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#1 onthecoast



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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:04 PM

my husband is starting to exhibit signs of real forgetfulness and confusion. I notice this is worse about an hour after he takes his meds. Just now he forgot why he came upstairs or he'll forget words. Obviously he can't go off his medications but has anyone else had to deal with this? I do think it's meds related as opposed to alzheimers. He's had parkinsons now for about 12 years but this forgetfullness seems to have ramped up significantly just in the last couple of months. I'm confused by what seems to be a very sudden downturn.....

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:05 PM

Hi - What meds does he take? Have they changed recently?

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

That happens to me all the time. I am told it is because I have significant cognitive deficits. I play word games like Catch Phrase to keep up my cognition as best I can. Has he seen a speech therapist? Mine gave me lots of tips and tricks to combat forgetfulness.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:42 AM

the agonists caused real cognition problems for my wife. Also stress will cause problems outside of dementia. I went throught he top ten signs of dementia and she had six of them while on the agonists- Mirapex and Requip both caused it. Research shows they can be a problem. I am just so surpised they are so widely used with the side effects and the neurologist won't listen to the caregiver, at least in my case until I forced the issue.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

Thanks everyone....it seems like a fairly common problem. It's just what do you do? He's on sinemet as well as azelect. Plus he has really really low blood pressure which also doesn't help. When we've talked with the doctor he basically just says well that's the way it is and there's nothing to do. I'm going to suggest the speech therepist again....just so frustrating because when he's good he's great but when he's bad I'm afraid to leave him alone. Plus as a caregiver I'm now seeing that there are other things I'm going to have to take over....and it all starts to feel a bit overwhelming. Grateful for this forum.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:38 PM

Are you seeing a Movement Disorder Specialist? They might have some ideas about medicines since this is a new development. My husband developed similiar sypmtoms (like Coach's wife) when trying Mirapex last year. Took a good six weeks off the medicine for him to come "back" to me. My husband's MDS isn't into changing medicines just to make changes but always has an idea or two to try to make things better. One time, it was as simple as taking one of his pills a little earlier in the day so he could sleep better. Good luck. It is overwhelming!

Husband diagnosed in 2005-Medicines: Azilect, Artane, and Amantadine, Levodopa (1X/Day); Sister and Best Friend from Childhood also have PD

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