I just turned 17 and over the past few years or so I feel I've had a significant drop in memory, I sometimes get confused, have dificulty following discussions, and more dificulty finding the word I'm looking for than before. I take much longer to write and perform similar cognitive functions. overall lately I've been less focused and tend to be rather scatterbrained and easily distracted. I get distracted and forget about small tasks and lose trains of thought much more easily now. This perceived decline has always been at the back of my mind and I tend to dwell on the fact that I'm getting dumber after making a careless mistake. I recently heard about silent strokes and thought maybe it's been happening to me. I worry especially because though I am thin and have a high metabolism, my diet consists of very few vegetables and lots of cheap salty foods, so my cholesterol is probably high. I also have not been exercising regularly for the past 6 months. I do not however have any kind of diabetes or anemic disorder, and have never smoked or gotten drunk. my blood pressure is normal as of my last physical.
I was diagnosed with migraines when I was 13 but haven't had many lately.
my family doesn't have health insurance that would cover an MRI and such so I wonder how worth it it would be to get one.View Thread
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