Does anyone experience short term memory loss?

I suffer with severe chronic migraines and there are some points during the day when I have a really bad migraine that I’ll forget something I did less than a minute ago. Like turning the brightness up on my TV (I turn it down when I have a bad pain or at night). I’ll turn it up, do something or think about something and then 20 seconds later I’ll try to turn it up again and realise I already have. Does this happen to anyone else? Is it something to worry about? The part I’m worried about is that I have absolutely no recollection of doing it, when it happened less than a minute ago. There’s also times I’ll be talking to my mum, bring a topic up and then a while later, bring up the same topic and not remember talking about it.


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  • Luna
    7 months ago

    ” I even forget what I am saying mid sentence.” or mid thought.
    Or try thinking about an answer to a question and all I see is a big fog bank.
    I don’t like socializing much around people who don’t understand because I’m always worse in social situations as the air in the room is toxic to my brain. My neighbor will ask me sometimes “have I already told you this?” My response “I don’t remember things so repeat is alright because I repeat also.” Then we laugh.

  • resterak
    7 months ago

    Oh my goodness! I have been going through this for years and thinking that something was really wrong with me. My husband says that I repeat things that I totally can not recall saying at all. I finally talked to my neurologist about it and he said that there are people out there that go through this when they have migraines as well. I try so hard to remember things that I may say or do but it feels like my life is on a tv screen and when I have those moments happen all I see is the snow screen. He ran all the tests to see if there was anything going on inside and everything came back good but I just don’t understand it. For now all I do is go one day at a time and hope I don’t keep repeating. As for forgetting things I now write what’s important down just so I have it. It does help.

  • chinadoll1
    8 months ago

    Just been diagnosed with migraines with aura what does that mean.
    I’me also suffering with lightheadedness constantly for several months
    Balance issues as well.
    Just waiting to see the dr to start me with medication.
    As anyone else got the same symptoms.
    Thanks

  • debbieleq
    8 months ago

    I have severe memory loss. I even forget what I am saying mid sentence. It is scary. Even daily things like brushing my teeth I have forgotten. I have daily migraines and I have not had a migraine free day since 2015. My memory is always blurry. It is another frustrating part of my condition.

  • Ronan
    8 months ago

    Hi dean7210,

    I deal with short memory loss too. I neve knew really what it was from but now, being part of the community, I have some clues. Migaine seems to affect my short term memory. But I,ve come to a point thinking that it is what it is. I don’t fight it anymore, as it makes it worse. And none of us need that stress.

    These are great articles that Joanna shared. Some great ideas. What a great series. Definitely worth the read. But try not to be too hard on yourself. You have talents I’m sure that are not affected by the “Migraine Brain”.

  • dean7210
    8 months ago

    I have migraine and take amitryptaline to prevent them. My memory is really bad it really upsets me at times. I was convinced that it was the medication but either way i do suffer with short term memory loss

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    8 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Many living with migraine experience migraine brain. As you wait for possible feedback from the community regarding their experiences, I thought you might find this article helpful to review – https://migraine.com/blog/treating-the-migraine-brain/. Should this be a new or worsening symptom as always be sure to discuss with your doctor. Take good care & always feel free to reach out.

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