and supportive to say then don't post at all, you wouldn't like it if you were in my position and i had a dig at you for no reason.

Shame on you Sandy!!!
I'm not going to post on this thread again as I don't really trust myself! However, I have to say that you should take the phrase 'shame on you Sandy' and substitute whatever your current name is for the last word.

You obviously do have deep rooted problems but I think it is highly unlikely that you have dementia. The sooner you leave this forum to the people who have genuine problems then the better for all concerned.
 

MrsP

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Mar 19, 2005
115
I have to say that you should take the phrase 'shame on you Sandy' and substitute whatever your current name is for the last word.

You obviously do have deep rooted problems but I think it is highly unlikely that you have dementia. The sooner you leave this forum to the people who have genuine problems then the better for all concerned.[/QUOTE]


Oh dear, it seems that things are getting a bit hostile on this thread. Obviously Starvinmarvin is very worried about his symptoms and has been given some good advice, and saying that his problems are not 'genuine' is a little unkind. However, I have to say that it does appear through your posts, Starvinmarvin, as if you are currently very stressed, and as many people have said this will only worsen any symptoms that you have. I really hope that you take on board the diary suggestion and go back to your GP if you are still worried, or maybe try to relax a bit (I don't mean to sound patronising by the way) and see if the symptoms resolve by reducing stress (which includes analysing it so much). I know it may sound a bit wierd, but do you get plenty of exercise, as this can reduce stress and depression and may help you to relax. Take care, Kate x.
 

jenniferpa

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Jun 27, 2006
39,448
The advice you have had to keep a diary is an excellent one - I don't have any particular memory problems, yet if I don't write down things before going to see the doctor, the issues don't get raised. Also, it allows you to see if there is a pattern that might identify a possible cause.

Take care

Jennifer
 

Starvinmarvin

Registered User
Oct 22, 2006
15
Wiltshire
noelphobic said:
I'm not going to post on this thread again as I don't really trust myself! However, I have to say that you should take the phrase 'shame on you Sandy' and substitute whatever your current name is for the last word.

You obviously do have deep rooted problems but I think it is highly unlikely that you have dementia. The sooner you leave this forum to the people who have genuine problems then the better for all concerned.

I think the abuse i have had from you noelphobic is disgraceful, all the other people on here are nice, polite and offer some good advice and support and i am very grateful to them for helping me and i'm sure they will continue giving me support.

Noelphobic no offence but you seem arrogant and you seem to judge people straight away, i am glad that you will not be posting on this thread again because your comments are offensive and not welcome and i'm sure other people on here will agree!!!!
 

Starvinmarvin

Registered User
Oct 22, 2006
15
Wiltshire
MrsP said:
I have to say that you should take the phrase 'shame on you Sandy' and substitute whatever your current name is for the last word.

You obviously do have deep rooted problems but I think it is highly unlikely that you have dementia. The sooner you leave this forum to the people who have genuine problems then the better for all concerned.

Oh dear, it seems that things are getting a bit hostile on this thread. Obviously Starvinmarvin is very worried about his symptoms and has been given some good advice, and saying that his problems are not 'genuine' is a little unkind. However, I have to say that it does appear through your posts, Starvinmarvin, as if you are currently very stressed, and as many people have said this will only worsen any symptoms that you have. I really hope that you take on board the diary suggestion and go back to your GP if you are still worried, or maybe try to relax a bit (I don't mean to sound patronising by the way) and see if the symptoms resolve by reducing stress (which includes analysing it so much). I know it may sound a bit wierd, but do you get plenty of exercise, as this can reduce stress and depression and may help you to relax. Take care, Kate x.[/QUOTE]




Thanks for the message Kate,

I'm glad you agree that noelphobic's comments are unkind, i wouldn't say that i am very stressed, maybe i am alittle stressed but i am just worried right now, i am going to try and not focus on my memory lapses so much from now on but if it continues or gets worse then i will go back and see the doctor again.

I will definitley take on board the diary suggestion and i will keep a diary just incase i need to see the doctor again, i do exercise quite abit already but maybe i could do abit more.

Thanks again.
 

MrsP

Registered User
Mar 19, 2005
115
Dear Starvinmarvin

Good for you, hope all turns out well. Lol, Kate x.
 

zed

Registered User
Jul 25, 2005
76
London
blood sugar

hello starvin marvin

As has been said already there are sooooo many causes of memory loss at your age, and the absolute least likely is dementia. There are 60million people in the country, about 20,000 are "younger people with dementia" that is people under the age of 65, such as my mum who is 59. Of those 20,000, literally only a handful of people are your age. So you have something like a one in 10 million chance of having dementia.

Also, dizziness is not a symptom of dementia. It is however a symptom of blood sugar problems. I find my blood sugar can dip very quickly, which can make me feel dizzy, shaky, forgetful and I find I can't concentrate. When I feel like this, if I eat some low GI (glycemic index) food, I feel better. Low GI foods are foods such as wholegrain bread or pasta, brown rice, nuts, basically complex carbs or protein. You can measure your blood sugar yourself - you can buy a kit from a pharmacist. You should check it at different points over several days, and if it is abnormal, tell your GP.

However, the symptoms you describe can also be caused by many other things such as thryoid problems, depressions or stress, which are much more common for your age than dementia.
 

nicetotalk

Registered User
Sep 22, 2006
155
stretford
Hi Starvinmarvin

Just been reading all the posts it is very rare for someone of your age to have dementia, just wondering is this site not makeing things worse for you. If you think you might have it and are worried this can only add to the problem, your going to read a post and say yes that happends to me and so on. The doctor did not seam that worried, did she give you a reason why your memory is the way it is? Stressed,overworked so on. Like someone suggested write all things down for a week if possible if nothing improves then go back and ask to see a specialist in memory problems if you are still not satisfied with your docor. You need to put yourmind at rest.

kathy
 

MrsP

Registered User
Mar 19, 2005
115
An apology

Dear Noelphobic

I know that my post saying that your comments were "a little unkind" has offended you, and so I wish to apologise. I hope that starvinmarvin has found some reassurance from this thread, and I would hope that no-one would use this forum as some kind of 'joke'. I would like to think that everyone on here is genuine but if you have cause to think otherwise then your comments were of course justified.

Kindest regards, Kate.