I am not sure how to phrase this or make sense out of this, but here goes.
I think most people know that for the past 4 years I have been on narcotic pain medications (different types), Nerve medications, Muscle relaxers and gosh knows what else.
I know that my short term memory has decreasingly been getting worse... My wife still believes its part of the Male genetic problem of Selective hearing
I've been decreasing my medications except for Neurontin and Cymbalta. This has 'sort of ' freed me up to having some more wine and other treats... not an abuse though.
About 4 weeks ago, I was in my hot tub, with a nice Vodka and Tonic (second one), no meds that entire day.
My wife was outside on the patio and noticed that I started talking to someone and holding a complete conversation, hand gestures, laughing, etc. This went on for about 10 minutes. Then I just put my head back and relaxed.
When I got out my wife asked me about my conversation.
I had NO idea what she was talking about! Kinda scary.
We have a close good friend who is a doctor and someone I have trusted for many years. His initial comment was to start coming off the Cymbalta and get a neurological test just to make sure there are no other problems.
Well I did that and passed. No problems. Just the normal stuff, short term memory, a degree of depression just dealing with chronic pain for over 30 years, recent retirement, etc... but nothing major.
That doctor did suggest that the alcohol and the hot tub, when all my blood vessels get dilated more, could have contributed to the problem. His feeling is that even while the medication levels have dropped and none were taken for atleast 18 hours prior, that all of that still is in my system and adding everything up, the haliciation might have happend. But he wasnt sure....
So now, I just want to keep an eye on things... One action to help my short term memory. . Have someone pick three words, do not write them down, but daily have someone ask you what those words were. Also to take one of those words and spell them backward.... Heck I have enough trouble just spelling.
Anyhow, thats it
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences