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Your Loss and Then Regaining of Memory May Also be Known as:
Couldn't remember for a brief time
Couldn't remember for a while
Period of amnesia

Top 10 Loss and Then Regaining of Memory Causes

  1. 1.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Dissociative Amnesia

    Dissociative amnesia occurs when someone blocks out the memories of a stressful or scary/traumatic event. The memory isn't lost, rather, it's subconsciously buried and can resurface with a trigger.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can begin an evaluation and rule out other diseases that could cause these symptoms. If dissociative amnesia is still possible, your doctor will likely refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    amnesia, awareness of loss of memory, loss and then regaining of memory, loss of memory about specific things
    Symptoms that never occur with dissociative amnesia:
    loss of memory of recent events
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Normal Variation of Constipation

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

    For the short term, an over-the-counter laxative can help with your constipation. You can try to make changes at home to help prevent these symptoms. Dietary changes are typically effective: drink more fluids and eat more fiber (found in bran, root vegetables, nuts, and whole-grain flour). There are also over-the-counter fiber tablets that can help increase your dietary fiber.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Symptoms that always occur with normal variation of constipation:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with normal variation of constipation:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in an area at the base of the brain that contains a vein, which carries blood from the brain to the heart. This area is called the cavernous sinus.

    You should go emergently to the hospital, where imaging and medication will confirm the diagnosis and begin to reduce the clot. This is a life-threatening diagnosis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, being severely ill
    Symptoms that always occur with cerebral venous thrombosis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  5. 5.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who might take a blood test to measure your levels of thyroid hormone. The test will tell the doctor whether a referral to an endocrinologist is useful. Treatment plans would likely be set by the specialist and include drugs to reduce your thyroid activation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Atrial Flutter

    Atrial fibrillation or flutter is a common type of abnormal heartbeat. The heart rhythm is fast and irregular in this condition.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Your doctor will examine your heartbeat with an ECG (electrocardiogram) to confirm the diagnosis. Prescription medication is available to return the heart rhythm back to normal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone, shortness of breath on exertion
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  7. 7.Legionnaires' Disease

    Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria. You usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria, such as hot tubs, shower or air-conditioning units for large buildings. The bacteria do not spread from person to person.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours to get started with antibiotic treatment. Hospitalization may be required.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, muscle aches, fever, chills
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 is a vitamin crucial to healthy neurological and cardiovascular functioning. If deficient, symptoms include trouble thinking, anxiety, stomach issues, and weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, racing heart beat, history of headaches
    Symptoms that never occur with vitamin b12 deficiency:
    menstrual period changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Normal Occurrence of Headache

    Headaches are extremely common & a primary reason people miss work or school. In many cases, the cause for headache is unknown.

    Your headache looks like a normal variation & can be treated at home with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, mild headache, muscle tension, new headache
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of headache:
    headache
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of headache:
    headache resulting from a head injury, severe headache, vomiting, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, jaw pain, being severely ill, fever, drooping eyelid, wateriness in both eyes, unexplained limb pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Mental or Medical Condition Causing Thoughts of Suicide

    When experiencing thoughts of suicide, you should go immediately to the ER. Consider calling a suicide-prevention hotline, the number is 1 (800) 273-8255 and is available 24/7.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thoughts of suicide, hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, severe pelvis pain, chest pain, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Loss and Then Regaining of Memory

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.How long has your fatigue been going on?
  • Q.Is your fatigue getting any better or worse?

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Loss and Then Regaining of Memory Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced loss and then regaining of memory have also experienced:

    • 11% Headache
    • 7% Nausea
    • 5% Dizziness
  • People who have experienced loss and then regaining of memory had symptoms persist for:

    • 72% Over a Month
    • 11% Less Than a Day
    • 6% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced loss and then regaining of memory were most often matched with:

    • 5% Hypothyroidism
    • 5% Dissociative Amnesia
    • 5% Normal Variation of Constipation

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