Brain fog can be just as debilitating as the fatigue you get with any chronic illness, but it is so misunderstood! There are a lot of symptoms within brain fog that many people don’t know about – yes, symptoms within symptoms! Here are 6 ways that you could be affected by brain fog.
If you want to read about other symptoms of ME/CFS you can do so here.
Inability to Think Clearly
This one is probably the biggest one for me and covers the following areas of brain fog too. It is literally an inability to think clearly. Imagine waking up in the morning – you feel groggy don’t you? You have to take a few moments to put your thoughts together. Now imagine having that 24/7. That is brain fog.
This one is a fairly obvious one right? People with brain fog, get confused, it’s as simple as that. It might not make sense to you as to why I am confused, but if I am, it’s because of brain fog.
Memory loss is particularly bad when my ME/CFS flares up. Things you know off the top of your head you can suddenly forget! I have to write everything down otherwise there’s no guarantee I will remember. I tend to put everything in my phone calendar AND in my actual diary, as well as writing really important dates on my wall calendars!
This one I notice towards the end of the day when I’m getting tired and lethargic. I can be talking to someone normally and all of sudden all that comes out of my mouth is complete gobbledegook! I will get the words in my sentence completely muddled, I can stutter like crazy and all I can do is stop, and start again. Anyone that knows me may have noticed it happen, so if you have, now you know it’s just brain fog kicking in!
Word-finding is the most annoying symptom I think. I can get to the middle of a sentence and suddenly stop and have no idea what comes next and then I’m stood there looking like a fool trying to find this magical word that will complete the sentence! To make things worse, these words are usually the simplest, most-used words in the dictionary!
Concentration (or lack-of!) really affects me, especially when it comes to studying/revising. I can’t concentrate for more than 45 mins and even that is a push for me! The days where I could sit for hours at a time doing work are long gone! Also, say goodbye to multi-tasking if you suffer from brain fog!
This lack of concentration means I struggle to read books for any length of time, I can’t watch TV for too long, I can’t study for too long. It also means on a really bad day, my lack of concentration can affect simple things like texting or even watching Friends!
I really hope this post has helped anyone with brain fog or anyone who didn’t quite understand it!
Have you struggled with brain fog?
Until next time,