Memory Loss Symptoms
Memory loss symptoms can occur gradually or suddenly. Symptoms can occur as a result of deeper, prolonged illnesses or they can occur as a new illness. This blog covers common symptoms. The first part of this post focuses on the symptoms of new illnesses that are distinct in their effect on memory. The later part of this post focuses on prolonged illnesses and their impact on memory. Finally, this blog introduces information on professional resources for either of these categories and suggests means through while searching for comprehensive information may be best facilitated.
Symptoms of New Memory Illnesses
Two major memory illnesses are serious in their symptoms. The first, dementia is noticed through strokes and sudden memory loss. Generally, loss of motor capacity or changes in the manner in which a person is able to move, their balance, and their sense of understanding and coherence are signs of stroke. This is a serious sign that requires emergency assistance and if this sign is noticed immediate medical attention is necessary. The importance of balance and continual physical functioning is valuable to understand the preventative measures for this illness for those at increased risk, which includes persons with serious chronic illness and elderly persons.
Dementia is caused through radical changes in the flow of blood to the brain, causing a type of temporary displacement of normal functioning consciousness. It is noticeable and a clear non-ordinary altered, impaired state where the ability to drive or perform normal mobile functions temporarily ceases to exists. Although many cases of dementia are temporary and eventually primary normal motor functioning returns, there are also cases where the event of blood loss to the brain does not result in recovery. The risk of dementia is significantly reduced through increased, regular, sustained and focused physical activity and a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and harmful substances. Emergency medical attention for this symptom enables individuals the possibility of regaining significant control and there are cases of full and complete recovery. Although remaining calm and optimistic are not practical advices for emergency situations, this particular symptom should not immediately be met with cutting off all hope for full recovery. Instead, it can come as a warning sign and the calmness and optimism may be useful in facilitating a swifter recover process with no returns of the symptoms or illness.
Alzheimer’s is the second memory illness. This illness occurs gradually, over the course of time. Individuals who have this illness, wherein significant amounts of brain cells begin to cease function, begin with slow losses of memory. Noticing when constant forgetfulness or disorientation occurs signals that Alzheimer’s may be setting in. This illness is generally a later life issue. Few options exist, however, there are medications that can slow down the process as well as excellent care in facilitates that are dedicated to treating this illness. Generally, this illness can be discerned through normal observation and regular medical visits and is not an illness that requires emergency attention, unless the symptoms cause another type of emergency such as a fall.
There are few preventative measures for Alzheimer’s, however, emotionally supportive environments that reduce boredom, depression, and loneliness in addition to intentional learning, growth, and focus of mental activity even after the point of retirement or where life no longer requires such activity, can prevent a gradual shutting down of brain activity. In addition, sustained, regular, focused movement, similar to the prevention measures for dementia may also provide significant reduction in risk.
Prolonged Illnesses and Memory Loss
Prolonged illnesses such as issues with kidneys, liver, thyroid, or blood can causes situations of temporary memory loss or lead to serious memory problems. These underlying issues are of primary concern and individuals who are aware of these issues should work with their medical professional to identify new symptoms that could signal memory problems. These issues are broad in scope, thus beyond the range of where mass categorization of symptoms can be summarized.
There are a number of professional options and paths to treatment of memory issues. As mentioned, some issues require emergency assistance, while others require routine checkups. There are cases where memory issues are treated indirectly, such as the prescription of high blood pressure medication in the cases of an illness called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCV). Because many memory issues do not have direct cures, sometimes doctors may attempt to treat the underlying causes of the issue.