Difficulties with memory and recall are common challenges with lupus. And, new research suggests SLE can increase the risk of dementia.
Many Lupus Warriors experience feelings of confusion and forgetfulness as a result of lupus. In fact, surveys have shown that up to 60% of people with lupus will experience this symptom, known as brain fog.
Though not everyone reports battling this challenge, recent studies have shown that people with lupus struggle with memory.
A study published in 2014 looked into cognitive deficits and memory recall. The researchers matched 40 Lupus Warriors with 40 control participants. The average age of the participants was 33.3 +/- 9.7 years.
Memory was evaluated using:
- California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT)
- Wechsler Memory Test-Revised (WMS-R)
- for verbal and visual paired words
The researchers found that people with lupus performed statistically worse on both visual and verbal memory. And, memory recall was also worse for people with lupus including measures of:
- immediate memory
- short delay free recall
- cued recall
- long delay free recall
- recognition correction