Hopefully I can get through this post without losing my train of thought… Brainfog is sometimes my most frustrating symptom. Consistently loosing words, names, or what I was going to say is worrisome to me – as someone who has been known to be good at remembering details. It’s something I’m often concerned is going to get worse as I age.
For me, my brainfog is always at its worst when I’m in pain and/or in a flare. It’s feels like my brain and body only has so much capacity, that everything else becomes a blur. Typically, pain will lead to painsomnia, which just makes the fog heavier the next day. Thankfully, I have developed a few coping methods to help me on days where I’m extra foggy.
Notes, notes, notes! I take notes everywhere, all the time. To-do lists keep me on track – I keep my work one on my computer and my personal and blog ones on my phone. Anytime something pops into my head, I will try to jot it down as soon as I can before it gets lost in the abyss. If I think of something important that’s work related, I’ll email myself notes. At work, I have also started asking people to email me if they request something of me in person and I can’t make note of it at the time. I also take audio recordings during some meetings – especially with fast talkers, as long as it’s okay with them. I’ve found it also helps to explain fog to family, friends, and coworkers to help them understand. My husband does what he can to keep me on track when I forget what I’m saying. Thankfully, with a reminder of what I was talking about, I can usually pick up where I was in the story or conversation. It gets dangerous when I have thoughts I haven’t yet started to get out, because then no one is there to remind me!
Though the fog can be frustrating, there are ways to help remember, even if you can’t clear the fog. I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they are to me.