Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus - Symptoms

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Published: August 27

With my normal pressure hydrocephalus I have tiredness a lot of the days, and my energy level is low. I have been taking various exercise classes, the latest being tai chi. I believe these classes have helped somewhat with my balance, but for sure I have not returned to pre-symptom stage, unfortunately. One of the medications I take is an antidepressant. With all of the side effects that medications have you have to wonder if they are helping or hindering. Good luck..

Published: August 24

My father (84) was recently presumed to have NPH. We had been led to believe that his condition was normal deterioration due to age. He had the foot stuck to the floor symptom long before he got incontinence (blamed on his prostrate) and confusion (blamed on old age) One morning he couldn't get up and saw a new physician in emergency who put the combination of Parkinson’s-like symptoms together with the sudden dementia - as a stranger he noticed that my father was not "out of it", he was just a good few beats behind everyone else. He did a lumbar puncture and we noticed immediate improvement in speech and motor skills, although definitely not a recovery and although every joint and muscle could be operated independently his mind could not put them all together to walk. He was offered the shunt operation, but refused due to the high risk of stroke. He's now in a nursing home and has to be hauled in and out of bed by a hoist and wheeled everywhere. As early as his 60's and 70's dad complained of it being hard to get his feet moving after resting. I wonder whether these were early signs of an impending problem..