Can memory loss get better when you FINALLY find out you have epilepsy?

My mother has been struggling with severe memory loss and what they thought was dementia for a few months now. She is only 52. They finally figured out that she has epilepsy and she is starting treatment. They said she has been having lots of small seizures, I am wondering if her memory will get better or if that part of her brain will be permanently damaged. Anyone have experience with this? Thanks!
Update: We just found out that she has epilepsy because apparently she had viral encephalitis and no one knew it. Well that cured itself but now she has a few lesions on her brain. So now I don't know if it's the lesions causing the memory problems or the epilepsy…or both! If it's the lesions, then it won't really get better will it? It seems to be getting worse because now she doesn't remember my kids. 🙁

Written By Evie Neumann

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  • Mike April 6, 2009, 12:01 am

    I had epilepsy and seen a neuropshychiatrist every 6 months for memory tests. Before my operation my memory level was in the 60% range and after my operation I was retested and my memory climbed into the high 90% range. It helped at the time but I think 4 yrs after the op my memory started going downhill and now it is only in the 40 to 50% range,I have to write things down all the time. That is me though,not all people with the problem are the same.

    It is possible both troubles she has is what is causing memory loss like I said before. As I said about myself, I have memory trouble because I had epilepsy, but things that I knew before I had epilepsy I can remember yet but things that occured since I have a hard time with. If I meet a person and they tell me their name , within 30 seconds I forget it.

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