Everyone has memory issues. Occasionally losing your keys or forgetting where you left your phone may be nothing more than a normal symptom of aging. However, there is a marked difference between normal memory slips and having a medical memory issue. Sometimes, serious memory issues may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another medical condition. Seeking a doctor’s opinion is the best way to check your memory issues.
Evaluating Memory Problems
The first step to determining if your memory problems are indicative of a larger issue is to determine their impact on your life. Normal changes in memory are minor nuisances and do not impact a person’s everyday life. However, memory problems that make it difficult to perform everyday tasks or inhibit a person’s ability to socialize may be a symptom of a larger issue.
Causes of Memory Loss
There are many things that may result in temporary and reversible memory loss including:
• Prescription Medication – Memory loss can be a side effect of certain prescription medication. The issue should resolve once the medication is no longer used.
• Head Injury – A head injury can result in memory issues. Memory can return to normal levels once the brain heals.
• Mental Health Issues – Mental health issues can manifest in a number of ways including confusion, forgetfulness, and memory loss.
• Alcohol or Drug Abuse – Excessive use of drugs and alcohol changes brain chemistry and can result in memory loss.
• Getting lost easily or being unable to find your way home
• Having trouble using the correct words to describe things or situations
• Repeating the same questions
• Mood and behavior changes
• Taking longer to perform simple, everyday tasks
For additional information on treating memory issues, contact the memory specialists at Cayman Neurology and Pain Management today.