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Does Anyone Have Experience With Extreme Memory Loss Due to Seizures?

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Old 07-10-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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Does Anyone Have Experience With Extreme Memory Loss Due to Seizures?

My husband started having Absence Seizures about 8 years ago. About 5 years ago his memory started failing. Fast forward to 2008, his dementia is in the 4-5 stage on the Alzheimer's chart. I keep asking the Neurologist if his dementia is Alzheimer's, however, he still thinks it is due to the seizures.
I guess I cannot wrap my brain around the fact the those who suffer from seizures could have dementia to this extreme. Thank you in advance to your replies.

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Old 07-10-2008, 06:28 PM   #2
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Re: Does Anyone Have Experience With Extreme Memory Loss Due to Seizures?

I had my first sez about 5 years ago (at about age 25). I spent 6 weeks in the hospital and when I got out most of the things that had happened to me over the last 10 years were gone. They had built a Wal Mart in town and I had no clue it was even there.

My high school graduation, jobs that I had worked at, people I knew were gone. At first The memory loss was really bad. I wouldn't remember things that had happened the week before. Usually after I have a sez it would wipe out quite a bit.

As the years have gone by it has gotten better though, but things that happened last year I or before I only remember a little. I can watch the tv shows that are on now as repeats and it's like I'm watching them for the first time. This goes along with movies that I might have seen or places that I've been.

I have a lot of trouble trying to think of words too. For example if I'm talking to someone about the celing fan, all I know that "it's that thing in the living room that hangs on the top and blows air around when the house gets hot". Sometimes it takes me a while of describing and the other person trying to guess what I am talking about.

I don't know how old your husband is, but my neuro said that mine is from the eplispy. I've got too many "bad spots" in my brain that I have trouble retaining things is how I think he pretty much described it to me in simple terms.

I have learned to write stuff down to keep track of things that I am going to do or things that I have done (I have a small pocket calander that I can keep track of things in, even if it's something as simple as I went to the grocery store with so and so today, just to remember where and with who I went). Also If there is something imporntant comming up or if the dr changes my meds I make sure that I tell someone else so that if I get confused about it there is always someone who knows.

Hope this helps

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