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How Long Should Amnesia Last
Variable periods: Amnesia can be retrograde (unable to remember before incident of onset of amnesia) and ante grade meaning not able to remember after incident of onset. Most amnesia is due to a traumatic or severe stressful event and usually lasts a few hours to a few days. Longer periods of amnesia are rare. ...Read more
Sure: If experiences aren't ingrained in the brain as memories, they will not be remembered no matter how much time passes. This can happen to people with brain injuries. ...Read more
Yes, many causes: Head trauma, especially concussion, but including true brain injuries in addition, strokes associated with thrombo-embolism to brainstem, coma from any causes, poisons toxins, drug reactions and od's, transient global amnesia, and all result in losses of chunks of time which never return. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what caused the amnesia as well as the degree of restoration of the brain after the insult. For some it may only be days, for others weeks or months, and yet for others it may never come back. ...Read more
Varies: It can last a month to months. I would highly recommend seeing an acupuncturist/chinese medicine practitioner. I have had more rapid recovery in patients by adding these treatments. He may also have headaches for a couple months and mood swings from the injury. He needs to stay hydrated as well and it is ok if he needs school adjustment as he will not perform well until he is better. ...Read more
Simple partial seizures, painful headaches like cutting my brain in two that last for a few seconds, long term memory loss. What is happening to me?
Seizures continue: Please contact your neurologist. And talk about treatment options because of the symptoms that you are experiencing. They are likely being caused by your seizures themselves. The symptoms sound very painful. Your neurologist may opt to monitor you on an eeg monitoring unit in hospital. Some causes of memory loss include loss of oxygen (night-time grand mal), medications, and low B12 or folate (folic acid). ...Read more
I fell down some stairs and now have venticular dilation, etiology includes hydrocephalus or normal pressure hydrocephalus. I am dizzy unstable have memory loss and incontinant how long will this last. I also have ongoing headaches, how long will these
Possibly: Normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) is usually not associated with headaches although it is associated with the gait, memory, and bladder problems. You may also have post-traumatic hydrocephalus from your fall. This should be worked up further by a neurologist/neurosurgeon. Further scans with an MRI can determine if there is a blockage or obstruction leading to the hydrocephalus. ...Read more
Stroke: The long term variant is a stroke. Transient symptoms are usually a warning of impending permanent injury. See stroke. Org for warning signs of stroke. ...Read more
Is it possible to retrieve lost memories from amnesia that lasted for years, like seven to eight years? Are there treatments required?
Yes.: You can get memories back after amnesia. There are no known proven treatments to retrieve previous memories. You are watching too much sci-fi. But, you could try a hypnotist. ...Read more
I was in the ER on Christmas Eve with a minor concussion and amnesia. How long should I wait until I can drive my car?
Evaluation: Did the doctor who examined not say anything? The best evaluation would come from what's called a FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY TEST for driving. The local BMV can tell you where this can be done in your area. Your doctor can then, refer you for testing. As a neurologist, I'd be happy to assess you live if you'd like on this network. Write me at www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR for appointment ...Read more
I had anterograde amnesia for last 20 months. : (intially doctors said it should take 10-12 months. Is there any way to speed the recovery.?
Jot this down...:
It may be different in your case, but many folk don't so much recover as adjust. Take notes on everyday things and review them like a school task till you know it all well. This website was made by neuroscientists and is good. There's a FREE level you can use: http://www. Lumosity. Com/
Use friends/family as "study" partners to review new memories in various forms - sound, sight and movement/form. ...Read more
Can taking a high amount of benzodiazapines and over a long period of time give you alzheimer's or amnesia of some sort?
Yes: Memory problems is a classic collateral effect, very common after using this drugs. Loss of balance, dependency, and depression are also frequently observed. Not alzheimers. Bad idea for the long term; read the insert that pharmacy gives you, and you will notice that even manufacturers warn you and clarify that no studies demonstrate efficacy beyond a period of time, and all. Ask your dr. Good luck. ...Read more
In between the last 5 hrs I had been knocked out by someone in my home and when I woke I seem to have some amnesia black blue ribs PAIN throwing up?
Go to the nearest ER: Go to the nearest ER or call 911 to get assistance right away. ...Read more
Consider the source: As a psychiatrist I may not be your best source for this answer but if you were a family member I would get tested for lyme's disease as well as what more familiar specialists would suggest. ...Read more
My memory loss has stayed stable or even improved over the last year. I'm also 22. Is this indicative of a degenerative disease?
By definition it is: Not progressive if it has remained stable or improved over the past year. If your primary care or neurologist has not determined the cause & you have no history of tumor, trauma or infection that affected your brain, a neuropsychological evaluation will define the type (s) of memory loss & any associated neuro-cognitive impairments & recommend therapy options & mnemonic, or memory, aids. ...Read more