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Old 06-20-2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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Re: cognitive impairment with amnestic component

Lupus can cause significant cognitive impairment. Can be tested with a blood test, but requires other specific symptoms as well for a diagnosis. Also rule out Vit. B 12/folate deficiency (blood test), low thyroid (blood test) and pursue the MS rule out if these all are normal. Even sleep apnea can cause memory/cognitive problems. MS diagnosis can require additional testing like MS blood test panel, spinal fluid analysis, OPG(oculoplethysmography-a test of eye movement/coordination). I disagree with your neurologists approach. I think physical/medical causes for your symptoms should be ruled out first, before a psychological cause is considered. Let's give everyone the benefit of the doubt and look for a cause that can be treated, before symptoms like this are chalked up to "stress/depression,etc."

 
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