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Sudden Short Term Memory Loss And Confusion
I've been suffering with short term memory problems, and confusion ct scan shows nothing what could this be?
Depends on age, hist: This forum is limited to 400 characters. I'm afraid a diagnosis is not possible. By using HealthTap Prime & talking to a live doctor, you're much more likely to get answers. Aside from memory problems, we'll need more details about your medical problems, medications you take, what runs in your family, etc. Alzheimer's disease isn't seen on CT scan. Nor are delirium (from meds) or electrolytes.TTYD
Possible reasons I have short term memory loss, confusion, mild headaches, and some trouble reading (not vision)? Vit Deficiency? Brain Tumor? MS?
Needs Evaluation!: There are many causes for your symptoms. This needs a comprehensive evaluation. HealthTap Consult or your own Physician may well assist you. Wish you well!
Short term memory: Loss makes it extremely difficult to remember the most recent event, like what you had for breakfast or the conversation you had just minutes ago. It can be frustrating and difficult to cope with but patience and humor helps. Long term memory can remain intact. Peace and good health.
Depends: You're probably thinking of aging issues and ultimately dementia. Most aging memory losses are seen 1st as short-term problems because they can have major impacts on daily functioning. Few people will care if you forget you 5th grade teacher's name but your family will worry if you forget to pay bills, take meds, how to get home. But you'd care if you lose parts of your identity that you value.
Many choices: First, rule out med problems or side effects of medications. Keep track of when the memory losses occur. Only when stressed or anxious? Learn to pay attention more closely to information that you will need to recall shortly. Study memory techniquess (mnemonics). Rehearse what you need to recall (after meeting someone, repeat his name). Put lists of tasks or appts on doors or cell phone!
Brain injury?: Question perhaps of severity of your fall, and if you did have a head injury, thus, a traumatic brain injury. But have you started a new medicine that can affect memory? Do you have thyroid problem or b-12 deficiency? Lots of possibilities, and could include stress, depression, lack of sleep. See your doctor and sort out.
Possibly serious: So, see your doctor or go directly for a neurological evaluation. There is little you will gain from putting it off and there could be great benefits from early diagnosis and treatment. You might also discover that it is less extreme than you fear. Go! now or really soon. Okay?
Memory types: Short term memory literally holds memories for approximately 30 seconds unless we use strategies like "chunking" for phone numbers to help us retain the memory for a few seconds longer. Long term memory goes through a process called "long-term potentialisation" where the memory is stored in the hippocampus and other areas. That's the reason why short -term memories are more susceptible to loss
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.
Memory exercises: Some beneficial treatments include playing video games, memory tests, cognitive therapy, and mental exercises like crossword puzzles, scrabble, words with friends, sudoku, and other exercises to increase your mental capacity. See your family md for more information.
Yes: Overstimulation of any kind including the internet could cause you to forget recent memories.See 1 more doctor answer
NO: The previous division of memory loss to presenile (below 65) and senile is obsolete. The diagnosis is not based on age but alzheimer disease becomes more common as we age.
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