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Anyone else here have a TERRIBLE short term memory?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by eingeist, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. eingeist

    eingeist

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    I can be told twice in a matter of 30 minutes to do something and 10 minutes later I'll forget. It's consistent. I'll have an idea, or a thought process, and as soon as it's interrupted I lose it all..

    I've noticed it more-so since I've quit smoking (probably because nicotine is a stimulant and the patches ain't givin' me enough).

    But regardless, even when I was a smoker, my memory is TERRIBLE. I carry a note pad around, but even then half the time I forget the pen. Multiple times a week I leave, and come back inside because I forget keys, forget phone, wallet, etc...

    I forget work tasks, even ones I've done a few times. I'm a terrible test taker because my memory is terrible...

    Is there any reason for this? Is there anything I can do for it? I read that Ginko Biloba doesn't do anything.. But I just can't ever keep a clear, concise mind...


    eta: "smoking" referenced above is cigarette smoking, not the other stuff, so it isn't that :supergrin:

    But my memory seems to be getting worse and worse...
     
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  2. TuxthePenguin

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    tl;dr
     

  3. american lockpicker

    american lockpicker License to Il

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  4. Chuck66

    Chuck66 Traveling Man

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    I'm with you. I can forget what I'm doing walking across the room to do it. Sometimes it's like a bad joke, and sometimes it's a real problem. The only thing that helps is to write stuff down. Funny thing is, I can memorize all kinds of stuff. I know mine and my wife's and kids' SSNs, phone numbers are easy, I know my debit card number, exp and security code by heart, and I have memorized thousands of words of spoken ritual for my work in Freemasonry, and can recite it flawlessly, but I'll walk downstairs to take out the trash or empty the litter box, and by the time I'm down there, I've forgotten what I was doing. Sucks.
     
  5. Davegrave

    Davegrave Dapper Dan

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    I can't hear a phone number and then dial it.
    I can't remember anyones name untill I've known them for weeks.
    Short term memory is awful.


    But I remember poems I memorized in high school (15 year ago give or take).
    So great long term memory.
     
  6. Spen84107

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    Hey. Umm. Damn. I forgot what I was going to say.
     
  7. eingeist

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    Me too. I can remember numbers, even strings of them, fine.. It's funny.

    So what do we do to fix this? :headscratch:
     
  8. John Galt

    John Galt Anti-Federalist

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    What was the question?
     
  9. Troubleshooter

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    Yes,

    At work I am thinking of so many things that I need to do sometimes I will be walking to do a task and completely forget what it was I was going to do.

    I hate it when I'm in the middle of doing something and get interrupted. Good chance It will not get done if I move on to another task.

    I try to write notes or make a list so I remember to do them later.

    Names..... Forget about it. I can see a co-worker and completely draw a blank.
     
  10. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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    Welcome to the club!

    I remember stuff from 14 years ago, but can't remember what I had for lunch!


    Makes waiting on tables a challenge! :rofl:
     
  11. flyerI

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    I think there is too much outside interference. Internet, 24/7 news, cell phones, ipod always on, constant running, etc. The brain, the greatest computer ever, can only handle so much. I find I do much better when I cut out some of the outside noise and give my brain a break and time to simply think. Drive to work with the radio off, go for a walk without the ipod, turn the cell phone off for a bit.
     
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    Yep, here too. If you are stressed out or depressed it can be hard to focus.
     
  13. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    I was suffering from a similar problem. MRIs, CAT scans, psycho evals, neurologists, etc. My insurance spent tons of money and when they were done they ushered me out the door. "We can see you're having problems, we just don't know what is causing them..."

    I either found the problem myself or lose my job. I finally found a problem, in some people, with statin drugs. At the time, the medical community vehemently denied this link. I believe that has changed over the last few years.

    To the credit of my Doctor, he listened to me and, with nothing to lose, agreed that I should stop taking Zocor (40 mg). Within a matter of days I was "cured".

    Later he put me on Vytorin (sp?), a combination of Zetia and 10mg Zocor. I exhibited the same symptoms as before. Since then, Zetia has been found to be harmful in its own rite.

    Statins are miracle drugs that are effective a lowering cholesterol levels. However, they (like aspirin), are not tolerated by everyone. Who knows, you may have a similar problem.
     
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  14. JuneyBooney

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    It is caused by stress. Release your tension daily and eat right and it should come back.
     
  15. geofri

    geofri Poikilotherm™ Lifetime Member

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  16. M&P Shooter

    M&P Shooter Metal Member

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    What did you just ask?
     
  17. Defender77

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    Serious question do you take any medication like lipitor or cholesterol lowering drugs?

    I've read it can cause memory loss.
     
  18. as400guy1

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    It's call C.R.A.F.T disease.

    I got it bad.

    It's a running joke at work.
     
  19. Defender77

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    Scary-- I was on lovistatin and after three yrs I noticed I was having trouble remembering stuff I never had a problem with before.

    Went off it and then a few years later, when my cholesterol shot up again, I was put back on a different statin drug.

    Same thing happened. :(

     
  20. MooseJaw

    MooseJaw NRA Lifer CLM

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