Just because I don't know the answer doesn't mean you should give up. This is going to eat me up until I know the answer.
I used to work at the Help Desk at a university when I was in high school, and my boss and coworkers would exploit my obsession. If there was something they couldn't figure out, but didn't want to research, they would casually mention it to me. I would spend my lunch breaks and all my time after work researching until I found a solution (or knew that there wasn't one).
When I have seizures, I usually forget the past week's events. The only benefit to this was that I would forget my obsessions.