C.F.’s story is something I am all too familiar with, having heard it from many patients and members of this community. Her turnaround is remarkable. – Dr. Perlmutter

In my family, and within my group of friends, I had always been the “bright” one. In 2001, in my early 20s, I was on the path to a great career and had a lifetime of success ahead of me. However, problems with concentration and my memory, which I had considered photographic, began to appear, to the degree that I knew something was wrong. I didn’t feel like myself. It progressed over the year until 2008, when everything just went downhill. My whole body was swollen, and I had an extremely high water retention level.

I couldn’t function anymore and was unable to form complete sentences. I would get lost, forget my name and wouldn’t know what was going on around me. Tasks that were once easy became unbearable, and life was so confusing that I spent a lot of time at home, unable to function. I was admitted to the hospital on 5 separate occasions as I was genuinely, unwell but no one knew what was wrong.  As time progressed I noticed that even my vocabulary was eroding!  I was a professional and people noticed.

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