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   Posted 5/28/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   

There has been an odd issue I have been having.


Lately I have been losing time (I will do something (or at least think I did) and when I look back it was never done even though I clearly remember doing it. Also, I have been misplacing words.  A good example is when I was looking at a light bulb and asked my hubby to bring me a cup (I wanted the light bulb) I would never had realized I said the wrong word if hubby had not pointed it out. Instances like this are becoming more and more frequent and I am not sure if I am just having a moment or if I should seek out a doc (and what type I would seek out)


I have not changes, upped or lowered my meds so I know it is not that….


Any thoughts and/or ideas would be greatly appreciated


Thank you.


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   Posted 5/28/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarrah,

At the risk of being rude or indelicate, could it be simple aging? My wife and I do that sort of thing frequently as do our friends from time to time. I will walk into a room and completely forget why I came in for an instant. She will put something away and forget where she put it. She can be driving and suddenly forget where it was we were going. She drives just fine, just the destination can excape for a moment and then comes back. I have resorted to lists. Lists of things that need to be done. Lists of calls to make. It's the only way I can keep on track lately. Oh, I forgot to mention I am 65. Not that old.

I would not worry too much about momentary lapses as long as the memory returns. If not aging, it could be stress, life changes, medications although you have ruled that out.

If it worsens rapidly or is more concerning for any reason it would probably make sense to take it up with your primary doc.

Hope that helps.

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   Posted 5/28/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Modelmaker has a good point. I have noticed many of these things happening more frequently, especially with all these pain meds. I'm almost 60. However the one thing that concerns me is the word substitution. I think I would mention that to your doctor, see if it could possibly be due to any medications or other issues, or whether you maybe should have some testing.

I hate to ask this, as i don't want to alarm you, but is there Alzheimer's in your family?


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   Posted 5/28/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I also would check with your doctor, this might seem like a crazy question, but are you tired during the day and want to take naps? and how is your sleeping? Do you snore or fequently wake up during the night? Do you experience night sweats? Has your husband noticed that you might stop breathing during the night? I ask these questions because Sleep Apnea can also cause the symptoms your describing, there are many things that can cause these type of symptoms, but I would check in with your Doctor about them I agree with PALady it could be medications, but it could be allot of things, but you should get it checked out, as you may need to have treatment for it!
Good Luck to You
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   Posted 5/28/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarrah, I was also going to ask if you were sleeping ok. I trip over my words when I have a particularly bad nights sleep, its as if my mouth can't keep up with my brain and I say silly things.

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   Posted 5/29/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarrah,

That certainly is scary, aging or not. I'd definitely bring this up with your pcp the next time you see him/her. Or is you're not schedule to see them for a while, I'd think of making an appointment, or at least giving him a ring. If this isn't just a normal problem with aging, I'd think that you'd ultimately end up seeing a neurologist. Sounds like their territory. But definitely talk with your doc. The brain isn't something you want to mess with!

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