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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My mother has had undiagnosed repetition and forgetfulness for the last six years. Why does it happen? Is it dementia?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is in her 60s and has a tube in her heart. She is on medication for diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure, and everything is under control. However, she has had undiagnosed repetition and forgetfulness for the past six years. Also, she does not sleep well and usually stays u...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The description is most likely the result of dementia, recent memory loss, and preserved memories from the distant past. The main risk factors include age, diabetes, and hypertension. I recommend taking her to a psychiatrist or a neurologist...  Read Full »

How can I help my 61-year-old mother to prevent forgetfulness?

Query: Hi, My 61-year-old mother has started to show signs of forgetfulness. How can we help prevent the forgetfulness from proceeding further? Is there any medicine or any non-medicine techniques? She forgets things on the way she carries from the grocery store and remembers once she reaches home. She for...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I recommend consulting with a neurologist for a physical examination and cognitive tests. Your mother may need a brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) coupled with other blood laboratory tests like complete blood coun...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to concentrate on work and keep hearing voices?

Query: Hi doctor, I hear sounds, which are not necessarily voices, and I cannot focus on text or computer. I have memory loss, confusion, and forgetfulness. These symptoms have become relevant from the past week. I suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. I am under Lexapro, Abilify, Mirtazapine, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Are you aware that the sounds which you are hearing are not real and are just in your head? You have a history of multiple concussions. That can cause some brain lesion like atrophy or encephalomalacia. These findings can cause the symptoms. It can be checked by CT or M...  Read Full »

I keep forgetting things, and I cannot handle it anymore. Can it be a sign of Alzheimer's?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 55-year-old female. I keep forgetting things, and everyone in my family is irritated with my behavior. I always try my best to remember everything, but I keep forgetting stuff to my bad. For example, last night I misplaced my car keys and searched for them everywhere. At last, I r...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello,Welcome to You can undergo formal and objective testing to know if you have cognitive impairment and, if positive, how severe it is. For example, does the memory problem interfere with your everyday activities? When did it exactly start?I suggest you get a magnetic resonance imagi...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to remember and concentrate on what I read?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a college student. I used to study for more than 13 hours a day but now I am finding it hard to remember what I have read and even to concentrate during lectures. I am worried about my forgetfulness. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. I would like to know more details about your symptoms; 1) Since when did you start having a feeling that you are forgetting things? 2) Are you forgetting only the academic things? Or are you forgetting the ot...  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 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 a...  Read Full »

I suffer from memory and coordination problems. How to correct it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40 year old female, who weighs 146 lbs, and I am 5.5 feet tall. I am having memory problems from the past 17 years. I was told by my doctor that I had low blood pressure. After taking iron tablets, my blood pressure came back to normal, but I realized that during and after the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The doctor might have treated your anemia with iron tablets, not your blood pressure. Some people develop early onset forgetfulness, in medical terminology dementia, more so if you have a family history of Alzheimer's disease. However, there are other neurological cond...  Read Full »

How to boost my memory power?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old serving army officer. Three years back, I met with an accident and got a traumatic brain injury. The initial investigation report and treatment undertaken is attached. Also, the NCCT scan taken 11 months ago is attached. Now, the problems involved are having cognitive...  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. The head injury has left some damage in your brain. The frontal area on the left side is affected. This are...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for my various neurological problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female. I am an occasional drinker and social smoker (pack a week). Until the last 4 years, I jumped from career to career due to the inability to perform duties. No prior surgeries or diagnoses other than EDS (idiopathic hypersomnia) at the age of 23. I take multi ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that your situation seems to be really complex. Coming to this point, I would recommend checking some blood lab tests: 1. Vitamin B12 and D plasma levels for possible deficiency. 2. Thyroid hormone levels for po...  Read Full »

Why do I tend to forget things soon?

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted some opinions. I had an MRI about a year and a half ago that came back clear. It was for sharp pains in my head prior to that my last MRI was back in 2013 due to headaches which also came back clear. I am now 24 years old. I have been physically active my whole life. I have b...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms seem to be related to anxiety and too much thinking or an overreaction to small things. Considering your repeated CT scan and MRI (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I would exclude ...  Read Full »

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