“Brain fog” is the not-so-scientific name for the inability to focus and recall things. It is a cognitive deficit. It has to be one of the most frustrating things that fibromyalgia syndrome warriors deal with every day. I send kudos to those who can work a 9-5 job. I don’t know how you do it. I would really struggle trying to recall instructions or conversations.
We all have difficulty concentrating, especially when we’re tired. It can be difficult to find the words we’re looking for. Carrying on a conversation can sometimes feel like an Olympic event. We have difficulty remembering where we put things, words and names, etc. It is so frustrating.
We say things like, “What was I just talking about?” “What did I come in this room for?” We forget directions to someplace we’ve been to many times. I heard about a of fibromyalgia pas and brain scans showed they don’t receive enough oxygen in different regions of their brain. One of the possible reasons is that part of our nervous system is off-kilter, causing changes in the brain’s blood vessels.
What can be done?
Lack of good, restorative sleep. Feeling anxious and/or rushed. Some of the meds we take. Increased pain. They all can contribute to brain fog. Is there anything that can be done?
I always advocate food over supplements. Some foods that are brain-friendly could include wild-caught fish, walnut and coconut oil, organic eggs, fruits and vegetables (especially avocados, blueberries and broccoli), carbohydrates, turmeric and — my favorite — dark chocolate. Supplements could include a good source of omega-3 and B vitamins. A good CoQ10 is invaluable. Do your due diligence, though, and find quality supplements. Avoid things like 5-HTP and SAM-e if you’re taking certain antidepressants. Check with your doctor.
Brain fog also could be an indication that you are doing too much, and your energy is headed for a deficit. When I get like that, I know I need to engage in some “mindless” activity, such as indulging in Netflix. It just feels like I hit a wall. Do you ever feel that way? I also work on crossword puzzles to keep my brain a little sharper. I read a lot of books, mostly fiction, but I also like learning new things through non-fiction books.
My brain kept “losing” thoughts while I was writing this column. It’s profoundly frustrating, but I try to see the humor in it. Whining about it doesn’t benefit me or those around me, so I work at keeping a positive attitude. That’s not to say that I am always successful.
How do you handle brain fog?
Now, what was I saying?
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