Re: brain fog
Knuckle. Interesting that you would post about this. Because I am still active in the work force, and due to the fact that I cover 100-200 miles a day- I have had this happen to me as well. I got lost once on a road which actually goes behind my neighborhood! Scary, overwhelming and definately gets you thinking...
So I went out and bought a GPS which is small enough to carry in my pocket. It was actually pretty inexpensive...I have everything of importance programmed into it, and now, never leave home without it. Crazy as it sounds, there are times when I am 30 miles from home and know exactly where I am and where Im headed..and there are times when Im a mile from home and nothing looks familiar.
So to take this a step further, I started journaling details on when Brain Fog hit the hardest....I came up with stress definately kicks it in. Not getting enough rest does it...emotional distress is a big one. Being either a fight with the hubby, or waiting for test results for one of us and also the type of work I do, which is extremely emotional, can set me off. These times, if I dont pay attention to my body and really truly force myself to both sleep and exercise- I find that brain fog is at its highest and to be honest, im not anywhere near my best. Is it completely MS related? Not sure...but probably. I can manage to write a dissertation, work a 60 hour a week work week, feed my family and get holiday shopping done (mostly online) and be FINE. But give me one "off" day and I get lost, break into tears, forget where Im going or why Im going there and on top of it all, start feeling anxiety creep up, my legs go numb....you know what Im talking about. So, my suggestion is to keep a log of when you feel like this and see if you can reduce it from happening, by paying attention to the triggers.
Very interesting to hear how this affects others. Im sure its MS at its finest which does this to us, but like all other MS things, it seems to hit many of us differently. thanks for sharing your story.
RRMS- dx 05