Long term memory loss

Posted by aarniek @aarniek, Apr 7, 2019

After 3 years of non stop symptoms,mostly physical,from a cold turkey from 8 mg lorazapam,i lost all my long term memory! I need to know it will come back,so has anyone out there lost their long term memory and had it return?( short term memory is good).Please let me know as we acquire memories we can share with our family & friends and with no memories ,i don’t even remember my family or friends. Acquired intelligence and knowing how things work,are not affected either! I am now past 6 years since stopping my benzo.

@sunshine45

I’ve never been able to remember anything from my childhood up to 12-13 years old (19 years old now) and was wonder if long term memory loss is even possible at my age? I drowned when I was 3 and was underwater for 3 mintues and was unconscious and was wondering if side effects could even occur after that? I don’t remember even bits or pieces it’s like that part of my life never happened I’ve tried multiple ways to help me get memory back but nothing has ever worked.

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Hello, @sunshine45 – just wanted to let you know that I've moved your post on long-term memory loss here to this discussion, "Long-term memory loss," so you can interact with others who have also faced memory loss about your missing years of memory and whether memory loss is possible for a 19-year-old. They may also have some thoughts on the impact of your drowning incident at age 3 and whether memory loss could be a side effect.

Hoping that @aarniek @lorirenee1 @jakedduck1 @sirgalahad @hopeful33250 will have some input for you on this.

sunshine45, what have you tried thus far to try and get your memories back from your childhood up to age 12-13?

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depends on the impact of the medicine on your brain physiology and whether u may issues of vascular dementia .sorry not a pleasant to raise .I will have a look for you. do you have sudden brain injury that indicated this treatment regime .did you have a stroke or series of TI A and or other underlying issues .

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the drugs you have been taking there is quite a concern over the side effects and contraindications of lorazepam there is indications you should never go cold turkey or take this drug with other opioid meds .it can cause light headedness ,confusion memory loss and difficulty with breathing and death as its an anti anxiety meds so its acting on the hippocampus and the amygdala .these are memories and amygdala is an area where due too flooding of epinephrine the adrenal glands hormone increase levels of depression and anxieties. . by going cold turkey and stopping suddenly and its also a Benzo meds same group

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@sirgalahad

the drugs you have been taking there is quite a concern over the side effects and contraindications of lorazepam there is indications you should never go cold turkey or take this drug with other opioid meds .it can cause light headedness ,confusion memory loss and difficulty with breathing and death as its an anti anxiety meds so its acting on the hippocampus and the amygdala .these are memories and amygdala is an area where due too flooding of epinephrine the adrenal glands hormone increase levels of depression and anxieties. . by going cold turkey and stopping suddenly and its also a Benzo meds same group

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lisa lucier asked some of us for our opinion and or suggestions on why the memory loss

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I have just checked with mims pharmaceutical medication book we have list all meds and contraindications re meds its short term memory loss ,restlessness ,breathlessness headaches ,dizziness , difficulty breathing and death due to the sedative effects of this group of meds . I would be seeking a brqain scan or a dye scan to see or MRI TO SEE IF THERE HAS BEEN BLOCKAGE OR A CLOT AND VASCULAR ISSUES . TO LEAD TO LONG TERM MEMEORY BEING DAMAMGED

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@sunshine45

I’ve never been able to remember anything from my childhood up to 12-13 years old (19 years old now) and was wonder if long term memory loss is even possible at my age? I drowned when I was 3 and was underwater for 3 mintues and was unconscious and was wondering if side effects could even occur after that? I don’t remember even bits or pieces it’s like that part of my life never happened I’ve tried multiple ways to help me get memory back but nothing has ever worked.

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@sunshine45
Hi there,
Sounds like your a very lucky young man. I can relate to your memory loss. I lost all my memories from age 15 back from being in a coma from seizures. That was 51 years ago. None of those memories ever came back. I suffered from Retrograde amnesia which is the loss of current and previous memories. Although I believe in miracles at this point I doubt any of your memories will return.
My first thought is Anoxia or lack of oxygen which can cause memory loss. I’d assume your oxygen loss was severe or your memory probably would have returned by now. In mild hypoxia memory loss is usually temporary.
Another possibility may be Anterograde amnesia if your hippocampus was damaged in both hemispheres of your brain.
Anterograde amnesia is an inability to form new memories whereas Retrograde is loss of existing and previously made memories.
Have you seen a Neurologist and had an MRI or other imaging of your brain?
What do your doctors say about your memory loss?
Health and happiness,
Jake

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@sunshine45

I’ve never been able to remember anything from my childhood up to 12-13 years old (19 years old now) and was wonder if long term memory loss is even possible at my age? I drowned when I was 3 and was underwater for 3 mintues and was unconscious and was wondering if side effects could even occur after that? I don’t remember even bits or pieces it’s like that part of my life never happened I’ve tried multiple ways to help me get memory back but nothing has ever worked.

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Hello @sunshine45

While members of Mayo Connect are not generally medical professionals and can't give medical advice, I can imagine your concern about memory loss at such a young age. Have you recently been evaluated at a good neurological center? I'm thinking of a specialty center that deals with neurological problems. Perhaps a research and/or university medical school or a Mayo facility? If not, I would certainly try to make an appointment for a thorough work-up.

What type of recent neurological work-ups have you had? What has been gained from the medical opinions of doctors that you have seen? Have you been tested by a neuropsychologist? Have you had any cognitive therapy?

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My best friend who had a fascinating early childhood as her parents were missionaries overseas has no memories until about the age of 11 when they returned to the US. I met her at age 18 in college and at that time she knew she had no early childhood memories. Her first memories are of middle school in the US. She is a brilliant woman, a VP for a major international technical company and has a brilliant math mind. She had no trauma that her parents ever told her about as a young child. She spoke Portuguese as a child, with the locals and has no memory of that language. Yet at age 65 decided to learn Italian and now at 69 is proficient and lives in Italy 3 months a year and speaks Italian fluently. Maybe her early years speaking a romance language helped her learn it so easily.

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@jakedduck1

@sunshine45
Hi there,
Sounds like your a very lucky young man. I can relate to your memory loss. I lost all my memories from age 15 back from being in a coma from seizures. That was 51 years ago. None of those memories ever came back. I suffered from Retrograde amnesia which is the loss of current and previous memories. Although I believe in miracles at this point I doubt any of your memories will return.
My first thought is Anoxia or lack of oxygen which can cause memory loss. I’d assume your oxygen loss was severe or your memory probably would have returned by now. In mild hypoxia memory loss is usually temporary.
Another possibility may be Anterograde amnesia if your hippocampus was damaged in both hemispheres of your brain.
Anterograde amnesia is an inability to form new memories whereas Retrograde is loss of existing and previously made memories.
Have you seen a Neurologist and had an MRI or other imaging of your brain?
What do your doctors say about your memory loss?
Health and happiness,
Jake

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He said I only lost access to it! And he actually seemed serious,like what’s the difference,either way it’s gone !

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You might find some information on the forum https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/ they have an amazing group of people. They have a sub forum for ‘benzo’. HTH

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Thanks and I am a member of this and several other benzo sites and NOT ONE person on any of the withdrawal sites lost all long term memory! Short term memory is the one mentioned! In my case it was not an issue until year 4 off the lorazapam,totally unexpected and my neurologist says I lost access to it ,not that that is any different,but it’s really terrible,living 82 years and having no past,no family memory’s ,no work memory‘s( must have been exciting as I worked on the moon landing and the space shuttle) and no memory of even my brother‘s or family.

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@aarniek

My neurologist is clueless when it comes to protracted acute benzo withdrawal,(PAWS) so my GP should not be expected to know more,- he is dumbfounded and has witnessed my uncontrollable shacking ,has to help me in & out of his place,so if he could help ,i think he would.Other than family and a few close friends,i dont think anyone including my doctors think anything but its a mental thing as no one that i have met in real life knows about what a cold turkey from a strong benzo can do to a person.

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I can't remember what drug I was on but when I had to be allergy tested they said I had to stop the medications. The second medication I was taking was clonazepam. So I stopped and was sick for five days, and have had brain zaps since and it never went away.

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@dablues

I can't remember what drug I was on but when I had to be allergy tested they said I had to stop the medications. The second medication I was taking was clonazepam. So I stopped and was sick for five days, and have had brain zaps since and it never went away.

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God. I remember brain zaps. Many, many years ago I was on Effexor for a couple of months. It made me feel horrible – worse than the depression it was supposed to treat. I weaned myself off – likely too slowly. The brain zaps went on for months afterward. I felt like I had some sort of scifi electrical storm happening in my head…

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@merpreb

@aarniek– Good morning. I'm so sorry that you are having this sudden loss of memory. It has to be petrifying. I would seek another neurologist if I were you. Did you ask him what might have caused this, what does he suggest should be done about it? Can you speak up to him and ask these questions?

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Other than telling me I only lost access to it,he said nothing even after I asked if it could be due to a mini stroke,plus he has done 4 MRI’s and said they showed the same brain damage,nothing changed!( I had a skul fracture in 2011 and 3 concussions from blacking out while on the 8 mg daily lorazapam.).

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