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Friday, January 29, 2010 Cassidy, Community Member, asks

Q: Memory Loss

i am 27 and i was diagnosed with MS in april of 2009, I want to know if memory problems are normal, I see people that i have known for years, i know that I know them, but i dont. I rack my brain to figurout how i know them, but I cant figure out who they are.

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momdukes, Community Member
1/31/10 2:56pm

Hi Cassidy, memory loss sucks the big one.  I am 52 so I am going to have some memory loss because of age.  But to try and keep myself on track, I read, read and read.  My favorite is find a word puzzles.  I write everything down, and keep it close; appointments, numers, anything.  I do crafts to try and keep my mind thinking of new ways that I can do things.  For me this works.  Best of luck!



davidtbrown, Community Member
1/30/10 9:23pm

I have lots of memory problems. Most of my memory problems are appointments, putting things in certain spots to remember where they are and forgetting, where iam going sometimes ill just keep driving, forget what am talking about in middle of conversation, ask questions more than once and tell people thing more than once, and forget things i buy. I really have problems taking meds i think i took them or i didnt and sometimes double dose or dont even dose or leave my meds on the counter. I was diagnosed same time as you am 30 hope my answer helps , But yes memory is a huge problem for me.

awordlover, Community Member
1/31/10 8:53am

Hi Cassidy:


Check out the MS symptom site on MS Health Central.  Memory and cognitive problems are one of those listed.


Alot of times, MS'ers have facial recognition problems.....they know the face and can't put a name to it. They know where they know them from (church, work, school) but can't put a name to the face.  It is very annoying and stressful to the MS'er.


It is very prevalent with me and I am not shy for saying "I know your face, but I'm sorry I forgot your name."  It is a bit embarrassing but if people know you have MS, they do understand.


Take some time to go over all the symptoms and make a list of your particular symptoms.  Each of us with MS experience it differently and all MS'ers are different.  No one experiences your pain/symptom quite the same way you do and that is what distinguishes our MS from another person.


Take care,


nidhi, Community Member
2/ 3/10 6:14pm

Hi Cassidy,

  I am 26, and I was diagnosed w/ MS when I was 23; like you, I suffer from memory problems too. Often, I confuse names/places/dates/times if I'm lucky enough to remember them at all. In the three years that I've known about this insidious disease affecting my body, I've learned to be as organized as possible. Thus, I make lists for EVERYTHING I possibly can; in terms of names/faces, I really have started to just say, 'hey, i'm really sorry, but I can't seem to remember your name...' Usually, people are pretty good about it.

  Hope that helps. Good luck!

peggie, Community Member
2/ 9/10 1:41am

you r okay . my memory has really gotten bad,my short term is going fast.you are not alone.

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By Cassidy, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 01/29/10