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Amnesia symptons and memory loss

hey, i'm new here looking for some possible help..

about 9-10months ago my mother had a total hysterectomy (ovaries removed) at the age of 48, for alittle over a month she couldnt barely eat or drink because of nausia.

Then one day a month or so after the surgery out of the blue she was all the sudden in her own world very confused and she was making no sense, could barely talk or walk and didnt remember who anyone was or where she was.

I took her to the hospital and they did some scans and said it didnt look like there were any signs of stroke or anything so they had no answers for me and assumed she took too much meds, which was not the case.

to make a long story short they tried to stick her in a psych hospital so i brought her home and over time it slowly got better but in the beginning she would keep asking who we were, who her husband was, where her parents are (they died) i had to tell her that her parents were dead every day for about a month and each time it was like new news and she would cry..

anyways, its about 10 months later and shes shown alot of improvement.. she knows all our names and most things but she is still very off, not her self, very foggy/confused and her short term memory pretty bad still.. also she is not on hormone therapy..


this all seemed to be linked to the surgery some how and im wondering if anyone might possibly have some answers for me as to what happened and what is going on so that maybe i can get her some help.. she realizes she is off and broke down crying about it to me, i dont know where else to turn for help or an explanation..


thanks.
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replied June 27th, 2009
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Hello flasis and welcome to ehealth...I don't think it has anything to do with the surgery...I believe it has to do with the sudden onslaught of Menopause...This time of life is very difficult for some women...I have heard of some that have nearly lost their mind....I wish I could tell you why, but it happens...I, personally, know of a case (relative) where this "changing of life" hit her the same way as your Mother...She spent many months in the hospital in some special ward where they watched over her to bring her back...Then even after she came home, she was taken over to the hospital during the day for therapy with other women to keep her mind active...

Only knowing this about someone in my own family, would I be aware of it...It is a strange but sad situation...Just work with her and help her....She is trying and help her in anyway that you can...

Good luck,
Caroline
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replied June 29th, 2009
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It sounds to me like side effects of anesthesia. Sometimes for unknown reasons anesthesia affects people long term causing nausea, memory lapses and erratic behaviors. Sometimes it's temporary or can go on for long stretches of time. There is actually a name for it... postoperative anesthetic-induced cognitive dysfunction. If it does occur it is usually in the elderly or very young but has been known to affect age groups in rare cases. I cant say if your mother will fully recover. Be very careful if she ever needs to have surgery again. Opt for local anesthetics if possible. This condition usually occurs when general anesthetics are used.
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replied July 5th, 2009
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Jinjer wrote:
It sounds to me like side effects of anesthesia. Sometimes for unknown reasons anesthesia affects people long term causing nausea, memory lapses and erratic behaviors. Sometimes it's temporary or can go on for long stretches of time. There is actually a name for it... postoperative anesthetic-induced cognitive dysfunction. If it does occur it is usually in the elderly or very young but has been known to affect age groups in rare cases. I cant say if your mother will fully recover. Be very careful if she ever needs to have surgery again. Opt for local anesthetics if possible. This condition usually occurs when general anesthetics are used.


I always thought anesthesia has some negative effects but what were the exact side effects I never knew until I came to read this post of yours. I went for FESS exactly one year ago and they obviously did it under General Anesthesia. Before surgery, I had a lot of irritating symptoms but the worst of them probably was loss of smell taste. My ENT doc told me the sinus problem was the major factor contributing to loss of appetite since the sense of smell directly affects one's sense of taste. After the surgery, most of the symptoms were significantly relieved but the appetite problem still bothers me even though I don't have the other symptoms you described (memory lapses and erratic behaviors). So I was just wondering about if my appetite problem is due to General Anesthesia and if it is possible to do a sinus surgery (or for that matter any surgery) with local anesthesia. It's not that my appetite is completely blown away, rather it's just in the average range. However, I guess, at my age (22), I should be able to eat a lot more than I am doing now. Can you throw some light on it?
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