Welcome, Bruce, and a belated Happy Birthday! I am so glad you found this site and asked about Louise's Capgras Syndrome diagnosis and her delusion that there is another Bruce. Her love and happy marriage to you come through in her belief that you are the taller, smarter and honest Bruce! As someone I met last year said "Just because my mother lost some memories doesn't mean she lost her feelings or her personality and those are what we are going to respect and support."brucebowe wrote:My name is Bruce, my spouse is Louise. Louise was diagnosed with AD about a year ago.Also mentioned in the diagnosis was Capgras Syndrome, although that part of the diagnosis was barely mentioned. She is in treatment by a Bredesen approved doctor. I would call her dementia stable and relative mild.
All through this, she has been subject to a delusion that there is another Bruce(me). But, not quite me. She often sees him around the house or in town. She swears he is not the exact same as me. Usually described as a little shorter, not as smart, and not particular honest. She often worries that he will try to claim part ownership of our house. She used to say she was once married to him, but not so much anymore. She has a low opinion of him. She and I have been very happily married and the love is still there for sure for both of us....
All in all, if we can keep her condition just as it is Right Now, i'd be looking forward to a fairly good rest of our days. BTW, she is almost 73 and I just turned 82 a few days ago. I'll admit to worrying about this a lot.
If anyone has any thoughts on this I would REALLY appreciate hearing them. Thanks in advance to anyone who posts back.
Bruce -- in northern California.
Capgras syndrome in Dementia with Lewy BodiesHallucinations and misperceptions are common in DLB, often associated with Lewy body pathology in the amygdala, parahippocampus and inferior temporal lobe, and may involve disrupted cortical connections between the occipital and temporal lobes (Harding et al., 2002). Prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, is another perceptual disorder common in neurodegenerative disease also associated with occipitotemporal pathology (Barton, 2011)
An unusual delusion of duplication in a patient affected by Dementia with Lewy bodiesDelusions are common features in DLB and, among them, Capgras syndrome represents the most frequent disturbance, characterized by the recurrent and transient belief that a familiar person, often a close family member or caregiver, has been replaced by an identical-looking imposter...We reported on a female patient affected by DLB who presented with an unusual delusion of duplication. Referring to the female professional caregiver engaged by her relatives for her care, the patient constantly described the presence of two different female persons, with a disorder framed in the context of a delusion of duplication...[Tests} suggest a possible dysfunction in an abnormal connectivity between anterior and posterior areas.
Hi Bruce, it is so good to read that you felt supported by the responses you got from the community here! Since it sounded like you were going to be reading about toxins on the forums , you may have already run across the option of doing an ERMI test to see what the mycotoxin levels are in your home. For many people, looking at mycotoxin levels is a good first step in evaluating the environment. That can be ordered through Mycometrics.com. For evaluating heavy metals, some physicians like urine challenge testing through Dr’s Data. Personally , I prefer the Blood Metals Panel from Quicksilver Scientific. They also have a Mercury Tri-test (hair, urine, blood) that distinguishes between organic and inorganic mercury which can help you to determine what the source of mercury is if it is elevated and also identifies detoxification problems.brucebowe wrote: .....and I'm looking for someone to check our house for mold and other toxins.
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