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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


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80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

It could be a new: stroke or tia, so you should have her see her doctor. It is possible that morphine is causing her symptoms, but other causes need to be excluded first.

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Age 28 years what can I do for memory loss?

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Age 28 years what can I do for memory loss?

Memory loss: Work with your doctor to explore the causes & treat those.

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How come I have severe memory loss all of a sudden?

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How come I have severe memory loss all of a sudden?

Amnesia: Sudden severe amnesia calls for immediate medical workup. Go down to er.

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I am suffering from terrible memory loss. Please help?

I am suffering from terrible memory loss. Please help?

Need to sort out: Many reasons for memory loss at age 39, such as depression, stress, anxiety, prior use of recreational drugs, medication reactions, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, infections such as syphilis or hiv. Suggest you see your physician and get this evaluated.

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I keep having sudden memory loss. How can I get my mental health checked?

Sudden may not be: Sudden at all if the episodes are ones that you "keep on having". It could be one of several kinds of seizures. Absence seizures act that way but are very brief and not noticed by the person affected. Dissociative episodes can last longer (large gaps of time not remembered) and are usually products of explosive anger or ptsd. In all cases medical evaluation is necessary. Don't put it off.

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What can I do for memory loss? At first was keys, now is why I went to another room.

It depends: A memory specialist needs to decide, based on your age, the time course and any other symptoms, what the cause is. For example, stroke, infection of the brain, degenerative condition, nutritional deficiency and on and on. The treatment would depend on the cause.

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What could be wrong if you are having memory loss even to the point you forget your age and I'm only 33?

As above: I agree with other doctor, see a. Psychiatrist or neurologist for evaluation and work up.

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I'm going through memory loss and I don't know why. I haven't been in any accidents either. What's going on?

I'm going through memory loss and I don't know why. I haven't been in any accidents either. What's going on?

Many things: Memory is a very complex process and as such, any unusual changes in ones memory can be due to complex reasons. Accidents can be one. Depression is often over-looked as a cause of poor memory recollection. There are special cognitive tests that can quantify memory loss-into 'long-term" or "short term" or even the ability to create new memories. Other organic causes (disease) should be ruled out.

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What can I do to help my wife that is starting to have memory loss? She don't to accept that she this problem. Thank you.

What can I do to help my wife that is starting to have memory loss? She don't to accept that she this problem. Thank you.

Get help: From other family members to support you. Ask her, out of love for her and her well being, to see her doctor about this and go with her to the appointment. Tell her that if she doesn't have any memory problems, then memory testing will will be fine, and you'll stop bothering her. If there is a problem, you want to find out the reason to hopefully help her.

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My memory loss has stayed stable or even improved over the last year. I'm also 22. Is this indicative of a degenerative disease?

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.

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I had a scary episode yesterday. Suddenly I felt like I was having an out of body experience and I had memory loss. I had no clue what was happening?

I had a scary episode yesterday. Suddenly I felt like I was having an out of body experience and I had memory loss. I had no clue what was happening?

Memory loss: Combined with a brief out of body sensation suggests either alien abduction or focal (temporal lobe seizure). Other possibilities include Migraine variant or Transient Global Amnesia. What differentiates one from the others are the associated signs and symptoms, the time course of the event, and the EEG findings (and I would surmise the observation of a UFO at the time of the event.)

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How do I cope with short term memory loss?

Forget about it.....: Lol. Could not resist. Depends ho bad the memory loss is and how it is affecting you. If it is impacting your daily life and ability to function, please see your physician. You may also seek the help of an acupuncturist/chinese medicine practitioner as their skills can help balance the body. Regular exercise, decreasing junk food, adding omega three fatty acids may also be helpful.

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What can I do for memory loss? Take estrogen?

What can I do for memory loss? Take estrogen?

Not for a quick fix!: Estrogen may diminish the likelihood of dementia, but the effects are not immediate and reflect years of taking the hormone. Memory loss is common in stress or depression, because these issues rob the brain of focus. I would not gicvve a patient estrogen coming in for memory loss. It is a long range benefit, and all other causes must be excluded.

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How to know if I have pst traumatic memory loss?

Try this: Most objective data can come from neuro-psychological screening testing, which can confirm traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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How can I help my grandma prevent further memory loss?

How can I help my grandma prevent further memory loss?

Caring for grandma: That's nice of you to want to help your grandma. If she hasn't been evaluated yet by her doctor, that might be a good place to start. There are so many reasons for memory problems. Her doctor can evaluate what's going on and take it from there. Often memory problems can be improved, but it helps to be evaluated by a professional. Keep in mind that nobody's memory is perfect.

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What should I do if I'm suffering from really bad memory loss?

What should I do if I'm suffering from really bad memory loss?

Get an evaluation: If you haven't been evaluated yet by your doctor, that might be a good place to start. There are so many reasons for memory problems. Your doctor can evaluate what's going on and take it from there. Often memory problems can be improved, but it helps to be evaluated by a professional. Keep in mind that nobody's memory is perfect. It helps to have a system of keeping notes that you check often.

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I am suffering short term memory loss. What could this be a result of?

I suspect you mean a: problem with Active Working Memory. Short-Term Memory is what's in your consciousness for up to 20-30 seconds. AWM is holding onto information while you manipulate it or till you have to use it. An average adult can hold 7 items in AWM, e. g., a phone #, till they dial the sequence. Aging, stress & fatigue impact AWM. Many memory aids help, like repeating out loud what you need to remember.

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