Posted by DesertFlower:
I have this too, the forgetting of words and names. I have always had a great memory...remembering almost every word, every event in the past, with an exactness that surprised even me. Not now with MG, now I remember things but not in exact words, just a general meaning. I hate it when I can't think of words when I am talking to someone, this happens quite often. Usually I remember the word I wanted to use but it is later in the day or even the next day, long after my opportunity to say it.
Now that I think about it, this word memory loss started about 4 years before I got MG. I wonder if it is MG related. It makes me sad to think that it is. I was hoping it was from stress and that it would go away. I suppose that stress, injury or sickness can cause memory problems as well as contribute to getting MG, so they might be indirectly related. My word memory problems started directly after a traumatic event in 2004 so I thought that was the cause.
What can we do to improve our memory? This really scares me, I feel like I am losing myself.
Originally Posted by jana
When some of the other MGers first started talking about this, let me tell you that I FREAKED!! I am known as the "brain" in my family -- not that I am that smart -- that is just my "role". (I'd rather be the "pretty one", but my sister has that cornered -- LOL.) I was losing my physical strength, my ability to talk, I had already lost my ability to work -- now I was going to lose my ability to THINK?!?!?!? Well, so far, mine ONLY seems related to words and names. I do "lose" them -- especially when I am tired or need another Mesty. But, I have NOT (knock wood) noticed any lag in my math or logic skills. So, I feel OK about the situation. It is INCONVENIENT -- and perturbing -- but, certainly something that is not all that uncommon with "normal" people. When I was still working, people who were NOT ill were constantly coming to me asking for names or using me as a living thesarus.
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