I've had two episodes of severe temporary memory loss after resistance (weight lifting) exercise. Temporary memory loss included not being able to immediately remember or remember at all, the combination to my lock, computer passwords, my own address & phone number, names, the current date etc. The first time I went to emergency and all of thes tests (CTScan bloodwork etc) were all fine. The hospital neurlogist suggested dehydration or low blood sugar. Since that first time, I have tried to improve my health further with a healthier diet, staying hydrated, and taking vitamins. So I was really scared when it happened again yesterday, 4 months after the first episode. I couldn't remember the names of the streets in my neighborhood, or my kids middle names etc. Very scary. My memory returned a couple of hours later. My family doctor is sending me to a cardilogist, but I don't know if this is what is wrong. I'm a 40 year old male, 5'8" and 160 pounds with relatively low body fat. What should I be checking for? Anyone's assistance is very much appreciated. Thank you.
Hi, Thank you very much for your question; although it is quite difficult for me to give you a precise diagnosis here without being able to examine you, though I would try to provide you some relevant information about your health concern. You need a proper assessment and investigation here since there can be many causes for memory loss & concentration impairment. Most common causes of short term memory and concentration impairment are excessive stress, psychological reason, recent head injury, certain medications, hormonal imbalance and Alzheimer’s disease (if you are in old age). I would recommend you to see a neurologist who can evaluate the details of your case and could better determine the insight of your situation. In the meantime, try to do some meditation exercises (eg. breathing exercises), have a balanced diet and avoid stress. Hope this helps. Take Care & Regards.
Fascinating. After my weight lifitng routine today i could not remeber my combination, street name, address, office tel number, home phone number. Everything but the combination number to my lock came to me within 15 minutes but it was unerving.
I had the same thing happen to me after a strenuous workout but the onset was 8 hours afterwards. I couldn't remember my name, my kid's name. I called out for my girlfriend but what came out wa not her name. All I could say was I can't remember. After about 39 mins I started getting my memory back.
Do you have an update of what happened to you.
Since my original post, I have had a total of five episodes where I have [described] memory loss lasting for approximately each time. I'm completely self aware and recall everything during the episodes. All but one episode followed a strenuous work out of lifting. The other episode was triggered after I missed breakfast and was on a hot school bus with my oldest child on a field trip.
I also have long [chronic] migraine like episodes without pain, and benign positional vertigo. I've seen several ENT specialists and neurologists. My current neurologist said I suffer from Basilar Type Migraines, but I'm not so convinced because I don't have much aura type symptoms.
I do sometimes suffer from anxiety, which I believe is brought on by stress. I run about 25K each week and try to exercise every day, take B2, B50 and Magnesium daily.
I can handle the episodic amnesia, but the ongoing migraines and vertigo are making me lose hope.
I have upcoming appointments with the ENT and neurologist. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I had almost the same experience just two weeks ago. After walking for about 30 minutes, I became tired and a little shaky, almost lightheaded. I drove back to my daughter's house - knew where I was, who I was, etc, but I could not remember my grandkids names - and my son's name confused me - it is Dylan - and I remember thinking, "I wouldn't name my son after a musician, would I?" So, off the the ER we went and I knew exactly where I was going, how to get there. Memories came back within about 30 min. - slowly names floated in. BP was high and all tests but potassium were normal. A headache came on when memory returned and stayed for about a week along with a feeling of being off balance. One doctor said TIA, one migraine, one hypoglycemia, and another hypertension induced. I had a similar episode about 5 nights after and couldn't remember the names of famous movie stars. What could this be?
have had exactly the same. I am 44, 6'1' and 150 pounds and fit. Had a long stressful day at work, went to the gym and did weights and some cardio. That's it. Can't remember a thing. Not how in drove home, parked my car, talked confused, get in the ambulance. I have one moment when did a CT scan that I ''woke'' up for a minute. They thought stroke, tumor etc. Good news is it's all fine. Everything is perfect. Neurologist diagnosed transient global amnesia. I surely believe it's related to the workout at the gym and dehydration. As I had also cramps at some later stages I have started to take magnesium, calcium and vitamins. I haven't had it since. I also make sure to have energy before I go and have something to eat. I also have a very low resting heart rate of ~40 that might play a role. To loose your memory is a scary thing.
Thank you so much for posting this. I have been suffering from this for a few years, irregular and always several hours following exertion. It can even occur the day after, for example.
I did the stupid thing of trying to self-diagnose as doctors were stumped. It came up with TGA, as suggested above. I'd had OHS and assumed it was linked, but cardiologists say everything is working great. I'm 28 and terrified of losing my mind, so (albeit in a twisted way) I'm glad others are experiencing the same thing.
I hope someone gets the answer and posts it here. I will check back and let you all know if I ever find out what's causing this.
I am a 52 year old female that had just started working out for a few weeks, when halfway thru a fairly intense workout, I completely blacked out for 1 hour of time. One minute I was doing pushups and then an hour later I was in my office drinking a protein shake my coworkers made for me to try to clear the confusion. I could follow simple directions apparently but kept asking the same questions over and over. I have blips of memory driving the hour home. But then lost another hour completely after I got there. I finally snapped out of the "blackness" and drove myself to urgent care. Been going thru all the neurological and cardio tests, which are all turning out fine.
sounds extremely familiar - i have recurring episodes of this. all during anoeribic upper body weight lifting. I'm a runner with an extremely low resting heart rate and in great areobic shape. i like the cross training but unless i can figure out the root cause i'm going to avoid the weights. i''m 55 , 155 lbs, resting hr of 50. 8 min miles for training pace. all ekg/cat scan normal. please let me know if you've learned anything
I am 70 and had my first memory loss episode after lifting weights approx 15 years ago. I was hospitalized over night and came to my senses approx 8 hours from the initial event, but those eight hours were a blank. Since then I have had two other incidents to a lesser degree. When exercising or exerting my shoulder and neck mussels is when I feel most susceptible. I feel them coming on and stop. I get light headed and have difficulty thinking clearly during these times
It is my hope that my opinion is not entirely out of date. I see that most of this blog goes back quite a bit, in time. Here is my conjecture (please read it as an opinion, please; and look up your own facts):
1. Exercise has been shown, recently, to contribute to an increase in Leptin. Leptin regulates the endocannabinoid system. In individuals that are not compromised in being able to use leptin, properly, anxiety and pain diminishes. And for those that haven't read the latest news, this is not about endorphins.
2. Medical Cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have read that cannabis affects immediate memory formations; and this probably is how anxiety is removed/reduced/mitigated in PTSD.
3. Items one, and two above are probably due to two completely different molecules, perhaps one is CBD, and the other is THC. That doesn't mean that there are aren't cross-over molecules. That is, chemistry that can exhibit the affect in both cases. And it doesn't meant that either is caused by CBD or THC, solely. I simply do not know.
4. If you are exercising extremely (and I do not have a methodology to describe the velocity of exercise other than maybe suggesting that 25K might be "extreme"...(I apologize if I offend runners, here) or if you are pulling heavy weight, with high velocity and few repetitions, or pulling "lighter" (relatively) weight with higher repetitions, then my hypothesis is that your leptin output is not being down-regulated. Think of it as being a "sticky" molecule that doesn't go away too quickly.
Your leptin is bound to the endocannabinoid system receptors; and you are unable to form new memories - or temporarily regain access to memories that you took for granted. Eventually, the leptin becomes unbound. And you regain your memories.
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