Help for brain fog?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by cappello, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. cappello

    cappello New Member

    Can anything be done about my brain fog. I have it REALLY bad and cannot even understand people talking to me at times. ANyone know what causes this and what helps?
  2. nefran5

    nefran5 New Member

    My heart really goes out to you. My son was 8 years old when I began to have brain "blips".

    I could barely crawl out of bed to make breakfast for him and sometimes pack a lunch. People (friends, family or strangers) would say something to me and I would hear nonsense. It was really scarey. I thought that I was losing my mind.

    Often, when I spoke out my own words sounded like nonsense coming out of my mouth. It was a great struggle and I was nearly alone.

    I am lucky that my husband was supportive, even though he did not understand what I was going thru.

    All of that started in 1985. It took me about 2 years to work out my own system of eating healthy and drinking lots of water and forcing myself to get up and move.

    My symptoms have gotten weirder and weirder over the years, but somehow I have managed to cope.

    You will learn to cope and get better, too.

    Read this message board frequently and you will learn a lot about how strange this fibro is. I have not told you more about my symptoms, because it would take too long to write.

    Have faith... ...Peace
  3. T-BO

    T-BO New Member

    .... brain fog is caused through fatigue. Because of the fatigue effecting your whole body it also effects your eye muscles. When the eye muscles are fatigued, they tend to focus differently, which gives you the perception of a fog/ daze.
    I believe if you manage to cure your fatigue, your vision should come back along with it. I know there is no cure for the fatigue presently, but through my travels from doctor, to doctor, to doctor, I am determined to find a solution to this frustrating problem.
    I myself only have constant fatigue and brain fog and think that it is ridiculous that doctors have problem solving even the simplest of fatigue cases. What a bunch of MORON'S!!
    I will do everything in my power to solve this though!

    Wish me luck!!

  4. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    Number one is to cut out the sugar. I don't know if you have tried this but it helps me on some days, but then others it doesn't seem to matter what I do. I know it also has a lot to do with how you slept the last few nights. If you are like me you may have delayed reactions so what you did yesterday or day before will show up today and I know when I don't sleep for more than 3 hrs. straight without waking up I tend to be more foggy. And then there is the humidity that seems to have a big impact on my fog as well as meds & their side effects so you see there are many factors and if you can track your symptoms daily you may be able to figure out what triggers yours.

    Good luck for a fogfree day!
  5. patricia3

    patricia3 New Member

    when my brain fog or confusion comes on , I know my body is telling me I stop what I'm doing and go lay down in a dark room , cover up with a light weight blanket. and turn the tv on soft,, to a movie,,not a scary one,, or a talk will feel refreshed somewhat,, and have a glass of water with you,, drink lots of water , it carries oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body.. I'm going to do that right now..hope this helps you.. patricia
  6. jeanderek

    jeanderek New Member

    This is actually a revelation (sp) I have had this for years and just now realizing what the problems was. I knew that I had the fog from time to time but never related it to this. Sometimes I can be having a conversation with my husband and its like he is speaking another language. I just stare blankly at him and finally blurt out WHAT DID YOU SAY?!! he gets frustrated with me sometimes because he thinks that I am not listening but I am I just don't process what he is saying. Reading these posts now I realize why this is happening. Thank you guys so much. I am going to share this with him so now he can understand why I do that.

  7. pat56

    pat56 New Member

    I went to a pain management specialist (when I still had insurance) and he gave me something called Provigil. It's an expensive prescription drug, but it works really well. It helps you feel more awake. He was giving me free samples to last the month until I saw him again, but now that I don't have health insurance, I don't see him. I buy it myself, and use it on the days I really need it most. He said it is being used more and more for fibro fog.
    hope that helps you. Provigil is not like speed or caffeine. It does not make you feel speeded up or drugged, or anything negative.
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  8. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Capello, welcome to our world of pain, fatigue and fog!

    You have already received some very good advice here.

    The water drinking is a big plus, it is though that most people are dehydrated, and need water. I started drinking 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water a day and the fog is way down now.

    Sleep, deep sleep is another culprit to fog, I am now taking ZMA (zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B-6), I am now sleeping 7-8 hours at night, deep sleep. This is so dramatic for me as I would wake up every hour or so for most of my adult life. I have been taking the ZMA for one year now.

    Resting, try not to work till you are ready to fall out, rest before you are tired. That also helps. If you can of couse, I don't work outside the home like so many of us do.

    I just read a post today by a lady called; 'Acupuncture', she has gotten results from a product called; 'Stabilium', I have not used this, as I just checked it out today, it is sold here at Pro Health so you can go to the store link and read about it. It sure sounded good. I will be ordering it this week to give it a try. Its for memory and energy.

    I also find that when I get the fatigue that the fog would get worst, I have the pain under control, sinus attacks, sleeping, and IBS, but am still having problems with the fatigue. I have Fibro so mine is not as bad as CFS, but it does hit and causes me to lose days at a time as I cannot function!

    Again, welcome to the board, and hope you find what works for you soon.

    Shalom, Shirl

    PS. I just bumped up Acupuncture's post up so all can read it, the title is; 'relilef from Brain Fog and Stamina', it is worth a read.
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  9. bejo

    bejo New Member

    I have some brain fog all the time,but some days are worse than others.What gets me the most about the brain fog is that I can't carry a thought in my head long.Like I might say to myself,"I have to figure out what's for supper so I can get meat out of the freezer".Before I can think what to have I've completely forgotten to even think about it.To remember things I try to sit something out where I will see it to remind me,or write notes (if I don't lose the note!) LOL I don't have any idea what cuases it or what might help it.But if they find a cure for it I'll stand in line to get it,that is I don't forget to. LOL Joking aside,it really makes you feel dumb at times,doesn't it? bejo