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Diagnosis: right to left shunt now what? I've been experiencing headaches and memory loss, my np referred me to a neurologist. Results from testing were sent to np. I just left her office with a follow up to see neurologist again but the diagnosis is rig
The : The heart has two "sides": the right side pumps blood to the lungs for oxygenation and the left side pumps it to the body. A right to left shunt is one that sends blood directly from the right side to the left, bypassing the lungs. This is important fro two reasons: 1) the shunted blood does not have the opportunity to drop off carbon dioxide and pick up oxygen. If the shunt is large, it will reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood and leave you easily winded. 2) the lung, in addition to increasing the oxygen level in the blood, filters out any tiny clots or other particles in the blood. When that filter is missing, there's an increased risk of strokes. Since you have a right to left shunt, you should probably be on a blood thinner, and you should make sure that any IV lines you have placed are freed of all bubbles (the common idea that a few bubbles in a vein will cause damage is not true--unless you have a right to left shunt. Treatment depends on the size of the shunt and its location. If it's very small, you may need nothing. However, if it's big enough to create problems (and it sounds like yours is) then it probably needs to be closed. If it's in the heart, this is done by a cardiologist using a percutaneous closure device or by a cardiac surgeon using traditional open-heart surgery. If it is in the arteries of the lung, it is treated by an interventional radiologist using small artery-blocking coils placed via a puncture in the hip area or the neck. I don't know the joliet area well enough to know who's close by, but you can go to http://doctor-finder.Sirweb.Org/ to find an interventional radiologist in your area. One other thing: shunts in the lung arteries are associated with a condition called osler-weber-rendu syndrome (also know as hereditary hemorrhagic telangietasia). You should be evaluated for this condition and, if you have it, your relatives should be evaluated too. It has a strong family inheritance pattern. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
My other symptoms? Confusion, delirium, seizures, migraines, memory loss, chronic fatigue almost lethargic. Blackouts. they have steadily progressed over the last month. Neurologist sending me back to pcp for other testing... could this be Encephalitis?
Grand mal seizure i had one 3/31. Am going through neuro. Testing now: mri, ct, 2 decho, eeg, etc. I now have short-term memory loss & have trouble completing my sentennces. I knlow the word, but can't get it from brain to mouth, & can't remember a
Encephalopathy: Our brains change with age. Many factors will contribute to the risk for seizures and memory and speech problems. Your doctors will need to evaluate you thoroughly for metabolic problems, blood pressure problems, risk of stroke, risk of cancer, risk of neuro-degenerative disease, etc. I am sure they will provide the necessary and appropriate treatment to help you stay functional and content. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 small nonspecific lesions. Lyme disease negative. Now being tested for nerve damage and memory loss, all thats left is stroke and ms, limbs tingle?
MS is possible: Assume you have 3 small brain white matter lesions, but your sensory symptoms and memory issues, could well be a sign of ms, or prior strokes. Can sort out by getting MRI of neck and MRI of gray matter using dir techniques, as extra lesion on these films could confirm ms. Maybe spinal fluid would help. Talk with your doctor, should be able to pin down. ...Read more
Common signs: Most studies of memory indicate that memory peaks in the 18-30 year old range, and then it gradually declines after that, so changes in memory are normal. Some common signs of abnormal memory problems include repeating oneself over and over, getting lost in familiar places, difficulty with eating or hygiene, difficulty with following directions, or losing track of dates, time, people, or places. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several causes: Sudden memory loss can be caused by strokes, seizures, certain medications, psychiatric conditions and rarely complex migraine. Another cause is transient global amnesia a condition in which patients suddenly can't form new memories. It usually recovers within 24 hrs. The cause is not known but it may be a complex vascular phenomenon. ...Read more
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
Depends upon cause: If sleep deprivation or sleep apnea with daytime hyper somnolence, might use Nuvigil. Would check for thyroid or vitamin issues and treat specifically, and if infection such as syphilis or HIV, use appropriate meds. Drugs for Alzheimers may be useful in alternative conditions, especially head injury. Some medical foods like Cerefolin-NAC and Axona can be valuable. ...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?
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