Friday, December 5, 2008
CRPS AND MEMORY PROBLEMS
Another in our series of popular questions we get asked at American RSDHope;
I SEEM TO BE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MY MEMORY.
IS THAT PART OF CRPS/RSD OR IS IT BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATIONS?
CRPS/RSD causes short-term memory problems. This is due to problems related to the Limbic system of the brain. In addition to memory problems, changes in the limbic system can also cause depression and insomnia.
This is part of the Fourth of the FOUR MAIN SYMPTOMS OF CRPS.
For more information on more symptoms of CRPS/RSD see the following link; ADDTIONIAL CRPS SYMPTOMS
I think that perhaps this is one of the most difficult aspects of the disease to deal with for loved ones; aside from the financial impact and the issue of seeing your loved one in constant pain and having no ability to stop it. Dealing with someone on an everyday basis who forgets so much can be tough;
"When are we leaving?" "I told you, 3 pm", "No, you didn't", "Yes, we discussed this three times today" , "We did?" . "Wow, that movie looks good." "Yes, it was. we saw it twice already." an hour later ... "This movie looks familiar, I think we've seen it before", "You think?!"
And all of this can happen in the course of one morning!
Not to mention the difficulties that this causes with medications, Drs and medical records/histories, picking kids up, helping with homework, and so much more. It takes special and wonderful people to love CRPS patients! We appreciate them greatly!
Hope this helps!