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What am i getting so forgetful? I am a 59 year old (will be 60 in 3 weeks), retired female and lately i've been really forgetting a lot of things and have very bad short-term memory. Just yesterday i left my purse at a department store. Fortunately it wa

The : The best way to answer your question is to perform a thorough evaluation that would involve memory testing, psychiatric and neurological examination, medical history, medication review and perhaps lab tests. Sometimes memory problems could be caused by poor concentration, which is often a consequence of too much stress, depression or lack of sleep. Lack of vitamins such B12 or nutrients such as iodine may cause memory problems. Shortage of B12 usually occurs due to its poor absorption in the digestive tract and can be effectively treated by once a month injections of b12. Alcohol use, certain over the counter medications and some prescription medications can worsen memory. All these conditions can be effectively treated if diagnosed correctly. Memory may get worse because of damage to brain tissue, such as occurs due to small strokes. This condition is often called vci or vascular cognitive impairment, it has many causes, some of which can be treated and others can be controlled. Mild cognitive impairment or mci is another condition that presents as memory impairment. It has a tendency to convert to alzheimer's disease, more frequently in individuals who carry the apolipoprotein e gene (also known as apoe) e4 allele. Having apoe e4 genotype predisposes one to develop memory problems and alzheimer's disease relatively early in life (from late 50s to early 70s). However, the disease risk in those who have apoe e4 genotype can be significantly reduced through lifestyle changes. A person's genotype can be easily determined through genetic testing. You should contact your primary care doctor to discuss possible causes of your memory problem and perhaps ask for a referral to a specialist in memory disorders. If you have further questions or would like to learn more about genetic testing, please do not hesitate to give my office a call at 877-483-2071. ...Read more

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What can anyone do if you have a relative who is very forgetful with long and short term memory loss?

What can anyone do if you have a relative who is very forgetful with long and short term memory loss?

Be supportive: Encourage them to discuss with their doctor. Be supportive and tell them that you have noticed that they struggle to remember ordinary things. Offer to go with them to their doctor to help them explain their memory problems with specific examples. ...Read more

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Man is epileptic since a blow on the head 10 years ago. He's short tempered, forgetful and compulsive ie having all notes same way, is this related?

Man  is epileptic since a blow on the head 10 years ago. He's short tempered, forgetful and compulsive ie having all notes same way, is this related?

Yes: Traumatic brain injury[tbi} may produce multiple symptoms. These may include seizures, anxirty, apathy, depression, loss of executive skills and many others. Scope of injury can be evaluated by a functional brain scan or a neurophyschologic evaluation. Treatment depends on the findings. Jjr. ...Read more

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Can long term use of Adderall cause forgetfulness in adults?

Can long term use of Adderall cause forgetfulness in adults?

Opposite: If anything it is used to increase concentration in those daiagnosed with ADHD. Unless the dose is very high (above 60mg per day), in which case it can cause tiredness and clouded thinking. Take care. ...Read more

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Does long term use of zyrtec cause possible forgetfulness and drowsiness?

Does long term use of zyrtec cause possible forgetfulness and drowsiness?

It can: Zyrtec is antihistamine and histamine is active in brain so it is entirely possible to cause mental cloudiness and neuro changes. Has less 'sleepiness' than other antihistamines but doesn't mean it is without side effects. ...Read more

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Can long term anxiety/panic attacks ( 4 years now ) caused forgetfulness and a development of stomach issues and fear of life and everything around?

Can long term anxiety/panic attacks ( 4 years now ) caused forgetfulness and a development of stomach issues and fear of life and everything around?

Therapy?: Absolutely! Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression/anxiety/panic attacks, which are common is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I've been forgetting stuff lately but not everything like i'll do something and forget almost right after should I be worried or am i just forgetful?

I've been forgetting stuff lately but not everything like i'll do something and forget almost right after should I be worried or am i just forgetful?

Get evaluated: Have you injured your head recently? Concussions are more common than most people think, and can result in difficulty with short-term recall. Have you used drugs or alcohol? These can be issues also. I really suggest working with a doctor about these questions so s/he can listen to your whole situation, examine you, and go from there. Don't worry, but do see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why am i so forgetful all the time i forget we're i'm going what i'm doing an saying?

Why am i so forgetful all the time i forget we're i'm going what i'm doing an saying?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for forgetfulness -- everything from taking certain substances, to medication side effects, to nutritional problems, to anxiety & concentration issues, to more serious ones like degenerative neurologic illness. You could get the best attention for your own situation by seeing your own physician for a thorough evaluation. Also staying away from sedating substances. ...Read more

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Im 29, yesterday I didn't know date/day I was at work my went blank, been forgetful lately, is this normal? Took me 30min to find my keys today

Im 29, yesterday I didn't know date/day I was at work my went blank, been forgetful lately, is this normal? Took me 30min to find my keys today

Should be evaluated: Diagnosis requires evaluation in clinic. The list of possibilities for unexplained memory lapses ranges from relatively harmless (anxiety, distraction, or sleep deprivation) to serious (a type of seizure, or brain tumor.) diagnosis requires evaluation by primary care physician who can then determine whether or not studies/referrals are needed. ...Read more

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