Reply To: Memory Loss

October 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Jim, these doctors claim that they may have found a variant of CIDP heretofore unknown, which affects cognitive function. Neither is a neurologist and neither seems to have research credentials. One is an osteopath. If there is anything to their hypothesis, it is a long way from being established.

I remember that when I was in the throes of fighting CIDP, I couldn’t work puzzles or do much else that required concentration. Pain meds may have had something to do with this, but basically it is just an aspect of being very ill. I couldn’t concentrate when I had the flu, either.

Here, the original poster reports having had GBS eight years ago. The active phase of GBS lasts a few weeks. I don’t know why some people think that because they have had a rare disorder, it must be contributing to everything that subsequently happens in their life. That doesn’t seem helpful. Where would you go following that line of thinking?

Who doesn’t get forgetful as we age? What I do about it is to try to keep better notes about appointments and shopping lists and such. If memory loss is severe enough to be a real concern, then by all means see a doctor, even a specialist, but keep an open mind about it.