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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys?" or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child?" There also can be catastrophic memory loss such ...Read more


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Hello can you tell me why i rock my head side to side i've done so for many years i'm 41 male I do have chronic anxiety?

Hello can you tell me why i rock my head side to side i've done so for many years i'm 41 male I do have chronic anxiety?

Barring neurological: Disorders which a neurologist can examine you for, it may be a symptom of your anxiety disorder. We sometimes associate comfort or security w/certain places or behaviors. A therapist may help you move that rocking from your head into your much less obvious fingers through hypnosis or other strategies. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are some good supplements to improve my memory? I have noticed memory problems since a TBI 3 years ago.

What are some good supplements to improve my memory? I have noticed memory problems since a TBI 3 years ago.

A different option: The military is now training their acupuncturists to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injuries through a variety of types of acupuncture. It can be helpful - but you would need to find an acupuncturist who has that particular skill set. ...Read more

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I had hair extensions for 3 months. Do you think i could have cause irreversible damage by stressing my hair out?

Possible: The longer you wear the extensions and the heavier or tighter they are the more likely it will cause irreversible damage. Along the hair line is usually the main area to be affected. If this was the first time give the hair a rest and it may grow back but repeated stress can lead to permanent damage to the hair follicles. ...Read more

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I have been having major insomnia issues the past month, and motor tics. Example, head twitches. What can I do to fix this?

I have been having major insomnia issues the past month, and motor tics. Example, head twitches. What can I do to fix this?

See Dr.: Sleep Hygiene is Key. 1. Keep regular bed & wakening time (even weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Use regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath / shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfy mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs. ...Read more

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It's like 6 months I am experiencing memory problems e.g. I can't remember names of people I have met or people I used to know their names, I do remember close relatives names. I would define myself scatterbrained. And this is giving me problems at work a

It's like 6 months I am experiencing memory problems e.g. I can't remember names of people I have met or people I used to know their names, I do remember close relatives names. I would define myself scatterbrained. And this is giving me problems at work a

There are: Numerous problems and illnesses that can cause memory impairment, and they can require a complete evaluation including laboratory studies, history, and physical examination. I would encourage you to seek a full evaluation with your primary care provider. Depending on those results, please follow up with a specialist accordingly. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a stroke about 10 months ago the doctors don't know what caused the stroke and I have trouble sleeping is there anything i can do or take tohelp?

I had a stroke about 10 months ago the doctors don't know what caused the stroke and I have trouble sleeping is there anything i can do or take tohelp?

See below: Stroke in young is of concern. You might benefit form seeing a stroke or vascular neurologist locally or at the university setting. Sleep problem might be addressed at the same time, during the evaluation of the cause of the stroke. ...Read more

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I am 26 and have had short term memory issues over the past yr. Forget where i put things or to do things even 5 mins later?

Short term memory : After ruling out a medical explanation, You may want to go to a psychologist for a diagnostic evaluation and take memory testing as well to find out what's going on. Also stress and lack of sleep can affect your attention and memory. ...Read more

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I am suffering from OCD from past 5 to 6 years.I am tried of telling my problem to ever other psychiatrist but whatever I do there is no improvement in my condition. I am unable to give my 100% in any task.My studies have deteriorated,I can't do anything

I am suffering from OCD from past 5 to 6 years.I am tried of telling my problem to ever other psychiatrist but whatever I do there is no improvement in my condition. I am unable to give my 100% in any task.My studies have deteriorated,I can't do anything

OCD: I'm sorry to hear all your suffering. Write out your history as best you can and consider a consult with a HealthTap doctor. Has "OCD" been officially diagnosed? Also, speak with your pcp and ask for advice. Ask for referral to a non-physician mental health professional for coping/guidance. See if you can get extended time for school work by talking to school advisor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I got a moderate concussion 3 yrs ago and my headaches are where I got hit. I have trouble remembering things and can't think as fast. Any ideas?

I got a moderate concussion 3 yrs ago and my headaches are where I got hit. I have trouble remembering things and can't think as fast. Any ideas?

Neuropsychologist: I think you are suggesting that your problems in memory and thinking speed have persisted since the concussion. If that is the case, then a neuropsychologist would be the professional to consult. If they are more recent, then you need to consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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I wanted to ask what the causes of severe memory loss are. Had no problems 3 weeks ago. My last 2 blend together and i have a hard time remembering. ?

 I wanted to ask what the causes of severe memory loss are. Had no problems 3 weeks ago. My last 2 blend together and i have a hard time remembering. ?

Numerous causes: Including intrinsic problems with the brain such as strokes and other illnesses, psychiatric illnesses such as depression, metabolic syndromes, medications, head injuries, etc. If you’re having problems with your memory whether it’s been a sudden onset or it’s been coming on for some time, please have an evaluation as soon as possible. Many causes are treatable. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 35 years old, I used to have 180 ml alcohol every night before sleeping for 5 years. How do I know if I have any internal organ damage?

I am 35 years old, I used to have 180 ml alcohol every night before sleeping for 5 years. How do I know  if I have any internal organ damage?

You do!: Alcohol kills brain cells and you have killed quite a few. To preserve the remaining brain cells, quit drinking while you are ahead. Drinking alcohol puts you at risk of liver disease, pancreatitis , accidents, and multiple types of cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I am having problem with my sleeping........how can I solve it .?.I used to take drugs medicine and smoke weed in high school...that was 3,4 years ago

I am having problem with my sleeping........how can I solve it .?.I used to take drugs medicine and smoke weed in high school...that was 3,4 years ago

Insomnia: Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Avoid caffeine after 12 noon; avoid alcohol and eating too late in the evening; don't eat too large a meal at supper;don't exercise just before bedtime; don't nap more than 1/2 hour during the day and don't nap shortly before bedtime; don't watch tv in bed. You could try taking melatonin. See a sleep disorder specialist as needed ...Read more

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I will try to ask it as simple as possible. Have had anxiety issues since I was a sophomore in highschool, I am now 21. I am aware that anxiety comes with certain physical manifestations. I have been on buspirone for about 3-4 years. I have recently becom

I will try to ask it as simple as possible. Have had anxiety issues since I was a sophomore in highschool, I am now 21. I am aware that anxiety comes with certain physical manifestations. I have been on buspirone for about 3-4 years. I have recently becom

Psychotherapy: Have you considered psychotherapy for what bothers you? Psychotherapy is an interpersonal experience between yourself and your therapist; it is a partnership. The therapist listens to whatever it is that is on your mind, and with empathic, thoughtful questioning over time assists you in being able to experience yourself and the external environment differently than prior to coming to therapy. ...Read more

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I'm a recovered patella-femoral patient, but have recently been experiencing pain in my knees when doing everyday things. I am young, so any advice?

I'm a recovered patella-femoral patient, but have recently been experiencing pain in my knees when doing everyday things. I am young, so any advice?

Patellofemoral pain: What do you mean by "i'm a recovered patella-femoral patient" - if that means you have had a patellofemoral arthroplasty or replacement of the joint please let me know. Otherwise, if you have had anterior knee pain in the past and now it has come back, it is usually a result of abnormal tracking. Exercise focused to keep your quadriceps strong to control your patellar tracking is important. ...Read more

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I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for 3 years I have noticed that i now have a difficult time retaining new memories is there anything i can do to regain my me?

I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for 3 years I have noticed that i now have a difficult time retaining new memories is there anything i can do to regain my me?

Taper Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) and others can cause an anterograde amnesia (difficulty retaining new memories). Although it does have a strong anti-anxiety effect, it's not meant to be used for an extended period of time. It sounds like you have a prime suspect in your memory issues. Talk with your physician about this, and getting other help with anxiety if you still have it. A very gradual taper may be possible. ...Read more

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Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

You bet it could: About 65 % of ms patients experience some cognitive issues, and emotional lability and inappropriate behavior can be an issue. Symptomatic medications can help immensely, and memory enhancing agents, and a drug called nuedexta can be of great value. ...Read more

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Will an MRI without contrast show the beginning signs of MS? Symptoms: slurred speech, memory problems, unsteady gait, confusion, etc.

Will an MRI without contrast show the beginning signs of MS?
Symptoms: slurred speech, memory problems, unsteady gait, confusion, etc.

Complex question: There are 3 types of MRI used to diagnose MS: T1-weighted, T-2 weighted, and FLAIR. No single test is used to diagnose MS, generally a combination of tests over time is needed to get a definitive diagnosis. You need to consult a neurologist experienced with MS and let him or her guide you. Do you have a family history of this disease? Although chronic, progression can be very slow. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms . Could I have ms?

Challenging?: You seem to have very complex issues, and i would certainly wonder about an underlying unitary diagnosis. Ms could cause fatigue, memory loss, and trigeminal neuralgia, but usually not occipital neuralgia. Maybe MRI of brain and spinal cord could illuminate the picture. Might also want to check for lupus, lyme disease, and even hiv. Perhaps get full evaluation at a local medical school. ...Read more

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I have been masturbating for over 14 years and have been an addict of it i now havr memory problem and many others how to reverse this?

I have been masturbating for over 14 years and have been an addict of it i now havr memory problem and many others how to reverse this?

Some handy facts...: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It isn't harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not stunt height, cause hair loss or gray hair, make you weak, create heart problems, lower testosterone, affect virginity, lower fertility, change your weight, or damage eyes. ...Read more

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Benzodiazepines for 6 years. Does it cause memory problems?

Benzodiazepines for 6 years. Does it cause memory problems?

Depends: If taken in precribed amounts by a physician this would be unlikely but if it is anused certainly it may affect, awareness concentration and eventual memory loss. ...Read more

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8 years ago i have schizophrenia now i start noticing memory problems is this stable or will get worse by time?

8 years ago i have schizophrenia now i start noticing memory problems is this stable or will get worse by time?

Check with your doc: Memory problems are usually not typical of schizophrenia. You certainly can get distracted by various thoughts that you have. Hopefully treatment will be helpful to you. YOu should discuss these symptoms and concerns with the doctor who is treating you. ...Read more

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Is it just age or something we (my mom and i) should be worried about? My dad has been having memory problems for about 5 years now. It start off small, like forgetting to get something at the store or forgetting what tv show he was watching during commer

It : It is not normal for memory, attention, and language problems to start in the early 40's and get worse without a known cause. Causes could include severe nutritional deficiencies, hormonal or thyroid problems, psychiatric problems, effects of toxins, or degenerative brain diseases. Seeing a primary care doctor is the first step to getting answers. ...Read more

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I have been post menopausal for six years now , still suffering from anxiety hot flushes and memory problems will these symptoms get better. ?

I have been post menopausal for six years now , still suffering from anxiety hot flushes and memory problems will these symptoms get better. ?

Perhaps: But you might want to get a full evaluation to make sure there isn't another problem causing some or all of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some good supplements to improve my memory? I have noticed memory problems since a TBI 3 years ago.

A different option: The military is now training their acupuncturists to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injuries through a variety of types of acupuncture. It can be helpful - but you would need to find an acupuncturist who has that particular skill set. ...Read more

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Can SSRI,SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Can SSRI,SNRIs cause cognitive impairment over time? I have used SSRIs for over 7 years and feel difficulty in concentrating, and memory problems

Great Question: This is a great question, and a really important one, because these medications are used to treat conditions that can come back over and over if medication is stopped (like major depression, or panic attacks). So far, so good--long term studies with SSRI's that have been on the market for many years seem to indicate they are safe long term. See your prescriber to discuss your memory concerns. ...Read more

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I have been on Venlafaxine 225mg for about 6 years now. I have taken others over the years as well. Do antidepressants cause memory problems?

Venlafaxine: Drugs such as venlafaxine can cause worsening of depression and other effects on the central nervous system. I would not down play your concern about memory problems and would talk with your treating healthcare provider. Be well! ...Read more

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I am struggling with memory problems I am 30 years old on seroquel (quetiapine) Ativan and lexapeo for anxiety and depression?

I am struggling with memory problems
I am 30 years old on seroquel (quetiapine) Ativan and lexapeo for anxiety and depression?

Medications: The number one culprit in your case would be medications which could have a variety of effects on your brain function. ...Read more

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Hit head on bath tub 7 years ago think i had a concussion now i still have memory problems with lots of pressure on right side. What could be wrong?

Hit head on bath tub 7 years ago think i had a concussion now i still have memory problems with lots of pressure on right side. What could be wrong?

Your symptoms: Could be related to a "post concussive syndrome" you should see a general neurologist who can examine you and order an MRI to evaluate the brain structure to see if there are any treatment options available. ...Read more

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I have hashimotos for years controlled by levothyroxine. For a month have severe headaches memory problems brain fog. Why sudden onset if its treated?

I have hashimotos for years controlled by levothyroxine. For a month have severe headaches memory problems brain fog. Why sudden onset if its treated?

Hashimoto's can : Cause these symptoms. It can take up to 3 months or more before your brain recovers from the hypothyroidism. Please discuss further with your doctor and make sure that nothing else is going on.See a neurologist if necessary, but find one that specializes in headaches. Best wishes. Given your overall symptoms, make sure you do not have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I have some memory problems over the past year it feels like I forget everything even stuff that happen few minutes ago. what should i do? only 19.

Memory loss: There are multiple possible causes of memory loss, including increased stress in your life, or concentration and attention problems secondary to some level of depression. You should make an appointment with your family physician and get a check on your mental status and talk to him about the symptoms you're having, and he/she and help make decisions about what further steps might be necessary to help make decisions about what further steps might be necessary to diagnose and treat the problem ...Read more

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Currently i have suffered mild short term memory problem. It has been about 1 year plus. How to overcome it?

Not sure what: you mean by short term memory. Visual memory, verbal memory, implicit memory, working memory, procedural memory, autobiographical or factual declarative memory ? Is this in isolation or are there issues with other cognitive domains like visual spatial processing, language processing, frontal executive function (judgement, planning, reasoning etc)? What is the presumptive cause ? Treat the cause. ...Read more

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Memory Problems (Definition)

Impaired memory is a clinical finding in which a person has abnormal difficulty recalling knowledge that was ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more