... terrible memory loss and speech impairment. I have trouble talking, I can not think clearly and when I try to remember something I read five minutes ago, I can not remember. I even have trouble spelling words which I use to spell easily. I use to be able to type very well and now I have trouble typing. I started taking Topamax for Bipolar and Borderline Personality Treatment. And also to stop from over eating and lose some weight. What could be causing this? I know the Topamax is but what in the Topamax could be causing this? Will it ever go away? What can I take to make this stop? It is driving me crazy. I am a full time student at a college so it makes it very difficult to do my school work. Thank you!
I can sympathise with you as I have the same symptoms. I was put on Topamax after the doctors discovered a lump on my brain. That was 6 months ago. I was passing out for no reason and having pain in my head and sight problems. They have gone now but I now have problems with my memory since taking Topomax. For example: I regularly go to town to visit my mother and I went to visit her last week. As I was driving to town I had to pull over because I could not remember how to get there. It was so weird sitting in the car at the side of the road wondering where the hell I was going. I finally remebered but it was so scary. It has happened 3 more times since. Now I am scared to drive any where because I can end up just driving around j wondering how I get to some place I have been to a thousand times before. I have also forgotten how to spell words. I will begin a letter and I have to look up words now to be able to spell them. I was a great speller before going on Topomax.
I also forget things that I read 5 minutes before and forget things that I was told 5 minutes earlier. I like to think I had a good memory before Topomax. I also struggle at times to find a word when speaking a sentence. very funny sometimes but mostly embarressing. I forgot how to spell EMBARRESSING had to look it up. I understand that the symptoms do wear off eventually. Good luck with your College work.
It only gets worse with time. Quit while you're ahead.
I've gotten lost too - on the main road to my house that I've literally driven thousands of times. I got so panicked, I had no idea where I was, if I missed my turn... it was terrifying.
Songs I've sung thousands of times from my favorite bands, that I've known the words to for years... I am singing them all wrong now.
I have to keep chanting things to myself if I want to remember them just seconds later, like phone numbers or short pieces of information. I write tons of notes.
I can't remember vacations, entire movies, concerts, family events... if I do they are just a fog. It's not worth it. I'd rather have the headaches.
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