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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
I seem to ve a short term memory loss, and doubt if I did something few second ago or not, . ...Anycauses and medicine available? All my tests are ok
Anxiety?: This might be anxiety or the overwhelming amount of information adults in our society are expected to remember/catalog and track. This is becoming more common and people use lists, planners, to keep it all straight. Ask yourself if this is like everyone else or if yours is significantly more of an issue, if it is go seek help to determine if this is a problem. ...Read more
See www. ISSD. Org: Presuming your physical work-up has been complete, you need a specialist consult to determine if you have dissociative identity disorder. A dissociative disorder not otherwise specified is statistically more common. You should find a trauma therapist or psychiatrist with at least 5-10 years of experience working with dissociation to have adequate expertise in taking the history, using diagnostic tools, and a full knowledge of dissociative dynamics. Please see www. Iss d. O rg. ...Read more
I had a test for huntingtons disease in 1995 it was negative how accurateis this result I now suffer with RLS and memory loss im 43?
No test is 100% but: Huntington's testing is considered to be very accurate and has increased in accuracy over the years - so you might want a newer assessment. An article (see comment) may help reassure you. Rls and memory loss are much more common conditions and should not be considered signs of huntington's especially in the presence of negative testing. They may be hard to correct, but some do find relief. Best! ...Read more
Hit my head a month ago, having migraines, memory loss, dizzy every day since. No history of them. Dr did no tests&was told I have migraines with no connection to hitting my head. Should I get 2nd opinion?
Yes: See a neurologist to make sure you don't have a problem. ...Read more
I'm female/62.Saw neurologist for balance/gait problems, memory loss. Told accumulated psych stress may have caused brain deficit. Tests all normal--?
Meds may be cause: Coumadin, (warfarin) lorazepam, trazodone, and Gabapentin can all effect gait and balance. Your meds, brain surgeries, cumulative stress, and depression can all contribute to cognitive deficits, as can effects of anesthesia, depending upon when your last operation was. I once underwent seven operations in 8 weeks and was told my level of alertness might not return to normal until a year or more. It was true. ...Read more
My spouse suffers from depression; sleeping all day the last 3 days and yesterday has memory loss, confused & is mis-firing, I took him to emergency, tests were done, everything okay. Diagnosed acute depression. 14 years ago he was diagnosed:w/ clinical d
Depression: Depression is very treatable. However, I know of nothing that will make him feel happy or shed his other depressive symptoms between today and tommorrow. I see anxiety tagged. Deep breathing can help with that. Take a deep, slow breath in through the nostrils. Raise the arms to get a full breath. Hold for the count of five. Exhale slowly. Repeat x 12. This might help him to feel a little more centered. Take care. ...Read more
Hi I have suddenly got weight gain, memory loss, hair loss, pain in legs etc which I felt the symptoms of thyroid and I have undergone the blood test. The TSH is 0.4 where normal values is 0.5-6.50 Is my result is normal. The symptoms persist still.
Other tests: What about T4? Would want to know that level as well. Mildly low TSH does not really answer the question of whether there is a thyroid issue. Additional testing needed to answer if thyroid problem exists ...Read more
Memory loss: Can be caused by numerous events including strokes/trauma, medications or drugs, and illnesses such as Alzheimer’s dementia/other diseases. The complaint of memory impairment requires a careful evaluation and workup to rule out organic causes due to the multitude of possible causes. If it occurred suddenly this directs the M.D. to investigate accordingly, for example. ...Read more
Many causes: The common causes of memory loss are usually metabolic developments found in older peoples' brains. When a young man suffers marked memory loss, head trauma, drugs abuse and induced severe hypoglycemia, must be at the top of your list. Remember those cases of amnesia reported that happen, because of intent to treat to cause amnesia. ...Read more
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 more
Losing the ability to register, retain, and recall is unusual at your age and unlikely to represent a neurodegenerative disorder.
Most commonly memory problems are related to poor attention as seen in anxiety states, sleep deprivation as in obstructive sleep apnea, or attention deficit disorder.
Youn might want to see a neurologist so you can have your memory formally tested and go from there. ...Read more
Alzheimers: Mild cognitive impairment is a label for the earliest memory or cognitive loss. Memory loss may occur initially in alzheimer's, organizational skill loss may occur early in other dementias, such as lewy body, and these are varieties of mci. Prodromal alzheimer's is now preferred term. Still use mci to denote early symptoms which lead to diagnosis. ...Read more
Variable periods: Amnesia can be retrograde (unable to remember before incident of onset of amnesia) and ante grade meaning not able to remember after incident of onset. Most amnesia is due to a traumatic or severe stressful event and usually lasts a few hours to a few days. Longer periods of amnesia are rare. ...Read more
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
: In general, aging can cause some memory loss, but other health problems (malnutrition, heart disease, depression, etc), inactivity, lack of mental stimulation & social isolation affect memory. The elderly typically have more health problems, less exercise & less social support than younger people. Keep your memory sharp w/ exercise (mental & physical), a balanced diet & by maintaining friendships. ...Read more
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:
• 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
Anti- anxiety medications like benzodiazepines (xanax). Several medications are problems for elderly, antihistamines, medications for overactive bladder.
"statins" for cholesterol have caused reversible memory loss so severe, doctors thought it was alzheimer's. Ask your doctor before stopping medications, esp. The cholesterol and anxiety medications. The memory loss is reversible. ...Read more