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Bad memory loss from anesthesia, what do you recommend?

Bad memory loss from anesthesia, what do you recommend?

Not easy answer: The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes postoperative cognitive dusfunction. There is no know treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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Could general anesthesia have any side effect to memory loss?

Could general anesthesia have any side effect to memory loss?

Not easy answer: After anesthetics, some patients experince postoperative cognitive dusfunctionpocd. The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes pocd. There is no known treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term side-effects of general anesthesia, such as memory loss or dementia?

Are there any long-term side-effects of general anesthesia, such as memory loss or dementia?

Possible: Very rare but I have seen patients where this has happened - get a consult with aneurologist ...Read more

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Am post op. In life had 5 anesthesia. Recovery 4 times morphine, this time had fentanyl. Very messy recov. Like drunk. Part memory loss, naughty boy

Am post op. In life had 5 anesthesia. Recovery 4 times morphine, this time had fentanyl. Very messy recov. Like drunk. Part memory loss, naughty boy

Please clarify: Your situation is unfortunate and sounds complicated. Not clear what you are asking. Please resubmit with a clear question so we can better respond. Meantime, talk to your surgeon or doctor who's following you about any post-op problems, whether physical or mental changes that may relate to your operation. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can anesthesia cause amnesia after you leave the hospital?

Can anesthesia cause amnesia after you leave the hospital?

Yes but not for long: Amnesia is often an intentional effect desired by an anesthesiologist for a more pleasant patient experience. With shorter acting medicines, and quicker hospital discharges, the amnesic effect often continues after leaving the hospital. That said, the patient is told to stay home and rest. After a few hours, the amnesic effect, and other anesthesia effects should taper off. ...Read more

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I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

See below: Do not think your statistics reflect real data. Did you find a blog from an online "expert"? IV sedation is not akin to general anesthesia and likely does not really represent any profound risk. Suggest you talk with your doctor regarding your concerns, ...Read more

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Why does anesthesia bring on amnesia? Is it psychological reasons why a person should not remember a surgery?

Why does anesthesia bring on amnesia? Is it psychological reasons why a person should not remember a surgery?

Cognitive effects: Anesthetics activate memory-loss receptors in the brain, ensuring no recall for traumatic events during surgery.Some people have short term amnesia/memory loss or other cognitive symptoms. Depends on age, type of agent used, and how long the person was under. Psychology affects everything, but I believe this is largely the physiologic consequences of having been in a pharmacologically induced coma ...Read more

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I had a bad reaction to anesthesia with headaches, and loss of memory and in a fog. Now they found brain lesions could the reaction cause the lesions?

I had a bad reaction to anesthesia with headaches, and loss of memory and in a fog. Now they found brain lesions could the reaction cause the lesions?

No: The lesions might have been uncovered by the anesthetic, but they could not have been caused by it. Areas around brain lesions of any type are much more sensitive to anesthesia. This us due to the disruption if blood flow around those sites. Because of this an anesthetic could take longer to wear off from these areas causing confusion and your other symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause extreme memory loss?

What could cause extreme memory loss?

Many causes: There are far to many causes to list. If you are elderly a stroke or alzheimer's may at the top of the lust. ...Read more

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Will ssris cause memory loss?

Will ssris cause memory loss?

NO: Unless you take an overdose -- in which case the memory loss would be temporary, but probably the least of your problems. Rarely, some SSRI's cause word finding problems. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause memory loss?

Yes, several ways: Diabetes can be a risk factor for memory issues. The brain needs glucose in order to function, and very low or very high levels can lead to chronic damage of vascular and nervous pathways. Low blood sugar can lead to unconsciousness and death, and often persons who have behavioral issues when their blood sugar is low have no memory for the events. Protect your brain and control your glucose. ...Read more

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What causes short term memory loss?

What causes short term memory loss?

Many conditions: Many diseases and injuries cause short term memory loss. Head injury is one of the most common causes in young people, while dementia is one of the most common causes in older adults. Other causes include tumors, medication effects, nutritional deficiency, epilepsy, sleep deprivation, stroke, pseudodementia, and many others. A neuropsychological and neurological evaluation can identify the cause. ...Read more

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What causes of long-term memory loss?

Memory loss: Excessive drug or alcohol use and aging are the most common causes. ...Read more

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Will arteriosclerosis cause memory loss?

Yes: If the arteries to the brain are effected, it can cause memory loss. ...Read more

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Is memory loss caused by stroke permanent?

Possibly: Depending on the location and size of your stroke, the memory loss may improve some, but can also be permanent. ...Read more

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What is the cause of short term memory loss?

Many causes: There are many causes of short term memory loss. In the younger patients (< 50-60 years), the common causes include head injury, stroke, drug use, alcohol. In the elderly, the common causes include alzheimer's disease, stroke, parkinson's disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Can flashbacks cause you to have memory loss?

No just temp amnesia: Depends on level of ptsd and if it was accompanied by tbi and if there is already a brain and psych condition or existing hard question to answer but can hypothesize that the ptsd can can so severe that the person can stay preoccupied and consumed by it may also cause organic changes in hippocampus and amydgla and other area which are studied for CRF research for trauma join us for latest research. ...Read more

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Can excessive porn watching cause memory loss?

Effects of porn: Not too my knowledge, but there are studies that frequent pornography use may lead to temporary impotence in young men.

Also, keep in mind that some porn is made through human trafficking and can contain underage subjects without it being obvious, which is illegal to possess.

Memory problems may more likely be a result of little sleep and substance use like alcohol and depression in young men. ...Read more

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What are the causes of confusion & memory loss?

What are the causes of confusion & memory loss?

Many causes: In aging adults, some degree of short term memory loss is not unusual while long term memory is preserved. However, confusion is a more worrisome symptom. Often the cause can be a medication such as a sedative or sleeping pill. Low blood pressure can lead to confusion also. If confusion persists, the family should see a doctor to see if the patient has alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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Can certain hormonal changes cause memory loss?

Can certain hormonal changes cause memory loss?

Relation to dementia: Actually, the nih studies suggested a memory risk when older women supplemented female hormones especially estrogens, and in addition, there may be both heart attack and stroke issues too. The johns hopkins work seemed to confirm this. However, all is not bleak, as there are many female hormones, especially estradiol, which may be important. Confer with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if melatonin causes memory loss?

Can you tell me if melatonin causes memory loss?

Melatonin: Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland, and involved in maintain circadian rhythm, and regularize sleep-wake cycles. It is very unusual to have memory loss from such product, but side effects are common in certain individuals. There will be interesting to know if you are susceptible to such adverse effect. ...Read more

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What causes memory loss after waking from a coma?

Memory loss: Memory loss subsequent to coma can depend upon the reason for the coma. Some patients in a coma were placed in a medically -induced one while others may have had a disease state that caused the coma. Some patients may have sustained brain injury and the type an location of the injured brain can impact the amount of memory loss. ...Read more

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What are common causes of short term memory loss?

Several: Intoxication, aging, alzheimer's, thiamine deficiency, stroke, brain radiation, electroconvulsive therapy, medication side effects, seizures, encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, hypoxia, cardiac arrest etc. ...Read more

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What would cause my short term memory loss at age 50?

Many things: It could be depression. But really, you should see a family doctor as a first step to get a full evaluation and proper referral. ...Read more

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Does chemical imbalance cause memory loss and nightmares?

Chemical imbalance?: Chemical imbalance is very generic word used for various reasons like depression anxiety or any other psychiatric disorder. In that sense, yes it can cause memory issues but not memory loss. Worsening depression and anxiety can cause decrease in concentration, confusion and easy distractibility and forgetfulness. Night mares are a common anxiety phenomenon. ...Read more

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What could cause memory loss and numbness at the same time?

What could cause memory loss and numbness at the same time?

See below: Could be a sign of more than one thing. Please contact your primary care doctor for a full workup and take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible for exposure to chemicals cause memory loss?

Yes: There are many environmental toxins that have neurological impact. Some of this impact could be memory loss. More information would be needed in order to determine exactly what the impact of particular chemicals are. ...Read more

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What are the causes of memory loss in someone who was in a coma?

What are the causes of memory loss in someone who was in a coma?

It's complex.: Memory is a complex, poorly understood phenomenon. The fluctuations in blood pressure, blood flow and inflammation all can contribute. Often brain tissue is also destroyed during a coma which can have effects on memory. This is active area of medical research. ...Read more

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When I take alcohol, I experience memory loss. What should be the cause?

Alcohol related: Research has shown that heavy alcohol use clearly damages retrospective memory, or learning, retention and retrieval of previously processed materials. If you have consumed alcohol over a long period of time begin your recovery by scheduling a thorough physical examination followed by a substance abuse assessment with a licensed mental health professional. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys? " or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child? " There also can be catastrophic memory loss such as ...Read more


Dr. Paul Gilson
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Amnesia (Definition)

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