Everyone has an occasional mental lapse.
You may walk into a room and forget what you went in there for, or become easily distracted due to an excess of stress in your life. However, for those with FMS/CFS/ME, there is something else going on. This ‘Brain Fog’ affects approximately half of those dealing with these chronic illnesses. This is a list of some of the symptoms according to ‘Very Well’ we deal with:
Word use & recall: Difficulty recalling known words, use of incorrect words, slow recall of names.
Short-term memory problems: Forgetfulness, inability to remember what’s read or heard.
Directional disorientation: Not recognizing familiar surroundings, easily becoming lost, having trouble recalling where things are.
Multitasking difficulties: Inability to pay attention to more than one thing, forgetfulness of original task when distracted.
Confusion & trouble concentrating: Trouble processing information, easily distracted.
Math/number difficulties: Difficulty performing simple math, remembering sequences, transposing numbers, trouble remembering numbers.
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may lessen or intensify depending on flare severity. So, what causes this? There are many possibilities; lack of restorative sleep, reduced blood flow to the brain, stress brought on by chronic pain, and compromised immune proteins called ‘cytokines’.
Here are a few ‘Brain Fog’ moments I recently tweeted :
Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Put new contact in eye and cant understand how vision just got worse…realized I never took old one out…sigh.
Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Tipped hairdresser $5.90 to make it an even $20. Amount on receipt before tip was $14.90…sigh.
Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Filling out an important application online…notice I spelled ‘which’ as ‘witch’ right as I hit ‘done’…sigh
Definition of ‘Fibro Fog’: Crap! Forgot butter!.(.back to store)…Crap! Forgot sugar…(back to store)…Crap! Forgot…….sigh.
Recipe Of The Week:
Carrot Cake Muffins~
~1 Cup raw organic honey
~3/4 cup olive or coconut oil
~1 1/2 tsp vanilla
~2 cup grated carrot
~15oz crushed pineapple
~1/2 cup buttermilk
~2 cup good quality whole wheat flour (or all purpose GF flour)
~2 tsp baking soda
~1 tsp ea cinnamon and nutmeg
~1 1/2 tsp salt
~1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
~1 cup golden raisins
Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl. In separate bowl combine last 6 ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet and combine until just incorporated, do not over mix. Fill lined muffin tin 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 min.
~ 16 oz room temperature cream cheese
~1 stick butter
~1/2 cup raw organic honey
combine and frost cooled muffins
These Peach Faced Love Birds that thrive in the Phoenix ‘desert wild’, showed up on the back patio the morning of my 29th wedding anniversary, ‘Thanks guys!’