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tanasmom 09-23-2012 12:35 AM

Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
Today was a very hard day. I had such a lapse in memory that it not only embarrassed me, it scared me. A girl I know was pregnant and just had a baby a couple weeks ago. I saw her at a baby shower today and I asked her when her baby was due...even though I had seen and commented on all her baby's pictures on facebook recently. Once she told me that she had already had the baby, my memory rushed back to me and I was sooooo embarrassed. I seriously had completely forgotten. I went back to the bathroom and cried. It scares me to be so confused and forgetful. I get confused over what I have actually done and what I only thought about doing. I can't do math. I can't remember my shopping lists. I can't find the right words when talking with people and nothing ever comes out like I want it to. I stumble over words when reading stories to the kids. I can't even remember what I did yesterday sometimes. I guess they call it Brain Fog but it really scares me. And it makes me feel really stupid and out of control. My mind was so quick before but now I feel like I am sludging through a thick mud in my mind. Do any of you have this problem? If so, what did you do about it? Thanks:confused:

WoodsWalker 09-23-2012 06:54 AM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
I also struggle with brain fog. It can be scary at times. Why is it we can remember some things as clear as day ,yet other times things leave the mind like they had wings.
I wish there was something that can be done, but other than making tons of notes (then forgetting to look or the get lost) I haven't come up with much to help it.

ladybud 09-23-2012 07:46 AM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
I have had severe brain fog, and actually took an Alzheimers med for several years, which really helped. I also find color coding things helps me a lot. For some reason, I can remember the color my note is written on even if I don't remember what it says. I would also encourage you to pursue looking for evidence of lupus. Many people with lupus (70%) have cognitive dysfunction, and many get diagnosed with fibromyalgia early on or instead of even looking for it. Even if you've been checked for it before, keep checking, yearly at least. I would see a rheum if you haven't, and a neurologist to check for other things that can cause memory problems. Even B12 deficiency, easy to treat, can affect memory and be measured in blood. Namenda is the Rx of choice is this is lupus related.

boobootwo 09-23-2012 07:49 AM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
[QUOTE=tanasmom;5060482]Today was a very hard day. I had such a lapse in memory that it not only embarrassed me, it scared me. A girl I know was pregnant and just had a baby a couple weeks ago. I saw her at a baby shower today and I asked her when her baby was due...even though I had seen and commented on all her baby's pictures on facebook recently. Once she told me that she had already had the baby, my memory rushed back to me and I was sooooo embarrassed. I seriously had completely forgotten. I went back to the bathroom and cried. It scares me to be so confused and forgetful. I get confused over what I have actually done and what I only thought about doing. I can't do math. I can't remember my shopping lists. I can't find the right words when talking with people and nothing ever comes out like I want it to. I stumble over words when reading stories to the kids. I can't even remember what I did yesterday sometimes. I guess they call it Brain Fog but it really scares me. And it makes me feel really stupid and out of control. My mind was so quick before but now I feel like I am sludging through a thick mud in my mind. Do any of you have this problem? If so, what did you do about it? Thanks:confused:[/QUOTE]

tanasmom...i know exactly what you're going through and it can be very scary as we tend to think of dimentia right away. not sure how old you are, but i'm 56 and have had some pretty bad bouts of brain fog. sometimes it totally flusters me and other times, i try to laugh at it. i worked as a cashier at a grocery store for almost a year...and do you think i could still remember all of the codes...nooooooo....lol. i find that trying not to take it so seriously, does help. it's brain fog....happens in menopause, fibro and other disorders too. sometimes i end up with a migraine too and my doc said that it could be a migraine that is causing it. migraines don't have to be painful. sometimes they can just scramble things up in the brain. the feeling is spaced out, can't hold any one thought, feelings of unreality and sometimes even feeling bogged up in the head, sinuses or whatever it is that causes the fogginess feeling. i remember this one time that i was on the highway and drove into this severe blanket fog...really scary, but the funny thing was that, that feeling i was having was exactly how i feel when i have the brain fog. really eerie. just thank god that we don't have this feeling consistently and like i said before....don't look at it as scary...just try to laugh at it. call it a brain fart or whatever when it happens around people. if you feel it's way too uncomfortable, a nice solution is to run a bubble bath and go soak it away. sometimes relaxation is the best when you find it intolerable. hope this helps and know that you're not the only one that suffers with this. hang in there. you can do it!;)

mom477 09-23-2012 08:12 AM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
This used to happen every now and then to me but the last 6 months it is a every day occurrence. I feel like I have alzheimers.

boobootwo 09-23-2012 09:27 AM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
[QUOTE=mom477;5060596]This used to happen every now and then to me but the last 6 months it is a every day occurrence. I feel like I have alzheimers.[/QUOTE]

you could also be suffering from the anxiety associated with what you're feeling and that would give pretty much the same symptoms. don't diagnose yourself sweetie, because somtimes you can convince yourself that you are more ill than you are. try to stay positive. talk to your gp and see what they say about it. just wanted to note on something....your typing is good...no typo's, which i have to go back and check all the time because of my fog, so i'd say that you're not doing as bad as you think. get your mind off of the feeling you're having and do something that you enjoy. the less you think about it....the more it won't matter. keep busy!;)

catkaru 09-23-2012 09:29 AM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
:wave: Hi Tanasmom, I have a lot of brain fog. :dizzy: The other morning I was saying goodbye to my 2 mo old Grandaughter and totally messed up her name. I was not even close! I am constantly calling my Daughter's BF by the wrong name. It is also interferring with my job. I just forget so many things. Right now I am on 90 day probation and it does not look good. I wish I could just go on SSD. I went to my priamry and passed the memory exam as well. Go figure. I will be 59 in December and have alzheimers in the family. It realy scares me sometimes. I can totaly understand your anxiety about it. have you had your vitamin D checked? I think we should all have that checked. I take 15000 cc's (not sure of abreviate) of D once a week. I have tried postit's and constanly my family is reminding me of things I forgot. :confused: Hang in there Kiddo. I do know that online games are suggested to help memory as well.

Low pain All,

mom477 09-23-2012 03:45 PM

Re: Brain Fog and Memory problems
 
[QUOTE=boobootwo;5060638]you could also be suffering from the anxiety associated with what you're feeling and that would give pretty much the same symptoms. don't diagnose yourself sweetie, because somtimes you can convince yourself that you are more ill than you are. try to stay positive. talk to your gp and see what they say about it. just wanted to note on something....your typing is good...no typo's, which i have to go back and check all the time because of my fog, so i'd say that you're not doing as bad as you think. get your mind off of the feeling you're having and do something that you enjoy. the less you think about it....the more it won't matter. keep busy!;)[/QUOTE]

I wasnt saying I have alzheimers and I know I don't have it. It was more of an analogy more than anything. Oh I have plenty of typos. I use the net on my phone and it has the auto correct and there has been plenty of times I miss typos. You would see it of you looked at every post Ive written. No anxiety here. I actually use humor alot when it comes to my memory/brain fog and everything else I deal with.


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