Can Brain Fog Hurt ? – Chronic Illness


Brain Fog


From The Katie Cupcake – Life With ME Blog.




The ME Clinic explained that it was because my body was putting all its energy into my basic everyday ‘survival’.  Getting up early, getting ready and doing a full day’s work was taking all my energy, leaving nothing to spare for laying down short-term memory.  That left me struggling to remember directions to places I had been going for most of my life; forgetting names; losing what I was saying half way through sentences.  I would struggle with cognitive function – concentrating on tasks, figuring out sums and solutions to problems at work.


It was a huge problem at the time, and only really improved a bit when I became too unwell to work (a tiny silver lining I guess?!)  Once my body was getting the rest it craved, the fog cleared a bit.  I could finally speak for more than a few minutes without completely forgetting what I was talking about!  I no longer tried to cook without switching on the hob (yep, that really happened…).  Whilst I still had brain fog and it was still pretty annoying, it had improved to the point where I became used to it and didn’t give it a lot of thought.  My attention was focused on my fatigue and pain, which were much worse.


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