By the year 2040, 14 million Americans will be "diagnosed" with Alzheimer's.
Society's concern must be for the people who have been "diagnosed" with
this disease. Researchers agree that Alzheimer's Disease can not be
identified conclusively until autiopsy. Moreover, researchers also agree
that the symptoms of the "diagnosis" often mimic the symptoms of other
medical conditions, including, to name only a few: severe depression,
lyme disease, chronic stress, post traumatic stress disorder, and normal
pressure hydrocephales--a releatively minor medical condition that affects
many senior Americans.
Left untreated, patients with these and many other "diagnoses" can
develop symptoms that mimic the symptoms of advanced stage Alzheimer's.
Any doctor's "opinion" about an Alzheimer's "diagnosis" may be inaccurate,
Sadly, inaccurate "diagnosis" leads to inaccurate treatment.
Physicians assoicated with the Institute agree with Jay Leno's comment:
"Why won't doctors just admit that they're guessing".
The word "diagnosis" is just a medical term for the word "GUESS"
It is said that patients with advanced stage Alzheimer's, feel no pain.
The perecption of pain is an individual experience. Patients who have
been "diagnosed" with Alzheimer's, may feel pain, but may be unable to
respond to or express pain. No one can state conclusively that another
human being feels no pain.