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Letters: Early Diagnosis

Adams, Penny

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000399228.08102.5e

First, I want to thank Neurology Now for keeping me up to date with the informative articles you publish. I am a caregiver and partner of a wonderful man who has Lewy body disease (LBD).

Your article “An Ounce of Early Intervention” discusses the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. Well, I am here to tell you that in many cases the early symptoms of neurologic disease are put off as the symptoms of normal aging. Now that we know what the symptoms of LBD are, we can go back about four more years and find them. But there were no tremors initially, and we never thought the symptoms that did show up could be associated with an incurable disease. We never thought that the stiffness was from LBD—we assumed it was arthritis creeping in. And we figured the cognitive problems were due to a traumatic brain injury some 10 years before.

Penny Adams

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