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Dr. Bennett Machanic
382 Doctors shared insights

Memory Loss (Overview)

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 "who am I? "


Dr. Bennett Machanic
382 Doctors shared insights

Memory Loss (Overview)

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 "who am I? "


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What are the risk factors for Memory loss?

What are the risk factors for Memory loss?

Memory loss risk fac: I commend you for your concern about memory, so vital for our Intellectual and social Health
At age 32, Risk Factors for Memory loss:
Depression
• Medication side effects
• Excess use of Alcohol
• Thyroid problems
• Vitamin deficiencies
• Lower mental activity
• Low visual acuity
• Poor Odor identification ability
• Heart disease
Please see a Neurologist for Diagnosis and Treatment ...Read more

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Memory loss (Tip)

Are there any medications for memory loss? What is the prognosis? ...See more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a Durable Power of Attorney for your health and finances
Once
Write down important phone numbers and post them in more than one place
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Give your Durable Power of Attorney a list of your medications and doctors' names
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What are the tests for Memory loss?

What are the tests for Memory loss?

Memory impairment: Is evaluated in several ways depending on the patient’s complaints, but using a Folstien mental status exam is a usual, common starting place. Patients will often have blood work and they may have imaging studies to rule out organic causes; again, depending upon the specific factors of each case. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Memory loss?

Alzheimer's drugs: Assuming organic memory issues, not caused by sleep deprivation, medication rxtns, vitamin deficiencies, etc. Might use memory enhancing agents, such as donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) memantine, but also medical foods such as phosphatidyl serine, Axona, Cerefolin-NAC. However, always search for underlying reversible entities first. ...Read more

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Memory loss (Tip)

Stress causes release of cortisol, which has been found to shrink memory centers in brain. ...See more

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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

See an ENT doctor
Yearly
Get an audiogram
Yearly
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What could these symptoms mean; shortterm memory loss, talking to self, repeating self, nervous ticks/fidgeting, restlessness?

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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Memory loss (Tip)

Smoking restricts brain oxygen and negatively affects memory. ...See more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
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Don't tie your hair too tightly
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Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
Weekly
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What are the best medications/interventions to treat memory loss problems in old age?

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

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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Memory loss (Tip)

Using stretching and relaxation exercises to manage stress can boost your memory. ...See more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
Weekly
Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
Monthly
Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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Is there any treatment for short term memory loss?

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

What CHF treatments will not cause fatigue and memory loss? My mother's apparent "dementia" arose from lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) 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

Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
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Memory loss (Tip)

Favorite saying: "it's not when you forget your keys, it's when you forget what your keys are for! ". ...See more

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Is there any new development on a cure for memory loss?

Is there any new development on a cure for memory loss?

There is age-: Associated memory loss (which you probably don't have because you are only 32 yo) and there can be memory loss for trauma to brain or dementia. Please see your doc for a diagnosis. If you are not on blood thinners and he/she's ok w/it, you can take a supplement called ginkgo biloba. The very best to you. ...Read more

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How can I induce memory loss to get rid of bad memories?

Psychologist: Perhaps therapy by a trained psychiatrist or psychologist can help you deal with the bad memories you have instead of getting rid of them. It's difficult to suppress memories but in learning to deal with them in healthy ways will allow you to benefit you greatly. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Memory loss (Tip)

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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What can cause trouble concentrating and memory loss? Drug and alcohol free my whole life. It's getting progressively worse. I have near-syncope

What can cause trouble concentrating and memory loss? Drug and alcohol free my whole life. It's getting progressively worse. I have near-syncope

Important question: There are many possible causes. You may have a medical or neurological problem. Please see a primary care doctor who can do a good evaluation and guide your treatment. ...Read more

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How to prevent memory loss after drinking? Thanks

Memory loss: The best way to stop memory loss after drinking, is to stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol is a toxin to your brain and your liver, as well as many other organs in your body. Depending on extent of the drinking episode, it's possible to have memory blackouts. These show you're in a danger zone of alcohol abuse/dependence and may need help to stop. Your doctor can make recommendations. ...Read more

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Memory loss (Tip)

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

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My mom gets nauseous, dizzy & tingly. Also has severe memory loss. Possible causes?

Sounds neurological: Please encourage your mom to see a neurologist. After you know what is going on, she may find a clinical psychologist helpful if anxiety is a major player. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Memory loss (Tip)

Remind yourself what you need to do today, and then use the calendar to write it down. ...See more

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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. ...Read more

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What are tge longterm effects of short term memory loss?

It depends: Short term memory loss can be caused by several conditions. Some of them are reversible, e.g., vitamin B12 deficiency, and some are not. Short term memory loss could be the first symptom of alzheimer's disease that would cause progressive loss of independence. You need to be examined by a physician to find out what might be the cause of your memory loss. ...Read more

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