One reason someone could experience memory loss is due to an inflammatory issue called meningitis. Meningitis is defined as inflammation of the membranes that cover your spinal cord and brain. These protective membranes, called “meninges,” can become inflamed for a variety of reasons, but is considered a life threatening, medical emergency due to the fact that it can easily effect one’s brain and spinal cord due to its proximity. Either way, it is definitely something that should be diagnosed as soon as possible.
Meningitis can cause a handful of issues after it has been diagnosed and treated. It can cause some permanent and temporary issues. In addition to causing changes in one’s sight, hearing problems, epilepsy, and sometimes paralysis of certain parts of the body (after affecting one’s spinal cord), meningitis can also cause considerable memory loss, confusion, and the inability to concentrate and focus. Along with speech impairments and other mental impairments, the after effects of meningitis can stay with you for a long time. Most problems progressively get better with time, but not always, so it is important to monitor your physical and mental well being during and after being diagnosed and treating your meningitis.
Everyone responds to meningitis differently, but if you are experiencing severe headaches, neck aches, fever, stiffness, and confusion or memory loss, you may be suffering from the symptoms of meningitis. If not promptly attended to, meningitis can be life threatening, so understanding the symptoms and notifying your doctor are ways to stay on top of this inflammatory issue.