My husband (aged 60 years) suffered a severe concussion at the age of 21. He has no recollection of the event, other than waking up briefly in the CT scanner, and then again 24 hours later (time was related to him by his parents). We have no medical records of the event. The injury was to the right side of the head. Since 5 or so years, I believe we can see a slight difference in the right and left side of the head, possibly the blood vessels show more on one side than the other or slightly behind and above the right eye? Just something different.
Over the past year he has complained increasingly of difficulty concentrating and difficulty "doing things backwards", ie when he builds an electronic circuit (his hobby), he wires it backwards. He also constantly complains about forgetting where he has put things, not typical of him.
Does anyone know if this might be related to that concussion years ago, and if so, who do we see about it?
This memory loss may be due to traumatic brain injury or due to other causes. You need to consult a neurologist to find the cause of this memory loss.
Memory loss is also a common symptom of frontal lobe injury. Damage to the frontal lobe of the brain causes frontal encephalomalacia. Encephalomalacia is not an illness. It is basically a softening of the brain matter as a result of an ischemia or infarction, degenerative changes, infection, craniocerebral trauma, or other injury. Thus any damage to this lobe can lead to memory loss. Certain types of epilepsies and seizures and sleep disturbances too cause short term memory loss along with tiredness or fatigue. Chronic infections too are known to precipitate memory loss. For this you can try yoga and meditation. Disorders of the hypothalamus, chronic fatigue syndrome and psychiatric disorders like depression too cause similar symptoms.
To treat memory loss, you have to find the cause first. If all brain related causes (transient ischemic attack, disorders of hypothalamus, dementia and multiple sclerosis, head injury etc) are ruled out then Vit B12 deficiency, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders (by sleep studies), depression, use of certain drugs, and certain types of seizures (where memory loss is the predominant symptom) should be investigated for as the cause of memory loss. Apart from sleep studies, EEG, your husband may need cognitive tests like mini-mental state examination (MMSE) or Folstein test. Please consult a neuropsychiatrist. Based on the results of these tests some assignments, vitamin supplements, yoga techniques, memory games etc can be tried to improve memory. Take care!
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