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23 3 / 2012
Brain fog is a pretty common condition. It can affect people of all ages and is characterized by a state of confusion and a decreased level of clarity. It is also described like feeling cloudy or in a state of fogginess. It is not well recognized within medical field and it is not considered a real diagnosis yet I have been told by all of my doctors that I do suffer from it and why I suffer from it. YEAH !!!
The symptoms vary, as do mine (Go Figure). Space out, can’t think of a word you want to say, and can’t finish a sentence. Forget where you put things. It can result in short-term memory problems (I have this) I can’t remember an answer to a question I asked my husband a day or two ago and ask him again. Or I can’t remember a phone call I made the day before. Doesn’t happen all the time but it does happen. Another symptom is mixing up words (Guilty of this too) at work they call it Debbie Isums. My husband will say I mix words up from time to time and say sentences backwards. YEAH!!!. Yep I feel like I am loosing it at times and I more than likely am and yes it sucks.
Cause of Brain Fog can also be from several but not all of these. Several which of course I have (Go Figure) Fibromyalgia (got it), Adrenal fatigue syndrome, Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease, Allergies and food intolerances such as to gluten and lactose (got it), Sjogren’s Syndrome (got it) Leaky gut syndrome, side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications (got it, my med’s for migraines causes a form of dementia or brain fog) YEAH!! The list goes on and I have a link to a page that will show them.
So my question is then why isn’t the medical field recognizing it? And diagnosing it? And why did my doctors tell me I have it? Well I asked them that question and their answer was I display the signs during most of my conversations and with my speech. Some days are worse than others, not every day is bad and some days I will stand there and struggle with what I want to say and others finish my sentences for me. RRRRRR. I literally cannot think of the word I want to say, I will stand in my kitchen look at my husband (who has no patience) and who I want to tell something to stare put my finger up and not the nice one and say “Wait! I will remember it, give me a sec”. And I either do or don’t remember. It’s a hoot at my house.
Is there a cure?, what I found on line and talking to my doctors is “No” not really, we (my doctors and I) are currently working on the issues that are causing my brain fog. So now that I have been on a gluten free diet for 2 years it’s more than likely it one of my other issues that is continuing the brain fog.
They say get plenty of sleep (I do), take vitamins (I do) exercise (I don’t), play games (I do) I’m addicted to a gem game I got on my iPad LOL. Keep your mind sharp. My kids got me games for my DS, brain games. Yes I have my own DS. And breath, the other thing I learned is life is to friggin short, way too short. Don’t sweat the little things.
As I always say “Please talk to you doctors about it” ask questions, be informed and tell them about your symptoms if you are having any.
Here are some links that I hope will help
06 3 / 2012
So if you have Celiac Disease or you are gluten intolerant or sensitive and eating gluten by accident makes you ill you need to have a plan on what to do when and if this happens. Why? Well because anyone who has gone through this (ME) will tell you it hurts and it ruins your day or can ruin a couple of days. It’s physically exhausting and mentally draining because you don’t know how long it will last.
The first time I accidentally ate gluten after being gluten-free I thought I was going to die, the pain was horrible (spasms) not to mention the bathroom issues also. My husband called the doctor and I was told to go to the emergency room, why? First because I was newly diagnosed and he wanted to make sure there were not any other issues and second the pain was so bad they had to give me something stronger and something faster than a pill. Now I have only been glutened 3 times since 2010. The first time because I read a label wrong and the other 2 were because a restaurant said it was gluten-free and they didn’t take proper precautions and I had cross contamination issues.
So after the third time my Gastrologist and I got together and came up with a plan. The first thing he did was give me a medication that works by decreasing the motion of the stomach and intestines along with the secretion of stomach fluids, including acid. Now everyone’s doctor is different and I am not going to put the medication I use in this blog. You should talk to your doctor about it if you think you need to have one on hand. I take this medication as soon as I feel that feeling I get when I know I have eaten something that has had gluten in it. These pills dissolve under the tongue and are easy to take. I also take something for the diarrhea, which unfortunately happens when you have ingested gluten accidentally. The other thing that we talked about was that I need to drink water during this time and a lot of it to flush it all out of my system. I don’t me a glass here and there I mean bottles here an there, drink, drink, drink until you think you can’t drink anymore and then drink some more.
Now there are some other natural remedies that you can find at a health food store and there are some that feel juicing or a cleansing can help as well. I have not tried any of these. I personally and it’s just me feel better talking to my doctor and taking his recommendations. I am very sensitive when it comes to gluten and I can get very sick with cross contamination issues. Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently. Check with your doctor please before you take anything over the counter especially if you are on other medications. You don’t want to have a medication react to something you take over the counter.