|Memory Loss Issues
Feb 15, 2011
I was diagnosed only a year ago but my CD4 was and still is under 200 I am on Truvada and Essentrus I have noticed my short term memory is horrible and I'm only 32. I forget my atm pin code on a normal basis and I've had the same card for years. I have a hard time paying attention to things I KNOW I need to pay attention to like DR's and stuff at work.
Is this medically related to my HIV or my meds? Is there anything I can do to improve my memory issues?
| Response from Mr. Vergel
Your memory issues may be caused by several factors. I would have your doctor refer you to a neurologist.
Your HIV medications are not known to cause central nervous system or sleep problems. Poor sleep can affect memory considerably. Depression can also affect memory. Prolonged times of poor sleep can also cause depression.
No one has done any studies on the incidence of attention deficit syndrome in HIV+ patients, so we do not know if we are more prone to have this type of problem. Make sure that you get tested for ADHD.
Are you sleeping well? How is your mood? Are you anxious? Have you come to terms to your HIV status? Do you have a good support system? All of these are factors that may affect your memory.
Some studies have shown that those who started HIV medications at low CD4 cells may have more cognitive problems that those who start earlier. But, as I said before, a qualified physician will be able to tell if your lack of memory and focus is related to HIV or other issues.
Let us know if you get a referral and what happens when you see a specialist.
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