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    I am pretty new to this but the brain fog thing is pretty scary to me. Sometimes I draw a blank and forget where I am at. Can you get brain fog while you are
    driving? If so, what kind of things happen? I think about that and wonder if I am in danger.
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    Tough question Baum. I worry about that, too, because I do have moments when I am suddenly not sure where I am or where I'm going. I try not to drive when I am feeling funky, but sometimes it can't be helped.

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    i only drive in emergencys because of brain fog.

    my worst case was before i finished working. i was a truck driver.
    i drove for 1 hour in the wrong direction, and had no recolition of the drive.

    i have had a few near misses, and driven off of the side of the road a few times.
    my mind just goes blank, and switches off.

    my rhuemy calls it "brain pauses".
    i have an appointment booked with a specialist to make sure it is only fog.

    please be careful.

    this is one of the main reasons i am on disability.

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    Thanks Steve.Bryce. This whole thing is so new to me and because I don't have a diagnosis yet I feel afraid a lot. Sometimes when I have a brain fog at work I end up in the back room crying. I wonder if I am going nuts or if my brain will just stop working someday. How can anyone with this continue to work up to their usual standards? I feel so lost and afraid right now. I just keep hoping that I will get some medicine to fix all this. I went to get into my car this morning and because my legs feel so heavy sometimes I didn't pull my leg up high enough and ended up missing the car and scratching my arm. I guess in time I will get use to it?
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    I have, quite often, encountered "brain fog" when driving: I've forgotten where I was going, I can't remember how to get home, streets suddenly do not look familiar, and I get completely turned around. For this reason, I purchased a GPS and I use it for everything. Most importantly, I always punch in "Home" because I have become forgetful when only 3 blocks from my house and made wrong turns. The GPS has literally saved me and taken away a lot of my trepidation about venturing out in my car.
    For other issues with "Brain Fog", I keep detailed notes about what I am doing, what I need to do, and what I plan to do. I also put EVERYTHING in my phone calendar with reminders 1-2 days prior to the even and more reminders 3-4 hours prior to the even....because I forget so easily. Without the notes and calendar reminders, I would be completely lost and totally unreliable to anyone.
    Your fears are shared by so many of us here, so please know that you are not alone. I'm not sure that there is any medication that will cure the brain fog. I will probably take a combination of many things (meds, journals, calendars, etc) to bring you to a point where you do not have so many fears regarding your brain fog.
    I do wish you the very best and hope that you find some ways to help you in this issue.

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    Hey Baum,

    Hang in there! I tend to be able to "judge" my bad brain fog days and just don't drive on those days. It's aggravating as snot but not much I can do about it. I did have a couple of scary moments where I'd be places and not know how I got there but in my case it turned out to be absence seizures which were occurring prior to my grand mal seizure. I'm with Saysusie ~ write everything down! I have sticky notes all over the house, and various small notebooks that I keep different things in. And yes, GPS is a beautiful thing; we got a Prius back in the spring and I love the "Home" option - it kind of takes the pressure off.

    Talk to you soon,

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    I know it's pretty scary when it happens. The worse brain fog that I did was start to drive on the wrong side of the road. Don't drive when your feeling really bad, because the sicker you are the worse it is. Do little things to keep reminding you, like I talk to myself of my driving instructions. I'll say okay turn right don't forget to turn right or when I get in my car I will mutter something like okay going home now. It drives my sister crazy when I do it, but my mom has finally realized I wasn't lost it was because of the brain fog. I'm seeing the other posts on their reminders try to find something that you can do every time you drive to remember that your comfortable.

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    I haven't had problems with brain fog when driving, but then again, I don't drive very far anymore because I can't trust my numb feet and shaky knees when driving.
    However, I do get so frustrated at the way I forget things - like going to the commissary to get five things and then forgetting to get the one thing that I needed for a recipe that day. I used to have a super memory and a high IQ. I feel like I have lost so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magistramarla View Post
    I haven't had problems with brain fog when driving, but then again, I don't drive very far anymore because I can't trust my numb feet and shaky knees when driving.
    However, I do get so frustrated at the way I forget things - like going to the commissary to get five things and then forgetting to get the one thing that I needed for a recipe that day. I used to have a super memory and a high IQ. I feel like I have lost so much!
    I used to lecture at University and now I paint Watercolour and I have gone through the grief of losing that edge and sharpness of my brain. I really do enjoy my life painting coming to terms with my loss of mental sharpness was a great emotional time. But I came through and enjoy it very much but I do miss the conversations at Uni with others the debate on things and interesting topics. Hope this helps.
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    I think the loss of mental sharpness is the hardest thing for most of us to deal with. I have never been stupid and logically I know that I am not now, but it sure feels like it sometimes!
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