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ask: Short-Term Memory Loss

By Island Girl
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I've been experiencing short-term memory loss, why is that? It's become a running joke in my house that I'm going crazy, but now I'm concerned. Should I see my doctor for this?

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My husband is having alot of memory loss. He will drive to the garage and get petrol pay for it and walk home. We wouldnt be aware of this until the morning when he remembers, this has happened twice. He has put the kettle in the cereal cupboard and cant remember doing it. And when leaving the house he tends to return at least once because he has forgotten something. He has sarcoidosis could this be the reason or could there be something else going on?

June 16, 2014 - 8:58am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post! 

Sarcoidosis generally affects the lungs and  this kind of memory loss is not a symptom. Filling the car and then forgetting it and walking home is pretty severe memory loss - he should be checked out for memory loss as soon as possible.



June 23, 2014 - 10:09am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi, I'm 21 yrs old and studying Electronics Engineering. My problem is that I think I have a short term memory loss. I used to remember things quickly (6 5 years ago)even if it happened days, months or years ago but now I'm having a hard time recalling things that happened to me or to my surroundings even if that just happened an hours or days ago. Now, I'm having a hard time solving a problems because I normally forgot or don't remember what formula or method to use. Sometimes when I'm having a conversation with a friend or family I can't find words to say what I'd like to tell them and this things happening to me is bothering me so much. How can I get rid of this short term memory loss? I do understand that as we become older we experience this kind of things but I'm not that too old yet. I hope you can help me. Thanks.

August 26, 2013 - 9:03am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

There can be several reasons for short term memory loss (we'll forgo talking about aging since you are so young). 

But some other reasons include an accident or injury - you haven't mentioned this so I assume this hasn't happened.

Drugs and alcohol - you haven't mentioned this either but let us know if this is a factor and we'll assume it is not.

Stress - as a student, you may be under stress. Could this be the case with you?

Diet and nutrition - this can directly impact your short term memory - do you eat well and exercise?

Insomnia and depression - could these be a factor?

Medications - are you on any?

Illnesses - something like syphilis can impact the brain. It might be worth having a sexual health check up. 

Since you memory loss is quite noticeable, I think it's worth talking to a doctor about this.



August 26, 2013 - 10:46am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks for the reply Susan. I think my case goes with Stress, insomnia and lack of exercise. Thanks for explaining I'll consult a doctor soon.

August 27, 2013 - 10:24am
EmpowHER Guest

I am a 26 year old male. In high school I suffered from nearly a dozen concussions, some very minor, some taking me almost 12 hours to regain memory and awareness of where I was. Ever since then - I have been notorious to repeating stories, sometimes in the same car ride that the driver told me the story earlier on. Though I graduated as an engineer, once knew over 250 digits of PI, and am able to learn things very quickly - some simple things are very difficult for me to remember. Recently I have started a consulting business where I meet anywhere between 3-10 clients a day and often 40-50 a week. Most clients I see more than once a week. Even though we see each other often - I have a very difficult time remember stories, what we discussed last meeting, when we have planned future meetings, I often have no clue what day it is, and without my calendar on my Iphone I would truly be completely clueless.

Clients often comment about my bad memory and we always joke it off - but it has been a growing concern of mine. I feel like I really have a difficult time processing new information and remembering it on the fly.

October 10, 2012 - 8:25pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post.

If I were meeting with 40-50 clients a week, I'd have a really hard time remembering conversations and keeping everything in order because for anyone, this would be a huge challenge.

The more we use technology to map our lives, the less good we are with doing it alone - using our brains. It's the "use it or lose it" theory.

We should all be doing memory exercises - you can download them via a simple google search. You can also play card games that can help with that. Crosswords and puzzles also help.

However, as a sportsman during your school years, and having suffered numerous concussions, you may have some serious brain damage. I'm sure you have heard of the many footballers and boxers etc who have suffered brain damage from their careers but this is the same kind of damage seen in high school and college sports. I think it's really important for you to see a doctor about this and get early intervention if you have acquired damage from all those concussions. Anon, concussions are brain injuries in themselves. Please see a doctor and keep us updated.


October 15, 2012 - 1:55pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am 26 years old and since before I can remember I have always had issues with memory loss. When I was younger it was just simple things like not remembering where I would put things or what I was going to ask someone. Now in my 20s it has become worse. Now I will walk into a room and forget why I was coming into the room in the first place. Because of this problem I will try to make notes to myself reminding me of things like what I need from the grocery store but it has gotten so bad that most of the time I will forget my list at home and won't have a clue as to what I came to the store for. I also took the memory loss test that you had on this site and I got the first two correct but after that it just went down hill. On the last one I actually on scored about 20% of them. Please help as I do not want to be in my 30s and not know who I am!

Forgetful in GA

January 12, 2012 - 8:19am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

You need to be evaluated by a doctor as it sounds like your memory loss is quite significant. You may have a condition that is causing this or you may have something wrong with your brain that is causing such memory loss but this needs to be evaluated by a health care professional.



January 13, 2012 - 11:24am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi I'm 27 and I do suffer from extreme anxiety disorder and the other day my spouse and I went grocery shopping and on the way out I had completely forgotten what we drove to get there or where it was parked. It was like I could not clear my head at all. I'm very scared a out it and don't know if I should be seen.

July 24, 2011 - 7:21pm
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