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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 ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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? ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: Overstimulation of any kind including the internet could cause you to forget recent memories. ...Read more
Don't know: You will need to discuss your symptoms in detail with your physician. Cannot answer that as asked. As we age many have short term memory issues...Lovingly called senior moments. I like to believe my brain is dumping information that I no longer need so I can put new stuff in! Short term memory loss is not the same as dementia but can be an early sign. If concerned see your doc! ...Read more
YES: Menopause symptoms often include short term memory loss and many women report that memory improves with estrogen replacement. It is something to discuss in detail with your physician as hormone replacement has many negative side effects and for many it is better to not use hormone replacement therapy. ...Read more
Possibly Alzheimer: Grandma could possibly have the beginnings of alzheimer's DX or even more probable is the beginning of senility; a narrowing of the cerebral blood vessels. ...Read more
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
Why might my grandmother be experiencing severe short term memory loss even when a stroke was ruled out?
Other reasons: She may be developing alzheimer's disease, or having a reaction to her medications, or experiencing a vitamin or thyroid deficiency. Her doctors can perform a variety of tests and arrive at a fairly reliable diagnosis. Memory loss can be treated, and it is very worthwhile to pursue the full explanation. ...Read more
7 weeks ago I had a cestion and I almost didn't make it, I have short term memory loss and headaches on a daily baisis, what could it be?
Seek Attention: I am sorry but answering a question like your's is well beyond the scope of what we provide here at healthtap. Our role is not to diagnose or to treat, but to educate. I would refer you immediately to your primary care physician or your ob. You need to share this information with someone who can examine you, perform any needed diagnostic tests, formulate a diagnosis, and treat you. Good luck. ...Read more
I know someone who has 1st level short term memory loss & I would really like to help them remember more things than they do. Ways to do that? Thanks.
Use the brain: Good nutrition and using the brain. Evidence suggests that doing things you don't normally do help keep the brain active.. ....Like a learn another language, play games, sudoku, crossword puzzles...Things that engage the brain to work. Nintendo ds has a couple brain games (brain age) that help keep things sharp. ...Read more