July 8, 2008 12:47pm CST
I have a memory problem. And I first learned about it, when I was 18 years old. I had received something in the mail from the U.S. Navy about joining up now that I was of proper age. It was mailed to me by my full name, but my middle name was abbreviated to just the first letter, which was E. I looked at that letter, and could not recognize it for the life of me. I began thinking that maybe they mailed it to the wrong person, or that someone somewhere screwed up my name. I had to look at my state ID to figure out if that E was even part of my name. And when I discovered that it was, I felt like I was stupid. Over the years, I had noticed all the many things I had forgotten, sometimes minutes after hearing or talking about something. It makes people think that words go in one ear and out the other, but in all honesty, that is not the case. Words go in one ear, but get lost in my head. You can tell me that someone I know is in the hospital, and on the way there I would forget where I was going. It's become a serious problem lately, and I am beginning to feel that I need to seek medical attention. I've tried Ginko Biloba, which is supposed to help boost memory, but that didn't work. What should I do?
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9 Jul 08
Well I too have a very serious memory problem. I am 56 years old. I really did not notice my memory problem until about 10 years ago, but I can not really remember much from my past.I can watch something on t.v. but never remember what I saw. You can tell me something, it goes in one ear and out the other, I ask the same question over and over.Tell the same thing over and over.I have both short and long term memory loss. My partner says I really scare him, he thinks that I have altzimers, but the doctor says no.
22 Feb 10
Hmmm.. Well first and foremost, don't fret. That's a natural thing. It would have been disastrous if you forgot your whole name. I think you should just relax. Most people tend to forget things if they have a lot on their minds. Try to focus on what you're doing, or perhaps have post-its ready to remind you. And try doing those mind games as activities. These games would help sharpen the memory. Good luck!