Forgetfulness or memory problems are often associated with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer's. But other common causes such as a lack of sleep, medications (antidepressants, anti-hypertensives), drinking too much alcohol, hypothyroidism, and depression can also result in forgetfulness but can be treated.

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Can low levels of vitamin D and testosterone cause forgetfulness?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 50 year old. My height is 5.8 feet and weight 187 lbs. Recently, I have tested for free testosterone and vitamin D. Both are on lower side. I am also taking Thyronorm 75 mg since last 7-8 years. I have attached my medical file of past health issues. After 7 PM, I feel very low and co...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, for your low testosterone and low vitamin D you need to take supplements. For vitamin D, I recommend Cholecalciferol sachets or tablets 60000 units weekly once for three months. Also take Calcium supplements every night. For testosterone, you need to get Testostero...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of my forgetfulness and inability to focus?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. My height is 172 centimeters and my weight is 52 kilograms. I always tend to forget where I keep things even if it is just a second ago. I am also having problems on focusing things that I do not like such as studying, waiting in lines, etc. I do not talk much with o...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern but you have not mentioned enough details which can help me diagnose ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below to deal with your concentration problems. ...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of taking Adderall for a long time?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 29 year old boyfriend, who weighs 190 lbs and 6 feet tall, he is a former athlete in college. He was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia through the spinal tab, five years ago. He is now taking Adderall 60 mg a day total, spread over six times, and is using Flumazenil cream, wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Idiopathic hypersomnia is a sleep disorder even less common than narcolepsy, a rare sleep disease. The biggest distinguishing characteristics include differences in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the absence of cataplexy (a sudden weakness in the muscles while fully co...  Read Full »

My 75-year-old mother-in-law forgets things and people close to her. Does this memory loss indicate dementia?

Query: Hi doctor,I am worried about my mother-in-law’s health condition. She is 75 years old. She had a stroke a few years back. Now she takes medicines to control her blood pressure. I am not aware of the medicines she is taking now. Nowadays, she forgets things often. Sometimes, she forgets people clos...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. I can understand your situation and concern about your mother-in-law. You are right; she may have vascular dementia due to a stroke. It will be better if you do an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain plain...  Read Full »

I experience severe headache, disorientation, and forgetfulness. How to get it treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have disorientation, headache, sensitivity to light, forgetfulness, and drowsiness. I went to the hospital to rule out brain aneurysm, nothing was found, but I need a resolution for the pain. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit R. Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Headache with sudden onset and the worst headache of life need evaluation. Since your MRI brain is normal, it is reassuring. One thing that still needs to evaluate is, has there been any change in your vision, how is your fundus (eye) examination (to make sure there is...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old male having forgetfulness and intrusive sexual thoughts, along with difficulties in concentrating. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old guy, and I find it hard to concentrate. I also have had forgetfulness, loss of interest in everything, and difficulty handling numbers for the past year. The problem I am facing is that I am having intrusive sexual thoughts about some of my family members. I do not e...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. You most probably be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In this disorder, the patient has intrusive, uncontrolled, irrational images or thoughts which come despite the patient not wanting to ...  Read Full »

Can Alzheimer's make me forget things?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old, and I have experienced forgetfulness ever since I was in elementary. I usually ace my tests because I have a very short term memory, so cramming often makes do. But, I often tend to forget things when my body takes the so-called auto-pilot mode. During these times...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms are not related to dementia or Alzheimer. At your age, considering the description of your complaints, I would think about a concentration disorder (attention disorder). This could be related to ADHD or anx...  Read Full »

Do I forget things often due to the lump on my head?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had pain in the back of my neck, and I have had a lump on my head under the hair for three to four months. Sometimes I forget the things to do. For example, I go to take milk from the fridge, but I take butter and come. Then I realize I have taken butter instead of milk. I have also...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. A lump under the skin is commonly seen due to infection. Apart from that, cystic growth due to sebaceous gland blockage can also cause this, or it can be due to stress. As you mentioned you are getting forgetful, I would like to know your...  Read Full »

My 75-year-old mother forgets things and makes sounds at night while sleeping. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother, who is about 75 years old, is showing signs of memory loss. Our parental place is now uninhabited. My mother resides with my younger brother. She forgets the door, kitchen, bathroom, and other things. But she remembers old things. Secondly, she makes sounds during the night ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your mother probably has Alzheimer's dementia, a type of neurodegenerative disease affecting old age person. In this, the person loses his recent memory; however, long-term or old memory is spared initially, but eventually, that too is lost slowly. To confirm the dia...  Read Full »

I feel I may have a neurodegenerative disease. How to determine it?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel as if I may have a neurodegenerative disease. My symptoms are as follows: More forgetful than normal. Battle to find the right words. I get very bad pains and pressure in my brain. When driving, I battle with judging my following distance. Please, could you provide any tests t...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First, only based on these symptoms, it is difficult to say with certainty. I would like to ask if you have any medical problem as of now, and taking any medicine, or using any substance of abuse. These symptoms could be due to: Neurodegenerative disease. Depress...  Read Full »

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