(good) memory and epilepsy
I have temporal lobe seizures from what my neuro told me once. I just read another post where a poster mentioned that she has temporal lobe epilepsy and instead of having memory problems because of it (like a lot of people with temporal lobe seizures do), she actually had a really good memory because of it. I didn't want to hijack someone else's thread with my question, so I'm posting my own...
Are there a lot of cases where temporal lobe epilepsy can cause you to have a really good long-term memory? I can remember things from when I was two years old. For example, I remember the day my brother was born- in kind of a snapshot way, but I remember a bunch of details from that day, and I was a little over 2 months shy of my 3rd birthday. I always thought that was normal, and then I found out that most people I know can't remember anything from before they were 4 or 5 years old. My mom has always been astonished at the things I can remember and the detail in which I remember them, from back when I was just 2, 3, or 4 years old. I can also recall details about things that no one else remembers. Like, one example I can think of now was just brought up last week by my family- my parents were trying to remember the last time we'd been to a certain place, and I immediately chimed in and said that it was eight years ago in August, when I was seventeen, and I remembered the shirt I was wearing and that me and my brother went to a party at our friend's house that same night. I don't know if it's not common to remember things in detail like that when they happened 8 years ago, but that's how my memory has always worked.
The thing is, though, that my seizures didn't start until I was about 12 years old. So does the fact that I've always had what people who know me well would say is a freakishly good long-term memory mean that there's been something "strange" with my temporal lobe my whole life?
I don't have the greatest short-term memory, though. Like, I never did exceptionally good on tests or stuff like that in school. I usually got good grades, but certain things my mind couldn't grasp, and I didn't do the greatests on tests in those things.
anyone else have a memory like this?