Memory is a complex process that occurs within our brain. It allows us to store, retain and recall information and experiences. Although not all people living with epilepsy experience memory difficulties, it is one of the most common challenges faced by those living with epilepsy.
The impact of epilepsy is variable – some people are greatly affected while others are not.
There are many different factors affecting Memory these include;
Surgery can result in memory changes in some people, but not everyone. In fact, many people can have surgery and experience no noticeable change in their memory.
There are many factors that help determine if surgery will lead to memory challenges, including:
Even if it is likely that there will be memory change due to surgery, there is no guarantee that a person’s memory will be affected when they have surgery.
People who eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals and lower in fat and cholesterol tend to have better thinking and memory abilities.
After light to moderate exercise, people have a brief period of improved memory. People who maintain a semi-regular exercise routine where they get up and move around may have better memory function than those who don’t have some regular activity.
High levels of stress can cause an increase in the hormone cortisol. Small amounts of cortisol for a brief period of time can be helpful. High levels of cortisol over a long time can worsen memory. Luckily, the effects of increased cortisol tend to be reversible once stress is reduced. Stress reduction can sometimes help improve memory.
Try activities that relax you and make you feel better. You could try meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxing activities.
Speak with your doctor. A change of medication or the time of the day you take your medication might help. Think positive. Take care of yourself, if you are tired your brain isn’t going to work as well. Stay active socially and intellectually. Be honest with friends and family members about memory lapses.
Some handy strategies to assist you in your day to day living are:
Most importantly ‘don’t give up’ be ready to re-learn.