Developing learning problems as an adult
I am taking college courses to be a medical assistant. I was taking online courses and was one mth from graduating but I transferred to a local college here and now I have 8 more mths to finish the program (long story).
I had such a hard time trying to learn the material when I was taking the online program. Still am. Get really tired when I start reading, I cannot process the information, so I have to read it over and over again before I know what I'm reading. Took a test Wednesday and I had to read the questions several times before I understood what I was reading. When we read the lectures out loud, I cannot process that information at all. I don't have any problem reading it though. No problems having conversations with people and understanding what they are saying to me. Why is it I can process that but not when it comes to studying?
I'm so aggrivated because I don't quite understand what is wrong. I wanted to go to college to be a RN later on but that isn't going to work out with the type of problems I'm having.
I have taken a caffeine pill before and it really helped me to where I was able to study. But after 4 days on this medication, it stopped working. Adderall doesn't help at all.
I have a mild rheumatoid disease and it's caused me to have severe chronic disabling fatigue. It helps where I am taking prednisone/plaquenil but I'm still tired. Even on days I am not all that bad though, still have the learning problems.
I don't know what to think. Is it just the fatigue? I have paresthesia (tingling and other sensations) all over my body. My neurologist thinks my rheumatoid disease is attacking my nerves. No proof of that whatsover. He wanted to do a MRI to test for dementia and MS but my insurance will not approve it.
I don't think it's dementia, yes I've had some signs, but there's a lot I don't have as well.
This is what scares me though. Could it be possible something in my brain is deteriorating, that I could have a neurological disease that is causing all this?
I honestly just want to cry. I want to be able to study and learn better than I can.
What kind of doctor do you go to for this? Can they do any types of assessments and run any tests for this to see what might be wrong?