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Short term memory loss. MRI normal. What kind of tests should be done?

my mother has been having memory problems for over 2 years the doctor just ordered an mri but the results said normal. She has short term memory loss and sometimes does not recognize me or my daughter, forgets to eat, doesn't always remember what one is hot or cold on water faucets, forgets where she's going often. im just very worried for her and her doctor doesn't seem like he wants to get to the bottom of this. I would just like some information on what kind of tests I should ask for her to get so she can have a better life. or even some ideas on what it could be.
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Welcome to HCM

Your mother is having problem of memory for about two years. She is not able to recognize familiar faces, she forgets to eat, she is having short term memory loss. Also her MR scan reports came normal. Most likely she is showing symptoms of Alzheimer's Dementia. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia characterized by impairment in short term memory, poor judgement, cognitive decline, poor coordination some times even impairment in speech. In most of the cases with earlier stage the tests come normal. I would advise you to please take her to a good Psychiatrist for expert evaluation. Medicines like Memantin, Donepezil etc are very effective and halts the progression of disease.

Dr. SeIKHOO Bishnoi
Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

This type of presentation is usually due to Atherosclerosis (thickening of blood vessels and diminishing blood supply to the brain) / or degenerative disease like Alzheimer...

Keep following up with Neurologist...
Keep her physically and mentally active / and under supervision...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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