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Memory loss

kpnuts83kpnuts83 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited March 2020 in Cerebral Palsy
Hi, I'm 36 and have very mild CP caused by a brain injury when I was born. I have always had a pretty poor memory but laughed it off and only recently wondered if it's linked 
It's really starting to bother me now as I'm not sure if it's getting worse. I don't recall most of my childhood and ask me what I did more than a few weeks ago and I'd really struggle to tell you.
I wondered whether anyone else experienced the same, if I can get it checked out etc? I've looked at memory clinics but they seem focused on dementia. Any suggestions or input appreciated. Thanks 

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  • PaulT46PaulT46 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hello kpnuts83, 
    Just thought I’d add something, having had brain injuries in the past and trying to cope with CFS/ME in the present.
    I can relate to how you’re feeling.
    Tried mindfulness, deep breathing and audiobooks but had trouble getting anything from this.
    It wasn’t until I started playing a game of strategy... Chess!
    playing music in the background with a relative. 
    Sounds silly, I know...  Not having played this in what seems forever, my mind has slowly been able to pick up the odd thread of my childhood.
     Chess maybe not the answer for you, but I truly believe that any simple game of strategy that you can play with someone else could help you as it does for me.
     started meditation twice a day, which helps to unscramble the noise in my mind. 
     
    I hope this helps in some way ☺️

    PaulT46


  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Member Posts: 712 Pioneering
    Hello @kpnuts83 a warm welcome to the community. I’m Emma one of the Community Champions. I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties it must be a tough time for you.  I’d advise talking  to your doctor about your symptoms as they may be able to help. I’m also going to tag @Richard_Scope Scope’s CP advisor to see if he can assist you. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @kpnuts83 and a warm welcome to the community. How are you?

    I have mild/moderate CP and my memory has always been poor, also processing information. I believe this can be linked to CP, but if you are concerned then please do seek guidance from your GP.

    Here is some information that looks at cerebral palsy and cognition, with this illustrating how memory is a small part of this. I hope you find this helpful.
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  • WestHam06WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,252 Pioneering
    Hi @kpnuts83
                            Welcome to the community and thank you for joining us. How are you? I am sorry to hear of the difficulties you are currently facing, I would recommend visiting your GP and sharing your concerns. They may be able to advise you if there are any next steps which can be taken to help support you. Please, if there is anything else you would like to ask, then please do, there will be someone who will be able to help. We are all here to support one another. Thank you. 
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,719

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    Hi @kpnuts83
    It's good to meet you. There are lots of things that can have an effect on our memory. Tiredness, stress, lifestyle etc. However, some people living with CP do have issues around memory, information processing and spatial awareness. As no two people living with CP are affected in the same way it is difficult to say with certainty that this is a secondary impairment of CP.
    I would encourage you to speak with your G.P.
    Let us know how you get on?
    Scope
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy

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