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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Overview)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia or other brain diseases.


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What causes memory loss?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What causes memory loss?

Many situations: Sleep deprivation, medical side effects, alcohol and drug abuse, hypothyroidism, syphilis and HIV, vitamin deficiency especially B-12, stress and depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Overview)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia or other brain diseases.


Dr. K. C. Olson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What could these symptoms mean; shortterm memory loss, talking to self, repeating self, nervous ticks/fidgeting, restlessness?

Dr. K. C. Olson
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What could these symptoms mean; shortterm memory loss, talking to self, repeating self, nervous ticks/fidgeting, restlessness?

Multiple symptoms: Although there are many causes for memory loss, some of the more common are depression, hypomania and anxiety. Nervousness, restlessness, talking to yourself, and fidgeting could be in response to anxiety. Generalized anxiety is characterized as excess worry with predominant catastrophic thinking and overestimation of harm. Short-term benzodiazepines and ultimately buspirone/antidepressants work. ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Tip)

Living with Memory Loss

Always remember to put this your keys in the same place, so you'll remember where it is at all times. ...See more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a DPOA for health and finances. Have doctors visit with them.
Once
Write down important phone numbers & post them in more than one place
Once
Give your DPOA a list of your medicines and doctors' names
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

Mental fitness: The best treatment for memory loss is prevention - maintaining an active lifestyle with regular exercise is probably the best way to maintain good mental fitness and prevent memory loss. Medications such as aricept, exelon, razadyne, cognex, and Namenda have demonstrated slight cognitive improvements in people suffering dementia and memory loss - but these drugs do not cure memory loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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2 yrs of fatigue,weakness,weigh gain,hair loss, hyperpigmentation (face hands groin),high creatinine,low BP,memory loss,treated hypothyroid. please help!

Dr. Bennett Werner
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2 yrs of fatigue,weakness,weigh gain,hair loss, hyperpigmentation (face hands groin),high creatinine,low BP,memory loss,treated hypothyroid. please help!

2 thoughts: The 2 diagnoses that come to mind are hemochromotosis and uremia. Ask your doctor to check a serum ferritin for r/o the former. Your high creatinine may be indicative of the latter. ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Tip)

Living with Memory Loss

Every day is a new day to start doing things in a different way. ...See more

Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is there any treatment for short term memory loss?

Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Writing things down: Make post -its and other reminders. Write down dates in a planner or calendar. Use a friend or loved one to help remind you. Consult your doctor for further evaluation and possible medication. Be sure to consider situational stressors as contributing elements. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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What CHF treatments will not cause fatigue and memory loss? My mother's apparent "dementia" arose from lopressor when she got CHF after bowel surgery.

Dr. Bennett Werner
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What CHF treatments will not cause fatigue and memory loss? My mother's apparent "dementia" arose from lopressor when she got CHF after bowel surgery.

Avoid betablockers: CHF can be treated without the use of a beta blocker (lopressor) although using one is preferable. Thus she can be treated with a diuretic, angiotensin inhibitor, aldosterone antagonist and, it might be reasonable to try a different beta blocker such as carvedilol. It's commonly started at an exceptionally low dose (3.125 mg) and gradually increased to 6.25, 12.5 and 25 mg - all twice a day. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Living with Memory Loss (Tip)

Living with Memory Loss

Do break activities down into small steps. Don't make things complicated . Keep it simple ...See more

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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is a condition where you are unable to remember new events (anterograde amnesia) and/or you ...Read more


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Memory (Definition)

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


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