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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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 Patil

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 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 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 »

My dad with Parkinsonism suffers from delusion and forgetfulness. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father has been suffering from parkinsonism for the last one year. In the last seven days, there has been a drastic deterioration in his condition. Along with increase in the trembling of hands, the gait has changed drastically. He is no longer able to walk freely, he drags his fee...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Appearance of forgetfulness within one year of parkinsonism raises the possibility of it being Parkinson's plus. As you mention that there is an increase in trembling of hands suggests increased parkinsonian symptoms. State of speaking to himself, imaginary hand m...  Read Full »

What diagnosis favor symptoms like joint pain, fatigue and irritability with normal ESR?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the bones, joints of hands and feet especially in the morning upon waking up. It has been consistent for the past couple of months. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a high RA factor and low vitamin D. I would like to take a few more details on the history part. But it would be better if someone can examine the joints as it is a long treatmen...  Read Full »

Is forgetting to swallow along with muscle twitches a symptom of ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old female, in good health aside from anxiety (currently taking 5 mg Citalopram). A month ago, I suddenly experienced muscle twitching all over both legs and this went on for two weeks. I took magnesium and it subsided and has not really returned except for an occasiona...  Read Full »

Dr. Ds Bakshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Twitching of muscles can be due to anxiety as well as Citalopram. What is important is that you mention having them before initiating Citalopram. So it is unlikely to be due to the drug. If it is occasional then you should rather not bother yourself because twitching i...  Read Full »

What could cause symptoms such as BP, memory problems and incomplete bladder emptying?

Query: Hello doctor, I have the following symptoms. Bladder cannot be emptied fully, due to this I frequently go to the bathroom. During urination, I have to do forcefully. BP due to anxiety. Forget learning and memory skill is weak. Before taking medicine for anxiety my heart pounds during tense. After ...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishan Kumar Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Did you have investigation related urine problem like CBC (complete blood count), renal function test, USG (ultrasound) whole abdomen (to rule our protest pathology)? Did you take any medicine for anxiety? You have mentioned High BP, now what is your BP? Any medicine fo...  Read Full »

What causes memory loss and forgetfulness?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old and have had memory problems for the last five years. It started back in high school and I would wake up and not remember what was going on in my life, but not just for a few seconds, it would stay like that. I would know the friends I have, but I was not able to remem...  Read Full »

Dr. Mustafa Ibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, a good memory needs a balanced diet, which contains all essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B complex, carbohydrates, proteins, and a small amount of fat. Moreover, some drugs like oral contraceptive pills can lead to decrease in vitamin B com...  Read Full »

Due to stress and betrayal, I tend to forget things often. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I forget things quite often and have anxiety problems that lead to a change in behavior. I have never experienced such problems and my head aches a lot and I am suffering from anxiety. Please help as my behavior is changed a lot which affects people living with me. I have not got any ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have a mixed anxiety-depressive disorder, This is very common and about 10-15 percent of people have this problem. It is also very easily treatable. You will need to visit a psychiatrist and he will prescribe you SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibit...  Read Full »

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