Last week in the Birmingham News, a journalist named Mike Oliver revealed that he was recently given a diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). He had previously written in September 2016 that his diagnosis was Parkinson’s Disease. But new symptoms pointed to LBD.
Mike uses the term “Lewy body disease” and describes the condition as being “like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s combined.”
“The disease works and presents like Parkinson’s. In both cases, these proteins kill neurons. It’s just that with Lewy body disease the proteins are killing neurons over a wider swath of the brain. … The big difference is that with Lewy body disease, the dementia comes early, sometimes before any movement disorders are noticed. With Lewy body disease, dementia is often accompanied by hallucinations and REM behavior disorder, which cause people to physically act out their dreams, hitting, kicking or talking.”
Here’s a link to the full article:
The bad news: I don’t have Parkinson’s.
By Mike Oliver | [email protected]
on February 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM