I am sorry to say but his alcoholic habit and drug abuse might have caused significant deterioration in his memory.
Did he have any history of trauma? If not, then his symptoms are indeed due to drug dependency and alcoholism.
The possible diagnosis could be Wernicke’s encephalopathy or Korsakoff syndrome.
Korsakoff syndrome is anterograde and retrograde amnesia with confabulation associated with alcoholic or nonalcoholic polyneuritis.
You can start your husband on multivitamin supplements to see for any difference.
Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a similar condition with more symptoms.
Thiamine supplementation would help a lot.
Hope this helps.
Thank you ... will try this, and also make appt. with our PCP and go from there. This is just so concerning. And IF he's forgetting then where is this large amounts of cash going that disappear? Why doesn't he know what he's done with that.
I am not sure but you can discuss this with your PCP. I think he might be having what is called as short term memory loss which is why he keeps forgetting this.
I think you should discuss with your PCP regarding a drug called Aricept. This should be started only on prescription of your treating physician. It is used for treatment of Alzheimer’s, but is helpful for short term memory loss.
Aricept is a drug of choice to treat Alzheimer's, but its use is not restricted. It has been observed that Aricept improves cognition and function, which includes effects on memory and performing everyday tasks, hence it would have been prescribed.
The effect of memory is exerted through one such chemical called acetylcholine. This chemical helps carry messages from nerve cell to nerve cell in the brain. Memory is lost by disrupting these messages between cells.
It is thought that Aricept may help reduce the breakdown of this chemical.
Hope this helps.
Thank you, I will do this. I work in the medical field and we're always joking about Aricept being needed for staff ... thanks.
So you are in medical field too. What are you and how are you related to medical field?
I think Aricept and Thiamine supplementation should help your husband.
Which place do you belong to and how old are you?
I've been a Unit Coordinator for 23 years, I work on a med/surg/oncology floor with a 15 yr background in Trauma/ER as well. ... Littleton Hospital in Colorado and I'm 43 years old.
My husband is 29 years old he has wihte spots.and long term memorey loss we have two kids and also has sesiors we been going back and forth to doc. His a sesiors since.he was.14 years old sorry for the spelling but im worried because he for gets everything from the day to day life