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   Posted 9/14/2011 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed as of late, the last 6 months or so, I have really began to lose my memory. Yesterday i drove all the way to my therapist's office, walked all the way through the building and was checking in with her receptionist when she informed me my appointment was the next day! I really felt foolish, as I was sure my appointment was that day. Also my pain therapist the day before discussed a topic she wanted me to discuss with my regular therapist, and I totally forgot what it was... I often forget what I'm trying to say mid sentence( which is driving my wife nuts!) any help??
intercostal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease, atherosclerosis, depression, & anxiety
meds: gabapentin, oxycodone 30 mg, lipitor, xanax, effient, cymbalta, carbamazepine

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   Posted 9/14/2011 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
           Good morning Dude!
               Many of the members here go through what you are describing, and seems to come with the turf as we take the pain med's. I cannot tell you how many haircuts I have missed over the last 3yrs or so. and one of the barbers got so fed up with it, she booted me. I finally found one that is sympathetic to my memory loss because of the pain med's. Of course, it may have helped that I photographed all of her children's sports photos for several years. wink
       One thing that I do is to keep a daily written log of what needs to be done, and some of the reminders go on my phone and or computer. It is frustrating to forget things, so I understand how you feel. Make it a habit to write down improtant items that need your attention, and you might also have a family members help you with this by calling you to remind you of appointments.
     I even have a friend at work who has offered to call me and remind me of things, as he understands the memory loss I suffer from.
       Hope some of this helps,
      Take care,
     SE wink
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   Posted 9/14/2011 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there! First of all I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well...I have been offline for a week due to surgery so I missed welcoming you. I also have really bad memory issues lately. Well, mine have been ongoing for a couple of years now.

I always thought it was from the fibro and depression...and the meds probably don't help. It drives me nuts, I feel so dumb sometimes.

I don't have many suggestions, I do things like write lists, check the calander everyday for appts etc. Doesn't help with forgetting what your saying though. Something else I do often.

I wish I had more to offer...I am sure others will be on with better ideas. Once again, welcome and I hope you keep coming back! Take care.
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   Posted 9/14/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
This is not uncommon, unfortunately.

I went through about a year of having really, really bad memory problems that ended up causing my doctor to kick me to the curb because I ended up missing too many appointments. It got so bad that I could look at my calendar the night before and see that I had an appointment the next morning and by the time I woke up I wouldn't recall the appointment or even remember to look at the calendar again.

I ended up, too late, figuring out that is was the morphine tablets I was taking for pain that was screwing me up big time. After being off of them for a few months my memory started coming back, though it isn't what I would call great by any shot. I still have to write things down, but at least now I can remember that I did make a list and can remember to check it.

I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor specifically to talk about your memory problems. When you call to make the appointment make sure to tell the receptionist that is why you are wanting to see the doctor and have her put that in your file. If you have an appointment coming up soon then call the office and have that added to the reason for visit so the doctor will see it and you can have the needed talk even if you do forget to bring it up.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 9/14/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this, too, unfortunately. I have to write everything down.... or I will forget it.

I find the most frustrating thing is when I'm speaking, too - and forget where the heck I was even going w/ what I was talking about. Or I can't think of a word or a name. Very frustrating.


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   Posted 9/14/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the same boat over here. Can't remember a thing. Lose my train of thought easily, can't think of the words i want

to say, all of it. It is so frustating. My doc told me last week that there probably won't be any change for the better either.

I had hoped my memory would improve as I am no longer on any narcotics, as none of them work for me, but no go for me.



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   Posted 9/14/2011 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the same boat. I write an appointment on the calendar and then forget to look at the calendar. I can also be in mid sentence and forget the word that I'm trying to say. I had the issues before I started taking pain meds.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 9/16/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Loretta ,the calendar for writting on works for me!Also calling to comfirm things helps .I also think any reading ,games or even spelling words ,anything that makes you think helps keep your mind sharp .Its so easy to get cobwebs in the mind ,when the brain is not thinking much ,good thing it comes back easy as long as you use it .takecare

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   Posted 9/16/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I write everything important on my calendar and check it before I go to bed.If there is something to do the next day ,I write it down in big letters on my writing pad and then I set my morning coffee cup on the pad.So far,this has worked for me and I've not missed anything important yet (knock on wood).

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   Posted 9/17/2011 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have a cell phone most, if not all, have a calendar feature on them that you can enter appointments into and then on that day an alarm goes off to remind you.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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