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Old 09-12-2010, 05:00 AM   #1
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brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Hi everyone

I've noticed this drastic change of being disconnected and disengaged from the past few days, and funnily it only happened overnight for this to occur..
I've been constantly feeling like my vision is slightly obstructed and I get this weird feeling of sudden loss of focus and decreased concentration while even looking somewhere.

Furthermore, I've been to 2 optometrists in the last few dats who both say my vision and eye health is perfectly fone followed by a referral to an eye specialist to clear my issues/ gain reassurance that everything is fine..

I've looked at many websites in the past few days, and without any psychological or mental obsessive feelings, I can honestly match all my symptoms to what seems to be a "brain fog".

I'm having immense difficulties processing my thinking while engaging in a conversation with someone, which feels like almost staring into their eyes and feeling of complete detachment and disconnection. I've even had to read a few lines over and over again to digest the information I would randomly read, which once would sink in brilliantly after going through just once.

I'm extremely scared and anxious thinking of whether this ailment will persist for long.. I'm in the middle of my degree stressed and worried how i'll get through it all and even find a job where i'll obviously be required to use my skill and thinking.. also, my life as changed so drastically that I don't feel like doing anything anymore, from the strange "fog" feeling all over my head.

I've recently been to a gp who didnt even know what a brain fog is.. as I've read on a website that it is not a defined medical condition in medicine. I've also read that certain people who have experienced this brain fog have had many tests and scans that give no result/ all ok-nothing to be worried about. So I just don't know what I should do in this situation..

Please help!! I'm willing all it takes to regain my "original feeling self" again.. my life has had this complete downhill turn all of a sudden that its so frustrating thinking I'm not the same from a single morning I woke up.. please help me...please.

 
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Hi tish

your symptoms certainly do sound like brain fog.

brain fog can have a number of causes, my husband had it a while back and it turned out he was diabetic, he is much better now, as this is easily treatable.

I also have brain fog similar to what you describe, a long with a heap of other symptoms, I am at present being investigated for Lyme disease. Ive also looked into fibromyalgia, MS, and CFS, it might be worth you going on these boards as well for information.

I hope you feel better soon

Good luck

 
Old 10-05-2010, 05:51 AM   #3
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Yes I too have been going through what you are going thru but in a diffrent way but completly the same. This hade been going on with me since September 18th of 2009 a little over a year. If your wondering how I remember the date , lol well let's just say something altering your mind and daily functioning in such a way you will always remember. Do you feel like your head is cloudy? Vision is bad I.e you can see but you can't really "see" you arnt thinking normaly and you precive things tottaly diffrent? I'm sorry I just am relived there are ppl experencing the same as me hopfully we can work thru this togather!!

 
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Hi Yumwum

Sorry to hear that you have experienced this to. Do you have a diagnosis as to why you are getting these symptoms, and do you have any other symptoms?

I hope you feel better soon, and welcome to the boards

Best wishes

 
Old 10-13-2010, 07:40 AM   #5
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Tish, I'd be really keen to know if you've made any progress with identifying the causes of your symptoms.

I've had very similar issues for the best part of 2 years now - brain fog, almost like a drunk feeling, lack of clarity of thought and memories, more tiredness than normal, a horrible 'spaced out' feeling. I feel like it's my eyes that are the problem but I'm told by various opticians that my eyes are fine. I'm thinking it might be to do with my sinuses now so I'm going to see an ENT specialist.

I'm growing really tired of feeling like this and just want to be back to normal. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Thanks.

Robin

 
Old 10-15-2010, 06:00 AM   #6
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

One thing most doctors miss is a problem with the upper back and neck muscles. I had all of these symptoms and many more, I could not function at all, I was out of it mentally, and off balance alot. You do not have to have pain to have this problem, but it is most often overlooked as the cause by most doctors. Stress, or any continuous position, such as looking down, can tighten up the muscles in your upper back and neck, and these muscles push on the blood vessels going to the brain, affecting the oxygen supply to the brain. I had this problem a few times and went to the doc who tried treating me for everything else. In the end, I ended up finding out what it was myself ( as I had the same symptoms after whiplash ). I went to rub my neck and the muscles were hard as rock, when I pushed on them, it brought on my symptoms even worse. I had to go to physical therapy, where they know how to treat this, and this is what took care of it both times. Please consider this and have it checked as it is common and most times overlooked by docs. Good luck to all of you and I hope you find some relief.

 
Old 01-21-2011, 08:22 AM   #7
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Hi my friend had the same problem with the same symptoms (memory loss, dissociation, comprehension problems. He said it came suddenly one day. He found out one of the major problems was low zinc. You lose zinc if you are stressed, drink, and masterbate also since it is part of semen. He took zinc everyday for about 2 weeks and it cured him. I'm not sure how much he took, I think like 50-100mg a day Try taking zinc and see if it makes a difference.

 
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Walter, that is a good suggestion, I did not know about that.

 
Old 03-26-2011, 12:32 PM   #9
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

I have experienced what sounds like a similar set of hard to describe symptoms. I experienced what may have been viral labyrinthitis (VL) four months ago and lost hearing on one side. In bed for about three weeks. Had to relearn to walk again. Have extensive tinnitus now.

I then read a condition called derealization can occur after VL. It is the only thing I have found in the literature that even closely describes what I am experiencing. My primary, my ENT, and otoneurologist all deny ever hearing of it and dismiss it rapidly.


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Old 03-28-2011, 06:06 PM   #10
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Hi, I am experiencing exactly what you are describing. It feels like my eyes are not in sync with my brain, everywhere I look is blurry and my head feels like a clump of fog. It feels like I've been drugged or something, it makes concentrating or taking in information extremely difficult, I feel so stupid. Sometimes it gets so bad I struggle to remember where I parked my car or how to simply just get around. Can anxiety be a cause of this does anyone know?

 
Old 03-29-2011, 11:17 AM   #11
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Hi, I am experiencing exactly what you are describing. It feels like my eyes are not in sync with my brain, everywhere I look is blurry and my head feels like a clump of fog. It feels like I've been drugged or something, it makes concentrating or taking in information extremely difficult, I feel so stupid. Sometimes it gets so bad I struggle to remember where I parked my car or how to simply just get around. Can anxiety be a cause of this does anyone know?

Did this begin after VL or similar trauma?

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Old 03-29-2011, 04:33 PM   #12
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Did this begin after VL or similar trauma?
Sorry I'm not sure what you mean by vl. It started after I had an episode that felt like my brain and heart was on fire I was never really given a diagnosis.

 
Old 04-01-2011, 09:43 AM   #13
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I suffered viral damage to my ear (lost hearing left side) and vestibular system over a period of five days. This resulted in my 16 weeks and counting brain fog. That is what I meant by VL. What medical condition lead up to it.

 
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Re: brain fog, low and fuzzy vision, disconnected feeling

Thank You Unfortunetly it's always something for us which is why I'm trying to get rid of the rental. Rather break even than to deal with renters anymore.
I will have to check into the therapy. I know stretching helps allot & a daily soak in hot water. Not lifting more than 25 pounds has helped. If I do lift its not repetitive & very brief. My youngest is 2 so I can lift him but don't carry him around or stand with him. I don't stand around much except to make dinner & that seems to put allot of strain, can really feel it if I don't sit down. I don't go for walks either because I tend to step wrong.
I thought about asking for an MRI on my neck but took forever to pay the last one off... Do you think it would do any good? If there is something goig on with the muscles is there anything for it?
I go to a new Rhumetologist next week which I'm really excited about. My usual one hasn't helped much. My fibro just keeps getting more painful & I wonder if there is something else going on... How's your girlfriend handling her fibro? I am always on the fibro board here. Not sure of she is ever on there but it has been the biggest help & support. Everyone is wonderful
I'll have to see a orthopedic dr one of these days... I've seen Nuerologists, endocrynologists, chiropractor, sports specialist, ect... I haven't found one Nuerologist I had faith in. Willing to try anything. Can't hurt right?
Has the surgery helped you? I have been lucky to avoid that so far... But don't have much of a disk left. Have you been able to continue to work? Sounds like you both have had to go through allot together... Hopefully it has only made your relationship stronger. Support from a loved one is sooo important...
Anyhow, thank you again you've been a big help!
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Hi again! It sounds to me like your low back problem is aggravating your neck problem, as this is very common.
I know MRI's can be pretty expensive, so I would suggest asking your doctor to check your muscles in your upper back either side of your shoulder blades, and your neck.
Some people call these trigger points.
Any tenderness or knots in these areas will bring on and aggravate your symptoms if this is the source.
I learned how to check myself after going to therapy. All I had to do was squeeze my shoulder close to my neck and I would get very lightheaded or dizzy, and I then go back to therapy.
So yes, if there is something going on with your muscles, physical therapy is what I have found works wonders for the pain and light headedness.
The therapist taught me that our muscles have a memory, and any wrong move or overuse can bring this problem on again.
The therapy started working immediately compared to any other treatment.
Meds and soaking do not take care of the problem, they just make me feel better for awhile.
I first spent years with on and off back problems, going to a chiro and getting adjusted, as I would be bent to the side, limp, and in alot of pain.
The problem was, I had to go so often to get adjusted, and it would just go out again eventually.
Sometimes I could go for months, sometimes only weeks with no problem.
When I did go for treatment, it ended up being my whole back and neck that needed adjustment, as your low back is the foundation of your spine, so it just moves up and affects everything.
Because you hardly have any disc left, this would affect anything above that area, and many times below also, like me.
I am on disability now as I will also need neck surgery because of bone spurs in my neck, and as far as my low back goes, I have another herniation, which makes it hard for me to stand long, sit long, lift much, you name it.
My girlfriend's fibro was helped with physical therapy. She has no computer so she is never on the boards, and she works part time.
The surgery I had years ago helped with the herniation and the pain going down my leg, the problem was, I didn't know I had stenosis also, which is why I can't stand real long, so I went to docs for that problem forever hearing one opinion after another.
In the meantime I would stand too long without realizing it and be in terrible pain and limping, and laid up for a week at a time with no answers.
Then I ended up herniating again from just bending to look at something in a store.
From researching, I found out that I was slowly herniating again, untill one day it just never got better, which was what happened years ago too.
I didn't know a person could herniate this way untill I read up on it when it first happened.
I believe your disc may have alot to do with your other back and neck problems. The problem is, I also went from one doc to the next trying to get help, like you, and ended up having to live with it, knowing full well one of these days I was not going to get better after being laid up, which is exactly what happened.
I have degenerative disc disease, alot of arthritis, bone spurs, and stenosis, so nobody wants to do surgery on me as its genetic and runs in my family and will just keep getting worse.
So I applied for disability, and of course was denied like everybody else is, and got an attorney and then was approved without going to court.
So I would suggest getting your muscles checked first, just ask to have those areas I told you about checked.
About the disc in your low back, if this is not taken care of, it will eventually get worse so if you are living around this daily, if it affects every aspect of your life, and you have to be careful with everything you do, I would see what you can do to fix it.
About fibro, i know how some people think about that, and my girlfriend applied for SSD and put that as the reason and the judge would not even see her or take her case because he didn't believe in it.
It is not right but that's how some people think. They consider it as pain of an unknown origin, so some decide it must be in your head.
Life can be unfair, but that's how it goes! My GF was working at a job, cleaning her house, vacuming, babysitting her grandchildren, moving furniture, running till she was exausted, and approved for disability, while i was laid up in pain, unable to stand or walk, had her running errands for me, doing my housework for me, and I was denied lol.
It was not funny at the time though!
Is the disc problem and fibro the only things you have been diagnosed with? Because with the disc problem, this affects many other areas.
And my doc tried to diagnose me with fibro too, untill I argued with him because my pain and symptoms were coming from my neck problem, ( I knew this because of years of problems ) which is severe stenosis there also, and large bone spurs.
This was found by accident by the way. I woke one morning and could not move my shoulder. The doc ordered x-rays on my neck and then an MRI.
It took years for me to get help though. When it is degenerative, it progresses slowly, and the docs have a hard time figuring out what the problem is.
I would suggest getting your muscles checked, and keeping an eye on the disc in your low back. If you have too many problems, the doctor will order an MRI, but that is up to you if you want one, but I am not sure which part of your back it should be on.
I had one on my neck and back, because my legs were terribly weak, but the ortho ordered both of them.
Let me know what you decide to do. We have to be our own advocate when it comes to our health. Good luck to you

 
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