Welcome to the forum, if I have not already said this.
I feel the same way about the brain fog, and meds vs. Lupus and other autoimmune disease. I think the meds can worsen the symptoms, but I believe that Lupus, or other diseases causes the symptoms.
Sometimes I drive to pick up my grandchildren, and find myself in places and wondering how I got there. or the familiar route to pick them up, looks unfamiliar. and sometimes I try to say or write a word, and the words that come out of my mouth are not the words I meant to say or write. I used to be very good at grammar, spelling and meanings of words, but this ability seems to have went on vacation without me.
Yesterday is a good example. I have worked on cars all my life and now I find it difficult to diagnose a problem much less fix it. My car needed antifreeze in it. I am no longer able to crawl under a car to fix it. and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to tell my grandson how to do it. I took the radiator cap off the radiator, and forgot to put it back on. I drove a few miles with the radiator cap off, and the water all boiled out of it. I replaced it with antifreeze, but I hope I didn't ruin it by letting it run too hot for too long.
The stress of this one little thing, a thing that used to be so minor, caused me to stress out over it, scared that I would not be able to get it fixed in time for my grandson to use my car to get to his third shift job. Stressing out flawed my thinking.
I believe the disease causes this, not the meds, or not just the meds. The one saving factor for me is that it is not alzheimer's, and it is not uncommon among people who have autoimmune diseases. and autoimmune people do not get locked away in nursing homes.
thank you very much for your response
Lupus diagnosed 1996, Heart by-pass 1998, breast cancer 2000, stroke2002, vascular surgery 2005, heart attack in 2007, and had a stint put in, Sjogren's Syndrome 2008
aspirin, multivitamin, Arthrotec , Meclazine , plaquinil, Metoclopomide, Doxepin , Metoprolol, synthroid, Amlodipine, Crestor, Lasinopril, Plavix, phenagrin, Restasis