October 9, 2013 1:40 PM Subscribe
Memory blackouts. My memory has never been great, but it has gotten much worse in the past few years. It's progressed from locking my keys in the car once a week to "blackouts"--periods of time where I'll forget whole conversations, whole dinners, where people will talk about me doing something the day after I did it and I'll not know what they're talking about. Today I found out I had an entire conversation with my boss that I'd forgotten within a few hours of it occurring. It's not even that I can't remember details, I can't remember that the conversation even happened.
What the heck is going on?
posted by schroedinger to health & fitness (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First: you're not my doctor, and I have an appointment with a doctor. But I would like to know whether other people have experienced this before freaking out about tumors.
There are no other neurological symptoms, like you'd find in a stroke. I don't have headaches. I don't forget where I am, who I am, or who other people are. I'm not forgetting EVERYTHING, just patches. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to what patches I forget. I am reminded of it more often at work, but that's probably because that's when people notice it most.
My hearing is going to shit, but my hearing has always not been great. It's not so much an issue with hearing the noise as it is comprehending what's said to me. For instance, if someone yells my name, I won't necessarily turn around because I won't realize they're yelling at me. I've preferred subtitles with my movies since high school. This is the case with my dad and my brothers too, so I don't think this is tied to the memory problems though it probably exacerbates them.
Relevant: I have ADHD, depression, don't sleep enough, and because of my work my stress levels have been consistently through the roof for years now. I have read all of these things individually can affect memory. When I'm getting more sleep and less stress I do notice my mind is sharper. But could they really lead to total blackouts like I'm experiencing?