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Getting Lost -- Epilepsy, Dementia, Alzheimer's?

Getting Lost -- Epilepsy, Dementia, Alzheimer's?

I've been having moments while I'm driving and suddenly don't know exactly where I am. Eventually, I figure it out, and I've never veered from my original intended route. Nonetheless, it's frightening to think this has happened three times. Is this epilepsy, early onset dementia, Alzheimer's or something else? Has anyone else experienced the same thing?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Sometimes seizures do have a negative effect on my memory as well. An example of this is: after finishing reading a number of pages, then having a seizure pretty much everything that is in my short term memory gets erased. Another thing to call it is a "black board effect"-after something is copied off a black board in a class room a teacher erases it. After a seizure is over most of the things in my short term memory gets erased

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I have absence seizures too. but i didn't know what they were till i had a car accident.
I was sent to the emergency room, they told me i must see a Nerologist. I had a EEG. and a cat-scan. done.
I was discovered with Epilepsy and my licence was taken away.
Its been a long journey dealing with this.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Little Black outs may/can may possible be absence seizures.?

When a person has an absence seizure they do not know what is happening around them & what they are doing.

A persons conscious mind does not stay with them -A person will look like they are day dreaming-but they will not "wake up" and will not respond to anybody that asks them any questions etc.

absence seizures or absent seizures or absent from school-not there.

I hope that is not the case for You-I don't have a license to drive because I have them. Good Luck!

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My doctor believes my recent little black-outs or whatever it is you'd call them is a result of my having taken Ambien the night before. I rarely take it, so this makes total sense. That said, they're glad that I'm going to see someone at the hospital's memory unit, and, now, I want to go to the sleep unit, too. In any case, here's to at least something not being caused by the epilepsy!!

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Epilepsy takes your short term memory away.

posted about 4 years ago
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