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What Is The Best Treatment For Short Term Memory Loss
Writing things down: Make post -its and other reminders. Write down dates in a planner or calendar. Use a friend or loved one to help remind you. Consult your doctor for further evaluation and possible medication. Be sure to consider situational stressors as contributing elements. ...Read more
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
I am having short term memory problems after brain cancer treatments. Is there any way to improve my memory?
Many have catalogued: Cognitive deficits after brain radiotherapy treatment. Few are permanent, but some may me. Time will tell, and no specific post treatment pill fixes this. Another image is needed to assure that there are no anatomic causes, and there are issues like hydrocephalus that need evalaution. Formal testing of cognition can measure change, positive or negative. Discuss with oncologist/neurologist. ...Read more
Monitoring & consult: This is not uncommon, and can improve, but without good pre and post surgical neurological and neuropsychological evaluation it can be difficult to determine the cause or course. Subjective memory complaints are often not related to actual performance. Consultation with the treating providers and a neuropsychologist would be a place to start. ...Read more
Chronic headaches/migraines, random shooting pains in random places that fade in mins, temporary short term memory loss. Best possible diagnosis?
See HA specialist: Once a diagnosis of chronic migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more
I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat
Check your levels: Have your ENT or Endocrinologist check your thyroid levels, etc - they may be the culprit. It's a common complaint: https://www.inspire.com/groups/thyca-thyroid-cancer-survivors-association/discussion/memory-loss-after-thyroidectomy/ When you achieve the proper level (or as close as possible) I expect you'll feel these troubles minimize or go away. Best! ...Read more
And I don't remember stuff like keys when I am low on estrogen. Does that mean I have short term memory loss?
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'm 35, male, having constant short term memory loss. Multiple times per day, I can't remember words or why I entered a room. Any ideas?
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..Thats the reason why short -term memories are more susceptible to loss ...Read more
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