Memoy Question

As many of you know, I have a large AVM in the right parietal lobe of my brain. Lately, my memory problems have been getting worse. I forgot my phone number twice, forgot my house number, and spelled my last name incorrectly when signing forms.

I know that forgetfulness is partially caused by the AVM and some maybe by meds, but this is scaring me! Has anyone else experienced this?

Connie,
You need to let your dr know about this.
I have been having similar memory problems lately and my AVM is still growing.
I do believe they are related and with your not being operated on, you probably need a check up
Good luck sweetie, I know you have had a rough couple of years
Susan

Hi Connie,

I agree with Susan that you should contact your doctor. Sorry this is going on with you.

Take care,

Debbie

I’d certainly run it by your doctor. Generally speaking, the right parietal lobe is not directly responsible for memory. However, it IS responsible for helping to focus on day-to-day activities like dressing, cleaning, or other hand-eye coordination projects like drawing pictures.

See what the doc has to say.

Well, Jake, that would explain why I think one thing and the type or write it wrong! example: the title of this discussion lol You wouldn’t know that I was a spelling whiz from that! I am going to see my doctor on the 30th.

what is the left parital lobe part of the brain resposible for
also i always feel like the inside of my head is not clear but feels spaced out is thar from medication?
love this sight it is so helpful and encouraging. Sharing these thoughts feels a whole lot better than a trip to the doctor to hear the same old “there is nothing we can do for you” reppik

Jake M said:

I’d certainly run it by your doctor. Generally speaking, the right parietal lobe is not directly responsible for memory. However, it IS responsible for helping to focus on day-to-day activities like dressing, cleaning, or other hand-eye coordination projects like drawing pictures.

See what the doc has to say.

Hi Connie,

I definitely think you should talk to the doc anytime there’s any changes. I’m no doctor and everyone’s ‘wired’ differently in the brain, but right parietal (my AVM/bleed)causes more short-term memory probs than long term stuff (right parietal AVM/aneurysm & big bleed). So, I wouldn’t assume it’s the AVM and it could be something with medication, stress, lack of sleep, what you eat/drink etc. Definitely see a doctor, maybe can adjust meds or add some nutritional supplements. I’d also suggest seeing a nutritionist as well. Being super-tired can make you ‘foggy’ and what you eat/drink can be a huge help to keep your body/brain to sharp. For me, eating whole grains, lots of fruits/veggies and getting rid of my love of soda helps to keep my energy even. When I get super-tired, I’m foggy and migrainey. I’m sure it’s scary, but when I was going to classes and recovering from AVM surgery/bleed, I twice used my sister’s cell # rather than my own as my contact #. I really thought it was a post AVM bleed problem, which didn’t make sense to me, but it was actually from bad sleep habits and from odd school hours, I was super sleep-deprived. Now that I’m not sleep-deprived, I don’t have ‘senior moments’ unless I’m crazy tired, just like everyone gets. My doc told me that if you wake up ‘unrefreshed’ you’re not getting a good night’s sleep. No surprise, given the stress and weird sleep patterns. But there’s lots you can do to help this. If you’re a natural night-owl, like me, it’s easy to fall into bad sleep patterns. Here’s a good sleep habit tipsheet at my migraine specialist’s website I implemented these (it’s based on a successful research study at Duke I think) and it took time, but my I rarely have weekend morning migraines anymore for sure. I’m sure an active AVM is super-stressful, so stay strong! Also, thanks for being a source of strength for others, the best medicine is support from friends!

Yes, I experienced severe short term memory loss both prior to and following my surgery. Prior to my surgery it was to the point I carried a notepad in my shirt pocket to write down colleagues names and information I should easily have been able to remember. I had to document everything for fear of forgetting or losing information I would need on my job, it was very aggravating and stressful.

Following my surgery and to this day those problems were significantly lessened, but still exist to a much lesser degree. I agree with everyone else, discuss it with your doctor and do safeguard yourself so that you’re never put into a dangerous situation as a result of forgetting necessary information. I once drove to the grocery store and as I was walking in when I forgot what I had went for. I stood in front of the store trying to remember, then walked home(forgetting I had drove there) - I had to walk right back and retrieve my car.

I am right there with you Connie, however mine problem was left temp lobe. In the past 24 years my memory comes and goes…but has improved over the years. I still have problems retaining things I have read. I remember driving home from work and ended up in a totally different city. Called my husband and asked him for directions to get home. When he asked me where I was, I told him, if I knew where I was, I could probaby figure out my way home. I still work a full time job. Odd how there are days when it just comes and goes. I just look at friends and then just say 'wait a minute, I am having a ‘moment’. They have gotten so used to it, they don’t even mind. Needless to say, staff has learned how to use all the words such as “thinga-ma-jiggy” “doma floppy” “thingy” “what’cha ma call it”. The only thing that bugs me is sometimes when it happens, and I realize it is happening, and you get a strange look. On the other side of the coin, there are so many other ppl that just get tickled and say ‘that was a good one’ and they get me laugh about it. I suppose I have learned to adjust. By any chance, can you remember things from when you were really litte? I can. It’s odd, my family can’t remember these things, but then we will go to a family member and maybe watch a home movie and I say “seeeeeeeeee I told you so”. They are totally amazed.