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Old 09-26-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

Hello,

I'm a 27 yr old male. About 3 years ago I started to develop these rather serious issues. My brain is very foggy. I forget things all the time like numbers, names, words, conversation with people, things that happen in movies, etc. I also forget important dates with my fiance' and our conversations (ouch!). And my promises I gave to my fiance'...you can forget about those. A lot of times I forget something that just happened not even 5 seconds ago. It seems as though the more I try to think of something, the quicker I'll forget about it.

To describe the brain fog, it feels like the brain is too big for my skull. There's a constant pressure in my head. I can feel this pressure behind my eyes as well. I don't physically see fog, but the feeling I get from it is like there's fog in my brain, and so everything I do I have to try harder to get through the fog. This foggy feeling is always there 24/7.

And then, a year ago I started to lose my balance. I can't seem to walk in a straight line. I bump into things all the time while doing things standing. When I walk, I get disoriented and my brain feels like it's spinning and things around me seem to be moving and blurry.

I can't focus AT ALL, period. I get distract easily and my mind wonders off all the time. I get sidetracked from things around me very easily.

My typing skill has deteriorated to the point where I have to go over all of the things I have just typed up. In the past I used be able to type above 70 words per minute no problem.

My speech skill is going down hill so fast it's not funny. Words just come out weird and confusing. Conversations are short and awkward, and they usually end when I say something that has nothing to do with the start of the conversation. I don't like being a quiet person, but a lot of times I have to keep my mouth shut, so I don't embarrass myself.

My reading skill is getting bad as well. My eyes try to skip ahead everytime I read, and I always have to read the same thing 2-3 times to get it, only to forget it about a minute later, of course.

A piece of information worth mentioning is that, when I sit up right and tilt my head down to where the top of my head points to the ground, my brain fog goes away like it's never there. But when I tilt my head back up, that priceless feeling goes away.

I have a lot of issues on my mind right now like financial and future marriage that is coming up. I would rate these issues extremely taxing on my mind, like they are always there in my mind no matter what I do. Could these be the reasons behind my symptoms? Oh, and I get about 6 hours of sleep 7 days a week. I eat semi-healthy and drink plenty of water. I exercise (45 mins of cardio) 2 times a week.

I need help big time. I want someone to chop my head open and see what's wrong with it. Would getting scanned tell me what's wrong with my brain? Who should I talk to about my symptoms? What is wrong with me?

Thanks for your help!!!

 
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:14 PM   #2
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills

have you been to the doctor at all?

I have similar brain fog, and a very bad memory, plus I have spells where I have difficulty getting the words out. I was told by the doctor that it is anxiety/depression, but I am not convinced, so will be having a CT scan soon.

My diet is excellent, I have no stresses and my lifestyle is very healthy...

 
Old 09-29-2005, 02:23 PM   #3
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

I know how you feel!! I have had the same issues for about a year and a half now. I went through all the depression and anxiety diagnosis as well. I was put on several depression medications and they all made it worse. My family Doc finally sent me to a Nourologist and he conducted many tests, CT scans and MRI's. He finally concluded that I have damage to my Vestibular nerve in one ear. My symptoms are brain fog, dizziness, confusion, loss of memory and fatigue. It is a very frustrating condition. I thought for a while it might be MS, because all the symptoms are the same. I suggest you see a Nourologist to get some answers. Sometime not knowing what the problem is can be more painful then the condition.

Good Luck.....

 
Old 09-30-2005, 11:26 AM   #4
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I know how you feel!! I have had the same issues for about a year and a half now. I went through all the depression and anxiety diagnosis as well. I was put on several depression medications and they all made it worse. My family Doc finally sent me to a Nourologist and he conducted many tests, CT scans and MRI's. He finally concluded that I have damage to my Vestibular nerve in one ear. My symptoms are brain fog, dizziness, confusion, loss of memory and fatigue. It is a very frustrating condition. I thought for a while it might be MS, because all the symptoms are the same. I suggest you see a Nourologist to get some answers. Sometime not knowing what the problem is can be more painful then the condition.

Good Luck.....
Wow, thanks for the reply, SJL! I had no clue that nerve damage to the ear could do all these nasty things to you, and possibly me. May I ask if you still have these symptoms of Vestibular ear nerve damage? What did the Nourologist do to treat the conditions?

Thanks a bunch!

 
Old 10-03-2005, 03:05 PM   #5
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

I seem to have a lot of those same symptoms that you listed. Let me know if you find anything else out!

 
Old 10-03-2005, 03:21 PM   #6
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

This link maybe helpful considering your condition -

http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/treatment/vn_section.html

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Old 10-07-2005, 03:23 AM   #7
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

Hi! Have you ever been tested for tick-borne illnesses? I have brain fog and many of the symptoms you have described, and I also have Lyme Disease and a coinfection of Babesia. Please get checked out, and if you do have it please see a Lyme literate physician that knows how to accurately treat this disease. Good luck to you! Oh, by the way, only a small percentage of people with tick-borne illnesses even remember getting bitten by a tick. Infected ticks are everywhere and not just in certain states. Please get it checked out. I also learned from my Lyme specialist (who treats patients all over the world) that people are constantly getting diagnosed with other disease when it turns out that they actually have Lyme disease.

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Old 10-07-2005, 12:15 PM   #8
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

This is happening to me right now. I have started to see a family doctor who actually listened to me and looked at my health records. She is doing a bunch of test blood tests now so maybe she'll find something curable. Thank you for telling me about this. I will show her your letter.

 
Old 11-01-2005, 08:04 AM   #9
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

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Hello,

I'm a 27 yr old male. About 3 years ago I started to develop these rather serious issues. My brain is very foggy. I forget things all the time like numbers, names, words, conversation with people, things that happen in movies, etc. I also forget important dates with my fiance' and our conversations (ouch!). And my promises I gave to my fiance'...you can forget about those. A lot of times I forget something that just happened not even 5 seconds ago. It seems as though the more I try to think of something, the quicker I'll forget about it.

To describe the brain fog, it feels like the brain is too big for my skull. There's a constant pressure in my head. I can feel this pressure behind my eyes as well. I don't physically see fog, but the feeling I get from it is like there's fog in my brain, and so everything I do I have to try harder to get through the fog. This foggy feeling is always there 24/7.

And then, a year ago I started to lose my balance. I can't seem to walk in a straight line. I bump into things all the time while doing things standing. When I walk, I get disoriented and my brain feels like it's spinning and things around me seem to be moving and blurry.

I can't focus AT ALL, period. I get distract easily and my mind wonders off all the time. I get sidetracked from things around me very easily.

My typing skill has deteriorated to the point where I have to go over all of the things I have just typed up. In the past I used be able to type above 70 words per minute no problem.

My speech skill is going down hill so fast it's not funny. Words just come out weird and confusing. Conversations are short and awkward, and they usually end when I say something that has nothing to do with the start of the conversation. I don't like being a quiet person, but a lot of times I have to keep my mouth shut, so I don't embarrass myself.

My reading skill is getting bad as well. My eyes try to skip ahead everytime I read, and I always have to read the same thing 2-3 times to get it, only to forget it about a minute later, of course.

A piece of information worth mentioning is that, when I sit up right and tilt my head down to where the top of my head points to the ground, my brain fog goes away like it's never there. But when I tilt my head back up, that priceless feeling goes away.

I have a lot of issues on my mind right now like financial and future marriage that is coming up. I would rate these issues extremely taxing on my mind, like they are always there in my mind no matter what I do. Could these be the reasons behind my symptoms? Oh, and I get about 6 hours of sleep 7 days a week. I eat semi-healthy and drink plenty of water. I exercise (45 mins of cardio) 2 times a week.

I need help big time. I want someone to chop my head open and see what's wrong with it. Would getting scanned tell me what's wrong with my brain? Who should I talk to about my symptoms? What is wrong with me?

Thanks for your help!!!
Not sure if your still checking the boards, your symptoms caught my eye, for that's how mine started, check out the Health Issue of Chronic Fatigue on this board, if there still has been no dx. uvm

 
Old 11-01-2005, 09:54 PM   #10
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

I have an inner ear disorder. Possibly damage to the inner ear nerve.
My symptoms are a lot like yours, but I have a LOT of dizziness.
What really made me think yours might be inner ear related was when you said the fog goes away when you tilt your head down.
I had horrible brain fog when my illness started. I couldn't think straight at all. Finally 2 years later I am a lot better, yet don't feel completely like myself. Inner ear damage can only be corrected by the brain compansating for the damaged nerve, and this can sometimes take a long time.
Check out the inner ear board here for more info.
Take care

 
Old 11-02-2005, 06:14 AM   #11
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

I agree with Suzzy Dizzy:

I also have an inner ear disorder. That sounds like a vestibular Disorder. Vestibular Therapy can help. It does take a long time to compensate and you never feel your self but you can be managable. I am like 80% to 95% I have mine 21 months... 11 months of therapy. These things are hard to diagnose. You need to see a Neuro-Otologist who specializes in inner ear disorders

 
Old 11-06-2005, 09:41 PM   #12
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills

Thank goodness I'm not the only one out there that's experiencing the exact same symptoms you just described!

tr3 - you mentioned that you "have a lot of issues on my mind right now like financial and (an upcoming) future marriage." If I may ask - have you ever been depressed before or felt overwhelmed by something (work, school, life) to the point where you have been or almost have been physically, mentally, or emotionally burnt out? Have you tried taking vitamin supplements - specifically B vitamins/complex? (B vitimans are said to help reduce stress.)

I myself was diagnosed with depression in August of last year due to a stressful job that completely burned me out, and I *highly* suspect that may be one of main causes of my current symptoms. The bad thing is - I don't even know where to begin with treatment: medication, therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, shock therapy? Who knows!

 
Old 11-07-2005, 05:37 AM   #13
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Re: Foggy brain, forgetfulness, loss of balance, decreasing speech and reading skills?

My aunt has been experiencing a lot of what you have described sad blue eyes. I looked up brain tumors and found a lot of what she is experiencing could be associated with a tumor or mass. Pressure in the brain, loss of motor function, etc. Sounds bad to me. Don't let it go too far without going to a neurosurgeon and having it checked out. Good luck to you. She went to the hospital yesterday to have testing and we probably won't know for a while. It seems to be very hard to diagnose, because tumors can cause a lot of symptoms of other diseases.

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