Depending on where the Lewy bodies are in the brain, a person can have any or all of the following pre-dementia disorders:
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder ("RBD" or "Active Dreams")
- Parkinson's Disease
- Mild Cognitive Impairment-LB
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the umbrella term for two types of dementia:
LBD can also accompany other dementia's, especially these two:
Symptoms depend on where the Lewy bodies are in the brain. Even then, every person's experience will be unique. No two will have the same set of symptoms, although some are common to all Lewy body disorders:
- Fluctuations in cognition and abilities
- Autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunctions
- Sensory perceptual dysfunctions (especially visual)
Drug sensitivity is a symptom that appears more often as Lewy bodies increase. It causes certain drugs to act as an overdose. It can also make Lewy body-related symptoms worse instead of better. For more about this very serious symptom, click here.
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