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buddhabelly
07-22-2006, 08:09 PM
:?: I have a question for everyone. I've read the funny post about "you have lupus if..." many of the posts include forgetting things, which I found myself laughing to :lol: because similar things happen to me. But, why do we forget? Today, I found myself in a daze. I went to the mall today, it was raining heavily, I walked quickly to the entrance with my umbrella. As soon as I started walking thru the mall, I can't remember if I shut my headlights off... I had to rush back to the truck, in the pouring rain, and Yes, I did turn the lights off. And then it happened again when I got home... I already got to my room when I realized, did I close the windows? Geez, so, I had to go back outside and check, and Yes, I did. I feel like my mind is somewhere else today. So, why do we get forgetful? :?:

SoleSinger
07-22-2006, 10:15 PM
Classic brain fog... I think part of it is from meds, but I am CONVINCED that part of it is just Lupus... I'm not really sure WHY... It might have to do with pain... We are in pain so it makes it harder for us to concentrate, or something like that?? Or maybe it's because of Fatigue... we are SOOO tired and don't get near the sleep we need so THAT messes with out concentration and memory?? These are all good theories, pick one! LOLOL!!! Hopefully someone around can answer the why!

buddhabelly
07-23-2006, 07:20 AM
I can agree with that! Pain and Fatigue :( have taken over my mind. I guess our minds can't juggle everything at the same time between pain from our aching joints, being tired all the time, and our everyday tasks. Its funny at times, but, it does get frustrating. :mad:

Saysusie
07-24-2006, 04:30 AM
Almost all doctors agree that our "Brain Fog" is a result of cognitive dysfunction which is a common symptom of Lupus. Symptoms include confusion, profound fatigue, and difficulty in articulating thoughts, memory impairment and difficulty concentrating. Also, as Solesinger said, it is compounded by sleep deprivation due to chronic pain and also by the myriad of medications that we take. So, for almost all of us and for one reason or another, we are doomed to have to deal with "Brain Fog". :cry:

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

SoleSinger
07-24-2006, 01:14 PM
Does anyone have episodes where they are having a brain fog moment, and can't SAY what they want, but if they write it down, they are fine? Or is this weird?

pinkjmf
07-24-2006, 01:17 PM
I do that all the time it's like I'm mute or something. A lot of times I feel like I'm playing charades or I'm a mime.

SoleSinger
07-24-2006, 01:24 PM
I wonder what causes that...

pinkjmf
07-24-2006, 01:38 PM
I wish I knew. For the longest time I thought that I was getting alzheimer's or something. I would tell my husband that and he would laugh thinking that I was being funny but I was dead serious. It took me a long grieving period, I kept thinking that I would get better soon and now after 2 1/2 years, I just go on with life. One thing that I do know that God said he wouldn't give you more than you can bear so I guess that means I'm one tough broad.

jaynedarcy
08-01-2006, 10:53 AM
Very interesting that you mention that, Solesinger. I don't know if it is Lupus, but it could be... anyway, when I was a kid I was diagnosed with a form of stuttering (can no longer recall the techie term) but what happened was that I was thinking so fast, my mouth could not catch up. I would literally come to a halt on a simple word in a sentence (such as mailbox) and not know what that word was. I developed a combination of "jayne" sign language and drawing a picture of the word, or writing it on paper, that failed me.

I still have that from time to time; enough times that my husband can now interpret my sign language.

What I really thought was always weird about this was that more often than not, the word I couldn't say, wouldn't reappear in my vocabulary until several hours passed.

Pandora Brennon
08-04-2006, 02:58 PM
This is a related question, most of my symptoms dealing with my joints, seem to be on the right side of my body. Could this be related to antibodies attacking the left side of the brain? I mean, if my own antibodies can attack any other organ or bones and joints, can it also go after our brains? I also have brain fog and sometimes coming home from work I am so tired I have difficulty maintaining focus driving.

buddhabelly
08-04-2006, 03:16 PM
"Brainfog" or "Brainfart" that's what I call it. I think the reason why this happens is because we have so many things running through our minds at the same time. Some nights, I have trouble falling asleep or I wake up in the middle of the night and cant get back to sleep. :sleeping: I already feel so tired, then to top things off, with my lack of sleep, I feel like a zombie all day at work. Coffee doesnt help much either. :morning: Then at the same time, I have to deal with my headaches, joint aches, etc... :crazyeyes: There are times when my coworkers are talking to me and I just dont hear them... I'm in my own little world sometimes... Gosh, does it really get to our heads/brains? :? Because of all this going on, I get frustrated and irritable... then my headaches come back... its a vicious cycle. :(

jaynedarcy
08-04-2006, 04:36 PM
This is a related question, most of my symptoms dealing with my joints, seem to be on the right side of my body. Could this be related to antibodies attacking the left side of the brain? I mean, if my own antibodies can attack any other organ or bones and joints, can it also go after our brains? I also have brain fog and sometimes coming home from work I am so tired I have difficulty maintaining focus driving.

All my aches and pains tend to be on my left side; that's my dominant side. One of doctors theorized that illnesses in general, not just Lupus, tended to attack our stronger, more dominant side.

I certainly hope this isn't going after my brain.