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Dementia does not cause fluid on the brain. NPH is a completely different disease from dementia. Yet it can cause dementia like symptoms. Unlike Dementias, NPH can be reversed when appropriate treatment is given soon enough. The various types of dementia, such a frontal lobe, vascular, or Alzheimer are all caused by something different and affect different parts of the brain. Frontal lobe as it states usually effects the frontal and temporal cerebral lobes. Vascular dementia can affect whatever area of the brain is affected by the vascular deficiencies. Alzheimer's has a specific pattern that it follows which is different. Just because they all cause similar symptoms doesn't mean they are the same. The list of things that can cause symptoms that are similar is vast and why there needs to be a complete physical and neurological work up to find out for sure what is going on.

Vascular dementia occurs when the blood flow to the brain is restricted in some way and the brain is deprived of nutrients and oxygen. The area of the brain that is affected is the area of the brain that is deprived of blood flow. With Dad it was the short term memory that was affected the most. He also suffered from delusions and paranoia. After 10 years of the disease he could still call me by name and know who I was. Up until the last few months he could subtracts number in his head and had cognitive processes that Alzheimer's patents do not retain. He had a 32 year history of heart disease, 5 bypasses, 2 leg and 3 heart stints, Peripheral Artery Disease, and narrowing of the Carotid Arteries but it was only the last 10 years that he showed signs of Vascular dementia. 9 of those were truly good years... it was only the last year that it became more sever. Usually Vascular dementia advances in levels rather than gradually. With each circulatory event there is usually a downward spiral in the disease. Dad's last year was marked by A-fib which weakens the heart's pumping ability.

Frontal lobe dementia usually occurs earlier than any of the other dementias. It affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Where as Alzheimer's usually affects the short term memory first, Frontal lobe dementia usually affects behavioral and personality changes first.

Hope that helps :)

Love, deb
[QUOTE=DGabriel10;4213675]Dementia does not cause fluid on the brain. NPH is a completely different disease from dementia. Yet it can cause dementia like symptoms. Unlike Dementias, NPH can be reversed when appropriate treatment is given soon enough. The various types of dementia, such a frontal lobe, vascular, or Alzheimer are all caused by something different and affect different parts of the brain. Frontal lobe as it states usually effects the frontal and temporal cerebral lobes. Vascular dementia can affect whatever area of the brain is affected by the vascular deficiencies. Alzheimer's has a specific pattern that it follows which is different. Just because they all cause similar symptoms doesn't mean they are the same. The list of things that can cause symptoms that are similar is vast and why there needs to be a complete physical and neurological work up to find out for sure what is going on.

Vascular dementia occurs when the blood flow to the brain is restricted in some way and the brain is deprived of nutrients and oxygen. The area of the brain that is affected is the area of the brain that is deprived of blood flow. With Dad it was the short term memory that was affected the most. He also suffered from delusions and paranoia. After 10 years of the disease he could still call me by name and know who I was. Up until the last few months he could subtracts number in his head and had cognitive processes that Alzheimer's patents do not retain. He had a 32 year history of heart disease, 5 bypasses, 2 leg and 3 heart stints, Peripheral Artery Disease, and narrowing of the Carotid Arteries but it was only the last 10 years that he showed signs of Vascular dementia. 9 of those were truly good years... it was only the last year that it became more sever. Usually Vascular dementia advances in levels rather than gradually. With each circulatory event there is usually a downward spiral in the disease. Dad's last year was marked by A-fib which weakens the heart's pumping ability.

Frontal lobe dementia usually occurs earlier than any of the other dementias. It affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Where as Alzheimer's usually affects the short term memory first, Frontal lobe dementia usually affects behavioral and personality changes first.

Hope that helps :)

Love, deb[/QUOTE]

Thanks deb, of that doesn't help anyone eles it helps me!

Mom has gone down sooo fast and is so hard to manage! She got into my face a few hours ago and called me all sorts of names and told me she wasn't going to do what I told her. I finially told her that she didn't I would call an abulance to come and take her to the NH. She has been more unmamageble in the past wk. She doesn't have an infection but the Physc doc told me she has never seen someone gone down this fast. Still I know this is mean,,,,, but it is not fast enough! She has been taring her dipers up and pissing her clothes and just giving me a terrible time. During this altercation dad starts having heart trouble and I have to call 911 and the ents come and take him away while mom is throwing her fit!
I think I would rather have her doped up then have to deal with her fits fights and verbal assults!
MAYBE it's just getting to much for me. Hubby is worried I am going down fast myself and I know he is having health issues. when is enough, enough?:dizzy:





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