It seems like most people with brain fog recall a certain moment in their lives in which their symptoms appeared. I've had this for what feels like my entire life. For many years this detached and spacey feeling was my reality, and so it went untreated for many years. I've been tested for hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, celiac (but not food allergies), hypoglycemia, but everything has come back normal. I even tried a candida diet for a week, but the lack of carbs and sugar made me go hypoglycemic. Doctors claim that it's all in my head and diagnose me with depression or anxiety, but the meds never work for me. I've gone from specialist to specialist trying to figure out what this could be.
Brain fog is something I experience from the moment I wake up. It gets better during certain times of day, but it never fully goes away. Here is what I mean by brain fog. Constant drunk feeling-pressure inside head-dizziness-lightheadedness-cognitive issues, i.e. learning, processing, and particularly memory-decreased alertness-feeling unreal and unattached. I don't know what my next move will be. I'm thinking these symptoms are tied directly to my diet. Would a naturopath be my best bet?
I currently feel like I took some heavy sedatives or consumed some hard liquor. I want this brain fog gone. I'm tired of not being able to enjoy my life.
Brain fog can occur for many reasons. Vit B12 deficiency and folate def. are common ones. Drug side effects are too. Previous head injuries, autoimmune diseases like lupus, epilepsy and sleep apnea can all be associated with brain fog. Low thyroid as well. I would make a list of all meds you take if any and post them. I would also make a list of any symptoms you experience, separate from the brain fog, on a frequent basis, anything that doesn't seem normal to you. Then make a list of all things you have been tested for specifically, and results-normal, hi or low. There may be some clues somewhere to point you in a direction. Does caffeine clear your thinking? Do you have ADD? How old are you? All these things matter, as well as Family History of before mentioned categories. I suffer from brain fog from lupus, and understand how distressing it can be not to feel clear headed, alert and able to recall words or maintain concentration. There are a lot of brain fog sufferers on these boards who may have good feedback for you.
I would definitely say have your thyroid checked and I would go to an Endocrinologist not just a JP. Also, you could have low seratonin levels. It definitely causes brain fog. Of course the doctors will want to put you on antidepressants. I would try something natural like 5-HTP. That's what I plan on taking once I am completely off of Cymbalta which not only gave me brain fog, at times I feel brain dead!!! Also, eat as much protein as you can. I feel a lot better when I stick with lean protein and veggies. Also anxiety can cause this as well. GABA seems to help me not become overwhelmed. I used to get out of bed overwhelmed, brain couldn't function. The best thing I ever did for this is getting my IPhone away from my bed!!!! I used to lay in bed "while waking up" and go through my emails; therefore, it immediately stressed me out and I literally couldn't get anything done the whole day. I now don't touch my phone (actually charge it in my bathroom and wake to the alarm on it only and with it in the bathroom I have to get up to turn off the alarm), then don't touch it until I have had a shower and good breakfast full of protein. There is a very good book called "The Mood Cure" that discusses brain fog, etc. You can change that very quickly with supplements (not drugs) and tweaking your diet! Try it!