Memory Loss Specialist

Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC

Adult Primary Care located in Putnam, CT

If you have trouble remembering things or regularly feel confused, it’s important to seek medical help. At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, board-certified adult primary care physicians Dr. Joseph J. Botta, MD, Dr. David Candow, MD & Dr. Ronald Klare, MD and the team specialize in memory loss. Using advanced diagnostics they can pinpoint the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan. To make an appointment at the practice in Putnam, Connecticut, call the office today.

Memory Loss Q&A

What is memory loss?

Memory loss is a common side effect of the natural aging process. Everyone forgets things on occasion, but if your symptoms interfere with your job or daily life, it may point to an underlying medical condition. 

When caught early on, many causes of memory loss are treatable. Others –– like dementia –– aren’t but it’s possible to slow the onset of symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

What medical conditions cause memory loss?

A variety of medical conditions cause memory loss, including:

  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Brain tumor
  • MIgraine
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Lewy body disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Lyme disease

You might also experience memory loss due to a stroke. 

When should I visit a doctor about memory loss?

Memory loss is a common problem, but if your symptoms interfere with your daily routine, threaten your safety, or are accompanied by physical symptoms, make an appointment with the team at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC. 

The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner your provider can determine the underlying cause and develop a care plan to help you feel better. 

How is memory loss diagnosed?

To diagnose memory loss, your Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms. Then, they conduct a physical exam, order blood work, and several other tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

An MRI uses advanced technology to capture detailed photos of your brain. These photos help your provider detect abnormalities like cysts, tumors, bleeding, or structural issues. It can also identify problems with your blood vessels. 

How is memory loss treated?

Treatment of memory loss depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. If one of your medications is to blame, the team might recommend substituting it with a different drug. If you have a nutritional deficiency, the team might recommend eating a more balanced diet or taking nutritional supplements.

If your memory loss is a result of dementia, the team might recommend occupational therapy, prescription medication, and changes at home to promote safety. Ultimately, the goal is to ease symptoms and make your daily life easier.

To receive treatment for memory loss, make an appointment at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, by calling the office today.