Intermittant Short Term Memory Loss
estelle at svpal.svpal.org
Tue Apr 25 03:53:04 EST 1995
Has the neurologist discussed transient ischemic attacks (this is not a
typical presentation but worth asking about). Is your wife takilng any
medications (eg a tranquilizer once in while, etc), does she drink
alcohol, use any "recreational drugs"? Anyone else who is biologically
related to her with same symptoms?
Bill Meade (sbmeade at umslvma.umsl.edu)
: My wife (age 34) has had intermittant loss of short term (i.e., the last
: two weeks of events when it happens) memory for the past 12 years.
: Frequency is about once every 8 months (sometimes once a year others
: once a month). In the past 5 years she's had a CatScan, EEG (had the
: memory loss while on the EEG machine the first time but no symptoms were
: picked up) twice, and one year ago she had an MRI. MRI showed some
: shrinkage around the brain stem (in the neurologist's words) but nothing
: else major.
: She had another episode 3 weekends ago. It happend (as is often the
: case) while she was taking a short nap. She wakes up not knowing what is
: going on (not disoriented just no memeories). It looks for all the world
: like a hard disk is being decheckerboarded and is interrupted in the
: middle. All the pointers are gone and have to be rebuilt. In about 24
: hours she is back to normal and the memories are back except for a few
: fuzzy facts (she reviews shopping lists etc. to nail down as many details
: as possible). Only drug she is on is birth control pills. We have 3
: kids under 10 and are under no huge stresses. Yes, we called the
: neurologist about this but he had no new ideas.
: If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it if you would contact me and
: let me know. We're at a loss about where to go next and have gone into
: "broacast mode" to avoid overlooking any simple cures that might exist.
: Bill Meade sbmeade at umslvma.umsl.edu
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