health conditions


Question by  jaya (1)

What could cause memory loss and headaches?

My mother has both these symptoms, she is 80.


Answer by  rosieposey78 (1304)

Memory loss and headaches can be caused by a stroke. Other signs may include trouble seeing, sudden problems with walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and sudden numbness or weakness (legs, arms, face).


Answer by  mb (5482)

Memory loss and headaches are pretty common in the elderly. It is possible it is TIA (transient icshimic attacks) or mini-strokes but its probably just natural aging.


Answer by  MattK (1713)

Memory loss can be caused by something as simple as prolonged lack of sleep, taking medications that can affect your short term memory, such as benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, etc. ), marijuana, etc. Stopping a prescription drug such as Ritalin may produce both symptoms as well.


Answer by  JSmith0330 (616)

This could be from a few things. You should call your mom's doctor and tell them what is going on so they can try to determine what wrong.


Answer by  liblue (683)

Changes in the brain as we age can affect our pain level and recall ability. Blood circuation in the body slows and can become affected by disease or weakening ability of the system as a whole. Stress alone can affect pain and memory at any age.

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