Brain Fog?!?! Ahhhhhh! Help?

  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 02, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    All,

    from time to time I get what my friends and I refer to as "brain fog". I cannot seem to concentrate, pay attention to a person speaking to me. At the same time, my brain is not 'actively thinking'. When I am asked, "What's on your mind?" I answer "Nothing".

    This is concerning...

    It only happens from time to time and I cannot figure the cause or cure.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,


    Joe
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    Dec 02, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    You might wanna consult with a doctor, for a neurological referral. I have "absence seizures" that are not unlike this. Are you ever watching TV, when you seem to daydream for a moment, and realize 5 minutes have gone by you don't remember? Does anyone ever tell you they have to "snap you out of it" to get your attention?

    People with ADD (attention deficit disorder) also exhibit somewhat similar but milder symptoms, particularly in that you don't lose consciousness as you may do with a seizure. One of my sons has this. This site mentions these symptoms of ADD:

    "Adults with ADD have trouble with concentration to an extreme degree. You might have trouble following conversations, 'zoning out' without realizing it."

    http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.htm
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 02, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    Well,

    I definitely exhibit the behaviors of ADD. But, what else might it be? It is so sporadic in nature, it is hard to diagnose.

    Plus, I do not have health insurance and do not want to seek professional psychological help. Don't like doctors, don't like hospitals.

    I would prefer the consensus of the RealJock community in assisting with my issue at hand. icon_biggrin.gif


    Joe
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    Dec 02, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    Stop smoking weed. The fog should lift in 2 months.
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    Dec 02, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidI would prefer the consensus of the RealJock community in assisting with my issue at hand. icon_biggrin.gif


    Joe

    I'm sure lots of us will want to give suggestions, but keep in mind that online medical advice is never a substitute for professional consultation, and may delay your getting real attention & help.

    Let me ask you this: how long have you had these symptoms? Is this a sudden change? Were you ever suspected of having ADD/ADHD as a child?

    ADD does not present consistent symptoms in all cases, and throughout a person's life. It may be sporadic, so don't use that criteria to rule it out.

    Have you had any changes in your life? Any increase in stress and personal problems, any depression? Or, any pleasant distractions, like a new love, an upcoming move, something like that? A mind distracted with other things will not focus as well on everyday activities, like conversations with others.
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    Dec 02, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    How long has it been sense you last got laid?
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    Dec 02, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    Are they sugar crashes?
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 02, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
    center saidAre they sugar crashes?


    Yes, there are. I need to eat every 2 hours or I get super cranky and the "fog" gets worse.

    Hypoglycemia perhaps?


    Joe
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 02, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    kscott6671 saidHow long has it been sense you last got laid?


    Not sure why you ask...

    Why DO you ask?


    Joe
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    joecoolnv said
    center saidAre they sugar crashes?


    Yes, there are. I need to eat every 2 hours or I get super cranky and the "fog" gets worse.

    Hypoglycemia perhaps?


    Joe


    I am not a doctor and do not play one on TV, so your best bet is to get to a doctor.

    However, I can tell you of my own experiences with sugar crashes, for whatever it might be worth. I gave up regular sodas years ago, as well as most sugar during the day. The crashes immediately stopped. These days, I tend to stick to complex carbohydrates, although checking the glycemic index of certain foods (including fruits which can cause insulin spikes), might also clue you in as to what to eat to control this. For me, choosing foods which gradually elevated/lowered blood sugar, such as complex carbs and low glycemic indexed foods, solved the problem.

    I haven't had a sugar crash in years as a result.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 02, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said

    Let me ask you this: how long have you had these symptoms? Is this a sudden change? Were you ever suspected of having ADD/ADHD as a child?
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    Have you had any changes in your life? Any increase in stress and personal problems, any depression? Or, any pleasant distractions, like a new love, an upcoming move, something like that? ...


    Red_Vespa,

    I was a textbook ADHD kid, but my parents never labeled me, medicated me, nor took me to a doctor. The family just dealt with me. I threw daily temper-tantrums (even to this day I act out on occasion!), had lots of sugar and caffeine as a kid (not now), and was hyper-active and moody. I would ride my bike or swim for 4 hours a day!! And, I have the same levels of energy today!

    As for your questions about stress... I am in a new place, new job, new apartment in a place I do not know at all. It's a bit lonely here too. And, I'm really LOST in general these days (what to do next, employment, etc). Now that I think about it... I have not been working out as much, since the move! Could exercise be the answer?

    I have had anxiety and depression come and go my whole life. Grr.

    Medication is OUT OF THE QUESTION for me! I want relief, yes. But, I want natural solutions.

    Thanks for all the advice, suggestions so far.


    Joe
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 02, 2009 9:21 PM GMT
    Center,

    for a person prone to sugar crashes as yourself, do you avoid fruits altogether? I eat 2-3 pieces of fruit through each day. I avoid all processed sugars and hardly even have honey in my teas.

    Thanks again.


    Joe
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    Well, you do make me think more of ADD/ADHD as your issue. But I say again, online diagnosis, even by professionals, is not a good idea. You may have to bite the bullet and get a consult. And adult ADD does return to those who experienced it as a child, why I asked you that question. Plus stress can be a contributing factor.

    In the meantime, search the web, see what natural solutions are suggested. Rather than the stimulant Ritalin, for instance, we simply gave our son coffee when he was acting up, per his doctor's advice. It worked quite well, until he himself used to know when the symptoms were building, and he'd ask for a cup himself.
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidCenter,

    for a person prone to sugar crashes as yourself, do you avoid fruits altogether?


    I was eating fruit prior to every meal until about 5 weeks ago. I did not get crashes from the fruit. However, the REAL answer to this question would hinge on the glycemic index of the fruit in question. For example, bananas are notoriously high in quick release of sugar to the bloodstream, from what I understand. Yet, that might not make a difference if eaten prior to a meal.
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidBut I say again, online diagnosis, even my professionals, is not a good idea. You may have to bite the bullet and get a consult.


    I agree. See if you can find a no insurance medical clinic. As an alternative, call doctor's offices around town to check pricing, then ask if they give a discount for cash payment. Some do.
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidCould exercise be the answer?

    I have had anxiety and depression come and go my whole life. Grr.


    Regular exercise is as effective as antidepressant medications for patients with major depression.

    Additionally, mild deficiencies of B vitamins can badly affect mental health. Severe deficiencies are linked to serious mental illnesses such as severe depression. Whether B vitamins have any positive effects on ADD or ADHD, I do not know.
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    joecoolnv said
    kscott6671 saidHow long has it been sense you last got laid?


    Not sure why you ask...

    Why DO you ask?


    Joe


    I remember when I was your age and younger if I went for long periods of time without, I felt my brain slowed down and couldn't think straight, can't concentrate. My performance as a soldier decreased too. Then after getting laid it was like being recharged again.
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    Dec 02, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
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    joecoolnv saidCould exercise be the answer?

    I have had anxiety and depression come and go my whole life. Grr.

    Regular exercise is as effective as antidepressant medications for patients with major depression.

    Agreed, my dapper sir. The anti-depressant benefits of regular exercise are well known, and certainly wouldn't be bad for someone of the OP's age and presumed lack of physical problems. This is, after all, a fitness site, so I'd say the OP would be killing several birds with 1 stone. As my friends from back home near NYC would say: "It couldn't hoit!" LOL!
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 03, 2009 9:42 AM GMT
    Thanks all,

    I am seriously thinking it is ADHD symptoms I am having at this time. Insomnia tonight also.

    I am going to try to get more exercise, caffeine and also attempt to eliminate the stresses that have been bothering me lately.

    Hope it helps,


    Joe
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 03, 2009 11:38 AM GMT
    Maybe you have yeast?? Not the kind you eat the kind in the intestines the systemic type. Men and woman can have this:
    Systemic yeast infections occur in people with severely reduced immune functions, such as people with AIDS, people who are on immune suppressing medication like high dosis cortisone, or have other, far advanced illnesses like cancer, after periods of radiation therapy and chemo therapy. Any state that weakens the constitution may cause systemic yeast infections. Typically, an antibiotic treatment may represent the start of the problem.

    However,- in recent years it has been suspected that many health problems that were previously either non existent (remember sugar in the diet and the use of antibiotics sky rocketed from the beginning of the 1950's!) or diagnosed as something else, for example food intolerance, may actually be manifestations of systemic yeast infections. So anyone with the following symptoms and illnesses may actually have a systemic yeast infection:


    Generalized: Fatigue, lethargy, migraine, weakness, dizziness, sensory disturbances, hypoglycemia, muscle pain, respiratory problems, chemical sensitivities.


    Gastrointestinal: Oral thrush, diarrhea, constipation, rectal itching, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), flatulence, food sensitivities.


    Genitourinary: Yeast vaginitis, menstrual and premenstrual problems, bladder inflammation, chronic urinary tract infections (UTI’s), bladder inflammation, cystitis, PMS.


    Dermatological: Eczema, acne, hives, intertrigo, genital yeast infections.


    Mental and emotional: Confusion, irritability, memory loss, inability to concentrate, depression, insomnia, learning disability, short attention span.


    Autoimmune: Multiple sclerosis, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, hemolytic anemia, sarcoidosis, thrombocytopenic purpura.

    Systemic yeast infections always start somewhere, and along with the generalized symptoms of systemic yeast infections, one may have symptoms from the specific organs, tissues or parts of the body where it all started, or where it has settled later, like the gastrointestinal tract, genital area, lungs, mouth, skin etc..

    Let me start with a list of the most usual locations for yeast infections:

    Types of yeast infections:

    Genital yeast infections, including penile yeast infections, vaginal and vulval yeast infections
    Skin yeast infections, including intertrigo, diaper rash
    gastro-intestinal yeast infections, including oral yeast infections and intestinal yeast infections
    systemic yeast infections (AIDS patients and other people with severely weakened immune system

    All of these types of yeast infections may be divided into acute infections and chronic and/or recurring infections, due to their different presentations and symptoms, andmay be part of the scenarios of systemic yeast infections.


    Symptoms of acute yeast infections:

    Skin: rash, itchiness, whitish patches, red and inflamed skin-areas
    skinfolds (intertrigo): red and inflamed skin-areas, white patches or streaks, weeping sores, rash
    diaper area (diaper rash): red, sore and inflamed skin that is painful, weeping areas
    mouth (trush or moniliasis): red, sore and painful mucous membranes, white coating. Bad breath and cracks in the corners of the mouth
    oesophagus: Painful swallowing, heart-burn, sometimes sore throat
    intestines: gas, indigestion and bloating are cardinal symptoms. Food intolerance, craving for sweets, which when ingested makes everything worse, diarrhoea and somtimes bloody stools
    anal area: terrible itch, soreness and weeping areas, painful and sometimes burning when defecating.
    female organs: whitish, cheesy discharges, itching, soreness, red, inflamed mucus membranes and skin, pain during intercourse and sometimes dysuria/pain when urinating.
    male organs: itch, red areas on glans, sometimes covered by whitish layer, urethral discharges may manifest, and pain.
    urinary bladder: painful and frequent urination, pain over bladder area, blood in urine (rare)



    Symptoms of chronic, recurring or systemic yeast infections


    All the symptoms mentioned under the specific acute infections
    General lack of energy and fatigue
    variable degrees of unwellness and severity of symptoms in general
    pains anywhere in the body, especially joints and muscles.
    moodiness, irritability and other emotional and psychological manifestations, like for example lack of concentration and many, many more.
    just about any symptom from any and all organ-systems and tissues, in any combinations and degrees of severity.
    (the complete list of symptoms is impossible to make, and would be too long for our purposes. The mentioned symptomes give you an idea.
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