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Intermittent Memory Loss
Is something wrong with my brain? Sleep apnea runs in father and sister. Head feels like a brick at all times, intermittent tingling brain, memory loss, horrible concentration, brain fog, forcing myself to breathe sometimes. Lightheaded 90% when I get in
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?
Amnesia: Sudden severe amnesia calls for immediate medical workup. Go down to er. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you depressed?: Get medically evaluated.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What could be wrong if you are having memory loss even to the point you forget your age and i'm only 33?
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. ...Read more
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. ...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
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.) ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more