Is short term memory loss a start to Dementia?

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I've been diagnosed by my neuro with short term memory loss..for example if I ask hubby what he wants to drink by the time I reach the kitchen totally forgotten plus conversations taking place on the spot.
I've got a good memory with my past but I read about short term memory loss and it's the starting of Dementia :confused:
 
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It can be but there is much more to dementia than that. You say your "neuro" diagnosed this - is he a neurologist? If you are in any doubt you need a specialist like a psychologist who is trained in diagnosis to assess you. Neurologists aren't experts in dementia.

All that said, it is perfectly possible to have short term memory loss and NOT have dementia at all. In fact its quite likely if that is what he said. I think you perhaps should make a list of questions for him, and when you see him again go through them. If you are not seeing him again then post them to him asking for a response. I think you are entitled to know what is going on.
 
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Have you had an mri yet because that will decide what is wrong. There could be a variety of reason your memory isn’t as good as it should be . Recent trauma, medication, other illness. And we do quite often just have memory lapses, like going upstairs and forgetting what we went for. Don’t worry too much till you have a definite answer.
 
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Getting a diagnosis of Dementia in complex and takes a lot of time. As others have said, there is more to it than memory loss. Indeed, some types of dementia don't even start with memory loss at all.

The Alzheimer's Society produce a very good Factsheet about this, including the early symptoms and diagnosis process, and you can read and/or print it by clicking the 2nd line of the following link
What is dementia? (400)
PDF printable version

I hope that is of some help/reassurance to you.:)
 
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I have terrible short memory particularly worse in the heat, and i have mild forms of szchiophrenia, and bipolar.I also have communication problems too.


Short term memory is very common in most people, try not too become too obsessed by it.
And Daffy has a point, the MRI will determine the cause of the short term memory problem.
 
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It can be but there is much more to dementia than that. You say your "neuro" diagnosed this - is he a neurologist? If you are in any doubt you need a specialist like a psychologist who is trained in diagnosis to assess you. Neurologists aren't experts in dementia.
Hello calypso sorry i'm late replying had network failure :rolleyes:
Yes my neurologist asked me questions and she said short term memory loss but on my dads side it carries dementia. I have regular MRI's due to epilepsy, lupus etc besides a right cocktail of meds which can also be the cause...I just get stressed with the forgetting and also having to ask someone to repeat themselves :low: :hug:
 
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Have you had an mri yet because that will decide what is wrong. There could be a variety of reason your memory isn’t as good as it should be . Recent trauma, medication, other illness. And we do quite often just have memory lapses, like going upstairs and forgetting what we went for. Don’t worry too much till you have a definite answer.
Hello daffy, I have quite a few illnesses besides falls plus meds that can cause it and thanks for your input :hug:
Getting a diagnosis of Dementia in complex and takes a lot of time. As others have said, there is more to it than memory loss. Indeed, some types of dementia don't even start with memory loss at all.
:thanks: for the links :hug:
I have terrible short memory particularly worse in the heat, and i have mild forms of szchiophrenia, and bipolar
natalie I have bipolar also which could be a cause and was also diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic when I was 18 I took a right mixture of meds besides jabs and further down the line seeing a brain specialist, it turned out to be Temporal-lobe epilepsy which as similar aspects to schizophrenia :hug:
 
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That must be SO distressing. My deepest sympathies to you. Would writing things down help at all? A friend of mind kept a notebook with them and all important things he wrote down and checked it regularly. Its a pain having to do it, but it did give him back a sense of control over some parts of his life.
 
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My mother had epilepsy and it lead her to be very forgetful after she was put on meds for it. I don't think you should jump to the conclusion its dementia. As I said, there are many more things that go wrong with dementia other than short term memory loss.
 
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That must be SO distressing. My deepest sympathies to you. Would writing things down help at all? A friend of mind kept a notebook with them and all important things he wrote down and checked it regularly. Its a pain having to do it, but it did give him back a sense of control over some parts of his life.
:thanks: and you've just mentioned what my hubby said weeks back writing things down but it would have to be in a notebook because hubby mentioned stickers around the place and that's a no go area :eek:

Well I now have 3 forms of epilepsy grand-mal and none epileptic besides and I really feel for your mom having it, it really knocks the body about and by what you've said and other's it makes me think more to illnesses I do have which can be causing the issue even more but when I was wrongly diagnosed the brain surgeon did loads of tests and found out that the drugs they'd given me had caused brain damage to the right side of the brain, I asked him to operate and he refused.
 
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I don't know of course, but i would have thought that damage caused by meds couldn't be operated on. Its a different kind of thing isn't it? What kind of meds has done this to you? That is very worrying for a lot of us. I am concerned now for others on such things.
 
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I don't know of course, but i would have thought that damage caused by meds couldn't be operated on. Its a different kind of thing isn't it? What kind of meds has done this to you? That is very worrying for a lot of us. I am concerned now for others on such things.
Hi calypso, when he confirmed the brain damage I asked him to operate to kill the cells that trigger my epilepsy on the left side of my brain and he said no because the tests he did when my brain was active in a seizure didn't show the cell receptors triggering off like some people my brain apparently kicks off all in one go and he said while I can speak to you that's good, if he tried to operate it would be a 50/50 operation because of the damage otherwise, so he kept me monitored with my seizures.
Well I was being treated in the 80s and early 90's they had me on modecate steroid jab took from 25mg to 250mg in 2wks and that didn't improve my behaviour and hallucinations so they swapped me to depixol and that made me worse plus my seizures, so they put me back on the modecate and the meds they used in the 80s as totally changed to what they use today but I do remember these meds - Clozapine, phenytoin, clobazam which they still put me back on and take to this day and they was on about giving me ECT :cry: plus my body weight went from 7st up to 18st in 3yrs with the jabs.

I've lost total trust in doctors now to be honest, especially seeing a new rheumo in april who was actually googling one of my systems on the net.
 
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I've lost total trust in doctors now to be honest
Same here!

Did you know that your short term memory loss could be nothing more than a reaction to stress? It sounds as if you have good reason to be stressed-out, for one thing. Plus, it's a common symptom of GAD, which is frequently present in Bipolar. I am really familiar with this symptom (I call it being scatter-brained), and there is Alzheimer's in my family -- not jumping to any conclusions about it though, as I am living with a lot of stress.
 
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My ex is in her sixties now and is starting to suffer memory problems very frquently I hope it's not dementia but she is very stressed over her son's unhappy marriage and nasty wife.
 
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My ex is in her sixties now and is starting to suffer memory problems very frquently I hope it's not dementia but she is very stressed over her son's unhappy marriage and nasty wife.
Well I hope it's not and it's like members have said to me many issues could be causing it and I have read stress is a leader in this, so if your ex is stressed to the hilt it may not be helping :)
 
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