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#1 Suzanne123

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:26 PM

Hi. I am Suzanne and I am new to this. My mother has Parkinson's. She went into the hospital Christmas Eve after several falls and not being able to walk 3 feet. On Dec. 26th she started being mentally unaware.She had a little confusion before a couple of times like thinking she lived in an apartment when she lives in a house and thinking there was another person in the car but then she would realize that those weren't true. Everyday now she gets more and more confused. I was wondering if anybody knows or has experienced such sudden dementia with Parkinson's? I would greatly appreciate any advice and opinions. Thank you all.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:33 PM

Hi. I am Suzanne and I am new to this. My mother has Parkinson's. She went into the hospital Christmas Eve after several falls and not being able to walk 3 feet. On Dec. 26th she started being mentally unaware.She had a little confusion before a couple of times like thinking she lived in an apartment when she lives in a house and thinking there was another person in the car but then she would realize that those weren't true. Everyday now she gets more and more confused. I was wondering if anybody knows or has experienced such sudden dementia with Parkinson's? I would greatly appreciate any advice and opinions. Thank you all.



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:42 PM

Hi,
I don't know if you there is a sudden onset of dementia with PD, but most dementia comes on slowly.
I would wonder if she has a delirium? A delirium comes on quickly, & is usually from a medical cause, such as a urinary tract infection, COPD, blood sugars out of wack- a multitude of things can cause it. Certain medications in seniors can cause it as well.
I would check with her doc to see what is going on medically.
The confusion will clear in time after the medical issue is resolved.
Hope this is helpful

#4 Beau's Mom

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:17 PM

Hi Suzanne,

Welcome to the forum. I am a PWP with cognitive deficits, but so far no dementia. I feel sad that you are seeing such a drastic, sudden change in you mom. The only suggestion I have is to ask Dr. Okun on the "Ask the Doctor" part of the foum, if you haven't already. He is a wonderful resouce! I wish he lived next door so I could run over and ask him any question I have at any time. He is in FL and I am in WA, so that can't happenPosted Image. The Forum is the next best thing.

I hope you find the answers that you are looking for, and the support we've come to cherish in this forum. Write any time!Posted Image

I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.

 

First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

 

Diagnosed December 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.

 

Current medications at age 63: Duopa gel via PEG-J tube, 6ml loading dose; continuous dose 2 ml.  Trazodone 150 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 135 caregiver hours per month keep me moving.

 

Edited 2/5/2016


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:16 PM

Hi,
I don't know if you there is a sudden onset of dementia with PD, but most dementia comes on slowly.
I would wonder if she has a delirium? A delirium comes on quickly, & is usually from a medical cause, such as a urinary tract infection, COPD, blood sugars out of wack- a multitude of things can cause it. Certain medications in seniors can cause it as well.
I would check with her doc to see what is going on medically.
The confusion will clear in time after the medical issue is resolved.
Hope this is helpful



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:19 PM

Thank you so much! She does have an urinary tract infection. I sure hope that that is all it is!

#7 Suzanne123

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:20 PM

Hi Suzanne,

Welcome to the forum. I am a PWP with cognitive deficits, but so far no dementia. I feel sad that you are seeing such a drastic, sudden change in you mom. The only suggestion I have is to ask Dr. Okun on the "Ask the Doctor" part of the foum, if you haven't already. He is a wonderful resouce! I wish he lived next door so I could run over and ask him any question I have at any time. He is in FL and I am in WA, so that can't happenPosted Image. The Forum is the next best thing.

I hope you find the answers that you are looking for, and the support we've come to cherish in this forum. Write any time!Posted Image



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:27 PM

Thank you so much Dianne! I am so sorry you are experiencing Parkinson's first hand. I did ask the doctor but thank you for the suggestion since I am new to all this. I wish the best for you!

#9 Beau's Mom

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

Thank you so much Dianne! I am so sorry you are experiencing Parkinson's first hand. I did ask the doctor but thank you for the suggestion since I am new to all this. I wish the best for you!


Thank you for such a sweet response! Keep coming back!

I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.

 

First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

 

Diagnosed December 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.

 

Current medications at age 63: Duopa gel via PEG-J tube, 6ml loading dose; continuous dose 2 ml.  Trazodone 150 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 135 caregiver hours per month keep me moving.

 

Edited 2/5/2016





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