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Offline Concerneddancer

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Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:52:42 PM »
38 year old female with 5 month old newborn and demanding career here.  My father was diagnosed with early onset at 56 and died at 60.  Everything I read says genetics, you are doomed, etc.  With someone like me who has HA, that is the worst.  Since being pregnant, I can't remember anything.  I have blurred vision.  Glasses don't really work for close up anymore (Vision issues are an EOA symptom). I can't remember things (another EOA symptom).  I find myself forgetting where I lay my keys and phones.  I find I place things in strange places like keys in pickets and phones on couch instead of dresser (yet another EOA symptom).  My father was the only person on his side to ever get alz.   MY mom feels it was due to his daily heavy beer drinking from age 12 to 40. I am scared our of my mind.  Every study basically says I will get it.  How is it possible?  I am healthynd take care of myself.  Am I showing symptoms now ?  In tears!!   
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Re: Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2014, 05:09:54 AM »
Sorry about your father.

I don't think you'll find much peace of mind looking up internet studies or asking internet people, you need to take your concerns to a specialist and get real consultation.

Hopefully that will give you a better idea and let you know if your worries are warranted. All that said, heavy beer drinking would certainly have serious long term health problems. If he's the only person to get it, then it sounds more situational in his case. Good luck!
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Re: Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 07:08:56 AM »
Have you ever heard of "pregnancy brain?"  I would bet all my money that that's what you're experiencing right now.  It takes up to six months post-birth to go away in some people.  It's a scientific thing, proven, not just "in your head." 
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Re: Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 03:24:42 PM »
Thank you.  I spoke with my hubby about my concerns.  He reassured me that I am a carbon copy of what I was like with our first baby.  He also stated that he has noticed my memory improving over the last month.  He is not one to say things to make me feel better, he is honest.  So I was able to sleep.  The idea of EOA is still lingering over my head but I have to accept that I cannot control it.  I have horrible HA when I am stressed so I know how to deal with it.  But it just takes time.  I hate that I google.  Worst tool ever
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Re: Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2014, 08:48:53 AM »
go online there is like a printable test to check memory for alzheimer/dementia . if you can do it your good
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Re: Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2014, 11:10:03 PM »
Do you know where?
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Re: Fear of early onset Alzheimer's
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2014, 01:43:01 AM »
Not too long ago I had this same fear. Did tons of research, most EOA is mainly sporadic. it's really rare for it run in families, even first degree relatives. 

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