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Transcript of CJD
anxiety and depression
difficulty sleeping, and
impaired thinking The later stages of CJD include: Blindness/blurred vision
loss of balance/coordination
difficulty walking and talking, and
involuntary jerking/movements Eventually a patient with CJD will lose the ability to move, do everyday functions, and even speak. The only way to diagnosis CJD is a brain biopsy or examination of brain tissue. Tests such as an electroencephalogram (records brain's electrical patterns), a spinal tap, and a MRI can indicate whether it is other causes of dementia. Scientists are working on creating laboratory tests on the cerebrospinal fluid which can detects a protein markers and indicates it's neuronal degeneration. There is no treatment that can cure or reverse CJD, though doctors have tried many drugs. Current treatment focuses on the patients comfort and assisting the patient with any needs. Treatment As far as holistic medicine goes there is nothing much besides caring for the patients needs. Instead of staying in a nursing home the patient can have a hospice nursing taking care of them. My Personal Experience with CJD I was 10 years old when my grandma was diagnosed with CJD in 2005. The dementia set in quick. On Memorial Day she went on a golf tip and was fine. On my birthday (June 12) she acted fine but apparently she eat a lot. On Fathers Day (June 19) she couldn't make sentences and she lost the ability to some everyday functions. In July members of my family took my grandmother down to the Mayo Clinic where she was diagnosed with CJD. My grandma passes away in August so it only took just over three months from the first symptoms to complete loss of brain function. My Grandmother's bother had died of a brain disease but he was not diagnosed with CJD but the doctors think that it was hereditary. Does Insurance Cover CJD Patients? Most personal insurance plans and Medicare will cover a patient with CJD.