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Acute memory loss following strenuous exercise

Hello

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.
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I have had two similar occurrences while kayaking, the last one only days ago.  Initially we we thought it may have been hypoglycaemia because I am Type 2 diabetic.

I now think it may be "transient global amnesia".  Google it and see what you think.
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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.
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Hi, I had similar situation like yours after workout recently.  Just wonder if you went to see a neurologist and have some update.  Thanks.
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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.

Will watchg this site for other commetnts.
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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.
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Hello

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.

Thank you
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Hi

TGA was ruled out for me because I can recall everything that happened during the episodes.  

Have you had anymore memory loss episodes?

Thank you.
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To JoeyJoanne,

This sounds exactly like my first episode.  How have you been since?

All the best!
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Hi,
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?
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Hypertension induced?  MRI - all tests normal except for low potassium.
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Were you evaluated for a TIA or any other condition?  This sounds very much like what I just experienced.
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Hi,
I had a very similar incident.  Did you get a diagnosis?
thanks
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