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Acdf and memory loss, confusion?

While waiting for my acdf I had a TIA. and have had another 1-2 after. All this has happened w in the last yr. My memory and confusion has gotten worse. It’s beyond “where did I leave my keys?”, forgetting appt times etc. I’ve actually forgotten/forget events, things I say and do. I very often forget what words to use in conversations or when I’m explaing things. Have a hard times focusing etc. Nothing like what I was like before. I did have spinal compression and they say I have cerebellar ataxia. I’m 1yr post op. In the beginning they said wait a yr and see how you’re doing. Now a new neurologist (my “2nd opinion”) said it could take 2 yrs for nerves to get back to normal, or longer f etc. My neurosurgeon said my nerve damage is permanent. My husband doesn’t think my memory will come back/get better. I’m only 45 yrs old! So I was wondering if anyone else has gone through this as well?? Thanks. This SUCKS!! 



  • hi l.b.

    welcome to spine-health

    i am experiencing memory problems and confusion but mine started after i started taking pregabalin (lyrica).

    this must be a difficult thing for you to deal with and i have found i have to write a lot of things down now to remember them later in the day.

    this site is a good support system to help with spine related issues and i hope you find it as useful as i have.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • Hi Aj, thank you. I was just wondering if it was from the nerve damage from my spine issues or just something else not related. Mine started many months before I started Lyrica. And I don’t take Lyrica that often anymore. I didn’t like the side effects. 

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  • Oh yes I have to write EVERYTHING down and set reminders on my ph & watch. And even then I miss many things. Lol. 

  • You didn't say what drugs you might be taking but some of them cause memory loss, i.e., statins, too much pain medication.  I have experience hearing loss from taking Norco.  I was told by my chiropractor not to take lyrica or those type of drugs if I want to preserve my mind.

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