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Old 02-28-2019, 12:33 PM #1
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Default Issue remembering numbers. Recognizing people.

I have been having issues lately with forgetfulness, and other things. If I am to remember a number, even just to copy from a piece of paper onto the computer, I have to read it 5 to 6 times to make sure I have it right. Then I have to go back and re-check afterwards to make sure. This is relatively new.

I have also been having trouble with recognizing people. I've always been bad with names, but very good with remembering faces. I have had some instances recently where I didn't recognize people that I have known for awhile.

I haven't had any recent med changes. I requested a Lithium level from my pdoc which I plan on getting early next week.

Any ideas on what could be causing this, or other's experiences are appreciated.
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Huh. I couldn't really say what's causing it, but wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I have generally decent luck with remembering faces, though there have been times when I completely did not recognize someone I knew perfectly well. It's disconcerting to be sure. I can't remember strings of numbers either (and my new job is full of numbers -- it's frustrating). It's an all the time thing for me, but I'd say it's worse when I'm under a lot of stress. Are you having a lot of stress? Or even having something you're preoccupied with lately?
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I've always had a hard time with those things too, plus recalling people that were friends...huh what was their name? I looked at my yearbook and couldn't recognize anyone. If you find an answer let me know.
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Iíve not been under any stress Beyond my usual level. No med changes recently.

Besides my issue with numbers, I write software for a living, and things donít seem to come as easily as they did. Itís a bit concerning.

Iíll be getting lithium levels next week, and have an appointment with my doc at the end of the month. Iíll talk with him about it then.
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I have been having issues lately with forgetfulness, and other things. If I am to remember a number, even just to copy from a piece of paper onto the computer, I have to read it 5 to 6 times to make sure I have it right. Then I have to go back and re-check afterwards to make sure. This is relatively new.

I have also been having trouble with recognizing people. I've always been bad with names, but very good with remembering faces. I have had some instances recently where I didn't recognize people that I have known for awhile.

I haven't had any recent med changes. I requested a Lithium level from my pdoc which I plan on getting early next week.

Any ideas on what could be causing this, or other's experiences are appreciated.


I am terrible at remembering numbers

I used to be really good, too (before diagnoses)

I stand by my theory that as you get older, memory just gets worse. I'm not even 40 and struggle majorly

I'd even say this time last year it was a bit better (but not by much)
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I've been trying some of those train your brain exercises on amazon alexa (you're meant to do them daily for best results)

embarrassingly I was asked a really simple question today (I had to remember the first word in a sequence of words), and by the time she'd said the second word, I forgot the first

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thankfully I can still remember henry the 8th's wives

when that's gone I know I'm in trouble

(it's my party peace) knowing the year he was married to them, what happened to them, and their names

you know it's funny how stuff just gets lodged in your brain

I don't remember what I had for breakfast today, or what I did yesterday, but I can remember henry the 8th and his wives

about the only thing I did pick up from school
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Lithium level came back at .9 so no worries there. I'll have to ask my pdoc later in the month if he has any thoughts on the subject.
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I have long bemoaned the shortcomings of my short-term memory, which is like Swiss cheese. (My long-term memory is excellent.) I also have the attention span of a goldfish. I was afraid I was developing dementia, which is not unheard-of at my age (60). But I've had two different pdocs tell me that I'm not, and that all this is due to a combination of meds and brain damage from repeated bipolar episodes, which makes sense. I can't do anything about that, so I deal with my STM loss with as much humor as I can muster.
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My short term memory is terrible for things like that. I really can sometimes not remember people I have met before and it is so embarrassing. I also was not always like this, I used to have a decent memory as a kid and was good with faces. It's occurred to me that my brain is often split between paying attention and ruminating/other distractions so maybe partly an attention thing for me.
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