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   Posted 12/9/2010 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum. I am 62 years old, Mom of two adult sons, married to same guy for 42 years.  My overall health right now is probably fai.
Here is my scary problem:  For probably 2 years my short term memory has been lousey, but it growing much worse.  Some examples:  was religously for 2 months this Fall doing a mood chart and journal daily Then, it just disappeared from my mind and about 2 weeks ago came across it on the computer and it was like "wow...I was doing that." Right now my family and I are in constant battles of "I told you that" and me saying "you did not.".  Another problem I am a marriage counselor, and just recently started taking notes in sessions, because the second the couple left my office, I would forget what we talked about.  Problem with the note taking...I write down something that makes sense to me at the time, but when I go over the notes, I often don't understand what I wrote down.  Haven't had this particular problem for probably for two months, but when I did the laundry, I couldn't figure out, let's say how to hang a pair a pants on a hanger...I had the pants in one hand and hanger in the other...I knew I wanted the pants on the hanger, but I could not figure out how to get them on the hanger....took me 15 minutes to figure it out.   Recently one of the most embarrassing things that happened at work is I thought I had a new client waiting in the waiting room and had left all the paperwork to fill out while I finished with the client I was currently with.  So my client is done, I walk into the waiting room to introduce myself, take one look at the couple and I siad" whoops, you guys have been here before, huh?" (I knew the women looked very familiar), so we go get settled, I try too look in my appointment book to see their names and what I had written made no sense.  So, I had to ask them their names...found their file and they had been in my office the two previous weeks (so this is number 3 visit.  Oh, well....could go on forever with examples.
So my Dad died of AZ  at 82 yrs old.  He had a sister who died of it ,too.  My mom is 93 and she is still sharp.  I am Bi=Polar  (manic depression), and
 I tend to stay on the depressed side.   I take about 4 different drugs...but I have taken them for 15 years and they never have bothered me before
My husband says I can't risk going to the doc & get a AZ  diagnosis because I will mess up our health insurance big time.  I know you all are not doctors but I would appreciate some feedback.  Yhanks
Nortriptophine 100mg
seroquel 450mg
lamictal 100 mg
klonopin 4mg
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   Posted 12/9/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to Healingwell. I'm sorry that you are having some memory difficulties. First you should go see the doctor and determine that your memory issues isn't from anything physical. At 62, I am assuming you already went thru menopause? Sometimes menopause can do a number on your memory but with your family history of AZ, you definitely should take this seriously regardless of what it does to your insurance. Because if you are indeed in the beginning stages of AZ, there are medications out there that can slow down the progression of it.

Please have yourself checked out.
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