Think I might have early on dementia?

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So im most probably so wrong about this, but recently I've had a lot of eye problems, blurred vision, floaters. Been to opticians everything is fine.

However, recently in the last couple of months I've had other symptoms that I'm guessing are related. I am always loosing my balance, like falling to the side. (I don't go dizzy nor do I go lightheaded. I'll be walking straight and for some reason I'll end up walking into the door or object that was no where near me.) this gets really bad when I'm at the gym.

I'm also noticing more and more that I'm struggling to speak, I will have the word in my head and I'll go speak it but what comes out is just a noise and I'm always muddling words up. And then there's the spelling, more and more I'm missing letters out and not noticing or just spelling words completely wrong!

It's starting to really effect my job as I'm always forgetting things my manager asks me to do or forgetting things in general. There's been a massive decline in my work effectiveness since about November 2016.

The likelihood of it being Alzheimer's is most probably so far wrong as I'm only 21 (22 in may) but after googling my symptoms (I know worst thing to do) I came across the early symptoms for Alzheimer's in younger people (being 30-50) and all the symptoms matched my own. My question is, can these symptoms be related to something else? Should I see my doctor? (I'm a bit worried about going as I've been quite a few times this year due to my eyes and periods and I think they've had enough of me now. So I don't want to bother them if it's nothing alarming.) thanks in advance for your replies!
 
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Hi,
Welcome to the forum, we can't diagnose on the forum. Please visit your dr you are obviously worried about your symptoms. It really doesn't matter that you've been a few times. That's what Drs are for.
I hope you get some answers and feel better very soon.
Take care
 
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Definately see your Dr. Theres several things Im aware ofthat could cause your symptoms, from stress, to neurological problems, but I'm not a Dr and no one can diagnose you online. Go and see your GP and get it properly checked out.

Interestingly stress is proved to be linked to poor memory and seems more likely at your age than dementia. I certainly have had a lot of problems with memory and concentration linked to stress.
 
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Do not take my words as a diagnosis, but since you're so young, this makes me think of a neurological illness - as others said however it could be something else really. Stress for example. Other users here are experiencing some of the symptoms because of stress. I have a friend with some of your same symptoms and after some months her doctor found out she has a ear problem which affects her vision and balance, and she would faint too. This proves there's many different possible causes.

So all in all the best thing you can do is talk to a doctor. I don't think this kind of symptoms are irrelevant.
I wish you the best, :hug: Let us know (if you feel comfortable sharing)
 
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Do not take my words as a diagnosis, but since you're so young, this makes me think of a neurological illness - as others said however it could be something else really. Stress for example. Other users here are experiencing some of the symptoms because of stress. I have a friend with some of your same symptoms and after some months her doctor found out she has a ear problem which affects her vision and balance, and she would faint too. This proves there's many different possible causes.

So all in all the best thing you can do is talk to a doctor. I don't think this kind of symptoms are irrelevant.
I wish you the best, :hug: Let us know (if you feel comfortable sharing)
You're so young and your symptoms are worrying. I hope you've seen you gp and please keep us posted. All the best
 
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Do you need vitamins. Maybe a blood test would be good
 
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Carrying a notepad or using your phone calendar can help
 
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It may take a couple of weeks to notice a change when taking vitamins. Maybe making a polaroid phot album will help
 
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This doesn't sound like dementia to me, but as others have said, I can't diagnose. I used to be an expert on dementia before I retired. The lack of balance could be ear problems and the forgetting things could be anything like anxiety or stress. There are hundreds of more likely reasons for this. Go back to your doctor and nag them for more information and investigations. Putting all the symtoms together might be a mistake and it could be several different things going on.
 
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You need to go to your GP, it doesn't sound like dementia to me either but as others have said we can't diagnose.

Do you ever find yourself being sick at all without any real reason? Headaches?

I would see the GP and perhaps ask for a referral to a neurologist ?

Best wishes
 
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Before I was initially diagnosed I had problems with speech, concentration and memory. I ended up psychotic.

Definitely worth talking with the doc about this.,
 
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You are very young to have Dementia, you must see your doctor and tell him your fears, maybe reading stuff on line is not helpful ? Your doctor will have the answers you seek, maybe worrying you have Alzheimer's is part of the problem, the more you look for signs the more you convince yourself your diagnosis is correct, the more you think it's correct the more you forget, it's a circle of worry and anguish till your convinced your worries are true. Your doctor can help you make sense of your fears, make the appointment to see your doctor.
 
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No, you don't have dementia (at 21) but have you had a CAT scan or an MRI?
 
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I’ve never heard of a case of AD that young. Early is defined as before 65 in the field. I’d still get checked out for sure. Could be side effects of medication too.
 
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I was also gonna mention that dizziness and vision issues can be side effects of antidepressants.
 
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Oh that’s so true! Good call. It could be something relatively innocuous and fixable so I wouldn’t be afraid to go have it checked out.
 
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So im most probably so wrong about this, but recently I've had a lot of eye problems, blurred vision, floaters. Been to opticians everything is fine.

However, recently in the last couple of months I've had other symptoms that I'm guessing are related. I am always loosing my balance, like falling to the side. (I don't go dizzy nor do I go lightheaded. I'll be walking straight and for some reason I'll end up walking into the door or object that was no where near me.) this gets really bad when I'm at the gym.

I'm also noticing more and more that I'm struggling to speak, I will have the word in my head and I'll go speak it but what comes out is just a noise and I'm always muddling words up. And then there's the spelling, more and more I'm missing letters out and not noticing or just spelling words completely wrong!

It's starting to really effect my job as I'm always forgetting things my manager asks me to do or forgetting things in general. There's been a massive decline in my work effectiveness since about November 2016.

The likelihood of it being Alzheimer's is most probably so far wrong as I'm only 21 (22 in may) but after googling my symptoms (I know worst thing to do) I came across the early symptoms for Alzheimer's in younger people (being 30-50) and all the symptoms matched my own. My question is, can these symptoms be related to something else? Should I see my doctor? (I'm a bit worried about going as I've been quite a few times this year due to my eyes and periods and I think they've had enough of me now. So I don't want to bother them if it's nothing alarming.) thanks in advance for your replies!
I am an aged carer

my expertise was quite advanced dementia.

I was assigned to a unit

that it was unfortunate... called a (lock in) unit

I know exactly what true dementia is.

what you explain is obviously distressing and uncomfortable.

but?...I suspect it's a hormone situation

it's not dementia...go see your doctor