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I noticed my memory has been getting significantly worse over the past 7 months. Has anyone experienced this problem and does it get better?

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Medications can affect memory. I was on Lyrica for a while and had memory problems then. The problems went away when I stopped taking it. What are you taking?

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Fatigue can also affect memory and contribute to the dreaded "brain fog" effect.

Is your pain increasing in addition to the memory problems? Could be your inflammation is not being adequately controlled.


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Yes to the above - and also factor in lack of sleep and stress in general. Most of you probably aren't as old as I am, but some of us blame a lot of memory issues on "senior moments," too. Finding tricks to cope with memory lapses will help you feel better about yourself - lists, notes, calendars (paper or electronic), routines. Just remember, too, that some things just aren't worth the hassle of remembering! Lol...!


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mutagen #276398 10/18/16 04:06 PM
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Yep, I have memory problems. Some days are good and others it feels like I have cobwebs in my head! When I am having a flare it is worse.


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My medication list is growing and I'm taking

Cosentyx, sulfaSALAzine, predniSONE, LOTEMAX, traMADol, modafinil, restasis, ADDERALL XR

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Don't know how long you've been on Tramadol or what dose....but I just have to say watch it. I was only taking 50 mg at bedtime so I could get through the night with tolerable pain - but I was so groggy the next day (until midafternoon) that I actually caught myself with my eyes closed as I was driving....not once, but 4 times, twice crossing into the other lane. (Can't use caffeine due to AFib/SVT.) Finally got smart (and scared) and convinced my pain doc that my body obviously wasn't going to adapt to the Tramadol - weaned off it within a week and feel much more alert. Haven't found a good substitute for nighttime pain relief yet, but didn't want to kill myself or someone else. Hope you aren't having this kind of stuff, along with memory issues!


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I take the Tramadol sparingly. Usually every couple weeks or so. I thought it was the tramadol and haven't taken it for almost 3 weeks, but no change.

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Sorry that didn't help. There's so much "hit or miss" about this whole spondy thing - diagnosis, treatment, pain patterns, you name it. Hang in there!


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Most of my problems with memory are caused by a liver disease called autoimmune cholangiopathy. Since starting treatment with ursodiol, things have improved a great deal. It took many years to diagnose. My rheumatologist says that autoimmune cholangiopathy is associated with the spondyloarthropathies, so I thought it was worth mentioning.

This liver problem had a most profound effect on my memory, and was the number one reason I was unable to continue with my carrer in IT. The effect on my brain, yes from a problem with my liver!!, was very similar to what people with concussion report- more neurological than simple fatigue would be.
Thankfully the treatment is just a pill containing a liver salt, and it is very effective.

So many other factors can affect memory, as people have described above, it's a tough one to pin down. Also consider vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I have to inject vitamin B12 every two weeks, rather than taking tablets, because I don't absorb it very well.

Getting to the bottom of these problems can take a while, and involve several doctors. Keep being your own advocate, and be willing to try different things, and bear in mind that you might need a combination of treatments to help.

I haven't posted in a while. I miss all the support and helpful information we get here. Must join in more again......


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"Knowledge is power" - Francis Bacon
"Try all things, and hold on to that which is good" - Thomas Jefferson

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