when i found out that ms could cause cognitive problems i was very happy. i really wasn't losing my mind. i forget from one moment to the next what i am doing and why. i forget the topic of conversation mid-sentence. my favorite cuss word sometimes triggers a memory-but not always. i figure if it was important it'll come up again. something else to laugh at. djax59
Yes, I too agree that MS affecs your memory. I am 46 and was dx with RR/MS in 2004. I am waiting to see my Neuro and I am hoping he will explain if the demylination that is evident on my my MRI scan is anything to do with cognitive problems.
My problem is short term memory. I know family have noticed it. I see it in their face's when I stumble with words...yet again...They don't mention anything though!!
Short term. So far that's been the #1 problem. My wife and son had been noticing for months that I wasn't remember conversations that we had. Since my final diagnosis of MS (primary-progressive), I've become the King of Post-it Notes and notebooks to write things down immediately to refer to later. That's helped.
No long-term problems yet.
MS affects my cognitive and short term memory, I am 41. I am a Medical Technologist and it is especially embarrassing and frustrating when I am trying to talk to a doctor/co-worker and I don't remember the words I want to say. Did I say, my short term memory sucks? My long term is just fine though!! Before I found out about my cognitive dysfunction, I thought I was going crazy. I was on copaxone for a few years, my body had gotten used to it, therefore not working anymore. They put me on Tysabri and did another MRI. I now have secondary progressive MS.
It sure does. It's worse when the fatigue is worse - they go hand in hand. But I've learned to use coping strategies - notes, reminders on my email calendar & my phone calendar and a calendar on the fridge. I use the alarm on my phone to help me remember appointments & stuff. I make a personalized calendar every year with everyone's birthdays & anniversarys on it - and the website I order it from even saves the info from year to year to make it even easier. The last two years, I've given these out (complete with photos I've taken throughout the year) for Christmas & they are a BIG hit! Everyone loves them and it's an easy way to manage Christmas shopping. One stop - delivered right to my door.
Most definitely! Mostly my short-term memory is affected. For example, if I watched a movie a couple of days ago, I am not able to remember what the movie was about or even its name. Sometimes I watch a movie I have already seen with no recognition. I easily get confused which affects memory.
I have a lot of cognitive issues, memory being an important one.
Yes, it absolutly affects my memory. I have been affected by MS very much. My memory function has decressed significantly in the last year, I noticed it getting bad before that , but this laast year has really gone down hill. No amount of list or planners in the world will help me, because, oh thats right, I FORGET to look at the list or the planner. It hurts me. I always had a sharpe memory. I remember my mom, or other memebrs of my family would say to me, "SHerry hwa tis, so and so telelphone number?" and I would just call it off like it was nothing. Now, forget it, I am lucky I remember my own number. SO yes MS seriuosly affects your memory capabilities.
Gee, I've had MS for 20 years or atleast was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago. I cant really say my memory, short or long term has been affected. Infact, I'm currently learning to speak and read Gaelic(cant write it, never will.) I am also learning astronomy and have figured out a better way to set my telescope up tht quicker and more accurate. I here these stories and don't understand. I also read on an MS site that learning a new skill helps to slow down and perhaps reduce these losses. From my experience, it works.
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