Yes, please mention your brain malfunctions to your doctor. Most rheumies will want to do an MRI or have you see someone for neurological testing. My brain involvement had gotten bad enough that I closed my business, quiet working at all, and was almost afraid to drive, as I'd forget how to put two trains of thought together. It was *more* than a little frightening, I assure you.
First we tried Imuran, which did nothing for my brain, then Cellcept --- the Cellcept has given me back my brain!!! It has truly been my miracle
drug. I wasn't sure I'd even be able to live alone too much longer, as even grocery shopping became such a huge mental ordeal.
Also, I want to say that I no longer believe "just stress" exists once we've had an actual lupus flare. Stress, of any size, produces a lupus response of some type -- short term, maybe, but the lupus is definitely a player. The stress doesn't occur without the lupus piping in with some comment!
The sooner you mention this stuff to your doctor the better off you are. My dr didn't do much at first, but since I'd talked about
it he could see how it was progressing and making me more and more frustrated, miserable, and frightened. Once he was able to see a measurable progression, he was much more comfortable taking action. A 'little' can be 'normal' brain fog, but a lot......
Good luck, I know how you're feeling,
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 6/5/2007 7:09:45 PM (GMT-6)