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Diseases Doctors Might Mistake for Alzheimer’s

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Though Alzheimer’s disease is a very common cause of declining brain function among seniors, there are many other health conditions that result in similar symptoms. These illnesses are more rare than Alzheimer’s, so occasionally a doctor may make the mistake of diagnosing someone with Alzheimer’s when the senior actually has another condition. Colorado Springs Alzheimer’s caregivers should encourage their senior loved ones to get a second opinion to rule out any of the following illnesses.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is frequently confused with Alzheimer’s disease because both are progressive neurodegenerative conditions that become noticeable later on in life. In the early stages, they both tend to cause slower thinking and confusion, so a doctor may not be able to tell which condition the senior has. However, Parkinson’s results in less memory problems and more issues with movement and coordination.

Transient Ischemic Attacks

TIAs are very brief blood blockages in the brain, and sometimes these “mini-strokes” occur so quickly that a senior may not be diagnosed with a stroke or even require post-stroke care in Colorado Springs. However, seniors who regularly have TIAs can sustain brain damage that causes them to exhibit symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s. In order to properly diagnose TIA, doctors often need to do more imaging tests of the brain. 

Multiple Sclerosis

MS results in brain inflammation that destroys neural cells, just like Alzheimer’s disease does. It can also cause memory loss, impaired cognition, or difficulty focusing. Muscular pain and other nervous issues normally accompany MS, but in rare cases, seniors can experience the mental aspects without the physical. This can lead to a misdiagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.

Fibromyalgia

Though fibromyalgia is mostly characterized by widespread pain, the excessive pain can sometimes cause mental issues. Seniors with fibromyalgia often experience problems as well, such as insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and forgetfulness, that are all also symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. 

If your loved one has any of these disorders, he or she will benefit from reliable Colorado Springs, CO, home care. Contact Home Care Assistance of Colorado Springs at (719) 822-1229 today to learn how our reliable caregivers can help your loved one age in place in comfort.