When you’re diagnosed with dementia, there are a few things you should consider before making your next appointment.1.
You may be at risk for stroke or other brain damage.2.
You have a genetic predisposition to the disease.3.
You’re older than 50 and have suffered brain damage, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease.4.
You don’t have symptoms.5.
You aren’t taking medication for the disease or its complications.6.
You haven’t received timely medical care.7.
You are living alone and don’t know if there are other people with your condition in your household.8.
You can’t afford to pay for your own care.9.
You’ve lost the ability to work and you need to work.10.
Your symptoms may be severe, such a loss of coordination, loss of vision, hearing loss, or numbness or tingling in your fingers or hands.11.
Your doctors say you have dementia, but you haven’t seen a doctor or gotten the diagnosis.
If you’re wondering what to do about your symptoms, read on to learn more about what to expect when you first go in for a CT scan, how to ask your doctor about symptoms, how long you should wait before seeing a doctor, and how to treat symptoms.
If the following questions aren’t answered, you might have a medical problem:Have you had a stroke, a stroke-related heart attack, or another type of stroke?
If so, do you have signs or symptoms of stroke or stroke-like symptoms?
Have you lost your ability to function normally?
Are you a smoker?
Have you been hospitalized with brain damage?
If you have, have you seen a physician or received a diagnosis?
Are you able to work?
Are your activities, like driving, walking, or using a wheelchair, limited?
Are there symptoms that may cause you to stop working?
Are the symptoms severe, and if so, how severe?
Are your symptoms severe enough to warrant having a CT exam?
If not, is there a treatment plan you can pursue?
What is a CT?
A CT is a small imaging test that looks at blood flow in the brain.
A CT scan involves a machine that takes a snapshot of your brain and extracts the blood flow patterns.
This is called a CT-scan.
A small image is taken of the skull, but it also shows the brain in three dimensions, called a 3D picture.
This allows the doctor to see areas that might be affected by the brain injury.
The 3D image can then be compared to a brain scan taken using an MRI scan, which shows how your brain works.
What are the symptoms of dementia?
What can you expect when getting a CT scanned?
Here are some common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease: numbness, tingles, tics, difficulty speaking, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.
If your symptoms don’t improve after a few days, the doctor may suggest that you have another CT scan.
If you don’t, your doctor may recommend an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan to determine the damage in the blood vessels.
The MRI scan will show the brain tissue.
An MRI will reveal whether the damage has spread from one part of the brain to the next.
If there is no damage, it indicates that the brain isn’t damaged.
The CT scan will also show any abnormal patterns of blood flow.
If any abnormal flow patterns occur, your symptoms may worsen.
The doctor will then examine your brain to see whether any brain cells are affected.
If the brain cells have been affected, they may show signs of inflammation.
This may mean they’re damaged by damage to blood vessels, nerves, or other structures in the tissue.
The symptoms of a stroke may worsen after a stroke.
If your symptoms worsen after you have a stroke and you are able to walk, you can get a CT scanner to look at your brain.
The CT scan shows brain tissue from the stroke.
The scan shows whether the brain has been affected.
The scan shows damage to your brain tissue and may show the abnormal pattern of bloodflow.
Your doctor may then perform a more detailed MRI scan.
This will show where damage has occurred.
This could include the damage to the blood vessel in the spinal cord.
If this damage has caused swelling in the spine, this may cause some symptoms of dizziness, blurred vision, or difficulty with concentration.
The doctors will then perform more detailed CT scans to look for any other problems.
If there is a stroke or any abnormal brain tissue damage, you may need more treatment.
For example, if your symptoms improve after treatment and you’re able to drive a car, your physician may recommend that you get a more extensive CT scan to check your blood flow, nerves and other structures.
The imaging test to see the damage.
Your CT scan may also show abnormal brain cells.
This can mean that a brain cell is damaged or there is damage to a cell in the nerve cells or blood