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Old 10-24-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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For my cell number I just remember the area code and last 4 digits, for my home number I just remember my area code, and for my bank account number I just remember the first 3 digits.

However, I do remember my 4 digit pin number, my laptop password, and my social security number.

Just yesterday I knew my cell number and I woke early today and forgot it. I've been noticing that my memory hasn't been so sharp for the last 5 years.

I'm really worried, what should I do?
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Start doing things to help your memory! Crossword puzzles, and other memory things...there are tons of articles nowadays about sharpening your memory.

Everyone has "glitches" in their memory....usually it's nothing....so start working on yours. If it doesn't improve, see a doctor.
Heck...I forget the names of my kids at times.....or a person I KNOW....it's momentary and common!
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: 60630
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For my cell number I just remember the area code and last 4 digits, for my home number I just remember my area code, and for my bank account number I just remember the first 3 digits.

However, I do remember my 4 digit pin number, my laptop password, and my social security number.

Just yesterday I knew my cell number and I woke early today and forgot it. I've been noticing that my memory hasn't been so sharp for the last 5 years.

I'm really worried, what should I do?
Go see a doctor. Don't wait around. Something similar happened to a friend and they found out she had a stroke. Just go and check it out for your own sake.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I've had the same thing with my pin number. I had the same one for years and just got used to the motions and then one day I completly forgot the number.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You have Some-Zheimers. We all get it. Some people progress to full blown Alzheimers.
I don't even know how to handwrite anymore.
Who can remember numbers when everything is stored on their cell phones by Contacts?

Computer passwords? (Don't change them on a Friday.)
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Do you drink or do drugs? That can interfere with memory. But I agree, anyone of ANY age can have a stroke, best to get checked out. I had a student in high school when I was teaching who had had a stroke when she was about 11 y/o.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:32 PM
 
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Do you drink or do drugs?
Never.


I looked up what was my cell, home, and bank account numbers early today. My guesses weren't even close. But after I reviewed the information I feel like the details are stored in my memory like before.

Also, I don't know if this is has something to do with it but . . . my alarm clock is 10 feet away from my bed so when it buzzes in the morning I jump up and walk towards it to shut it off. I heard quickly jumping up in the morning is not good. Not sure if there is a connection with this and my thread.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Go see a doc to be on the safe side but also review your lifestyle recently. Anything changed? Getting enough sleep? How's your diet? Stress? The doc will want to know probably.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Have you ever noticed any other symptoms? Slurred speech... blurred vision... headaches... unusual muscle twitches?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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See a doctor to be on the safe side. That said, I find my memory is sort of like a computer hard drive. You know how as a hard drive fills up with more data it takes long to retrieve things? I'll momentarily forget things, but then remember them minutes or hours or even days later. It may just be that, as we get older, there's more data to store and we can't buy memory!

Also, as has been mentioned, stress and sleep play a big role. If I'm sleep deprived, I'm more likely to forget things, make mistakes. Same if I'm stressed. I don't even bother going grocery shopping if I'm really tired/stress. I forget what I came in for and I've even left bags behind. But if I go when I'm calm/well rested, I can remember and don't lose things. I've just started working from lists, which I store on my cell phone so I don't forget things. Think of it as a memory stick
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