February 19, 2010

Migraines, memory loss: Was it all in his head?

By Kelley Luckstein

Karen Hammerman could see that her son was upset, and when he told her why, she was unnerved. Adam Hammerman, then a 16-year-old sophomore at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Montgomery County, had missed a week of school because of a virus and telephoned several classmates to see what assignments he'd missed…


One morning as Adam prepared to take a shower, he screamed after seeing himself in the mirror: He said he did not remember getting a haircut the previous day. He called his mother from school to ask what time she was picking him up, then called again five minutes later to ask the same thing.  "Basically it was like living with a 16-year-old Alzheimer's patient," Karen Hammerman recalled…


Adam's parents had decided to take him to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a complete work-up… Mayo specialists confirmed the diagnosis; one told Adam's father, Ira Hammerman, that 10 to 20 percent of his pediatric POTS patients have memory problems "just like Adam."


Washington Post, by Sandra Boodman, 2/12/10

Tags: memory loss, migraines, Neurology

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