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Old 03-04-2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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Unhappy Help! My memory is in serious trouble - alzheimer's or anaesthetic?

Hi,

In December I had a partial thyroidectomy which went fine and the biopsy was clear. (My thyroid levels were ok - the only reason I needed the operation was because my thyroid was enlarged and was pressing on my windpipe and cutting down my air intake by 50%). When I had my blood tests done about 3 weeks ago it showed that my thyroid was "running slow" which is common after a partial thyroidectomy. In turn, that was affecting my blood sugar (I'm a type 2 diabetic) that's been running high since the beginning of January, and also my cholesterol which I'm on medication for is high. The docs have now put me on Eutirox 25 micrograms (it's a Spanish medication and is presumably the Spanish equivalent of Thyroxin) which I've been taking 1 tab per day for the past week.

Sorry to be so long winded! But my problem is this;

Since my operation, my memory has gotten worse. When I had a hysterectomy a few years ago, I recall that the anaesthetic made my memory bad, and it was though words had been erased from my brain and it was like looking at a whiteboard with sentences on, but with some of the words missing.

Well, it's been like that again since my thyroidectomy, and I wasn't worried. But lately it's got much worse. I'm totally forgetting things after a few minutes. Not just forgetting them for a short while, it's as though they've been totally wiped from my brain - the latest thing, as an example, is that today I put some potatoes in the oven to bake while I popped up to the shops for a few bits. It should have taken no longer than half an hour. But by the time I'd gone down the path to the car, I'd forgotten all about the potatoes, and went wandering round the market, stopped at the vets to ask about having the cat snipped, called at the bank and took my time changing my pin number, strolling round the supermarket without a care in the world and finally calling at a friend's house on the way home, spending 15 minutes talking to her. When I got home and strolled up the path with the shopping, I walked into the kitchen and there was black smoke pouring out of the oven. THEN and only then I remembered having put the potatoes in there before going out! We live in a mobile home. We were minutes from the whole thing going up in smoke! My husband said he'd told me something to which I replied to him and I have no recollection of this whatsoever and that was only yesterday morning. Could this be connected to the anaesthetic, my thyroid or early onset alzheimer's? It's really starting to worry me now. I'm sorry for such a long post, but I really dont know what the hell to think.

Many thanks in advance if anyone has any ideas at all.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: Help! My memory is in serious trouble - alzheimer's or anaesthetic?

If you had that reaction from anesthetic before, it could be that again. But I would think it would have worked its way out of your system after nearly 3 months. My bet is on your thyroid. Before my low thyroid was diagnosed, I was exactly like you. Would literally wander around the house or market, getting distracted from my task to start others that would never get finished. Some days, I even had to think hard how to go about taking a shower! "Brain fog"... a classic hypothyroid symptom.

If the problem is from low thyroid - and again, I really think it is - it will take a couple of weeks for your thyroid med to do its job. You just began taking it within this week, right? Hopefully, it should kick in by next week; but if that "fog" isn't appreciably better, schedule new bloodwork to check your levels and argue for a dose increase.

Don't worry about Alzheimer's. It doesn't come on suddenly, and those around you would notice it far, far sooner than you would yourself.

 
Old 03-05-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
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Re: Help! My memory is in serious trouble - alzheimer's or anaesthetic?

Thank you so much Midwest - what a star you are! I feel so much easier now. I've done a little more research into the thyroid, and you're right - the memory is a biggie when the thyroid is running slow.

Thanks again for your prompt reply.
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