Transient Global Amnesia
Well, now we have had a diagnosis of the situation last week when I left the WSHC studio and ended up ordering breakfast at Betty’s on German Street. Dr. Hahn, my Neurologist, defined the situation as Transient Global Amnesia (TGA). He suggested I look it up and, meanwhile, they are scheduling tests to find out what triggered the event which left me with a half an hour or so of unremembered activity.
I went ahead and started Googling TGA to find out what it was or what could cause such a memory loss. What I discovered was that there are a number of people, maybe 3% or 4% of the general population that have these incidents. Men between 50 and 70 are more likely to have the case than others (I’m 65) and diabetics (like me) are also more prone to this very short term memory loss.
What I also discovered, and what none of the 3 doctors I’ve been to since it happened, are the effects of statin drugs in causing TGA. It happens that I have been taking a statin drug for about six years and this could be the cause of my blackout. I’m investigating this some more and will be getting back to my GP when I have my question list together.
I’d like to get to the bottom of all this… I now have tests scheduled into October, so no one seems it will be sorted out quickly (and the medical industry won’t be able to soak my health insurance for as much as possible.)
- ‘I woke up in the wrong life’ (independent.co.uk)
- Rare amnesia leaves mother with 17 year memory gap (telegraph.co.uk)
- I’ve been tied up all day seeking reasons for an event yesterday… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Female (32) Woke Up as a Teenager, Has Forgotten 17 Years of Life! (socyberty.com)
- Mum, 32, wakes up as girl aged 15 (thesun.co.uk)
Posted on August 30, 2011, in Family, Health Care, Internet, Opinion, Science, Word from Bill and tagged Amnesia, General Certificate of Secondary Education, General practitioner, Health, Memory loss, Semantic memory, Transient Global Amnesia, WSHC. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Transient Global Amnesia.