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What cures Brain Fog?
« on: November 08, 2010, 03:15:00 AM »
I am posting on behalf of my wife. We have been dealing with this "Brain Fog" for a year now. At first, we thought it was due to my wife's Thyroid medication. The doses were changed over the last few months but my wife was either to high or low. We have finally got the dose correct. This was what started the "Brain Fog"

She kept telling me about the feelings of dizziness and like being in a dream world. I could never relate to the description of the issue. It has affected our lives recently. My wife is afraid to drive (scared of crashing or passing out), and no longer is able to drive our son to school. She has also had to stop working. Last week she felt like fainting, so we went to the hospital emergency, they ran all the tests and sure enough they were all good.  We spoke with our family doctor today and he diagnosed my wife with GAD. At first I didn't take him seriously, but he did have 30 years of experience. We will be making a Psychologist appointment to tackle this issue. Today I found this forum. After reading all the posts I am now convinced my wife has an anxiety problem that is causing this "Brain Fog". I feel today is the first step in the resolution of the problem. I will post updates on this page documenting our journey. At this point my wife just stays home watching TV, afraid to go outside, scared to drive, scared to be alone while I am at work etc.

List of tests and doctors seen:

Chiropractor (did help in reducing headaches and diarrhea)
Eye Doctor (confirmed my wife's eyes are OK, she was worried she had an eye issue due to fogginess)
Endocrinologist (got my wife's Thyroid dose under control finally)
CAT scan (all good)
All Bloodwork tests (all good)
Eye Ear and Nose specialist (no issue found)
Sinus X-ray (all good)
ECG scheduled (probably will show ok, but will check anyways) 

Anyone able to provide feedback on how to get rid of the "fog"??
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 03:25:32 AM »
Its anxiety alright.

Only times i have been 'cured' of brain for i have never been able to put my finger on exactly one treatment/ingredient that cured it. Once when it was terrible i was put on 'Amitriptyline' (this was like 15 years ago its an old medication) and thought that made it temporarily worse, within 10 days it was gone. I guees the fact that for first time i started eating properly and had medication to help me sleep so i could be active during day all combined to lift it. I seem to lapse into GAD like every 5 years. Last serious episode i was on Paxil and with same combination it lifted again. like 1o days after. Now Im kinda used to the fog. It slows me down but doesnt ground me. Im on xanax from time to time but with excercise and positive thinking i manage, but i do hope that in time it will go completely. Hope that helps...
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 03:40:03 AM »
Thanks for the response.

I asked my wife the last time she had the brain fog was about 8 years ago after she took the radioactive iodine to treat her overactive thyroid. She then went hypothyroid until the dose was balanced. The brain fog then went away. It seems to be a very common symptom of anxiety as well. Some of the symptoms my wife describes is as if the world is spinning, feel like in a dreamworld, ditzy. One day she thought she had a cloud over her eyes. Like a fogginess. She says sometimes everything get spotty.
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 03:52:59 AM »
After doing some reading, I think it is safe to say the medical term for "Brain Fog", is "Derealization". Does anyone agree with this? Here is a Wikipedia link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derealization
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 04:00:34 AM »
very true. see depersonalization as well.
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 04:23:22 AM »
Some more info

http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/symptoms/a/DeperDereal.htm

This may also lead to Agoraphobia. http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/agoraphobia/a/WhatIsAgora.htm

My wife has progressed to this point. She was scared to go into Wal-Mart yesterday. I've never seen her this bad. She won't even go out for dinner at a restaurant. Psychologist appointment on Wednesday. I'll post here afterward.
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 04:32:02 AM »
Best article ever. This guy was cured. Check it out!

http://www.derealization.org/my-experience/derealization-cured-my-story
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 01:48:55 PM »
Oh Peter, Bless your wife's heart ! It is soooo scary when it first comes and especially if you don't know what it is . I applaud you for taking the initiative to join up here and look into it. You'll be a far better partner in helping her once you understand it all.
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2010, 12:47:54 AM »
This sounds like depersonalization. It's usually brought on by high stress levels. The only way to really "cure" it is to relieve stress as much as possible and do not focus on it. If your mind is always focused on the feelings, you will feel it. She has to ignore it and focus on life and not the feelings.
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2010, 02:09:57 AM »
Thanks for your replies. The support is appreciated.  :happy0151:

Yes, I think you are correct. The diagnosis should probably be Depersonalization Disorder......but with more of the Derealization symptoms caused by Anxiety.

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec07/ch106/ch106b.html


Another interesting note.....my wife stated these feeling also started about a year ago when my son started 1st grade. My wife was at home alone for most of the day.  It's interesting she mentioned this fact....may be some underlying issues??? Does this happen sometimes with stay at home moms when their kids are in school for the full day?

I think the anxiety got really bad 2 months ago due to the Thyroid imbalance. It's almost like she is traumatized to do anything or go anywhere.
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2010, 02:59:10 AM »
Good video explaining derealization.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkOwXQe3M5k
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 09:52:13 AM »
Peter TKS for that video. It explains sowell, the nerves being highly sensitized , etc. Often when i'm in full blown twitching mode I am sensitive to light and my skin feels a touch 'crawly'. This guy has summed it up .
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2010, 11:55:25 AM »
i so feel for your wife its a terrible place to be in its good she has your support, i have brain fog at this precise minute only started half hour ago i know mine will go tho once i get watching telly in bed and get distracted. Best thing what helped me was distraction getting out doing stuff forgetting anxiety and al the crap what comes along with it, harder done then said if your wife is scared of doing her normal things, try little steps keep us updated xx
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2010, 02:52:24 AM »
Thanks for the support. My wife's Psychologist appointment is this week. She doesn't think it's an anxiety issue though.....hopefully the Psychologist will shed some light.

I will post updates after the appointment.

Thanks
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Re: What cures Brain Fog?
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2010, 03:08:04 PM »
It is definitely anxiety that your wife is experiencing.  I know first hand because I get it too.  It's so scary.  You feel like you're in a dream and that you're about to pass out at any moment.  I've been to a psychiatrist who told me that all of my symptoms were anxiety.  She was especially sure of the diagnosis because I've also had a slew of medical tests done and they all came back fine.

The only "cure" I've ever had was going back to work.  Keeping busy and having people to talk to made all the difference.  I am now a housewife and my brain fog and other anxiety symptoms act up like crazy, especially when I am home alone with nothing to do. 

I hope your wife can find some comfort from the psychologist and I am very happy for her for having such a supportive husband!
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