Concentration? HUH? What did you say? What was I doing?

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songstress
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   Posted 6/4/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
So how many have noticed that they have a hard time reading a book, watching a movie, or focusing on just about anything for a long time anymore?
 
Is it the meds? is it the Crohns? I used to be so sharp and such a quick learner/thinker. People would always make comments..."wow you pick up so fast"
 
Now Im lucky to stay tuned to a movie a book a person for a period of 5minutes....why the decrease in concentration?
 
um...what was I talking about?  JUST KIDDING YA'LL!! lol

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005--spread to ileum and small intestine as of April 2008. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently on Remicade every 8wks, 40mg Pred, Pentasa.


gachrons
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   Posted 6/4/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sonstress I was having some problems but I lasted long enough to read this post ha,ha. Loving your sense of humour.lol gail

pb4
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   Posted 6/4/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My mind is definitely in the crapper anymore too...very depressing.

:)


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broomhilda
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   Posted 6/4/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Who did this post an what the heck was the topic question? Im sooo confused!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Sniper
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   Posted 6/4/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm planning to ask my doc about that next apt. If I recall..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Dixie
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   Posted 6/4/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
huh think I got lost along the way........
  Dixie  :)  May God Bless and keep you in his care. Prayers for all.
2 grandkids 5&6/7 6a-6 p 5-6 days per week Fostercare provider for Adult Special Needs, Downs Syndrome, Total care, over 15 years. 
Crohn's-Imuran.100mg.qd(obese can't loose weight-3years low carb-no-loss,++ w/Prednisone)B12inj.month,VitD50000IU3xwk G.A.D. Xanax 1mg.pm,1mgXR,prn,Sciatica/Lumbar Damage-Hydroco/apap 10/325 mg.qid,Percocet10mg.qid,prn,Skelaxin800mg.tid,prn,Asthma/Allergies Singulair10mg.qd,Allegra180mg qd,Zyrtec10mg.qd,Flovent bid,2x.wk inj Sleep apnea-cpap(7)Provigil 200mg.bid,Depression-Cymbalta120mg. qd,Fibromyalgia-Lyrica75mg.bid,Neurotin-600mg-dc'ed5/30/08 :) 10!


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 6/5/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
it's the crohns, it's the crohns, it's the crohns------it has absolutely nothing to do with the aging process-- that's my story and I'm sticking with it.
look there's a cookie on the counter...hey that bird outside the window is cute....did I start the dishwasher yet?...is making change supposed to be this difficult...
OH sorry were we chatting????
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


karendee
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   Posted 6/5/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   

I agree it is the Crohn's and maybe exhaustion it causes!!!

I once forgot I had my keys in the car ignition and was looking for them in my purse.

Both kids were in the car and we were ready to go, house door was locked and I was freaking out cause I could not find the keys. I even went in the garage and dumped my purse out on the floor looking and then i realized the car was beeping cause the keys were in the ignition with the door open. I felt so dumb!

I could tell tons of stories like that. you should see all the reminders I have to leave myself at work, I use my email to remind me, post it notes and so much more...

Karen


 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also on Prilosec 2x a day for reflux.

 


songstress
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   Posted 6/5/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
ya'll are sooo funny!!! thx for the good laugh...now I cant even remember what I was laughing about!!

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005--spread to ileum and small intestine as of April 2008. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently on Remicade every 8wks, 40mg Pred, Pentasa.


Jason D in MN
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   Posted 6/5/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
On a serious note, prednisone can exacerbate both my GAD and ADHD. Fatigue is the real killer though. I've been off work the past two days because I'm too tired to concentrate for more than 5 min... that's because I'm not getting more than 2 hours of sleep at a crack... (Restroom runs...) and the whole nearly achieving liftoff thing 10 times a day is just tiring... I mean when was the last time you were asked to.... oh wait... where was I?? No seriously where was I... d'oh!

:-P
-- Jason
Diagnoses? Crohn's in 1983; Kidney Stones in 1997; Reactive Airway Syndrome in 2002; Major Depression and GAD in 2003; Migraines in 2006; ADHD and IBS in 2007.

Current Meds? 6MP; Adderall; Wellbutrin; Zoloft; Albuterol (emergencies only); Fexofenadine; and Epidrin or Imitrex (depends on migraine severity...etc)

Overall: Things are So-So. In other words "It could be worse. It could be raining."


Veronica Ballerina
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   Posted 6/5/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello
Are you taking prednisone? This could be from it.
Prednisone usually lets me really agitated and focusing difficulty.
Veronica Nunes - 27 years - Brazil


yogaprof
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   Posted 6/5/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
stress, too, makes concentration difficult. pain, meds, fatigue, worry..it is a wonder we can put a complete sentence together!
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


bektold
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   Posted 6/5/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
As I've gotten better, things have improved for me.  Last summer I quit watching all my 1 hour dramas (I love NCIS, CSI, SVU- anything with initials) and started watching 30 minute sitcoms, because I didn't have the attention span to get through the longer shows.  I was having major problems at work, too.  I couldn't concentrate on anything, and stuff was slipping through the cracks.  I wouldn't say that I'm 100% back to what I was before I got sick, but I'm definitely able to function on a more normal level most days. 

ski bum
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   Posted 6/5/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My theory? Cell phones are doing something to our brain cells. It doesn't stop me from using mine.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.


Melissa H
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   Posted 6/5/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
YES! I have these issues too. I can say that it's from the Crohn's, but really I think it's a combination of several things...mostly stemming from exhaustion. But it was definitely brought on after the CD worsened. I used to be pretty good at juggling a million things, but now I feel like I am in a constant haze. My friends and family are having to repeat their conversations with me because I'm adamant I haven't heard them before! Oh boy...
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on and trying to avoid steriods.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Vit B shots.  http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa_Huffines/743171473


broomhilda
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   Posted 6/5/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine brain fog comes from fatigue & fibromyalgia. Might be worth jumpin' over to that board and take a look around. I always thought that the Fibro was a knock off diagnosis when they didn't know what your problem was....now I know better!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Ultracet Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, peri-menopausal.


tinglebell
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   Posted 6/6/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
This is the one symptom, among the many that I have, that mainly keeps me from working. I would be afraid of any responsibility that was given to me. I have spells where it is worse and the more stressed or hurried I am, it gets worse. But I always blamed it on My B12 def diag. because my level was so low for so long. Even though my levels are up above the 400 mark I still have problems. I now wonder if my crohn's is the culprit too which kicked up again about the same time.
DIANNE
Humira, pred and entocort 1/08
3 small bowel resections, 1 for perforation, 2 for strictures 
 


Jason D in MN
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   Posted 6/7/2008 12:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Diane,
Stress and Fatigue are always concentration killers. So if you're fatigued and stressed it's understandable where you'd have concentration and memory issues. As for Crohn's being "the culprit" well it's certainly very stressful just having the disease. It's even more so when it's flaring. So yeah, the stress of a Crohn's flare is probably exacerbating your memory issues.

Just be thankful you don't have a severe case of ADHD. (I have a mild to moderate case) I've heard that my spells of not being able to find my car keys for 15 minutes every morning for a three month period of time (not making that up... *sigh* in fact it was after that when I decided to get tested...) are minor by comparison to what a severe case of ADHD can do to a person. *shudder*
-- Jason
Diagnoses? Crohn's in 1983; Kidney Stones in 1997; Reactive Airway Syndrome in 2002; Major Depression and GAD in 2003; Migraines in 2006; ADHD and IBS in 2007.

Current Meds? 6MP; Adderall; Wellbutrin; Zoloft; Albuterol (emergencies only); Fexofenadine; and Epidrin or Imitrex (depends on migraine severity...etc)

Overall: Things are So-So. In other words "It could be worse. It could be raining."


LBJ
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   Posted 6/7/2008 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I keep saying that my 2 year old son took all my brains when he came into the world!!! :-)
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