I was finally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
My thyroid function returned to normal with medication, but I still knew something was wrong and nobody had addressed my memory problems.
By this stage, it was taking me much longer to do my work, and I made the decision to go part-time. The school children were finishing my sentences. I just couldn’t do my job anymore and I didn’t know why.
In 2021 I returned to the GP once again and was finally referred to the memory clinic where I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, six and a half years after my initial GP appointment.
I found out that I was menopausal shortly after. I began having hot flushes and not sleeping on top of all the symptoms that come with Alzheimer’s disease. It seems bizarre to me that I was diagnosed with dementia before menopause. It feels backwards.
Being diagnosed with both dementia and menopause has really knocked my confidence. Now, doing everyday things like shopping or getting on the bus feel daunting. I’m now using an HRT patch which is helping with my menopausal symptoms, and I am feeling a little better every day.
I couldn’t differentiate between dementia and menopause symptoms
The onset of my dementia and menopause were so close together that I couldn’t differentiate between the two.
I want more people to know about the symptoms of young onset dementia as well as menopause. The symptoms can be similar which makes getting a diagnosis difficult.
It’s so important for women to get an accurate diagnosis of young onset dementia so they can access the right medication and support.