Good morning all, after 6 months of getting nowhere with my (age 89) FIL's primary care doctor of "he's just getting old, is all" I think I've cracked the code on my FIL's illness. He fits, unfortunately, into all the symptoms of LBD except hallucinations. We have a new doctor group (thank heavens!!) that specializes in geriatrics. They said that an official diagnosis would cost thousands and likely exacerbate my father's dementia---a PT scan, a visit with a neurologist, mental testing, etc. The family agrees, but Mom would like a diagnosis. She thinks that he has something that is curable and that we're just missing something. We have no interest in any of the RXs that are on the market. We just want to know what we're dealing with and its progression.
Can a diagnosis be agreed upon without all of the expensive and extensive testing---maybe just based on observations and notes and an in-house neuro exam? What was your experience with your LO?