A (This is a rare type of brain fog. As a result, please choose it only if you feel like it most truly describes your brain fog.): Feels like an actual physical feeling. Almost as if there were balls of cotton or something tangible physically blocking different parts of my head. These objects were primarily felt in the frontal lobe with some being felt in other places occassionally. The location here is important. Significantly impaired abstract thinking, simple-math, and reasoning capability. If you have any of the significantly impaired “X” but not a physical feeling please do not select this. Some descriptions of this category are 1) . “a headache that’s actually not a headache.” 2). A feeling of pressure as if something is pressing down on the brain (different from the pressure one gets in a cold or during a bout of sinus. 3). A feeling as if parts of the brain are missing or that you can’t access it. Again this is different from something like doing a math problem and not understanding and feeling like a part of your brain is missing. That’s figurative. I must again stress that this is a physical feeling i.e. equal to you touching something and rare. Lastly, this is different from the pressure one gets from lightheadedness. If you have it you'll know.
B. Felt as if things were foggy. Not a physical sensation but things just seemed unclear as if they were covered by a veil. Almost as if reality wasn't well that “real." Things seem more distant to you.
C. A spacey feeling. You’ve started to forget things you wouldn’t have before. You accidentally tried putting your car keys in your apartment lock. Driving is harder because you're too spaced out to drive and you can't keep your attention on the road. You’ve forgotten appointments or meetings or you’ve accidentally gotten on the wrong bus. You just aren’t in the moment as much. I must stress that this is not a physical feeling. But you do feel that something’s off or you aren’t what you used to be.
D. Felt as if someone had wrapped a tight band around my head and were squeezing harder and harder. Again, this is physical feeling that you can feel in your head. Many people feel this way after being frustrated or working long hours. That is figurative. Please do not select it if it is. It must be physical.
E. Numb. Unmotivated. As if someone had sucked out your vitality and you weren’t what you were. Things seem hollow and things that interested you don’t anymore. You’re not depressed but you’re not happy either. You simply don’t care.
F. Something else entirely. Please explain.
I am treating both my daughter and myself for bartonella and babesia infections.
I can't really speak for our 13 year old daughter but from my observations, treatment for babesia (both with malarone, and then again with antiprotozoal herbs) improved both her executive and cognitive function immensely. Within one week of initiating the combination of cryptolepis/sida/alchornea her teacher was calling home asking what was going on. Her ability grasp math concepts (grade 7) had made a significant leap, as did her ability to prioritise tasks and carry them through. And I am talking night and day here - going from having an IEP and classroom accommodations to not needing them anymore. She saw some cognitive/executive function improvement with malarone, but not to the same extent.
You have asked us to select only one choice, but I am afraid that many of us do have combinations of the choices you describe. I am unable to choose only one.
I have definitely felt B: "Almost as if reality wasn't well that “real." Things seem more distant to you". Usually daily, but only for shorter periods, 1 hour at a time perhaps.
I remember walking with my family in the woods and seeing them walking in front of me. It was as if I wasn't really there but they were. I felt a disconnect from them as well as the ground I was walking on. I have heard this being called "derealisation" or "depersonalisation". These feelings have resolved with treatment and I am now completely "grounded".
I used to experience C daily: "A spacey feeling. You’ve started to forget things you wouldn’t have before." I have forgotten how to find my way to the grocery store, how to turn off my car, how spell words such as "apple", and which light switch to turn off in a bank of 2 switches (bathroom light/fan). Having to stand and look at light switches wondering which to flip, trying one and having it be the wrong one was very disconcerting. Word drop was terrible. Now with treatment these functions have once again become reflexive/automatic and no longer require any thought.
I have also experienced F: "something else entirely" from the choices you have given. That being a feeling of trying to think through mud or something viscous. Not like a veil. Like trying to run in a dream and only being able to move slowly. Having to concentrate on a simple task (making breakfast) for an inordinate amount of time before you are able to accomplish it. Multitasking was completely out of the question. This is not the same as C which was an inability to accomplish more automatic functions.
This type of brain fog resolved with the use of red root which improves microcirculation by decreasing RBC rouleaux. At the same time I found that the circulation in my extremetive improved as well (resolution of tingling in arms and hands, especially at night while sleeping).
13 yo daughter:
2010 - Dx ADHD, Tourette’s, Aspergers, motor delay, PANS/PANDAS
June 2011 - Igenex PCR positive bartonella, IND lyme. CD57 18. Positive ANA (speckled type), heterozygous A1298C MTHFR. Multiple Abx, herbals/homeopathics
April 2013 - ANA titers negative. Weaned abx. Start Buhner bartonella protocol, methylation/detox protocols, organic PerfectHealthDiet gf/cf/sf. Minimize EMF exposure
Nov 2013 – Clinical babesia diagnosis. Start Buhner babesia protocol
Sept 2014 – Symptoms 99% resolved
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