Epilepsy, meds, and memory loss

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/7/2005 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again,
Well, I have one more post to put up, and this one hits close to home. I've had a pretty bad problem lately with memory loss, mostly short-term, but I've also noticed that my long-term memory seems to be slowing down. Some days I don't notice it, other days it's very noticeable and very frustrating! Since I work as an engineer, it's even more important that my memory is working at it's peak at all times. I've been taking Tegretol/Carbatrol for years now, and epilepsy drugs in general for 21 years. I've been told that the act of having a seizure as well as the meds themselves can cause memory loss. I've spoken to my doctor about this, and he is testing me for B12 and thryoid deficiencies.
I'd like to hear from anyone who has had any problems with memory loss, and how you've dealt with the issue.
God Bless,

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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 668
   Posted 10/7/2005 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   


I can totally relate.
My short term memory is almost totally gone and my recall isn't much better.
It's caused problems with my job too but that's a whole other story. Besides this I have slurred speech and very poor gait and coordination(as well as several other side effects from the meds), people think I'm drunk. I've even been pulled over by the police as DUI until they saw my medic alert bracelet.
Lots more to say but I don't want to bore you all.
Randy (ontario, Canada

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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