Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) can affect 10 to 15 percent of people with severe illness, according to the Alzheimer's Society.
"[The condition] may be falsely diagnosed and is often confused with Alzheimer's, said the Alzheimer's Society on its website.
It is caused by abnormal protein clots, called Lewy Bodies, that form in brain cells Similar to Parkinson's disease, they often build up in areas of the brain that, according to NHS Choices, are responsible for "thinking, visual perception, and muscle movement."
The condition usually occurs in older people who do not have a family history
NHS Choices provides a list of the symptoms of the condition If you think you have dementia in Lewy Bodies or know someone who does, you should consult your doctor. [1
People who suffer from this disease may also have daily visions and / or hallucinations, which means something to see or sometimes hear that is not really there.
"Visual hallucinations often occur in people with DLB, often in the early stages of the condition," said the Alzheimer's Society
"[These] often by humans or animals, and are detailed and convincing to the person with Dementia can take several minutes and can be very stressful. "
Suffering from these moments should also explain why people with DLB often have delusions and think about things that are not true. Common types include the belief that someone comes out to get them, that strangers are in the house, or that a spouse has an affair.
NHS Choices says when someone sleeps with DLB They may be suffering from "violent movement" and "screaming".
The Alzheimer's Society, which defines these periods as "nightmares," adds that this could start years before the diagnosis.
"Someone with DLB can fall asleep easily during the day, but have troubled, disturbed nights.The most common nocturnal sleep problem is the person has violent movements when trying to live out nightmares."
"For bed partners it can be very distressing or even physically harmful. "
Up to two thirds of people with this condition suffer from it, a symptom similar to Parkinson's disease, which involves slow and stiff movements with a blank facial expression.
"The posture of the person may be bent and their gait may be shuffling, they may also have difficulty with their balance, and their limbs may sometimes shake," says the Alzheimer's Society.
NHS Choices says that in addition to discontinuity and falls through symptoms for the
The Alzheimer's Association adds that people with DLB "may faint or have inexplicable episodes, when they lose consciousness for a few minutes "
Periods of fluctuating attention
These can alternate periods of confusion and drowsiness for people with the condition over periods of days or even hours.
The Alzheimer's Society describes this as "very common" in patients.
"An important feature of the condition is that these problems can change between bad and then better during the day, per hour or even a few minutes," it states.
Problems Understanding, Thinking, Memory and Judgment
This is similar to Alzheimer's disease, but memory may be "less affected" in people with the condition, according to NHS Choices.
"People [with the condition] may have difficulty assessing distances and seeing objects in three dimensions," adds the Alzheimer's Society.
"Daily memory is often affected in people with DLB, but usually less in the early stages than in early Alzheimer's disease."
The Lewy Body Journal says it's a blog setup by an unknown family to describe her experience of dementia with Lewy Bodies in her grandmother, who led a "full, active and healthy life" and "two masters Degrees "earned.
They describe how the first indications suggested that she often had the condition. subtle "and" easy to dismiss. "
" The incident that triggered the first visit to a neurologist occurred at the weekly book-eating session in the library, where participants exchange book recommendations, "reads the blog
Mother, who was a great reader She read the session to the assembled group, when suddenly the words on the page looked funny, and she kept on reading, unaware that there were other problems until she looked up and the others' expression in her face
"It turned out that what she said was gibberish."