Is it quite common people with MS are slow receiving information? Why does the brain work so slow and other information gets soaked in fast? Often frustrating my husband as he needs to explain things again.Yes I have lesions on my brain. Why do these lesions except some information and others not at all?
Slowing of motor and cognitive responses are primary deficits in MS patients. Slowing of information processing speed does not directly lead to errors in learning and memory encoding, but makes these errors more common in certain circumstances. These circumstances include complex or unfamiliar information or information presented in a context which is more difficult for you to handle. These difficulty contexts could be visual or verbal. MS patients will also find it more difficult to remember things if presented with distractions. These are the main reasons you can recall certain things easily while other things are almost impossible to recall accurately.
To circumvent these problems with memory try the following:
1. Determine which format is best for you to learn information (i.e. verbally, visually)
2. Eliminate distractions when trying to learn anything new or have an important conversation (music and TV off and no other conversations or noise in the room)
3. Immediately, write out the important information to learn . you must do this yourself and it helps to rewrite the information more clearly if your notes are haphazard. Someone else's notes or lists will not help you remember things.
4. Do not try to learn important things when fatigued (e.g. early afternoon). Morning is a better time
You can also read our symptom page on cognition that has some more tips and information at http://www.healthcarejourney.com/cognitive-dysfunction.html
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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