Cognitive difficulities

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McGoo
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/7/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone. 
I would like to ask if anyone has had anything similar to what is going on with me.  The docs believe that I'm having left temporal seizures due to damage from a stroke.  Since all of this started, I've had difficulties with higher thinking skills, like multiplication and division, cooking anything that involves more than 2 or 3 steps, and I've learnt that I can no longer multi-task. 
I understand that if I am having seizures why I have short term memory loss and maybe the speech problems due to the "faulty wiring" in my brain, but how could seizures affect math skills, following a recipe and trying to do more than one thing at a time?
I really appreciate any input.
Thanks so much.

MISTYGIRL
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   Posted 4/12/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 Good Morning
 
 I had a brain abscess in the temporal lobe when I was 8 years old and i also have trouble with Math and multi tasking. Although I have a fairly good  long term memory now. I believe there are exercises you can do for that. My advice regarding your memory and I had to do this myself is to write down things that you want to remember such as phone messages. I made my memory better myself because I got tired of people yelling at me because I forgot things like phone messages. I don't know about the cooking part of it because I did not have that problem myself.
 
 Good Luck
  Misty Girl

McGoo
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   Posted 4/12/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Misty Girl!
I really appreciate your input. I have been having to write things down now so I can remember, like appts, when bills are due, phone messages, and so on. The cooking thing is when I follow a recipe..I end up getting lost where I was and can't remember what I put in or didn't. I have found a way around that...I copy the recipe and check off ingredents as I put them in. It may be a little time consuming to have to do this, but I've found that it's much better than ruining a meal! I still have holes in my long term memory, but I'm hoping with time and work it will get better.
Thanks again and all the best to you,
BlueMcGoo

Aurora60
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   Posted 4/12/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi McGoo,  Are you on any meds for your seizures? Sometimes the meds you are on can affect your ability to multi task and affects your short term memory.  I would check with your dr. to see if your meds could be causing you problems.  I only suggest this as my son who has epilepsy has problems remembering and doing more than one or two things at a time.  Hope this helps.

Aurora


McGoo
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   Posted 4/12/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora,
Yes, I'm on seizure meds..tegretal 400mg three times a day and gabapentin 900mg three times a day. Next time I'm in, I'll ask the doc about if these meds are what could be causing the problems. Thank you for your advice and take care, BlueMcGoo

Animal Lover
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   Posted 5/10/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  Hi...I know exactly how you feel.  I have the exact same symptoms.  Last Thanksgiving I just couldn't make the meal come together, and I was SO embarrased.  I have trememdous long-term memory loss and total short-term memory loss.  I had to quit my job because my memory was gone and I didn't know what was wrong.  The "seizures" I was having were odd and not identifiable as Epilepsy at that time.  I had been diagnosed with Altzheimer's. 
 
At 3:30 AM on New Year's morning this year, I had a grand mal seizure; since my husband did not know what was happening to me, he called 911 and I was taken to the E.R.  We spent the day there and after many tests and procedures, I was advised that I have Epilepsy (much better than Altzheimer's!).  My tests were all perfectly normal, but the doc explained that my synapses (nerves that carry the information) have been fried by all the excessive electricity my brain had been spewing out for 2-1/2 years.  In my case this was most likely caused by a fever of 105 degrees about 20 years ago, or possibly by the viral spinal meningitis I had 10 years ago.  Enough brain cells were destroyed to result in Epilepsy.
 
Now I have to write everything down.  If I don't, the information is gone within minutes.  If someone calls me on the phone I write down everything they say to me.  If I get up to do something I usually forget what it was before I even get to the room I was headed for.  I make list after list after list of "To Do's".  I can only make a recipe by re-reading it twelve times!  It's really pathetic.  I can't do any math anymore (I was never good at it, but this is ridiculous).  The worst thing for me is the language loss.  I have a B.A. in English, and now my only skill is gone.  I forget words, and often use the wrong words.  I have lost about 15 years of memory, and only recall the distant past if someone reminds me of events.  They don't come to mind on their own.
 
I have coped with this by taking early retirement at a great financial loss to me (this all started when I was only age 59), and by explaining to people that memory loss is a medically-caused condition no different than loss of vision or hearing.  People become VERY irritated with me because of the memory loss, as if I was forgetting on purpose!  Even my husband did this until I reminded him that it is simply a disability.
 
I don't know if this helps you, or if it is simply catharsis for me.  If you want to discuss anything else about your symptoms, you can certainly contact me at rector@hughes.net.  My very best wishes to you.
 
Sue

RanMan
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Aurora60 said...

Hi McGoo,  Are you on any meds for your seizures? Sometimes the meds you are on can affect your ability to multi task and affects your short term memory.  I would check with your dr. to see if your meds could be causing you problems.  I only suggest this as my son who has epilepsy has problems remembering and doing more than one or two things at a time.  Hope this helps.

Aurora

Heavy AED meds can slow you down and cause memory probs.
I've been on AEDs for 28 years and noticed a sugnificant difference but the trade off is my seizures are controlled.
 
Randy


Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.

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