mentally things (brain fog,memory,cognitive skills,emotions)

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   Posted 2/1/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have many symptoms mentally and phisical too. But I really worry about mentally things. My brain fog is very strong, and I feel I became very stupid :(
Is there anybody here who had lyme disease for a long time with these mentally problems before she/he noticed she/he has lyme disease?
I ask this because I would like to know can we get our old selves back? Can our memory, cogntive skills recover fully? Or is it a permanent damage? I feel all my head is like a stone.
I have no feeling, for example when I look at my parents I know that they are my parents but I can't feel it. Is there anybody here with the same 'no feelings'?

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   Posted 2/1/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It does affect me mentally and emotionally. I feel apathic most of the time and I cannot remember things. I have what I refer to as black outs - I don't remember how I got to where I am, what I was going to do, what just happened. Actually this is much better than last year when my mind was so sluggish I could not write, type or even complete sentences sometimes. The abx make a lot of difference. I started them again a little over a month ago and I feel a lot better. I am not as depressed or as irritable. I am actually excited about a trip I am taking tomorrow to see an LLMD. I look forward to sight seeing in that city with my daughter who is going with me. I hope to get back my motivation and energy, to be able to plan and accomplish rather than just sit around doing nothing.

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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hope_29!

Yes I think we can get our old selves back !!

Besides the panic attacks you describe, I had this mental blackouts and the emotional absence too. It is indeed somewhat hard to describe that is why I hardly ever talked about it. Your example of seeing your parents, knowing that they are yours but you can`t feel it - well I could not describe it in a better way.
I had a kind of emotional film tear ( or mental blank) that was drastic for me, I did not know that I had lyme at that time but I knew that somewhat was going on with me; I saw a lot of docs, ruling out a lot of things ( like Malaria). I was involved in a lot of projects, did this for a long time in my life and I loved it. And then, out of the blue: bum ! no feelings availabe; I felt like being my own alien from mars, like if I had absolutely no access to my emotional database in my brain; first thoughts at that time were this could be a super spontanious burn- out - symptom: But by instinct I knew it must be something else. And at the same time I noticed days when I definitely forgot everything; it took me an hour to get my stuff together in the morning because I had to check everything again and again but not to "controll" it but because I did not know if I got everything together; My brain was out of work, in nowhere- land and just did not answer. At the same time another weird thing started: I lost some of my feeling for spaciousness - means I regularly did not put my cup of coffee on the table but beside the table, I wanted to walk through the door but I walked into the doorframe. All this made me very very impatient with myself which made all worse.
All this lasted for about half a year then it slowly disappeared and is now gone completely.

I also see the local lymie group for coffee- meetings once in a while and there are about 50% which had severe panic attacks and mental/ emotional problems under which they suffered a lot; but all of them got rid of it with treatment or are on their way to recovery; So there is no reason to be afraid of a permanent damage.
You will get better too! hugs, dorit

Post Edited (dorit) : 2/1/2009 5:30:41 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Bless Your Heart, Dorit!

Thanks for saying that!! Having these feelings, or lack thereof, is truly frightening.
That's the worst part for me and I'm waiting for it all to go away.

Glad to hear others have gotten rid of it!
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