This is my first time posting and I'm really confused, frustrated and not even sure if should be in this group.
Way back in my late teens (I'm now aged 50) I was doing what was then called a BTec which I think now translates as a HND in care work.
I worked in all areas and went on to be in nursing for 18 years I loved what I did that much. My main paper for my qualification was on Alzheimers, and no pun intended here but while I learnt a huge amount from carers and spouses who cared for their loved one (one even wrote a book and sent me a rough draft to go through) but I can't remember any of what I learnt all those years ago.
I was concerned with my memory recently as since my early twenties onward I've had an almost eidetic memory. It amazed people just how much knowledge I could retain and how long for. Now, its all gone.
I spoke with my doctor sometime within the last 3-6 months about my memory, or lack of, so he tested me with various things, like putting the numbers on a clock face and some other things I don't remember now. But one test clearly stuck in my mind, probably because it frustrated me so much no matter how hard I tried.
He told me something along the lines of;
"I'm going to give you a name and address I want you to remember, then ask you a series of questions, then. ask you to repeat the name and address."
(seemed easy enough)
"Mr Michael Davis, 32 kings road, London"
" So how long has this memory problem been bothering you?"
"Do you know worry a lot about this?"
Then he asked me to repeat the address
All I got right was Mr Michael Davis, Kings, London.
Road is one of the most commonest used next to Street, yet I came out with every word imaginable except the right one. Same with 32 (which by the way, I cheated and had to scroll back up on my phone to see which number and street/road I'd written above), but nope, I got so frustrated as I was so convinced it was 39 or 42 for some reason.
Even now with phone numbers, people give me their landline number and give me the first 3 numbers, by the time they've said the 3rd one, I've already forgotten what the first number was, so I have to keep explaining to people I have memory issues and can they please just give me one number at a time and wait till I've written it down and repeated it to them before they give me the next number. So far everyone has been really great and understanding, but they don't realise I'm incredibly embarrassed and frustrated.
My doc said that may be it was the medication I'm on. But it says nothing on the leaflets for Oramorph, diazepam, 70mg Morphgesic twice daily and Naproxen (anti inflammatory) about may cause memory loss. And I only use the Oramorph and diazepam when I have spinal spasms, which could be anywhere from 3 in one day for 4 days or none for 3 days. (that's just an example).. But could he be right that its just the meds causing this? or should I get a second opinion?