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Re: Premature Brain Atrophy--help
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2014, 06:57:07 PM »
Huntington's causes a breakdown in a specific pattern. I don't know what your scans looked like, so it's hard to speculate. I would guess if they suspected Huntington's it would be listed as a possibility.

It sounds as if this could be an entirely normal feature of your brain, so I wouldn't get too worked up.

Plus, unless you have a family history of Huntington's, it's out of the picture.
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Re: Premature Brain Atrophy--help
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2014, 07:58:21 PM »
Thank you, nom. I really appreciate your post. I had a CT scan about five years ago, so it will be interesting to see if they made note of any atrophy on that one. My primary care doc should still it have it on record.
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Re: Premature Brain Atrophy--help
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2014, 05:38:33 PM »
Well, I saw a general practitioner today and she called the radiologist who performed the CT to see if he could compare it to the one I had in 2009. He couldn't find it, but he reiterated to my doctor exactly what he put in the CT report, that his findings were not normal for a 34-yr-old. My GP is sending me to a neurologist, who will likely order an MRI. I have no family history of neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, dementia, or Huntington's. I am just so scared. I can't find much information on premature brain atrophy and I am now worried that what I thought were strictly psychological symptoms like depression, anxiety, and some apathy I experienced months ago but have snapped out of, are symptoms of some terrible disease. I had a neuro exam in the ER that I passed and I have no symptoms of dementia, language problems, or movement problems. I am not sure when I will be seeing the neurologist. Still waiting to hear on that. In the meantime, and until I have and get the results of my MRI, please keep me sane. I fully admit to Googling, and in some ways, it was a bit reassuring, as the only things that came up for "premature cerebral atrophy" were related to Cushing's Disease, which I was tested for and was ruled out, and MS, which I have no symptoms of and for some reason am not scared of. Please, I could really use some support here. Thank you!!
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Re: Premature Brain Atrophy--help
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2014, 06:35:04 PM »
Talked to a Dr. online and he said CTs aren't really the best way to image the brain. MRIs are much better. Also found a radiology site where MRI images were posted and a doc was asking for diagnostic help. That patient was 39 AND had neuro symptoms and his CT scan showed premature atrophy, same as mine supposedly does, but all the docs who looked at the MRI said it showed no atrophy and was totally normal! So these things are giving me hope. I know we aren't supposed to Google, but in this case, I found it reassuring.
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Re: Premature Brain Atrophy--help
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2014, 07:16:02 PM »
Well, got my neuro exam scheduled for July 10. Wish me luck!!
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