Does anyone get a dumb feeling while flaring?

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Chronicallyill
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   Posted 2/7/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that when I am flaring I feel stupid. I have to write everything down. People have to tell me things over and over again. I have to be reminded to do things. It gets to the point sometimes where I forget if I had a shower the day before. It's even the little things like having to pick my bf up from work after dropping him off and totally forgetting until he phones me pissed because I forgot. I have a lot of blank moments trying to talk to people to. I will be talking and mid sentence forget what I was talking about. mad It's so frustrating. When I'm trying to write things down I have to ask my bf how to spell things(he is a horrible speller). I am usually an awesome speller. When I start writing uv instead of, of then I know somethings wrong with me. Anyone else get this way?
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)


HM
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   Posted 2/7/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you may just have your mind on your flare and it causes everything else to be more forgettable (for lack of a better word). Try not to be so hard on yourself.

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


BuzyBum
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG YES! I'm not the only one! I was actually talking to someone about this the other day and I'm sure they were just thinking yeah yeah, don't make excuses, you're just a dumbass. But I know I never used to be this forgetful or lacking in concentration. I don't work at the moment but when I am well enough to go back to work, I am thinking of an office job, but as I've never worked in an office before, I don't know what to expect and I am scared I wont be able to take in any info or training. It's almost like the more I try and concentrate, the more it just goes in one ear and out the other. So yeah, you're not the only one. I do contribute some of it to taking painkillers as well, because they make me tired. I also get the thing where you forget what you are saying mid sentence, it's really annoying.
37yr old woman UK. Diagnosed with crohns in 95. Currently on 2400mg asacol, 100mg Azathioprine. Been on Remicade once which worked well for me, but they took me off it. Flared up again. Took Humira but it didn't seem to agree with me, but thinking it was now an infection rather than side effects from Humira. Now back on Remicade, had 3 infusions so far and no reactions as yet. Consultant wants me to have a colostomy bag fitted, I've refused and want to try as many options as possible. On Elemental 028 extra diet for 6 weeks.


isergodur
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember my own name :S i forget everything. i am maybe going to do something and when i turn around to do it i have forgotten what it was..
I thought it was the steroids but i am not sure..
24 year old female

Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..

Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort


Chronicallyill
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad I'm not the only one. Lol. Sometimes I put stuff in the wrong places. I have been known to put the dishes in the fridge.
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)


kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
That happens to me too! It can be really hard to concentrate, and my short term memory is fried when I'm flaring. It makes work difficult, and I feel like an idiot when I ask my hubby the same question 3 times because I don't remember asking it at all! I thought it was Humira, but when I started prednisone and feeling better, it went away. So I think it's just from being sick, too much stress on the body, too much stress on the brain cells! I'm coming off the pred, the pain is coming back, I'm waiting for the brain fog to come back too. Oh, well, I guess it's a good thing I'm not a rocket scientist or anything!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


sweetnsassy
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG I thought I was losing my mind or something...thank god I"m not the only one, I feel so confused and concentrate forget it!! I have to say things as soon as I think of them or I'll forget what i was going to say. And yes I too put things in the weirdest places???!!!



27f ..diagnosed mod -sev crohn's 6/05
pentasa 4 4x's daily B-12 inj monthly (right now) took me off prednisone due to aggression issues (who me??!!) & 6mp due to allergic reac.
surgery; 9/05 illeoceceptomy (resection 12 inch and ileium removed)
3 children 3 dogs and happily engaged.

yellowfin43
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   Posted 2/7/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
When your in a flare it can dominate your thoughts and put you under alot of emotional stress. Try using your left hand and rotating it in a clockwise circle, then lift your right leg and rotate your foot in a counter-clockwise direction. It's nearly impossible! When the brain is under stress it also usually under performs. The best thing to do is explain to everyone that your mind has been pre-occupied with your situation and they will understand. Relax, your not nuts.
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 6 months ago. Now on Remicade and iron. Feeling like a champ!
God Bless. Tony


pb4
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   Posted 2/7/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too, unfortunately I've been flaring to some degree for the entire 18 yrs I've had this DD, so what does that say smhair I'm in big kaka redface
 
:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


snohare
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   Posted 2/7/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes Me too, brain fog is me. I can usually comprehend...but not remember. If it involves correlating lots of facts, then I cannot do it. Literally, like a computer, I run out of memory.
I used to have a photographic memory...about the time I started having bouts of "appendicitis" and other gut problems, the film ran out. Now it is one of the major reasons I don't work. Trying to remember even "obvious" recent facts is like staring into a coal cellar at midnight.
Declarative memory (names, dates), prioperceptive memory (where I just put something) short term memory (what I was doing five seconds ago - often even how I started a sentence, when speaking to people, what I intended saying) and just plain recognition. All shot, I can count on the fingers of one hand the numbers of days each year that my brain is working anywhere near normally. On meds I always find cognition is the first thing to go; winter is so much worse than summer, I'm beginning to think Vitamin D is something to do with it.
Try learning to drive when you don't remember what gear you are in or where the different gear positions are.... ideashocked Guess which emoticon represents me, guess which one is the driving instructor ! smilewinkgrin

Trigirl
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   Posted 2/7/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Here I thought it was old age! 53 seems like old age these days. I can't remember things at night, when I'm tired or stressed or too rushed. Thanks for sharing all of you. It is so good to come here and feel like I'm not the crazy weirdo I thought I was. I feel better for the time being.

SydneyJo
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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I call it brain fog too. It's hard to be 'smart' when all you can think about is how awful you feel :)
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Bible
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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been jtold this could be low B-12-- I got my shot and the day after I really felt better-more alert, focused not as forgetful nor confused

ivy6
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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, brain fog. People get it with lupus and fibromyalgia, and it wouldn't surprise me if it were more common in Crohn's patients than doctors recognise.

Keep reminding yourself (if you can remember to!) that you're not dementing and you're not stupid, you're just sick :-)
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LMills
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   Posted 2/7/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't confuse absent-minded for dumb...
I forget things constantly like if I have just said something out loud or only thought it, what it is I am supposed to write down to remember, I forget what I've forgotten sometimes seriously! I only remember that I forgot something.
But I can do calculus equations and describe different aspects of the phospholipid bilayer for example. Point being!:

Don't ever feel dumb :) I don't think a lot of people in our situation can expect to remember the small things when we're on so much medication, have low vitamin levels, and are generally fatigued. I just write down what I can and get by on that hah...I think you need to give yourself more credit.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


cutie
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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with all of you...I used to have a great memory...I forget so much now that my husband now remembers more than me!
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.


snohare
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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
nono Oh, don't get me wrong. eyes I am demented, dumb and forgetful anyway... ideabut now I have the most wonderful excuse ! yeah smilewinkgrin

gachrons
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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I blame it on low B-12 and other things that should be in the body decisions were hard for me, has the brain fog lifted any yet? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 2/8/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
absolutely...I forgot how to spell "why" the other day...
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snohare
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
confused Why ? devil smilewinkgrin

kim123
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   Posted 2/8/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Some people/studies have attributed brain fog as a symptom of yeast/fungus overgrowth. Interestingly, fungus has also been implicated with Crohn's, lupus, FM symptoms. So, if you are flaring (and experiencing foggy brain), is it possible that fungus could be a factor?

Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/8/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I always blamed it on my predisone. One time I dropped my daughter off for ball practice at the wrong school. When I realized what I was doing I just started crying in the parking lot. Soon after that I decided to get off the high doses of steroids and have bowel resection surgery.

Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.


Vin
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
happens to me too. im a software developer so it directly impacts my work. good thing im very good at work so even with a dropoff i can still be productive. but very very annoying.

Vin
History: UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27.  Several huge flares since then.  Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum.  Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 30 mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg (tapering through water titration)|Trazodone 50 mg|
 
 
 
 


Lizard99
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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe it has to do with lack of nutrients. Our colons absorb most of our nutrients, including b12. When it is not working properly, our bodies are in surival mode and living off what little reserves we have. We can't possibly absorb the nutrients we need when we are flaring. Without the proper nutrients our brains will not be fueled to work properly. I recommend eating banana's if you can handle them. They are great brain fuel, and for energy as well. They really help me when I'm flaring.

pb4
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I take B12 and my levels are fine but I still have issues, retention is the worst, ha ha, not only for trying to hold my bowel movements, but apparently trying to hold on to any info in my head as well...my mind and my butt are both shot LOL!  I must have my head up my arse or something.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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