Alzheimer's Disease: When should one seek Medical Advice?
Understand Alzheimers - You should know when the symptoms you notice are that of Alzheimer's and whether it is serious enough to see a doctor.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) progresses slowly, over time. Here are some reasons to seek medical advice for Alzheimer's disease.
Consult a doctor immediately if:
- Symptoms such as difficulty in concentration, shortened attention span, memory problems, or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not actually present) progress rapidly over hours to days.
- There is a significant change in the behaviour of the person with AD or the symptoms worsen rapidly.
Call your doctor for an appointment if:
- The symptoms of AD such as a shortened attention span, memory problems, hallucinations or delusions are gradually becoming worse over a few weeks or months.
- Symptoms such as shortened attention span, memory loss affect the person's work or social life or has high chances of resulting in injury or harm to the person.
- Symptoms are worse enough to require personal/specialised care.
If the symptoms of AD such as memory loss and shortened attention span are not severe enough to disturb the person’s work, social life, or ability to function; you can wait. Some degree of memory loss can occur as a normal part of ageing.
Whom to See
Health professionals who can help to evaluate the symptoms of memory loss or confusion and guide regarding further treatment include:
- Physician assistant.
- Family medicine physician.
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Source: Expert Content Feb 23, 2012
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