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Doctor insights on: Lapses In Memory

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more


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Could Prozac (fluoxetine) cause short-term memory lapses?

Could Prozac (fluoxetine) cause short-term memory lapses?

Yes: But infrequently. Indeed, so much so that I would look for other causes of memory lapses including dissociation before I would definitively state that it was due to prozac (fluoxetine). Best wishes. ...Read more

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Had good memory but for 2 weeks or so I've had severe memory lapses where I can't remember parts of several days. Can it be my anxiety/depression?

Had good memory but for 2 weeks or so I've had severe memory lapses where I can't remember parts of several days. Can it be my anxiety/depression?

Severe Memory Lapses: I understand your distress.
Diagnosis needs to be made of possible Concussion, Migraine or Neurological Disorder due to “severe memory lapses where I can't remember parts of several days.” starting 2 weeks back.

Please See Neurologist for Diagnosis and Treatment.

It is possible that sudden severe Psychological Trauma may cause Dissociative Amnesia. For that, See a Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can anxiety/depression and me only focusing on my memory cause severe memory lapses that happen frequently. LIke me forgetting severak hours or so.

Can anxiety/depression and me only focusing on my memory cause severe memory lapses that happen frequently. LIke me forgetting severak hours or so.

Memory lapses: Anxiety can interfere w/memory but not to the extent you mention. It is very important that you see your doctor and be examined. Please tell him/her what you told us. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am on invega sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) and I am so scatterbrained I can't remember anything and have memory lapses. Is this common side effect? Is there a remedy?

Possibly: Although rare, it can happen. It would be intersting to know the dose, I vega as well as clonazep. Are you overmedicated? Have u noticed a clear correlation starting the invega (paliperidone) and feeling the cognitive deterioration? If that's the case talk to your Dr. As he may have to adjust dose first, evaluate benefits vs risks and decide to keep you on it or not. ...Read more

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After a weekend with memory loss an MRI showed I have poor circulation in my brain. What are warning signs of future extended memory lapses?

After a weekend with memory loss an MRI showed I have poor circulation in my brain. What are warning signs of future extended memory lapses?

Link?: Memory lapse...Mri showing poor circulation? Doesn't sound linked. Plain mris don't really show "poor circulation" as such. Could you have had transient global amnesia? Consider seeing a neurologist if you had a prolonged period of amnesia. ...Read more

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What vitamin deficiency usually causes memory lapses? Post gastric bypass 9/2011

What vitamin deficiency usually causes memory lapses? Post gastric bypass 9/2011

Vitamins: The most common vitamin deficiencies seen after gastric bypass are with vitamin b12, vitamin d and iron. Some have low calcium. Vitamin B12 deficiency can affect the central nervous system and memory. ...Read more

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I keep getting headaches, tired, memory lapses. I'm under stress and a single parent to 3 kids. What are my chances of having brain tumor. I'm 29f?

I keep getting headaches, tired, memory lapses. I'm under stress and a single parent to 3 kids. What are my chances of having brain tumor. I'm 29f?

Very, very low: I'm linking to statistics, but there is every reason to think it's not brain cancer. Stress is my guess and other illnesses and conditions may be involved. Consider supportive therapy to relieve the burden, or yoga, meditation, support groups - have a full general exam to discover anemia, thyroid or other deficiencies, etc.
http://www. Abta. Org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/
Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 76 year old mother in law has memory lapses and worries about dementia. She is also on thyroxin for thyroid problems. Could that affect her memory?

My 76 year old mother in law has memory lapses and worries about dementia. She is also on thyroxin for thyroid problems. Could that affect her memory?

Less likely: Well controlled thyroid function test should not affect memory. There can other reasons for dementia - age, too much alcohol, etc. Please consult her GP. ...Read more

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Past 3wks almost daily headaches. This wk added bouts- dizziness, muscle fatigue, shortness of breath. Today began to have memory lapses. Suggestions?

Past 3wks almost daily headaches. This wk added bouts- dizziness, muscle fatigue, shortness of breath. Today began to have memory lapses. Suggestions?

Go see ur FamilyDoc: Given the constellation & duration of your symptoms, speculating online does you no good. Instead, you need to see your FamilyDoc for complete evaluation including history & physical. Do not delay seeking medical care. ...Read more

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Lupus patient having very bad lupus flare-ups, but with severe muscle weakness, bad headaches, blurry vision, poor focus & balance and memory lapses.

Lupus patient having very bad lupus flare-ups, but with severe muscle weakness, bad headaches, blurry vision, poor focus & balance and memory lapses.

Rheumatologist: The issue you described is not suitable for this forum as the treatment needs to be closely monitored. If would be prudent to consult a rheumatologist and follow her/his advise.
Wish you good health! . ...Read more

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How to enhace the memory?

How to enhace the memory?

Enhancing Memory...: Good memory really depends on the health and well being of the brain. Here are some tips: 1) learn something new each day
2) don't minimize the importance of sleep and exercise 3) socialize with friends and laugh frequently 4) keep stress to a minimum or develop new coping skills for stress management 5) be present in all your activities 6) good nutrients such as omega 3's and green tea. ...Read more

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How to incrase my memory?

How to incrase my memory?

Use it or lose it!: Memory increases when you perform interesting, challenging mental tasks throughout the day. Doing crossword puzzles, playing sudoku or other games, reading, listening to music and stimulating conversations all help to increase attention, concentration and memory. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as pain memory?

Yes: "phantom pain" for example is common in people who have amputations, where their brain makes them feel their foot is really aching, etc...Despite having had it amputated. It is the brain remembering the foot being their and thus a type of "memory pain.". ...Read more

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Is there something called pain memory?

Is there something called pain memory?

Yes: Unfortunately we see this in amputees. Sometimes they may still have limb pain even though its not there. ...Read more

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Medicine for memory?

Medicine for memory?

Meds for memory: There really is no medication specifically for memory. There are medications that can help improve concentration. Some holistic stores sell natural supplements that promote themselves as good for memory. ...Read more

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How to improve your memory?

A lifestyle: Improving memory requires committing to an entire lifestyle. This lifestyle includes eating a brain-healthy diet, exercising well, visiting your doctor on a regular basis, staying socially integrated and mentally challenged, and also getting restful sleep. ...Read more

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How can I impove my memory?

Practice!: Practice, practice, practice! The more you use your brain, the better you'll get. Of course, if you use it only specific areas, those are the only areas in which you'll get better. Still, studies show that those who read, complete crossword puzzles, etc do better. There are many free computer memory games available online. Just realize we don't have any proof that one is better than rest. ...Read more

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What are basic types of memory?

Memory: Breaks down into storage and retrieval processes involving the left temporal lobe: factual didactic (semantic) memory, right temporal autobiographical (episodic) memory, frontal systems dependent working memory, implicit visual and auditory memory and procedural memory. Its probably a bit more complicated than this. I'd need about 5 pages to cover the topic of basic types of memory. ...Read more

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What are foods to enhance memory?

Many possibilites: An organic diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good fats, lean protein provides nutrient rich foods while avoiding harmful toxins such as pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics which can impair memory.

Caloric restriction has been shown to improve memory in alzheimer's.

Many supplements can also help: nac, b vitamins esp. L-methylfolate, omega 3 fa, huperzine, . ...Read more

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Is memory optimizer capsules useful?

Is memory optimizer capsules useful?

No: There is no credible evidence that any herbal or over the counter agents improve memory. ...Read more

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Is it possible to erase someone completely from your memory?

Not possible: Normally, memory doesn't work that way. I suppose that a hypnotherapist might be able to target a specific thing sand make a drone-type attack - just hitting the bad guy. But there could be collateral damage too. Anyway, a good psychotherapist - with or without hypnosis could help you stop reacting to an old issue and move on with your life. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to improve memory?

Exercise, diet, sleep: It's important to exercise your brain-just like you would exercise your body. Make sure that you complete cognitive tasks for 30 minutes a day-crossword puzzles, sudoku, games, or learn something new. You also need to have a healthy diet, get adequate sleep and physical exercise. ...Read more

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How can I improve memory?

See below: Good sleep, exercise, alcohol in moderation, paying attention to things around you: in a quiet room, look at things around you for about a minute, leave the room and try to reproduce as many things as you remember in the room; finding challenging activity will increase your brain power; rehearse what you already know; relate new info to what you already know. ...Read more

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Is ginkgo good for memory?

No-but controversial: Large randomized clinical trials in the US and published by respected medical journal suggested that "ginkgo provides no measurable benefit in memory or related cognitive function to adults with healthy cognitive function". However, large doses of gingko have been reported by some studies to improve moderate to severe dementia. I would suggest assume no until more infor becomes available. ...Read more

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How to increase my memory?

ACTUALLY A FEW TRICK: A number of mental exercises such as doing memory lists, crossword puzzles, keeping an electronic memory list, but maybe some of the otc remedies for aging might be of some value such as n-acetylcysteine, Alpha lipoic acid, foods with low glycemic indices, increase of omega 3 fatty acids, and perhaps wondering whether your powers of focus and concentration need a boost.? Speech therapy/. ...Read more

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Can caffeine boost memory?

Caffeine: It boosts energy and concentration which can temporarily boost short term memory. ...Read more

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How to improve my memory?

How to improve my memory?

Brain power: My best recommendation for a healthy brain is a balanced nutrition including vegetables and avoidance of excessive carbohydrate or processed sugars. Exercise, maintain normal weight, avoid alcohol, do not smoke, sleep well. Keep your mind socially active. Engage in conversations with others. Check with your md to make sure thyroid function, vitamin B12 and vitamin d levels are normal. ...Read more

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How does age affect memory?

How does age affect memory?

It shouldn't.: In a otherwise healthy individual, age should not greatly affect memory. Benign forgetfulness of aging does affect some and is typified by "where did I leave my car keys", "why did I walk into this room" and "i really should remember their name" type problems, but does not typically result in any debility. More serious dementia problems are often noted more by family members than the patient. ...Read more

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How do I improve my memory?

Stay healthy.: Stimulate your mind with books, problem-solving tasks, exercise, restrict tv watching, eat right, drink less alcohol. In fact the mind and body have a symbiotic relationship. ...Read more