Does anyone get Brain Fog?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JaneSmith, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. JaneSmith

    JaneSmith New Member

    Only a FM person knows what this is. Why is it that some days I feel like a genius and then other days I can't remember anything and feel dull? Hate it! Any suggestions?

    Thank you all for responding to Brain Fog.[This Message was Edited on 03/20/2007]
  2. Shalala

    Shalala New Member

    i feel like a space cadet
  3. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I have major brain fog...some days worse than others...and when I am under major stress...I can not even speak correctly. I mispronounce words...can not complete so bad that I took a 6 week leave from work. Today is my first day of that leave. I could hide the pain etc from my co-workers...but could not hide the fog and brain malfunctioning!

  4. stampfreak

    stampfreak New Member

    Depends on the day but I get bad brain fog daily. By the end of the day, I feel like I'm about 5 years old with the brain power I have. I used to be able to do math in my head, now it takes me forever to figure a simple dinner check. I Have to write everything down or I won't remember it. I think that's the symptom that has most reduced my work skills. I was making good money in sales but brain fog and sales makes a bad combo. So, now I work a processing job.
  5. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    Oh ... that's right, "brain fog."

    My friends have been referring to it as "brain farts" these days.
  6. jlcrafter

    jlcrafter New Member

    I sometimes can't find my brain the fog is so bad! My friends and family have finally started filling in the blanks for me. Some days there's more blanks than not. If everything just had spell check! But it's more like being in a seek and find.

  7. froggyfog

    froggyfog New Member

    Only understanding. Brain fog is one of the main reasons I stopped nursing.

    I know the doctors don't understand, I had a MRI done because of my memory problems and am scheduled for a EEG just to rule out seizures(which I have no symptoms).

    I wonder is we all collebrated(see I can't even spell anymore) our brain fog stories and printed them out for our doctors if they would take notice of this common symptom?

    Not that they could do anything about it but it would be nice not to be looked at like a fruit cake.

    We could write a brain fog moment(not one to far out so they don't think we are aliens) and our line of work or what we use to do and where we are from. That would show we are from everywhere, represent all different kinds of fields and all are having the same experiences.

  8. suzette1954

    suzette1954 New Member

    my bad days. Is there any of us who don't have it?

  9. cczub

    cczub New Member

    Some days are ok while others I have trouble communicating and typing. I'm an avid poker player and used to clean up week in week out.. I haven't done better than 1 win a month (usually 8 tourneys a month). I used to win at least 1 per week...

    FibroFog is definatly a symptoms of FM..
  10. Stefanie

    Stefanie New Member

    Folic acid supplements have really helped me with brain fog! When I'm having a foggy day now it's usually because I've forgotten to take my folic acid!

    Best wishes

    Hi - my mother takes prescribed folic acid for memory laspses. It seems to help her too. I have the brain fog from fibromyalgia and sometimes I get my words mixed up or can't complete sentences. As I said before - it seems so many women have fibromyalgia these days as well as thyroid disease. What is the missing link of "cause". Hmmmm.
  11. deliarose

    deliarose New Member

    I got evaluated by a psychologist. Frank Levitt in Chicago. He said I would have a "hard time being productive."

    That was about a year ago. Since then, I found an infectious disease specialist, got on Transfer Factor. That put a huge dent in the cognitive problems.

    Then a month ago, I started on another protocol to detox .. It's just an active form of folate and B12, but its' really detoxing me.

    (any bells ringing here?? See the last post where the person is using FOLIC acid.)

    My brain is coming back. I'm freelancing .. writing work.

    The protocol I'm talking about is the one that's plastered all over the board. The gist of it is that some/many CFS people have a block in their methylation systems that holds down their production of glutathione.

    Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant. Without it you cannot detox.

    Anyway, my brain fog is clearing up tremendously.

    I keep banging this drum. I sound like a broken record. But a brain is a terribel thing to lose, so I woudl urge you to consider this protocol.

    It's cheap. You don't need an Rx. It's folate and B12. It's harmless(although you have to be careful to pace yourself so u don't detox too fast).

    The worst you could be doing is wasting your money. (So buy one bottle of each thing only.)

    Anyway, I realise this may not work for everyone, but I am hopeful of returning to work this year after 10 years of illness and 2 yrs of unemployment.

    If you do nothing else, consider monitoring the progress of others who are trying. Check out the thread : Methylation experiences.

    Be well
  12. code34me

    code34me New Member

    My 14 year old daughter told me the other day while I was driving that she wants to get me an I.D. braclett in case I forget how to get home! She was jokeing but... I think it scares her too?

    I am 40 with FM and CFS. I have a very challenging 4 year old son and a 14 year old daughter and it scares me too to not be as alert as I need to be.

    I cant even remember the forgetful things I have done at the moment! Alot latley I know that much.

    Take care of you! Codey
  13. deliarose

    deliarose New Member

    as i mentioned, I work freelance. it's been a real struggle with the brain fog.

    Well, I had 3 assignments this week, and 2 of them went really smoothly. I think I'm coming back.

    I did have to stop the methyl supplements for one night tho, as the detox makes me foggy.

    I feel like I'm leaving this horribel thing behind. I just wonder how long it will take to detox all that crap out of my brain after so many years of illness, and a detox system that was broken that whole time.

  14. coolma

    coolma New Member

    Brain fog - it lasted for years! But, I am here to attest that things can get better. It takes alot of time, rest, treatment. The body has the inherent ability to heal itself over time. Getting a proper diagnosis, taking your meds, REST, intermittent exercise that you can do (like a walk) and getting your mind onto something productive for you will aid your healing. My brain fog disappeared as the symptoms disappeared. No natural cures, no wonder drugs. I did take pain meds, sleep meds and depression meds. It took 12 years but I am off most of my meds, have remarried and built a new life. And the most important of all, is hope. That comes through faith, and that comes through prayer. Believe that you can get well and you will. Good luck!
  15. GroundHogDay

    GroundHogDay New Member

    I don't know, what is that? I can't seem to remember.
  16. padre

    padre New Member

    I have thought a good deal about this (when the fog has lifted)and I find that mine seems to be caused by two things. When I have not slept well and have a slight headache or dizziness, and in the morning trying to shake the effects of the sleep meds. I have had days when it does not go away.

    I have always made my living by thinking and writing. For me this has been the most difficult of the symptoms.

    My doctor has me on Folic Acid (1000 mcg) and B-12 (500mcg) for vascular health. I have seen no change in the fog. HOW MUCH DO THOSE OF YOU TAKE THAT USE IT FOR FMS/CFS?
  17. janasw1

    janasw1 New Member

    we all have it.....does anyone know WHY?
  18. deliarose

    deliarose New Member

    pls check out teh work of CFS researcher Rich Van Konyenburg.
    Some of his work is posted on the board under methylation/glutathione hypothesis.. or some such title.

    People: it's all there. All u have to do is read it.

  19. Dainty45

    Dainty45 New Member

    It bothers me quite a bit, especially when I am stressed, or trying to multi-task, which I really can't do any more. When I am driving, I get so relaxed it affects me then.

    Take Care! SB
  20. Mel1987

    Mel1987 New Member

    I have it so bad my husband and son calls me 2 sec Missy( my nic name) from the movie 50 Second Dates with Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler- remember 10 Sec. Tom; well I'm 2 Sec I also can't finish sentences either. I thought I had MS because of that; but had a MRI and it didn't show the lesions that a MS patient has. So now I know that it was just the good ole' FM.
    To get off the subject I had to have 2 injections in a Tender Spot in my back yesterday. I was in so much pain it lasted for almost a month and I didn't know what it was til my dr told me it was FM and it was radiating down under my arm to my elbow and to my wrist and also making my fingers numb. Didn't know FM could do all that. My pain is almost gone but my fingers are still numb but not as bad thank goodness. So I know how all of ya'll are feeling.
    Thanks for letting me ramble on. Hugs to Everyone!


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