Epilepsy memory loss?

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espemo
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   Posted 4/14/2014 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Last Monday at work, my girlfriend had a siezure. She doesn't remember what happened, but because of the marks on her face it looks like she fell on the floor and seized and ground the right side of her face into the carpet. She was taken to the ER and given an IV and sent home. Since then, she has had a lot of trouble remembering things that happened on previous days. In other words, tonight she'll be able to remember this morning, but she starts having trouble remembering this morning tomorrow. If promted or reminded, she can recall vague memories but not details. She's really worried and has an appointment to see her doctor later this week. Has anyone else experienced symptoms like this? It was her first seizure in about 2 years. She's on lomictol (sp?).

JungRulz
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   Posted 4/18/2014 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My seizures were/are not much more than memory loss. I have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, often called TLE. The loss, in my case, is short term, but memory issues in association with seizures is well known.

www.epilepsy.com/node/842674

Another issue may be preoccupation, this causes anxiety sufferers to have memory issues. As has been explained to me, we only have a certain amount of working memory. When that memory is occupied with distractions, it's not available for day to day stuff. With her recent unexpected seizure, she may unconsciously be preoccupied with it, and not forming more routine memories as well.

Hope all went well at the doctors.

SpaceyCase
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   Posted 5/5/2014 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I will second what JungRulz said - memory issues are are definitely associated with seizures. In my experience they can be a bit more intense and long lasting surrounding generalized (convulsive) seizures. I actually had a seizure almost exactly like the one you describe - fell on the floor and carpet burned my cheek (ow) and it was just like that for me too - foggy for a few days. Always is with grand mal types. But my normal types are simple partial and I don't really lose memory with them, but rather my short term memory just just steadily gotten less reliable over time. My neurologist says this is quite normal and he even makes sure to ask me about memory issues when I see him.

When I was first diagnosed it was worse because of lack of control. At that point what I did right away was try to develop good short term memory exercises and habits, such as always putting things in the same place (purse, shoes, etc.). The brain needs to be exercised. Seizures do damage when they happen over time, and memory is part of it. Developing habits and working on memory tasks really does help.
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