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My brain hates me!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 15, 2009
  • 04:47 PM

Hi Everybody!

I'm 24 and my brain has decided it doesn't want to work any more! I was always above average as a student, but since a few years after high school, my memory has gotten progressively worse, to the point now that I'm forgetting whole chunks of my day and forgetting instructions that were given to me a few minutes before. My brain power in general seems to be diminishing - simple calculations are now near-impossible. The thing is, I know they're simple, but I just can't get my head around them.

I'll sit down to write something and by the time I pick up the pen, I've forgotten what I was going to write. I sit and try desperately to remember, and sometimes it comes back, sometimes not. I usually have to retrace my steps until I find a trigger to remind me.

This month, I've started having vision problems (one eye will either blur for several minutes or black out completely for 30 seconds or so), and I'm finding it increasingly hard to focus my eyes in general . Sometimes my speech is slurred, which seems to last for half an hour or so. The physical symptoms are all intermittent, but the memory loss is constant.

I have never taken hard drugs or had any form of brain injury and am not a heavy drinker. I do have a spinal cord defect present from birth but it's never caused any problems before, so I don't think it has anything to do with these symptoms.

If anyone has any insight, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!

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  • TAKE A LOOK INTO Dementia Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia have significantly impaired intellectual functioning that interferes with normal activities and relationships. They also lose their ability to solve problems and maintain emotional control, and they may experience personality changes and behavioral problems such as agitation, delusions, and hallucinations. While MEMMORY LOSSis a common symptom of dementia, memory loss by itself does not mean that a person has dementia. Doctors diagnose dementia only if two or more brain functions - such as memory, language skills, perception, or cognitive skills including reasoning and judgment - are significantly impaired without loss of consciousness.
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • November 16, 2009
    • 09:09 AM
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  • If you have not already, you should get an MRI of your brain. Perhaps there is a tumor that is impacting your neurological funtions. Hi Everybody!I'm 24 and my brain has decided it doesn't want to work any more! I was always above average as a student, but since a few years after high school, my memory has gotten progressively worse, to the point now that I'm forgetting whole chunks of my day and forgetting instructions that were given to me a few minutes before. My brain power in general seems to be diminishing - simple calculations are now near-impossible. The thing is, I know they're simple, but I just can't get my head around them.I'll sit down to write something and by the time I pick up the pen, I've forgotten what I was going to write. I sit and try desperately to remember, and sometimes it comes back, sometimes not. I usually have to retrace my steps until I find a trigger to remind me.This month, I've started having vision problems (one eye will either blur for several minutes or black out completely for 30 seconds or so), and I'm finding it increasingly hard to focus my eyes in general . Sometimes my speech is slurred, which seems to last for half an hour or so. The physical symptoms are all intermittent, but the memory loss is constant. I have never taken hard drugs or had any form of brain injury and am not a heavy drinker. I do have a spinal cord defect present from birth but it's never caused any problems before, so I don't think it has anything to do with these symptoms. If anyone has any insight, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2009
    • 06:49 PM
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  • Both the above replies sound like good places to start, but if they dont work have you tried just exercising your brain? Crosswords, Sudoku, etc can really help with memory loss and associated problems.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2009
    • 08:48 AM
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