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What is the treatment for transient global amnesia?

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hello my 83 year old mother was diagnosed with transient global amenisia which lasted for about 3 to 4 houtrs. blood tests, ct scan, vitamins, fine. EEG done fine. in middle of january to now she has suddnly become very confused and we are witnessing major deterioration weekly. CT scan revealed a shadow on left side of brain so MRI was performed we are awaiting results. In the past month her left hand has become very week to the point that she can hardly hold anything. she has also lost some hearing in her left ear as she can no hear anything when she is on the telephone. she keeps repeating the same question over and over again, and forgetting more and more. Short term memory from 5 minutes is gone. and more confused. What do you think she has. We are thinking that a small mass is p[resent? It is kinda weird her left side is affected when the right side opf the brain controls the left side.?
Posted Thu, 13 Mar 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 3 hours later
Brief Answer: Can be due to ischaemia or degenerative diseases. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. Your mother's symptoms are suggestive of short term amnesia. The commonest cause of this condition at her age is low blood glucose levels either due to prolonged starvation, dieting irregular feeding habits or diabetes. These causes should be ruled out first of all. Second cause is depression and anxiety. These can cause a kind of “brain fog” that makes it difficult to concentrate and pay attention to things. As a result, it is harder for depressed or anxious people to store information in short term memory. She can do meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercises to decrease the problem. Third possible reason is Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia which is common among XXXXXXX citizens. The gradually increasing weakness in the hand is due to a neurological cause. Other causes include head trauma, brain injury and brain tumors, alcohol and drug abuse which can damage or destroy brain cells, affecting a person’s ability to remember things. A mass or ischemia on the right side of the brain needs to be ruled out. You need to consult a neurophysician after the MRI report is available. Meanwhile try to keep her mind busy with reading, crosswords, search a word and by playing Scrabble. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL
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